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OP, Here's an example of a plastic engine cover on my 2001 VW Jetta VR6: I can't speak for your car in particular (unless you specify what it is), but in my case it has a number of non-critical functions: Aesthetics. This looks far nicer than seeing a bunch of exhaust headers (stock ones are never pretty), oil seepage on my valve cover, fuel injection and ...


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I believe the most common use is noise reduction. As engines got smaller they rev'd higher. The mufflers got moved to the back of the car. No more engine exhaust roar. The result is engine buzz,noise,clacks etc. The cover muffles the injector clicks,belt noise etc. It also just looks cooler to see Vortec, Turbo,SFI .


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I have a VW Jetta 1.8T. The factory service manual produced by Bentley (for Volkswagen) specifically calls this component the upper sound absorber panel. To an extent, these are eye candy, but their primary function is for sound dampening. That being said, I know many people remove them when they are displaying aftermarket components, or keep their valve ...


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Meguiars and Turtle Wax have both been making all kinds of plastic cleaners and protectants for a long time, and something like ultimate black is probably one of your best bets. Ideally though, you would have been applying some of this stuff to your bike for the last 13 years to prevent fading in the first place. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a ...


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The problem with plastic welding with a heat gun is the concentration of heat, I think you allude to this in your post. When/if you can concentrate a heat gun's output on a small area and concentrate the heat you can get the level of heat that's required to melt the crack along a 'bead'. The tip that's required will often back up the heat in the gun and ...


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That is an ideal situation for some cleaner wax. It will have a mild polish to lift the extra paint and wax to reduce the impact of the mark on your eyes. I'm looking at that scuff and it really looks like you just barely kissed whatever left the white mark. If you wash the handle really well, you'll be surprised how well a little cleaner wax will help. ...


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I've never done any replacement of black plastic on my motorcycles. I had a BMW mechanic show me a trick on an early 80's BMW he was restoring. He sprayed all the plastic with WD-40. Just saturated it. He then wrapped all of it in plastic or sealed the smaller pieces in sandwich bags. A week later we powerwashed all of it and let it dry. That was three ...


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In my specific case, I called the distributor (Tire Rack - not sure if mentioning them is allowed, but it's a positive experience and I'm not affiliated) They saw that the brown stain was in the same pattern on every tire and "deduced" that it was something on the tire, not a problem with the tire itself. They recommended using "Goof Off" to spray on the ...


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The covers reduce engine noise and protect the engine from dust, debris, etc, while adding a cleaner look to the engine bay.


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the "insulation" on the underside of a hood is not for noise, its a fire blanket. Its supposed to fall down on top of the engine fire as the plastic tabs holding it in place melt. Hood paint peeling is not from engine heat, its from sun damage and neglect of car. The engine cover is entirely there for looks, no other reason. cars ran great without them for ...


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You can buy a specific heat gun for plastic welding for about $50. I would try the gun you have using plastic welding rod from Harbor Freight ($5.99). The rod package comes with a variety of materials for different plastics. You can experiment with just the rod to see at what temperature setting it melts. You may want to sand off the paint in the damaged ...


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This sounds like tire blooming. Why Tire rubber usually contain an anti-ozonant which prevents UV damage to the tire (like you might see on a windshield wiper blade, it starts cracking). The anti-ozonant, when exposed to air, turns brown. Since the anti-ozonant is part of the tire's rubber, it continues to rise to the surface of the tire. is it ...


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This falls under normal wear and tear. You can install a leather cover around the rim of the wheel. A black leather cover from an auto parts store would work. A better option would be to have a cover made for it. They tend to last longer and get sewed into the part (instead of just tying it down). I try to avoid this by using leather care products. You have ...


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Use a small paint brush and small 1-2 oz paint wells from your local hobby store (Instead of using spray paint in a small enclosed area... Like the example link I provided in the question): prep the surface sand the emblem carefully with 1000 grit (taking care not to scratch the steering wheel part) clean the surface of dust and oils --> use either soap ...


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It sure looks like that is a factory laced-on cover; I can see the little ridges on the underside at the seam. These are often laced on over a foam cushion and a bunch of nasty sticky black mastic. Use a razor blade or utility knife to slice that open at the seam and peel it off. Clean off the actual steering wheel frame ring under it with a solvent, then ...


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In all honesty, I would say the steering wheel in the picture is beyond repair. I have successfully used shoe polish to mask the scuffs on my Lumina's steering wheel. As with shoes, the sheen doesn't last forever; the steering wheel would regularly need to be polished to keep it looking good. I don't recall that the shoe polish left me with icky hands ...


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The alternative to hot air is a soldering gun style plastic welder. Mine has variable temp and a special flat spreader tip with a 1/8" passage through it. The plastic welding rod is fed through the passage right into the melting plastic under the tip. There is also a bigger spreader with no feed passage. It is made by Polyvance, formerly Urethane supply. The ...


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Curtain tension rods, the ones that go on the inside of the window frame. I got a "thicker" one ($4+ walmart) for between the front and back seats and a "thinner" one ($2+ walmart) for between the clothes holders in the back. I needed more clearance and pool noodles were out of season, so I used plumbing insulation noodles (12 ft for $2+ walmart). I don't ...


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Put a few packs of mothballs (opened) in the car in different locations and under the hood, including trunk if it has one, this deters rodents. You can scatter some underneath the car also. Put a battery maintainer on the battery if you have access to electricity.


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I have been to Honda dealer they said the emblem on 2009 pilot steering wheel is attached to the air bag and cannot be switched out I would have to replace the air bag 600. + dollars I have googled decals, stickers etc nothing that will cover the H on my car Painting seems the solution ( maybe silver nail polish ) I even asked the body repair shop that Honda ...


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The easiest way to repaint the emblem is not to. These can be purchased very cheaply (cheaper than you'd pay for paint and materials) on eBay, Amazon and other similar websites.


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I assumed they were for noise reduction, but I haven't noticed much difference with mine off. Since its usually warm to hot where I live I would prefer to have some airflow over the upper intake components, even if it's a small %. Of course when the weather starts to cool again I'll put it back on to make sure the engine warms fast, so as not to get a mil ...


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