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kraftsman lawn mower runs for 10 minutes, sputters and dies

I have a Kraftsmann 550 series push lawn mower with Brigg and Stratton engine that runs for about 10 minutes and then sputters and dies. I can start it again after prime it again, but it will run for ...
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Cheap repair of hole in car paint

Recently my car paint has been damaged, I suspect it got hit by a little stone and the paint bursted. The bursts is not very nice but is very hard to notice because they are just about 3 cm long and ...
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Is it reasonable to charge the customer $1000+ to assemble the top of the engine?

I recently have an engine overheat issue and see my previous post for details: How long does items in the engine last in general for standard size cars? This is an interesting follow up on that at ...
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Trim repair on a 2003 Ford Focus

The door trim on the drivers side door of my 2003 Ford Focus has come loose at the front: I'm guessing that a proper repair would require the interior door panel to be removed, and this seems like ...
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Scratch front bumper white car

I have scratched my car tonight reversing in the garage, when I turned the wheel I scratched the front to a concrete column. My car is a Subaru Impreza Wagon 2007, white This is a link to a photo. ...
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Hyundai Getz roof antenna mount broke

So, I went to wash the wife's car yesterday, and (as always) struggled with unscrewing the roof antenna from its base. This time, however, the thing broke. Now I'm thinking, is this something I can ...
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Is there a way to check if you're being ripped off for accident repair costs?

I collided with the back of another car. I had a quote from a garage authorized by my insurer that seems large. The estimator made it sound a lot more serious than I expected. He says it's going to ...
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2006 G35 - Body shop installed wrong front bumper

After getting run off the road a few weeks ago, my car suffered a cracked front bumper, and received a complementary boot-shaped, softball-sized dent above the driver's wheel. So, I called the ...
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deep pressing of disc brake lever when whee not in position

I would like to know what happens when the disc brake lever is deeply pressed when wheel is removed. Does it cause any damage? If yes then what should be the repair and how much it may cost? Update: ...
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To repair, or sell: that is the question

1998 Volvo S70 4D 117k miles. No accidents, inherited from 2nd owner. I've got a big list of repairs to make: ABS control unit throws 8 fault codes, can replace w/ a rebuilt unit Front strut ...
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Is it typical for a shop to charge extra for labor if you bring your own parts?

I brought my car into a new mechanic today for brake issues, and they discovered that my rear brake calipers had completely seized up. They gave me an itemized quote for parts (~$700) and labor ...
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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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My car was recalling but my car is already more than 10 years old. Repair free? [duplicate]

I just found out that my car was recalling after read the news. My dealer never told that my car was recalling. My car was recalling last year. I was doing some research and found out that most ...
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Can metal putty be used to repair stripped threads in aluminum castings?

I've been burnt by stripped threads on a couple of occasions now, so knowing that metal putty could be used to re-tap a brand new thread in aluminum would be reassuring. I recently came across Liqui ...
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Sideskirt repair

During the winter period, a driver on the other side of the road crashed into his predecessor. A bumper was launched from that point and smacked right into the lower left side of my car, resulting in ...
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2004 Jeep Liberty overheating

My car overheated on the drive in to work today. I'll describe the symptoms... I've been dealing with a minor coolant leak for about a month now. I top it off once per week, about 1L of fluid. The ...
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Fiat Punto Door Dent

I recently dented my Fiat Punto Active 8v 3 Door Hatchback. I'm looking into buying this dual suction cup to remove the dent. With the severity of the damage, do you think I'd be successful with ...
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newly rebuilt engine, long warm-up & severe shaking

I have a 2002 Toyota Celica GT with a newly rebuilt engine (ran out of oil and threw rods) but problems still persist. I was told by the mechanic to allow myself a 500 mile break in time of not ...
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How to install replacement lens for headlight

My 2002 Toyota Corolla got backed into by a snowplow a few month's back: The headlight/bulb still works (amazingly); however The lens/plastic covering over it is busted; and The entire headlight ...
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Rebuild for longevity

So, I have a question about a 98 2.0 rt neon. I am going to get a top/bottom rebuild on it, the block has 260000 km on it. I have seen rebuild kits on the market anywhere from 300 dollars (ebay ...
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Collision repair with Bondo and used parts

This year, one of my New Year's resolutions was to become more of a DIYer. I was in a fender bender a few weeks back (not my fault) and insurance just cut me a check for the repairs. This car is a ...
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Broken spark plug stuck/seized in place [duplicate]

Changing spark plugs to a 2002 chevy cavalier last one broken and stuck! Tried soaking with wd40 & PB Blaster but still not moving...any advice?
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How are fuel injectors controlled?

I took the fuel injectors off of a wrecked Volvo 850 GLT 1996. I was testing them to see if they still worked by simply supplying voltage to them, and they do. I noticed that when I increase or ...
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Why is my Toyota dashboard shiny and sticky, and how do I clean it?

I have a 2008 Toyota Camry, which is primarily kept in Florida (southern U.S.). My entire dashboard has been sticky / tacky for years. I do not know why or how it got this way. It accumulates dust, ...
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How do I repair detatched interior roof fabric?

