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Questions tagged [diy]

Acronym meaning "Do It Yourself"

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Can I replace my AC Compressor myself? 2008 Vauxhall Astra 1.9

On my 2008 Vauxhall Astra 1.9 CDTI my AC Compressor has gone I was wondering how easy it is to replace myself? I'd get the system drained at a garage first. I've included the service instructions ...
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JB Weld & Acid Battery Repair

Trying to repair a crack on plastic casing on a everstart 12 volt battery after trying to connect something to the right terminal that didn't fit properly. Did some research ans decided to give JB ...
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How long should I wait for engine to cool down before I can check coolant?

I know engine temperature should go down to "C" mark before opening radiator cap. However I'm finding that the temp just stays on normal for a long time. I think I've read people say you need to give ...
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Will this work for bleeding the brakes

I'm looking to bleed the brakes but rather than using two people to do it, I did this as a experiment. What I did was bought a 2nd cap for my brake oil and then used a soldering gun to blow a hole ...
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Considerations when handing over botched DIY alternator/electrical repair to a mechanic

I tried following an in depth guide my my exact car for replacing an alternator. I intended to first replace alternator brushes, and then replace the alternator if brushes were not sufficient. After ...
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Exactly how much refrigerant is in there?

A concern that comes up regularly when troubleshooting A/C problems is whether an A/C system has too little refrigerant (hello leaks) or too much of it (hello overcharging). The traditional way to do ...
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Can a stock ECM be modified to function with some modules disconnected [closed]

Engine in question: VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 2015 - 2.0L, (VIN V, 5TH DIGIT, DIESEL), (ENGINE ID CVCA) I hope to buy a rear-end collision Passat with this engine, and use as many parts as I can in a custom ...
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Can I use empty refrigerant bottles to store used refrigerant?

Based on symptoms and measurements, I have reason to suspect that my neighbour's car's AC system has too much refrigerant in it. Some of the refrigerant has to go. To my knowledge, even if ...
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2013 BMW electronic oil level check fails to complete

My wife's car is a 2013 BMW 335i with M-Sport package. The engine has no dipstick so the only way to check the oil level is using the menu-driven display. However, this never completes. ...
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Is DIY penetrating fluid safe for alloy wheels?

I have an alloy wheel which is rusted onto the drum. I have watched dozens of YouTube videos regarding making your own (more effective and less costly) penetrating fluid. I am very concerned, however,...
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Using an old car as a generator

This is a very general question asking for some specific answers. Essentially, I would like to take a vehicle and strip it down, and to turn it into a generator. I’d like to take advantage of the ...
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Cooling fan comes/stays on when not needed

Car is a 2012 Mitsubishi Galant. Went to drive it one day and the battery was dead. Totally dead. Car fob wouldn't work, lights didn't come on, and turning the key didn't even make clicking sounds. ...
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What do I make a custom box truck body out of?

I'm working on a box vehicle conversion project, and I need to replace the main body. It looks like the original method was steel frame, plywood on top of that, and large sheets of galvanized steel ...
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Failed heater core DIY alternative hack

The problem: My friend's car has a non-functioning passenger side door, and in August, the heater core started leaking into the cabin. So I bypassed the core so the car could remain in use. Of course ...
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Adapt a tablet as a double din car stereo

So this is the current Dash on my Honda Fit 2008: I want to fit a Tablet (doesnt matter why but lets say costs and capabilities) and my main and only concern is for the device to charge when the car ...
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replace passenger side engine mount camry 05 2.4 L

I am planning to replace passenger side motor mount in my 2005 Camry with 170K miles on it. I have craftsman floor jack and two jack stands. Do you thing it is DIY job to replace motor mount? Is it ...
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I'm a DIY motorbike mechanic- want to become a DIY car mechanic

I have all the tools required to work on my motorbikes at home. Full abba stands, 4T axle stands, a 4T jack, comprehensive spanner + socket set, oil/fuel pressure gauges, screwdrivers, grinders, ...
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Exhaust Pipe Repair - Safety Question

I have a safety question regarding a sheared exhaust pipe repair I performed on my 2002 Toyota Camry. I did the following: -Cut up a steel can and fit it inside the two sheared ends of exhaust pipe. ...
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Looking for “engine running” signal

I'm trying to make a sort of Keyless Go style system for my 1996 Mazda Miata using an Arduino and RFID shield as a DIY project for fun. I want to make the Arduino crank the starter until the engine ...
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Homemade 'Car' Vehical

I am interested in saving a few grand on a car by fishing parts out of a junkyard, whipping them together, duct-taping a fancy car decal onto it to make it look safe, adding golf-ball shaped holes to ...
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Doing my own maintenance [closed]

I'd appreciate any suggestions on comments on the following. My prepaid vehicle maintenance expired my last service visit. I've decided I want to learn and perform the basic maintenance on my car and ...
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How can I re-attach rear muffler pipe to muffler body

2004 Impreza Subaru Outback Sport (2.5L SOHC) The rear pipe of my muffler has broken away from from its weld to the muffler body. I would just replace the whole muffler assembly, but the joint where ...
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Windshield Wiper Transmission Linkage Bushings for 2002 Civic EX (1.7L L4)

I have the factory windshield wiper transmission installed on my Honda, and now the wiper is "slapping" on the cowl which is extremely annoying. Researching, I've found that it may be possible to ...
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Effectively planning and seeing a DIY project through to completion

I've been burnt by poor planning and project execution badly in the past on several occasions and am afraid of repeating the same mistakes with my Lumina engine/transmission damage assessment project. ...
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What other hacks exist to disconnect a “quick-connect”-style fuel line?

