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Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?

tl;dr: How much did you pay for that shirt? How often do you wash it? Why would you bother? Shirts just get dirty anyway. Can't you get another shirt? Are there any benefits of washing the ...
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Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?

The reason many people wash their car every week is to keep it looking nice and from the good old days of bad paint and no rust protection. These days, paints are significantly better and stand up ...
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What is an "A pillar"?

Pillars are vertical supports on a vehicle. They are located around all the glass on an automobile. They are important for holding glass in place and adding structural integrity to a vehicle, ...
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What are the pros and cons of fiberglass body?

I think the main disadvantage of Fibreglass (aka Glass Reinforced Plastic or GRP) is that it cracks and breaks in an impact, rather than deforming and absorbing energy like metal does - so a GRP ...
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What are the pros and cons of fiberglass body?

Pros Lightweight. Does not rust. Does not get dents. Cons Breaks/cracks if bent too much. Is not as durable as metal. Can deform with heat.
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What are the pros and cons of fiberglass body?

The major reason is probably cost. Steel panels need expensive tooling to produce them, but once an investment has been made in that tooling the panels can be produced rapidly and cheaply. Drop in a ...
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What clean, non-sticky lubricant can I use for door hinges?

Great question. My preference is silicone spray, as you suggested. I'm pretty sure this one is the one I usually get for this kind of job. Apparently I'm not the only person who thinks this is a ...
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Subaru Forester Power Tailgate won't open

From a technical service bulletin regarding the 2014 Subaru's: If you receive a customer concern of a “beep- beep-beep” sound when trying to operate the PRG, a likely cause is an incomplete ...
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Paint peeling around body filled area 6 months on

Bodywork is something that cannot be rushed. While others are suggesting chemicals that may be suited for this application, it is not necessarily going to be a solution to your problem. The most ...
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What can be used to protect the under-carriage of a hot rod?

I would use epoxy primer to start. You can then spray paintable undercoat on your frame, underbody. They come in various forms as depicted in the image below. You may also use a rocker guard type ...
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What clean, non-sticky lubricant can I use for door hinges?

My weapon of choice for such a job is something like WD-40's White Lithium Grease: (source: wd40specialist.com)
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What is an "A pillar"?

What is a Pillar There are three main types of pillar when referring to the design of a car - A, B and C. The A pillars on your car hold either side of the front windscreen in place. They are the ...
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Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?

I work from home, so my car stays in the garage for long periods of time. It doesn't get much mud or salt spray, and after it's washed, it looks pretty fresh for a month or two. It's often 6-months ...
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What are the protrusions on a front-end bra for?

I like to refer to those as eyebrows, and in the specific image you posted, they are to add some stiffening and down force to the center of the bra so the flat edge against the hood doesn't flap ...
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How to remove the clips of the Honda Emblem. Safely

With a flat thin small screwdriver, you should be able to wiggle under it and pry up a little bit, then move to the opposite side of the same fastener and do the same thing. Working back and forth ...
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What does "Chopped & Channeled" mean?

Chopped and channeled refers to two different things, but are usually done together to create a specific look usually utilized by hot rodders. Here is a decent attempt at a Photoshop "chop job" (pun ...
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How can you prevent the frame and undercarriage on your car from rusting?

Rust is a chemical reaction that occurs when metal contacts air and water. The type of reaction is electrochemical, meaning electrons are being exchanged, and salty water being very conductive just ...
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What's the difference between a Compounding, Finishing, Buffing, and Polishing pad?

The key to understanding the differences lies in how car detailing and paint restoration works. The key word here is aggression, referring to the "rate of cut" of the pad. Here are the pads rated ...
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2006 G35 - Body shop installed wrong front bumper

Don't accept "no" for an answer. The company you are dealing with has a lifetime warranty on their repairs: Because Caliber places such importance on the high quality of our materials and ...
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Why don't car manufacturers treat rust-prone parts of a car with rust converter?

The manufactures take several steps to prevent corrosion. Zinc coating to the bare steel at the steel mil metal treatment electrodeposition coating (E-coat) seam sealers chip-resistant coatings Top ...
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How to remove a tailgate strut that do not have a c-clip

They simply pop off. Gently pry them off, the spring holding it on the ball is internal. EDIT: (Adding some descriptive pics for Larry) Place a large flat tip screwdriver where the red arrow is at. ...
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How to ensure body repair parts will fit?

There is a certification program called the Certified Automotive Parts Association or CAPA. It not only covers body parts, but other parts as well. If you purchase a part which is CAPA Certified, you ...
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What are the pros and cons of fiberglass body?

One thing that most people neglect to mention is UV stability: even with so-called UV inhibitors, any GRP which is left out in the sunlight will begin to deteriorate: the resins will become brittle ...
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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

The likely cause is that the paint was applied too thin per coat or the nozzle was too far away. A coat thick enough to get a glossy sheen is seen but not too thick that runs develop is the proper ...
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Why did my clear coat turn out matte instead of glossy, and how can I fix it?

@IHNIWID .. Yes, the "color" coat(s) need to be wet-sanded aka "color sanded". And then thoroughly cleaned of sanding dust. This needs to be perfectly smooth before clear, even if it appears dull. ...
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Can polishing compound ruin my car's paint job?

Yes, you did indeed apply an abrasive "compound". Polish materials come in coarse and finer grits just like sandpaper. To polish scratches left by a polish of a course grit finer grits are used to ...
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Remove the body on a Discovery 3 just to replace turbo?

The turbo on the Discovery 3&4 CAN be removed without removing the body, anyone telling you otherwise are simply not a skilled mechanic or are trying to rip you off by charging you for loads and ...
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How to remove a tailgate strut that do not have a c-clip

I contacted the official Honda dealer in New Zealand. They confirmed that I need to replace the entire assembly, rather than just the arm alone. They are not the "pop out" variety. The cost is NZD305 ...
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How do I stop my shock spring from rubbing?

I would check/replace the strut's top mount. The rubber may be worn allowing excessive movement at the top of the strut. Try pulling in the strut to see if the top mount moves excessively. If the ...
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Subaru Forester Power Tailgate won't open

Same problem affected my 2014 Forester XT. I followed Badpirate's advise except that I didn't short the two terminals: taking the positive lead off is too much work. I removed the negative lead and ...
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