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Do not use any product like SeaFoam. I have heard of it doing more harm than good on older cars. It breaks apart the dirt that is holding the seals together! If you are leaking oil, try using a thicker oil or adding something to it, there are many add-ins that work in different situations Take care of it, and don't drive it unnecessarily hard. That ...


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I suspect you have a leaking head gasket, you don't have to see the coolant leak because it can leak into the combustion chamber and exit your vehicle in the form of vapor from the tail pipe. It can also leak into the oil so make sure to check the oil for contamination. It could also be as simple as a bad radiator cap, you can test them with specialized ...


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To determine if the tires are valuable in your area (depending on location the value can vary wildly) call a couple places that buy back used tires and see what the average payment is for them. In my area used tires cost to buy a used tire is from $25 (USD) and up per tire. If the car is going to the recyclers why would it matter if the car had any ...


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I think the canonical answer to this question is probably a Honda Civic, anything up to late 90s. My reasons for this recommendation are: The parts are widely available and cheap. There's an abundance of online information about doing repairs and maintenance. The engine is 4-cylinder inline and everything on the engine that needs regular service is easily ...


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Firstly, I'm going to asume the bodyshell is sound, as there is no point doing anything if it is rotten (and Volvos of that age can rot very badly) - You'd end up spending hundreds on getting it welded back together... I'll give an idea of prices in Sterling, obviously costs vary depending on where you are... Suspension Creaks and groans are often a ...


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This is a bit of a localised question, but as you mention French cars I'm going to assume you're in Europe. Generally, the simpler a car is, the easier it is to fix, and older cars tend to be simpler than newer ones (less electronics, which you can't generally fix yourself). 70s cars tend to be pretty much all mechanical, 80s cars start to introduce basic ...


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Look in the owner's manual for maintenance and service schedules. If you don't have the manual go here: http://www.toyota.com/owners/web/pages/resources/owners-manuals put in your car and check out the manual. Also you can go here: http://smg.toyotapartsandservice.com/guides.php and put in your car, year and which mileage you are currently at and it will ...


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Try to get something that is rear wheel drive, a forward facing engine and transmission is simpler and easier to work on then a trans-axle plus it gives you more room to work. Look for something you see a lot of so that the parts and knowledge is easy to acquire, but also get something that you actually want to drive. Older two door pickups work rather well. ...


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Yes there is a way of taking them off though it's not an easy job. First wind the backrest of the seat forwards and push the whole seat forwards on the rails. At the bottom of the fabric you'll see a plastic strip which with a bit of force (flat bladed screwdriver) will first slide from side to side but it should come apart. lying on the back seat wriggle ...


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Not that it would explode, but a discharged battery will take a lot of driving to recharge to be able to start the car next time. So it would be best if you take out the battery, and connect it to a charger plugged into a mains outlet. The charger should have a maximum current in Amperes of about 1/10 of the Ah capacity of the battery (so for a 45Ah battery ...


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You can usually put a free ad in a local web site - think kijiji or craigslist - to find out the "value". I'm pretty sure that if the tires are useable, the scrap yard will resell them. A set of 4 "almost new" winter tires should be worth something, but you might have to hang on to them until fall. Not a lot of demand for them at this time of year (in the ...


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I suspect the bang was, as you suggest, unburnt fuel going up. I take it you now have a good spark, if it has been running well since changing the coil? As Mauro's comment says, what do the plugs look like? Are they clean, or do they show signs of overfuelling? Does it turn over at normal speed on the starter, or does it spin a lot faster, slower or ...


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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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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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Safety First Check the condition of your tires and brakes before the trip. They will be working overtime pulling a trailer. Check brake pads and rotors and/or shoes and drums, and consider a brake fluid flush, which should be done every couple of years regardless. Check tire pressure regularly during the trip. Also check the wiring for the trailer lights to ...


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The traffic department or DMV (depending on your country) can tell you everything about a car if you can obtain its VIN number (sometimes called the chassis number) and/or engine code. These numbers should be on the car's body work somewhere. Usually under the bonnet or on the inside of the driver's door frame. For instance, a Vauxhall's might look like ...


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This is a roots style supercharger. Unlike the turbocharger you mention, the supercharger (or "blower") is driven directly by the crankshaft of the engine, via a large belt. Turbos use the exhaust gases to perform the same task. The task at hand is to force more air into the engine than the engine could normally suck in on its own. By doing this, it makes ...


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From personal experience, under-inflated tires cause drifting to either side. So check your tires' air pressure first. To find proper tire pressure, and other details, this website may help Tire pressure. Otherwise, you need to take it back.


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Yes, it is reasonable to take it back. If you find a problem with a vehicle after having work done it is only right to take it back to where the work was carried out. One good reason is that if an item has been missed on the work they will be the first to know whats gone wrong. Secondly, you have already paid for the work to be done, another repair shop ...


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I'm assuming that you want part of the car (or the whole car) repainted and thus need the RAL equivalent code? It might not be a RAL colour, but a paint supplier that's been around for a while might still have the mixing instructions. That said, if you're looking at getting a partial repaint, the colour code isn't going to help you much - paint fades over ...


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Backfiring is typically a too-rich condition. I would check any accelerator pump for proper operation, due to it being on acceleration only. Engine's are inefficient when cold and will require a lot more fuel, so that may be what's masking the symptoms until warm. It sounds like the engine is temporarily flooded on hard accel., and then when the gas is ...


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Go to a mechanic you trust.Explain that you are looking for a used car and what would they charge to put it on the lift and check it out for you,time frame involved,advance notice etc.Do some research on line on the vehicles you are interested in.Check what the sale prices are like in your area.Find a vehicle and have your mechanic check it.If the seller is ...


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Usually what happens is that the spring falls out. I've had this happen in both my cars. I've been able to open them by sticking my keys in the top opening and popping the open lever real quick. Then, retrive keys from ground and fill up car (until a new spring can be purchased and installed). :-) I hope that's all it is, but it's certainly possible ...


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Make sure you have completed all the routine maintenance specified by your owners manual or a repair manual. Specifically Replacing: Belts Spark Plugs, Plug Wires, Distributor, etc. Filters (Air, Fuel, Oil, Transmission Fluid) Drain and fill your Transmission Fluid and Coolant Additionally: When your coolant has been drained, check and possibly ...



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