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Feb
20
comment How to remove droplets of paint on my car?
I wouldn't discount the clay bar option. This has become my go-to method of removing stuff like tar spots, bugs, etc. In my experience, it can remove some pretty hard-stuck stuff.
Feb
6
comment Can I use EP 80W/90 oil instead of EP90 oil?
asked and answered answered on diy.sx
Jan
29
comment Extremely high then fluctuating idle at very cold temperatures
@R I did a cursory search online and was surprised that I didn't find a clear reference to the behavior. I have personal experience with an old carburated Accord DX hatchback that did exactly this, but only when the car was in neutral (if i remember correctly).
Jan
24
comment Old winter tires on new 2013 Toyota Highlander?
@Scott I'm not aware of a reverse-lookup for wheel and tire fitments. There may be such a tool. However, I expect the reason you're asking is you're now looking to get rid of your old wheels and tires. In this case, just list their sizes and specifications in an ad in the local classifieds. There are plenty of folks shopping who know what they're looking for. I'd try "used snow tires mounted on (steel? alloy?) wheels. 255/60-R17 on 17" wheels with 5x100 bolt pattern. came off of 2001 outback, but may fit other vehicles"
Jan
13
comment Proper use of The Club?
Yes. First turn the wheel, then remove the key from the ignition.
Jan
8
comment Blazer overheating in cold temperatures
not too wordy. well reported. +1
Jan
8
comment Blazer overheating in cold temperatures
Coolant temp sensor alone wouldn't explain all the symptoms, since at one point while the gauge was reading high the pressure limiting radiator cap was triggered. At that point the car was actually running hot, not just reading hot.
Jan
8
comment Is it efficient to use the cabin heat in my car?
Yup. You've got to reject the engine's operating heat somewhere. With the heater on, some of the engines operating heat warms up the car's cabin. With the heater off, all that heat is rejected outside the car. The cabin air blower is not a large power draw, especially at lower speeds. Enjoy the heat. NOW, if you drive an electric car, the story is different. In that case, bundle up! The heat is an electric resistance element, so you're directly trading heat for range. Hybrids can provide heat like a conventional vehicle, or they might have some extra equipment including electric heaters, etc.
Dec
20
comment GOLF 5 GTD gas error led
@albanx that is quite an ambiguous answer. Allan Osborne offered two options. Which is it?
Dec
18
comment Inside radiator coming off?
@James I'm guessing it was like that prior to the flush as well. Doubtful that this much corrosion/deposits (not sure from the picture whether these spots are missing finish material with corrosion on the substrate resulting, or deposited material from somewhere else) would show up in a day.
Dec
17
comment Wires Coming Out Of Center Console
I think it's an indicator light for the lock on the secret compartment. Or the "armed" light for the passenger ejector seat.
Dec
17
comment Inside radiator coming off?
you think that when you started flushing the system that the filler neck didn't look like that?
Dec
16
comment Change in exhaust note after extreme backfires--what did I break?
@Larry apparently these bikes are known for flooding and hard-starting in extreme cold, so the simplest explanation may hold.
Dec
16
comment Change in exhaust note after extreme backfires--what did I break?
I left out the part about how I started with a near-dead battery, which may have precipitated/exacerbated the flooding. As I said, not a fun morning.
Dec
16
comment Change in exhaust note after extreme backfires--what did I break?
@Larry It ran great a week prior. Do you mean as a result of the backfiring?
Dec
12
comment 2007 Chevrolet Impala over Heating
When you say "no heat at idle" are you talking about not getting any heat to the cabin of the car, or that the radiator is not getting hot?
Dec
11
comment Old winter tires on new 2013 Toyota Highlander?
this does not address the question as stated by the author
Dec
6
comment Damage to Audi differential with new front tires and old rear tires
See Should one fit the least-worn tires to the rear wheels?
Dec
6
comment Failed emissions - high lambda, low HC and CO
Is it just me or do the CO and HC readings look to be in the stated "normal" range?
Dec
6
comment air conditioner no longer working in 2005 Chevy Impala?
This is a very good answer that could be further improved by some thoughtful formatting. At a minimum some line breaks would help readability. Your procedure could be turned into a numbered list to highlight the step-by-step nature.