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    What do you think this noise is

    Hi all, back with another mechanical question. There's this odd noise coming from the engine that I can only hear from the inside with the doors and windows closed. It sounds like a roller or bearing going bad on the serpentine belt, or even worse, the timing belt. However, if I go outside, I...
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    13 Golf tdi, fuel nozzle safety cap broke, small bit fell down filler neck

    So, this is embarrassing and frustrating at the same time... The fuel filler safety device that's installed on mk6s was very loose on my 13 Golf... Went online to see if it can be removed, and it looked easy enough to do. I went to pull it, and I guess because it's old, some of it came apart and...
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    2014 VW Jetta tdi - twisted oil filters

    Hi everyone, I'm curious to know what may be going on with my friends 2014 Jetta tdi. I've done the last 3 or 4 oil changes for him, including one today, and the oil filters I've been putting in have been coming out quite twisted... At least, the last 2 have, and pretty sure the ones before that...
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    Mazda LF05-14-302b cut open

    Here's an OEM Mazda filter cut open. Ran for 6000 miles on my 2009 Mazda 3. A Mahle OC338 went back on Edit: was looking at the picture of the ADBV and it clearly says FOMOCO... are Mazda oil filters repackaged Motorcraft filters nowadays? From reading around here, I thought OEM Mazda filters...
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    parts sold and fulfilled by amazon

    Hi all, I have a quick question about parts off amazon... watching some automotive channels on youtube, I came across a video about a failed timing belt from what appeared to be a "genuine" honda timing belt kit, which was a fake... none the less, I went down a rabbit hole, and discovered this...
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    Mahle OC264 10k km cut open

    First oil filter I've cut open, was inspired by other threads here. Was used on a 2014 Jetta 2.0 for 10000km
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    First Gen Mazda 3, which filter do you use/would choose?

    Hi all, for those who've owned these first gen mazda 3's 2.0L (04-09), what's your choice of oil filter, or what would you recommend... Was thinking Motorcraft Fl910s, or wix 51348... I know lots of people here like wix, but they're a littler pricer... cost doesn't matter, just wondering if...
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    2009 Mazda3 odd low idle

    Hi everyone, got another mechanical question My 2009 Mazda 3 2.0 has this odd low idle issue which I can't pinpoint. Once the car is fully warm, in P, R and N, it will idle normally around 750rpm, but when in D, it will idle at 600 (sometimes down to 500) only IF my foot is on the brake. I...
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    Rockauto ultra power new caliper

    Hi everyone, I've read on here that ultra power branded items on rock auto are generally liquated parts and the brand can be hit or miss... So with that said, has anyone here ever taken a chance on calipers? I need rear calipers for my 02 Jetta, and found brand new calipers labeled as ultra...
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    Preplexing rear pad wear issue- 2009 mazda 3

    Hi everyone, I recently got a first gen 2009 mazda 3, and I just did some routine maintenance on it. One of the items was rear pads and rotors as the pads were down to min thickness and unevenly worn. Left side install was fine, no issues at all, but the right side... well, as you can see from...
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    Mr Lube Service Code abbreviations decoding

    Hi everyone, was wondering if anyone here can help me out with some service code abbreviations from Mr. Lube (I know I know who goes to Mr Lube). Well, i'm receiving a Mazda 3 from a friend who did all the services at the dealer then Mr Lube, and from Mr Lube I only have the most recent service...
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    Motomaster European formula no longer seems to have MB-Approval

    Hi all, sometime in the last year I posted that in Canada, motomaster brand oil which is sold exclusively at Canadian Tire had come out with weights of oil specifically for European cars. The oil comes in 0w30, 0w40 and 5w40 variants. On the back of the bottle, these variants stated they meet or...
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    What are the chances... 2 leaking calipers one after the other...

    So here's a good story... Over the summer, while I was doing brake pads and rotor replacement on my accord, I made a few mistakes, of which one was slightly tearing the boot of the right rear caliper... I didn't exactly realize that it would leak, but come beginning of Jan, I noticed that I had...
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    F30 BMW m sport airbag question

    Hi everyone, posting for a friend, but was wondering if anyone can tell me if an m sport airbag on a F30 generation BMW is supposed to have the center portion of the airbag spin, the center portion being the one that houses the connectors... please see the below video to understand what I am...
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    Axle nut sizes, does it really make a difference?

    About to do a second wheel bearing on my 01 accord, this time rear right (replaced the rear left over a month ago). I couldn't get my hands on the aftermarket axle nut, so I went to the dealer and got it from there. I noticed that they are not exactly the same shape, but the threads are the...
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    Buying car parts off amazon and rockauto

    I have come across a few threads here on bitog regarding people buying parts off amazon and rockauto and finding out they got counterfeits... it seems like spark plugs seem to be common, but I have read about other parts too, so my question is, how common is it to get fakes off rock auto or...
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    What on earth could this rattle be? 02 Vw Jetta...

    Hi everyone, yesterday evening this odd rattle had developed while driving on the highway... I got around to investigating today, and I have had no luck with everything I have tried. First I thought it was the typically belly pan cover... So I went ahead and removed it, but noise was still...
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    Who has any info/experience with CBK brand

    My local parts store sells this brand as one of their cheapest options... They make pretty much everything auto related. I am asking because I ended up buying these TAFF brand semi metallic rear brake pads for dirt cheap (20 canadian for the rear set, made by this company CBK), but haven't...
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    Can someone tell me how old this total 5w40 is?

    Pretty much as the title states... The guy claimed it's 6 months old but I highly doubt that... I see the sm/cf designation which from my understanding is old... The only other give away is the 2008 total copyright... So, did I burn myself for 60 bucks on 2 jugs?
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    Accord rear calipers grinding noise after brake change....

    Ok this makes no sense anymore... I have done countless of brake jobs on many cars, including a few on this 01 accord. I did the rear pads and rotors today, and for some reason the inner pads on both sides were not fully onto the rotors... Thought that was odd, and of course, after some driving...
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