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Feb
2
comment Can you run an engine without a radiator?
Porsche was selling air-cooled 911s as late as 1998 in the US.
Feb
2
comment Late 90 Honda Civic cooling system hose broke off ,is it safe to drive?
Just to nitpick, the vast majority of brake pad manufacturers haven't used asbestos in many years, due to its well-documented toxicity. They do have a distinctive smell, though.
Feb
2
comment Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading
I would expect the invoice for the cluster replacement should record the original mileage, and have a notation about the new odometer reading. If the seller doesn't have that, then he's caused his own problem.
Jan
28
comment Engine MPG / Economy
+1 for gearing. One of the big reasons why bigger engines can get better mileage than smaller ones (at highway speeds) is that the cars they are in are geared so that the engines run at a lower RPM.
Jan
20
comment Best Way to Clean CV Joints of Old Grease
@IhavenoideawhatI'mdoing: Brake cleaner is best, because it leaves no residue, but it always seems to take so much. Good point about using it for the final clean-up.
Jan
19
comment Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?
As far as insurance goes, as long as the car is not driven you shouldn't need insurance (or registration or inspections). If buying from CL or the local classifieds, either have the seller drive the car over or have it towed. As long as you're not on a public motorway, the police won't have any reason to ask. If you're in a housing development, though, check with your HOA -- most of them have regulations regarding unused / unregistered vehicles (as well as working on them in your driveway).
Jan
19
comment Should negative trickle charger clips be attached to the battery negative terminal, or ground?
@NickC: Maintenance-free batteries certainly do vent gas, and usually come with a vent tube to be attached when they are installed. All lead-acid batteries vent gas when they're charging. That said, if you're hooking a trickle charger up to a cold battery, chances of there being enough hydrogen around to react to a spark are pretty minimal.
Jan
14
comment car won't start after short distances
Really? All the auto repair shops in my area have a sign saying "Electrical parts are NOT returnable".
Jan
13
comment What actually happens when there is not enough oil in a car engine?
You should NEVER NOT EVER open a radiator cap when the engine is hot, especially if the engine has overheated. You risk getting second- and third-degree burns on your torso and face. No engine or car is worth that.
Jan
7
comment Battery light on after new alternator
@kmarsh: I thought TPS was Throttle Position Sensor.
Jan
7
comment Is it healthy to drive with a bad IAC?
Fair enough, I guess I read squigbobble's answer and made the assumption that he was driving an automatic.
Jan
7
comment Should I fill my tire?
@corsiKa: "After a low enough pressure, you simply won't be able to move anymore" -- what? I've seen pictures of cars that have pulled into a shop driving on nothing but the bare rim. Unless you've modified your car to drop the suspension radically, you should still be able to move even if your tires are completely flat. Obviously a bad idea, but still possible.
Jan
7
comment Is it healthy to drive with a bad IAC?
It won't damage the engine, but you won't be doing the transmission (specifically, the torque converter) any favors.
Dec
9
comment ALS (anti lag system) - What are the various types of ALS systems used on forced induction vehicles?
@rpmerf: My A4 has what's called a "diverter valve" that routes the overboost to the upstream side of the turbo. That seems to be standard on the VW/Audi engines, but blowoff valves are more common on Porsches.
Dec
9
comment Transmission Fluid Change - High Mileage Vehicle
If it isn't recommended in the owner's manual I wouldn't. My car's manual specifically says the transmission is a "sealed unit" and the fluid should never be changed. Since you do have pretty high miles, I'd suggest calling Honda and asking what they think. If you used the factory ATF the first time, you're probably OK.
Dec
9
comment Does the Toyota Prius stop if driven off without the key inside?
Anecdote: Someone I work with rented a car while his was in the shop. The rental had a pushbutton start. He drove to work with his wife, then his wife took the car to her office. She stopped for coffee and when she got back to the car realized her husband still had the key. I had to give him a ride to the coffee shop so he could give it to her. Unfortunately I don't recall what kind of car it was (I think it was a Nissan, but I'm not sure).
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
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
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).