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Jan
21
comment Can OBD-II be used to control the vehicle?
Exactly. Beyond resetting fuel trims and whatnot, the advanced stuff is manufacturer specific--and you'd likely need the manufacturer's proprietary OBD-II tool to mess with it. Like a GM Tech II and whatnot. There are also 3rd party companies that make tools to reprogram fuel tables and 'tune' the car. But I know of no generic tool that can increase the throttle or do anything very specific like that.
Jan
20
comment Engine Heat Indicator effects
@MikeyMouse AC removes moisture to keep it comfortable in case it's really humid out. Also, it can clear up foggy windows. Some auto HVAC systems (Ford, GM, Chrysler, at least) will engage the AC automatically if you set it to defrost for just that reason. Also, the "Why blow cold air" was just in jest.
Jan
10
comment Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)
While true in general, manufacturers have designed the starter and battery to withstand the worst case stop-and-go traffic. They're also battery level thresholds in case voltage drops too low. It wouldn't be a stretch to assume they've engineered bearing tolerances or even "Accusump" like solution to minimize engine wear.
Jan
10
comment 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Check Engine Light is on and has started regularly sputtering
You can usually Google trouble codes to get a description of the code. I've edited your post with my results from searching. It doesn't work for every make/model, as manufacturers tend to make up their own hard to decipher codes, but there is a standard.
Jan
7
comment What to do if your car breaks down a LONG way from home?
I don't think OP was referring to driving through a conflict zone. Then again, I could be wrong.
Dec
10
comment Unable to start engine - unable to unlock ignition key Citroen C3
Is your steering wheel lock interfering? Similar question: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/8585/key-wont-turn-inside/…
Dec
10
comment Driving electric cars through large pools of water
Well, do you have a Fisker Karma? sayanythingblog.com/entry/…
Nov
18
comment How stable is voltage in a 12V car outlet?
Definitely. If it's connected directly to the battery it's not regulated. Typically this is in cars that still have actual lighters (that draw a ton of current), or are still emulating that for one reason or another. My Focus has regulated output (and you can't really fit a real lighter in it).
Nov
7
comment Is an 50 ft/lb air wrench (not impact wrench) strong enough to remove brake assemblies
Also, do you mean air ratchet (since you can't fit an impact)? Those won't have any where near enough torque to loosen, but they are nice to remove already loosened bolts.
Nov
7
comment Is an 50 ft/lb air wrench (not impact wrench) strong enough to remove brake assemblies
Depends on the torque applied to the fastener and any extra torque required to break free any corrosion since it was set. We need more information.
Oct
24
comment What are reverse lights used for besides showing intention to reverse?
I've been fooled by this on a couple of occasions. They really should not be using the reverse lights.
Aug
23
comment 1997 Honda Civic won't start; stuck in park
Without power, the brake shift interlock will not function, hence not shifting out of park without the interlock release. Have you checked battery cable conditions?
Jan
23
comment steering angle sensor in indian cars
Please add more information about the specific car to your original post. This is like asking if steering wheel sensors are in American cars. Some have them, some don't.
Oct
16
comment Radiator and coolant ports
Did you check the radiator itself, or the overflow tank? If you lost coolant through a leak, the overflow would not be a good indicator of the level. You would need to check the pressurized system--after it's cooled off and no longer pressurized!
Oct
16
comment Honda Accord 2003 Wont start on cool or cold days
Is the engine turning over at all when you try to start on a cold day? If not, do you hear any 'click' noises as you turn the key to try? There's too many possibilities without more information.
Oct
7
comment CVT on 6 cylinder cars
I'm willing to bet that's it. It's probably a long-term reliability thing. All these new CVTs have yet to prove themselves with lots of power. Otherwise racers would be all over it (sanctioning body rules excepted).
Sep
16
comment How to identify transmission issues
That sounds like a pretty hard jerk.
Sep
7
comment Access car settings with aftermarket radio
+1 For going the extra mile.
Sep
7
comment 1998 GMC Suburban Air Conditioner
Sounds like you have a slow leak.
Sep
5
comment Trip computer reported MPG with engine remap or chip
@mac, Yes, accurate fuel consumption is read from VSS and fuel injector pulse width data. That gives you all you need. The formula you mention early assumes a perfect 14.7 combustion, which is not always the case (richer during warmup and acceleration, leaner during decel and cruise).