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I would refer to it as a CV (constant velocity) joint spider.


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Yes it can be easily done, but based on your scenario it's not necessary unless you want to sit for extended periods without running the engine. If you are going to leave the vehicle running for Air Conditioning for instance then you don't need to do anything it should work fine as equipped from the factory. Here are some things to consider If you still ...


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It's used on front engine rear wheel drive and most 4 wheel drive vehicles it couples the transmission with the rear differential. Picture Source In the picture above you can see the driveshaft where it's connected to the pinion on the rear end. The drive shaft is the part on the lower right side of the picture. The other end of it would be connected to ...


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It sounds like you need a trickle charger or battery maintainer - this is a small charger than monitors the charge on the battery, and keeps it charged. Most modern cars have electronics that have a continuous drain on the battery - a trickle charger produces enough power to compensate for this drain, so that even if the car isn't driven for a few weeks the ...


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A blinker relay uses a thermal switch which is a piece of curved, spring steel and a thinner piece of spring steel near it that has a wire coiled around it with a resistive property. When current is applied to the relay the coil of wire heats up and expands the small piece of spring steel until it pushes it to make contact with the larger piece of spring ...


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Of course it's possible, but in an ideal electric car, you don't even need a transmission with multiple gears. The electric motor has a much greater range of torque/speed output at its disposal than an internal combustion engine does.


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I'll make this a wiki answer so others can add to it... The first and most obvious thing is the old saying "if it looks too good to be true, it probably is". Look at the condition of the interior, particularly the driver's seat and steering wheel. Does the pattern of wear match what you'd expect for the stated mileage? Paperwork - do they have anything ...


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Following on from Hillsons' answer, your best bet is to get a proper split-charge system with a leisure (aka traction) battery as the second battery. These are especially designed for powering equipment for long periods of time, with a different discharge pattern to suit prolonged low-level use, rather than a normal car battery which is designed for the ...


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Basically, people with access to the dealer computer network can do it, but they'll normally be tracked by login (in case they become a suspect). They're supposed to verify ownership before supplying keys to others.


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Yes, absolutely it can be done. Consider that this is common practice for boats and RVs. I myself added a second battery to my boat just to ensure I had enough juice for the stereo ( granted, if you kill the only boat battery you have, you can't just leave it parked in your driveway, you're stranded in a river or the ocean, a potentially dangerous situation ...


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Several Possibilities Low Coolant Level Partially plugged up heater core Partially obstructed heater valve Weak water pump


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For a car that has 4, 5, 6 and 7 gear options, if all else is the same, then your top speed will be the same; all that would change would be your acceleration: In each gear you have a range where power is at it's highest. Below this gear speed your power is low (have you ever tried to accelerate in 5th from stationary?) And above it you hit the speed ...


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This answer is one of those, Well, it all depends ... answers. All-in-all, I have heard good things about the newer electric impact devices. With improved battery life, they last a long time between charges and can produce reasonable amounts of torque. There are some considerations. The main thing you need to look at in these tools is what is the amount of ...


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I'm an amateur mechanic, and i'm wondering if i could use an electric impact driver in place of an air driven impact wrench. The short answer is yes, the portable electric impact wrench will work great. The Dewalt unit that you show in your picture is the one that I have and it works wonderfully. I wouldn't worry too much about the battery (other than ...


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I work at a manufacturing plant where we have a need to drive down connections with final torque values of 35 ft-lbs. For ergonomic reasons, we provide our employees with a "run-down" tool for getting the torque close, then they come behind it with a torque wrench (much like what you are doing). We've found that the electric impact tools have a better life ...


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No. Your tires locking is based on the static friction of the tires to the road. Once the static friction is overcome, regardless of whether it is from engine braking or normal braking, the tires will lock. EDIT: I'll expand this answer based on the edits. Your tires locking is based on static friction between your tire and the road. Braking on ice ...


