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    double air filtration

    My daughter and her husband, just married a few months ago, went out to buy their first car. I thought they made a great deal on a 2012 Hyundai Sonata. I was a little concerned at the GDI engine, and then got a lot more concerned when I saw that the previous owner had put a K&N air filter on it...
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    Opinions on a '04 Grand Prix GTP

    The car I'm considering is an '04 GTP supercharged with the Gen III 3800. I'm interested in your opinions, preferrably first hand knowledge, of these cars. This particular one has less than 100K miles on it and looks rather nice.
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    old school locking hubs...

    On wintery days like this I end up driving my 1986 Ford F-150. This vehicle has locking hubs which, you have to get out and move the selector in the center of the wheel from Free to Lock. I came of age when these were becoming "old tech", and I've often wondered how this system works? What is...
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    cabin temp sensor - mazda

    Anyone know where I can find the cabin temperature sensor on a 2004 Mazda 6? The car is great, with the only exception that the heater doesn't work well. The temp is controlled by a dial which reads out a temperature… I set in on the max which is 90 F. It's generally very weak. Blows luke-warm...
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    locking lug nut madness

    For the second time I've bought a used car which has locking lug nuts (or rather, rounded lug nuts that require a special bit to get them off) and there is no bit available anywhere in the car. -rant on- How in the world can anyone drive around with these dumb things and NOT have the bit...
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    GM 3.1L crankshaft pulley separated!

    OK, on my daughter's Pontiac the crankshaft pulley has a outer ring that essentially separated itself from the inner portion of the pulley! I don't see any way of putting it back on there, except... glue? What the...
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    locking gas cap, no key...

    Right now I'm down to my 1975 BMW 2002 because the Mazda is being fixed. The BMW has a locking gas cap, for which I have no key. Today at lunch I tried to get the cap off... it's not coming off. It must have slipped back into locked mode. I have been using it for about five years and not had...
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    Automatic transmission not shifting in 1986 Ford

    In my truck, when its in drive it won't shift. It stays in first. If I put it in "2", it will shift into second gear. I looked at the fluid about a year ago and it looked OK. I look at it now and it's very pale in color and dirty. I'm wondering if a pan drop and refill will salvage this...
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    Gas caps - how do they fail?

    I'm wondering how to detect a bad gas cap and what effect they might have when going bad. This happens to be for a car with a direct injection engine, so, higher pressure. A few months ago in the MINI I started getting a light for the gas cap. (The MINI has a dedicated light for the cap.) I...
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    Need new push mower...

    Here is my situation: I have a large yard, and I have a riding mower and a push mower. My push mower is 23 years old and will not start anymore. I can use the rider to do the entire yard, but I like to have a push mower for certain situations. - Budget: $250 to $400 - I like the front wheels...
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    Locking gas caps

    I live in a very safe area. Well, it has been. But in the past few weeks every home on our street has had several gallons stolen out of their vehicles that are parked outside. I have an older Ford truck with dual tanks for which I'm considering getting locking gas caps. Any thoughts? Any brand...
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    getting bulbs to seat properly and stay there

    My daughter keeps complaining that the tail-light bulbs in her Pontiac won't stay working. The bulbs are ok, but they get loose in their sockets and stop working. (She is away at college but should be coming home for a weekend soon.) Is there some sort of product, some "goop" that will hold the...
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    Model-T fun

    Going to post a few from this past weekend, where our family reunion led us to meet Don, who restores Model-Ts as a hobby. Going for a ride, in the back seat of a 1912. Don is at the wheel: <a href="http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/854/afon.jpg/" target="_blank"><img...
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    Oil change instructions for a Ford Model-T

    My family rents a cabin once every few years for a reunion. There, the caretaker for several of the cabins also has a hobby of restoring Model-T Fords. It is great fun. He takes the kids for rides around the loop, and I got to spend a half hour with him trying to understand the planetary gear...
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    GM 3.1L starter motor, remote repair

    Hi, My daughter is off at college with a Pontiac Gran Prix, 1998. I'm heading down ther later today (90 minutes away) to do what I hope is a starter motor replacement. So I'm loading my car with all the tools I think I could possibly need. I've got all the basics... My question would be, is...
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    Differences in used car price guides

    What methodologies do various companies use to determine a used car price? When I look at Edmunds, NADA, and KBB, there is typically a 15% difference between Edmunds (low) and KBB (high), while NADA is usually a little bit under KBB. This is with careful consideration of all options, mileage...
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    ford 4.6L coolant refill procedure...

    On my 1993 Lincoln Mark VIII, I've changed out the water pump and the thermostat. Now that it is refilled, everything appears normal but I get no heat. I've tried various things and can't get the thing to put heat out the air vents... On this model there is a metal pipe which the top hoses...
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    TV and 2-year contracts

    OK, so if you have satellite TV you probably know what I'm talking about. You sign a contract, and get satellite TV (Dish, or Directv) for the first year at a "pretty good" price, and then the second year it jumps up to a barely tolerable amount. I'm with Direct, and have liked the service...
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    Am I being fed a line...?

    I was too busy, so I had the wife take the Suburban in. We had a nail going through the tread, about 1.5 inches from the sidewall. Tires are not too old, and have good tread. At first, the guy told her she needed four new tires (for 4x4 usage). Then came back later on the phone wanting to...
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    Stuck strut bolts and factory "thread lock"

    My '98 BMW desperately needs new struts. I've bought the new units, but am having a terrible time with the two bolts that attach the strut to the wheel hub. They are not rusted to any degree, but incredibly hard to turn. I've heated the area with a propane torch, used a breaker bar and a...
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