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What options do I have if I've stripped the threads for my Helicoil repair?

A while back I had repaired a stripped thread on my aluminium timing chain cover with a M6x1.0 Helicoil. This involved: drilling out the damaged thread tapping a slightly larger M8x1.0 internal ...
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How much of a VIN code is needed to identify make & model, across model years?

In a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) code, do the first 8 digits always refer to the same make/model, or does it change from year to year? For example, here is a VIN (5TDDKRFH5ES03F736) decoded: ...
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What types of thread-locking Loctite do I need to be aware of as an automotive DIY-er?

I am very confused when it comes to distinguishing between the different grades of red and blue Loctite. Are the different grades of Loctite intended for different torque ratings? Which Loctite(s) ...
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What was the first mass production pickup?

I believe Henry Ford was essentially the father of the mass production car. When was the pickup truck invented? Who created the first mass production pickup?
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What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?

So, my car has a bad case of the eccentric bolts being rusted solidly into the rear toe arm. Best practice repair is sawzall through the bolt where it goes through the outer bushing, then pop the ...
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Is it harmful to use Shell Super Petrol for my Honda Activa?

I live in India. I ride a 2 wheeler named Honda Activa. Here are the specifications : http://www.honda2wheelersindia.com/activa/specifications.html I use Shell Super Petrol. Here are the details : ...
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Why are copper washers required on banjo fittings?

Why are copper washers required on banjo fittings? Why do they need to be replaced each time you remove/loosen the banjo fitting? I'm assuming that copper is a softer metal than bronze, brass ...
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DIY car repair: Which car should I try to start with?

I would like to start working on cars as a hobby and to turn a small investment into a larger one. I have little experience working on cars but I am learning. I really enjoy working on them and would ...
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Should an automatic transaxle be pressure flushed?

The statement "Never pressure flush the CD4E..." worries me a bit. Should it?
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Leaking axle bearings

In my Bronco, the 9" rear axle has the tapered roller bearings and has started leaking. With these bearings (Timken Set 20) is there supposed to be an inner axle seal? I have just been using the ones ...
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Tata Nano — why do they have a tendency of self combusting?

Basically, 4 nanos in the past 3 months have caught fire. Total sales have been close to 6500. Any idea on what is it that causes nanos to self combust? Each of these fires has been in the engine ...