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comment Brake fluid leak after recent brake line replacement
In my experience rusty brake lines are like a chain, only as strong as the weakest point. It is quite possible you have another failed line. A complete inspection should have been done prior to replacement of the first failed line.
Jun
28
comment Does using the entire rev range of a car damage it?
As a side note to @Paulster2 response, You do not want to take an engine near the redline that is not at normal operating temperature.
Jun
27
comment Explanation of phrase relating to tyre tread depth
I recently argued and lost during my annual inspection over the wear bar issues. In some locales it is interpreted to mean all areas must have 3/32" (1.6mm?) of tread including over the wearbars.
Jun
26
comment Is there really such a thing as a skeleton key?
just speculation but you may be thinking of a "shaved key". Some older models of certain car brands Honda and Nissan come to mind used very fine cut keys. Meaning they had many small undulations (high and low spots) on the keys. As the lock cylinders wore, along with the key any key that was very worn would turn the cylinder providing it was the correct blank. As @Steve Mathews has stated that issue has been negated by keys with chips.
Jun
20
comment Does turning off the radio and other electronics in a car before shutting off the engine prevent battery drain?
As @Brian Knoblauch has stated unless your battery is on the edge of failure the USB draws such a small amount of current it won't make a difference. The exception would be if the outlet is "on" with the ignition off. The USB adapter will draw a small amount of current even if not being used. The draw is insignificant if the vehicle is driven daily but if it sat idle for a month it may make a difference in starting power available.
Jun
3
comment Changed Spark Plug Missing (not firing)
It happens rarely but sometimes a new plug is bad. Can you reinstall the original and see if it improves.
May
30
comment Tire Replacement
Agreed providing you are using an identical tire (brand, size, style) as the original.
May
19
comment How to test for radiator leaks?
Coolant is circulated between the engine bock and the cylinder head. The head gasket seals the block and head interface. While doing the pressure test if the head gasket has failed the coolant can be forced into the cylinder. The spark plugs are removed so you can observe the coolant in the cylinder.
May
5
comment Brake pedal is hard to push even after new brakes
With the brakes applied?
Apr
23
comment What is a “confidential vehicle identification” number?
Are you asking about other locations where the factory serial (VIN) is located besides the base of the windshield?
Apr
17
comment Transmission not shifting from park
The release may be hidden under a small plastic cover. With a small flat blade screwdriver remove the small cover. Insert the screwdriver in the hole to release the shifter lock. Beware that the brake lights may not work. It may be worth checking for a blown fuse.
Apr
9
comment Car won't start sometimes
when it doesn't start can you hear the fuel pump run? The older Hondas are known to have fuel pump relay issues when hot.
Apr
8
comment Storing a car on wood blocks in storage unit
They would work but don't crawl under it . Make sure you place them with the open side facing up.
Apr
7
comment Car feels like it's filling up with fumes
My first thought is getting a different mechanic.
Apr
7
comment 2001 Ford F150 howling when braking with trailer
Do you have ABS and does the dash light come on with the shuddering?
Apr
6
comment Consequences of not fixing rusted body parts
Before putting any money into it bring it to a mechanic you trust. Ask him to put it on the lift and inspect the car. You want to determine if the rust has progressed beyond cosmetic concerns and into structural concerns. This can only be done by getting under it.
Apr
4
comment where is the 2003 Wiper Relay on a 2003 honda accord?
Just a comment because the info is from an unverified source. Look on the drivers side firewall near the brake booster.
Apr
3
comment 2001 Fiat punto: slave cylinder repaired brake warning light
Sounds like a good answer instead of just a comment
Mar
25
comment At a complete stop, why is my RPM in Neutral gear greater than Drive gear?
It is happening all the time except when in park or neutral
Mar
25
comment Out of round wheel?
are you sure it is the wheels and not the tires?