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How might I fix a dent in a Honda Rebel fuel tank?
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Given you have such easy access to the inside of the tank, you might try pushing the dent out from the inside with a lever-type tool. Here's a video of one such tool and some of the technique.

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What happens when under-filled coolant overheats?
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I'm speculating that the under-filled condition resulted in the water pump being unable to move coolant through the radiator (maybe the water pump itself wasn't getting coolant, maybe the level was so ...

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VW Jetta 2002: O2 Sensor Heater Malfunction; how serious is this?
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The first O2 sensor is the one that the ECU uses to set the fuel-air mixture. If you had a problem with your first O2 sensor, the car would not run at its best. This error is on the second O2 sensor, ...

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motorcycle headlight with single SPDT relay
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Your single bulb has two filaments, one for the low beam and one for the high beam. If you look at the back of the headlight bulb, there's three prongs. One is for the low beam, one is for the hi beam,...

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Gasoline is dripping out of a rubber tube outputting on the bottom of my motorcycle - is this normal, or is it a problem?
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I believe this may well be a vent/overflow line to the fuel tank. How full is (was) your tank at the time? My K75 (fuel injected, unlike yours) has this arrangement. If this is in fact the case, the ...

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Which relay to use for bike headlight
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If you want to build the relay setup yourself instead of using a commercially produced motorcycle headlight relay kit, you'll need two automotive relays, commonly called "Bosch relays". They should ...

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How to know if a radiator is getting sufficient airflow
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This window will almost certainly reduce the effectiveness of the radiator somewhat. The real question is whether that ends up being significant for your application. Others have suggested monitoring ...

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I drive a 2008 Scion xD tire size 195/60 R16 can I switch to 205/60 R16 tires?
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Tirerack.com shows an optional 16" tire size of 205/55-16, but not 205/60-16. The wider tire (205 refers to the width, in mm) will likely use a bit more fuel, though you may never notice. A 205/60-...

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Does tire size and/or tread wear significantly affect speed and speedometer accuracy?
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You can calculate the size of the effect from simple geometry. Tire wear reduces the diameter of the tire, which reduces the circumference of the tire. New passenger car tires typically come with 10/...

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Alternative to Bajaj Pulsar 180 UG4 stock headlamp
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You must make sure before changing to a higher wattage headlamp bulb such as a 60/65W H4 that all the wiring and switches for the headlamp are able to carry the additional current that a higher ...

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When do engine type and mileage of a car affect pricing?
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The engine type can definitely affect the price of a service job. Something like a timing belt service can be simple on one engine type and horrendous on another, due to things like accessibility of ...

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Can I get bluetooth music enabled in my 2009 BMW 528i?
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You need an A2DP receiver, these typically output to a 3.5mm male audio plug. A quick google search will yield many options. All require power of some sort. Some are rechargeable or can be charged by ...

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What Could Cause a Sudden Loud Noise When Driving on Highway?
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I don't think it's likely to be the source of your noise, but in the frequently helpful spirit of "check the last thing you touched," you may want to look at your power steering fluid level. Low fluid ...

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Mercedes C320 2003 tires & rims
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In my experience tirerack.com does a fantastic job of determining appropriate fitments for all kinds of cars. They do list some 17" wheel fits for the 2003 C320, but they suggest a 225/45-17, not 245/...

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Is it better to drive across a speed bump at a right angle or slightly skewed?
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Your car will be just fine with either approach as long as you slow down to a reasonable speed before hitting the speed bump, and so long as your car doesn't bottom out (bottoming out meaning some ...

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2000 Jetta runs rough, shudders on cold start only on wet days.
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You didn't mention which engine is in your Jetta, but the Mk IV VWs, especially the VR6 engine, are known to have brittle ignition coil housings that crack and admit water, which leads to misfires. ...

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What may happen if I do not replace my motorcycle's chain
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Chain maintenance is critically important for motorcycle safety. If this old chain has not been properly maintained throughout its life, you may be at higher risk of seized links or chain breakage. ...

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09 Camry engine rumbles
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The 4-cyl camry's of that vintage are known to have a rough idle, but a drop to 300-400 RPM at idle is pretty severe. I haven't seen the spec, but I would think that car should probably warm idle in ...

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2006 Cobalt SS - Traction Control Light & Hard Shifting
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TCS systems are pretty simple, generally. They basically use all the same hardware as the ABS system, so one probable fault would be a bad wheel speed sensor. I'm struggling to think of anything to ...

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How to stiffen up a loose ball & socket joint for a motorcycle mirror?
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You state the mirrors are anodized aluminum, but if the ball or socket are steel, you might try (gasp) intentionally rusting one of the surfaces. Here's one technique for accomplishing that.

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Extending the Cargo Space of a 2007 Honda Fit
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Thule makes a rack that fits the Fit. You can then get a cargo box or some bike mounts (my personal choice would be the bike mounts, you may be likely to get more long-term use out of them), or both. ...

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Why doesn't the engine stall out when you come to a stop with an automatic transmission?
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The reason that an automatic doesn't stall out while "in gear" and at a stop, while a manual transmission does, is that automatic transmissions use a hydraulic torque converter to connect the engine ...

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Why does the starter motor not start on my 2003 Nissan Primera?
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It's possible that your battery has enough charge to light the headlights and dash, but not enough to turn the starter. Typically though in this case you will hear some sort of click when you turn the ...

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Spark plug tips are breaking/melting or falling of my Bosch Platinum Plugs
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The Bosch book "Gasoline Engine Management" has good information on troubleshooting spark plugs by appearance. It's a very useful book all-around. They distinguish between damage to the center ...

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Can a heavy key-chain damage your ignition?
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I worked on VWs and Audis for a while, we had some mkIV's like yours with worn out ignition switches from heavy key rings. My advice is to keep the weight of the key ring to something reasonable.

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