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When you are traveling 20-30 mph, shift into high gear (6th IIRC) and push the gas 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down. If you see the RPM rise with no immediate increase in speed, the clutch is worn to the point that it is slipping. The amount of time between slight slippage and total failure is usually not very long. For a higher power car, you can expect to ...


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wear is increased at engine start When you have no oil pressure and you start the car, that is when the most wear occurs on your bearings. Crank bearings in most cars are not roller bearings anymore. They are called plain bearings and rely on hydro-dynamic lubrication. Here is answer related to crank bearings with illustrations so you can understand ...


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fuel injected vehicles don't require a crazy amount of fuel to get started, in terms of fuel economy alone anything over 30 seconds should be safe (although we are talking about levels of fuel only eco-modders care about). If you are concerned about wear, there's no good way to tell which is better. If you change oil regularly I wouldn't worry about the wear ...


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Since you're asking specifically about a conversion van, and the mileage on both is relatively low, I'd say in this case age is going to be the most important. There are not enough miles on either van to cause any significant mechanical issues. Age on the other hand will "wear out" rubber components, electronics, and most importantly for a van it will have ...


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I guess finished means completely outworn. This sounds like a seized caliper on that side, which always brakes a little and so wears the pads. It does not have to brake that much that you notice it, but typical signs are a hotter wheel on the one side compared to the other side after some (especially fast) driving and a wobbling noise which often occurs ...


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No not at all, the horn is not gonna get damaged. My old Nissan Maxima once had a faulty hood lock switch and the alarm went off during night. The alarm was on for almost all the night and the horn was honking too, I knew it the next day when there was a notice hanging on my apartment door.


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Are there any other precautions that I should take when using snow chains? Not really ... what they give in the instructions are spot on. DO NOT exceed the 40mph or vehicle damage will ensue. You can also lose control of the vehicle if running faster than recommended. Running chains on bare roadways will cause damage to the road surface. Why can't I ...


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"Blipping" the throttle just means giving it a very short (half a second) stab raising the RPM for a short time. It creates smoother down shifts because it raises the RPM to where it's going to be after the shift so the synchros have less work to do.


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That's a broad question, and I'm a Subaru geek, not a VAG geek, but I'll share my never-humble opinion. Any flash that increases performance obviously increases stresses. A proper remap with careful logs and monitoring might improve the longevity of any performance enhancement. Then again, you never get something for nothing (despite the billion-dollar ...


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I base my decisions on several factors when purchasing used vehicles. I research the history of the vehicle to see if at any mileage interval the vehicle has reported issues. Another issue would be if you can even get parts at the parts store or would you have to go to a junk yard. Last, what are the insurance premiums on either vehicle based on the ...


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In a manual tranmission car, the clutch is 'meshed' only when both sides of the clutch - the engine side and the wheel side - are running at the same speed. Downshifting Example I'll make up some numbers for an example: Say you're at 3rd gear, going 45 miles an hour and the engine is at 2.5k RPM. If you downshift while still going 45 miles an hour, the ...


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I would check/replace the strut's top mount. The rubber may be worn allowing excessive movement at the top of the strut. Try pulling in the strut to see if the top mount moves excessively. If the rubber looks OK and nothing is worn, try loosening the mounting bolts and see if it can be relocated slightly to move the spring away from the panel it is ...


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The synchros will be forced to bear the brunt of downshifting like this The synchromesh gears are gears inside the manual transmission designed to help the engine transition smoothly to its new RPM. They will wear out eventually, but the wear and tear will be accelerated by downshifting without adding throttle to help the engine match its new speed. The ...


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Regardless of vehicle configuration the best tires, with deepest tread, go on the rear. This is to ensure that the rear wheels loose friction contact with the road surface last in wet road conditions. When traction is lost on the rear axle before the front the result is that the rear of the vehicle wants to swap ends because the center of mass is closer to ...


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Realistically there is no accurate visual way to tell. Once in a great while you'll see it start to fray, but that is very infrequent. What usually happens is that the belt will stretch beyond it's hold limit, where it will slip a tooth or two, which causes the timing to be haywire and bad things to happen. There is just no visual way you can account for the ...


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I've never known all other things be equal in two vehicles of such disparate ages. In such cases I'd normally look at secondary matters like the features. Do they both have ABS/disc brakes all round. Is one of them a better spec than the other. What is the fuel consumption of each vehicle. Do they both have full airbags. You'll almost certainly be ...


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Other than obvious physical defects such as cracking or fraying, there is no way to visually determine 'how much time' is left before the belt will cause problems. If I were in the same financial situation with this same vehicle/engine, I'd drive it another 10k. As you've stated, this is a non-interference engine. This means the valves and pistons will not ...



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