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Jul
11
comment Honda hybrid fan on after engine off
I just realised that if the car shuts down the combustion engine while I'm idling at red traffic lights (which is what hybrid cars do), the fan had never turned on for that, even after two minutes. Then isn't the engine controller/computer "hypocritical", in not averting engine block meltdown in one case but not the other?
Jun
23
comment Honda hybrid fan on after engine off
... she/her ...
Jun
20
comment Honda hybrid fan on after engine off
Why then is it found only in my Honda, which has a diminutive 1.3L engine? Why? Aren't other cars, with larger and newer engines also of Al content cooling their engines down? I mean, in the parking lot just outside the doors of the office, my car is the odd one out. People would be walking pass my car and hearing this fan sound from a motionless car like as though the engine is still on.
Jan
19
comment OBD2 and CAN-bus
What was used prior to 2008?
Jan
8
comment How will I know clutch pads need replacing?
Whoever voted this down, fyi, I read that "Although the clutch is normally nested between the pressure plate and the flywheel, thus invisible unless dismantled, some vehicles may have an exposed clutch surface that can be visually inspected without removing the clutch."
Jan
6
comment How will I know clutch pads need replacing?
If the clutch pad is bad, why would changing of gears stick? The changing of gears would not involve the pads, would they? Because, one could change gears without issue but the issue should happen when I release the pedal to re-engage the transmission, after changing gears not before. My question is about manual transmission.
Nov
11
comment Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil
'oil so cheap compared to the price of the car" the price I paid for the car is half the price my colleague paid to repair his new subaru.
Nov
11
comment Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil
green.autoblog.com/2011/03/16/…. Looks like if my oil is still golden and viscous, why not use it than to let Valvoline harvest it?
Oct
30
comment Is it okay to run aviation fuel (100 low-lead) in a dirt bike?
And airlines are allowed to foul up the air with leaded fumes?
Oct
30
comment 2002 Ford Explorer won't start
Does the 2002 Ford Explorer have an IC in the key, such that it wouldn't start with a duplicated key? My car has the same problem. I figured that the proximity sensing was not too perfect especially on rainy days - and all I had to do was pull the key out and turn it over and reinsert the key and my car starts.
Oct
30
comment High pitch whistle at a very particular throttle level
Does it sound like your serpentine belt needing tension adjustment? Is it a whistle or a screech?
Oct
30
comment Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil
A gallon of oil used to be $9.00, 20 years ago. That was cheap. The last time I checked at autozone it was $25. The price of oil has gone up 275%, and health insurance went up 600%, but my paycheck has gone up only 20%.
Oct
22
comment Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil
The question is asking for an explanation on molecular degradation/integrity of the oil and correlation to the goldenness and viscosity of the oil, and if hypermiling helps in reducing degradation - regardless if car got totalled.
Oct
22
comment Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil
No ... someone should understand the breakdown process at the molecular level and let us know rather than flailing our arms wildly.
Oct
21
comment Hyper-miling and stress on engine oil
Consumer reports article does not seem to agree with your statement " ... it's seldom worthwhile to stretch oil change intervals. An oil change is cheap insurance against larger engine problems." It says, do not change the oil unnecessarily.
Oct
4
comment How to reduce engine drag
When I wrote 4th gear - I should actually mean 5th gear. And yes, still true, without much effort, in the summer, my Honda could gets me 52 mpg as long as I don't drive faster than 55mph. And they won't let me use the HOV lane even though I get better mpg than Prius.
Jun
3
comment How to reduce engine drag
Your statement is not true. I am cruising down hill at a slight slope of 2 deg. My Honda Civic runs at 40 mph on the highest (4th) gear. I lift my foot off the gas pedal, the idling engine drags it down to 30 mph. I step on the clutch to free the clutch, the car gradually slips back into 40 mph. Is that not called engine drag slowing down the car by an idling engine?
May
31
comment How to reduce engine drag
On a long country road drive travelling at 2-3 degrees down slope at 40 mph, the idling engine on highest gear drags the car down to 30 mph. If I accelerated it back to 40 mph and then freed the clutch, it would sustain 40 mph.
May
31
comment How to reduce engine drag
For the Prius, if you lift your foot off the pedal, magnetic braking takes effect. However, if you depress the pedal a little to keep it cruising, you can achieve a state where there is neither electric input to the motors nor combustion engine activity. Therefore, the question - why won't auto makers transfer that technology to non-hybrid cars?