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Apr
15
comment Proper parking technique for a car with electronic parking brake
I don't think you should take the mechanic's practice as a recommendation. I have a standard transmission car with an ordinary mechanical parking brake, and my mechanics for some reason never use the parking brake when parking it, which I'm pretty confident is unwise. Luckily their parking lot is pretty flat, and they do at least leave it in gear, and it'll be their insurance on the hook if it rolls away.
Apr
13
comment How do I save myself from a sinking vehicle?
@DucatiKiller: It's about the operation of a vehicle.
Apr
13
comment How do I save myself from a sinking vehicle?
I don't think this question is on topic. It's not about repair or maintenance. There's a consensus that questions about safe driving habits are not on topic unless they relate to mechanical issues.
Apr
11
comment Why do we mostly use fossil fuel instead of a more reliable and larger sum fuel?
I'm not aware that we currently have the technology or resources to make alcohol or any other fuel in sufficient quantities to replace gasoline at a comparable price. What makes you think that we do?
Mar
9
comment Does cruise control usually involve braking functionality?
The BMW you describe is the first time I've ever heard of this feature. I've driven several vehicles with cruise control, and none of them controlled the braking.
Feb
8
comment Van makes knocking noise, even after it has been off for hours
"Internal unlock button" - does that mean the power locks? There should be a mechanical lock/unlock on the door itself as well, have you tried that?
Feb
8
comment Van makes knocking noise, even after it has been off for hours
It does kind of sound like maybe a motor / solenoid / actuator of some kind on the door (or its lock) has been running nonstop and run down the battery. I would find the fuse for the door mechanism and pull it, and see if that stops the noise. If so, then try to jump start the car or otherwise recharge the battery, then investigate the problem further.
Feb
8
comment Replace car batteries with capacitors?
FYI, standard English punctuation rules call for marks like . , ; : ! ? to have a space after them, and no space before. It's difficult to read your post the way it is.
Jan
30
comment How can you optimise the rate at which your electronic devices will charge in the car (fast in-car charging)?
These days it's pretty easy to find 12V USB chargers that output more than 500 mA.
Jan
21
comment Is it important to fix paint deterioration?
To be clear, in my case, the metal is not exposed to the elements; the base coat is intact and doesn't appear to be damaged at all. I agree that if metal were exposed there would be a risk of rusting and structural damage. But the problem is apparently with the clear coat only, and it is not clear to me whether that is likely to lead to problems with the remaining paint.
Jan
15
comment How can I tell if a flat car battery is charging when hooked up to a trickle charger?
@Paulster2: I will if/when I get the time - I think I should really include a diagram. If someone else wants to do so before I do, they are most welcome.
Jan
14
comment How can I tell if a flat car battery is charging when hooked up to a trickle charger?
Note that based on a quick back-of-the-envelope computation, you will get a very slow charge indeed - it would probably take at least two weeks.
Jan
14
comment How can I tell if a flat car battery is charging when hooked up to a trickle charger?
You could connect an ammeter in series with the charger and battery; this would at least tell you if the charger is doing anything. Whether it is actually charging the battery is a separate question.
Dec
30
comment Why do the batteries on some cars need to be hot-swapped?
If nothing else, you might think a mechanic would do this as a courtesy, so that the customer doesn't have to reset all their radio stations.
Dec
25
comment Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?
"You can find away around the California insurance problem." How do you know? Can you be more specific? As it stands, just saying "you can find a way around", without actually explaining how to do so, can't be much help to the OP.
Dec
10
comment What non-driver, non-terrain factors can affect vehicle miles per gallon?
Tire pressure is one that's commonly mentioned - under-inflated tires roll less efficiently.
Nov
20
comment 2008 Honda Civic LX: Headlights are cloudy and very dull, What should I replace?
Related: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/11882/…
Nov
8
revised High beam failure on Toyota Corolla 2010
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Nov
8
suggested approved edit on High beam failure on Toyota Corolla 2010
Nov
4
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