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Strange metallic stickers on rims after repair shop visit
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Those are wheel weights. They are to balance out imperfections in the weight of the tire to avoid vibration at speed. I would recommend not removing them. If you're concerned about them standing out ...

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What are the various kinds of tappets / lifters and the advantages / disadvantages of each
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Not sure if this is what you were asking, but there are several configurations where there are no lifters (or at least, no push-rods) in an engine, where the valves are driven either through rocker ...

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Electric Turbo on Motorcycle
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Having looked into this in the past, the problem with electric superchargers and why they aren't widely used is partially that doing the job of a turbo/supercharger (moving and compressing a lot of ...

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Why are my brakes spongy but nothing is leaking and the level is fine?
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Another possibility is that you broke a seal in your master cylinder. The symptom you're describing of being able to build up pressure but then lose it after a few seconds very much sounds like that. ...

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RTV gasket maker
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What I'd suggest instead is: if it's a paper gasket, get a sheet of gasket paper (available at most auto parts stores) and very carefully trace the old one onto the paper (be sure to use the finest-...

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I have engine oil in my coolant. What might be the reason?
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The first thing to check for when you have oil and coolant mixing is a blown head gasket. Check compression on all of your cylinders with a compression tester (you can borrow them from AutoZone or ...

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False neutral while driving
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Given this happens in multiple gears and specifically while accelerating, I would check first for clutch slippage. What sounds like is happening is your clutch isn't grabbing when you let it out on ...

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Mazda 3 (1.6 L 4EAT - BKL3 Z6) Vacuum Line for Sea Foam
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You could try using a device like the one below to spray into the throttle body. It uses compressed air rather than aerosol propellants, and so is safer for the environment and likely available in ...

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Piece just fell off from under my car
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It looks like an exhaust heatshield. You can (probably, can't guarantee) drive home without damage, but it could do damage to leave it off long-term.

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Gas will not flow into tank
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There is a filler tube running from the fill point to the gas tank. I would assume there's an obstruction (rust from the tube itself, something that fell in through the fill hole, etc.) in this tube. ...

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Oil filter on my motorcycle is not coming off
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If there's enough room around the filter and it's a cartridge type, you can actually stab it all the way through with a screwdriver or punch and use that as a lever to turn it. If you don't want to ...

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How do I re-rivet a chain pin (with a chain breaker tool)?
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I would recommend taking a link off the chain and using a master link (pictured below). This is typically a link with a removable plate and is commonly used to reconnect chains that have been broken. ...

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1998 Yamaha XTC750 Super Tenére carburetor air box is not lining up with the engine
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I can't think of a way to bridge it with the original boots in a way that would still let you remove the carbs in the future, but you could try getting rubber pipe fittings (see image below) in the ...

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Why can't I reinstall my automatic cam chain tensioner?
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Sorry, but the answer turned out to be a type of user error. Namely a forgotten tool lodged in the tensioner. Thorough inspection is important.

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Oil sump for 2 stroke vehicles
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Because in a two-stroke, the air-fuel charge gets taken into the crankcase. If there were a sump of oil there, it would get sucked into the engine. There are many two-strokes where the oil is stored ...

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What are the characteristics and uses for desmodromic valves?
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I can actually answer some of this question as well. There are other companies that use them, while Ducati is the best known. Ducati uses them in their racing as well as streetbike engines. Mercedes ...

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2003 hyundai tiburon gt overheated
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Even if the motor turns, that does not mean it hasn't seized as it could have been a soft seize, in which the rings do damage to the cylinder walls without getting stuck. There are three parts needed ...

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What is the stick shift called in an automatic?
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I'm in the Midwest region in USA, I've heard "gearshift" and "gear selector" used for both manual and automatic, "shift lever" for an automatic with a stick, or "shift knob" for a dial-type selector.

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Volvo S40 2008 damaged driver side mirror
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It looks like it is just the cover, found here for around $110 USD. It appears just to snap on, so I'd ensure that all of the securing clips on the mirror are intact before trying to attach it.

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Car sputtering when accelerating from a stop
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Start with checking what you think it is, pull the fuel filter and see if you can get fuel to flow freely through it. If you think two of your cylinders aren't firing, run the engine and pull the ...

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How to determine scooter wiring polarity without tools?
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You could read continuity between each wire and a known point in the circuit, such as the starter motor relay (if present) for positive and the frame for negative. If you see continuity between the ...

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AC Recharge Failure - What did I do wrong?
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I would start looking for a fairly large leak, by the sound of it. If it lost all pressure immediately upon running the compressor, it had to go somewhere. Many refrigerants have UV dye in them, and ...

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Turn signal strangeness, and not just a burnt out bulb. 02 Safari Van
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It sounds like it might be a faulty relay, you could try going into your fusebox and switching the relays for the left and right side lights (if applicable) or switching a different matching relay ...

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