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How long should I wait for engine to cool down before I can check coolant?

The exact time taken depends upon various factors: The ambient temperature The amount of heat insulation in the engine bay Volume of coolant in the engine How hot the engine got while driving ...
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How to recharge my A/C

First, a word of warning. To do it right (and not waste expensive refrigerant, or risk ruining your A/C compressor), you'll have to get a few pieces of equipment. If you're just going to do this ...
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What happened to the paint on my 2014 Toyota Prius V? Is there a way I can DIY repair it?

It looks like typical Toyota paint to me. The paint is delaminating from the soft bumper. You can paint this yourself, but you'd need a paint gun, compressor, special tools, and some understanding of ...
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I'm a DIY motorbike mechanic- want to become a DIY car mechanic

1) can I easily transfer my skills to being a DIY car mechanic? I've just bought my first car- and so I've never worked with cars before. The basics are pretty much the same aren't they? The gearbox ...
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I'm a DIY motorbike mechanic- want to become a DIY car mechanic

Yes your skills are transferable. If you are so inclined get a couple of academic text books from a library and look through them. It will help you understand the differences in the systems. Your ...
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How long should I wait for engine to cool down before I can check coolant?

If you have any doubts, don't do any of this, just wait til the system is cool to the touch. Steam is extremely dangerous! With that said, you can open the system a lot sooner than a matter of hours, ...
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2002 Ford Escape: Flushed system, new compressor, topped off with oil and coolant, still not blowing cold air

Vacuuming the system isn't a "do if you want to" ... it is a must do if you want the system to work. There are two reasons to vacuum the system before entering refrigerant. First, it gets ...
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Effectively planning and seeing a DIY project through to completion

TL DR; Project Management techniques in use today are difficult to apply directly to something as small as fixing one car. Project management is a term used to refer to a number of different ...
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Is it possible to know if a screw hole needs to be re-threaded?

"Stripped" means the threads are damaged. Re-threading (using a tap) cuts new threads, and cutting new threads out of damaged threads in a hole that is probably too big will not make it any better. I'...
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Is it possible to know if a screw hole needs to be re-threaded?

Clean the hole up as best you can and get lots of light on the scene. Try screwing a bolt into it and seeing if it bites and tightens up properly (obviously one with the right thread pitch). If it ...
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Homemade 'Car' Vehical

There's 2 things to consider when attempting what you are considering to do: Make it road legal: that means 3 things. a) First, it must conform to the minimum equipment list of your jurisdiction ...
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How can I re-attach rear muffler pipe to muffler body

What you are looking for can be found by googling "exhuast repair kit." It's essentially a sleeve with 2 clamps that you fit over or under (depending on the design) your affected exhaust ...
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Effectively planning and seeing a DIY project through to completion

I do a lot for DIY, from mechanics to woodworking to building to whatever gets in the middle of my path :) and by my experience I can resume: Never assume more tasks you can handle: if you see you ...
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Effectively planning and seeing a DIY project through to completion

From my own personal experiences: Damaged a thermostat gasket that was seized on while try to remove a stuck-open thermostat; learnt that the replacement part was at least 2 weeks away after the ...
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Programmatically defrost car windows?

The most convenient solutions are an electric engine block heater (as @mikes mentioned) or a petrol/diesel powered stationary heater. The latter is expensive, but generally more powerful than a block ...
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As a consumer, can you buy the "OEM service manual" for your car direct from the manufacturer?

For a Toyota, you can get the same service manuals that the dealers use, manuals produced by Toyota, online: https://techinfo.toyota.com/
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I'm a DIY motorbike mechanic- want to become a DIY car mechanic

I made a similar decision to maintain my own car after inheriting a car hoist. I have zero background in mechanical things other than push bikes... but I have the DIY desire, hence trying to fix ...
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What do I make a custom box truck body out of?

It depends how much money you want to spend on your truck and how reliable it should be on/ off road. If your body is heavy, you will need a better suspension. Plastic would be cheaper than aluminum ...
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How long should I wait for engine to cool down before I can check coolant?

The reason you wait is that when the engine runs, the water absorbs its heat, and transfers it to the radiator where it is released to the environment, and cools. The water becomes pressurized and the ...
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What is the best way to remove a stripped head bolt that is deep in the engine?

Worst case scenario: Very carefully grind the bolt head off then slide the head up the bolt. Once the head is out of the way, remove with a stud remover or weld a new nut to it. To do this, first ...
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I hate thieves - Ideas on DIY deterrents

Basically, you want a device to activate when the 'system' is 'armed' and the door is opened. The easiest way to do this would be to tap into one of the outputs of an existing system, or install an ...
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How can I fix the paint in my car?

Since low budget is stated as a main requirement, I am assuming that professional repainting is not an option. Hard to tell from a photo, but the scratch on the side probably will not buff out. But I ...
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How does dynamic control light works

As IHaveNoIdeaWhatI'mDoing stated in the comments, the buttons themselves have small LCD or OLED screens that allow them to change depending on some set of predetermined conditions. i.e. when the a/c ...
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Programmatically defrost car windows?

You could have a block heater installed. A block heater is a heating element that runs on household current. It is usually installed either in place of a freeze plug or in line of a large radiator ...
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Doing my own maintenance

There's 2 reasons that the maintenance required light will come on in most cars: The car is designed to put the light on after a certain amount of time and/or mileage past the last service. The car ...
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What do I make a custom box truck body out of?

The walls of box bodies are now commonly built out of GRP which is glass reinforced plastic bonded to structural plyboard. It has a very good strength to weight ratio with the benefit of being able to ...
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Is DIY penetrating fluid safe for alloy wheels?

May I suggest a Big Hammer? Usually, alloy wheels separate from the drum just by using a hammer. I'm not sure about your situation, but the hammer trick has worked for me always. This is for cars ...
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Can I use empty refrigerant bottles to store used refrigerant?

tl dr: You can do it, but you probably won't be able to bleed very much off by this method. NOTE: Please see edit at the bottom. Most every can of DIY refrigerant I've ever seen (whether R12 or ...
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Exactly how much refrigerant is in there?

You can draw out all refrigerant from a system with no expensive equipment. All you need is a hose (preferably with manifold gauge), a suitable storage tank, a decently insulated container (like a ...
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Can I replace my AC Compressor myself? 2008 Vauxhall Astra 1.9

Changing compressor is pretty easy on your car, however you have to go and fill it at some car shop. Your compressor is on the top of alternator, so it's easy to access and take off. If I remember ...
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