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comment Bad CV joint, but which side?
Nope. It was the other way. I could hear the noise when turning left, and it turned out to be the right axle that was bad.
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comment How do you test relays?
Ah. Good point, I haven't thought of that.
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comment How do you test relays?
Maybe it's just badly labeled? The people who design cars have their off days too, just like everyone else. If you really want to know what's going on, try to find a wiring diagram for your model.
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comment How do you test relays?
Not odd at all. You have one fuse for both fans. Same as on my Honda.
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comment How do you test relays?
A simpler way: find another relay of the same type, then swap it in. If that fixes whatever problem you were having, then you know the other relay was bad. Obviously you can't do it if you don't have an identical relay.
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answered How do you test relays?
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comment Tyre equivalency
Why do you put the best tires in the back?
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comment When must I repair or replace a strut?
If you don't want to fool around with a spring compressor, you can buy a pre-assembled strut and spring. It only costs a little more than a bare strut.
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accepted Smoke on start-up: valve gasket?
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comment Rattle in my left tire area everytime I brake slowly from more then 80kmh (50mph)?
@Karl: Take a look at the picture: autopartswarehouse.com/details/… . A typical front-wheel-drive car has two of those - one end attaches to the transmission, the other to a front wheel. If you take a front wheel off, you should see it clearly. The "boots" are the flexible rubber sheaths that join the thin part in the middle to the thick parts at the ends. If a boot gets ripped, it can cause damage to the CV joint which is inside. (Note: if a boot is intact, it does not guarantee that the CV joint is OK.)
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comment Smoke on start-up: valve gasket?
Side question: is "valve gasket" not the right term? I thought "gasket" and "seal" were synonymous.
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comment Smoke on start-up: valve gasket?
@Brian: that's right, the valve stem seals. (Since it's an old car, I'd probably replace the valve cover gasket while I'm working on the valves, but obviously that's got nothing to do with the main problem.)
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asked Smoke on start-up: valve gasket?
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comment Why does my 2003 Acura TL intermittently make humming sounds when the engine is off?
The engine compartment is the first place I'd look, since that's where most of the moving parts are. Open the hood, and just look at it for a few minutes. When the hum starts, see if you can spot anything that's spinning or otherwise in motion.