Anybody ever remove pits from glass headlights?

Actual glass headlights & fog lamp lenses.. not plastic.

Is it realistic? Rough surface from a third of a million miles worth of hitting sand etc..

I tried asking this on /r/autodetailing but got downvoted for my trouble so let’s try here! 🙂

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Should I Buy A Manual First Car Despite Not Knowing How To Drive Manual?

I’m an American who’s considering a manual as their first car. I’ve read a lot on r/cars and I’ve heard a lot from people who used to drive manuals. I don’t know anyone who owns a manual that isn’t valuable so I can’t learn before purchasing. I don’t want to waste a ridiculous amount of money on renting a car for a day so I’d like to avoid that. I’d like to include that I’m still in high school but that’s probably irrelevant.

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K20 elise on ITB’s test

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Has anyone ever driven or ridden in a car that immediately disappointed you?

Recently I rode in a rental Kia Sportage, the newer froggy looking one, and I immediately understood why people like to rag on Kia.

I’ve ridden in about 4 other crossovers in my life and they’re all pretty similar vehicles in the ride and handling aspects. A little harsh in ride, a little dull in handling, and heavy feeling in any case. Of course, they’re essentially heavier, lifted sedans so it’s only fair that they’re like that. But the Kia just seemed worse in every aspect.

I learned to drive in a 2003 CR-V with almost 200k on it and it felt like a more refined machine. The ride was handling, the handling felt less secure (as much as I could tell from the backseat of the Kia anyway) and it was somehow louder and tinnier, which is quite a feat coming from a CR-V. Everything about the Sportage just screamed “appliance”, and not a good one either, just an average one. It was like the automotive equivalent of a $30.00 coffee maker; not the worst but certainly not the best.

Maybe I’m just not used to crossovers but if that’s a typical crossover then I want nothing to do with them.

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Prevention vs treatment.

I’m guessing that effective prevention is cheaper in the long run than most treatments. I.e. wellness checks etc. if it is cheaper then insurance companies have a financial incentive to provide preventive care. Does anyone happen to know if contraception, vasectomy, tubal ligation etc are cheaper than prenatal care, delivery etc? Also the long term costs of 2nd and additional children for employer provided policies that have a single “family” rate regardless of 1 or many children. Apologies if this is the wrong place to pose this question. Also a search didn’t bring up the answers I was looking for.

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The difference between a dealership and an independent tire shop.

If anyone needs more reasons to avoid a dealership for basic things, here you go:

It was time to change the front pads on my Audi, and of course it’s been so long since I’ve had to remove the wheel that I had lost the wheel lock key. No big deal, I assume, I’m sure any tire shop will have a master key.

First place I go to says, “Sorry that wheel takes a special key and the lugs are sunk so deep (R8) that we can’t properly bust them off without damaging the wheel. You can go to a dealer and buy the key for about $20.”

So I go to a dealer in North Hollywood, and ask about buying the key. $90. Okay, more than I wanted to spend for something I’m going to use ONCE then replace with normal lugs.

Unfortunately, they seemed to be the only place that had the key available. Then I got an idea. “Hey, you don’t have to sell it to me, just take them off for me and I’ll replace them with normal lugs on the spot.

“Okay. $110 labor.”

Long story short, I eventually find a tire shop who had the key. They took them off AND gave me new lugs for $20.

I’ve been going to them loyally with all 3 of my cars for a year now.

inb4 do brakes yourself inb4 u can afford R8 u can afford to waste money inb4 the dealership was doing what they’re supposed to

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How do I find out what the name for the color of my car is?

Just wondering, got some minor rust that could do with sorting out.

If anyone just happens to know, it’s a 1998 Ford Focus (Green, but I don’t know the proper name), it looks like this

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Bought my first Manual car this week!

Hello r/Cars, I bought myself a 2005 BMW 530i this week and since I’m new to manuals I just had a quick question.

First of all the car drives amazingly. I’ve been getting better at not stalling it (mainly driving around empty parking lots at night to practice). But my biggest concern is getting stopped at a red light on a hill.

How can I start driving after being stopped on a hill without rolling back? Or are there any tips to lessen how much I roll back? Any help is appreciated, thank you guys!

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Is daily driving a powerful car annoying?

What I mean by annoying is the fact that you can never really sink your foot very deep into the accelerator whenever you’re on public roads stuck in mild traffic or something.

Do you ever go to the track or how do you get your spirited driving in?

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2011 Acura TL – should I buy?

I need a car for my college aged daughter. Had a budget of between $5k – $10k, wanted something used, nice, reliable, etc. Was talking to a good friend of mine about it and he said he is about to buy a new car – would I like to buy his 2011 Acura TL – SH-AWD, loaded. 165k miles, almost all highway as his job has him travelling quite a bit.

Just got it home to test it for a few days – it’s super clean, drives incredibly smooth, etc. He’s asking about $6k for it, and he’s the type of guy where if something major happens in the first six months he’ll buy it back because he’s loaded and he’d rather maintain a friendship than have me feel like he screwed me.

Thoughts? My daughter is 20 and will use this to go back and forth to/from college once every month or two and will drive it scarcely at school. We are in northern Ohio, so snow is a factor. He’s got a set of winter rims he’s throwing in that I can put snow tires on.

Thoughts on this car, the price, the reliability and expected maintenance costs, how many miles I should expect out of it, etc?

