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May
12
comment Chevy Cruze with a funny sound when applying the brakes. The drums, pads and shoes among other things were replaced
Please describe the noise. 'Funny' doesn't tell us anything. If it is a squeal or a grind then we have a range of questions which cover this off so use the search function first.
May
3
comment Shutting off fans at highway speeds
Yeah - the power requirement for AC is almost all the compressor. The fans on these things are low power as they don't need to move air fast, just keep it moving.
Apr
29
comment Amp Install Question. Splice in pre or post factory amp?
So do you have a separate factory head and amp or is it all in one system?
Apr
29
comment When I remove a spark plug is it bad news if dirt or grime falls into the engine
Had to Google Shop vac as I had only ever heard of it in the context of a Jonathan Coulton song. Yes, vacuuming can work well.
Apr
28
comment Switching from Reverse to Drive - always stop completely?
This is only true for some cars, generally newer ones. This can damage many older cars.
Apr
27
comment Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)
This doesn't really answer the question.
Apr
19
comment Trunk lid release
It sounds like he is getting the solenoid to pop but not when the trunk is almost closed, which would make me think more about worn wiring...
Apr
16
comment How reliable is a second-hand Subaru 2.5 RS 04-05?
Think I got to 150k in my first, 120k in my second and am on 80 in my third. Each change has been to get a faster one, not because of mechanicals :-)
Apr
13
comment What is the likelihood that my crankshaft is warped?
I would think it shouldn't warp your crankshaft but I am interested to know if anyone has experience in this area.
Apr
12
comment High-pitched squealing coming from engine
Firstly, have you read the related question in the sidebar to the right? mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/232/…
Mar
27
comment What are the benefits of premium (high octane) petrol?
Hi cinelli - while correct, this doesn't really add anything to the answers already given.
Mar
23
comment What angle should my projector headlights be at?
When posting content from other sites, please check that their licencing allows this, and in any case you need to give attribution -forums.clubrsx.com/showthread.php?t=464202
Mar
16
comment 2006 Nissan Titan makes odd sound, but only at certain speeds
If it is only at those speeds then there is a resonance somewhere. Do those speeds correspond to a specific RPM? If so then there is something related to engine speed - perhaps mounts. If it is not related to RPM then check wheels, shocks, bearings etc
Mar
15
comment What modifications need to be made to an engine to enable higher safe RPMs?
Was an excellent documentary just on the stresses in F1 engines at 18000rpm. Astonishing that they don't just rip themselves to pieces, as they are so close to the limit of manufacturing capability.
Mar
13
comment why do engines have so much unused horsepower?
For an example, my car has a small 2.5 litre Japanese engine, but it is highly tuned and gets nearly 400bhp - which translates to an acceleration time to 60mph of 4.2 seconds. But the top speed is under 200mph because it is not an aerodynamic car - it is shaped like a brick.
Feb
23
comment Should I clean the engine area
Wow, that does make us in the UK sound like a bunch of arsonists:-/
Feb
19
comment Car randomly stalls (driving or stationary), then generally kicks back in or starts back up straight away
If your revs drop to zero while you are coasting along in gear then I'd be very concerned - is the speedo electronic?
Feb
15
comment Rubbing noise when driving with clutch engaged?
If you don't have the necessary lift or stands in your garage I'd probably suggest taking it along to a local mechanic. This will also have the advantage that they can listen as well, and will be in a very good position to identify the noise.
Feb
5
comment How to lubricate automotive locks?
See @metalheart's answer - a spray lubricant like WD40 is the best and simplest option here.
Feb
5
comment How to lubricate automotive locks?
Agreed - this is what I have used in the past. It avoids stickiness, although you will want to place an absorbent towel below the keyhole to soak up excess lubricant.