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How to find a part lost in the snow

Is it magnetic? if so, a big magnet (from a speaker for example) might help...
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What damage does a car suffer if not regularly used?

As a general rule of checking, three things; the battery, anything that is rubber (serpentine belt, tyres) and the fluids (oils, coolant). Battery: Even if you disconnect the battery, it cannot ...
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How to find a part lost in the snow

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 ...
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Is it normal for brand new brake rotors to look a little rusty

They're used - you can see the marks on the center where they've been attached to a wheel. They also look scored - run your fingernail across those scatches; if you can feel the ridges, it needs ...
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How to find a part lost in the snow

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 ...
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Why do car manufacturers use plastic parts in the car?

As @DucatiKiller said, weight is a major factor. With ever-increasing safety standards that need to be met, car weights are constantly increasing. Making as many weight savings in as many areas as ...
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How to find a part lost in the snow

Install a metal detector app on your phone. Seriously. They work pretty well.
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What damage does a car suffer if not regularly used?

Friends say that sitting unused for longer time is not good for the car and it should be used at least once per two weeks. Is it true? This is absolutely true. The biggest thing to worry about here ...
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This part fell from my car when driving - any idea what it is?

2nd that; its a catalytic heat shield. Now your catalytic convertor will be able to ignite grass fires when parked more easily.
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Long term storage of parts

If you are in a high humidity area, I would: Coat the part in WD-40 (at least pieces which are made of or have exposed metal pieces). Put them into a large Zip Lock Style Vacuum Storage bag along ...
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How to remove the clips of the Honda Emblem. Safely

With a flat thin small screwdriver, you should be able to wiggle under it and pry up a little bit, then move to the opposite side of the same fastener and do the same thing. Working back and forth ...
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why does the VW dealers in NA have a different battery than OEM?

When I worked for BMW NA, I was the 'Merican engineer responsible for batteries, start, and charging systems on BMW vehicles stateside from about 1990-95. There was some bean-counter thing that also ...
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Do month-year coloured dots on batteries signify install-by expiration date?

No, these are not sell-by dates or expiration dates. If batteries expired within a couple of months of manufacture, they'd be useless for their intended purpose. Getting a battery that's been ...
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Do month-year coloured dots on batteries signify install-by expiration date?

The "9/16" marker (at Walmart, at least) is the nominal date of manufacture - the actual date may be a few weeks earlier. It's used for warranty replacements. Walmart batteries are often on a 3+2 ...
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Interchangeability of motorcycle parts

Motorcycle parts aren't very standardized across manufacturers I think going so far as to make crankshafts interchangeable isn't a sign that a manufacturer cares about standardization though. A ...
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Benchmark about quality levels in car parts

As long as the part you are buying is CAPA Certified, you can be guaranteed it will have the same level of fit and finish as an OEM part. Certified Auto Parts Association (CAPA) is an independent ...
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How to ensure body repair parts will fit?

There is a certification program called the Certified Automotive Parts Association or CAPA. It not only covers body parts, but other parts as well. If you purchase a part which is CAPA Certified, you ...
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What's the most environmentally responsible method of car parts cleaning?

If you're in a city those DIY car wash places with the coin-op power-sprayers recycle and filter all their water. so that's a good place to clean the outside of your engine. most places that take ...
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Correct AC Compressor for '04 Dodge stratus SE 2.7L 6cyl

It looks like you can tell by the vin. It appears to be asking engine code - that's the eighth digit. See if it matches the R or T shown in the part description there, and that should give you your ...
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Motorcycle parts that need to be replaced most frequently

As @JPhi1618 says "Handlebars, levers, footpegs, and the exhaust are the most commonly damaged parts for a new rider when they lay the bike down", additionally anything made of plastic is also likely ...
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why does the VW dealers in NA have a different battery than OEM?

I think the focus of this question is an understanding of Volkswagen part numbers. The Volkswagen part numbering scheme is fairly straight forward to understand once you know more about it. ...
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How to find a part lost in the snow

What about salt? When you add salt, that temperature drops: A 10-percent salt solution freezes at 20 F (-6 C), and a 20-percent solution freezes at 2 F (-16 C). On a roadway, this means that if ...
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DIY carbon-fiber parts layup

Some of those parts are hard to do for a beginner. Making CF look good takes a lot of practice. Still, I'll try to steer you in the right direction. I would use honeycomb as the filler material. ...
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What's the most environmentally responsible method of car parts cleaning?

There is a new-ish product on the market called Bio-Circle. This is about as earth friendly as it gets. The way this stuff works is there are live micro-organisms which ingest oils and other organic ...
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Nissan Micra 2015 (K13) - Missing front bumper vent

I suspect the only two places you'll be able to get one of those is either the Nissan Main Dealer or a local breakers yard. I'd suggest giving your local main dealer a call as you may be surprised by ...
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Why do car manufacturers use plastic parts in the car?

Weight Reduction Using metal components within a car to replace all of the plastic components would increase the weight and reduce the overall efficiency and gas mileage of the vehicle. The overall ...
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Do parts (like Brakes) & brake dust still contain Asbestos? What years did parts contain Asbestos (or anything equally / more dangerous)?

Brake pads manufactured in China are notorious for containing asbestos. It won't be on the label either, so no way for the Man to keep them out of the country. https://www.startpage.com/do/search?...
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Totaled car; should I buy my own parts?

I'm going to keep this away from being an opinion piece as those are off topic for this SE. So lets just look at some things to consider: Cost New parts will be more expensive, even from Rock Auto, ...
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Locating a correct replacement for Honda Civic seat lever

The part you are looking for is either called a release lever or a recline knob ... I don't know which, so you'll have to figure which one you need. You may want to call the company and figure out ...

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