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Stop trying to crank it and start beginning to disassemble it. Something is seriously wrong with it and forcing it will only break more stuff that might not already be broken. Especially if you have no idea what caused it to seize in the first place. The only thing more annoying than a seized engine is a seized engine with a sheared off bolt in the nose of ...


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It isn't something restricted to old vehicles; my Lumina has fans like this, though not as irregular as the picture shown in the question. As far as I can recall, the chief reason cited for this by the manufacturer is noise reduction. You'll notice the additional weight on some of the blades to ensure that rotational balance is maintained despite the ...


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If Sea Foam and transmission fluid did not work, I would stop trying to crank the engine. If you force the engine you will likely damage it. If I had to guess, there is rust built up on the cylinder wall around the rings. Forcing the pistons past these rust rings will likely score the cylinder wall or ruin the rings. My suggestion is not to risk it; tear ...


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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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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'm not positive, but it looks like a vent actuator. In most older vehicles there were manual vents down in the foot well area of the passenger cabin. You'd have to reach down to actuate it by pulling/pushing a knob. Since Buick's were a little more on the "high end" of the car food chain, they would have such controls at easier access to the driver ...


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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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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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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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It has been my experience that a battery has what I call a "rebound". After a large draw is put on it, such as the lights for a period of time, it loses some of it's peak power. Then when the draw is taken off and left to sit, it rebounds and regains some of its energy. This may have given you enough juice to get your car started. I don't have a scientific ...


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In most cases, using an impact gun will be less likely to cause the fastener to fail. Here is my reasoning: Impact guns provide high torque for very short periods of time. This jarring action or "impact" is going to be more likely to free the fastener. A breaker bar has a continuous torque applied to it. This will be less likely to break it free and will be ...


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Looks like a Rover P5, see the Rover P5 Wikipedia article for further pictures.


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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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In contrary to Nick C I would actually recommend Citroëns. But I agree that those with hydropneumatique suspension are probably not the easiest ones. But Citroën also built way simpler cars: The 2CV for example. In many things the 2CV and most of its derivatives (Dyane, Mehari, Ami 6, Ami 8, etc.: Citroën's A models) are as easy as a car can be — and fun to ...


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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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Engines actually can last a lot longer than you might expect, even when burning oil and having bad compression. Just replace stuff as it stops working and hope you get enough financial resources to deal with it before everything fails in a big way. Spark plugs can last for years so long as they stay clean and undamaged. Air filters can be cleaned and reused. ...


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I would say the most important things are to listen to the sound of the engine from the whole duration between cold start and operating temperature, and to check the body for rust very carefully. The body and the engine can cause the most expensive problems. If you have never owned a car before, you probably do not have the ability to detect potential issues ...


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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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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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I don't know what is your location but if Mercedes cars are popular in your area consider a Mercedes built between 1987-1995 (W124 model). They are very easy to repair and tend not to break that much. I own one since 2009 and apart usual servicing (oil, filters, battery) I had very few things to repair. Also rear wheel drive makes some repairs simplier (not ...


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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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This is how I have gotten sunken engines working. Literally pour gallons of Diesel fuel inside everywhere... In through carburateur, Oil filler, literally fill it... Diesel work just like wd40... Let it sit a few days, then take heads and spark plugs out. drain the diesel out, just leave the 4 quarts or so in oil pan. Try to move it once with the wrench ...


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1st and Reverse often don't have syncro clutches on the gears. A lack of these makes it difficult to select the gears while the car is moving. However they shouldn't make a difference when the car is stationary. There again, you probably never select the other gears while the car is stationary. Additional by @Paulster2 - If the friction disk is spinning ...



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