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The logic behind replacing the coolant, rather than just topping it off, is to remove impurities. If the reason you have to add to it is that there is a slow leak somewhere, you may get by with just adding some now and then. But if the nature of the problem is that that coolant itself is being depleted, without removing any impurities, then yes, it has to ...


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Is it magnetic? if so, a big magnet (from a speaker for example) might help...


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You shouldn't be constantly replenishing the coolant - if you are, there's probably something wrong with your car! Modern car cooling systems are designed to be almost maintenance free, so you should only need to drain and replace it after a long interval (e.g. the 11 years you quote), rather than every two years with older systems - obviously you should ...


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You take 2 nuts and put them on the same set of threads. Then lock them against each other by loosening the lower nut and tightening the upper nut. Then use the upper nut with your torque wrench to install the stud.


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Regarding the effect of raising the wiper arms on the wiper arm springs: raising the wiper arms will not make the springs weaker for future use. The only way that the springs could produce reduced force when the wiper arms are returned to their normal position is if the springs took a permanent "set" from being stretched. This can only happen one of two ...


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To get to basics, the rod (or connecting rod) is the portion of the engine which connects the piston to the crankshaft. Where the rod connects to the crankshaft there is a bearing which separates the rod itself from the crank journal. The bearing is made from a softer material than the rod or the crankshaft. You can see most all of the internal parts of an ...


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Adding something to fuel tank: Not necessarily, just purchase good quality gasoline. It already has all the additives needed to protect the engine. However, I understand that in Brazil, fuel may contain quite a lot of ethanol. Do make sure your car can handle it. However, if you drive so little the gasoline becomes stale, you might want to consider some sort ...


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These are things I check before buying a car (in addition to Alex's advice): Make sure it has radiator fluid (at a proper level). If the radiator fluid is empty, it probably has a radiator leak, they probably have not been watching it, and the engine probably has heat damage. The thermometer won't work without radiator fluid so they won't see that the car ...


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There are so many different products you could go with for this. Only problem is the products are usually really hit-or-miss. When I finally found one that worked well I ordered as much of it as possible. Leather Magic, the name describes it perfectly. I used the delux kit a few times before ordering the pro kit. The delux kit sells for about $59.00 and it'...


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Yes, you can do an inspection and learn a lot about it's condition. If you're not familiar with what to check, it may be worth getting an expert to have a look over it (if it's a classic car, your local owner's club will often have plenty of enthusiastic members who would be happy to tell you what it needs) As a guide: Tyres - these will probably have ...


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I'm going to answer the basic mechanical points, as weighted by my opinion of importance. I'm leaving out the issue of waxing as potentially too broad. Safety: These are critical. Do not proceed down the list without addressing each (at least). Safety glasses: Always wear them, especially when you don't think that you need to. I purchased mine from the ...


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They need to be aligned Well, technically the wheels need to be aligned. This doesn't have much to do with fitting tires and is more of a mechanical maintenance item on the car. It's a good idea to have an alignment done when you buy new tires because poor alignment will make your tires wear out very fast. Since its a new car, if you drive on good roads ...


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Some reasons that old cars may not be able to be supported indefinitely are: Rust. If you get rust in areas that are hard to reach and compromise the integrity/safety of the vehicle, it may be cheaper to buy a new car than pay the massive labor for extensive rust repairs. These days labor rates are insanely high, the killer is the disassembly/reassembly (...


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Yes, at least half of the exhaust is coming straight out of that gap without passing through the muffler. As you've noted, this leads to an increase in noise (or music, depending on your taste). To my eye, that looks like a hassle to fix on your own. There appears to be the rusted remnants of two bolts holding the Y-pipe to the passenger side muffler and ...


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The main things I've always heard/done. Always unwind before storing. This helps to keep stress off the springs. If you leave it wound up, the springs can get weak and give inaccurate torque readings. Don't go past the click. Once it clicks, don't turn it further. Can't remember why you shouldn't do this (aside from over-torquing). I always try to ...


