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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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2010 Audi A4 Scratch - “blending”

I have some small paint chips on the bumper of my 2010 Audi A4, and I was thinking about having a mobile bumper guy spray it over with factory paint. I was then told that the Audi paints change color ...
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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 ...
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what type of mask should I use?

When sanding a panel down to bare metal getting ready to correct the damage before primer, paint and clear. What kind of mask should be warn to protect my lungs. I'm assuming one of those diy ...
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How many hours for roof reinforcements replacement

I need to replace the roof reinforcements for my VW Tiguan. I am quite concerned about the amount of hours required by car dealer shop for this Namely items 3 and 4 need to be replaced. This ...
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Where and how does one verify compatible replacement parts?

Going to the salvage yard tomorrow, looking for an engine oil pan. After some research, it appears oil pans from other model Fords may be comparable but I do not see any information that verifies it. ...
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Got a call from the mechanic saying I need new disc brakes. Can I buy them online instead? [closed]

Car newbie here! I have my Citroen C3 Picasso in the shop to do a routine service. The mechanic just called me to say that I should get my front disc brakes and pads replaced, as they're nearly gone. ...
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Should a clutch slave cylinder be honed with a crosshatch pattern like an engine cylinder?

I'm going to be rebuilding my clutch slave cylinder (new spring and piston). The fellow at the parts counter mentioned that I should use the finest possible hone when cleaning up the inside. I looked ...
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Can a full teardown of my 318 TDS (1996 1.7 Gasoil) E36 engine have bad side effects?

I would like to get more acquainted with the engine of my car, learn mechanics, and also just clean the engine of accumulated dirt and grime. As such, I am considering tearing down the engine. For ...
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Replace door on BMW 320D E46

I recently bought a BMW 320D E46 (2001) with two doors (passenger side) that are dented beyond repair (i.e. repairing them would be ridiculously expensive). I have the opportunity to buy two ...
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Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce

Is replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce, an expensive repair? I've been told it is better to just replace the engine all together. Is it a tough job for a backyard mechanic or a diy ...
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What is a fair price for caliper repair?

Dealership tells me I need a rear wheel caliper repair. Estimated cost of $500. Is this reasonable? I have Toyota Highlander 2003 model.
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How to prioritize repairs?

My car needs some work, but I don't like taking out too much debt and my savings are sort of depleted for the moment, so I need to do a little at a time. How can I prioritize the work that needs to be ...
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AC repair need help so bad it's hot!

08 PT Cruiser blows warm air but never gets cold. Tried Freon but it doesn't blow cold or last long at all. It sounds like it's clicking on and off not too rapidly when driving it blow slightly cooler ...
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2012 POLO 1.2 S hatchback service manual?

Is there an after market service manual for a my new polo? I have already tried haynes but it's not available for my model I need it before I start messing around with the electrics. I want to attempt ...
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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 ...