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Do I really have to pull the engine to remove broken spark plugs?

Sounds to me like the plug is still in the head as normal, just with the porcelain and electrode snapped on the top end (where the ignition line attaches). If that's the case, it should be really easy ...
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Do I change all four coils when I change one spark plug that is faulty

You shouldn't need to change the spark plug coils unless they are faulty, so the answer to your question is no, you don't need to replace the coils again. There probably wasn't a need to replace all ...
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How can I increase the ride height of my vehicle?

As you know, the rear shocks are McPherson struts. There aren't a lot of options to lift a car with a suspension like that. At least not economically. Most obvious, would be replacing the springs ...
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How important is it to replace engine torque mount? (have pic)

The torque mount is fairly important. It keeps everything in place when the engine is trying to torque over from either a launch or a stop. While this one isn't completely shot, it needs to be ...
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What is the cause of a soft brake pedal after bleeding?

It possible that could be air still in the system. In general if it's air you should be able to pump the pedal and have it come up and be firm and hold that level. Air compresses while the brake ...
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What is this lever?

I'm not positive, but it looks like a vent actuator. In most older vehicles there were manual vents down in the foot well area of the passenger cabin. You'd have to reach down to actuate it by pulling/...
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Will it harm an engine to use 10W oil when it calls for 5W?

Especially given that you live in Florida, 10W-30 vs 5W-30 is not an issue at all. Sometimes thicker oil is even recommended in higher mileage engines, although I believe the jury is still out on it. ...
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How to flush engine coolant system after oil intrusion

Use a coolant flush kit You can add a 'T' to one of your radiator hoses that allow you attach a garden hose to your cooling system. Once you have added the 'T' to your system you can run your car ...
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Do I really have to pull the engine to remove broken spark plugs?

If the electrode pulled out of the plug you may be able to use an epoxy to pull out the rest of the porcelain. If not you'd have to smash it and get it out of the ground strap. Then you may be able to ...
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Window Regulator Price Disparity

There are reasons you'll find the price disparity between what you'll find online or at the parts store versus what a shop will charge you for the same part. (I'll give you an anecdote after I answer ...
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How to flush engine coolant system after oil intrusion

Flush it out with a hose (ordinary garden hose will do fine), backwards - so that the water flows though in the opposite direction to which it would do in normal operation. Generally they flow from ...
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air bag light stuck on

To handle this I would advise you to take it to have the airbag system scanned to see if a trouble code exists. For us to simply just tell you what the issue is we are going to need more information, ...
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The Parking Brake on my 1965 Buick hasn't been used in 20 years, what maintenance should be done before use?

According to this Delaware DMV page, the parking brake must stop a vehicle in 54 feet from 20 mph. For reference, the foot brake has to stop the car in 20' from the same speed. It doesn't sound like ...
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Need to find replacement light bulb for '60s Delco radio

I appears you need a G3.5 or G3 1/2 bulb with a bayonet base. It is also referred to as a mini indicator bulb. Looking on amazon, there are still some companies that make them. If you want to go to ...
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Will it harm an engine to use 10W oil when it calls for 5W?

With temperatures going down to 20F a 10W oil will not be an issue. Should you be faced with that kind of "extreme" cold you can just let your car warm up for 30 to 60 seconds before you start rolling....
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Can anyone help me identify this car? I think it's a 1941 __________ 2 door coupe (Buick? Chevy?)

It's a Nash; compare the lettering on the car's trunk logo with this better example from the Wikipedia page on Nash:
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Metal L shaped coolant line leaking

Is the leak coming from where a metal (yes, most likely aluminum) and rubber part are joined? If so, you can remove the crimped ring which is there and treat the interface like any other by using a ...
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replacing wheel studs on a 92 Buick century

I have the service manual for the 93 Buick and you have to grind the old studs out and put a small stud in for replacement or remove the hub. You can not install the regular size stud without removing ...
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How do I hook up the remote entry feature of a remote start unit in a 2004 rendezvous?

I assume that at this point you've already figured it out, or gone another route. Buuut for anybody that's still interested, this will work as described in this photo from above: The negative ...
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Window Regulator Price Disparity

Actually maybe I will attempt to answer this. This is my theory, note I am a consumer, not a seller / mechanic. I've just seen a similar pattern with my own vehicle (2001, Honda). I think a few ...
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Need to repair connector for the Temp Sending connector on my Buick Nailhead engine

I'm not finding the part you're looking for, so I bet it'd be a tough replacement. Looking at it, there are a couple of options for you. First, you can buy two single sided connectors, like this: ...
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Door panel removal

The shiny plastic part of the lock lever is attached by a clip onto a metal rod that continues into the door panel and connects to the locking mechanism. The shiny plastic knob must be removed in ...
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What is this PCV hose connector near the throttle body?

That is a PVC valve hose assembly. They are inexpensive (less than $10 in my area) and fairly straight forward to replace. This connects the PCV valve to the manifold (the connector you pointed out) ...
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How do I locate a vacuum hose in 1993 Buick Regal for heating system

If i remember right there is a vacuum solenoid box under the dash on the passenger side, they are notorious for the hoses and connectors inside the box to disintegrate, you can open the box and re ...
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What size is my oil drain plug?

According to rockauto.com, your drain plug should be an M12x1.75 with a 15mm head. If a 15mm wrench is not fitting onto it, get a new drain plug, then get the old one off using whatever method which ...
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Checking the oil

You check engine oil with the engine OFF. Preferably at least about a minute or so after running. Hot or cold engine doesn't matter. Pull the stick out, wipe it, put it back, pull again and read.
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Sudden electrical problems in 2001 Buick Century

When the alternator fails, the copper windings melt and become shorted. This will cause an electrical fire smell and will cause several indicators to come on. As others have stated, burnt fuses and ...
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How do the power locks work in a 2004 Buick Rendezvous?

The power door lock circuit includes the Body Control Module, Door Lock Switches, and Door Lock Actuators. The upper plug has no relevance in the circuit and is used partly as the door ajar circuit. ...
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Can a passanger door window just shatter if it's off track?

Side windows are tempered glass. They are made to shatter into a million pieces (as you just found out). All it takes is pressure in the right place in the right direction to have it shatter. Can it ...
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is my car battery bad?

First I'd clean your battery terminals, since even a cold battery at fullish charge will try to start. After cleaning, make sure they're clamped tight and there's no corrosion. Also, describe "won't ...
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