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If the area you lost it in isn't too large, you could shovel the snow into a big bucket, bring it inside, and let it melt. This could be tricky if the area you might have lost it is large, or if the snow is deep. Any other way of melting the snow in place would also work if you have a portable source of heat. If you're in no rush, just wait until spring!


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I'm surprised this has not been mentioned. Have a compression test performed on the engine. This will expose many major engine problems like head gasket leaks, damaged valves/valve lands or rings. It is a simple, inexpensive test that can save you from some of the most expensive repairs a vehicle may need. I would consider a compression test absolutely ...


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When disconnecting a clamp from a car battery, there is a danger of creating a short circuit with the tools that are in contact with the battery terminal. So a tool in contact with the positive terminal can cause a short circuit if it touches any piece of grounded metal. Starting with the negative terminal removes this danger; now you only need to ensure ...


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I don't have any specific way that I know works, but there are several different techniques you can try. Buy a cat Cats are a natural predator to birds and should scare away most of them. Peter Griffin them Look at this website See if they offer anything that you think would work for your situation. The products can be somewhat expensive, but if they ...


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There are silicate antifreezes, used in most domestic cars until recent years, and OAT antifreezes, used in Japanese cars because of their domestic market testing. In OAT antifreeze the silicate has been replaced with phosphates. Domestic cars today all use OAT now, with Chrysler the last to switch. See: http://www.sae.org/mags/aei/mater/11284 So any OAT ...


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I live in Canada where we got often snow storm or freezing rain during winter, I never lift my wipers blades. It's clearly unnecessary for a snow storm, as you remove the snow from your car prior of activate your wipers. But I can see my neighbors lifting theirs when freezing rain is forecasted, some even put cardboard on the windshield to avoid scraping ...


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They will probably work out to be the same. An automatic transmission is inherently more complicated which means more can go wrong and usually does (more so than manuals). The increased complexity also makes them more expensive, heavier, less fuel efficient etc. A manual transmission is less complicated which means there is less that can go wrong. Through ...


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Caveat: this is your vehicle. Please consider our opinions as such and make the best decision that you can. Here is how I would group things without considering price. I'll try to be guided by your "about five more years" and your climate (assuming that NE Ohio is roughly equivalent to central Indiana <- where I spent six years of graduate school). ...


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Here's a "tip to make sure I got everything right" for the future. One that I use myself, and taught my Auto Tech students as well: The very first thing is to take off the oil cap, and place it over the latch area for the hood, such that you can't close the hood unless you move the cap. This prevents the worst possible thing: finishing the job but ...


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If the site of the tragedy is such that you can easily acquire water, use a hose (or a bucket) and simply run/pour water over the area to melt the snow. Since snow is an insulator, running a propane torch will be an exercise in patience (and an exercise in buying a bunch of propane). Water is cheap, melts snow faster, and is less likely to burn your house ...


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Like @Alex said, ideally, drive it at least half hour each time. Less than that and you won't have enough heat/time to burn off all the condensation in the engine (you'll get a yellow gooey substance under your oil filler cap to let you know if that's the case). You'd want to have it driven at least once a week to keep oil on the cylinder walls (to prevent ...


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Would providing them with an alternative work? A bird-box in a suitable location that doesn't get disturbed every day... Alternatively, get a cat ;)


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Why rotate tires at all? You probably already know this, but the reason we rotate the tires is to even out the wear and to try to maximize the miles from each set. For that reason, if the vehicle has a full-size spare tire that is also the same size and is also non-directional, it would be included in the rotation. If the vehicle had dual rear wheels (as ...


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First off, everything Bob said. General Socket Extensions: Your socket set may come with 1 or 2 extensions but I'd buy a couple more. Having different length extensions are invaluable for getting to hard to reach items, plus you can combine them together for a longer extension. Socket U-Joint Adapter: I never see these in socket sets and you will regret ...


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When one lives in places where it snows, even occasionally, they quickly learn to lift the wipers. If you go to a ski resort when the inclement weather is expected, you would see half of the vehicles with wipers pulled up. The other half are either do not have wipers that can be fixed up (in that case one is still advised to separate them from the glass ...


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