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Just did tune-up on 2000 altima changed plugs wires distributor cap and rotor air filter changed oil and filter car started like a top drove 10 miles shut car off now won't start.


Really need more info here. Does the engine turn over? If so check all your connections again. Also check plug and coil wires and distributor cap. If engine won't turn over it's probably the battery.

Feb 03, 2015 | 2000 Nissan Altima

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How do i remove and replace the pos. battery cable


Disconnect the (-) cable from the battery post. This will make removing the + cable easier as you will not need to worry about sparks if any of the tools short from the + post to the car body, frame, etc.. Once removed, position the loose cable end so that it can not come into contact with the - post of the battery until you are ready.

Next, disconnect the + cable from the battery post. Follow the cable to any connector or terminal bolt / screw. Loosen / remove any connector, fitting, etc. as needed to permit removing the cable.

Remove screw on caps from the battery. Check and top off each cell of the battery with distilled water. Fill to the lower opening in the neck. Replace caps tightly.

Clean the top and sides of the battery by mixing a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in 4 - 6 oz of warm water. Dip an old toothbrush in the solution and scrub the top of the battery. Do not allow the solution to enter vent opening in the caps. Maintenance free batteries do not have caps and can not be topped off. Foaming and fizzing indicates the presence of battery acid on where ever the solution comes in contact. Once all areas that foam and fizz have been scrubbed, rinse gently with water. Go over the battery once more with the solution and rinse again. Clean the battery connector on the end of the - cable by scrubbing with the solution and rinse. Dip the connector into the solution and rise well. Slowly pour the remaining solution into the battery pan and on other battery hold down hardware to neutralize any battery acid collected there. Rinse again with plenty of water.

Install the new cable in the reverse order of the procedure above.

Clean the battery posts with a wire brush or tool designed for this purpose. Clean the inside of the battery post connectors of both the - and the new + cables. Apply a coating of petroleum jelly on the posts and the cable ends.

Good luck!

Apr 11, 2014 | 1996 Ford Contour

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Removed old battery put new one in now car wont idle


Step 1:

i would advise you to check the alt make sure its putting the right voltage to the battery or see if your battery is low on water.

first you need to pull the caps off the battery located on the top with writing on them

Step 2:

pop the caps off and see if the electrolyte is full and if it is not go to the store and buy distilled water and add till it reaches the top of the holes

Step 3:

put caps back on and in twelve hours if that doesnt work check the idle air control motor located next to the throttle body and tap it with a wrench

Apr 18, 2013 | Cars & Trucks

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Charging battery and I do not know, if it needs to be vented or is it a seal top?


Hi there,

If the battery looks like it has caps or covers on top (either screw on, or clip on) which can be removed, then:

1) remove all caps
2) check the internal battery acid (fluid) inside is just above the plates (if not, add just enough "pre-boiled" water - which has cooled - in each compartment to cover the plates).
3) get a damp rag and place over the battery openings (to prevent any flammable gases from escaping).
4) start charging battery

DANGER: never touch any acid from the battery

If no caps or covers are present, then it is a sealed unit - charge the battery as normal.

If there is crusty sulphur type powder present on the battery terminals or battery leads, boiling water will safely remove this residue.



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Jun 04, 2011 | Kia Sedona Cars & Trucks

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1997 diahatsu charade ltd overheating no water leaks ,no water in oil, hopefully could be thermostat, were is thermostat located?


open the car hood. look at the radiator, and then the top radiator hose. follow that hose to the engine. the hose connects to the thermostat housing cap. under that cap is the thermostat. here's what you need: ratchet, and sockets, flat-tip screwdriver, scraper, pliers, a new thermostat (any auto parts store), a new gasket, and some gasket sealant. Question, how old are hoses? if 3 years or old, let change those also. 2 new hose, 4 hose clamps, and some coolant. If we're changing hoses with this, lets start. drain the radiator, and remove the hard hose first, the bottom. now remove the top.hose, and lets start the thermostat. remove the bolts holding down the cap, and gently pry off the cap. flip the cap over, and scrape it clean to metal(we want NO leaks). now reach down and remove the thermostat, and lets scrape the housing clean to metal. place the new thermostat in the housing, and lets put a thin coat of gasket sealant on the housing. place the gasket on the sealant, and pick up the cap. apply a little gasket to the cap. place on top of the gasket, and bolt it down. now hook the hoses(if your changing them)and let sit 30 minutes for the gasket sealant set. after that, let add the coolant, and water. start the car, let it warm up. when the new thermostat opens, add more coolant as need to top it off. Hope this helps

Jan 03, 2011 | Daihatsu Charade Cars & Trucks

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The maint. requied dot shows red.


If this is the battery - remove top cap and top up with distilled water - then replace cap plate and charge.

Dec 27, 2010 | 1996 Honda Accord

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How do I change my 2002 Camry Alternator... The


I hope you disconnected the neg. battery cable.

Jun 30, 2009 | Toyota Camry Cars & Trucks

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Water leak from top of expansion tank.2000 BMW 316i se


The water (coolant) in the expansion tank will rise and fall with the engine temperature. What the expansion tank does is collect and return coolant to and from the engine. When the engine warms up the coolant gets hot, builds up pressure and opens up the radiator cap. The coolant then goes into the expansion tank. Now when the engine cools down the pressure drops in the cooling system and the pressure drop (vacuum) pulls the coolant back into the engine via the radiator cap. The radiator cap allows the cooling system to build up pressure and by doing so increases the boiling point of the coolant, but when that pressure exceeds the caps rating the cap opens and the coolant goes to the expansion valve. The cap has another part to it that when the engine cools down and a partial vacuum is created in the cooling system a "valve" in the radiator cap opens and allows the coolant to be drawn back into the engine. I would look at your radiator cap to see if any gunk or build up is on it, and check the rubber gaskets for cracks. It's easiest just to replace the cap because they are inexpensive and easy to replace (2-10 dollars). The expansion tank should have two hoses on it. The one on the bottom comes from the radiator and the one on the top (possibly part of filler cap) runs down and is open to the ground. That way if it is overfilled or becomes overfilled it will slowly leak onto the ground. When and if you change your radiator cap, make sure the engine is cooled down, remove cap and start engine and turn heater to full blast, full heat. Leave the cap off and let it run until engine warmed up. This should burp out any air pockets that may have happened when coolant was changed. Also top off the coolant in the radiator while it is running. Hope this helps and good luck

Apr 03, 2009 | 1992 BMW 3 Series

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Radiator overheats


The cap on the coolent reservoir may not be maintaining the correct pressure. It could also be a faulty thermostat or a defective drivebelt, hope this helps

Mar 18, 2009 | 1994 Toyota Camry

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