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Sep
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answered 68 Mustang hesitates at constant speeds
Sep
4
comment 1972 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40 Disc Brake Conversion
Disc brakes don't grip well when they get wet, which can be a problem when off-roading. Their advantages (self-adjusting, easier to service, less fade when hot) more than make up for this, though.
Jul
25
comment 2003 Ford Escort ZX2 has creaky steering
You could ask someone to check to see if they need to be lubed. Another possibility is your sway bar. If your bushings are starting to get hard or worn, they could creak as the weight transfers to one end. You should be able to check this by pushing down on the left front corner of the car. If it creaks or groans, that may be your culprit.
Jul
25
answered 2003 Ford Escort ZX2 has creaky steering
Jul
23
comment Uneven rotation sounds when my car gets to 50-60 MPH
@BobCross: Before balancing a new tire, they will remove all the old weights. I've never been to a place that cleaned off the old weight adhesive.
Jul
23
comment What is the life expectancy of a Honda Civic Hybrid Continuously Variable Transmission?
@BrianKnoblauch: Speaking as a former Civic Hybrid owner, there isn't a lot of power available to put down! This is pretty clearly a case of "provocative maintenance".
Jul
23
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Jul
23
comment Audi A4 '05 strange electrical problem?
I remember it was fairly common in Paris for cars on narrow streets to park with two wheels on the sidewalk. Drivers there usually parked with their side lights on.
Jul
20
answered Clunking sound at back of car when applying brakes
Jul
20
answered Uneven rotation sounds when my car gets to 50-60 MPH
Jul
20
answered Manually shifting an automatic transmission?
Jul
18
answered How difficult is it to rebuild a transmission?
Jun
29
answered Why are my wires melting together?
Jun
29
comment Why does my engine perform poorly and get bad gas mileage after using fuel injector cleaner?
I wonder how much of it was the new plugs. If you have a lot of build-up on your intake valves, when the fuel system cleaner dissolves it you can wind up with fouled plugs (and sticky exhaust valves). Normally this makes the car run rough, but modern ECUs and high-voltage ignition systems may be able to smooth that out. Glad you got it fixed!
Jun
29
answered The headlights dim to almost off when I turn off the engine. How do I test the battery?
Jun
29
answered Is it feasible to Turbo a NA engine while maintaining 87 AKI octane fuel use?
Jun
29
comment Is it feasible to Turbo a NA engine while maintaining 87 AKI octane fuel use?
My car's engine has 10.9:1 CR, and the manual makes a big point of saying that the use of gasoline with an octane rating below 91 is strongly discouraged.
Mar
29
comment If one coil spring needs replacing, do I need to replace both?
I'd also add that if one has failed, then you've transferred a good deal of its load to the other one, placing it under higher stress. Another good reason to replace both.
Mar
29
comment Does a car lose its pickup with age?
Almost any car with close to 200K miles on it is going to have lost some performance. Engine deposits, mechanical wear, leaky seals, faulty/failing sensors -- all these things accumulate over time. As you say, they can all be fixed, but there will be performance loss. Old engines used to require a rebuild at 100K miles, new ones probably just need a new set of injectors, new sensors, new coil (or coil packs)/plugs/wires and a good MAF cleaning. Catalytic converters get plugged too, but they're kind of expensive so I don't know if I'd replace one unless it was known bad.
Mar
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