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ride mostly single track with a little road biking mixed in.


Jul
10
comment Parking — in gear or neutral?
Just personal experience I am a postal employee
Jun
9
comment Volvswagen Passat went out of control
Did you happen to have the cruise control on?
May
28
comment MacPherson strut lower control arm ball joint play and suspension geometry
Can you describe the play? Grabbing the wheel/tire at the 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock position does the movement allow the tire to wiggle left to right? Or can you move the steering wheel 15 degrees before the tires move?
Apr
28
comment How can I lock keys inside 2007 Mazda6?
Since that may not work try removing the key fob as that may be the culprit. If the key fob is part of the key use the valet key as it normally does not contain the remote.
Apr
25
comment How much Octane Fuel does Honda CBR 250R (India Version) needs? 91 or 93?
I understand the dollar per mile aspect of higher cost fuels but how is the mileage effected by higher octane fuel?
Apr
23
comment Remaining life expectancy of brake pads and rotors
I agree with the replace rather than resurface philosophy. Modern rotors that are resurfaced (even if thicker than the minimum spec) tend to be so thin that they warp before the new pads are due for replacement.
Apr
23
comment Clicking type sound when braking at low speeds
Any undiagnosed noise that involves the brakes or steering should be investigated for obvious safety reasons. If in fact the noise is determined to be a pad shifting issue it should be repaired, it is not a life threatening concern. My concern is that you don't know for sure. It could also be (but less likely) a loose caliper mount or caliper slide bolt. Both of which can be catastrophic if the caliper were to come loose and jam against the wheel.
Apr
22
comment Clicking type sound when braking at low speeds
Does the click occur continuously after the brake is applied or is it a single click for each brake application?
Apr
14
comment How to replace balljoint?
After rereading your question I am unsure, is it the rear wheel balljoints or the rear control arms for the front wheels that are your concern.
Apr
11
comment What types of thread-locking Loctite do I need to be aware of as an automotive DIY-er?
While the three products I listed won't cover every job they will be sufficient for the majority of tasks for a home mechanic. They will work for all but the most extreme cases I avoid using the "heat required for removal" line (like the 271,272 products) unless it is specifically required.
Apr
4
comment Should i check quantity of battery liquid?
Using the turkey baster allows for more control and reduced risk of splashing acid. You can add small amounts into the dime sized hole easier than using an old soda bottle.
Mar
30
comment Motorcycle stood for over 12 months, turn over by hand first?
All good points and I would add change the crank oil and filter. Any sediment or water in the oil should have settled and will come out with the oil. If you feel a lot of resistance to the crank turning let it sit overnight to allow the oil to free up the rings.
Mar
4
comment What is the point of a vacuum pump with a fuel injection engine?
Also turbo or supercharged engines
Mar
4
comment Caliper piston will not collapse on Almera 98
Open the bleeder screw and attach a small length of hose to the bleeder so that the fluid can be collected and disposed of properly.
Mar
3
comment Caliper piston will not collapse on Almera 98
Have you tried pushing it back in with the bleeder screw open?
Feb
27
comment Power steering noisy and hard to turn UNTIL engine warms up
If it is an early 90's GM it has "morning sickness". A common symptom and complaint just before the steering rack fails completely.
Feb
20
comment Car Battery Dying Overnight - Disconnected
I would also check the running voltage again with the new battery. You should see about 14 volts.
Feb
19
comment 1997 ford f150 heater not working properly
Is it influenced by engine speed? As in cold at idle warm above idle? Does the temp gauge fluctuate with the heat output?
Feb
12
comment Should I run my generator dry in preparation for storage?
Even non ethanol gas with Sta-Bil has a shelf life. Fresh fuel is better than older treated fuel and is a cheap investment. I add any fuel older than 60 days to my vehicle and use fresh fuel in the small engines.
Feb
11
comment Hyundai Verna (Accent) handbrake light is on everytime
Check your owners manual to determine if you have more than one brake warning light. It could be a parking brake or service brake issue