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Considerations when painting brake calipers

Aside from not getting paint on the discs and pads, do you have any advice or tips when preparing and painting brake calipers?
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High oil pressure after oil and filter change

I recently changed the engine oil and filter in my Westerbeke diesel. I gave it the usual (and specified) 4.5 quarts of SAE 30, specifically Chevron DELO. Now when it starts up it reads 80 psi of ...
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2000 Fleetwood Southwind - Where do I refill the leveling jacks with hydraulic fluid?

Pretty much all in the subject...the level jack lights stay on even when fully retracted, which I think is a sign of low fluid levels. I've got the hydraulic fluid, but I can't figure out where in the ...
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How do you locate a battery drain? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Battery drains by itself when vehicle is parked (parasitic draw) Something is leaching current from my battery. Leaving it parked for a few days results in the battery ...
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Troubleshooting 'random' clutch problems

I've got a customer who came in complaining that the clutch pedal had gone 'funny': it wasn't 'coming back up' like it used to. As he was in for service anyway, we replaced the clutch fluid, and it ...
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Emergency Brake light on 2003 Chevy Tracker stays lit

The emergency brake indicator stays lit even though the brake is not engaged. Problem has progressed...early on, it would come on going around corners (?). Presumably, some sensor needs replacing... ...
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How to pinpoint a noisy bearing or pulley

My '98 Protege makes a high pitched whine for the first couple hundred yards when both the engine and outside temperature are cold (below freezing). It doesn't sound like a squealing belt. The sounds ...
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559 views

What bolt is a replacement for the front sway bar bolts on a 2004 Subaru WRX wagon?

In replacing my worn-endlinks recently with lovely Kartboy pieces, I noticed that I had a seized bolt in one of the rear links. I was able to get a short-term replacement until I order a new Kartboy ...
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Possible short in reverse lights on 2003 Nissan Frontier Pickup Truck

When I engage reverse on the manual transmission of my 2003 Nissan Frontier pickup truck, the reverse lights tend to sporadically turn on and off. I'm trying to figure out what path to take to ...
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775 views

Rear hatch always reads open

The back door in a Jeep Grand Cherokee (1998) is always reading open, even when it's closed quite firmly. This causes the vehicle to beep when the car is being driven. I've taken apart the door, ...
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What's the correct fusing for a headlight relay?

Summary of the situation: I have a 1975 Ford truck that suffered from the "Ford flashing headlight problem". The factory wiring uses 18ga wires over a very long path and through an under-rated ...
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1answer
638 views

Suspension squeaks

The suspension on my 2008 Jeep Wrangler squeaks when I hit a low spot (maybe 4-6" from the grade), even at slow (<10 mph) speeds. Where can I lubricate or what should i check to eliminate this ...
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277 views

Installing New Distributor on a 1968 Ford Thunderbird With 186,000 Miles

I have a 1968 Ford Thunderbird that had a Mallory ignition. The Mallory ignition started to show signs of wearing out, as the motor would run for a few minutes and suddenly die, only to start back up ...
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475 views

2004 Trailblazer rear wiper not returning correctly

I sprayed my rear wiper arm with WD-40 because it wasn't touching the glass. Now, it wipes great, but when I turn the wiper off, it doesn't return to the cradle correctly. When this happens, the ...
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398 views

Things to consider when building a stroker small block Chevrolet

So I'm looking at the decision to buy vs build a 383 Chevy for my motorhome. I've built motors before but they were all import engines where the most machining done was a small overbore. I'll most ...
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How do I silence squeaky springs on a 2006 VW Golf?

I have a 2006 VW Golf and my front two springs are squeaky like bedsprings. I have tried spraying them down with WD40 but it doesn't help. Some seasons they are quiet other times (I believe more in ...
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How do I apply dielectric grease to my battery?

I recently had a new battery installed in my 2006 Subaru Forester. The shop did not use any dielectric grease, just connected the leads to the terminal and that's it. What is the preferred method of ...
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492 views

how to protect metal from scrape through the paint?

A rock from the road scraped my car's hood a while ago. I have not gotten around to fixing it until now. The paint was completely scraped away down to the bare metal. My first thought is to take a ...
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What effects can paint peeling away have?

I've had a car that was getting quite old, and the paint on the top of the car is peeling away rapidly. Is this just for cosmetics, or should I seek to re-paint the vehicle to protect it for the ...
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1answer
491 views

Is the silencer in the intake path too restrictive on the 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX?

If you look under the hood of a WRX, the intake path is a little convoluted. Air enters a large channel near the hood latch that funnels diagonally across the front of the engine compartment. It ...
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1answer
658 views

Are there any alternatives to the OEM muffler for a Volvo XC90?

