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Oct
8
comment Tire compatibility
These winter tires don't happen to be mounted on a second set of wheels, do they?
Oct
8
comment Volkswagen Golf MKV Fault log
The car definitely will not pass inspection with these error codes. Vacuum leaks may be a good place to start looking, or the mass airflow sensor.
Oct
7
comment Volkswagen Golf MKV Fault log
also, both of these codes are emissions related, and the two codes may be symptoms of one root cause (NOx emissions do increase in a lean-burn situation).
Oct
7
comment My 2006 Jetta is making a loud sound and sometimes stalling when I try to accelerate
When you say "totally stall," you mean the engine stops running and you need to use the key to restart the car?
Oct
7
comment My 2006 Jetta is making a loud sound and sometimes stalling when I try to accelerate
@FriendlyGreasemonkey, you say "without a rev limiter," but this car certainly has a rev limiter. Nonetheless, good advice to let off the accelerator.
Oct
7
comment Volkswagen Golf MKV Fault log
what engine in your 2005 Golf?
Oct
4
comment If my brakes overheat, do they need to be replaced?
great info after the link
Sep
30
comment 3 Questions related to fixing/replacing 2005 Toyota Prius bumpers?
Bondo is often less flexible than a plastic bumper cover, and so you may end up with the repair cracking or popping off of the bumper in the future.
Sep
30
comment Swapping the carbs on my ducati m600
You may wish to ask this on a Ducati forum. I'm sure you'll get a fast answer, the Monster has a huge following. If you do come across the answer elsewhere, please be sure to answer your own question here!
Sep
27
comment Is is possible to fit an extra seat belt into a 1998 Suzuki Wangon R+?
Downvoting as simply "drilling a hole in the frame" and using the same torque spec as the other seat belt bolts is definitely not sufficient to ensure the strength and safety of the installation. A seatbelt is a safety device. This project should not be undertaken lightly.
Sep
27
comment Removing scuff marks from paintwork
Many "clear coat safe" products that function as rubbing compounds not sold as "rubbing compound". I'd look for a "scratch remover" or "cleaner compound". In the US, Meguiar's offers ScratchX and DeepCrystal Paint Cleaner, either of which might be appropriate here. At any rate, buy something "clear coat safe"
Sep
27
comment How to avoid damaging clutch while stopping and going uphill
I agree with your braking to a stop technique. keep the car in gear and your foot OFF the clutch for as long as possible. Engine braking like this adds control, and you're ready to accelerate away should the need arise. the Don't hold the footbrake when stationary for more than a few seconds part I think is a bit of an opinion-based non-sequitur, and I think it confuses the "when do I change to neutral" question--one can change to neutral without the use of the parking brake.
Sep
24
comment Can an ELM327 OBD-II reader report on anything other than engine trouble codes for a Mini Cooper?
there isn't necessarily, but there can be--some readers are available that are specifically tailored for one make of vehicle. I have one (VAG-COM) that is tailored for VW/Audi cars and can access multiple computers on the vehicle's CAN-BUS network.
Sep
24
comment Can an ELM327 OBD-II reader report on anything other than engine trouble codes for a Mini Cooper?
I've edited your title to reflect that the question you are asking is actually quite application-specific.
Sep
23
comment Do different brands of the same oil really make a difference?
@SamWhited some really good, well informed information at bobistheoilguy.com
Sep
19
comment My car pulls/stalls after i apply brakes and it makes a loud grinding sound
You mention "pulling" and "stalling" in your title, but offer no further description of these issues. Those are potentially more severe problems than those you described, so perhaps you could offer some clarification here.
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
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
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!).