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Dec
9
comment Different Battery Voltage
STmicro has a lot of voltage regulators with clamping voltages up to 70V. I think most of them top out around 500ma, though.
Dec
9
answered Do I need to replace clutch kit when refitting engine
Dec
8
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Dec
8
comment What could be causing the rapid loss of tyre pressure?
@Ilessa: I'd complain pretty loudly to the garage, as that's a safety issue. You can't take a chance on being stuck in the middle of nowhere with a flat because some lazy mechanic can't be bothered to correctly torque your lug nuts.
Dec
8
answered 1998 Chevy Blazer - Headlights not getting power on one side
Dec
8
answered I just found out that my muffler wasn't even connected. I was driving it around lots is that bad?
Dec
8
answered ALS (anti lag system) - What are the various types of ALS systems used on forced induction vehicles?
Dec
8
comment What could be causing the rapid loss of tyre pressure?
Did they replace the valve when they replaced the tyre? If not, and if the leak started when the tyre was replaced, that's the first thing I'd check.
Dec
8
comment What could be causing the rapid loss of tyre pressure?
I found it was easier to just dismount the tire, fill the bathtub with water and stick the tire in it. It was pretty obvious where the leak was (there was a steady stream of small bubbles coming from the spot).
Oct
15
answered Will driving through puddles do any damage to my car?
Sep
30
comment How often to change oil if vehicle gets under 1500 miles per year?
@RockPaperLizard: It doesn't absorb it, it's just that water condenses inside the crankcase and, if the oil doesn't get hot enough to evaporate it out, it just gets churned in by the crank and becomes kind of an oil/water smoothie. As you can imagine, this doesn't lubricate nearly as well as oil does. My neighbor was driving maybe a mile to church, then stopping at the grocery store on her way home, probably putting something like three miles a week on her car.
Sep
29
comment How often to change oil if vehicle gets under 1500 miles per year?
People recommending you change your oil every 6-12K are assuming you drive it regularly. I had a neighbor who was the stereotypical "little old lady who only drove to church on Sundays". After her husband passed away I offered to give her car a tune-up and was shocked to see the condition of her oil. It looked like heavily-creamed coffee. Driving 30 miles will probably heat the oil sufficiently to drive off the moisture, but I'd check it every 3-4 months. Consider flushing your brakes, as that fluid absorbs water too.
Sep
29
comment Do I need expensive tires for my Audi A4?
You should mention that the $265 price you quoted was for a full set of 4 tires. When I first saw that number, I was shocked.
Sep
29
comment Do I need expensive tires for my Audi A4?
Just to be nit-picky, Audi makes no RWD cars -- they're all either FWD or AWD.
Aug
25
comment How are some manufacturers or retailers able to sell for so much more, while others sell for less?
My experience confirms @vini_i: during my "starving student" years, I bought a set of new ignition wires for about 1/4 the price of an OEM set. They worked fine for about a week and half, until the temperature dropped, and my car wouldn't start. I got a jump start from a friend, and we noticed that the new wires were arcing all over the place. I borrowed some money and bought some "reputable" wires and everything was fine again.
Aug
25
comment Are there plugs for sale that are used to plug unused (thin) vacuum lines?
With small vacuum lines, I often just use a bolt of the appropriate diameter. If it's loose enough that I don't have to screw it in, I also put a piece of duct tape over it.
May
27
answered Painting Racing Stripes
May
27
comment What is the difference between an automatic and an AMT
I think the biggest advantage to an AMT is increased efficiency. There is no slippage at lower speeds like with a torque converter. Manual transmissions are typically stronger and can transfer more power than automatics, but I don't know if that's a factor with AMTs, which I would guess are engineered to favor weight savings over strength. They're probably lighter, too, but that's just a guess.
May
20
comment Will vtec engage without a factory released VTEC ECU when swapping to VTEC engine?
You also need to make sure you've got the proper wiring harness, so those extra signals the ECU uses will get to where they need to go. If you don't have it, chances are your new ECU will simply throw codes and refuse to start.
May
19
comment Accidently put biodiesel fuel in 2009 Nissan Altima. What to do?
Maybe call the station and confirm that it really was biodiesel and not bioethanol (E85). As @Lathejockey81 points out, it should have been difficult to put a diesel filler nozzle in your gas filler. If it was an option at a pump that also pumps regular gas, chances are it was E85. In that case, you may be able to get by with adding more unleaded fuel, but I'd recommend taking it to a shop, getting the old gas drained and put in the right fuel.