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This is the sort of thing where one should let common sense prevail¹. Based on my experience, a thorough job will keep track of the following aspects: storage - ensuring that the part isn't misplaced when it's time to put everything back together location - where that screw/bolt/nut/washer/grommet/O-ring is supposed to go sequence - the order of ...


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There is legislation known as "E-Mark" that pertains to electronic devices that are permanently installed in a vehicle. This car PC manufacturer is UK based and has a great description of the requirement. Excerpt: Prior to March 2009 the regulations were extremely clear - all equipment installed into a vehicle on a permanent basis was required to ...


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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 material used in construction of the engine block/head (aluminium blocks cool quicker than steel for example) and many more besides. Typically though it should be ...


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You will need to either reuse the bolts that attach the gearbox (transmission) to the engine, or if these are the wrong length buy some new bolts with the same thread pitch but at the correct length. You may need some washers too. As above, the stand will bolt to where the gearbox attaches to the engine. The part of the stand the engine actually bolts to is ...


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My 2012 Volkswagen Golf has an RCD510 multimedia unit which features a touch screen, card slot, USB connector, bluetooth and six disc drive, integrated front and rear parking sensors. I know that upgrades to this unit are available which include the ability to add integrated video for a rearward facing camera plus there is a version in inbuilt NAV. This is ...


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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 once, you could ask your local shop for a quote: the price might come out similar both ways. I'm going to explain how to do A/C by weight, as that is how ...


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One trick I've used before is to draw an outline of the part on a sheet of paper, then push the screws/bolts through the paper in the right places - this does both the association with the part and with the location, useful for things with different length bolts... Another trick, as per Zaid's comment, is to use sandwich bags, which can be labelled as to ...


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I think the canonical answer to this question is probably a Honda Civic, anything up to late 90s. My reasons for this recommendation are: The parts are widely available and cheap. There's an abundance of online information about doing repairs and maintenance. The engine is 4-cylinder inline and everything on the engine that needs regular service is easily ...


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So, bear with me on this and maybe I can help. Mind you, none of what I'm going to say is going to be easy to do, but that is because your issue is not an easy one to solve. The main problems I see here with any solution is alignment and distance from any mounting point I can discern. My main thought here is you need to get the alternator connected back to ...


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This article speaks to how Android Auto complies with regulations: Google built Android Auto so that it complies with recognized automobile safety standards, including the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA). So, it seems like they've already figured out what needs to be done to conform with existing NHTSA rules. The full Android ...


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You're off to a good start - research, research, research. 1.) I would add; being able to lift the car off the ground, and having movable platforms - to keep your work at a comfortable level, as much as possible. The more light you can get on the job, the better - however, it would be safer to have the fixtures outside the plastic/paint area. Just like all ...


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If the bolt is so obscured that vise grips and welding are not feasible, and so stripped that impact doesn't make sense (I am guessing it is too stripped), I usually do the following. If it's very stripped, you might want to skip ahead to step 8. (Look ahead to step four; you'll probably want to take one of your bolts to the auto parts store before starting ...


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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 is not sequential, and there's axles instead of a chain drive and everything much bigger obviously.. Yes. Basics are the exact same. If you can learn to work ...


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You should have been charging on the low side not the high side. But it's actually good that you weren't able to top off the system. You should never use that stuff in any car AC system and it's outlawed in the states. This is a flammable refrigerant! From the SDS (Saftey Data Sheet) AUTO – IGNITION TEMPERATURE: 1585 F FLASHPOINT: -34 C LOWER ...


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There are a number of ways to go about purchasing a new battery for the vehicle. Easiest way would be to find the part number and see if any of the local parts stores have the same part number or can cross reference that number to the batteries they sell. For example an: LM40CP - Manufactured by Exide is equivalent to an NS40ZMF - Manufactured by Century-...


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One notable option for an integrated dash cam is the new C7 Corvette. As a dealer installed option, you can get a complete Performance Data Recorder (PDR) that includes a dash cam: The PDR records GPS data, car performance information such as G-Force and steering angle and overlays everything on the through-the-windsheild POV video to give you something ...


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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 skills will be transferable to other things like lawn equipment, tractors, gensets and so on. I decided to do my own maintenance 45 years ago frustrated by high ...


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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, and possibly much sooner than 30 minutes, if you need to. The easiest way to gauge if it's under sufficient pressure that you shouldn't open it is trying to ...


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Try to get something that is rear wheel drive, a forward facing engine and transmission is simpler and easier to work on then a trans-axle plus it gives you more room to work. Look for something you see a lot of so that the parts and knowledge is easy to acquire, but also get something that you actually want to drive. Older two door pickups work rather well.


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No. You could probably fix a broken one by rebuilding it but I doubt it is easy to up the amperage value. You would have to replace the coils with higher windings I doubt you could do this in the average garage. Worth looking into I guess but I wouldn't hold your breath.


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No that's not the location. It's in the thermostat housing (attached to the engine) that the outlet radiator hose attaches too. This hose runs from the right side (passenger side) of the radiator to the engine. Drain the cooling system Remove the air cleaner outlet duct Remove the radiator outlet hose from the thermostat housing Remove the bolt and bolt/...


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If there is room behind the seat now (ie: you could slide the seat back further if it would let you), I'd pull the current seat out and remount it further to the rear. It sounds as though you'd only need about 2-3" more space to make it worth it. Most seats are bolted down using four mounting points, two on each seat rail. If these are bolts (or studs) which ...


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It would certainly help. Just be careful of bucket seats. If you have a bigger than average backside, the bucket seat's lateral supports tend to dig into your thighs and will make for an infuriating long distance trip. Also, spend a bit more money and get good quality items. I had a set of NRX (made in China or something) seats which broke after two years. ...


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tl;dr: Yes. The horsepower shouldn't change but the torque should go up by a factor of 6. The thing to remember is that what you usually want is actually the torque of your motor. That's what actually does the useful work for you. In this case, though, you've been handed a horsepower number at a particular RPM. We can get the equivalent torque at that ...


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If you're on a very tight budget & don't care about the car too much, and it's not a big leak, then some of the pour-in-the-radiator "leak stop" products might work quickly Something like this. Raw eggs (or just eggwhites) might work too for a little while. Those would coat your entire coolant system with "goop" that should plug small holes. But best ...


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I'm not sure that you can purchase one from the manufacturer, but you can purchase them from Helminc.com without issue for many brands (but mostly American). I purchased two different ones from here, one each for 93 & 94 Camaro (also covers Firebird/Trans Ams). These are the exact ones used by dealership service mechanics. Some are hard copy, while I ...


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We use this type tool. It plugs into the ODBII port. There are many memorized settings that can be lost. The most troublesome are radio security codes and luxury cars with driver preference settings, such as seat and steering wheel position. The preference settings are the worst, since these cannot be duplicated without bothering the owner. Sit with an irate ...


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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 won't bite or won't tighten, it's time to break out the tap and die set.


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"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'm guessing your engine is aluminum? Bolt holes strip very easily in aluminum. If the bolt doesn't go in easily you are doing something wrong. If you ...


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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 techniques that can be used to make sure a project is done on time and at the proper cost. I would narrow this down to 2 main types of project: construction and ...


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