I have a 2008 Toyota Camry. The fabric above the rear window has come detached and is sagging. I plan to use a spray adhesive (Loctite High-Performance) on the yellow foam after taping the window to ...
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Can a scrape like this be repaired by myself or do I need to take it to a car mechanic?

That clear white line there is a paint scraped on the car. I am a new car owner and I am not sure if I can repair that by myself or I need go find a car mechanic, if I can repair it by myself, what ...
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Vehicle nearing end of life?

Today, my car started overheating (was running perfectly fine for the past month, seemingly) so I checked the coolant and noticed it was practically empty. I brought it to a mechanic, who said that ...
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Truck starts but dies shortly after

I tipped my truck on the passenger side a month ago. After the fire department tipped it back over I started it and parked it back on the road. I now can start it but then it turns off a second later. ...
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How do I fix a wrapped seatbelt?

I've got a carseat that has a looped seatbelt and I have fought with it for the last hour. I don't want to send it in, I want to fix it myself. Anyone have any advice?
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Surging idles - Anyonebody?Honda()

I have a Honda it has a standard 4cyl b21a1 1990 Honda prelude (should have specified was in a rush) I recently changed the head gasket(it went bad would puff out white smoke when I cranked on the key ...
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Body parts(auto) spray painting requirements

I have a 24l Fragram compressor, airbrush & gravity feed spraygun. I want to spray small Auto body parts(plastic). Will the compressor maintain?
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Repair very old car or buy newer used car?

I am debating whether to repair a very old car or buy a newer used car. There is a particular newer used car I have easy/trusted access to, so I will use that as the example below... The old car: ...
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How does the online estimate website work?

For example I found AutoMD useful for getting a rough idea of how much the repair might be around. But then I also want to know how actually trustworthy their estimate is. At least it'd be better if ...
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Rust Repair Advice

I have acquired a 2005 Mazda 3 sedan.Its a nice little car, aside from the atrocious amount of rust on it. The rust originated in the wheel wells, and that's where most of the rust actually 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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Is my Paint damaged beyond repair?

I've just bought my first car (used) and noticed that there appears to be a significant chip to the paintwork on the roof. Can anybody explain the level of damage there is to the paint? Will the ...
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Safest method to raise a vehicle, with multiple safety nets?

What methods are there to "fool proof" raising a vehicle. After a long search, some of the items I found include using ramps and jack stands (which ones are safest?) , placing tree stumps underneath ...
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What's wrong with my pressure washer?

Sorry if this is off topic. I couldn't find another StackExchange forum it would fit any better with. I have a gas powered Troy Bilt (model 01902) pressure washer with a 6.5 HP Briggs & Stratton ...
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check vehicular damage on tire bursts

I just experienced having a tire explosion yesterday. I was running at around 60mph and suddenly my rear right tire blew. I was go up a bridge and as it blew, there was brown smoke and I might have ...
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changing a tire on a slope

So one of the tires on my car had a blowout on a road with a slight slope. I tried lifting the car up with a hydraulic jack but after the car got to a certain height the jack fell forward and the car ...
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Repairing crack on edge of windshield

I was replacing my windshield wiper motor (after asking about it here) and while putting in the new windshield wiper motor, I hit it on the edge of the windshield causing a few cracks. I asked a ...
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Sidewall of my tire has a tear, can this be repaired?

I have a Subaru Legacy 5.0i wagon, which has all-wheel drive. Taking a right turn yesterday, my rear passenger tire bumped on a curb. About 20 minutes later the tire was flat. There is an 'L' ...
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Tachometer On My Car Is Doing The Opposite At Warm up

The car is Ford Focus 2002 model. Ztec engine. 1.6V I'll go straight to the point. The problem started when I got my car engine washed (with water). I changed the coil, and plugs. It started running ...
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What is this part called?

So in the beginning ONE of my windshield wipers just went absolutely dead (could move it easily with my hands) and I took it to the shop and the guy removed what he called ''arms'' but when I went to ...
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I drove with the handbrake on for 1000 metres

I left my handbrake on for about 1000 meter when driving this winter. I smelled something burning when I opened the front door. Since then there is often a burning smell back right wheel after ...
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Repaint a bumper vs buying and installing a new one

I understand it's hard to answer this question without having a lot of details, but still I would like to figure out one thing. So, I got rear-ended recently. Fortunately the damage is really basic, ...
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Is the wing (AKA fender) on a BMW 335d MSport attached by glue?

I have cracked my wing and discovered that there is glue under the wing as if it has been repaired before. The garage I bought the car from is claiming that it is factory fitted and that BMW use glue ...
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Compare repair quotes [closed]

My car: Toyota Camry 1994 LE, 4 cyl, 4 door sedan, automatic 127000 miles. It failed the MD state inspection and following repairs are required. Power steering belt. Power steering pump leak. Power ...
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Jetta repair forum [closed]

I recently came into possession of a 204 Jetta, in need of an unknown amount of work. I'm looking for a good forum to learn about the various vehicle parts a repair guides. I am not very ...
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3 Questions related to fixing/replacing 2005 Toyota Prius bumpers?

I have a large crack on the left rear corner of my white '05 Prius bumper from when my wife bumped into a another car in a parking lot when the temperature was around 4 below. I also have a large ...