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Questions about identifying a part, usually to enable a replacement to be sourced. Questions asking for shopping assistance are off-topic here

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what is round cylinder on top of classic car engine

This is probably ridiculous question but I can't seem to find a chart on google that explains typical parts of a classic american car. I always seen that round disc like cylinder on top of many muscle ...
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What is this thing hanging from a wire from the front headliner at the top of the windshield?

Had my windshield replaced last week, and then this week this black rectangular plastic thing dropped in front of me. Held in place by a wire attached to it going under the headliner - length of wire ...
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Front left controller arm corroded and broke on my 2002 Hyundai Elantra

I was driving home, heard a crunch, and then my entire steering wheel felt loose and turned a quarter turn to the left even though my car was still going straight. I was about 10 feet from home so I ...
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Coolant Flange - What is it really called?

My antifeeeze keeps leaking out and I was told that I had a hole in my coolant flange, so when I was calling to see how much it would be to get fixed no one knew what I was talking about. I am a woman ...
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What is this panel on the front of BMWs for?

I know the panels circled in yellow are headlight washers and exist on many cars now. However, on several BMWs I have noticed an extra panel, circled in red. It is not symmetric and I have only ...
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This part fell off my car yesterday - what is it?

I drive a 2008 Honda Fit, and yesterday I found this on my driveway, resting under my front end. I know little to nothing about cars, but this looks simple enough that I think I could replace it if I ...
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Unknown part fell out of my motorcycle

So I was taking the battery out of my bike (99 Honda Shadow 750 ACE) to ship it this past December, when two parts of the bike I'd never seen fell out from somewhere near the battery case. They sort ...
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What is this solid electric component with three poles in a classic 50's car?

I'm restoring a 1955 Studebaker President and it has an electric component I also seen in other 50's cars, but don't know what is it for. It is similar to this stuff, right now it is disconnected... ...
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What is the name for the spoiler above the cabin of a semi?

This diagram is from Wikipedia. I am interested in what people call the part marked 6 on the diagram. The label suggests it is called an "air dam", but searching around, that term seems to be used ...
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What is name of this part in the picture?

Could you guys please tell me the name of the part in red square in English?
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Purpose of highlighted mirrors in trucks

Whenever I see pictures of trucks made by Volvo, Scania or Daimler. I wonder what are the highlighted mirrors in the picture used for? I don't see those mirrors in most trucks made by Indian ...
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Discerning a component of a motorcycle

Here's a Yamaha XJ6N motorcycle: But I was wondering what this component here was??
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What is the small plastic dimple found on some front doors?

I've frequently seen this strange little plastic gizmo (circled in the image) and wondered what its purpose is. I'm tired of wondering -- do any of you know? What is it even called? (Don't ask how ...
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What is this U shaped tube sticking off the intake hose?

On the intake hose for a 2001 Honda Prelude SH there is this U shaped tube with one closed end (sorry about blurry shot): (The tiny thing sticking up on the top left isn't a tube it's just a solid ...
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What is this lever?

Recently I parked next to a (beautiful) 1957 Buick "Special" and took a bunch of photos. But I also noticed a lever to the left of the steering wheel, between the dash and the driver's side door, that ...
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What is this please :)?

My friends mini motor got stolen then the next morning I found this part outside my house. I was wondering what it was as I don't know if it was part of it.
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What is this (cooling-system related) part?

A while back I stopped my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6 4WD) and all of a sudden there was white smoke pouring out from under the hood, indicating that something was leaking radiator fluid. When I opened the ...
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Purpose of small forward-facing deflectors in front of rear wheels

On many new vehicles there are small, forward-facing deflectors in front of the rear wheels that look like small splash guards. What is the purpose of these? I assume they are for aerodynamic (fuel-...
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What's this part? Hanging from left rear of Subaru 99 legacy.

After driving a bit yesterday I came home and noticed that a part seemed to be hanging down from the rear left section of my car. The car is a 99 Subaru Legacy. Can anyone tell me what this is?
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Small black box located under intake manifold

I'm working on a Subaru EG33 engine which originally came out of a '92 SVX and will be going into a '96 Impreza. We had to take the upper part of the intake manifold off to get to parts of the engine ...
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What is this part?

I've been trying to source a new part for my cost but have no idea what it's called. Can anyone tell what the broken part is. It is a BMW series 1 57 plate. My friend thinks it is an exhaust ...
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Nut and bolt terminology. What is the name of the fixing in the image?

What would be the name for the cylindrical item in the image below? I have tried searching for stand-off, collar, riser, (and the frankly ridiculous 'bolt pipe', which throws up some unexpected ...
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how to get the part number of car parts?

If I want to get the part number of a car parts, how I can get it through online ? I do not want to go to a dealer to ask him for the part number. because maybe he will not give me the part number and ...
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Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?

About a year ago, I replaced a head gasket on a 1994 Chevy Cavalier 2.2L. After I put everything back together there were two parts left over. The car runs good considering it's 20 years old, however ...
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2003 Honda CR-V broken part identification

I was wondering if anyone could help me identify what could be a part, or a piece of a part, from my 2003 Honda CR-V. Yesterday, I noticed that the stop lights stayed on after I turned the vehicle off ...
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What is the purpose of this black plastic loop around rim spokes?

