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Keep blowing a tail light fuse.
Assuming that no wiring was damaged during the install of the aftermarket lights, (i.e., cut insulation causing a short to ground), if the fuse started blowing right after the install that means the LED assembly is drawing more current than...
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Throttle body spacers
I have used one of these type throttle body spacers on my truck and do not notice any change in the way my vehicle runs. It is supposed to increase power and acceleration. The theory is to increase the amount...
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Would you consider an aftermarket CV axle or only a genuine Honda one?
The on-line price for the axle, at Honda Internet dealers, is about $500. Personally, I wouldn't buy an aftermarket "air freshener" for a car and so, yes, of course you should buy the OEM axle simply because the OEM axle...
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I need some guidance before making a big purchase
Hello - Choosing an aftermarket radio receiver can be tricky; I would consult with Crutchfield. They are automotive sound system experts and have great technical support for questions like this one.
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Can I use aftermarket engine mounts without having vibration issues, or do I need the dealer ones?
Hello. It does sound like the mounts are bad. You can use aftermarket mounts as long as they are good quality mounts. The dealer ones are the best but there are several aftermarket manufacturers that make good ones. Typically with...
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After market parts
This would all depend on if the intake is the same style for both years. I would start by making sure that the engine is the same for both model years. I would also check the part number on the...
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I have an aftermarket intake and it's reading 4.9 psi. Is that good or bad?
Hi there. An intake manifold should read 19 to 22 hg. This is 19 vacuum to 22 vacuum. If you are getting a psi reading, then there is either a turbo on your vehicle or the engine timing is out...
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How can I find a dipstick to check my transmission fluid?
The transmission fluid stick is generally not a universal fit part and will normally be specific to your vehicle. There are many local aftermarket auto parts stores, such as Autozone, O'Reilly's, Napa, and so on, where you should be able...
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I need help ordering the correct parts!
The two parts you referenced will fit together perfectly using an intervening internal "sleeve" that consists of a short segment of 2.25 inch (O.D.) exhaust pipe. You simply stick one end of the short segment into the muffler outlet and...
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Car won't start. Alarm keeps going off (aftermarket alarm)
Hello. From what you describe, it would appear that your vehicle has experienced some sort of electrical issues. It may be possible that the alarm system has been set off or has perhaps malfunctioned, and as a result is cutting...
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Installing an external horn because the original horn is not working
Hello. There are several types of aftermarket horns that you can purchase and install. There are a few aspects you will want to consider before you look to purchase one. Different styles of horns are designed to have toggles switches,...
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My car dies while driving and now it won't even crank. The lights still come on though.
There seems to be a combination of problems going on with your vehicle. First thing to address is whether you want to keep the aftermarket remote start. If not, the ignition switch system needs to be restored. Bypassing the remote...
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My clutch won't release at high RPMs
These are all aftermarket parts, and it cannot be verified whether the clutch disc and pressure plate will work together with the aftermarket flywheel. The flywheel and clutch components are not releasing at higher RPMs as a result of the...
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I have a kill switch on my car and the remote broke and I can't find how to disconnect the kill switch. It's an aftermarket
Hey there. If the system is an aftermarket type, then you would need to have the entire system removed or the system replaced with a new system. These systems all hook up a little different and only after looking at...
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Engine temp gauge rises quickly
This can be caused by a number of things such as low coolant levels, a faulty thermostat, or a failing coolant fan switch. As you may know the coolant fan switch helps to maintain the proper coolant temperature by turning...
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I just got a new transmission put in my car and it drives and reverse but won't go up hill.
This may be a sign of a faulty transmission control solenoid. As you know, automatic transmissions use pressurized hydraulic fluid to change gears. Every time a gear change is required, the car's computer activates a transmission solenoid, which directs transmission...
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question- can i install something after?
Yes, both a navigation system and a back up camera can be installed after the fact. I would recommend researching the various options and brands online as there are many different options for this. You will want to have this...
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Dealer says I can not use after market U-joints in my 2009 ram 2500
Hello. I have heard something similar from my driveshaft service, with the following explanation: The aluminum driveshafts are a "softer" metal than steel of course, and the process of forcing the old U-joint cups out, and the new ones in...
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Replace stock manifolds with aftermarket bolt on
Hello. If these headers are truly "bolt-on", a YourMechanic professional can indeed make this exhaust manifold replacement for you. If this installation requires cutting and/or welding of the exhaust system, that is not a service we can offer at this...
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I want to put an exhaust system on my car but it is not street legal, what can I do?
When it comes to this type of exhaust system, there is no workaround that will make it legal. If these exhaust components do not have the air quality resource tag on them, then they cannot legally be used on the...

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