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If I am just replacing the car engine, do I need to replace the odometer as well?

I wouldn't touch the odometer. The rule I always subscribe to is that the odometer measures how far the chassis has rolled. Otherwise a person could go mad trying to figure out which repairs/...
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Are car batteries meant to be disposable or are they re-chargeable?

Car batteries are not only rechargeable but are constantly being recharged by the alternator. Simply starting the car takes a lot of power reserves from the battery, then electrical systems such as ...
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If I am just replacing the car engine, do I need to replace the odometer as well?

I've never replaced an odometer when replacing an engine. What I will do, however, is make a note in the cars documentation that the engine was replaced at xxx,000 miles with a new/refurbished engine ...
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If I am just replacing the car engine, do I need to replace the odometer as well?

You're probably better off not replacing the odometer. You will need to keep accurate track of how far the car has been driven in total, so if you were to later sell your car without disclosing that ...
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Are car batteries meant to be disposable or are they re-chargeable?

As Steve has explained, the battery is rechargable and is constantly charged and discharged when it's in use. This process of charging and discharging is not perfect. Over time, the components in ...
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How can I know if the airbags have expired and what are the consequences?

In general airbags don't have an expiration date. The airbags in a modern vehicle are designed to last for life. Some manufacturers have service intervals for the airbags, but it's normally a visual ...
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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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what is the process for replacing 12V car battery?

After cleaning the terminals with a small amount of baking soda (approx a tbsp and enough water to make a paste ) and a old toothbrush. I recommend wearing gloves to protect your hands from the acid ...
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what is the process for replacing 12V car battery?

Agree with @resident_heretic about the order of removing/installing the posts. Remove the negative first and reconnect last when changing out the battery. This prevents shorting the positive battery ...
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How often should I replace windscreen wiper blades?

Really depends on several factors. First is weather extremes. Blades exposed to bright hot sun (tropical latitudes) or freezing conditions will deteriorate quicker. Blades exposed to heavy dust or ...
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How often should I replace windscreen wiper blades?

I generally replace mine as soon as they show signs of fatigue, or when I think "ooh, I've not done those in a while" - usually after about 2 years. Don't wait until they perish completely and scratch ...
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Are car batteries meant to be disposable or are they re-chargeable?

Lead-acid batteries are rechargeable. Have you tried recharging it? That often will do. Lead-acid batteries fail after 4-7 years The simplest reason is there's acid in them. But some other ...
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How can I know if the airbags have expired and what are the consequences?

You should check to see if your car is under the current Takata Air Bag recall Does an Airbag Expire? While some automakers have set time limits on when to replace an airbag, the actual ...
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How often should I replace windscreen wiper blades?

I've always replaced mine as soon as they don't clean the window. Sometimes the problem is streaking, other times its chattering because the wipers don't want to flex right on the back stroke. ...
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Should a completely flat tire be replaced?

A tire is not necessarily damaged by sitting still for a short period of time like 4 hours. Have the shop inspect it and see if they recommend it being repaired, since I assume there is a good reason ...
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How to remove the Toyota Aygo Now windshield wiper

It should be fairly easy. You have a hook type arm connector. Turn the blade so it is perpendicular to the arm, then pull the whole thing back towards the base of the arm. It should pop free with a ...
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How difficult is it to replace a car radio on a 2000 Honda Accord?

Not difficult really, if you're handy with a screw driver. Hondas are usually pretty easy to pull the dash apart on, and this guide will help you with that. Then, it's just a case of installing your ...
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Transmission Rebuild or Replacement

In general, a transmission should last for the lifetime of the car, assuming regular maintenance (regular oil/filter change according the specification). On manual transmissions the clutch (and dual ...
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what is the process for replacing 12V car battery?

Replacing a battery is as simple as: disconnecting the 2 battery terminals removing the old battery inserting the new battery reconnecting the 2 battery terminals Cleaning the "contacts" is ...
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what is the process for replacing 12V car battery?

The major cause of terminal corrosion is moisture. Even a small amount of water getting into small gaps or spaces where the metal surfaces touch can lead to electrolysis, which will erode the metal. ...
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Air chuck replacement

The joint at the end you're working with is a compression fitting and you'll not be able to remove it there. You might be able to remove it at the body of the air chuck, but I'd bet it'll break the ...
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Tire bulge: Should I replace all four or just the one?

Replace just the front two. I don't recommend used tires because it would be near impossible to find a tire that is in the same condition(age, tread, tread patter, same brand, etc)as your other front ...
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Estimated labor hours for transmission replacement

Remove & Replace on an 4x4 Automatic is 6.6hrs. This doesn't include fluid fill or any other maintenance work like the filter so add another .5 hrs or so.
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How often should I replace windscreen wiper blades?

Also in the UK I replace mine when they leave significant streaks on a clean, wax-free windscreen and the problem isn't fixed by cleaning the blades with neat screenwash on a rag. At the same time as ...
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Handlebar Internal Weight Bar too long, but is correct part

Looks like that split ring compresses when the weight bar is pushed in the handle bar which then keeps it in place. Have you tried tapping it in with a rubber mallet or something similar?
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How often should I replace windscreen wiper blades?

As I haven't enough reputation I'll have to answer by new thread :( But I'm agree with @Nick-C as my wipers is running on the at last 4. year now (living in DK) But or how long they last depend on ...
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Transmission Rebuild or Replacement

Yes and no, Auto boxes may need more frequent oil changes, but, properly looked after they can do 100K or 200K just as easily as a manual box. For a manual box the issue tends to be the clutch - as ...
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When to replace tires by tread depth

While 5/32 and even 4/32 does not require replacement, I think it was fair of the service person to suggest getting new ones. The tires are, as they say, on their last leg. If you have even wear ...
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Completely draining anitfreeze

I think you're asking, "How can I get 100% of the coolant out of my engine so I can replace it with clean, fresh coolant?" If that's not your question, please stop now and edit your question ...
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Is it okay to mix tires of the same brand and size, but not same model?

There should be absolutely no issues doing as you are suggesting. It happens all the time where tire companies will discontinue one model and have a follow-on of a different one to replace it. ...
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