Many rims seem to have this piece of plastic around one of the spokes. It seems to be a zip tie fastening the rim in place. But what is its exact purpose? If it is required to fasten the rim in place, ...
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Trying to figure out the name of this car part!

I got new tires today and saw that the part that's circled is broken on my car. It looks like it just snapped at the top because part of the bolt appears to still be in whatever the tube is. Anyone ...
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Do month-year coloured dots on batteries signify install-by expiration date?

As per How do you know if the replacement battery is a good one?, it may be the case that I've purchased a battery that may not be at its best. I got it from a VW dealer installed on 2016-10-01; it ...
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Missing part on '87 Ninja 600R

I bought an '87 Ninja 600R (ZX600b) and can't figure out whats missing that goes in or over this hole. Is it missing a plug, a hose, or something else? Is it important?
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What is the difference between an inner tail light assembly and an outer tail light assembly?

I'm trying to replace a passenger side tail light assembly (well, actually only the red plastic is broken, but that doesn't seem to come separately) for a 2015 Impala, and I see parts sites listing ...
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How to mark tires so they can be identified after theft?

A real-life situation: a car owner leaves his car near a multistoried building in the evening and in the morning he sees the car is standing on bricks and wheels are gone. He addresses the police and ...
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What is the name and part number for the large splash-shield item under the engine?

What is the name and part number for this item protecting the undercarriage of the car on the 2013 Honda Civic EX (9th generation). It mounts under the car, and the conceals the compartment with the ...
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What does this device on a 1985 Mercury Lynx/Ford Export Diesel do?

I have a 1985 Mercury Lynx (Ford Escort) Diesel 4 cylinder. The device shown in the pictures -- below the starter -- has a hose connecting it to the radiator. There is another hose that is connected ...
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What is this container in the engine and should it be filled with water?

The car is Honda Life 2007. While checking for water I wondered what this is and should it be filled with water/coolant? I have attached the image of the engine with the container I am talking about ...
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What model carburetor is this? (Mikuni Corp)

Recently, my ATV (a 1997 Yamaha Big Bear 350 2x4) developed a carburetor issue where it would run rich. I took it to a mechanic who says that it needs a new carburetor. However, he was unable to find ...
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Identify parts I need from a supplier catalog

I'm French and I own an old Volvo V70 car whose automatic gearbox sounds seriously tired. In Europe an specially in France, automatic gearbox is not usual as it may be, say in USA, so it's not easy ...
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Jetta Part Identification

I just bought a 2013 VW Jetta SE with a 5-speed manual trans. I'm new to Volkswagen, and I found this part in my glovebox. Does anyone know what it could be?
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Which engine part is this?

I own a speedboat that is powered by a 5 liter V8 Mercruiser with 200bhp. Yesterday when trying it out for the 1st time this season, 2 things happened: 1 - the boat was always trying to turn left ...
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What part is this on my Honda Accord 1996?

I was looking under the hood, trying to learn what's what, and I was wondering what this was. The circled part.
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What is the name of the part to which the gas cap connects?

I'm trying to find a replacement part for a 2005 Saturn ION. There seems to be some detachable receptacle type thing to which the gas cap screws in. The gas cap itself is fine, but one of the plastic ...
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Is there another name for an alternator spacer block?

I'm looking for a compact and inexpensive way to attach a threaded part parallel to the surface of a sheet metal part. One "easy" way to do this, in my mind, is to use a threaded block similar to an ...
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Identify these vintage Ford hubcaps

I am hoping to find an enthusiast who knows a bit about classic Fords. Can anyone identify these vintage Ford hubcaps ?
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Is this reservoir for power steering fluid? (1989 Fleetwood Southwind Motorhome)

Low-speed steering on this RV causes a loud squeal, presumably a slipping belt. I am trying to find check the level of the power steering fluid. I found this unmarked reservoir in the forward ...
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Volvo V70 turn light activator

The left stick behind the steering wheel is missing a piece as you can see here: I was wondering if this is replaceable and if so what the part number would be. Thanks in advance.
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Need to find out which type of radial shaft seal I have

I am repairing the coilover of a Yamaha XT600 2kf and I need to replace a radial shaft seal. Unfortunately I have not been able to identify the exact type of seal this is. I have only been able to ...
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What is a GB in this part diagram?

I've been looking at this diagram to try and understand what's what under my hood, and I'm not sure what "GB-1" and "GB-2" and so on are referring to.
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What is a "confidential vehicle identification" number?

What is the "confidential vehicle identification" number? What cars bear that and where is it located?
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What are the struts connecting the roof to the rest of the car called?

I need to have some work done on the part of the body that connects the roof to the rest of the car, and I'm wondering what is that piece of the car called? If it matters, I'm specifically wondering ...
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What is this called - rear wheel edition?

A few weeks ago I heard a horrible sound when driving my 2000 Ford Ranger (V6, 4.0L, front disc rear drum) into work and when I parked my truck, I touched the left rear wheel and found that it was ...
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Name of a plastic piece on a VW Jetta on front and back door

I have a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta. She has an approximately 5 inch wide plastic piece on the front and back doors. These are faded now and would like to replace them. I wanted to research whether I can ...
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