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    A/C symptoms-what to do?

    Ughh. So the power steering pump was groaning again. I had a lot of fluid on the tie rod boot under the expansion valve. I was kinda excited that I found the problem. I did find the problem, but a different one. Had my wife turn the wheel and a stream of power steering fluid came shooting out...
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    A/C symptoms-what to do?

    OK. So got a recommendation to replace serpentine belt, idler pulley, and belt tensioner as a preventative. The responses about the expansion valve suggest there is no way for any metal to find it's way into the evaporator, so if I was to do any A/C parts replacement, it would only be the...
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    A/C symptoms-what to do?

    Wow!! This is a lot of information to absorb. I will take a closer inspection of the pulleys, to see if there's any deterioration to them. For Kozman's reply, I definitely don't know a lot about a/c systems, but I thought the expansion valve was the smallest orifice that the liquid would...
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    A/C symptoms-what to do?

    Hi all, Last year, my wife's A/C stopped working on her 2006 Saab 9-5 SportCombi, and upon closer inspection, the 3 rivets that hold the A/C clutch plate to the shaft adapter had sheared. I found a replacement assembly online and installed it and it was fine. The summer progressed, and...
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    Replacement Radiators and cooling capacity

    Thanks all. I looked on Hella's site, and they have nothing listed for this motor. RockAuto describes this as a 24mm thick radiator but offers a Valeo which is 34mm. I believe the thicker radiator has more mass to absorb heat and more fin area(10mm x height x # of fins). I wrote to RockAuto...
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    Replacement Radiators and cooling capacity

    HI, I have a 2000 VW GTI GLX with the VR6 motor. My radiator sprung a leak and I was limping around hoping my stop a leak would work. I purchased a replacement radiator a while ago from Rockauto but hadn't installed it until yesterday. What I noticed is the Hella Behr unit is much thinner in...
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    Longest lasting wash and wax in one

    Ha. This is going to make me sound dumb. But I have been loving Armor All's Extreme Shield Wax. There I said it. It lasts for easily three months in east coast weather and allows me to do just a wash. It beads forever. I can't comment on depth or shine or anything like that but the stuff...
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    why does bleeding your brakes make them better?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Merkava_4</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: sipman</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> but why do they feel and perform better with fresh...
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    why does bleeding your brakes make them better?

    i get that bleeding your brakes makes them safer, and by refreshing the fluid you remove moisture that can boil and cause corrosion. but why do they feel and perform better with fresh fluid? I'm assuming my cars were properly bled the prior times, so I'm not removing air, just replacing the...
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    Larger Filters? Good or bad?

    Thanks everyone!!! I recently got a '06 saab 9-5 wagon with only 50k on it. I have no idea if the prior mechanic used the required synthetic, but I plan to. My stock size would be a XG3614 Fram Ultra, and I have instead bought the XG3600 Fram Ultra. Same Diameter, TPI, and Pressure relief. I've...
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    Larger Filters? Good or bad?

    I tried searching and figured I'd get a ton of answers but my search terms must be off. Anyways, if I have a traditional screw on oil filter, and can fit a larger screw on with the same diameter, for the same price, does it make sense to do just that? I'm sure this has been beaten to death but...
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    Zinc additive recommendations for PP or CastEdge

    Hello gentlemen, I'm cheap. So I bought Penzoil Platinum and castrol edge European when they were on sale for my 83 rabbit GTI. This is a flat tapped motor. Does anyone have a zinc additive recommendation to add to these oils so I can avoid having to pay for a hot rod oil from driven, etc?
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    Solvent welding advice needed

    What would brand name for THF be? I like using stuff I can walk out a store with, vs having to start an account with.
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    Solvent welding advice needed

    Hi, I have a 83 vw rabbit that some of my trim pieces have cracked. I experimented with Solvent welding using PVC Cleaner. This cleaner is Acetone and M.E.K. It worked great! I used metal Duct tape to hold the two pieces together. The nice side of the trim has a leather like texture molded...
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    Spray lube for rubber bushings?

    Fluid Film film looks like a good starting point. Amazon has it. Know of any b&m stores that carry it?
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    Spray lube for rubber bushings?

    I replaced the bushings a couple of years ago. I'm hoping they haven't migrated. The third option looks like a grease which would have been great during the install, but tricky now. I'm hoping a spray will do as you say, get where I need it.
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    Spray lube for rubber bushings?

    I'm hoping the rubber squeak in the rear of my 2000 VW GTI is from the trailing arm bushings rubbing on their mounts. I know silicone spray will help me identify if this is in fact the cause, but silicone spray won't hang around a long time. Any better suggestions for a spray lube that's safe...
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    Grease for calpier slide pins and contact points?

    Just add my $0.02. I agree with avoiding anti-seize. I used it once on my sliding pins on a car that I use for track days. Stuff melted like crazy. Had silver drip marks all over the place. Ended up gumming up the slide pins when hot, and when cooled, what was left gummed up too. Ended up...
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    Recommendtions for old car with oil consumption

    mechtech2. I like your suggestion. The car doesn't have a cat, so I don't have to worry about it's destruction. I guess if I just feed it oil on a regular basis, am I only really worried about shorter intervals for spark plug replacement? Will the plugs foul from all the burned oil?
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    Recommendtions for old car with oil consumption

    They are the originals, so they may have hardened like you say. The car sees about 2K miles a year. Near future? With this mileage are we saying about a year or two? I could live with that.
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