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Dealership says European cars need rotors replaced with every pad change because they use softer metals in rotors

You are right to be skeptical, the 'softer metals in european rotors' is complete horsedung. A bit of rust is completely normal, the rest of your criteria for replacing rotors is right on the money, ...
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Need advice for changing battery terminals

That the car now cranks and runs correctly tells us that the battery and the cables are conducting electricity acceptably. I see no need to cut and refasten either cable, especially (as you note) the (...
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Need advice for changing battery terminals

From the images I'm seeing very little corrosion. I think your bigger issue is the clamps themselves seem to be worn out. While you say it is "cheap and easy", you also ask "where do I ...
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Dealership says European cars need rotors replaced with every pad change because they use softer metals in rotors

No, rotors can go through 2 or 3 sets of pads. But if a stone or piece of grit causes scoring then they need replacing. Sometimes resurfacing is sufficient but often the time needed is more than ...
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What to take into account when looking for rims

You'll need to know the diameter (in inches) and width (also in inches, often written with a J - so 4J x 14 would be a 4" x 14" wheel), the PCD (pitch circle diameter, or bolt pattern), which is ...
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What are the consequences of using an expired tire?

Short answer: Yes, yes and yes. BUT: A tire doesn't have an expiry date. The reason for all three points is that the rubber gets harder over time and looses its grip / traction, especially on wet ...
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Tire Replacement - 30k mile, mechanic says its okay to only replace one?

tl;dr: As this is a front wheel drive car and you're taking about replacing one of the rear tires, it sounds like you'll be fine replacing a single tire. The key facts of your situation are that: ...
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Dealership says European cars need rotors replaced with every pad change because they use softer metals in rotors

Bull; find a dealer that can make up better stories. Rotors are grey cast iron; now I don't want to lie like your dealer, there may be some nodular or malleable cast iron rotors. It would require ...
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Do my brakes really need to be replaced due to rust?

Without having seen the backside of the rotor or the thickness of the brake pads themselves, from what I can see I'd say your brakes are far from needing changed, and especially not due to any little ...
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What to take into account when looking for rims

In addition to the correct metrics pointed out by Nick C, also consider that 14" rims are not your only choice. Many people choose aftermarket wheels because they want the look of a bigger rim, like ...
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Replacing only one front strut?

This sounds to me more like an alignment problem that you need to get checked. To do more diagnosis, I would jack the front of the car up so that both front wheels are just off the ground then turn ...
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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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Replacing only one front strut?

Unless the strut has a fault or has been fitted incorrectly.. Then yes, replacing one strut alone will cause the feelings your experiencing in the cars general performance/balance. Its best to ...
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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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Having trouble finding socket and wiring harness for xb 2005 left blinker

The part you are looking for can be found in the aftermarket from a company called Airtex. The PN is: AIRTEX / WELLS 1P2139 {#1507} ... You can find it on RockAuto.com. Here is a copy of their picture:...
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Shop preference for OEM parts, why?

I haven't worked in or managed a shop, but I have been told in the past that work would not be warranted if I wanted to use my own parts, or if I wanted the shop to try and get cheaper parts. ...
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should I add a relay for headlight bulb

It would be prudent to add a relay as manufacturers have been finding ways to reduce total weight and one method has been to use wires of the minimum thickness for each component. So, fit a relay and ...
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New car AWD tire replacement

At 1900 miles, you'll only need to replace one tire. Make sure the new tire is IDENTICAL to the other three. Ask the shop to measure the tread wear on the other tires, and to shave the new tire if ...
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New car AWD tire replacement

Usually the reason to replace all 4 is because if all 4 tires are worn, then putting on one new tire which will be slightly taller due to it not being worn will cause the awd to "activate " causing ...
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Do my brakes really need to be replaced due to rust?

Based on what we can see in the photo, NO. But we can't see the backside of the rotor, or the brake pads. And we don't know how well this was communicated from the technician to the service writer ...
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Do my brakes really need to be replaced due to rust?

From that photo, I don't see any problem. That whole assembly looks in good condition. On the left of the photo is the brake caliper. That holds, inside it, the two brake pads (made of a friction ...
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What are the consequences of using an expired tire?

In the worst case, using an expired tyre can be fatal - as the rubber ages, it perishes (dries out), and becomes weaker and brittle. At speed, it heats up and the pressure increases (as the air inside ...
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Dealership says European cars need rotors replaced with every pad change because they use softer metals in rotors

That's not decided by the dealer, it's decided by the "last turn" figure in the spec on the rotor. If the machinist determines that turning it down to a clean surface will result in rotor ...
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Dealership says European cars need rotors replaced with every pad change because they use softer metals in rotors

"Softer metal" is BS, but BMW and VW both recommend replacing the rotors with the pads. The reason is that they often use ceramic pads which are more abrasive so they wear the rotors more. ...
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Can I replace a set of 215/60R16 tires with a set of 205/55R16 (all four tires)? Toyota camry

Useful resource here: Tire Size Calculator Yes, that smaller size should work and yes, your speedo will read a bit higher than it should due to the smaller diameter of the tires.
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2009 Ford Escape Hybrid - Ignition Coils and Spark Plug Replacement

Make sure you use the right torque on the plugs. Over and under tightening can cause significant damage. Follow the intake bolt pattern and torque. Remove plugs when engine is cold. If plugs are ...
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How to replace the keyless unlock button?

I believe you can just change the switch. In what I've found, it's called Outside Door Handle Passive Entry Switch. The outside door handles either have the hole or not, but don't come with the switch....
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4x4 2004 Ford Explorer Sport-trac transmission

If what you're talking about is the support which goes between the transmission and transfer case, then no, that does not need to be replaced. It is a solid piece and should be subjected to no wear. ...
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Whistling brakes after pad & rotor replacements

I'd be worried about it. Take it back to your mechanic and have them fix whatever is wrong. It is my belief, according to your words, they've not done something right. Don't mess around with brakes. ...
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best way to R&R engine & trans from 2006 chevy express cargo van?

There’s really only one way to do it. You need to remove the front bumper, headlights, radiator/condenser etc... Remove the radiator support and pull it out the front.
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