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Pull off the air cleaner ductwork and look at the throttle body plate. If it has a black carbon buildup on it, you can be sure it's been driven much more than 5000km. For more scientific results, try sending an oil sample to a company like Blackstone Labs. They'll look at the wear characteristics and amounts of trace materials in the oil, and can often tell ...


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If you're not inclined to do brakes yourself, I would just say let the shop handle it from start to finish. However, I strongly encourage you to just go buy some wipers and install them yourself. Paying someone to install wipers is like paying someone to clip on a button. You don't even need tools!


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This is true. One of the things which happens when you drive your car, is it allows your car to completely warm up, which evaporates any water which may be in the oil. Small amounts of water in the oil can contribute to corrosion in your crank case and everything contained there-in. Changing your oil will help with this. Driving your vehicle on a 10-20 mile ...


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There are two main reasons auto manufacturers have started putting more gears into their cars: acceleration and gas mileage. The main purpose of it is to keep the engine in its torque band. This is the area where the engine is working at its most efficient (improved gas mileage) and since it doesn't have to build back up to its torque band after a shift ...


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My first question is: is the mid point at 90 degrees the optimal temperature for the car to be running at. Or the max temperature where the cooling decides to work harder and bring it down if it goes over? Or is this the same thing? The system is designed to run more or less in the middle. Most gasoline cars are around 90-100 degrees Celsius. The ...


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It says right on the webpage: Conventional all-wheel drive cars employ complex mechanical linkages to distribute power from a single engine to all four wheels. This sacrifices efficiency in favor of all weather traction. In contrast, each Model S motor is lighter, smaller and more efficient than its rear wheel drive counterpart, providing both improved ...


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So a few things you can do: Ensure the tank is completely topped off. If carbureted (I believe your's is), turn off the pet cock, start the engine, and run it out of fuel. This will ensure your carburetor is nearly (if not completely) dry, which will allow it not to build up varnish from sitting fuel. Put fuel stabilizer in your fuel. I use Sta-Bil in your ...


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It really depends on who you're buying it from and who inspected it. Wikipedia sums it up pretty well. The factory basically makes it refurbished but the price is generally higher. The dealer might certify the car themselves which means it's up to them how thorough they are. An independent agency might be used that could be less biased but still set their ...


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For the best sound quality you want your speakers as high and as far forward as possible. This will result in the best imaging and staging possible. Which means that it sounds like a band is on stage infront of you and you can individually pick out where each instrument is coming from vocal, bass, drums, rhythm, lead, etc... The lower the frequency the less ...


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I use an ArkPak (made in Australia) that will house any battery up to 130amp/hrs. Can be charged in car/or via 240v adaptor or solar panels. Can be hard wired into car. Has inbuilt 150w inverter/pos. and neg. terminals/2x cigarette plugs type 12v ports/pure sine wave so you can run laptop/charge phone or camera. Decided advantage is that if not hard wired ...


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It is indeed a hood scoop used to allow fresh clean air to enter the engine. For this application, the air filter was made to sit high enough to allow it to poke through the hood and was visible from the front. Here is a picture of what the under hood should look like (this is a Coronet, but should be something similar): If you look at the black portion ...


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Another use case for similar structure: Could be used to increase intercooler air circulation with turbocharged vehicles: Intercooling is a method used to compensate for heating caused by supercharging source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intercooler In this case it does not have anything to do with engine air intake (other than cooling down ...


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Time and time again when improvements are introduced, even minor changes to a vehicles spec, the ultimate end today is fuel consumption. Lower fuel consumption means lower emmissions. When you have a vehicle with say 7 speeds, you will find the engine RPM at 70 MPH on the motorway is down to around 1500 RPM. This slower engine speed allows the engine ...


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tl;dr: I'm a big proponent of washing and waxing the car. For the purposes of bounding the answer to a reasonable number of words: what should one do to keep the outside of their car looking as close to new as possible over the years Fundamentally, what do we see when we look at a new car? It's clean. It's shiny. It's not rusty. ... in what ...



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