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Ford Aspire

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The Aspire is a fuel-efficient compact car that replaced the gas-thrifty Ford Festiva. With Mazda-made components and Kia-produced body, the Aspire is available in three variants including the two-door hatchback SE and the base two- and four-door hatchback.
Depending on the year,You probably have bad plug wires or dist. cap. If you replace them it should take care of it.If you change the plug wires and cap (and distributor rotor and plugs too) and still have the problem, check inside the distributor under/around the rotor for rust. If you see rust insi…
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Remove the transmission.   Take out the battery tray and remove the starter. Unhook the clutch cable and remove the bracket. Take out the speed cable and unplug a couple wire harness's. I removed hood of vehicle so i had more room. Support motor with a jack. Unhook the stablelizer bar and gea…
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Start by Putting a jack under the oil pan. Lift just a bit. Then take off the air intake, with the air filter (whole thing). Then there is a engine mount under it (on left side of car 'passenger' side) No remove the bolt and raise engine with jack. MAKE SURE THAT EVERY THING IS OUT OF THE WAY (FOR …
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You need to pull out the entire light from the out side it pulls out hard (has clips holding it in) found out the hard way. after unscrewing a few screws. On Certain models make sure to move to either the left or right (depending on what light) a little first
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Disconnect the battery cables first. Then, You should start by removing the air cleaner and air cleaner housing. There is two wires with plugs on the right front of the top portion of the air cleaner housing. There is one nut almost hidden in the right front corner that must come out. Once the air c…
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I have a 96 Apire and I am having the same type of problem, my blower will sometimes work and other times it will not work. I believe that the blower speed switch (the knob with off 1 2 3) is going bad. I ordered one form my local Ford Dealer and was told that this part is now Obsolete. . Tim
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Remove the hubcaps and wheels. Remove the two large bolts that hold the brake caliper to the steering knuckle. pull the caliper out of the way. There are two large Philips head screws that hold the rotor to the hub. Remove them and slide the rotor off the hub. Just did this to my '96. Hope it helps
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Just changed the starter in my daughter's '97 Aspire, two days ago. It'll help if you go buy the replacement starter prior to removing the old one. It cost me a little over $100 with a $30 core charge.First remove the battery. You'll then need a 8mm, 12mm, and 14mm socket.Remove the two 8mm nuts hol…
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They are self adjusting. Some sdjust when backing up and hitting the brakes and some by using the parking brake. You can also adjust them by removing the rear drums.
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Just had mine done at a shop at around 75,000 miles and the old belt look fine it could have ran another 50,000 miles. It's a hard job very tight space to work in. Have a good shop do it and change the water pump because it has to be removed when changing the belt. Tensioner should be replaced also.
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Underneath your vehicle, a steel threaded cable comes from the back of one hub and is joined by a short cable from the other hub--then the original cable runs to a threaded end with an adjuster nut in it--and one smaller nut on the end outside of that--(this is the equalizer bar)--you'll see it real…
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I wouldn't recommend any one doing this at home unless you have the specialized slide hammer, knuckle hub puller, press with dies and a torch set up. I am in the process and it is taking a long time and costing a couple hundred. Pick up the phone and call for estimates. Otherwise buy the ford manual…
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before you worry about the relay the problem might be simple. first thing to check is the fuel pump initia switch. it's located in the rear hatch area, on the drivers side. you will see a small plastic cover in the side panel, remove that to see a red button. press that button and try again. it auto…
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One of the few that I can answer for sure. The firing order for the Ford Aspire 1.3L is 1-3-4-2 with the distributor rotation counterclockwise.
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Or, just go buy a crank tool for $8. Be sure not to lose the clip, they can fire off very easily. it's very simple, just take a shop rag (any old rag) and slide it between the base of the window crank handle and the door panel. move the rag in a see-saw motion while pushing it towards the crank h…
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You take it to a machine shop. This is a job that requires serious numbers of special tools. If you want to mess with it, the most you can do is remove the steering knuckle.
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The fuel pump on a Ford Aspire 1997 model is under the back seat. Take out the back seat and there is a plate in the floor with screws holding it down. Take these lose and the whole fuel pump housing and all will lift out of the fuel tank. !
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Due to unforseen consequences, you should really let a professional do your brakes. If you still insist, then, You may want to go to a car parts store, or book store, and get a repair manual for your car. They cost about $16.00 Or, go to a Public Library.
