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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Do parts (like Brakes) & brake dust still contain Asbestos? What years did parts contain Asbestos (or anything equally / more dangerous)?

As @ Paulster has stated most of us assumed that the asbestos issue went away years ago. I would like to believe that the EPA has regulated asbestos out of the US automotive manufacturing market. Even ...
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Can someone identify this part. Peugeot

It seems that the plug got already "repaired" by some "handyman" with a sluggish soldering job. I doubt that the receptacle of the bulb is available separately. Perhaps you want to go to the local ...
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What is this part in a motorcycle steering called and what is its purpose?

On normally-oriented forks this is where you would fill the fork oil and remove the springs and/or cartridge inserts. On upside-down forks it is likely some kind of adjustment point for the suspension....
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Will ford still produce ford sedans' parts?

I wouldn't worry about this - car companies stop producing car lines all the time. When a company makes big changes to a car line, moving from one generation to another it's essentially stopping one ...
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Volvo V70 headlight is dim with a purple hue

I have accepted Paulster2's answer to give credit. This answer is to provide further context. It turns out that the bulb is not an H4 or H7, but something that is called a D1S which is not exactly ...
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Ford steering restoration

As a priority - Checking and replacing worn ball joints is far more important than replacing worn bushes. If a ball joint separates while driving, then you will loose steering, which is obviously very ...
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Front coil spring broken and the part has been discontinued

There are numerous companies that can make springs to order, which may be worth talking to, for example - https://www.skegsprings.co.uk/ I don’t know anything about this example company, I just did a ...
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Volvo V70 turn light activator

You can find the parts list for Volvo online here. The link of interest will be Home> Volvo> V70> 2001> Electrical system> Switches, turn indicators, main and dipped beams, WIPER/WASHER And it looks ...
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how to find part number for slide-out tray cover that has cigarette lighter

That is the part number for the tray cover. They sell an assembly 10264371 that is the whole assembly. The cover does not seem to be for sale except maybe an used one on Ebay.
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Where to buy interior parts, that OEM doesn't sell?

I am from a nissan dealer. Parts guy even! Haha I just looked up in my system for an 08 altima and I'm not seeing armrests other than on the doors and middle section of the rear seats. Part number ...
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How to find out the "serviceability" of a car?

Popularity of the manufacturer and your location will also play a large roll in the price and availability of parts. Those who frequent this site may know I own, adore, and profess the excellence of ...
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Are bucket shims for mainstream Japanese cars interchangable?

Almost never will you find two sets of shims from different manufacturers that are identical. That said, it's a shim. You can reshape a larger one if need be, though it's a hack job. So unless you ...
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