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bio website jbazuzi.blogspot.com
location Port Townsend, WA
age 40
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
seen Jul 30 '13 at 20:02

Former member of C# team at Microsoft. Now a stay-at-home dad and DIY homesteader.


Jul
22
comment Why wasn't my engine getting fuel?
Yes, I did. But tarnish is still worth looking at. Thanks.
Jul
22
comment Why wasn't my engine getting fuel?
Thanks. It happened again today. More investigation is required.
Jun
4
comment Getting unexpectedly low mileage for Honda Fit 2012
How reliable are those dashboard MPG readouts? I measure my MPG by setting my trip meter when I fill the tank; at the next fillup, I use the power of division.
Jun
4
comment Getting unexpectedly low mileage for Honda Fit 2012
Remember that the EPA MPG rating is somewhat artificial, and so you shouldn't expect similar numbers from actual driving.
Feb
19
comment Why no alternate (hand-cranked, spring-loaded) starter for a car?
My old motorcycle (1978 Honda CB400T2) had kick start, electric start, and could be push-started at walking speed. I kept riding for weeks after my battery died - no big deal.
Jan
1
comment Stubborn oil drain plug caused by hot oil?
Adjustable wrenches put all the torque on 2 points. Socket and box wrenches put it on 6 points. They also fit better, putting the force on the ends of the flats instead of the points. Some 6 sided wrenches even have curved faces, putting the force in the middle of the flats.
Feb
15
comment What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?
Why? Is the battery dead and he wants to charge it 1 time? Or does he leave his car idle for months at a time and he wants to keep the battery topped off?
Sep
20
comment How do I know when to change my spark plug
Post a pic of your spark plug and we can help you diagnose the cause.
Sep
16
comment What are the tradeoffs for positive vs. negative ground?
I'm not convinced. Even if you touch 2 vehicles with different grounds, you won't complete a circuit, as the non-ground side of the battery is isolated. Right?
Sep
15
comment Are there any advantages of idling a vehicle vs. turning it off and back on again?
Diesel engines are very efficient at idle.
Apr
21
comment How to convert a gasoline powered vehicle to all electric.
It's normal for 30-50mph to take longer, as there's more wind resistance. Is this surprising?
Apr
21
comment How to convert a gasoline powered vehicle to all electric.
@rajah9: I don't know what units you're using in "0-30" but regardless, there is no universal correlation between battery technology and vehicle speed. There are many other factors involved that make such a statement hopeless.
Apr
14
comment How to convert a gasoline powered vehicle to all electric.
@rajah9: I'm thinking of the Prius, where a replacement battery pack is $2200 - $2600 (goo.gl/bKMij). Deep cycle SLA is great for stationary applications (off-grid house) and are easier to charge and maintain. Lithium and NiMH batteries are a fraction of the size and weight at a multiple of the cost, which makes sense when you they have to carry themselves and the chassis weight is low. LiFePO4 is usually the right choice on a bicycle.
Mar
19
comment Oil change checklist
A service manual (Clymer, Hanes, or perhaps the manufacturer's) will give you instructions for regular maintenance. Also, this question sets the tone for a non-professional site.
Mar
16
comment The headlights dim to almost off when I turn off the engine. How do I test the battery?
The exact thing you want them to tell you is the CCA of the battery. Not just "good/bad".
Mar
15
comment Pros/cons of higher capacity car battery?
@PterisCaune: It's non-trivial. Make a new question <grin>
Mar
13
comment How to diagnose a starter motor that does not work
@JeremyP: Holding a 12.7V charge doesn't tell you anything. It may only be able to provide that at very low loads. Hence, the CCA test.
Mar
12
comment Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time.
@Iszi: Sea Foam in the tank won't do much to help the engine start. If gum is causing it to run roughly, Sea Foam can clear out the gum. If it's too gummed to start, you'll need to do something more drastic - overhaul the carburetor, for example.
Mar
12
comment How to diagnose a starter motor that does not work
@JeremyP: Please charge the battery to full with a smart charger, let it rest for 24 hours, and then have it tested. It's hard to draw conclusions about anything else if your battery is bad.
Mar
12
comment Things to consider when building a stroker small block Chevrolet
I worry that this question is too broad to produce a good answer.