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


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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 retain all the juice inside forever and it will drain eventually. This will reduce its life. Engine: Your various belts and wires can get corroded if not used ...


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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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If it runs out of fluid it will need to be replaced, because it will destroy itself rapidly (probably preceded by a loud grinding noise). In the meantime, as long as there is sufficient gear oil to wet the gears it will be fine. As for severity, it is common for differentials to develop a "seep" around the front seal where the drive-shaft connects, or the ...


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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 resurfacing. Have a look at a few Youtube videos on installing and cleaning new rotors, and you'll see what a new one looks like. Basically, it'll be in a plastic ...


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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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Install a metal detector app on your phone. Seriously. They work pretty well.


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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 possible is a major reason here. Cars are getting more efficient, with smaller engines, so the cars need to be as light as possible. Then there's cost. ...


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The simplest thing to do is to phone the dealership, ask them to give you the part number for the wheel bearing, and then do a google search for that part number, or go to your favourite online shop and enter the part number into the search box. Part numbers are unique to a particular car or range of cars.


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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 is dried out seals. When a seal (like an engine rear main seal and differential seals) are left unused for long periods of time, the dry out. When this happens ...


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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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It is a ground, and as Digital Lightcraft "Ground Bolt" sounds reasonable. The picture below show another view from the same car. You can see from the picture that it is indeed a terminal that's bolted to the chassis.


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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 with ~six oxygen absorbers Vacuum out the storage bag Place bag on the shelf and leave it alone. You may want to put something around the part so any sharp edges ...


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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 should bring it off of the pin without issue. The fastener thing may end up a little bent, but as long as the pin is okay, I'd suggest you'd be in good shape. This ...


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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 changed The Ultimate Driving Machine [cough] from Varta to Deta-Douglas on some vehicles. The issue was local sourcing of batteries... and money and profit... ...


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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 manufactured in the same month you bought it would be unlikely. Batteries are big and heavy, and in many cases are manufactured overseas. A month or two one way or the ...


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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 warranty - if it fails within the first three years, you get a completely free replacement battery. If it fails in years 4 or 5, you get a pro-rated discount on a ...


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If you are looking for a reasonable price and original (used) quality, I would try a pick 'n' pull type of place. Are you sure that the armrest is made to come off of the door panel? There may be a reason they only sell the door panel ...


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The Octavia has the same 1.6 MPI engine as in the Volkswagens so, technically, pretty much all the tuning options available to them are available to you. Given the 10.5:1 compression ratio, however, I would recommend that you keep your expectations low. There isn't a lot of room for the casual tuner. The vendors that I've found generally cite an ...


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As Nick stated, try and get one of the same value. If one of the same value is not available, you can always go up in CCA/ah, but never go down. Vehicles are spec'ed with a certain battery because that is what it needs to operate the starter to get the engine going. With a lower CCA/ah, you run the risk of dragging the starter, which can cause it damage. The ...


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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 crankshaft is a central component of an engine and can drive rider feel, power delivery and performance of the vehicle. There are some manufacturers that are ...


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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 testing organization which does just that for vehicle parts. As long as it is certified, you are guaranteed the part will work just like the original. All you ...


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I would believe most body shops will do the work with you bringing them the parts. I recently had to replace the bumper on my Mo-n-Law's car. I bought one online, took it to the body shop, they painted it, and I brought it home and installed it. They charged me a set price for getting it painted. There was no issue with them doing this. Since you said the ...


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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 can be assured the parts will have the same fit and finish as original equipment manufacture (OEM) parts. This is from the CAPA website: The Certified ...


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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 answer.


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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 waste oil will also take dirty solvents I don't know what the best solution for contaminated paper towels is landfill, incinerator, or something else.


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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 to break in such an event. However if you mean things that wear out and you can maintain yourself then all bikes will share the following Filters - Oil, Air ...


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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. Essentially all part numbers are in a fixed format and once you know the system, you will be able to work out which parts are interchangeable. The format is as follows;...


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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 you sprinkle salt on the ice, you can melt it. From here. Apparently you can buy cheap "small crystallized water softener salt", salt for ice & snow ...


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A - You can replace the seals in the pump if your pump is leaking. I've never done this on a Subaru, but this link should help: http://www.ultimatesubaru.org/forum/showthread.php?t=123004 B - I checked at my local Subaru dealer and their price for parts only would be $370 plus tax. Maybe your dealer was including installation? C - As far as the reliability ...


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