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The lower level on the dipstick is fine for most of the "normal" operating scenarios. If you were doing extreme angles ie off-roading etc then it could possibly lead to oil starvation. For a Polo, then you won't have caused any damage. Just keep up with the servicing and get a friend or the mechanic to show you what to look for. Checking oil is ...


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A 40% slope is well beyond what you will find on nearly any actual street in the world. But assuming you did find such a place to park and if your oil pan was designed such that such a slope would put the oil in contact with the gasket, would that be harmful? Well, considering that under normal operating conditions there is nearly always oil in contact with ...


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Waste of time. Air can already leak through the thermostat. Thermostats are baffles, not seals. The difference is a seal prevents all flow, a baffle only prevents significant flow. Baffles are used when the same fluid is on both sides and when a small amount of leakage is tolerable.


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Brake fluid leaking past the piston of the brake master cylinder fills the brake booster which is then sucked into the inlet manifold and then through the engine. This causes clouds of white smoke. Have you been losing brake fluid?


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The Bosch Kugelfischer (I'll use "BK" for short going forward) mechanical plunger injection pumps for petrol engines were used across a variety of makes/models of vehicles from the late 60's into the mid-80's. They were derived from the diesel pumps as you suggested. A couple of vehicles which use the BK pump was the BMW 2002Tii and 2002 Turbo. ...


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Yes, you can drill a small hole in your thermostat if you're bothered that you won't be able to bleed the system without it and no, it won't make any appreciable difference to the operation of the system If you think about it, the effect of turning your car heater on will have a greater cooling effect on the engine than allowing a 1 mm wide low velocity ...


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A blinker flashing faster is usually a short in the circuit (ie a bulb going,creating not enough resistance in the circuit casuing it to flash faster). I cannot help tracing the wires physically but someone may chime in with the use of a mutltimeter. First thing I'd do is get the wiring diagram for your car. See what colour wire is what on the chewed up ...


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The motor has a failed head gasket, and/or a cracked cylinder head, and/or a faulty oil cooler. Any of these would explain the loss of oil and coolant, and the jellied deposits (from coolant getting mixed into the oil) inside the oil filter. Here's an almost-identical question and answer. The mechanics you've asked are lazy. This is not an OBD/software ...


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We don't do price/shopping questions here. To get an idea if $525 is a reasonable cost for replacement, ask another mechanic or another dealer in your area. Did you see the "check engine" light illuminated, or has it merely been reported by the dealer? Erratic or incorrect fuel pressure would certainly trigger the "check engine" light, ...


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I own two, count 'em, two Honda Civics. One is a 2003 Civic EX while Civic number two is a 2012 Si. Both are great cars. The '03 is bullet proof has low miles for the year ( 158,000 ) and has only required routine maintenance and the occasional light bulb. It feels new. I highly recommend the 7th gen. The '012 Si is like the EX's rowdy brother. It has the 2....


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FYI, there is typically a "clear flood mode" where if you crank the engine with the gas pedal ALL the way to the floor, fuel delivery is disabled. It is also very useful for listening to the engine turn over so you can hear badly sealed cylinders.


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