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Jun
7
comment 2002 Hyundai Elantra power locks?
I had considered that possibility, but as the rear door lock switches are not easily accessible from the front seats (they're by the levers, not up by the window like on older cars) it seems like a really odd design for a vehicle without power locks...
Jun
7
asked 2002 Hyundai Elantra power locks?
Jun
7
answered Car making a groaning sound when it moves?
Jun
5
comment Car Radiator Fan may have a Fault, I'm an electrical noob
With 4 terminals in the connector, I would guess they're not in series but wired separately. It's possible that one of them is for the A/C condenser and the other is for the radiator. But it's hard to be sure. Picking up the Haynes manual for this vehicle might be a good next step.
Jun
4
comment Car Radiator Fan may have a Fault, I'm an electrical noob
Could you post a pic that shows the wiring?
Jun
3
answered Can an Idle Control Valve cause backfiring and can it be cleaned
Jun
1
comment small hole in A/C condenser for 98 blazer
I agree. I've successfully repaired radiator leaks like this with JB Weld, but I don't think you'd have much success on an AC condenser. The system pressure is MUCH higher and the consequences of a leak are more severe: R-134a, not to mention R-12 in older vehicles, is a lot more expensive than antifreeze, and if air or water leaks into the system you'll damage your whole AC system.
Jun
1
comment Any danger if 4 of 8 spark plug leads not connected while driving
Who does a "tune up" without actually starting the engine and making sure it's running smoothly afterwards??
May
30
comment Can I use just any 17mm bolt?
@mikes: When I replaced the lower control arms on my vehicle, the bolt attaching one to the shock was completely broken. I suspect it's a good idea to replace these bolts even if they're not broken yet, given the load they're subjected to.
May
29
answered What are the pitfalls of buying a used car after an accident?
May
28
comment What are the pitfalls of buying a used car after an accident?
I would tend to disagree. In many vehicles, airbags deploy in the most ridiculous situations and have often been known to injure drivers and passengers who otherwise would have walked away from the accident with no injury. They're not a good indication of the seriousness of the accident.
May
27
comment What do these lights mean?
It could also be a short in the brake light circuit dropping the voltage to near zero.
May
26
answered PT Cruiser will not start
May
26
comment Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?
BTW, see this answer: mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/5695/426
May
26
comment Power steering fluid started to leak after changing it
You can always try adding power steering leak-stop fluid to the system and see if that makes the problem go away. :-)
May
25
answered 95 geo metro 1.0L pushing coolant out of overflow
May
24
comment Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?
Except the generator does not need to provide enough power for serious torque, just enough to keep the battery topped off while cruising at highway speeds. So I think it can be a pretty small generator.
May
24
comment How do I remove the front axle of a 93 Honda FourTrax 300?
Those things will destroy the boot on the ball joint, so all the grease leaks out, followed quickly by ball joint failure...
May
24
comment Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?
The weight from multiple motors is offset by the fact that each one can be half (or with AWD, one fourth) as powerful and thus lighter, and the reduced weight from eliminating all the other mechanical parts.
May
24
comment Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?
Indeed, that's exactly the design I would do. Even for a hybrid -- the gas engine would just run a generator to make electricity, so in a sense you could call it an "electric transmission". I would also put the motors inside the wheel hubs and maybe even allow the wheels to turn 360 degrees for the ultimate parallel parking capability. :-)