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What damage does a car suffer if not regularly used?

Sometimes I use the car on daily basis, but there are months when I don't use it at all, and it sits parked outside for 5+ weeks, with the battery disconnected. (Main reasons: working from home that ...
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What's the most environmentally responsible method of car parts cleaning?

I'll be the first to admit that this one has been hard for me. I clean cylinder heads, axle bearings, calipers, crankcases....the list goes on. I want to be clear here. I am not talking about ...
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Car Parts Software To View Parts of a Car

Is there computer software that lets you see parts of a car for common car models, like European brands, and browse them in 3D. Is there anything that would have autocad schematics or something like ...
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Buying Car Parts Online

It's clear to me that car parts are cheaper when purchased online rather than through the mechanic. I've been buying tires and brake pads online for years with few problems. Now the wheel bearings on ...
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Benchmark about quality levels in car parts

I want to replace a front grille of Honda Civic 2014 EX Sedan (4 doors). I've been suggested to buy it from this auto part dealer RockAuto which has a great catalog. I found the part in "CAPA" and ...
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Where to buy interior parts, that OEM doesn't sell?

I am trying to find an armrest cushion in Altima 2008 (this part). But Nissan and all OEM re-sellers will not sell the cushion only, they are only selling it as a whole door panel, which is very ...
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Long term storage of parts

I recently bought some spare parts for my Subaru Forester XT and would like to store them the right way until I need them. Specifically, I have a turbo, injectors, exhaust and intercooler that needs ...
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Do I need to replace rear differential if it's leaking?

When we got an oil change, he said it's "leaking, but not out of fluid or low". Do we need to do any replacement/maintenance on it, or just wait until it gets worse? How would I check something like ...
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Are automakers required to maintain spare parts infrastructure for 15 years?

Are (U.S.) automakers required to maintain an infrastructure of spare parts for 15-years (in the U.S. or in California)? Reading about the GM EV-1: The EV1's discontinuation ... to avoid ...
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How to remove the clips of the Honda Emblem. Safely

Can someone suggest me how to remove the clips/pins behind the emblem of the front grille of a Honda Civic 2014 EX Sedan. I wanna replace the grille because it's cracked. I saw many tutorials in ...
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DIY carbon-fiber parts layup

I'm gathering the necessary equipment to start my next little hobby project building my own fairings. I got about 5 yards of carbon-fiber/Kevlar and another 5 yards of fiberglass, 10ft of 3' carbon ...
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Jetta Part Identification

I just bought a 2013 VW Jetta SE with a 5-speed manual trans. I'm new to Volkswagen, and I found this part in my glovebox. Does anyone know what it could be?
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Interchangeability of motorcycle parts

How standardized are motorcycle parts? Is every manufacturer doing their own thing or could you take parts such as a crankshaft from a Honda machine and use them in a Yamaha machine? Are there ...
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What potentially may be wrong with a front-right leg of a stabilizer?

Not a long time ago, I went to the service for an annual technical inspection. They replaced the front-right leg of a stabilizer. And gave me the previous one back. I wasn't too smart to ask the ...
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Enormous discrepancy in part cost estimation; reliability of refurbished parts online?

3-Part Question: My car is squealing lately when I turn it on/am idling at stoplights/am making slow turns i.e. parking lots. I go to an engineering school, and some friends of mine who build ...
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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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Volvo V70 turn light activator

The left stick behind the steering wheel is missing a piece as you can see here: I was wondering if this is replaceable and if so what the part number would be. Thanks in advance.
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What type of flange is this and what's its application?

I found this flange part in a box of assorted vintage MOPAR parts and can't figure out what its application could be. It sort of looks like a toilet flange for your household commode but I don't ...
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OK to use non-OEM/aftermarket camshaft position sensor?

I have a 2002 2.4L 4cyl Mitsubishi Galant with the error code to replace the camshaft position sensor. The car is having starting issues common with a faulty cam sensor. I know where the sensor is, ...
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Can I get a core refund without an exchange?

I recently replaced one of the half-shafts on my Saabaru with a new aftermarket part. I know that the old factory one I took off can be rebuilt, and if I'd bought a rebuilt unit I'd've had to put ...
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Can I order parts that are painted stock colors?

I'm trying to order a fuel door for my 2006 Altima on http://www.nissanpartsdirect.com but they don't ask for a color. Where can I go to get a new fuel door that's painted the same color as my car? I ...
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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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A/C Reciever Drier for 1962 Skylark

I need to replace the A/C receiver drier (a.k.a. accumulator) in my 1962 Buick Skylark (V8 convertible), however the aftermarket ones I've been finding online (e.g. ...
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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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Motorcycle parts that need to be replaced most frequently

With motorcycles, what are the parts that most frequently get damaged and therefore have to be exchanged most frequently? I'm asking this question because I am looking to buy a motorcycle that I ...
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How to find out the “serviceability” of a car?

One of my concerns before purchasing a car is how expensive repairs are going to be down the road. For example my car up until recently was a Volvo 850, and the air conditioner didn't work in it; the ...
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How can I do a cheap but safe and good tuning which will improve the cars performance?

