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Nov
25
comment Timing belt sound - time to replace?
Puttering and other rhythmic sounds are typically combustion related (plugs, exhaust leaks, etc.). Timing belts, belts, pulleys, and wheels typically squeal or make other more solid "tone". One way to narrow it down: Does the noise change with RPM or vehicle speed? Does it appear when in park/neutral and can you vary it by revving the engine then?
Nov
25
comment Timing belt sound - time to replace?
+1, To the OP, does the sound get louder when you are accelerating? Mash the gas in neutral (or in a high gear on the road, if you can hear it), and if the puttering gets more pronounced it'd definitely by an exhaust leak.
Nov
25
comment Engine reving and stalls after filling gas tank
And what kind of car do you have? Make, model, year?
Nov
24
answered Step-by-step guide to changing oil of a 2004 Nissan Xterra
Nov
10
comment What essential preparations should I take before winter driving?
There we go. That's what I meant.
Nov
9
comment What essential preparations should I take before winter driving?
Doesn't have much to do with being prepared for the winter, as it does car upkeep.
Nov
9
answered What essential preparations should I take before winter driving?
Nov
5
comment “Flight recorder” for automobiles?
@a-coder - There's also this way: articles.businessinsider.com/2012-04-16/news/…
Nov
5
comment Does torque decrease mathematically?
The torque at the engine will be the same. The torque at the wheels would different. Not sure if it's directly correlated to weight, which is what you seem to be asking.
Nov
5
comment “Flight recorder” for automobiles?
pcworld.com/article/254152/…
Nov
5
comment Thumping from rear of car after shutdown: EVAP system?
I have a similar issue with a 2008 GTI. I was thinking fuel/emissions related. It sounds like a motor/pump of some sort? Mine does this while driving sometimes (and it's not the fuel pump, AFAICT).
Nov
5
answered 1997 turbo Diesel Toyota Hilux Gear Selection Problem
Nov
5
comment How to diagnose ABS problem (ABS light on) on a 1992 Volvo 940 turbo diesel estate?
1992 is OBD-I, which is pretty much proprietary/manufacturer specific diagnostics. Your best bet is a Haynes or similar manual for that model. Otherwise, what Sam Jones said.
Oct
2
comment How can I tell if the AC is discharged?
Is the compressor kicking in?
Oct
2
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Sep
29
comment Car driving experience not smooth
You'll have to be more specific. What isn't smooth? Is it at a certain speed? When turning? When going over rough terrain? What? Also, I highly doubt you can notice any change in engine smoothness after an oil change--save for the placebo effect.
Sep
29
answered Estimate for head removal / reinstall
Sep
29
comment Riding mower won't start with new battery
+1, I'm betting on corroded contacts somewhere (which lower effective voltage), and/or a bad relay.
Sep
23
comment What's a good place to buy after-market auto parts?
This depends wildly on where you are located.
Sep
23
awarded  Critic