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General Free / Cheap maintenance

We have a bunch of experts in this forum, so I thought I would ask the question, not simply because I am Scottish for those who instantly think it but because I am running fairly poor right about now, and this I think is something that would benefit all.

As I am sure every novice is aware, they drive along, hear some strange sounds, that maybe come and go, see things etc, and wonder how best to tackle either locating the issue, or clearing the noise out.

Im talking about thinkg like, rattle under car (like metal on metal rattle) whines from engine (I know they do but what is right and what signals a future problem), brakes stuck on (when you pull away there is a slight knock as they free themselves) and a host of similar little niggles.

Would it be possible for the experts among us to put together a list of common niggles that have simple solutions that cost little or no money (MacGuyver style if need be) with laymans terms explanations.

Here are my niggles.

1. Rattle under car, sounds like the silver metal part around the exhaust.
2. What level of whine sound should I hear from the engine, is it worse in cold than warm weather etc
3. What can be done to stop what seems to be either the wheel or brakes from sticking to the car when not used for a short time
4. Where the air box is located, it seems that the fitting is very loose so it vibrates when the engine is idling, sounds like a hole in the exhaust though its not

Thanks all.
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