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bio website theug.ru/en
location Boise, ID
age 33
visits member for 2 years, 7 months
seen Nov 22 at 23:07

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).

Sep
16
comment Does a 2010 VW Jetta S (2.5 L gasoline engine) have a timing belt or chain?
Ah, okay. I just seem to remember having it, because my ex bought 2012 certified used 2.5, just cannot confirm now for obvious reasons.
Sep
2
comment Bike is sometimes not wanting to shift into neutral
You don't even have to let go of the lever completely. I usually just release it some, and it switches with gentle rocking. It's easier with engine running, but even without it on usually works fine. I also tend to think that after I had switched to Shell Rotella T6 diesel synthetic oil it started to shift crisper (could be confirmation bias, however).
Sep
1
comment Bike is sometimes not wanting to shift into neutral
How severe is the problem? I have 2011 TU250X, but it uses practically the same engine (also on GN250, GZ250, early DR250 etc.). And while the gearbox works okay most of the time, it does need a bit of rocking sometimes to switch it to neutral if it doesn't click right away. Same thing with so-called false neutrals between other gears. The box does have a bit of character to it, as they say. So is it something like it, or is it really a big nuisance, and you have hard time shifting?
Jul
10
comment Small two-stroke engine runs poor
I ended up buying the primer bulb, and taking apart and thoroughly cleaning the carburettor. The passages in it were restricted by the gunk coloured green from copper oxide, so I just wetted it with carb cleaner and cleared out with a piece of wire. After all that it started to work and I was able to use it. That is, until killswitch disintegrated. :D
Jul
8
comment Symptoms of a clogged fuel line (pump runs but engine not starting)?
Check the sparkplugs, if they are getting wet, and check the injector rail or fuel line coming to it for fuel. I have ’92 Jetta (2.0L ABA motor) and had to deal with it before, and I cannot remember exactly how to do that, but it wasn’t difficult. Just have plenty of rags around (because fuel supposed to be pressurized in the lines), and no open fire or electrical hazards nearby. Disconnect the battery.
Jul
8
comment Using narrower tyres than were fitted as standard, for reduced rolling resistance = > fuel economy
Also note that English gallon is larger than US gallon, that’s why British MPG figures are different from American.
Jun
25
comment Most economical acceleration range
@user3098378, I think, regardless of gear, there still should be sensor data on throttle opening, fuel amount, fuel-to-air mixture etc.
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.