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What battery should I buy for my vehicle?

My girlfriend has a Nissan Versa 2014 (although this question still applies for any other car), and I need to buy a battery for it. I went to both Walmart and Advance Auto parts and there are lots of ...
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How to use an engine stand

This is one thing which I have asked many times on a car forum and never received a satisfactory response for. I know that the engine block is somehow bolted onto an engine stand like the one ...
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Why do the batteries on some cars need to be hot-swapped?

By "hot-swap" I mean ensuring that the new battery is connected in parallel to the old battery while the old battery is removed and the new one is installed in its place. The idea is to ensure that ...
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Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?

I am seriously considering learning some auto repair knowledge. I don't want to use my good car as my experimental starter kit. So can I buy a used car somewhere and have it towed home just for the ...
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Keeping track of removed screws?

Put simply, are there any good tricks for keeping track of removed screws and bolts when you're dealing with a lot of them? I'm officially one evening into an interior restoration job on my '88 BMW ...
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As a consumer, can you buy the “OEM service manual” for your car direct from the manufacturer?

I recently found out you can buy a repair manual for your specific car (in this case Haynes and the repair manual is specific your make/model but spans multiple years). When I went to my car's Haynes ...
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Is there a source assessing repairability of motorbikes and cars?

For phones you can find ratings based on ease and cost of repairability (assuming you do everything yourself). Is there such a source for choosing a motorbike or car that you want to maintain yourself ...
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Dripping water from under the water housing

I am on a tight budget. How do I go through fixing the leak, start with the nuts (enclosed with red hexagons) then the blue ones and then go to the yellow ones or can I go start all together with ...
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I want to attach some hooks inside my car

Want to: attach some hooks on the inside of my car, so I can hang stuff on them. The problem: The inside of my car consists of hard plastic panels. But when I try to get a screw in them, it gets ...
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Windshield chip - what constitutes “edge” of windshield and can I DIY this?

I have a small chip in my windshield I got today driving home from work. It's less than the size of a dime, with a bit of surface damage and some small cracks (which appear to be subsurface? hard to ...
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Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

I'm the owner of a 2003 MG TF[see photo], I love the car although being 6'4" it borders on uncomfortable when driving longer distances and is not very dignified getting in or out, and my knees brush ...
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How to change a thermostat on a 2007 Pontiac G6

Is it difficult? How do I know the exact location? Just purchased a replacement but I want to make sure I'm opening up the right compartment. 3.5L V-6 This is a picture of what I believe it is. ...
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What is the best way to remove a stripped head bolt that is deep in the engine?

One of the head bolts on my 1997 Mercedes C230 stripped during removal. It is a 12 point star, I think they made be called triple square splines. The others are about 4 inches long stretch bolts. ...
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AC Recharge- What did I do wrong?

I drive a 2010 VW Golf. The AC has not been working at all lately. Before taking it in to the pros, I bought an AC Recharge Kit and only got to step 1 on the directions. When I hooked it up to the ...
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Are ignition coils easy to replace on a BMW 318i 2.0L 2007 msport model?

They'll cost me £21.06 each. I watched a video on YouTube that showed a guy clipping of the engine cover and pulling out and plugging in the coils. I'm not 100% sure what BMW model this was but it ...
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2012 Dodge Caravan - Lubrication of door channel

Both the sliding doors make a grinding noise when opening or shutting down. The place I take this to for an oil change claims to lubricate doors and windows. Now I am not too sure. What level of ...
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Formula for calculating output power after putting a rpm reduction gear

I'm thinking of starting of converting an old car to an electric car. I have a question, but google won't answer me my very long not very well explained question. Take this scenario. I would take a ...
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DIY Alternator Belt Tensioner

I've got a diesel engine in my boat, but the previous owner had somehow snapped the alternator bracket, and fitted it fixed to the boat rather than the engine. Now the alternator doesn't move when the ...
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DIY - How to create a car paint booth? What's Involved?

Thinking about painting my next project car, and came across a YouTube video where the OP built a makeshift booth in what appeared to be his garage. Fast forwarding to later videos when he brought ...
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Is there a good online resource for exhaust system design? (theory)

I am looking for information on the effects of changing certain criteria in an exhaust system relating to its performance and its sound. I am unable to find any resourses relating to this on the net ...
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Ferrari 3.0L V8 - muffler positioning, and x-flow for specific sound

I am re-designing a Ferrari exhaust system with 2 objectives: 1: enhance the specific high pitch raspy sound that you expect from a small Ferrari V8. 2: achieve a good free-flow design. There is ...
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Is it possible to install power door lock on KIA Forte LX?

My 2010 KIA Forte LX has no power lock from stock, but it has wires in doors. Is it possible to put lock actuator from EX model? Or in any other DIY way? I've checked a lot of forums, but there is no ...
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Easily serviceable/maintenance cars

I really want to get a little bit more familiar with whatever is going on under the bonnet, so I thought to buy an old car to conduct my experiments on it. What I had in mind - is trying basic ...
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Is rebuilding an alternator a DIY project?

I'd like a high performance alternator similar to one of these. Is it possible to rebuild a stock alternator to similar output, using majority of tools one would have at a home garage? Of course one ...
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How to fix scratched glass

Recently I discovered that I have a small but a bit deep scratch on a rear door glass ( I have hatchback ). I am not sure how it happened but it is there now and it bugs me quite a bit. Can I fix it ...
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DIY car repair: Which car should I try to start with?

I would like to start working on cars as a hobby and to turn a small investment into a larger one. I have little experience working on cars but I am learning. I really enjoy working on them and would ...