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Jun
24
comment Washing shop clothes with lots of motor oil on them
Citation needed...
Jun
21
revised Installing a Camry engine in a Highlander
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Jun
21
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Jun
19
comment How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?
This is different from those other examples: obviously fluids can leak out, and that is why it is important to check the fluid level (for which you only need your eyeballs), but since the coolant and water are mixed together, they would leak out together in the same proportions, and the concentration in the system would be unchanged, you would think. So I'm trying to understand by what mechanism the concentration would change. Condensation and moisture ingress could cause that, I suppose, but the other things you mention could not.
Jun
19
comment How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?
Thanks for information about the tester, I had not heard of this. As to the second paragraph, I fully realize that it is important to have the correct concentration of coolant inside the vehicle. What I want to know is, assuming I mixed it properly when adding it in the first place, how could it not be correct now?
Jun
19
revised How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?
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Jun
19
comment How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?
@Jean-FrançoisSavard: But I don't see how I would know if that is necessary. As far as I know, a proper 50/50 mix was used the last time it was filled. I don't know why anything should have changed since then, but the manual seems to be suggesting that is possible, somehow, and I want to know why.
Jun
19
comment How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?
@Jean-FrançoisSavard: Maybe I was unclear: the passage seems to be talking about testing the concentration of the coolant that is already in the car. Certainly I know how to mix coolant with water when I add it. But if the coolant system is only slightly low, I can only add a small amount of 50/50 mix, which won't do much to correct what is already inside if its proportions are wrong. Of course, if what was inside was completely wrong, one could drain it all out and start over, but again that's not what this section of the manual is talking about.
Jun
19
asked How, and why, do you test coolant concentration?
Jun
18
comment Where does the dinging sound come from?
The make / model / year have been added.
Jun
16
comment Can frequent engine lugging lead to blown head gaskets?
Is this really a duplicate? The other question doesn't seem to address head gaskets specifically, nor do its answers.
Jun
12
comment To repair, or sell: that is the question
Of course, the list of repairs isn't all or nothing: you could choose a few which are the most cost effective, perform those and skip the others.
Jun
8
revised Peugeot 206 indicator not working properly
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Jun
8
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Jun
8
comment 2005 classic will start when cold but has trouble starting when warm
@paulster2: Wikipedia suggests that the Chevy Classic was an alternate name for the Malibu midsize sedan (specifically for fleet sales). Maybe the OP can confirm that this is the vehicle in question here.
Jun
8
revised Rear blinker failure on camper trailer
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Jun
8
comment Rear blinker failure on camper trailer
Welcome to mechanics.se. I have submitted an edit to your question to make it clear in the title that the problem is with the turn signal on the trailer, not the truck itself, and to add some more useful tags. Also, it might help if you could edit the question to add more information about the trailer: make, model, year.
Jun
8
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Jun
2
comment Car turning itself off in highway
This sounds a lot like the notorious GM ignition switch defect that has been in the news, but I haven't found any source saying that the Lumina is affected. Anyway, you might check vinrcl.safercar.gov/vin (if you are in the US) to see if any recalls cover your vehicle.
May
30
comment Mechanic Didn't Diagnose Full Problem
If they charged you for the labor to diagnose the problem, you might ask for that to be refunded, or credited toward the repair. But shops often do that anyway: if you have the repair done at their shop, there's no charge for the diagnosis. In that case I'm not sure what you can reasonably ask for.