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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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's possible that you will have a problem with your car's wiring not supporting enough amps for all of those machines running concurrently. 2 laptops and a mini running all at the same time could be over the typical 10 or 15 amps (== 120-180 Watts at 12 Volts, minus the inefficiency of inversion from DC to AC and some other factors) that DC outlet circuits ...


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Yes you can make out the changes and confirm whether the odometer was rolled back by the following procedures: Check the Gearshift Lever for wear and tear, if the inscribing is smooth and shiny, avoid it. Check the pedals (gas, clutch brake) for excessive use Driver side door sill should not be worn out Check the oil filler cap for debris and oil gumming. ...


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Were the tires ever changed? Does it have original equipment brand/model/size tires? Are the tires bald or overly worn? Do the tires look ten years old? Tires should only really last about 5 years and driving on them at ten years old is probably very dangerous. If you end up purchasing the vehicle and you think they are the original tires, change them.


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Get on a mountainbike and change between gears. The same reasons apply to changing your car's gears and changing your bike's gears: you can't peddle fast than x, and you can't get away when the gears are too extreme. The point is that humans and engines operate best at a certain cadence or RPM. If the engine spins too slowly, it can't put enough power down. ...


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Some of them have a GPS reciever, accelerometers and a phone in them, and regularly upload data back to the insurance companies - some of the ones that have been featured on the TV in the UK come with online accounts so you can log in and see the performance data. I've never quite worked out how they are supposed to cope with multiple drivers in the same ...


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Your behaviour could affect her premium then - these black boxes typically track speed, style of driving, how harsh you are on acceleration and braking, the times of day you drive etc. They collect this data all the time - some insurers collect data from them regularly, others only in the event of an accident - either way, if you do not stick to the driving ...


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Door speakers should not suffer problems such as you describe. Mounting them is actually very straightforward, and if the doors already have space for speakers, I would definitely use them. I have fitted speakers in the parcel shelf in cars before, and it does provide some more depth and clarity to the sound, as the sound bounces off the rear windscreen and ...


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Hatchback or not - it does not makes a lot of difference. I would go for doors and install speakers there. After all car manufacturer specifically designed so. When choosing the speakers make sure they fit depth-wise, some might have too big magnets on them. Having speakers in my doors for 16 years now - they work perfectly, no corrosion whatsoever. The ...


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Sure, but this need access to the constructor network and to his special hardware key encoder(..)


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I'd have thought it'd be anything that could cause a fire/explosion - Airbags, batteries and fuel tanks/lines. The first thing you're going to want to do is cut off the fuel supply. On most cars, this is done off the ignition key, so that'd be your first target. You don't mention whether you're talking about standard or modified cars - it's an easier ...


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There is a lot to consider when replacing the brakes on a vehicle. The first thing I would get from the mechanic is the brand and grade of pads and rotors that he is going to replace these with. I would also request the thickness of the rotors, and compare them with the manufacturer's minimum thickness and see if they can be "turned" (a process of ...


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A faulty, always open thermostat or a defective radiator temperature sensor would cause the symptoms you describe. When your cooling system sensors send implausible signals to the engine ECU, the ECU turns the fans on to run continuously soon after start-up. The thinking is that an engine running cooler is preferable to an engine being allowed to overheat.


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To determine whether it's coming from the hub (and on which side), shift into neutral and lift the front of the car. (Set the parking brake and block the wheels very well!) Spin the wheel rapidly with your hand. You should be able to hear the same noise. To repair, usually you replace the hub. It is possible to repair a hub by repacking the bearings, but it ...


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I would suggest getting it checked every year, as part of the annual service. Serviced is another matter - whenever it needs to be serviced is the waffley answer, but it really is. I had a 1997 car that had it's aircon serviced twice in it's lifetime (1997 - 2013), and a 2005 car that is serviced every two years as the pipes aren't great.



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