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Front left controller arm corroded and broke on my 2002 Hyundai Elantra

I was driving home, heard a crunch, and then my entire steering wheel felt loose and turned a quarter turn to the left even though my car was still going straight. I was about 10 feet from home so I ...
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Unknown part fell out of my motorcycle

So I was taking the battery out of my bike (99 Honda Shadow 750 ACE) to ship it this past December, when two parts of the bike I'd never seen fell out from somewhere near the battery case. They sort ...
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What is this thing hanging from a wire from the front headliner at the top of the windshield?

Had my windshield replaced last week, and then this week this black rectangular plastic thing dropped in front of me. Held in place by a wire attached to it going under the headliner - length of wire ...
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This part fell off my car yesterday - what is it?

I drive a 2008 Honda Fit, and yesterday I found this on my driveway, resting under my front end. I know little to nothing about cars, but this looks simple enough that I think I could replace it if ...
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What is this panel on the front of BMWs for?

I know the panels circled in yellow are headlight washers and exist on many cars now. However, on several BMWs I have noticed an extra panel, circled in red. It is not symmetric and I have only ...
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What is name of this part in the picture?

Could you guys please tell me the name of the part in red square in English?
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Purpose of highlighted mirrors in trucks

Whenever I see pictures of trucks made by Volvo, Scania or Daimler. I wonder what are the highlighted mirrors in the picture used for? I don't see those mirrors in most trucks made by Indian ...
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Discerning a component of a motorcycle

Here's a Yamaha XJ6N motorcycle: But I was wondering what this component here was??
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What is this lever?

Recently I parked next to a (beautiful) 1957 Buick "Special" and took a bunch of photos. But I also noticed a lever to the left of the steering wheel, between the dash and the driver's side door, that ...
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Trying to figure out the name of this car part!

I got new tires today and saw that the part that's circled is broken on my car. It looks like it just snapped at the top because part of the bolt appears to still be in whatever the tube is. Anyone ...
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What is this (cooling-system related) part?

A while back I stopped my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6 4WD) and all of a sudden there was white smoke pouring out from under the hood, indicating that something was leaking radiator fluid. When I opened the ...
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What part is this on my Honda Accord 1996?

I was looking under the hood, trying to learn what's what, and I was wondering what this was. The circled part.
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What does this device on a 1985 Mercury Lynx/Ford Export Diesel do?

I have a 1985 Mercury Lynx (Ford Escort) Diesel 4 cylinder. The device shown in the pictures -- below the starter -- has a hose connecting it to the radiator. There is another hose that is ...
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Is this reservoir for power steering fluid? (1989 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome)

Low-speed steering on this RV causes a loud squeal, presumably a slipping belt. I am trying to find check the level of the power steering fluid. I found this unmarked reservoir in the forward ...
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Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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Which engine part is this?

I own a speedboat that is powered by a 5 liter V8 Mercruiser with 200bhp. Yesterday when trying it out for the 1st time this season, 2 things happened: 1 - the boat was always trying to turn left ...
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What's this part? Hanging from left rear of Subaru 99 legacy.

After driving a bit yesterday I came home and noticed that a part seemed to be hanging down from the rear left section of my car. The car is a 99 Subaru Legacy. Can anyone tell me what this is?
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What are the struts connecting the roof to the rest of the car called?

I need to have some work done on the part of the body that connects the roof to the rest of the car, and I'm wondering what is that piece of the car called? If it matters, I'm specifically ...
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What is the small plastic dimple found on some front doors?

I've frequently seen this strange little plastic gizmo (circled in the image) and wondered what its purpose is. I'm tired of wondering -- do any of you know? What is it even called? (Don't ask how ...
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What is this called - rear wheel edition?

A few weeks ago I heard a horrible sound when driving my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6, 4.0L, front disc rear drum) into work and when I parked my truck, I touched the left rear wheel and found that it was ...
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I know this isn't good, but what is it and how hard is it to replace?

While replacing my brakes this weekend I saw this: My best guess is that it is the stabilizer bar. It is attached further back in the frame or axle (can't remember for sure). How hard would this ...
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How to mark tires so they can be identified after theft?

A real-life situation: a car owner leaves his car near a multistoried building in the evening and in the morning he sees the car is standing on bricks and wheels are gone. He addresses the police and ...
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What is the name of the part to which the gas cap connects?

I'm trying to find a replacement part for a 2005 Saturn ION. There seems to be some detachable receptacle type thing to which the gas cap screws in. The gas cap itself is fine, but one of the plastic ...
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What is the name of this part on a 2003 Mazda Protege5?

I'm coming up empty-handed on a Google search so maybe I'm not searching with the right vocabulary. I have 2 LEDs out and I'm not sure if the single bulb can be replaced or if it's one single part ...
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Is there another name for an alternator spacer block?

