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Is it normal to see a bit of rust under the hood?

If that is all there is, there is definitely nothing to worry about. It is just a very mild surface rust and is also on none structural components. The top one looks like an engine mount which will be ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

I've had great success in the past selecting a 12 sided socket that almost just say fits over the head of these types of bolts. Hammer it on so it's fully covering the head and sitting squarely then ...
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2003 Suzuki Katana GSX600F - No Start Issue

I believe your clutch safety switch has been damaged You have a switch underneath your clutch lever. It forces you to pull the clutch in to start the bike. There is a small phillips head #2 screw ...
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No power to my 1988 LS650 Suzuki with new charged battery

This shouldn't be too crazy. You will probably need a multimeter to test things. (If you watch the specials carefully, there is at least one tool outlet that gives these away as special coupon deals ...
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Motorcycle pulls the steering heavily to the side when turning

Some bikes "fall into turns" more than others. While some of this behavior might be expected, you seem to be experiencing this in a significant fashion. If the issue occurs equally in both left and ...
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Car door dented

Everybody will have a different answer to this question, depending on the money-value of the vehicle the sentimental-value of the vehicle how much longer are you planning to keep it when the time ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

I would use my mig welder to weld a steel rod onto the head. You could weld a T shape on the end of the rod for something to hold. After removing each one, just cut the bolt off the end and repeat. ...
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Are valve shims re-usable?

Yes, shims are reusable. Since they are between two pieces of metal and suffer no fatigue or wear, as long as they look good and measure out good (are concentric), there should be no issue using them. ...
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What is this sticky surface underneath the trunk carpet?

The grey section in the photo is sound deadening material. It is used to stop the metal panels vibrating. It was glues onto the panel when the car was made. It is also possible to buy self adhesive ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

Heat is the key to loosen the bolts off - I use a butane torch, if you have access to oxy torch, they can be carefully used too. Keep it local to the bolt as it can affect the rotor magnets which may ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

Cut a small slot in one edge of the periphery (muffler abrasive whizzer tool), and hammer a chisel in that slot to move the socket head capscrew in the loosening (CCW) direction. You needed to ...
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Weak front brake on dirt bike

It's almost a bit normal Your brake pads aren't lined up on the wear grooves of your disc. What is very common on dirtbikes is to get a few grooves, not necessarily deep, cut into the discs/rotors....
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

My buddy recommends using Irwin Easy Outs. these to remove from inside the hex And these to remove from the outside Impact drivers are always recommended. If that doesn't do it, vise grips could,...
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Why aren't rotary/Wankel engines used more in motorcycles?

I don't think this question needs to be limited to motorcycles; in fact, when you consider the plight of the Wankel with respect to cars, it answers the question for other applications as well. I ...
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Is it possible to retrofit an ABS?

Yes, just get all the parts from an APV that has ABS. You will likely need: all 4 wheel hubs because the sensor is built in the wiring the ABS controller You may need to swap your ECU for one that ...
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What is this switch called and what is its function?

That is the manual choke selector. When the engine is cold you pull it down in the direction of the arrow, this restricts the airflow to the engine to make the mixture rich to make it easier to start. ...
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Why should I back off all valve lash adjusters until valves are closed when changing a head gasket?

They want you to back of the lash so you don't ruin your rocker arms The system in which this head depresses the valves is the reverse of many heads. The cams (the shaft at the top of the photo) is ...
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Why should I back off all valve lash adjusters until valves are closed when changing a head gasket?

You want to back off the valves so you don't damage the head when you pull the head bolts. If you have tension on the valves, you run the risk of warping the head. Likewise, when you put the head on, ...
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Suzuki Swift running cold - replaced thermostat and the issue persists

The heater core may be plugged, if fluid is full and there aren't any leaks. Check this when the engine is hot, if one hose is cold or warm and the other is hot the heater core is plugged. The temp ...
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Car door dented

It is not compulsory to repair the door as long as there are no sharp edges which may cause injury to a pedestrian. The main reason most people want to repair or replace the door is for cosmetic ...
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Where are the spare fuses on a 2014 model Suzuki Alto?

The fuse puller is in the centre of the fuse panel toward the right, lined up with between the 6th and 8th fuses. The spare fuse I believe is in the fifth fuse slot, labelled in the below image as #3....
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How misaligned can timing sprockets be before valve damage?

In my experience, you get at least one or two teeth out before the engine is physically damaged. However, I would suggest you look into whether or not your engine should be temporarily fitted with a ...
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How to Remove Stripped Hex Bolts

I can't tell from the picture, but if the bolt heads are accessable, you could grab them with a good set of vise grips and get them loose. Easy outs may be tough his situation because the hole in the ...
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Blown fuse on K1 GSXR 600. Fuse replaced, but still no power

The thirty amp fuse is your main fuse To ensure we are speaking using the same nomenclature, K1 is referring to model year 2001 in my verbiage. This 30 amp fuse supplies all the power to your fuse ...
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What could be the reason and solution to a sudden drop in mileage?

If the drop is sudden and temporary then it is probably due to a active regeneration of the DPF where extra fuel is injected into the cylinders, not part of the power stroke, to create extra heat in ...
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1994 Suzuki GSX600FR Katana - How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?

tommyo is correct. that is generally the rule of thumb when it comes to replacing your chain. just place your motorcycle in its center stand then gently pull it away from the back sprocket between ...
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Suzuki Marauder gz125 fried wiring on ignition/starter circuit

This is more like a murder mystery I believe a few things have happened wires have been routed Connectors have been connected Bike gets ridden, it smokes the wiring loom. At this point, there is ...
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Where are the spare fuses on a 2014 model Suzuki Alto?

So rather embarrassingly it turns out I was missing the obvious all along. The spares and fuse extractor are contained within the lid of the engine fuse box. Undo the clips on both sides, take off the ...
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Exhaust smells coming from ventilation system

Stop the car, open the bonnet and check that you don't have an oil leak. You may find an area of the engine or underbonnet is covered with black oil. Also check under the car for any signs of oil ...
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Changing performance on my 2008 Suzuki BoulevardC50T

Maybe. Bikes come from the factory running as lean as is acceptable, for emissions and fuel economy reasons. Adding a higher flowing air filter and/or exhaust will push your fuel ratio even more lean,...
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