dodgethesteamroller

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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."
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answered Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce
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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?
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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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comment 2001 Pontiac Grand Am SE oil in the coolant
Common issue as @cinelli says with the 3.8-liter V6 in GM cars from that period (1995-2002 or so), less common but still not unheard of with the 3.1-liter V6. The good thing is that since it happens so frequently, you should have no problem finding a mechanic who has done the job before and can do it for minimum cost. If the car is otherwise in good condition, it's worth replacing the intake manifold—the GM V-6, apart from this particular problem, is a good reliable engine that will last a long time.
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answered Clutchless shifting and long term maintenance
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revised Why are drum brakes still fitted on Ford's cars?
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revised Why are drum brakes still fitted on Ford's cars?
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comment Why are drum brakes still fitted on Ford's cars?
@mac: Good point. The only cars I've seen like that are '80s Saabs, but I can believe there are others. Edited my answer.
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answered Why are drum brakes still fitted on Ford's cars?
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comment 2000 VW Golf TDi (Mk. 4) grey smoke from exhaust before engine has warmed up
@theUg: Yes, US models usually but not always will turn on the Check Engine light when the glow plug resistance checks wrong or uneven across the four. I don't know about the equivalent in other countries. For what it's worth, here is a thread about glow plug problems on TDIs that suggests that the harness can easily be damaged or the connectors to the plugs dislodged when servicing them. Sounds to me like it's possible that one or more of the plug wires wasn't securely attached to the plugs when they were changed and has come loose.