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I know this is an old thread, and my answer doesnt actually pertain to the specific question, but i think it can help anyways. If you are having issues with the car not starting sometimes, you should look at the alternator pulley, and/or all the other pulleys in conjunction with the belts around the alternator. If you see that the top of each "v groove" in ...


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Like watering plants when the sun is high in the sky, water droplets are mini magnifying glasses, they will burn and kill plants and perhaps discolour paintwork for that same reason, if they don't evaporate immediately.


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The thing about washing it on a hot sunny day is the soapy water dries quickly and the soap spots can be a pain to get off, or at minimum look ugly when you're done (which often defeats the purpose of washing it in the first place). Also water spotting especially if the water in your area is pretty hard. Not permanent, but still a pain. I guess there might ...


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My understanding just based from experience is it means its easier to clean because water doesn't evaporate in 10 seconds and leave those dirty residue spots on the car. Its easiest to wash just before sunset when the strong suns rays are gone and temperature is cool and then you've plenty of time to chamois the water away for great clean finish. Then its ...


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Most brake fluids are not terribly dangerous. Throw sand on it to absorb anything left, use a grease-cutting cleaner to get rid of the stain. You may wish to try brake cleaner and paper towels.


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It sure looks like that is a factory laced-on cover; I can see the little ridges on the underside at the seam. These are often laced on over a foam cushion and a bunch of nasty sticky black mastic. Use a razor blade or utility knife to slice that open at the seam and peel it off. Clean off the actual steering wheel frame ring under it with a solvent, then ...


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This falls under normal wear and tear. You can install a leather cover around the rim of the wheel. A black leather cover from an auto parts store would work. A better option would be to have a cover made for it. They tend to last longer and get sewed into the part (instead of just tying it down). I try to avoid this by using leather care products. You have ...


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In all honesty, I would say the steering wheel in the picture is beyond repair. I have successfully used shoe polish to mask the scuffs on my Lumina's steering wheel. As with shoes, the sheen doesn't last forever; the steering wheel would regularly need to be polished to keep it looking good. I don't recall that the shoe polish left me with icky hands ...


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I went ahead and cleaned the engine, and so far (after a couple of hours driving around today), everything seems OK. Before applying degreaser and washing, I disconnected the negative battery terminal and wrapped the following parts in plastic grocery bags + duct tape: Battery Alternator (hard to get to without removing power steering / coolant reservoirs) ...


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My view on cleaning engines is that they are probably designed to get wet. At least wet in reasonable ways – rain while the hood is open, splashes from puddles, water that makes it through the radiator and around the edges of the hood. If you pull apart the electrical connectors on most (i.e., the ones that I work on :-) cars you'll see that some care has ...


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Diesel does damages rubber. Diesel fuel may cause stripping of certain types of rubber hose, gradually perforating the fuel hose. Thus, it is strongly advised to make sure if the fuel hose to be installed is rated for diesel. To clean a diesel spill, you first need to pour lots of warm water on the spill to instantly reduce the risk of rubber damage. Then ...



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