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Apparent duplicates between Haynes service instructions and MOT

Duplicating checks isn't a bad thing. I, personally, check everything (or at least, all that I can without specialist equipment) that the MOT checks, for one very simple reason - I can then fix it, ...
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Apparent duplicates between Haynes service instructions and MOT

The MOT is there to make sure your car is "roadworthy", i.e. safe to drive. It's done once a year, which means there's 364 days when something can go wrong that could kill you if it's not caught, or ...
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Can I change the oil without changing the filter?

Either change oil and filter at 12,000 miles Or change oil and filter at 12,000 miles and change oil at 6,000 miles. I too have a car with a hard-to-reach oil filter and routinely go for the ...
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Understanding Car Servicing for a second hand car

I would always service a second hand car which is new to me so I knew the condition. You don't need to use a specific Peugeot garage, you may find an independent garage cheaper and for servicing on ...
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Strategy to identify a good mechanic?

The best way is by personal reference from someone you know and trust. Since you know the person and are likely to continue your relationship with them, they really don't have any reason to be less ...
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Cooling systems without a drain valve

In general, the easiest way to drain coolant from systems like these is to disconnect the lowest fitting between the coolant hose and the engine block and let the coolant just drain out. Usually, it'...
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What are the most common recommended "scam" repairs/maintenance?

This video shows some top scam shops in action. The theme seems to be that it doesn't really matter what service you recommend, if the buyer is not familiar with what is being recommended it can be an ...
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Understanding Car Servicing for a second hand car

Generally speaking servicing means replacing consumable items after a specified interval (either miles, years or both) this can include things like engine oil, oil and fuel filters, brake fluid, spark ...
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Peugeot 405 GLD 1993 1.9D NA What's the part numbers for the following?

I can confirm you can still get the parts for this engine. Mann is the original filter manufacturer and their part numbers are as follows: Air Filter: C33156 Oil Filter: W7053 or (rarely) W712/8 ...
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Why are shops that do tire shaving and truing so hard to find?

Perhaps it depends on the characteristics of the particular AWD system... Some are, or have been, known to have an issue with differing diameters, others are more tolerant. If the numbers are too ...
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Servicing an under-chassis diesel heater

Posting update in 4 parts, with photos, as an answer, in case it helps anyone Got seized bolt off with a hacksaw. Tight space, awkward angle, made it seem better choice than a power tool. Other 3 ...
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Apparent duplicates between Haynes service instructions and MOT

Checking anything is completely pointless, as an end in itself. The only point in checking things is that you fix them if necessary. The optimum situation is actually to be checking the condition of ...
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Polo 1.2s 100,000 service

If you don´t have a service history you should expect to have to do a full service. You didn´t state your exact model. I suppose you have a timing chain - if not the most important thing would be to ...
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Can I change the oil without changing the filter?

This isn't a direct answer, but I'm certain somebody makes a "remote" oil filter arrangement to relocate the actual filter element. This really isn't anything more than a filter substitute housing, ...
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Can I change the oil without changing the filter?

If you plan on changing the filter at the recommended interval and changing the oil more frequently that will be fine. Perhaps, if changing the filter is that difficult, it would be worth getting it ...
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Strategy to identify a good mechanic?

This is a difficult question, but from an "honest" mechanic's persepective, I'll say this: You can have the job done quickly, correctly, or inexpensively. Pick any two.
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