I'm looking for a compact and inexpensive way to attach a threaded part parallel to the surface of a sheet metal part. One "easy" way to do this, in my mind, is to use a threaded block similar to an ...
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SAAB 93 2001 TiD countershaft sleeve

I'm looking for a part for a 2001 SAAB 93 2.2 TiD but I'm not 100% sure what the name of the part is. Essentially it's a sleeve that goes in to the differential which the part in the attached image ...
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What model carburetor is this? (Mikuni Corp)

Recently, my ATV (a 1997 Yamaha Big Bear 350 2x4) developed a carburetor issue where it would run rich. I took it to a mechanic who says that it needs a new carburetor. However, he was unable to find ...
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Identify these vintage Ford hubcaps

I am hoping to find an enthusiast who knows a bit about classic Fords. Can anyone identify these vintage Ford hubcaps ?
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Are there comprehensive parts lists available for vehicles?

I am looking for a particular part for my new '99 Dodge Ram 1500. I have found that it is very difficult to locate OEM part numbers for individual items in the car. My thought process is that if I ...
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What is a GB in this part diagram?

I've been looking at this diagram to try and understand what's what under my hood, and I'm not sure what "GB-1" and "GB-2" and so on are referring to.
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2001 Audi A4 corroded part… What is it?

I noticed under my hood that a piece looks corroded through. My car hasn't given any warnings or check engine lights and no liquid is coming through. No one I ask knows what it is. Please help! ...
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Identifying a crescent-shaped thin sheet of metal that has rusted off the wheel area

I have a 2005 Matrix in a place that is too salt-happy during the winter. The following rusted off and fell out from the inner side of the front wheel -- looks like a mud guard of some sort. Is it ...
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Determining the size/pitch of bolts and nuts before taking things apart

I'm a shade tree mechanic with an old car that's got a fair amount of rust on various fasteners (particularly in the under-regions). When I'm doing maintenance, I often like -- or find the need to -- ...
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Is this part the glove box damper?

While fully opening the glove box on my Avensis '02 (to get behind it for a job) I broke something. I did a bit of research and I can't be sure but it might be the glove compartment damper, which if ...
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Identify parts I need from a supplier catalog

I'm French and I own an old Volvo V70 car whose automatic gearbox sounds seriously tired. In Europe an specially in France, automatic gearbox is not usual as it may be, say in USA, so it's not easy ...
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Is a loose part on a 1995 Mercury Tracer important?

I just noticed a loose part on my 1995 mercury tracer trio. Honestly, I am unsure of the name of the part and its importance. It's the black plastic piece under the front bumper and it's hanging but ...
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What is this in my 5.4 triton?

Lookin' at my 04 Ford 150's 5.4L Triton. What is this engine component? I'm sure it has to do with the 4wd? Thanks
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What's this cable that starts the blade on a Craftsman riding lawnmower called?

I have a craftsman riding lawnmower. It has a manual gear that I have to push up to get the blade to start. There is a physical heavy gauge wire going from this gear to something below that snapped ...
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What is the name of this part of my trunk release in my 2003 Jetta?

I can't open the trunk in my 2003 VW Jetta. After taking apart the trunk hood, I've determined the problem is the same as described in this thread, but I cannot find the replacement part. This ...
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What is a “confidential vehicle identification” number?

What is the "confidential vehicle identification" number? What cars bear that and where is it located?
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What's the name of this part?

I have a Ford Escape 2003 I'm trying to repair, and I'm looking for a specific part, but I don't know how it's named, therefore I can't buy it online. The part is this one: It's kind of between the ...
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Bonnet latch bolts for VW Polo MK4

I bought a cat-C VW Polo MK4 that has obviously had some front end damage. The catch that holds the bonnet down is very loose. I'm talking about the part that's actually attached to the bonnet, not ...
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Can anyone identify this part on a '96 Honda Prelude?

I have an image of a particular part on my '96 Honda Prelude and I have no idea what it is. It's connected to the power steering and is some kind of sensor. Anyone have any insight?
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Door lock cover on Toyota Highlander

I have a 2010 Toyota Highlander that is missing the cover to the lock on the drivers door. Can anybody tell me the name of the part so I can find a replacement? The dealership wanted $50+ for parts ...
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Can you help me identify this pipe connected to the engine?

I'm confused about the pipe highlighted in blue in the picture below, can you tell me what's its role ? is it used for air ? or to pass the fuel from the injector ? I may sound talking nonsense since ...
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What brake discs does my car have?

I have a 2006 Citroen C4 1.6 VTR+ (5 doors) and I need to change brake discs and pads. I found this website: http://www.carparts4less.co.uk/ where I order those parts, but after taking them to a ...
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ABS/ESC units used for Active City Stop (Ford)

Does anyone know what ABS/ESC Hydraulic Control Unit (HCU) exactly are being used in Ford cars that feature the Active City Stop? The City Stop needs to be able to initiate brakes electronically and I ...
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What is Zongshen ZS125ST Carburetor 24mm KF Standard of Japan compatible with? [closed]

I have a carburetor "KF Standard of Japan" apparently Zongshen ZS125ST Carburetor 24mm KF Standard of Japan. What other makes/models is it compatible with?
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2006 Nissan Maxima transmission

I removed the transmission from a 2006 nissan maxima and have a 2 3/4" metal ring with teeth pressed into it and I don't remember where it goes
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Do you recognize this connector?

I bought a pair of side marker lamps for my car (OEM p/n 26160-JK00B). They are compatible with Nissan MO/Infinity. My car is a Nissan Murano 2009 (US model) which doesn't come by default with ...