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simply loosen the top alternator adjustment bolt, and you may need to loosen the lower mounting bolt if it's very tight. slide the alternator to the front of the car and remove the belt. replace the belt and slide the alternator back until the belt is tight. you might need to use a large screwdriver…
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located on right side of engine when looking from front side, by windshield. this one right first answer sucks
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Owning a 96 Aspire, and being a mobile electronics installer, this answer is 100% correct. Unless ur installing a crappy JVC or Jensen head unit (which have an abundance of wiring on the back) you should be able to stuff the wires behind the stereo fairly easily. This is the way I did it personal…
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take out 3 screws on the bottom of the steering coullum then the bolt on either side of the coullum that holds it up after it drops down the switch is right there easy to get to
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Follow the manual (Haynes, Chilton, Ford Factory).After the old manifold is off, clean the mating surfaces. Install a new gasket (no cement). Bolt on the new manifold. Tighten the bolts and nuts to the torque specs in the manual following the procedure in the manual. Bolt it to the exhaust pipe (new…
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Answer I had the same problem. No easy fix. The trannie needs to be taken apart and the shift bracket( inside) has to be re welded. It cost me $11oo.00. You may want to take a chance on a used trannie. Parts could not be found to replace the bracket. Bill ________________________________________…
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Defective brakes, or wheel bearing. Also some times the E-brake can stick on these cars, my rear wheels were locked up and i discovered this was the problem, i replaced the cable and i have not had any trouble since A lot of times the rear wheel cylinder goes bad and either freezes up or starts t…
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I believe you have to go in underneath the hood and unplug the headlight from behind, that's about all i know.Yeah if you open up the hood there will be a plug that is in the back of the headlight. To remove it all you have to do is twist it to the right or left I'm not sure but it just pull right o…
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Answer LOCATED IN ENGINE COMPARTMENT DRIVERS SIDE NEAR CENTER BOTTOM OF FIRE WALL SPEED OMETER CABLE ! YOU WILL HAVE TO UNSCREW CABLE AND MOVE ASIDE REMOVE A 10MM NUT THAT HOLDS A METAL PLATE DOWN FOR THE SPEEDOMETR CABLE UN SCREW SPEEDOMETER CABLE THEN TURN RIGHT AND LEFT WHILE PULLING UPWARDS T…
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Buy a CD ROM Ford Shop manual off Ebay,has all specs pix and d iagrams you will ever need.
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The most easy way is to get a replacement form the junk yard. Yhat said i will admit I was heck bent on fixing mine so the mileage would be right. Mine would tick and in time the speed would jump. I tried replacing and lubricating the cable but it was in the speedomometer itself as it turned out.So …
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broken balljoint bolt for hatchback I had this problem also. I went to a Ford dealer and they said the bolt was no longer available,but he gave me a printout of the hatchback and circled the bolt i needed. My Grandson went to a junkyard and found the balljoint screw for $1.00 plus tax. Hope this …
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Answer I own a 96, so I don't know how similar the engine compartment configuration is. But, if it is like mine, you just simply remove the lid and filter and there are a series of bolts that are easily accessible. Be sure to disconnect the intake from the throttle body to make it easier on yours…
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Answer Follow the speedometer cable into the transmission. The dipstick is at the end of the cable. ________________________________________________________ You're a dipstick, its a MANUAL transmission, they want to know where the "fill plug" is? _____________________________________________…
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Check the inertia switch to see if it needs reset! Open rear hatch and look on left side of car underneath the speaker for a little door that pops out its only about 2inches wide and push red button down if needs to be! At least that's what was wrong with my 95 and I reset the switch and its fine no…
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Fuel system troubleshooting guideIf you know your not getting fuel that is one thing, but maybe you want to make sure that the problem is really a fuel problem. Assuming you have spark at the spark plugs, disconnect hose from fuel filter in the engine compartment on the drivers side adjacent the win…
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First you will have to pull the instrumentation. Its an easy few Phillips screws and its out. In the back of the cluster there is a white clip that holds the cable to the cluster. You must squeeze 2 plastic parts to allow it to release.Cable goes through the firewall and down to the tranny. At the t…
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change startereither your batterry is dead or if not your starter needs to be repaired or changed.Additional answerYou're not being very specific. Your engine may not turn over, or it may not fire (two different symptoms). Which is it? And if it turns over, will it sometimes fire, or never?
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At the tip of the axle that goes into the transmission is a snap ring. Make sure this clip has the open end pointing down or you will have problems with insertion.
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use impact gun or use the the starter to loosen the bolt with a long Johnson bar or ratchet.
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It could be a tear in your air cleaner hose. The hose from your air filter to the throttle body. If the mass air flow sensor does not have enough air suction ( or enough volume of air) going across it it will shut down the engine.
