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Power steering gear box - should I grease sector shaft (pitman shaft) seal?

1st gen Nissan Xterras are known for getting a power steering leak from the sector shaft seal (the shaft to which the pitman arm attaches) I'm wondering if it makes sense to lather on grease on the ...
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Grease added to windshield wiper arm by shop

A few months ago my fiance's cars windshield wiper wasn't working, I looked at it and the bolt was loose. I tightened it down and put loctite on it. It recently went into the dealership for an oil ...
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How often should I start my car? [duplicate]

With the pandemic conditions, I've elected to terminate collision coverage on one of our two cars as we are hardly ever driving anywhere. My understanding is that a car can sit idle for a while, but ...
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Should I worry about the battery performance when not using my Xiaomi M365 not being used for a long time?

Before SARS-CoV-2 hit the world, I use to regularly ride my electrical scooter (Xiaomi M365) for commuting. Due to the epidemic the country entered an emergency state and we are all forced to sit @ ...
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What do I need to do to keep my car healthy during an extended period of minimal use [duplicate]

Due to corona virus restrictions, my driving has been reduced to occasional 5 mile round trips to the grocery store. To avoid problems from it just sitting for a week or two between short trips are ...
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How much time driving at operating temperature is adequate to boil off condensation in the engine, exhaust, and gasoline?

Let's say I drive for a total of 20 mins, round trip, each day for 4 days a week (a normal commute to the train station each day for work). The problem is that it's likely not enough time to hit ...
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Revving up engine gives more power to steering

I'm from India and I drive a manual Petrol Maruti Suzuki Baleno. The car handles kind of well and it's been only since I have bought it and has driven for around 10,000 km. Yesterday, I accidentally ...
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Should I perform my first oil change at 1000 miles, or when the manual says?

I've read in various places that you should perform your first oil change on a new car at 1,000 miles or so. But the exact miles are available in the owner's manual. The owner's manual only states to ...
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Which Wires to Wrap Anti-Rodent Tape With?

I am planning to wrap some of the wires in my Honda CRV/Accord's engine bay with anti-rodent electrical tape. Which wires should I wrap and which ones should I NOT wrap? Are there other parts that ...
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Does putting your car in park during extended stops during trips prevent transmission from overheating?

We've all been there, waiting on a train at a railroad crossing, or stuck in a traffic jam that doesn't appear to be going anywhere for awhile. Well transmissions are designed to my understanding for ...
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Oil change interval with Citroen/Peugeot BlueHDI 150

I have a Citroen Spacetourer van with the BlueHDI 150 engine, bought new two years ago (in 2017). The prescribed oil change interval is the same as regular maintenance interval, which is every 2 years ...
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Mazda question re timing chain

How often does a timing chain on a Mazda 3 2013 model need to be changed. At what kms? Thank you in advance 🙏🏻
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How often and for how long a motorbike (Honda CBR 919 RR Fireblade) needs to run in order to be healthy?

I love my motorcycle but I have been thinking about coming to work by bicycle sometimes. My motorcycle is a 1998 Honda CBR 918RR Fireblade I currently use it every week day. On Mondays, after being ...
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Standing Jeep JK - What to watch out for

My Jeep JK developed a bad radiator leak. While trying to decide between new or converting to aluminum retrofit (too expensive to order off overseas shopping sites - import duties), the car is now ...
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Leaving a car outdoors in very cold weather

Here in Minnesota we're looking at 3 days in a row with temperatures dipping into the negative 30s (Fahrenheit) next week. Obviously this is brutal for humans, but I do not own a garage and typically ...
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Should the pulleys/tensioner be replaced with drive belts?

I know that accessory drive belts need to be changed every now and again as the rubber can dry out and crack. I'm planning to replace the accessory drive belts on my 2008 Subaru Outback as ...
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Cracks near the tyre tread. Are they concerning?

The guy at the tyre shop tried to convince me that my tyres need replacement. My car is just above 2 years old and I plan to change them after 3 years. Please have a look at the picture and advise.
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Do you need to replace a timing chain?

I have a "2012 PASSAT SEL PREMIUM 2.5L Auto" with about 92k miles on it. Around 60k, I have asked my local car mechanic to do the Timing Belt, and he informed me that according to the search he ran ...
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High daily mileage preparation

I know a couple of people who started driving for Lyft and Uber. One of those people plan on doing it full time. I know they haven't even thought of what driving hundreds of miles a day might do to ...
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Is idling a high milage car good?

Environment aside is idling a crappy car before driving better than not? All the answers to the like questions always say if you have a new car there is no difference except waste. Is this still true ...