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comment Locked out of my accord
+1 this is a great tip in general even if it doesn't apply to OP's specific model.
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comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
@seth: As for the torque wrench requirements, I'd check the head bolt tightening instructions to be sure about what you need. It's been a while and I don't remember the details right off. I lacked the right torque wrench for the crank pulley nut, so I just took at as far as my torque wrench could then gave it a heavy yank with an ordinary wrench and my "breaker bar" that's just a long (about 4 feet?) pipe that fits around the wrench handle.
Dec
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comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
@seth: I didn't have the flat ratcheting wrenches for the job, but I think the size that would have helped the most was around 10mm, for the valve covers. My basic toolkit was a full set of regular and deep metric sockets up to 17mm, open-end and 12-point plain wrenches in the same sizes, screwdrivers.
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comment 2 Volts on Car Battery
@Nick: Most batteries I've purchased have pro-rated warranties even after the full warranty expires. You might be able to get a replacement for only 30% or so of the cost if it's just a few months out of warranty.
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comment Why do they called motor bike instead of engine bike?
See the top of this page: Motor Vehicle Maintenance & Repair.
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comment Is shifting to neutral on a decline more fuel efficient than keeping the gear engaged?
OK you got me there. I agree my comment isn't relevant as an answer.
Apr
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comment Is shifting to neutral on a decline more fuel efficient than keeping the gear engaged?
I don't think it's quite so clear-cut. Unless the hill is steep enough to maintain speed with the transmission engaged, you're going to have to give it fuel to maintain (or get back up to) the desired speed. There are plenty of situations where coasting can maintain speed but engine braking can't. I suspect you're still better off engine braking than coasting with the engine idling, but if you shut off the engine while coasting, coasting is the clear winner.
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comment Why don't car manufacturers treat rust-prone parts of a car with rust converter?
Rust converter is a treatment that reacts chemically with rust. It's not a preventive measure except insomuch as, by eliminating existing rust, you prevent it from spreading. Other preventive coatings are already used where appropriate.
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comment Front left controller arm corroded and broke on my 2002 Hyundai Elantra
In terms of danger, you've probably understated it. Without the control arms in the proper place, the axle CV joints can come apart; at even moderate speeds their components are potentially dangerous projectiles. I had a separated CV joint blow a hole in an oil pan when it popped out of place. As long as there's not more damage the LCA should not be an expensive repair (I'd guess $70 in parts and 1-2 hours in labor) but please get a tow to the shop.