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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Best permanent fix for a punctured tire?

I'd look at it in this lineup in order of precedence: Take it to a shop and have them put a patch on the hole from the inside of the tire. Pro: Best permanent fix Con: More expensive (sans ...
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Sideways Impact with Median

We can't say how likely it is you've sustained damage as there isn't enough information, and opinion based questions are off-topic, however I can give you information to make your own assessment. A ...
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Is it ok to use a scissor jack instead of a floor jack?

You have a great answer but more to add than just a comment Have jack stands and a plan Position the car on a flat surface solid surface and give yourself work room Lay out the tools and parts ...
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Wheel rim chrome repair

That's not steel and chrome, that's aluminum. There is a coating over the rim. It's some sort of epoxy. It seals the oxygen from touching the aluminium so aluminium oxides aren't created. What you ...
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Is it safe to fix a bent motorbike wheel?

IMO, it is not I'm considering 3 types of rim. Carbon Fiber Billet Forged Aluminum Alloy Cast Aluminum Alloy All three material types do not lend themselves to flexibility. The brittle nature of ...
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How to add a 7th gear to a car to enhance fuel economy?

TL;DR: If you really must, try changing gear ratios. But what you actually want is a new car with automatic gearbox. A 6 gear car must be a pretty modern one (15 years old or newer). Which means the ...
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What is the most common end of life issue for a car?

Depends on how you consider the value... An insurance adjustor would just look at value of vehicle vs. damages to repair. So, common thing that causes vehicles to get totalled via an insurance ...
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