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comment What to Inspect / Clean / Change After Buying a Used Car Without A Service Record
possible duplicate of Maintenance on used car with unknown history
Mar
25
comment 1974 VW Bug Headliner
Can you be more specific about the procedure and equipment you used? Just asking for more suggestions doesn't seem likely to produce any new information for you, without knowing where you're starting from.
Mar
24
comment More economic to buy new car and sell quickly or buy a used one?
You might have a look at the Personal Finance & Money site; please check if this has already been asked there, however.
Mar
24
comment More economic to buy new car and sell quickly or buy a used one?
This question is off-topic because it's about finance, not repair and maintenance.
Mar
21
comment Maximum resting 12V car battery voltage
It sounds like you want to power an electrical device in your car only when the engine is running. If checking the charging system voltage isn't working, there should be another circuit that you could use. Ignition for one, although you probably don't want to touch that. Tach/engine speed sensor or fuel pump might be an option for your "engine on" signal.
Mar
19
comment Why do open differentials drive the wheels on the ground when a vehicle drives on two?
The second step in the Car and Driver article you linked is to weld the differential shut. It also says "High-skiing for long distances requires specially built tires". Doesn't modificaiton seem like the most likely explanation here? (Interesting post, though, for sure!)
Mar
18
comment How inaccurate is the stock wideband 02 sensor in the SG9 Subaru Forester XT at WOT
What about turning this around? See if you can find the info for any sensor and install that one in place of the original.
Mar
17
comment Intermittent starting trouble with new battery
Loose connection at the starter motor was my first thought. Check all your electrical cables.
Mar
12
comment Knock sensor ground and dieletric grease
What was your original reason for replacing the sensor?
Mar
7
comment What are reasons my engine would sputter when turning off?
possible duplicate of Car diesels after shutoff
Mar
5
comment Failed inspection on because of OBD2 readiness
It's very unlikely that you will be immediately prohibited from driving the car on test failure. You should have a certain period of time to do whatever is necessary to fix the problem and re-take the test. Beyond that, some states have maximum repair costs for emissions-related problems, and you can get a waiver if the situation is serious enough. Look at your state DMV/RMV site, or scan AAA's list of state-by-state summaries.
Mar
3
comment 07 Subaru Forester XT Electric window not working intermittently
This is an "automatic" switch, right? You hit the switch once, and without having to hold it down, the window rolls until either it's completely open or you stop it with the switch.
Mar
3
comment CA: Dispose of car with past due tags/registration?
This question is off-topic because it's about law, not maintenance and repair.
Mar
1
comment What parts are usually changed when the timing belt is replaced?
Don't forget cam and crank oil seals while you're in there, too. Another thing you'd have to do the whole job over again for. @RobertS.Barnes
Mar
1
comment Burned spark plug melted cylinder head
"overhead coil" should be "overheated coil"?
Feb
26
comment Proper way to do maintenance on an air bag system (SRS)?
The procedures I've seen for working on or in the vicinity of the airbag always involve disconnecting the battery and then standing on the brake pedal for 60-90 seconds. That makes me think there's a whopping big capacitor in there somewhere which you are draining with the relatively high load of the rear lights.
Feb
24
comment What to Inspect / Clean / Change After Buying a Used Car Without A Service Record
Yes, @RobertS.Barnes, the insulation can become worn or cracked from heat, movement, and sometimes fluid spills/sprays. The wire itself can deteriorate over time for similar reasons and stop being able to hold the right voltage. mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/3455 tells you how to do a quick inspection.
Feb
18
comment Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?
You can't upload images bigger than 2MB, for future reference.
Feb
18
comment I lubed a sticky throttle and now it's worse, but only in the cold
Another thing to check is that the cable is at the right tightness. Should be somewhere in the range of 1/8" to 1/4" deflection. The lever should not move instantly when you press/pull on the cable, but it shouldn't take an overly large amount of cable movement either.
Feb
18
comment I lubed a sticky throttle and now it's worse, but only in the cold
The engine will always idle high when it's cold. Have you watched the throttle while someone else steps on the gas (gear in neutral, handbrake on, obviously)? Is it sticking?