Alex
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What to check when buying a used car?
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Inside the car Manual: Check the manual for the service history. Was it services regularly at a authorized dealership? Ash tray: Smells like cigarettes? The previous owner was a smoker, deal-breaker ...

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What is the BCM (Body Control Module) in a car?
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The Body Control Module is a computer which controls many things in your car not directly related to the engine. Instead of large wiring looms circuits all over the car all the buttons connect to a ...

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How to carry a full-sized spare?
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Recently I've helped a friend with the same problem. We created a double bottom with, and attached the top with hinges so you can open it. The cover has 4 bolts on it (the car uses 4x100 rims) and ...

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Are there any performance hits using washable/renewable air filters?
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I've never experienced performance drops with good renewable filters. Most engines perform slightly better with a good filter in especially the low and high RPM ranges. A bad/cheap filter is not a ...

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What happens if unsuitable oil is used in a vehicle engine?
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Many things can (and most certainly will) happen, such as: Engine seizure, pistons stuck in cylinders, broken crankshaft, broken conrods (causing holes in the engine block), damaged camshafts, worn ...

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What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?
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A few things can happen: The crankshaft could be bent The seals and gaskets could be destroyed Very high crankcase pressure can lead to oil coming out of the crankcase ventilation (which might ...

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How do I keep my wheels looking nice and shiny after cleaning them?
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Use Wheel wax and clean them often.

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Can an engine stop from a bad battery?
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A modern Toyota will stop the engine when the battery is bad, it's a safeguard. Replacing the battery should fix the problem.

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Tyre equivalency
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Word of advice: Never ever replace one tyre on the same axis! Always replace both the left and the right tyres. Replacing one tyre increases wear-and-tear on the differential, worses the handling and ...

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Car sitting for several months: what should I do to keep it running well?
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Replace all the fluids (don't forget the transmission and rear diff!) and the battery and check all the hoses for cracks. Drain the gas tank en fill it up with new fuel. Check the tires, they will be ...

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Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?
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Running it for a few minutes is way to short. It will kill the battery and the oil will degrade. It's better to take it for a half hour drive every few weeks to recharge the battery, avoid 'square' ...

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The car won't start, not even click, but everything else works fine in the car
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The starter doesn't engage? I think your starter relais is broken. When you turn your key the starter relais will push the starter against the starter ring gear on the flywheel. When the relais is ...

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How to determine the compressed height of a spring?
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You have the spring rate (you call it spring constant) so you can calculate it yourself. ;) The spring rate is the amount of force (weight/mass) the spring requires to compress the specified amount. ...

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If the engine starts and keeps running, is my fuel pump okay?
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A faulty fuel pump can prevent the car from starting, but you said it wasn't turning around. The starter motor turns the engine even if there's no fuel, so I suspect something else. It could be the ...

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Should you replace shocks in pairs?
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Yes, you need to replace both shocks at the same time. One new shock can (and will) have an adverse effect on the handling and thus safety. A new shock has different damping characteristics as the old ...

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Identifying the Cause of This Tire Wear
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Are you sure the rim is straight and not bend? A slightly bend rim can cause very weird wear but you should feel it when you drive.

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Does a warped engine block affect compression test?
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Yes, a warped lower end can affect the compression test. A seriously warped head of block can lead to compression leakage through the small space between the head gasket and the head or block. But I ...

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What engine is more durable? 3 or 4 cylinder ?
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The number of cylinders is completely irrelevant when determining the durability of an engine. Workload, used materials, building process, maintainance, etc. are far more important.

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Problem with Clutch or Gearbox
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It looks like your clutch is worn out, but that's a few years (and certainly) many miles too soon. Does the clutch slip in every gear? And always at a certain speed/rpm? It could be worn out plates, ...

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What is the best way to prevent rust when cutting in your car's body?
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Sand down the paint around the hole, apply a few layers of zinc spray followed by a few layers of new paint (with primer, if necessary) with 1 or 2 layers of clearcoat on top. Make sure you cover the ...

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2007 Nissan Armada power window fuse location
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Most of the stuff in the cabin of your car (power windows, radio, etc.) are commonly grouped together on the fuse labeled 'ACC'. This fuse is located in the fusebox under the hood or in a seperate ...

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Ignition key sticking - key problem or lock problem?
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Because your key works normally when inserted with a specific side up, I suspect the key will have some wear on one side. Can you closely examine both sides to see if there's any difference between ...

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How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?
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Clean the stickers and the immediate surroundings using a strong solution of car all purpose cleaner and water or car shampoo (without wax!) and water. Warm the sticker with a hairdryer or a hot air ...

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Cold start squeaking noise in engine
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Sounds like a slipping belt, it's a little worn so it slips over the pulleys. That's causing the squeaking noise. It's not a thing that requires immediate replacement unless it gets worse or the ...

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What problems may occur if clutch is not used?
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Excessive wear on the gears and a complete breakdown of the gearbox will be very likely to occur soon. Also the crankshaft and it's bearings will suffer a beating everytime you shift gears which will ...

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Car makes a "winding down" noise when I put in the clutch
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It could be the thrust bearing of the clutch that's worn down. It makes a whining noise when the clutch is disengaged and it reguires replacing the clutch and thrust bearing to solve this.

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How to get a motor to Top Dead Center
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Try removing all the sparkplugs before turning the engine. Otherwise you will be pushing against the engine that tries to compress the air in the cylinders and it will be very hard (if not impossible) ...

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Teflon Coating your new car
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There's no or little Teflon in the coating. Teflon has a melting point of several hunderd degrees Celcius and no one is able to apply that to an ordinary car. ;) Most of these so called enhanced ...

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