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Aug
25
comment Which ignition coil and wire set should I purchase?
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
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.
May
19
comment Is it possible to drain oil pan without getting any oil on your fingers?
This is actually the technique I use. Two of my oil drain bolts are horizontal, though, so it's mostly a matter of just pulling them out quick enough and far enough to avoid the oil as it arcs gracefully into the catch pan. In my third car, I have a Fumoto valve as mentioned by @pierce.jason.
Aug
15
comment Should rotors with rust on the rims but not the faces be replaced along with the pads?
Obviously you don't have to commute in traffic. I have to haul my car down from 65-70 to 15-20 at least a couple dozen times on my way to or from work, every day. If your car's reasonably chunky (mine's a 2001 A4) it really doesn't take long to eat up a set of front pads.
Jul
11
comment Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure
If it's the head gasket, you'll probably have coolant in your oil. If so, then you need to fix it sooner rather than later, as diluting the oil will lead to bearing failure and other expensive things.
Jun
4
comment Honda Loses All Power, but Starts Back Up
What do you mean by "flashers come on" -- the flashers suddenly start flashing, or it's possible to use the hazard flashers even when the car won't start? Have you tried using a code reader to see if there are any fault codes?
Jun
4
comment Mercedes Benz ML320 Faulty Power Steering whine?
@SpYk3HH: You can jack up the front end, start the engine and then turn the wheels left and right. If the noise is still there, then it's probably the pump. Have you checked the belt for glazing or cracks? Could it be slipping? Sorry, trying to diagnose engine sounds without being able to hear the sound is a skill I don't possess.
Jan
17
comment truck will not start
I'd also check the ground cable where it attaches to the frame. Every time I've had an issue where the engine wouldn't crank, it was the battery or the ground cable.
Jan
17
comment In the -20F temperatures last week my temperature gauge was stuck under the 1/4 mark. Heating was also affected
I've wired cardboard flaps to my radiator when the temps get down below zero. Cheap, easy, and works like a charm!
Jan
17
comment Should rotors with rust on the rims but not the faces be replaced along with the pads?
In most modern cars, the rotors are so thin that they can't be resurfaced without making the rotor thickness fall below the minimum. My 2001 A4 usually needs new ones every other pad change (with factory pads). On my wife's Grand Caravan, the front rotors need to be changed every time you change the pads. They also tend to warp if you get them too hot, don't get me started on that!
Jun
7
comment 2000 Chevy Camaro starts, idles low around 1000 rpms for 4 or 5 seconds before dying
How's the acceleration? It sounds like you might have a dirty air filter or an obstruction in the air intake. How does the car perform once it's warm?
Jun
3
comment Why did my car stall when I used the foot brake?
Keep in mind it's not just an increase in load, but also a reduction in engine RPM. When your engine slows down during braking, your alternator output drops. So you're drawing more current from the battery, and putting less back.
Jun
3
comment When do brake rotors really need to be replaced?
I just did the front brakes on my car this weekend, and I noticed that the allowable rotor wear was only 2mm. I think resurfacing them after a normal amount of wear would probably take them over the limit. I tend to just replace them every other pad change -- they're not that expensive, considering how important they are.
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
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".