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Ferrari 70 – A Year of Celebrations Draws to a Close

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Flat tire question

Hey car enthusiasts, I’ve got a brain buster. I got a flat tire this morning on the rear left side of my 2007 Mercury Mariner. I pulled into a Gas station to fill it, thinking it was just really low on air, it quickly depleted to 0 psi.

The rim of the wheel is in direct contact with the ground at this point. There is a Bell Tire, literally across the street, 300 feet away. Would I be able to drive on just the rim and other 3 tires to the Bell Tire, when it opens on Tuesday? I would rather not have to get it towed across the street, but I also don’t want to damage the wheel/vehicle.

Thanks for the input, and Happy New Year to you

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(2003 Subary Legacy) Can I hurt my engine if I get snow under the hood?

I need to get under my car’s hood to jump the battery and it’s currently under about a foot of (mostly frozen) snow. I’ve been chipping away at it but unless I spend another couple hours doing this, there’s going to be some trails of snow/ice falling backward when I lift it up. Is this going to be a serious problem?

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Ford Tempo 88 not starting, need help finding the issue

Not sure if this is the right sub to ask this, if not could you please direct me to where I can ask.

Bought a old Ford Tempo GL 88 a few weeks back and it has consistently gotten worse over time leading up to yesterday when it refused to start. I’m not a car person and in an effort to save money I’m hoping with the details I can give if one of you can help narrow down what the issues could possibly be. Right now I believe it to be a problem with either the alternator, battery, or starter. The problem is when looking online I’m getting conflicting opinions on what the problem is. For example one sight says a clicking noise when trying to start is most likely a starter issue while another suggests it would be a bad battery. So I’m going to describe as best I can and hopefully some more knowledgeable than me can help me out.

To begin all of these issues don’t always occur but they have all happened more than once except for last night is the first time I’ve ever gone to start my car and all I would get was a clicking noise, no engine starting or anything. Before last night the reasons I had to suspect my battery was I’m not used to the headlight pull that my tempo has thus within the first week of me owning it I had to jump my car twice due to accidentally leaving the headlights on all night and killing the battery. Often times the car does not start on the first crank and sometimes requires me to press on the gas when starting to get it going. It has been very cold and that may have something to do with it. I have had problems with my car turning off at red lights but if I keep gas on it, it won’t do that. Once again that could be more of an issue with the car as I read online about tempos being notorious for stalling. A few times I’ve caught a whiff of burning rubber while driving which would suggest the alternator, I believe. Not sure if this helps but the car has recently been having a bigger and bigger “bucking” problem when accelerating. My lights don’t seem to dim or brighten at least not enough for me to have noticed.

Fast forward to last night that caused me to question the starter. Went to go start car, lights worked, if I turned the key so I can have the car running off electricity I guess? The heat lights all that works as it should but when I crank like I would to fully start the car I get this clicking noise and no engine noises or anything, this was out of the blue and I’ve never had that issue before.

I can’t take it to a mechanic as the car doesn’t start that’s why I’m trying to troubleshoot this as much as possible, since if it is a battery that is something I could likely take care of myself.

Thank you all so much I really hope someone is able to help me out on this. If there’s anything I can answer that will help please ask away!

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Crap all over windshield—normal for winter driving?

Grew up on U.S. west coast and rarely had an opportunity to drive in snow. Got a chance yesterday driving my (new) VW Alltrack for over an hour on the NYS Thruway through 2 inches fine, driving snow. But wipers were useless, even with the wiper fluid assisting. 30 seconds later, big dirt streaks in wide arcs on the glass. Is this normal? To be unable to get the windshield to stay clear? I couldn’t leave the wipers on; the flakes were too tiny and dry. Do I have to start using that weird windshield “shield”™ stuff?

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Just got back from the hospital, almost certain to hit OOP max. Advice please!

Sorry if this is long. My son just had a sistrunk procedure done. It was the second time doing this, since the first time it failed. The first time was covered by an HMO and we’re done paying for it. It didn’t work, and the cyst came back. In the meantime we moved out of state (to CO), got on a (UHC) PPO plan, and had to do the surgery again. The surgery had a major complication or three, and he ended up undergoing a second surgery, and stayed in the PICU for three nights. I’m pretty sure we’ll be hitting the OOP max. My questions are: What can we expect? Should we pay bills as they come in because we’ll be hitting the OOP max anyway, or wait until most or all of the bills come in? Will we be paying the family OOP max or the individual one for just him? How do in and out of network OOP maximums work? Do in-network payments count towards out of network OOP maximums? I forgot to check if the procedure itself was covered because I assumed it is and our previous plan covered it. In the event that it is not, will the emergency second surgery be covered? I would call UHC to find out since their website is not helpful in finding this, but wanted to see what else to ask about first.

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The worst luck in the world when overtaking

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Viper remote LED lights not working

I got a 7856v remote and must have pushed some combination where now the led lights do not light up. I put new batteries in. The sound appears to be ok. Searched online to no avail. Anyone have this remote or similar and resolve?

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Should I consider getting a CPCU if I am horrible at math?

I am thinking of getting my CPCU, but through out high school and college I struggled with math and finance.

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Need some quick help. I sprayed degreaser in my crankshaft. Should I change oil?

Working on changing my crankshaft pulley and I didn’t realize it actually opened up to the inside of the crankshaft (hindsight 20/20: the crankshaft pulley is named so for a reason). Should i change my oil?

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