I've been looking for an alternative to the OEM muffler for a Volvo XC90 2.5T AWD. There are a number of other Volvo vehicles that use the same drivetrain, but not one of the national muffler shops ...
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2answers
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How to diagnose excessive coolant consumption?

Whats the best way to determine the source of coolant consumption? How should one differentiate between say a leaking radiator, leaking waterpump, leaking hoses, a blown head gasket, or crack in the ...
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How to do minor repairs to a radiator?

I have a radiator in my truck that has a slow leak which looks like it is oozing a little bit in between some of the fins. What are some of the ways to repair a radiator without replacing it? At ...
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503 views

How to interpret tire condition

What information can be gleaned by visual inspection of a set of tires on a car? How would I interpret excessive wear on the outside edge of the tires vs. wear on the inside vs. wear in the center? ...
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4answers
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Cooling fans constantly run

This past summer I inherited a 95 Pontiac Grand am that while looking under the hood, I noticed someone had removed the air conditioning unit. I drove it throughout the summer and wasn't until the ...
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676 views

How do I drain the brake fluid for a 1999 BMW K1200RS?

I need to drain the brake fluid for my 1999 BMW K1200RS with ABS in order to do some minor service on the Master Cylinder, but I don't have a service manual for the bike. How should I go about doing ...
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Removing oil filter from Lincoln Mark VIII

I've had two different Lincoln Mark VIIIs - one 1993, and currently one 1996 LSC. Both are "first generation" ('93-'96) Mark VIIIs, but I'm fairly certain this will also apply to "second generation" ...
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Finding a possible vacuum leak

One of our cars has a bit of a rough idle which disappears at about 1,000 RPM. After eliminating everything else I concluded that this is due to a minor vacuum leak. This was confirmed by the use of a ...
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1answer
523 views

How to fix rear differential leak on 1974 Ford F250

I have a 1974 Ford F250 RWD that I use very rarely. I take it around the block once a month to make sure it still works. A while ago I noticed that the rear differential was leaking from (what ...
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How to deal with rust

I accidentally drove my car over a curb a while back. As you probably already know, the car suffered from minor scratches and dents on the bottom side, near the rear tyre. Now, I've noticed that it's ...
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1answer
494 views

Should oil be changed every 3000, or 5000 miles? [closed]

I've always heard that the oil in a car should be changed every 3000 miles, but I read the manufacturer's suggested maintenance guide, and it says to change it every 5000 miles. Which is correct, or ...
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1answer
231 views

The tray under my gas tank is dented. What should I be aware of before draining and removing my gas tank?

I dented the tray under my gas tank, reducing my capacity by about a gallon. It's a wide dent; there's no damage to the plastic. I'd like to drop the tank and pound out the dent in the aluminum tray. ...
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1answer
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Hood on Jeep Grande Cherokee 1998 doesn't close easily

This vehicle recently had its radiator changed, and ever since, the hood won't close. I've found that if I shift the level manually, it will close, but otherwise it won't. The spring appears to be ...
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Burned regulator/rectifier

I have managed to completely fry regulator/rectifier on my Suzuki GSR600 (K7). I suspect that it happened when I blindly splashed into a big water pond, so some water probably got on connector. Thing ...
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Cause of P0440 on 1999 Subaru Legacy Outback

I get a P0440 code on my Outback on almost every highway trip over 5 miles. Is this caused by the leak in the gas tank or could it be something else?
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What are the tell tale signs of a catalytic converter that might be going bad?

I've owned two vehicles whose catalytic converters were recalled due two a couple of reasons: one being the quality of the CC and the other being a reduction in power due to a material building up and ...
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2answers
435 views

What things should I look for when inspecting a used vehicle? [closed]

I recently bought a new (to me) car. The biggest difficulty I have is trying to determine what if any major mechanical problems there might be, and what to look for when inspecting the vehicle and ...
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1answer
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How do you change the headlights of a 2001 VW Passat?

After popping the hood, it is not immediately obvious how/where the headlights are. How do you get access to them?
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What could cause an engine to make a chirping sound when it's first started up?

I've owned a Diesel Peugeot 307 for a year now but during the recent winter months I have noticed a strange sound in the engine when I started it up. As sounds aren't well described with words, I have ...
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446 views

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.
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How to remove a small dent in the front door of the car? [closed]

Recently a guy came and crashed my front door in the parking lot at it left with a small but easily noticeable dent. Is there a way to remove the dent in a easy and really cheap way?

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