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Jan
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answered What exactly is a clutch?
Dec
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Dec
17
comment Subaru Forester XT has a hissing sound under acceleration and lacks power
The question is really about how a Forester should accelerate, not really why it isn't. But It's not really a mechanic question anyway, so no hard feelings.
Dec
14
comment what is difference between DOHC and SOHC?
Also Subaru had an SOHC 16-valve 4 cylinder :)
Dec
1
answered Burning a lot of oil. Need tips to reduce!
Nov
2
answered Naturally Aspirated to Turbocharged
Oct
20
comment Can a conventional car be used to charge an electric car?
But gas-powered cars are icky and stupid.
Oct
20
comment Can a conventional car be used to charge an electric car?
Even if you could, why would you?
Oct
16
comment Where is Cadillac CTS 2007 3.6 OBD2 connector?
I don't know, but I had another GM vehicle where the connector was under the plastic panel by the gear lever. In most cars, they're underneath the steering wheel somewhere.
Oct
12
comment New oval car speakers.Which size?
I really thought "oval speakers" only came in 6"x9". We just call them six-by-nines.
Oct
8
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Oct
7
comment Ticking noise when accelerating
UPDATE: My Forester also makes that damned noise! It's usually thought to be incorrect valve to cam clearance, a stuck valve or wrong oil.
Oct
6
comment How to become a self-taught amateur mechanic?
Get a Haynes manual for your bike if they have one.
Oct
6
comment How to become a self-taught amateur mechanic?
Have you considered taking night classes at a college?
Oct
6
answered How to become a self-taught amateur mechanic?
Oct
2
comment Does using heat in the car SAVE gas?
Turboes don't improve efficiency by scavenging heat. They improve efficiency by artificially increasing the Volumetric Efficiency.
Oct
2
comment Does using heat in the car SAVE gas?
It would depend mostly on what temperature the engine runs optimally at. E.g. the GM Z20LET engine is most efficient at a very toasty 97 degrees celcius. If you bring that temp down significantly, e.g. to 85, your consumption suffers slightly. You also increase wear and tear, which indirectly indicates that the engine has to work harder, and hence uses more fuel.
Oct
2
comment Does using heat in the car SAVE gas?
Hey, I'm famous!
Oct
2
comment Ford Escort overheats when switching FROM highway TO city driving
Quick question: How would you check whether the lower radiator hose collapses while you rev the car?
Sep
29
comment What is the effect of adding more cylinders to an engine design?
Well yes and no. Piston size impacts RPM more than the length (and weight) of the crank. Which is why performance engines all have cylinders in the 500cc range. E.g. All Audi petrol engines for instance have roughly the same red line (I think around 7000RPM), from their lowly 4-cylinder 2.0 liter, right up to the 10-cylinder 5.2 liter. what they all have in common is a roughly identical cylinder capacity of 500cc. I'm not saying you're wrong, just that piston size is a much bigger factor than rotational mass.