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


Aug
30
comment Pump and Hold Brake Bleeding (2 Person)
Are you saying you had to pump the pedal 15 times or you did the entire bleed procedure 15 times? What type of vehicle?
Aug
25
comment Honda 2005 CRV - tire noise or bearing noise?
Have you tried moving the rear tires to the front and see if the noise moves with the change?
Aug
12
comment Motor oil in automatic transmission
I would suggest towing it to get the work done to limit any possible damage.
Aug
12
comment How do you anticipate battery failure in advance?
This voltage drop test is only an accurate battery test if the cable, connections, solenoid and starter are all known to be good.
Aug
8
comment Do motorcycle covers work for cold weather?
Do they work for what purpose? Do you mean will covering it in cold weather provide some benefit other than keeping snow and sleet, etc. off of it?
Aug
8
comment Trying to start a Honda CBR250RR after winter (Also feeling a lot of friction when in neutral)
Rust is a usual cause, it can come from high humidity. I have seen motors where small mice have nested on top of the pistons. They gained access via an open exhaust pipe and crawled through an open exhaust valve.
Aug
6
comment Safest method to raise a vehicle, with multiple safety nets?
If I have to remove the wheels I slide them under the rocker panels along with jack stands under the frame.
Aug
4
comment Rear coil spring replacement Mazda 3
A typical lowered spring will have a higher spring rate. This will make the vehicle handle better with less body roll. It will make the car ride firmer and less comfortable.
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.