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I have a 1994 fwd escourt that had similar problems. It turned out to be a broken shifting link inside the tranny. It aslo set me back 1500.00 because the part had to be removed and welded. Hope this help
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The alternator belt is 34-1/2 inch. ALL parts stores will tell you that it is supposed to be 34-1/4, but your belt will squeal and you will ruin the alternator.
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ask u-haul to weld one on it And what if this is only supposed to be a temporary thing?
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Or, u can do it the easy way and get a plastic pry bar, push back the panel to expose the C clip and remove it with some needle nose pliers. If all else fails, go buy a crank tool for like $8. I am a mobile electronics installer (and owner of a 96 Aspire), and I don't know anyone who would go throug…
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You can usually go to a main library that has manuals for engines as well as transmission diagrams.
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Nope. One ratio of trany was sold in the US only. The tire often get changed to the improper size and can throw off the calibration by as much as 5mph.
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The fuse panel is located on the left side of steering column behind axcess panel, That's where the radio fuse should be.
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Yes, and vice versa. I bought a 97 aspire parts car and transferred the lights to my 95SE. No prob.Derus
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I have a 1994 ford aspire, just cleaned the EGR valve last week. it is located just to the left of the #1 fuel injector and the passenger side of the fuel rail.
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there will be a slight difference. it's only 10 millimeters wider. you can't really tell  ANS2: The aspect ratio (in this case it is 70) means that the rim to tread height is 70% of the width. 70% X 165mm = 115.5mm (recommended) 70% X 175mm = 122.5mm (installed) That means that the tire ra…
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Answer Next time it won't start, try turning the key to "Start", then move the gearshift. If it engages when you move the gearshift, it could be the neutral lockout safety switch is either bad or mis-aligned. I found that in my 5 speed it was the starter. everything would lite up just not start, …
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1.Most cars just unplug the electrical connector and remove the two screws and clean with spray carb cleaner and maybe a small tooth brush. 2.(Not to ruin the answer that you posted but using carb cleaner will only remove the gummy buildup contained on a dirty iac valve, the carb cleaner will leave …
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If the voltage metere is moving up and down there a good chance that its the alt. You can also place a volt meter on the battery while the motor is running (with every thing off), look and the voltage, then turn your A/C on high, turn your lights, wipers, radio ON, if the voltage goes below 12.5, th…
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The 1995 Ford Aspire would have a rough idle cut off of power at high speeds due to mis firing. There is also a rev limiter to control how fast you can go.
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I would check two different things. 1. the gas cap. the seal on the gas cap could be bad. 2. check the hoses from the charcoal canister to the gas tank (sorry I can't remember where the charcoal canister is because I no longer own this type of car) I would say one of those hoses are cracked Hello,…
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Use a CV joint pulling tool connected to a slide hammer. Don't repeatedly hit the CV joint with anything else, as you may cause damage to the bearings or the cage. If that happens, you'll be replacing the entire joint very soon.
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I just changed mine. Pull gently down and snap off on the plastic globe. Take old fuse out and put in new fuse. Replace (snap on) the plastic globe. Turn overhead light switch toward driver side to turn off dome light. Turn overhead light switch toward engine to automatically turn light on when door…
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depends on the motor 3.4 has two one is behind the crank pull and the other is on th back of the block
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There is a high pressure switch in the front on the ac line near the drivers light.(right on the ac line) disconnect the wire plug and use a bobby pin or simular(cotter pin) and put it in the plug. turn on the ac abd the fan should come on. I actually have mine taped up in the summer because my ac d…
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No, they are different sizes, specs, and part numbers.
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I would try checking the spark plug wires, spark plugs, cap and rotor. I would consider replacing these if they are original. You might need a distributor. This this what is connected to the cap and rotor. This supplies the spark to the wires. I had a similar problem with a 94 aspire. It would hesit…
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Yes they can ive had rims from American racing on mine and they seem alright also some from scertain ford escorts will fit on the aspire and some Toyota rims.
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Control arm and ball joint are all one unit.
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The 1999 Ford Escort emergency flasher unit can be found beneath the drivers side dashboard. The emergency flasher unit will be labeled as the turn signal flasher unit.
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To check computer codes on a 1994 Ford Aspire, a person will need a code reader specific to a Ford for that year. Insert the code reader in the slot provided just under the dash on the right side of the steering wheel. Wait a few minutes and read the code. Some code readers emit a green light or bee…
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Get engine running. While the engine is running disconect the POSITIVE termninal from the battery. If the engine dies, the Alterntor is bad.
