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comment Low beam headlights out, High beam working
When you say "the wire is hot", you mean temperature -- hot to touch -- not "electrically hot"?
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comment Transmission sticky for first 10 mins of driving
You've never had shifting problems before? What have the transmission oil change intervals been? Did they flush the old oil or just drain it?
Apr
13
comment How to replace balljoint?
Can you include a picture of your control arms?
Apr
13
comment How to replace balljoint?
Eric the Car Guy has a video where he puts a new ball joint into an Acura or Honda front control arm. Not sure how closely that will match yours, but it might give you the gist of the thing. Actual ball joint replacement starts at about 2:50.
Apr
13
comment How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?
For really stubborn nuts, it's definitely best to hunt down a true breaker bar, with a 1/2" connector if possible -- the sturdier, the better. Too much force can damage the ratchet gear itself.
Apr
13
comment How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?
One thing to note is that sometimes torque alone isn't enough. If there's corrosion at the back of the nut, vibration and heat may be required to break the connection. If you don't have access to an air gun, whacking the end of the breaker bar with a rubber mallet can be helpful.
Apr
8
comment Clutch Catch Point Car Shudder?
My father has been driving stick for decades, and told me he was having lots of trouble getting used to his 2012 Jetta's clutch control. It may just be a difficult clutch.
Apr
3
comment Are there comprehensive parts lists available for vehicles?
According to the answer I got at Determining the size/pitch of bolts and nuts before taking things apart, "parts books" do exist. (Whether or not you can actually track one down is another matter.)
Feb
10
comment How do I remove the front axle of a 93 Honda FourTrax 300?
You're likely going to have to move that jackstand somehwere other than the control arm in order to get the ball joint out.
Feb
8
comment How to reach bolt at the rear of BMW M41 Engine?
Ah, gotcha. The tubes are exactly what I meant.
Feb
8
comment How to reach bolt at the rear of BMW M41 Engine?
Why do you need to remove this without taking off the piece above it? Its location suggests that it will be important to torque it back down correctly when reinstalling it. Even if you can get it off with a u-joint or flex-head ratchet, I don't think you'd be able to get a torque wrench in there.
Feb
3
comment Jeep TJ death wobble troubleshooting
«CAUTION: Suspension components with rubber/urethane bushings (except stabilizer bar) should be tightened with the vehicle at normal ride height.» means the car should be on its wheels, not jack stands, when those are tightened? Or something else?
Feb
3
comment Jeep TJ death wobble troubleshooting
Tie rods connect the steering gear to the wheels. There's a picture of the relevant parts for a Wrangler: kevinsoffroad.com/how-to-fix-your-own-death-wobble
Jan
4
comment Manually starting MIL(Malfunction Indicactor Light)
Will the evap vacuum be tested immediately upon starting? My understanding is that it requires a drive cycle.
Jan
4
comment Manually starting MIL(Malfunction Indicactor Light)
Sensors will all have detachable plugs to their pigtails. No cutting is required to disconnect a sensor.
Jan
1
comment 97 Honda Civic putting and stuttering after a radiator hose failed
Could you describe the "putting and stuttering" in more detail?
Dec
31
comment How to remove all the fluid out of my motorcycle fuel tank?
When you say "forced out using a compressor hose", you mean blowing outside air into the tank to displace the gas vapors? How would you tell when all the vapor is gone?
Dec
22
comment No power to instrument fuse
The Haynes manual for your truck will have a wiring diagram. The books are cheap but, in my -- admittedly limited -- experience, reliable. The wiring diagrams they provide for my vehicle are essentially the same as those in the factory manual.
Dec
18
comment What is supposed to happen when my Subaru's test mode connector is hooked up?
Thanks, @BobCross, I've seen mention of it for tuning; what I wasn't sure of was whether this was Subie-specific (I didn't think it was Forester-specific (poorly worded my last comment)).
Dec
18
comment What is supposed to happen when my Subaru's test mode connector is hooked up?
The context here is the diagnostic procedure in the FSM for a P0440. The drain valve I mentioned is P/N 42084FA120, called "canister ventilator valve" everywhere except in my manual. The diagnostic procedure also calls for checking two other valves in the EVAP system, and the instructions for those are identical: connect connector, key on, operate valve. That's why, for this and future diagnostics, I'm trying to find a detailed description of what "test mode" entails, i.e., what components are "tested".