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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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1answer
493 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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15answers
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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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6answers
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Is there a general fix or product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt?

I have a squeaky belt in my car that is driving me crazy! Is there a general fix or belt treatment product I can buy to silence a squeaky belt? If belts are squeaky, does that mean time for ...
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2answers
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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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3answers
813 views

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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3answers
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Reverse difficult to engage with manual transmission

I have a 2000 VW Jetta TDI with a manual transmission. In the past few days, I have not been able to push the gear shifter into reverse without letting up on the clutch. I get about halfway from ...
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3answers
1k views

What is the proper way to bleed brakes and replace the fluid?

What is the proper way to replace the brake fluid in a car? What tools are required? I want to make sure I do not get any air or bubbles in the system as this is something that needs to be done right ...
4
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2answers
629 views

Upgrade to HID lights in a Jeep Wrangler

I would like to upgrade to HID lights in my 2008 Jeep Wrangler. The stock lights aren't bright at all. My question is, since this would be an aftermarket upgrade, what am I looking at here? Is it ...
2
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1answer
618 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 ...
2
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1answer
1k views

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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1answer
412 views

Toyata Avalon non-VVT-i / VVt-i swap

I have a Toyota Avalon (2002 Australian build) with a non-VVt-i 1MZ-FE engine (same as used globally). If an engine swap becomes necessary would it be feasible to install a VVT-i version of the same ...
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1answer
437 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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3answers
2k views

Is Redline Lightweight Shockproof appropriate for an aging 2004 Subaru Impreza manual gearbox?

I have an aging (but wonderful) 2004 Subaru Impreza WRX with a manual gearbox. For some time, I have noticed that the synchros have begun to feel worn with the stock dealer-issue oil. Shifts are ...
8
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2answers
23k views

How to test for defective glow plugs?

On a diesel engine, how can I know which glow plugs are defective, and can I change these only?
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3answers
3k views

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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9answers
17k views

What are the benefits of premium (high octane) petrol?

Here in the UK it's common for petrol (gas) stations to offer both regular and "premium" unleaded petrol. The premium stuff is (naturally) more expensive, and I've often wondered what the actual ...
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1answer
2k views

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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5answers
223 views

How can I know if the right oil has been added to the vehicle?

Considering that the car recommend Mobil 1 Synthetic oil as per the logo on the oil cap, how can I be sure that the garage that did the oil change poured the recommended oil and not another low cost ...
4
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2answers
133 views

Shocks and dampers - what can I do to prolong their life through home maintenance?

My car has factory fitted uprated shocks, lower and stiffer than the usual ones, and I find that despite not abusing them I go through the back set every 30-35,000 miles. As new ones are quite ...
5
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5answers
952 views

Preventing visor from fogging

How do you prevent your visor from fogging? I ordered a pinlock today for my HJC helmet, but had read some good things about NEC pinkstick (some kind of wax for visor). Usually I just keep the visor ...
5
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1answer
253 views

Scratches - both light and deep

How on earth do I remove unsightly scratches from my paint work? There are plenty are are down to the white undercoat, how do I remedy them?
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5answers
1k views

How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle?

My daily commute changed from 9 miles to 9 feet when I started working remotely. That means I very rarely drive my car much. After a particularly hectic month, I didn't drive for about 4 weeks and ...
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2answers
7k views

2005 Dodge Ram: easy way to diagnose code P0420?

My truck is reporting a code P0420, which apparently is "Catalyst System Efficiency Below Threshold (Bank 1)" which can either be the catalytic converter or the rear O2 sensor. The code came on at ...
2
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1answer
1k views

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 ...
11
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5answers
19k views

Does a timing chain need maintenance?

Does a timing chain (as opposed to timing belt) need any specific maintenance? In particular I'm talking about a BMW Z4
8
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1answer
664 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 ...
6
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2answers
756 views

how can I quiet a 'chirping' ventilation fan motor blade?

I have a 2006 VW Golf and the internal fan motor that blows the a/c & heat will start to 'chirp' (sound something like a bird singing) randomly. I believe the fan blade needs to be lubricated, ...
9
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7answers
10k views

How can I remove a seized brake disc?

I'm changing the rear brake discs and pads on my Ford Focus C-MAX. I've done one side which was fairly easy, but on the other side I can't get the disc off. There is nothing holding it on as far as I ...
6
votes
2answers
816 views

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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4answers
1k views

Subsitute for Leaded Gas

I have an old '73 240-Z that I am fixing up in class. Once I get it running, will I need to add something to the gas? I know that old cars ran on leaded fuel, the lead lubricating the parts as it ...
5
votes
3answers
10k views

At what mileage should I replace the timing belt in a 2003 Honda Accord EX V6

Assuming I have no known mechanical problems, at what mileage should I replace the timing belt in a 2003 Honda Accord EX V6? I have heard 60,000 miles from some sources, but the manual seems to ...
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6answers
3k views

How can I remove rust stains from chrome rims?

I've got horrible rust stains on my car's rims, and I'm at a loss as to how to get rid of them. A bit of googling suggests the use of steel wool, but I'm not sure how much I trust that. Any ...

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