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Sep
19
answered My car pulls/stalls after i apply brakes and it makes a loud grinding sound
Sep
19
answered Engine-wise, how damaging is oil burning?
Sep
18
answered Offroad Kit - Are the brakes replaced?
Sep
17
comment Camry 1994 antenna doesn't go down all the way
you may wish to try lubricating the antenna first if you have not already. Various sources recommend either powdered graphite, silicone spray, or paste wax. Avoid anything "wet" like a traditional oil as it can attract dust and gum up the works.
Sep
17
revised Mixing antifreeze?
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Sep
17
answered Mixing antifreeze?
Sep
16
comment Wheel will not come off, may be bent around hub
I like a 3--4 foot length of pressure treated 6x6" post as a battering ram. If possible, hit the bottom edge of the wheel/tire from the inside of the vehicle. As Nick said, don't remove the nuts/bolts completely. Penetrating oil can help as well.
Sep
13
comment Why do blinkers of two cars never blink synchronously
Good write up on thermal switches. More recently solid-state flasher relays have been entering the marketplace that do not operate on this principle and may theoretically be far more consistent in their blink rate. These are often used when someone has converted from incandescent to LED bulbs for turn signal lighting, as they fix the "fast blink" condition that would result with a thermal relay and low-current-draw LEDs.
Sep
13
answered Steering wheel shakes when braking at high speeds
Sep
12
answered Wiper motor voltage troubleshooting
Sep
12
comment drove without #3 cylinder plug wire. Help!
is this a traditional coil/distributor ignition system? It may be time to consider a new coil (after checking the wire between the coil and distributor, of course!).
Sep
12
revised Can an improper jump start cause damage to the starter motor?
added specificity to title
Sep
10
reviewed Edit Gearbox Swap '93 model mitsubishi triton MJ
Sep
10
revised Gearbox Swap '93 model mitsubishi triton MJ
punctuation and formatting
Sep
6
comment Slower Engine Start When “Cold”
you should hold the key in the "start" position until the engine fires up on its own.
Sep
6
comment Access car settings with aftermarket radio
I would think the answer is "almost certainly not". This settings menu is likely to use some kind of proprietary interface that it wouldn't make sense for a stereo manufacturer to bother supporting.
Sep
6
comment What is happening when a two-stroke engine is said to be “four-stroking”?
"not an ignitable mixture"
Sep
6
comment What is happening when a two-stroke engine is said to be “four-stroking”?
...Then again--the exhaust gasses might be completely inert, and therefore the air-to-fuel ratio of the non-inert, new charge would still be correct (neither rich or lean) as metered by the carb, there just might not be enough fresh air and fuel to make a meaningful power stroke.
Sep
6
comment What is happening when a two-stroke engine is said to be “four-stroking”?
This is a fantastic answer, and I definitely learned something new. However, I feel your intuition about the miss being due to the mixture being "too lean to ignite" may be incorrect. The presence of exhaust gasses rather than fresh air/fuel means there's a deficiency of oxygen, which would be a rich condition, rather than a lean condition.
Sep
6
revised Weak front brake on dirt bike
added bleed process; added 253 characters in body