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Apr
7
comment Can I decrease the sensitivity of my seat belt “person detector”?
I think you're right that this system would be difficult to disable. Unfortunately, this would result in unnecessary airbag and pretensioner deployment in a crash.
Apr
6
comment 1989 Mazda 626 - Shifter is loose, what's wrong?
I think it's generally straightforward, but it has to be done from underneath the car.
Apr
6
comment Can a motorcycle's brake lever be bent back into shape?
+1 on replacing the lever, even with the expense. Aluminum fatigues with even the slightest bending. I would not trust a severely bent lever for such an important task. Disclaimer: I am not a metallurgist.
Apr
6
answered 1989 Mazda 626 - Shifter is loose, what's wrong?
Apr
6
accepted How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?
Apr
6
comment How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?
Thank you for the detailed answer. I plan to use 3M Adhesive Cleaner to clear away the residue once the sticker is off (before washing and waxing), and perhaps to help loosen up the glue at the beginning as well.
Apr
3
asked How should I remove stickers or pinstripe decals from paint?
Apr
2
comment 97 altima 5spd sputters, has loss of power under 3500rpm, dies when clutch is disengaged
What were the error codes, if any, when your mechanic replaced all those other parts?
Apr
2
comment Ford Probe '94 heater problem
For what it’s worth, my Haynes repair manual (not for a Probe, but I think the advice is generally applicable) recommends a two-year coolant replacement interval. As for the water, it reads: “Use distilled water with the antifreeze, if available — if not, be sure to use only soft water. Clean rainwater is suitable.”
Apr
1
answered Ford Probe '94 heater problem
Apr
1
comment How can I remove a seized brake disc?
+1 for suggesting penetrating oil. WD-40 is not as good for this as PB Blaster and other proper "penetrating" lubricants.
Apr
1
asked Reading ABS diagnostic codes on a Volvo 940
Apr
1
comment Oil leak when parked on steep incline
If you have trouble locating the leak because everything is already dirty, try cleaning the engine compartment and underbody. That will make leaks easier to trace, as well as easier to notice before they grow to the point of forming large puddles.
Apr
1
comment How to assess battery charge level and alternator performance?
Moreover, voltmeters built into stock instrument clusters aren't always accurate. An aftermarket device may be more accurate. +1
Mar
31
comment Can I drive my 4wd 4runner in front wheel only?
My question related to whether the car had a "part time" or "full time" 4wd system. Put more simply: does your owner's manual say it's okay to shift into 4wd mode while on dry pavement?
Mar
31
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Mar
31
comment Can I drive my 4wd 4runner in front wheel only?
Does the front differential lock when 4wd is engaged? If so, this won't work — engaging 4wd will prevent the front wheels from turning at different rates, which they must do if the car is to be driven on pavement.
Mar
30
comment Timing Belt Replacement Schedule on 2004 KIA
Isn't this in your owner's manual? I worry that this question is too simple and general for a site aimed at professionals. See this meta page for more: meta.mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/3/…
Mar
29
revised How to solve unexpected skidding in 1995 Toyota Camry
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Mar
29
answered How to solve unexpected skidding in 1995 Toyota Camry