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Brake discs and pads are corroded; do they need replacement?

Both that disc and pad look perfectly normal to me, although I can't see from the photo how much material is left on the pad - but with only 25k on the clock I would expect them to have plenty of life ...
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Are older cars' cigarette lighters the same as modern

Cigarette lighters have been standardized for many years now. Even power outlet plugs are pretty much the same in size and shape, though their power throughput may be lower than an actual cigarette ...
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What is this (cooling-system related) part?

This is the heater valve. It's Motocraft part# YG350:
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Brake discs and pads are corroded; do they need replacement?

I'm going to disagree with my esteemed colleague about whether they need to be replaced. While there is no profile view to really tell the depth of what is left of the pad, it looks to me as though it'...
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What is the purpose of the rubber cup in the master clutch reservoir?

The purpose of the rubber cup is to allow for a seal on the master cylinder reservoir, and then to allow for fluid to escape down into the slave cylinder as needed. It allows the fluid to easily ...
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Where is IAC valve on 2003 Ford Ranger 6 cylinder?

If you have the 2.3L 4cyl, it should be here just behind the throttle body on the passenger side: If the V6 (either 3.0 or 4.0), I think it should be right on top of the intake like it is on this V6 ...
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What is this (cooling-system related) part?

This is your Heater Control Valve But I am going to explain what it does. First of all the "wire" you see is actually a vacuum line, it's a hollow (hopefully) air-tight tube that passes vacuum to the ...
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Can I cut these two bolts to remove the exhaust manifold on a 99 Ranger

Try torching them again. The only bolts that I couldn't get off with a torch are the ones that snapped. If the bolt didn't turn an orange glow, you're not getting it hot enough. Cutting them off, as ...
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Rough idle while warming up, goes away after a tiny rev

You have two separate idle settings on your carburetor. One is for the choke idle and the other is for your off-choke idle. When you start your vehicle in the morning the idle setting will be fixed ...
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Mazda B3000 (Ranger) Truck takes several tries to start?

The mystery was finally solved after taking in my vehicle due to a check engine light before a smog test. Both the mass airflow sensor and the throttle sensor needed to be replaced as they were ...
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Engine died after driving fast on highway

If you can turn the engine over using the starter, the engine is not seized. Just because it died after such an event, doesn't mean it is going to do that. Definitely not good for the engine, but it ...
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Coolant still in oil after head gasket change?

Please consider this answer as "food for thought" and not as a reliable expert advice. The most difficult part is to differentiate if the oil contamination is from the residual coolant in the not-...
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Are these symptoms of a bad Alternator?

It does sound like an alternator. If your battery is dying once you remove the "charge" from it, JumpPack or jumper cables, then yes it is most likely the alternator. If your instrument cluster lights ...
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What could cause the throttle to stick in my Ford Ranger?

The time involved makes me suspect something heat related. I'd suggest opening up the hood and seeing if you can get access to the throttle body, it will probably look something like this: The ...
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Loose front brake calipers

If you mean by loose, that once correctly assembled and installed in the right position, and without activating them by means of pressing the brake pedal, you can move the calipers with your hands or ...
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Horrific squealing when car is first turned on

The horrific squealing sound is your belt rubbing on on some pulley. Typically this means that either The belt is bad. The belt is loose. Some pulley has seized. If the belt is cracked or feels like ...
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What is this hose that is leaking yellow/amber fluid?

Those are heater hoses. They supply hot antifreeze to the heater core so that you have heat in the truck.
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No Damage/ top fuel economy rpm shift point

As @racefever states, this is really subjective and hard to answer. I will try to do my best though. Most of this is going to be done by feel. Every vehicle, even those of the same make/model, will ...
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96 Ranger. I replaced the clutch. Now it won't go into gear

I figured it out. I had has taken the shifter out while it was in gear. I took a flat head and put the transmission into neutral. Problem shoved. Thanks everyone!
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Empty Radiator with no leaks

This is probably very bad news. It sounds like all your coolant has been sucked through the engine and blown out of the exhaust. Once all the coolant had gone, the engine will have over heated and ...
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Ford Ranger 1989 2.3 L 2wd intermittent stutter/stall 2k rpm

More than likely it's the throttle position sensor (TPS). What happens is they can get a dead spot in them. If you look at them, they are just a rheostat which varies the voltage as it comes through .....
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1999 Ford Ranger - Removing head gasket and found mystery coolant line (?) coming out of firewall. What is this?

I see what appears to be a A/C evaporator coil assembly housing based on the large aluminum tube at the top and a smaller one at the bottom. I would say that is the drain hole for the condensation to ...
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Can I cut these two bolts to remove the exhaust manifold on a 99 Ranger

You COULD drill the head enough or grind them just enough to get the rest out. Slip it off and see if you can get a pair of locking pliers on it after you get it off. If you don't regularly use tap ...
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Coolant still in oil after head gasket change?

I'm just answering to record what it actually ended up being. The water pump started grinding against its housing, the timing belt cover. Once the water pump cut all the way through coolant poured ...
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Are these symptoms of a bad Alternator?

First of all, I'll warn everyone else just as I did in this answer, please do not remove the battery connections while the engine is running. If your alternator wasn't bad before, this is a good way ...
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Loose front brake calipers

I'm assuming here that the pins, pads etc are the correct type and are fitted correctly. The caliper body can move slightly on its slide pins, this loose feeling is exaggerated as well after fitting ...
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Dual hydraulic system

It depends on the car - age and manufacturer - a dual circuit brake system was implemented many years ago Range Rover springs to mind (apparently it won several awards for the brake system...). One ...
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2201 Ford Ranger - Remove bolts when painting in new bedliner?

The hardware is different depending on where it's at. The four bed bolts will most likely have washers/nuts on the other side, while the eight in the tailgate will have captured nuts of some kind ...
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Is hot desert weather the source of my recurring car problem?

My immediate idea was that P0506 means there is a vacuum leak somewhere. I googled for P0506, and the first page I found also mentions vacuum leak as the first possible cause of failure: https://www....
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Replaced throttle body - now horn won't stop honking

Well I figured it out. The issue was unrelated to the throttle body or any repairs I did. The problem was because I completely removed my battery. Upon re-installing the battery, the cars passive anti ...
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