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Mazda Lantis 323 1997: OBDI or OBDII?

I'm still trying to figure out if my 1997 Mazda Lantis 323 GLX 1.8L DHOC Manual is OBD 1 or 2. It's supposedly similar to the Protege of the same year and it says on autozone: In order to ...
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How do I aim the headlights of a '95 Geo Prizm?

Two years ago, my grandfather gave us his old '95 Prizm when he bought a new car. A few weeks ago, I decided that the old headlight bulbs were too dim and I replaced them with new ones. The light ...
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Software Scanners vs. Handheld Scanners

Are there any software based scanners which are comparable to a high quality hand held scanner?
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What good is a scan tool?

Other than reporting error codes, is a scan tool useful? Can it help you to tune the car to optimize gas mileage for example or other helpful things?
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Is it worth having a fire extinguisher in the car?

I've always had a small 1 Kg (2.2 pounds) multipurpose ABC dry chemical fire extinguisher in the car. It has finally expired and I'm wondering whether I should get a new one. In my region it is not ...
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Is leaving either a metric or an imperial wrench set in a GM vehicle sufficient for all (most) emergency repairs?

The title says it all. The flip side of the question is whether a metric wrench set is sufficient for cars from European/Japanese/Korean makers (but, of course, I can't ask that question here lest I ...
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Is double-clicking a mechanical torque wrench just a habit?

I'm wondering if there is any benefit behind double-clicking when using a mechanical torque wrench. Could it be that some folks do it to compensate for slack in the ratcheting mechanism? In other ...
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Why do tap wrenches have a four cornered shaft and get fastened by a bolt?

Tap wrenches are designed like this one: But with this design the bolt always untightens wile using the tool. Why isn't it designed like this:
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Are some drill bits better for mechanical (metal) work than others?

I am looking to buy a set of high quality metal drill bits. Usually, drill bits out there on the market are not classified for metal vs. wood and other softer materials. Are some drill bits better ...
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Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job

I'm about to start replacing the head gaskets on a 1998 Subaru Legacy Outback according to the procedures described here: ...
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What tools are needed for removing rusted bolts?

Will be removing at least some heat shielding if not also the headers from a Subaru Outback. The car spent the first 6 years of its life in PA and has an excessive amount of rust on the bolts that ...
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When should you replace plastic constructed ramps?

Is there a recommendation on how often you should replace plastic ramps? If the ramps look visibly damaged or warped it would make sense to buy a new pair, but I'm curious if the structural integrity ...
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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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Tools needed for oil change on 2012 Honda Odyssey?

What tools are needed to change the oil on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?
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How should I go about zeroing dial calipers?

I have a pair of very nice dial calipers that display marks every 0.001" and can be used to round to the nearest .0002" accurately. How should I go about centering these so that they are as accurate ...
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Remove rounded manifold bolt

I'm trying to take off the manifold bolts on an old Chevy 350 (the ones that connect the manifold to the header). I got 4 out of the 6 bolts out, but 2 are extremely struck and rounded due to all the ...
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Craftsman Bolt-Out and similar tools

I've seen Craftsman Bolt-Out mentioned in several questions/threads about removing stuck or rounded-off bolts, a problem I've run into many times. There's no particular problem I'm looking to solve ...
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What is the difference between an automatic torque wrench and a click wrench?

What is the difference between an automatic torque wrench and a click torque wrench? Right now the 1/2inch torque wrench I use on my Jeep is a really cheep one I bought on amazon and it clicks when ...
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Which is stronger: solid sockets, or two piece sockets?

My jeep has a lot of torx bolts that I need to remove and then replace some of. A while ago I bought a single torx socket from ACE hardware that is made from two steel pieces of metal. The other day ...
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How do I remove a pulley where I have no way of stopping it turning anti-clockwise, like I'm turning the nut?

I've been told I need an airgun, but I have no means of getting one. An alternative is a tool that looks like this. It has a handle of flat steel that splits into a wide U, almost Y shaped but the V ...
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Rounded bolt head on possibly broken bolt

I'm trying to remove the transmission casing on my belt drive scooter. All of the bolts have tiny 8mm heads, and are very cheap and soft - cheap Chinese manufacture - and one was already slightly ...
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How To Get Organized Without a Garage Workspace?

People I've seen who have garages have it made. They have a clean, dry workspace with all of their tools within arms reach. In the most organized garages, a mixture of rolling Snap-on Roll Cab with ...
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Removing rust / prepping for repainting

I have several developing rust spots on my car. What's the best way to remove the rust / prep the surface? I picked up a wire cup brush with a 1/4", but it's limited to 4,500 RPM. My tool options ...
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What shop tools are most helpful for inspecting used cars?

I am curious what benefit a shop would provide vs a mobile inspection service. I know a lift is helpful in seeing certain parts of the car, and an engine code scanner is very helpful. Any others?
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What resistance is typical across a small engine ignition coil?

I have a hedge trimmer I'm troubleshooting (link) and I'm wanting to rule out the ignition coil. What resistance should I measure across a typical small engine ignition coil? I would have thought down ...
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What functions & features should I look for when buying a multimeter?

Going to be used for car maintenance/restoration work and around the house repairs.
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Car enthusiast beginner kit

What is a good place to begin building a kit/set up for performing your own service? For ex: oil changes waxing detailing What is the best starting equipment one can start on?
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How can I check if my 1995 Lancer CC GI has OBD-II

As my title say I want to know if my current car that I just purchased has an ODB-II port. I have looked under the steering wheel and I can see what I think to be a OBD-II connector, but am unsure. ...
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What is a suitable air compressor for a home garage?

What type and size air compressor (HP, Tank Size, CFM, direct drive/2 stage... etc) would be suitable for a home garage where I'm going to do small amounts of maintenance but nothing major? So I would ...
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How important is it to use a real flare nut wrench when removing the fuel line on an old Ford tractor?

An article on overhauling the carbs on a Ford 8N tractor says to use a flare nut wrench to disconnect the fuel line. How important is it use that kind of wrench, vs. an open ended wrench?
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Should a mechanical “click” Torque Wrench be set to zero when not in use?

I have a standard click torque wrench. I was told I should set it to zero when not using it in order to keep the accuracy high. Is this true? Secondly, I have not been doing this since I purchased ...
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What is the best overall ODB2 scan tool?

There are a number of different ODB2 scan tools out there, some PC based, some standalone units, some more for tuning and some more for diagnosing problems. What are the different features that these ...
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OBD2 to bluetooth adaptor for 2001 Renault?

I have a 2001 Renault Clio 2 1.6 16V (French made) and I'm looking for a OBD2 to bluetooth adaptor to read computer's parameters. There are MANY available with all price ranges, but I'm not sure what ...
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How much oil will this fluid extractor extract?

The Griots Garage multi-fluid extractor is an example of a tool that certainly seems amazingly useful and convenient. If you haven't seen it before, the concept is that a semi rigid tube is inserted ...
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Do I Need to Compress the Springs to Install Strut Tower Braces?

I have a '99 Maxima. I am considering installing strut tower braces. In order to do so, would I need to get spring compression tools to hold the springs on the struts, or will the weight of the car ...
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What tools should every home mechanic have? [closed]

What tools should every home mechanic have in their toolbox? One item per answer please, upvote the best ones. This is intended to be a wiki-style question.