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May
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comment Heavy Towing 2007 Chevy Avalanche 5.3L
@Paulster2 I know what the gross weight of the truck is. But to figure out your "everyday" weight or what the truck will weigh as a tow vehicle, manufacturer-quoted curb weight is more relevant than the GVWR, unless you plan to drive around with four people and a bed full of cargo all day long.
May
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comment Heavy Towing 2007 Chevy Avalanche 5.3L
@Paulster2 Gross or curb weight? My 2004 Suburban 1500 which is virtually the same vehicle has a curb weight of 5300 lb. I don't usually tow full up on passengers and cargo, so the latter is probably more accurate than the GVWR.
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answered A/C on older cars.
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answered Diesel engine starting / first start of the day problems
Mar
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comment Charger doesn't stay put in cigarette lighter outlet
I can confirm that this is a problem with socket diameters. European manufacturers seem generally to be build the sockets to a slightly different spec. I've had problems with any charger I've tried in an early-2000s VW New Beetle until applying the rubber O-ring hack suggested by @jase above.
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answered How to tell if an 08 CTS has a limited-slip differential?
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revised Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce
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comment Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce
I've never heard "top" nor "header" used to describe the cylinder head in idiomatic American English. As Mike Saull points out, a "header" is a special kind of exhaust manifold. "Top end" sometimes is used to mean the cylinder head, camshaft (in OHC engines), and the valvetrain as a unit—as in a "top end rebuild."
Jul
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answered Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce
Jul
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comment 2002 Chevy Malibu spark plugs
The real answer, unfortunately, is "don't buy a car with a transverse V engine if you want to be able to do your own maintenance."
Jul
10
comment identify suspension leak on motorcycle
Can you clarify what exactly you're asking? From "mono suspension" I'm guessing you're talking about a motorcycle. By "leaks" do you mean fork oil leaking from seals (or elsewhere), or air leaking from a combination oil/air-pressurized shock such as found on Honda Prolink bikes?
Jul
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comment How should I go about zeroing dial calipers?
Can you post a picture? I've never seen dial calipers that weren't zeroed by simply setting the caliper points together snugly and then turning an adjustment screw to set the reading to 0.
Jun
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comment Change thermostat preemptively or wait for signs of problems?
@R.. : I think replacing hoses as preventative maintenance is also "automotive urban legend" Sorry, I think you are completely wrong here. I have seen way too many 10-15-year-old cars with cracked or squishy hoses. Rubber is the fastest thing to degrade under the hood of a car. Replacing the hoses is cheap insurance compared to total loss of coolant and overheating, especially considering how many engines have aluminum heads nowadays (which can be warped or cracked and destroyed by a single episode of overheating).
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answered What do I need to put rear shocks on my 1982 Yamaha Maxim XJ 750?
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revised Clutchless shifting and long term maintenance
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