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Oct
14
comment Are there any double-DIN bluetooth stereo system that can connect to multiple devices at once?
The problem is that the result of "Are there any Xs that do Y?" and "Which X should I buy?" is the same: a speedily-obsolete list that's also a potential spam magnet. I don't think there's a good way to ask this on a Stack Exchange site.
Oct
9
comment Correct procedure and cost repair BMW timing chain (BMW 318ti)
My point in my comment -- which I don't seem to have expressed clearly -- was that there's no inherent reason for the previous owner to have replaced the chain at 86k. Thus, it's indicative of a possible problem, something the purchaser should be aware of and maybe investigate for related issues.
Oct
9
comment Correct procedure and cost repair BMW timing chain (BMW 318ti)
I don't seem to have spoken clearly. My thought was not that you should worry about replacing it again, but that there may be an important reason, which you need to know about, for the previous owner to have replaced the chain. There's no reason -- again, AFAIK -- under normal usage for him to have needed to do so; thus to my mind it's a suspicious detail in the car's history. There could be other problems that are related but either latent or just plain unfixed.
Oct
1
comment Correct procedure and cost repair BMW timing chain (BMW 318ti)
Find out why the chain was replaced. As far as I know, a BMW's timing chain shouldn't generally need replacement anywhere near 86k.
Aug
23
comment What material should I look for in an oil drain plug gasket?
The job of a washer that doesn't deform is just to spread load out over the workpiece. I don't know if that's necessary, and in any case it would only happen if the washer's outer diameter is larger than the plug's. Out of curiosity, what metal is the current washer?
Aug
20
comment AC Recharge- What did I do wrong?
This answer is not particularly useful given that the OP acknowledged in the question that DIY A/C service is generally fault-prone. The question asks specifically what the fault might be in this case.
Aug
12
comment How do you anticipate battery failure in advance?
It's also possible to load test the battery using the starter motor and a decent multimeter, which is a more general-purpose tool. If the battery voltage drops below (IIRC) 9.6 while cranking, it fails the load test.
Jul
19
comment A better way to support the camera
If you're willing to stick mounting material like Velcro semi-permanently to the dashboard, there's also sugru!
Jul
12
comment Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure
Head gaskets are a bit of a bummer on Subies, @Paulster2, since there's two of them.
Jul
11
comment Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure
Your title says "reservoir tank" -- can you confirm that you're talking about the plastic bottle hanging off the back of the radiator?
Jul
10
comment Car wouldn't start apparently due to weak battery, but did start after I added coolant
Missing coolant might mean a head gasket problem, unless, as Juann mentioned, you actually see coolant on the ground.
May
27
comment Should I disconnect the battery when working on my instrument cluster
Another issue I've been warned about is that, when working in the front seat, you want to be sure that the airbag system is completely unpowered so that there's no chance of it going off literally in your face because of an accidental discharge/short.
May
25
comment Gas pedal not responding
Make sure the pedal itself moves freely. While you're down there looking at it, I believe you'll see a rod connected to it, passing through the firewall. The other end (in the engine compartment) should be connected to the throttle cable. The cable needs to be reasonably tight (spec for tightness should be in your repair manual), and not kinked or damaged. The end of the cable should connect to some kind of spring-loaded lever on throttle itself; check for free movement/good connection/general soundness there too.
May
25
comment Gas pedal not responding
Have you checked the pedal itself, the throttle, and especially the throttle cable?
May
20
comment Is this repair estimate for misfiring and fuel trim on a '98 Mercedes reasonable?
What denomination are those amounts? Pesos, pounds, rupees, US dollars?
May
12
comment 02 Accord, rough idle and hessitates when cold
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May
11
comment 02 Accord, rough idle and hessitates when cold
Larry, bruce doesn't currently have the "vote up" privilege.
May
7
comment Hood won't open
Sure thing; hope you get it open.
May
7
comment Hood won't open
Uploaded. It took me a bit to get my own grille off!
May
7
comment Hood won't open
Would you like another picture, of the bare assembly, or do you know what you're looking at?