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May
25
comment Running with straight water as coolant in the summer. Is it fine?
This makes the most sense, further research of my own is saying the bi-yearly flush is a bit excessive anyways. Thanks
May
25
comment Running with straight water as coolant in the summer. Is it fine?
I live in New Mexico (the state between Arizona and Texas) and we have very hard nasty water. But that is what water softeners are for. With all your "betting", how much money did I win? :p
May
23
comment O2 Sensor Error after replacing spark plugs?
Then again, I don't know the going rates in your area.
May
23
comment O2 Sensor Error after replacing spark plugs?
$260 for replacing an O2 sensor is a little high in my opinion. Most/all the places I have taken my vehicles at the very least apply the diagnostic fee to the repair. He charged $160 beyond the fee for replacing a $40 part that probably took under an hour.
May
23
comment 2010 Toyota Corolla - pumping gas - the gas pump kicks off constantally
I have a car that does this too, but only at certain stations and even then only when I put the nozzle into the filler neck as far as it could go. When I backed it out 1/2 to 1 inch it filled fine.
May
21
comment BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine
You have probably done this, but check your oil levels or you may end up with a seized engine. The "red engine oil" light is a a warning that oil pressure is too low, which is usually caused by lack of oil.
Jul
1
comment All weather tires vs winter tires
Not an answer, but if you go with 2 sets of tires. I would suggest getting studded winter tires. They may not do much in fresh snow, but they have saved my bacon several times on ice and snow/ice compact. It all depends what kind of weather you have though.
Jul
1
comment Why should winter tires not be used at summer?
Heat is a huge issue, especially if we are talking about studded winter tires.
Jun
16
comment Is the vent from the pcv valve back into the air intake really needed?
I totally understand. I don't plan on being "that guy" either. I was legitimately curious as to why it had to return into the air intake. :-)
Jun
16
comment Will stock tires from a toyota yaris fit a 2004 cavalier
I am not a tire person so I can't speak for compatibility, but I looked up the tire sizes for anyone else. 2011 Yaris base model sedan has 175/65-14. The 2004 Cavalier base model sedan uses 195/70-14
Jun
15
comment Is the vent from the pcv valve back into the air intake really needed?
First: It would be completely legal where I live to remove it. Second: You have answered my question. It is entirely for environmental reasons and isn't avoidable for street cars. Third: I am guessing the environment and legality are matters you take very seriously. To that, I say. Take it easy, I am not a criminal and in essence all I asked was, "Why do cars vent dirty air into the air intake? Can I use ... to avoid it?" My secret goal isn't to destroy the Ozone layer.
Jun
15
comment Is the vent from the pcv valve back into the air intake really needed?
My original thought was that the air coming from the crankcase would throw the air/fuel ratio off as well as introduce oil into the airflow. Hence why some people use oil catch cans between the pcv and the air intake.
Jun
15
comment Is the vent from the pcv valve back into the air intake really needed?
You have it backwards from what I meant. The pcv would go into a filtering container trapped oil and vented a "theoretically" clean air. The air intake would be closed off. I am inferring from your response that it is purely environmental reasons why the air from the crankcase is not just released. Am I right in understanding that?
Jun
15
comment How do I select the right oil for my car?
Not answer worthy, but you can also find the oil type on many cars printed on either the dipstick (or dipstick handle) or on the oil fill cap.
Jun
13
comment Engine stalls in hot weather
That makes more sense now. I was imagining a more wild flipping about with the tacho.
Jun
12
comment Engine stalls in hot weather
Can you have the local mechanic test drive the car? Let him know that the check engine light isn't on, but it dies when the engine warms up.
Jun
12
comment 1997 Geo Metro dies after driving for a short time. What next in diagnosing culprit
Replaced the ignition coil and pickup coil, despite it passing a ohm resistance test. I took it for a test drive and it worked fine. Hopefully it wasn't just playing games with me. Thanks for the answer.
Jun
8
comment 1997 Geo Metro dies after driving for a short time. What next in diagnosing culprit
Thank you. I will let you know how replacing the coil goes.
Jun
8
comment 1997 Geo Metro dies after driving for a short time. What next in diagnosing culprit
Do you think I am going down the right path with the electrical or should I be reconsidering fuel and air.