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OP, Here's an example of a plastic engine cover on my 2001 VW Jetta VR6: I can't speak for your car in particular (unless you specify what it is), but in my case it has a number of non-critical functions: Aesthetics. This looks far nicer than seeing a bunch of exhaust headers (stock ones are never pretty), oil seepage on my valve cover, fuel injection ...


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Suction is the answer. You can buy a suction grip in a hardware store, but if the dent is shallow enough (ie pushed in rather than really dented) a toilet plunger might do it.


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Meguiars and Turtle Wax have both been making all kinds of plastic cleaners and protectants for a long time, and something like ultimate black is probably one of your best bets. Ideally though, you would have been applying some of this stuff to your bike for the last 13 years to prevent fading in the first place. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a ...


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I've never done any replacement of black plastic on my motorcycles. I had a BMW mechanic show me a trick on an early 80's BMW he was restoring. He sprayed all the plastic with WD-40. Just saturated it. He then wrapped all of it in plastic or sealed the smaller pieces in sandwich bags. A week later we powerwashed all of it and let it dry. That was three ...


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The problem with plastic welding with a heat gun is the concentration of heat, I think you allude to this in your post. When/if you can concentrate a heat gun's output on a small area and concentrate the heat you can get the level of heat that's required to melt the crack along a 'bead'. The tip that's required will often back up the heat in the gun and ...


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I believe the most common use is noise reduction. As engines got smaller they rev'd higher. The mufflers got moved to the back of the car. No more engine exhaust roar. The result is engine buzz,noise,clacks etc. The cover muffles the injector clicks,belt noise etc. It also just looks cooler to see Vortec, Turbo,SFI .


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I have a VW Jetta 1.8T. The factory service manual produced by Bentley (for Volkswagen) specifically calls this component the upper sound absorber panel. To an extent, these are eye candy, but their primary function is for sound dampening. That being said, I know many people remove them when they are displaying aftermarket components, or keep their valve ...


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In my specific case, I called the distributor (Tire Rack - not sure if mentioning them is allowed, but it's a positive experience and I'm not affiliated) They saw that the brown stain was in the same pattern on every tire and "deduced" that it was something on the tire, not a problem with the tire itself. They recommended using "Goof Off" to spray on the ...


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This sounds like tire blooming. Why Tire rubber usually contain an anti-ozonant which prevents UV damage to the tire (like you might see on a windshield wiper blade, it starts cracking). The anti-ozonant, when exposed to air, turns brown. Since the anti-ozonant is part of the tire's rubber, it continues to rise to the surface of the tire. is it ...


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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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That is an ideal situation for some cleaner wax. It will have a mild polish to lift the extra paint and wax to reduce the impact of the mark on your eyes. I'm looking at that scuff and it really looks like you just barely kissed whatever left the white mark. If you wash the handle really well, you'll be surprised how well a little cleaner wax will help. ...


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Even though we all laughed at him, a friend used the As-Seen-On-TV Suction cup dent puller and it actually popped the dent in his quarter panel. It is not perfect, but it did it to his satisfaction. You could also take the inside door panel off to be able to push it from the other side as well.


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I would recommend an adhesive that is designed for headliners (ala Permatex). An alternative to this would be contact cement, although you might have some bleedthrough. If the headliner has stretched with age you might need to buy a new headliner.


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Had this problem once too in a older truck. There are a few options: Reupholster it. You could do this yourself, or have it professionally done. If you were to do it, you would need to remove the trim pieces in the inside along the roof, and then remove the fabric. It may be attached to the sheet metal with some plastic clips. You will want to save as ...


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The covers reduce engine noise and protect the engine from dust, debris, etc, while adding a cleaner look to the engine bay.


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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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You can buy a specific heat gun for plastic welding for about $50. I would try the gun you have using plastic welding rod from Harbor Freight ($5.99). The rod package comes with a variety of materials for different plastics. You can experiment with just the rod to see at what temperature setting it melts. You may want to sand off the paint in the damaged ...


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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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I assumed they were for noise reduction, but I haven't noticed much difference with mine off. Since its usually warm to hot where I live I would prefer to have some airflow over the upper intake components, even if it's a small %. Of course when the weather starts to cool again I'll put it back on to make sure the engine warms fast, so as not to get a mil ...


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You want to make sure your calipers are PERFECTLY clean. If they're rusty, clean them off with a wire brush attached to a drill. Use a degreaser to make sure the surface is perfectly clean - otherwise you risk having the paint peel/flake in the future. Then use a proper brake caliper paint that is rated at extremely high temperatures. Do several coats ...


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curtain tension rods--ones that go on the inside of the window frame. Got a "thicker" one ($4+ walmart) for between the front and back seats and a "thinner" one ($2+ walmart) for between the clothes holders in the back. Needed more clearance and pool noodles out of season so used plumbing insulation noodles (12 ft for $2+ walmart). I don't claim to be an ...


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My advice is to not spend too much time on trying to reattach it with spray on adhesives. I once removed a headliner and then scrapped all the loose foam off. Then sprayed and glued it back on. It lasted a few months, if that long. I got another car reupholstered professionally and it cost less that I thought it would and it was beautiful.



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