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    How to eliminate black spot under fingernail after accidentally hitting finger?

    I'm a physician and I've done this many times. It has to be done quite soon after the injury. The little squirt of blood that comes out quenches the hot tip so it doesn't burn or hurt (if it's done right anyway). And there is instant pain relief. I'd leave it to a physician. The only reason...
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    How to eliminate black spot under fingernail after accidentally hitting finger?

    You let it grow out. It'll take a few months.
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    Consensus on taking advantage of complementary OC's?

    I think the dealership is trying to get you used to having service work done at the dealership. There's little opportunity to upsell you with additional service on a new vehicle so I take what's offered. One dealership trick on the Honda was to put in (or offer) a new cabin air filter for about...
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    Water Spot Removal

    I wouldn't go near it either. If you get hydrofluoric acid on your skin it hurts like anything and your skin turns dead white. In the emergency room we used to inject (yes inject) a calcium solution into the burn. The normal skin colour would return.
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    Torque spec below torque required to thread bolt in

    Thanks Trav and ABN. I appreciate the discussion and the photo.
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    Torque spec below torque required to thread bolt in

    Could you post a photo of one? I understand the concept but it's hard to visualize exactly what you mean. When you cut across threads don't you have rough threads right at the cut? Or do you file off the roughness?
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    Attempting to swap the Jetta...

    Hi Dan, What sort of damage do you see on these new vehicles? Scratches? Dents?
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    Stripped Oil drain bolt

    The big question is whether that bolt went in easily or not. If it threaded in easily and then broke off, it might come out fairly easily. If it was difficult to get started and was hard to tighten it's probably cross threaded, in which case getting it out (without the head) is going to be...
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    Pontiac OHC-6 engines

    Come to think of it, I witnessed a street race in Calgary in 1970 between a 2002tii and a Nova V8. Lots of noise from the Nova but the BMW seemed to have won the usual 1 block race. I was behind them which is not the best place to call a winner - but the point is, that race was really close. A...
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    Pontiac OHC-6 engines

    We had a '63 Chevy II 6 cylinder 3MT. There was nothing fast about it. Adequate yes, fast no.
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    Pontiac OHC-6 engines

    0-60 in 10 seconds is about the same as a BMW 2002tii.
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    Pontiac OHC-6 engines

    I think they all had a timing belt. But it sounds like that was a high performance version, with the 4bbl. It's a shame Pontiac didn't pursue the OHC idea. Kind of like the Corvair - the same basic set up as a Porsche 911 but also not followed up. But I suppose that was the era of cheap gas and...
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    Pontiac OHC-6 engines

    As far as I know only the valve cover was aluminum, it had a cast iron block and head.
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    Duh moments while wrenching on vehicles

    On the prairies plugging in a block heater on cold nights was about the only way to get a car started in the morning. We occasionally saw cars driving down the street dragging an extension cable behind them. And doing that could result in damage to the block heater's electrical connections...
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    Pontiac OHC-6 engines

    In the mid 1960s there was a lot of excitement about Pontiac's new Single Overhead Cam, OHC-6 engines. They were probably the standard engines in the Tempest and Firebird at the time. But I only ever saw one Firebird with OHC-6 trim on the hood. That engine caused a lot of excitement as it...
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