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location Boise, ID
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Support Motorcycles, Mopeds and Scooters and Recreational Boating on SE Area 51.

Automobiles I have experience with:

  • Currently own/have access to:

    • Mk. III (A3, Typ 1H) VW Jetta, I4 2.0l ABA engine (1992–1999, a.k.a. Golf, Vento etc.). Have factory manual.
    • Ford Escort Wagon (NA, third generation (1997–2002)).
  • Previously owned/had worked on:

    • BMW 325es (E30 platform, 1982–1994). Have factory manual (PDF).
    • Ford Escort Hatchback (NA, second generation (1991–1996)).
    • Dodge Omni (1978–1990, a.k.a. Plymouth Horizon).

Motorcycles I have experience with:

  • Currently own/have access to:

    • Suzuki TU250X (2009–present, FI upgrade of older TU/Volty, a.k.a. ST250, shares many engine and chassis parts with other single-cylinder Suzukis such as GZ250 and GN250 dating back to 1980s).

    • Kawasaki Vulcan 750 (1985–2006).

    • Kawasaki Vulcan 800 (VN800, 1995–2006).

  • Previously owned/had worked on:

    • Honda SL125S (street-legal version of late 60s–early 70s trail bike).

Apr
10
comment Small two-stroke engine runs poor
@Larry, there was a little bit of old fuel in the tank, but I filled with fresh mix, hoping it would dilute it. I am not sure how old the fuel is. All yard equipment I had used last year had no problem starting with old petrol this spring.
Feb
15
comment Jetta 2005 won't go past 20 mph
Does it throw any error codes? Check if anything triggered so called “limp-home” mode — in case ECU computer does not receive proper sensor data for air-fuel mixture, it switches to a sort of safe mode that is just enough to putt along. It should also run real rough. I had same issue when my MAF sensor went kaput.
Dec
16
comment Change in exhaust note after extreme backfires--what did I break?
If you flooded it then yes, you'd have excess accumulation of fuel in the exhaust pipes (and not enough pressure to expel it by running it without fuel), so when it would actually catch spark, you would have fuel combust inside the exhaust system, both headers and the muffler. I had seen it with loud pipes, actual flame exiting at the business end. So it is quite plausible that the muffler could have been damaged (especially, considering you had three big cylinders pumping fuel into it), but I don’t have enough experience to declare that with certainty.
Dec
16
comment Change in exhaust note after extreme backfires--what did I break?
K75 uses three-into-one exhaust (to the point about multiple mufflers).
Dec
11
comment Motorcycle gear changes alternate between stiff and normal
How did break in procedure go? Did you do first (early) oil change? Remember, many motorcycles have wet-sump clutch and gearbox sharing the case with the engine, so they use that very oil. Also, switching to synthetic, may help. My shifts got much better after swapping out stock mineral oil to Rotella T6. By the way, W800 is a gorgeous motorcycle.
Nov
8
comment Suzuki GSR600 low idle revs and unstable
What year is that? How many km? And which throttle bodies does it have (Keihin, Mikuni, etc.)? Could be as simple as proper idle screw adjustment. For instance, on my 250 Zook with Keihin throat that screw can loosen up a bit, which would cause lower RPM, and even stalling at times, for which EFI cannot compensate (I have 32-bit ECU, like on the big GSX-Rs).
Sep
29
comment Malibu turns over, does not start
The issue could be the timing chain. It is still intact, but slacking (possibly plastic guide or tensioners broke). It is an interference engine, and I wonder if that was enough to throw the timing off, but not enough to damage the valves. It spins smoothly, for what it's worth.
Sep
14
comment Is engine braking harmful?
@aufkag, not really, no. :) It could use few more citations. I just need to do more reading and get around to it. :)
Sep
5
comment Car doesn't start for 1 hr
You could edit your post, you know. ;) Anyhow, does it happen in the rain, humid weather, going through puddle, etc.? If it turns over but does not start, it could be plug wires, and if it does not turn over (starter is not engaging), connections should be checked and cleaned, and insulation on the cables should be checked for damage. Most electrical problems are caused by faulty connections.
Aug
31
comment Identifying American (Mercury) Mariner outboard
@Seminecis, I’m yet to get it to start. :) It’s on the back burner now.
Aug
26
comment Dodge Ram blower motor works intermittently
What was the cause of initial replacement? Same symptoms?
Aug
26
comment How many hours for roof reinforcements replacement
How many hours did the shop quote you? See if you can find (or if they can present) auto repair labour guide — a book (or software) that lists hours necessary to perform certain tasks for many different cars. I don’t know if there’s one such thing in Romania, but there are plenty available in English, and maybe someone here could quote you an estimate from that. Although it seems like very specialized job, not sure this would be listed (but there could be some generic rate for cut-and-weld body work).
Aug
26
comment What is this loud semi-regular clicking on a 2001 Honda CR-V?
This is more of a comment, than an answer. You have plenty of rep to leave a comment.
Aug
25
comment What causes odometer inaccuracy?
Don’t be shy, what is the marque and model of the car?
Aug
25
comment what is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids?
I’ve rejected the edit, because it changes the post completely, and make it contradict within itself. If the post is wrong, it should be downvoted and that should be substantiated with references (same goes for author). The edit may well be a correct one, but there is no reference, and it is better suited as a comment.
Aug
20
comment Malibu turns over, does not start
@MarkJohnson That is what the unit looks like: image. The plastic housing incorporates plug boots on the bottom, and pack on top (with aluminium heatsink).
Aug
16
comment Honda Civic braking problems in warm climate
@fassetar, while this is a good answer, and probably a correct one (air in the brake system would indeed cause same symptoms), you should not award the acceptance just because it “looks” right. Try to fix the car first, and if that is indeed what had caused it, then accept.
Aug
16
comment Air trapped inside radiator after adding coolant
Maybe you should elaborate the above within your answer. Otherwise, essentially one-sentence reply is not quality.
Aug
15
comment How often do I need to change my oil in a VW TDI?
@Ken, if manufacturer require synthetic, and specifies 10 000 mile interval — this is all you need to know. Well, you also need to know if the mechanic is going to put synthetic in as well, and that they not just giving you general recommendation based on conventional oil usage. As mentioned in other answers, if the car is not subject to frequent heavier operation (towing, excessive hill climbing, a lot of stop-and-go traffic etc.), the normal service interval is good enough.
Aug
12
comment Can I improve fuel economy by changing differential’s gear ratio?
Provide more details about your car. What year is it? Does it have older 1.6 L carburetted engine, or newer 1.7 L fuel-injected or some other? Is the vehicle was originally sold in Russia or neighbouring countries, or was it export version that may have had Western European transmission components installed?