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Answer to wheel bearing q its pretty easy to do, you will need a 1/2 inch drive 19 or 21 mm socket, I got a set made for impact tools ( strong ) for 10 bucks at big lots, a torque wrench capable of reading 75 ft./ lbs, These can be pricey, ask around and see if anyone can lend you one, if that ha…
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Answer Try using two flat tip screwdrivers. They make a special pair of pliers for c-clips. As a retired auto upholsterer the easiest way to do this is to simply install the clip fully onto the handle and then push the handle onto the spine ... that's it ... easy.
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Take a 14mm socket. there are 2 back bolts on the back use this socket on them. pull the calliper off, then there is going to be a keeper spring that is hooked to the brake pads. Very carefully take it off don't break it. Then there is another keeper in 2 pins take that one off also. Pull the pins a…
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where is the power steering pump located
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I replaced water pump had to remove timing belt installed water pump installed timing belt car won't start.
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Spin the bolt to the left to loosen as normal. You will need a powerful impact air tool.
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One can purchase Ford Aspire Spider gears directly through the Ford dealership. These parts can also be purchased at auto part stores.
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Motorcraft Mercon Automatic transmission fluid according to the manual ( For the automatic and the manual transaxle / transmission )
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On the manual transmission the dip stick is also the speedometer cable mount. When you remove the cable from the back side which is between the motor and firewall you will see the dots on the housing that holds the speedo gear. This is also where you refill the trans. I think it is easiest to just d…
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on the 94 aspire the speed cable connects to the speedometer and goes through the firewall and to the wheel
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transaxle drain located under engine,drivers side,there is a hole cut in an engine lower beam covering or fairing that exposes an almost flush plug. remove this plug and drain.to remove this plug you will need a large Allen wrench-after draining replace plug and refill system through dip stick hole …
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Running is a means of terrestrial locomotion allowing humans and other animals to move rapidly on foot. It is simply defined in athletics terms as a gait in which at regular points during the running cycle both feet are off the ground. This is in contrast to walking, where one foot is always in cont…
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Bottom of Engine Block, on passenger side. Below oil dipstick and oil filler hole. Follow Battery cables - both ground and positive lead to the starter. Hard to get to.
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Built Ford tough and durable for any environment.
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5 one on each corner = 4 + 1 steering wheels. And as for 3 wheeled robin reliants they are classed by the government as motorbikes so they don't count.
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The 96 Ford Aspire probably has a loose or broken wire causing the problem. Start at the battery, check the terminals. Check the wires at the starter solenoid as well. One of these areas probably is causing the loss of power.
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You think with yer dipstick Jimmy!
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a 95 civic set should work and will be cheaper than buying even one new spring. they do have really high spring rates though... or you could shell out for lowering springs from www.festivamotorsport.com in the performance section.
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The 1994-1997 Ford Aspire take 20" driver side and 16" passenger side replacement windshield wiper blades.
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If a vehicle, manual or automatic, does not shift into a certain gear, there may be a problem with that gear. Gears get worn and need replacing in a vehicle's lifetime.
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It could be a clogged of defective positive crankcase ventilation valve. The best way to find out is to have the code pulled from the computer. Many auto parts stores will do this for free.
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A common cause for a gas gauge to stop working in a 1994 Ford Aspire is a defective fuel gauge. Lose wiring in the dash is another cause.
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Bad gas mileage can sometimes be attributed to a vehicle in need of a tune-up. Have your car serviced and see if that improves the gas mileage.
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To Change the gear oil in the manual tranny was tricky for me i searched for a few days, but i did some research and found out, you need to pull the speedo cable out of the tranny, the cable acts like a dip stick. and that is where u fill it from.It's a bit more complicated then that. You don't remo…
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Multiply the height in feet times the width in feet times the length in feet to get square feet. Then multiply square feet times 7.47 to get the gallons.
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Most Mazdas are counterclockwise to loosen it... Lefty loosey, righty tighty.. Careful, some years have locktite on them..
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The speedometer is attached to a sensor that detects how fast the wheel is turning. This sensor is programmed to detect the speed based on a specific tire size (ie: manufacturer recommended size) A tire smaller than original equipment (oem) will have to spin faster to cover a measured distance wher…
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first astronaut to go int space 1961 so this was 54 years ago when this happened
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i believe the relay is on the drivers side behind the headlightby the inside of the fender in front of the fuse box there should be a bunch of wires there. at least that's where mine was on my 95 aspire. you can turn your headlights on and pull the fuse for your headlights and puit it back in and it…
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