I'm in the process of preparing my Lumina's engine and transmission for extraction (progress here). This 3/8" GM fuel rail is supplied by a flex hose with a "quick-connect" connector. If only it ...
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Removing interior trim pieces

One thing I am keen to start doing this year is to begin attempting basic maintenance on my car. My first job is the rear window washer. First, I'll provide a bit of background on the issue (just in ...
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Programmatically defrost car windows?

It would be most convenient to find a way to defrost car windows programmically (using a timer and switch). Remote starts don't seem to have the functionality to programmatically schedule a start ...
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New to mechanical work. Is this a safe way to clean oxygen sensor, or any similar part

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tD9KXAukO9M So I found this video of a guy cleaning their oxygen sensor out with an ultrasound cleaner. I presume what it is doing is breaking up the carbon build up ...
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Finding Replacement AC Condenser

I inherited a 1984 Toyota pick-up from my father when he passed 25 years ago. The AC Condenser is leaking and needs to be replaced. Toyota no longer makes the condenser, and I have been unable to ...
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Is it possible to know if a screw hole needs to be re-threaded?

Last weekend I was re-assembling my engine, and three holes stripped, is there any way to see if a screw hole needs to be re-threaded before it strips?
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Fast Linear actuator [closed]

Hi Im looking for some sort of linear actuator for diy chicken coop project with a 200mm travel, and atleast 100mm/s speed, but generally the faster the better, force between 10 and 35lbs(5 to 15kg) ...
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How does dynamic control light works

Take the example from Nissan Juke dashboard: There are 2 modes in the dashboard, the first mode is when the label shows "A/C" and in the other mode, it shows the label "Normal". I was wondering how ...
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2000 Honda Accord Codes?

Recently my car's check engine light turned on, ever since then every time I attempt to turn on the car it has difficulty turning over. Here are the Codes: P0300 P0301 P0302 P0303 P0304 P0305 P0306 ...
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I hate thieves - Ideas on DIY deterrents

My girlfriends car, along with another one in the same parking lot were broken into last night. They took her radio surprisingly without damaging the dash. From the neighbor's car they stole ID's and ...
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How can I fix the paint in my car?

My car has several types of paint issues that I worry that they might cause me big troubles in the future. I am looking for ways to solve these issues now so that I save some trouble in the future. ...
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Is there any car that comes from factory with a integrated dashcam?

I have a car dash cam on my car and I think it does not really integrate well to the car. It blocks some of the view and may attract thieves. Is there any car that as an integrated dashcam from the ...
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Are there requirements for building a car-PC and it's software?

I am currently rebuilding a car as a hobby. As a part of it I am planning on building in a car PC with custom software for some multimedia usage, navigation and some diagnose usage. I know there are ...
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What options are there to minimize thread corrosion in rust-prone applications?

Any carbon steel thread that suffers from prolonged exposure to air, moisture and (sometimes) salt will suffer from rust, sometimes to the point where it creates problems. While many fixes exist to ...
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What battery should I buy for my vehicle?

My girlfriend has a Nissan Versa 2014 (although this question still applies for any other car), and I need to buy a battery for it. I went to both Walmart and Advance Auto parts and there are lots of ...
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How to use an engine stand

This is one thing which I have asked many times on a car forum and never received a satisfactory response for. I know that the engine block is somehow bolted onto an engine stand like the one ...
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Why do the batteries on some cars need to be hot-swapped?

By "hot-swap" I mean ensuring that the new battery is connected in parallel to the old battery while the old battery is removed and the new one is installed in its place. The idea is to ensure that ...
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Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?

I am seriously considering learning some auto repair knowledge. I don't want to use my good car as my experimental starter kit. So can I buy a used car somewhere and have it towed home just for the ...
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Keeping track of removed screws?

Put simply, are there any good tricks for keeping track of removed screws and bolts when you're dealing with a lot of them? I'm officially one evening into an interior restoration job on my '88 BMW ...
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As a consumer, can you buy the “OEM service manual” for your car direct from the manufacturer?

I recently found out you can buy a repair manual for your specific car (in this case Haynes and the repair manual is specific your make/model but spans multiple years). When I went to my car's Haynes ...
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Changing Freeze Plugs on a Mazda 626

On a 98 Mazda 626 4 cylinder 2L engine where are the freeze plugs and how hard is it to replace them?
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Is there a source assessing repairability of motorbikes and cars?

For phones you can find ratings based on ease and cost of repairability (assuming you do everything yourself). Is there such a source for choosing a motorbike or car that you want to maintain yourself ...
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Dripping water from under the water housing

I am on a tight budget. How do I go through fixing the leak, start with the nuts (enclosed with red hexagons) then the blue ones and then go to the yellow ones or can I go start all together with the ...
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I want to attach some hooks inside my car

Want to: attach some hooks on the inside of my car, so I can hang stuff on them. The problem: The inside of my car consists of hard plastic panels. But when I try to get a screw in them, it gets ...
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Windshield chip - what constitutes “edge” of windshield and can I DIY this?

I have a small chip in my windshield I got today driving home from work. It's less than the size of a dime, with a bit of surface damage and some small cracks (which appear to be subsurface? hard to ...
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Ways to increase driver space and comfort in a small car?

I'm the owner of a 2003 MG TF[see photo], I love the car although being 6'4" it borders on uncomfortable when driving longer distances and is not very dignified getting in or out, and my knees brush ...