I have a Skoda Octavia 5 1.6 MPI and I want to make a good cheap safe tuning that will increase the cars performance above 100 hp it already has. How can I do that?
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Why does the price of Catalytic Converters vary so much?

My check engine light came on and the diagnostic code says it is a problem with the catalytic converters so I'm getting ready to schedule an appointment with a mechanic to take care of that. The ...
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Motorcycle mud-guard hit and broken; any chance of repair, or is this something best addressed with replacement parts?

The front mudguard, built out of what seems to be flexible plastic material, recently cracked and needs to be either repaired or replaced. A friend of mine works at a car body-shop, and offered to ...
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Ford Taurus 01 shock holder problem

My car was making scratchy metal noise when turning left coming from the back. I checked the bottom of the car and found the issue. I don't fully know how to address it what the part's name is and if ...
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How to ensure body repair parts will fit?

How can you ensure, when you are purchasing body parts online or from a vendor, that the parts you get are going to be an exact fit for your vehicle? I’ve heard horror stories of body parts not lining ...
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How do I find a replacement radio?

I have a 1995 Mazda Protege LX and the radio has been dead for a while, so I want to replace it. The installation/removal looks pretty simple. How to I find a radio that will work as a replacement ...
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Where can I get vehicle parts catalog?

I'd like to get the parts catalog for Suzuki Ignis 2003 model car. How do you get parts catalogs? My Internet research has not yielded much.
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Mazda 323: How to find OEM Part Numbers

I have a 97 Mazda - 323 S V (BA) - 1.8 i 16V (114 Hp) and was wondering if there is a way to find out OEM part numbers other than running to the local Mazda dealership and begging them. I mean, is ...
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Bumper cracked after 6 months being repaired at bodyshop [closed]

I took my car in to have a front bumper repaired on a 2010 Nissan Rogue. The bodyshop took almost 3 weeks before they actually got it right. The paint was off and from the original from the ...
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Most acceptable way to get parts off another car?

I was in an accident about a month ago and I'm trying to figure out a good way to repair the damage (I'm a college student and the car has no collision on it, so having it fixed is gonna be tight on ...
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Do the specs of my new battery need to exactly match the old?

I have the following values on my car battery: 12v 71ah 580cca When looking for a new battery, do I need to ensure I get one with those exact values, or can it be different? For example, would the ...
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Correct AC Compressor for '04 Dodge stratus SE 2.7L 6cyl

Apparently, there are two types of AC compressors for my '04 Dodge Stratus SE, 2.7 liter 6 cylinder engine, and I need to know which one I need. I tried looking on a parts store, but I couldn't get ...
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Nissan Micra 2015 (K13) - Missing front bumper vent

Someone has crashed with my wife's Micra while she was at work, and we have just noticed that the vent is missing, I'm unable to find a replacement online, do I have to get a new bumper?
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Where can I find a reference for Honda part numbers?

Where can I find a manual or detailed catalog or service manual of a specific car in order to know for example all its part codes to buy original replacement parts, from pieces and paint (Not owner's ...
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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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Seat Leon FR TDi 170 injector recall - affected cars

I am looking at purchasing a 58 plate (late 2008) Seat Leon FR TDi 170. I am aware of the injector recall, however I would like to know for how long the problematic injectors were a problem for? The ...
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How are some manufacturers or retailers able to sell for so much more, while others sell for less?

I have a 2007 Ford Taurus with 128,000 miles. I need to replace my ignition coil and wires, but I'm seeing some new coils for around $35 and some for around $120 (Both online and in stores). The ...
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When to Use a Timing Set with a Needle Thrust Bearing?

I need to replace the timing chain on my 98 Dodge Dakota 3.9L. When looking at timing chain sets, there are about three different price points: $60, $170, $250. In the $170 and $250 sets, a needle ...
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Toyota Yaris rear bulb holder sourcing

I am looking to source an individual part for the rear drivers side tail/brake light. All I need is the bulb holder as all the electrical points in the one I have have rusted away. Unfortunately I ...
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Can I replace the glass mirror in my (wing) mirror?

A neighbour of mine hit my (wing) mirror with a sliotar and it's cracked/smashed. Can I replace just the glass (the actual mirror itself)? Preferably doing it myself. As oppposed to having to buy a ...
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Do all airbag squibs on Opel Corsa C include steering angle sensor?

Do all the airbag squibs on an Opel/Vauxhall Corsa C include steering angle sensor? I mean is the steering angle sensor included in the part even on cars that do not have ESP/ESC (Electronic Stability ...
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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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how to find part number for slide-out tray cover that has cigarette lighter

I have a 2003 Buick Century. The cigarette lighter is located within this tray as part of the dashboard at the bottom (below the radio). This tray pulls out and it has this stiff piece of plastic at ...
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Sealing two stainless steel cylinders

I have 2 stainless steel cylinders (very thin) that I want to fit together. One has a diameter of 10cm and the other a bit more (around 11cm). I was thinking of sealing them together with an O-ring, ...