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Is it ok to use a scissor jack instead of a floor jack?

You can use either jack you want For safety sake, don't get under the car unless you have some jackstands. It isn't the jack failing that kills you. It's the fact that you only used a jack and didn'...
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How to add a 7th gear to a car to enhance fuel economy?

This is something that used to be quite common - in the '60s and '70s, people would add an electronic (or manual) overdrive to the back of the 4-speed gearbox to give an extra gear (usually two, as it ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

Yes, but personally, I wouldn't risk it. The only time I've ever needed my spare was [cue spooky music] on a dark, stormy night, on a two lane highway through a dense forest. I was doing ~50 mph when ...
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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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Tightening Stud Without Bolt Head

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 ...
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Can this tire sidewall damage be repaired or should I replace the tire?

The damage you are showing is minor cosmetic damage. If the following occurs with sidewall damage, then get it replaced: Tire deflation (cannot be legally repaired in most countries) You pull the ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

Do you carry a toolset, lights, spare belts and hoses, and OBD-II decoder and electrical patch cables? If not, then you're not taking on much more risk by leaving the spare at home, provided you ...
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Can't get into trunk of 2000 mercury marquis

If the trunk was overfilled and had to be pushed closed, you might have success with pushing down on the trunk (with as much force as you safely can) while trying to operate the mechanism. If a force ...
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When should I disconnect the battery to stay safe during repairs?

These are some general guidelines when working with electricity on vehicles: Always remove any jewelry, to include rings, necklaces, watches, etc. If one of these items should come in contact between ...
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Should I accept this help in fixing a 1" hole in my radiator?

Do it right the first time. In the best case the "quick and dirty"-fix fails at the first pressurization, in worst case when you need it at most. What should concern you more: How does a ...
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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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Should I accept this help in fixing a 1" hole in my radiator?

Aluminum foil is at best a very temporary fix to get you to the mechanic, it's not a long-term solution. Your mechanic is right, the hole shows that there's damage to your radiator, probably due to ...
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Can't get into trunk of 2000 mercury marquis

Even if the seat does not fold down, you can unbolt it. Remove the bottom part first, then the back. This happened in my mother's Camry several times(bad latch mechanism) and I had to remove the ...
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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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Is it safe to fix a bent motorbike wheel?

Fixing a bent motorcycle wheel is situational. If you are on a 125 to 200cc motorcycle using it for commuting purpose and will be driving under the speed limit, I would not be worried and its ...
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changing a tire on a slope

Yes, wheel chocks would help in this case. Also, use of the emergency brakes as well as leaving it in gear (EDIT- Leave it in gear if a manual or park if automatic). If wheel chocks are not available, ...
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How do I repair detatched interior roof fabric?

Your suggestion may work for a short period of time, but this is not the way to permanently fix your ceiling. Your head liner is made with a semi-sturdy backing which has foamed-fabric attached to ...
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Are tyre repair kits a viable alternative for a spare wheel?

No, they're not. My first flat ever shredded the tire before I could bring the vehicle to a stop. Those things could save you hundreds of dollars but leave you stranded where there is no help when you ...
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I've just been rear ended. How can I check for damage?

Not sure how things work were you are. Here if you are rear ended, it is considered to be the fault of the person who hit you, so their insurance will pay for the damage. If this is the case, you ...
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Why do dealers seem to prefer to replace parts instead of repairing?

It is typically faster, easier, and more reliable to replace a bad part with a new part. The dealership wants to the vehicle to leave the shop in the best possible condition that they can guarantee ...
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How should I find a mechanic?

I don't know how the things work here and how can I find a good(also affordable) mechanic near me? The best way to find a "good" mechanic is word of mouth. Ask your friends/relatives/work ...
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Why is my Toyota dashboard shiny and sticky, and how do I clean it?

MAJOR UPDATE - TOYOTA WARRANTY EXTENSION FOR "STICKY DASHBOARDS" Today ( 12/29/2014 ) I received in the mail a Warranty Enhancement Notification regarding my Toyota. Complete coincidence ...
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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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Air chuck replacement

Definitely a compression fitting - designed to be unserviceable. Your first option is boring - get an assortment of O rings and see if any of them fit the need. You could get a barbed air chuck in ...
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Is it typical for a shop to charge extra for labor if you bring your own parts?

This is not normal behavior of a typical mechanic. Most mechanics/shops will still continue to charge their normal hourly rate no matter if you bring in the parts or if they get you the parts. The ...
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How to add a 7th gear to a car to enhance fuel economy?

As @SteveMatthews points out in the comments, it depends on the make/model of the car. To answer your question outright, though, you cannot just "add" another gear. A transmission in most cases are ...
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How do I repair detatched interior roof fabric?

After protecting the windows in painters tape and newspaper, I used the spray adhesive in late December 2014. It is September 2015, and the problem has not yet resurfaced. Paulster's answer is a bit ...
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Rear end Differential - rebuild or replace with used?

My suggestion would be to buy a differential bearing and seal kit for the rear end yourself and have a knowledgeable mechanic install it for you. This, as the name implies, consists of bearings and ...
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How to tell if you have a bad clutch?

When you are traveling 20-30 mph, shift into high gear (6th IIRC) and push the gas 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down. If you see the RPM rise with no immediate increase in speed, the clutch is worn to the ...
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BMW 1 Series (2016) Bumper Repair

It will most certainly be more expensive if you get a professional to repair this bumper for you. However, it will be a safe investment on your trade-in if it is restored professionally. We cannot ...
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