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The car was mostly highway driven. Right before...

The car was mostly highway driven. Right before this happened it had just been driven back 500 miles on the highway but the smell didn't get noticed until the next day driving around the...
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2016 Ford Focus traditional clutch problem @ 35k?

2016 Ford Focus, 2.0, traditional 5 sd manual (not the newfangled power shift semi-auto that is causing people problems), 35k. I have been driving a clutch for 40 years and never had a problem with...
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97 Toyota Corolla cut out?

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla CE, auto, 1.6, 230k, this is a beater but it runs. Except the other day I had just started driving - maybe 5 blocks from home - and it just cut off. No hesitation or...
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Right bike? Training class bike?

Although I rode when I was young, that was DECADES ago. I am finally getting my Motorcycle license and a bike. Two questions - One bike I am looking at is a 2007 Honda CB 250. So 1) As I am a big...
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How about this - can I just break off the...

How about this - can I just break off the nuts/bolts - do you know are these studs that are integral with the manifold or will I be able to break the bolts and pull them out and insert new ones?
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Wow, thanks for the quick reply and the answer -...

Wow, thanks for the quick reply and the answer - that certainly explains things. To get them off, can I heat them up with a plumber's propane torch and then unscrew or is that not hot enough or is...
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97 Toyota Corolla exhaust nuts?

I have a 1997 Toyota Corolla, 1.6 4 cyl auto w/ 250k miles that needs a new exhaust - from manifold to cat. I know about rusted bolts/nuts, but what I am wondering about is that the actual nuts...
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One final point

One final point - when the alt was putting out only 12 volts, could this have been okay since I had just fully charged the battery and maybe this current sensor system saw that the battery didn't...
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2012 Juke Main Current Sensor issue?

We have a 2012 Nissan Juke, auto, 117k, 1.6 turbo. We've gone through 3 batteries in 6 years and each time both the battery and alternator tested fine - but since we couldn't figure out why the...
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1997 Toyota Corolla rear speaker wire?

I just purchased a new-to-me 1997 Toyota Corolla CE - but really BASE vehicle. There are no rear speakers and I want to add them. I already put in a new radio and it looked like there were...
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That is a great idea, I'll let you know if it...

That is a great idea, I'll let you know if it works. thanks
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I did put in a quart of fluid with no change. ...

I did put in a quart of fluid with no change. From reading I believe to actually check it I have to jack it up on all four corners to get the car level - which is hard to do with what I have to deal...
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In answer to the "did you ever change the...

In answer to the "did you ever change the fluid/filter" - no, I did not. Looking at it now I probably should have, but my experience with old cars (I used to buy nothing but $200 cars, drive them...
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2003 Malibu tranny problem

I have a 2003 Chevy Malibu (worst car ever made). 3.1 v6, auto, 180k miles, NO work ever done on tranny. While stopped at a red light I felt the transmission lug into and out of gears - so I put it...
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Does anyone have instructions on how to test the...

Does anyone have instructions on how to test the neutral safety switch or is it one of those things that you just bite the bullet on and replace and hope that it was the problem? And isn't the shift...
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2003 Malibu intermittent no crank

I have a 2003 Malibu, 170k, v6, 3.1, auto. I have an intermittent no crank issue - no sound or anything from starter/solenoid. A tester on the solenoid shows no power getting to the solenoid when I...
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2003 Malibu exhaust flange stud removal to get cat off

I have a 2003 Malibu, 167k, v6, 3.1 auto. My hope is to replace the whole exhaust but can't get the exhaust manifold to cat pipe removed. These are two standard GM type studs - threads on both...
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2003 Chevy Malibu - unintended key rotation, cylinder replacement?

I have a 2003 Chevy Malibu, base model, with the unintended key rotation problem. GM wants to "shave" off some of the plastic on the key head as their only recall solution. But this will not work...
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update

Update - I replaced the Coolant Temp Sender with no change. Fans won't come on under heat but will if a/c is plugged in and works (but a/c blows fuse within seconds so this is no real solution). So...
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2003 Malibu radiator fans not coming on

I have a 2003 Malibu, 150k, v6, 3.1 auto, a/c (not working). Car gets hot (but never more than 7 out of 10 on heat scale and coolant escapes from overflow tank because fans do not come on (almost a...
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Coolant looks fine, oil looks fine. I still...

Coolant looks fine, oil looks fine.
I still have to ask, will a coolant leak (creating a fouled, miss-firing plug) cause a loud knock? Will a bad value/rod/piston cause a coolant leak? And is...
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'03 Chevy Malibu, v6, 3.1, coolant loss, loud knock, loss of power, missfire?

I have a 2003 Chevy Malibu, V6, 3.1, auto, 140k miles. Car started out with code 0420 with no noticeable symptoms, but then added code 0303 (miss fire cyl #3) with loud knock (mostly after warmup)...
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How about this - can I switch out the ignition...

How about this - can I switch out the ignition coils - putting the currently 6/3 coil in another position on the car and see if that changes where the miss-fire is? I know the coils are labled, but...
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Another question, since this seems to be only...

Another question, since this seems to be only cylinder #3, does that mean it is could be a fuel injector? If an ignition module went bad, would that only effect one cylinder or all of them? I've...
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More Follow up

I replaced the plugs and wires this weekend. Still getting the 0303 code (misfire on plug 3). I noticed that normal driving seems to be ok, but once I get it out on the highway and try to accerate,...
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