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Changing a modern maintenance-free AGM battery - chemical burn/irritation risks

I just replaced a 5-year-old maintenance-free AGM battery (Varta silver dynamic 95Ah 850CCA), and the only precaution I took was to wear latex examination gloves. (The car is also only 5 years old). ...
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Why does antifreeze glow green?

Why does antifreeze have that fluorescent green glow - as if it were some alien chemical in a science fiction film? Is the glow caused by something added to antifreeze or is it inherent? All ...
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Why does this transfer box fluid bottle look squished?

I recently bought a few bottles of unopened transfer box fluid for my LR3. I have no way of telling how old the fluid is, but it seems to have done something over time to reduce the volume of air ...
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What is "non-hardening thread locker"?

I'm familiar with a number of different colors of thread locker and the strength/usage guidelines. I've never heard of "hardening" vs. "non-hardening" until today though. The front sprocket ...
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What exactly is a catalytic converter and why does it need to operate within a certain range?

I heard here that a catalytic converter needs to operate within a certain "chemical range" otherwise it will generate unnecessary heat. What exactly is a catalytic converter? How does it work? What ...
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Burning Rubber while driving and after

Tonight I popped out in my partners car and noticed an awful burning/chemical smell whilst driving, this smell got worse if you turned on the AC (FAN BLOWER), so I got her to pull over and had her pop ...
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Cleaning Oil Siphon Tube with Brake Cleaner? (Is brake cleaner oil-safe?)

I recently used some siphon tubing to remove some oil from my engine. This worked great until I realized I wasn't sure how I could clean the tube for reuse as I don't want to use a siphon tube that ...
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Brake cleaner vs carb cleaner vs throttle-body cleaner

So I was spring-cleaning my man-cave/garage over the weekend and came across my assortment of chemical sprays - specifically carb cleaner and throttle body cleaner which caught my eye. Is there any ...
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