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Should I resurface or replace my rotors everytime I replace brake pads?

I have heard it is proper practice to replace or resurface your brake rotors every time your do a brake pad replacement. Does this need to be done every single time or is it overkill? Maybe it is ...
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Do I need to go to a dealer for a simple maintenance?

I just bought a 2012 CRV. Now, it's time for an oil change. I already moved so the dealer is too far away from my house (may need half day off) and there is no other public transportation to go there. ...
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Replacing four tires or two front tires on a front-wheel drive car

I have driven my car since ~84,000 miles. As stated below, I have replaced the front passenger tire for slow leaks twice. The other tires haven't been replaced since I started driving it. I am ...
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Is there a risk of a spark igniting hydrogen when removing or installing a battery?

Guides to jumping a car with a dead battery commonly advise that the cable from the negative terminal of the good battery be connected to the chassis of the stalled car rather than to the negative ...
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What are the audible symptoms of a failing starter motor?

My 2004 Subaru WRX has 110000 miles on the odometer and I'm worried about the original equipment starter motor. Here are the audible symptoms that have me concerned: During the winter, I noticed ...
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Does it make the most sense to replace an old car's entire exhaust system all at once?

Back story: The Check Engine light came on in my 2005 Chevrolet Malibu LS Sedan (V6 3.5L). I took the car to a mechanic #1 (M1), an independent shop. They replaced the EGR valve. A day later, the ...
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How do I know when to replace shock absorbers?

In my last trip to the shop, the mechanics told me that I should replace my shock absorbers. When I inquired as to why, I don't feel that they were very clear with their answer, like they normally ...
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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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Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?

My girlfriend is having a heck of a vexing time with navigating her options for getting the rear struts on her 99 camry replaced. One major chain auto repair store quoted $580-$600 for the job. ...
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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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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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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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Window glass in 2002 Jeep Liberty is stuck in regulator even after clips removed

I am attempting to remove the window glass from my driver-side front door so I can replace the window regulator. I have removed the two metal clips that hold the glass in the lift plate. Now the ...
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Is there a place where I can buy new stock GM Engines?

I am looking into a new project, and one idea that was tossed around is to replace the motor on the truck with a FlexFuel model. I looked around and see gmperformanceparts website, but they don't have ...
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Can I replace a compliance (Lower Control Arm) bushing myself?

The Compliance bushing, on my 2001 Honda Civic needs to be replaced. Is this something a backyard mechanic can do, or are there special tools required that only a real mechanic would have? The ...
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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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How do I repair the O2 sensor in a 2001 Toyota Camry?

I have a 2001 Toyota Camry and the O2 sensor near the front of the car is bad (this is confirmed by the code that the computer has returned). Though I'm not particularly knowledgable about cars ...
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Replacing Vauxhall Corsa C (2002) rear fog light

I need to replace the right rear fog light in a 2002 Vauxhall Corsa C; not just the bulb but the whole unit. I'm looking for instructions on how to replace the lamp preferably without removing the ...
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Is there a kit that would allow me to replace a sealed beam headlamp with a halogen bulb?

In the future, I could just replace the bulb as needed without replacing the whole lamp. This is for a 1997 Toyota Tacoma 4x4.
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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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What is the procedure for replacing a belt tensioner pulley on a 2002 Subaru Outback?

My wife's 2002 Subaru Outback (the Legacy body) has approximately 100K miles on the odometer. Under acceleration, I'm hearing a sound like a possible failing belt tensioner. It's a very distinct ...
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'96 Ford Ranger - Shock Replacement

Do I need any special tools or skills to replace the shocks on my 1996 Ford Ranger? Regular Cab, Step Side, 3.0L V6 if it matters
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What are some typical maintenance things that every owner should do regularily?

Right now I just get a car wash every month, and my oil changed and whatever is included in that. Usually just a quick "inspection". Is there anything else I should be doing for my car? Or also, is ...
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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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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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Which will have longer lifespan: stock or urethane bushings?

Background: this is in reference to the previously mentioned 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX Wagon. This isn't a track car: it's only for fun street commutes and general Daddy duty. The car has upwards of ...
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Lower suspension self locking nut stuck

I'm trying to change the shocks on my 1993 Acura Integra, but I just can't seem to loosen the self-locking nut from the bolt that connects the lower part of the shock to the knuckle. I tried Liquid ...
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Does starter replacement make sense in a heat sink situation?

Related to: Slow chugs from starter with warm engine but not cool engine? It seems that while the engine is running, it heats up the starter, and then it sounds like it is barely able to start. This ...
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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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Anyone knows of a tutorial on how to remove/replace the radio and AC unit in a 2001 Subaru Legacy?

I have new radio and AC units for my 2001 Subaru Legacy L Station Wagon but I do not know how to install them. It seems more complicated than I expected. Does anyone knows of a good tutorial or manual ...
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2010 Camry rear reading light bulb replacement

One of these bulbs burnt out. I'm not much of a mechanic. I need to get it changed. So, is it doable or do I have to take it to a shop? I don't even know what bulb goes there as I'm not sure how can I ...
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Do I Need To Replace Rotors Whenever I Replace Brake Pads? [duplicate]

I'm on a tight budget and need to replace my brake pads. However, I've been told by my mechanic that if one does so without replacing the rotors, they will be "mismatched" and that will cause the ...
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I want to replace the back light enclosure of my Honda Accord, how difficult would that be?

I have a 2000 Honda Accord. The back right lamp enclosure is cracked. Moisture gets in there sometimes and I have to replace the bulbs from time to time. I'm sure it'll be more cost efficient to ...
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Alternative to Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 stock headlamp

I am from India and I own a Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 2012 motorcycle. I travel on the highway while coming back home from the office at night. I am not satisfied with the brightness of my stock head lamp, ...
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Catalytic converter possibly bad. How soon do I need to replace?

2004 Cadillac SRX V8 AWD is making a rattling sound when idle, and mostly or completely goes away when RPMs increase. From what I've found, this is a bad catalytic converter. It is under warranty ...
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Replacing car audio on Lancer 9

I need to replace a car audio unit on Lancer 9. The problem is that I have a 2-din panel, that I am unable to remove. When I pull the panel at the mark "1" - it is being released a bit on the ...
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What is the name of this plastic piece under the Dodge Avenger headlight?

This piece fell off when a rock hit the car and now I'm looking to replace it but I don't know what I'm shopping for. Can anyone tell me the name of it? The car is a 2013 Dodge Avenger.
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Does a window lift motor have to be in a specific position when installing it?

When installing a replacement window lift motor, do I have to worry about the motor being in a specific position (as far as rotation is concerned)? Or does the motor stop at the top (closed ...
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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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Removing Wiper Arm from Chevy Suburban?

I have a Chevrolet Suburban, 1500 model, year 2001. How do I remove the wiper arm of my Chevy after I remove the base cap and nut. The arm is not coming off the base after significant prying with ...