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May
17
comment Scooter won't start
There is a parts list manual, but it's just very poor drawings.
May
17
comment Scooter won't start
We have the manual that came with the scooter, and it doesn't contain anything about diagnosis or repair. As I mentioned at the end of the question, I've been unable to find any third-party repair manual, so help finding one would be a good answer to the question.
May
17
comment Scooter won't start
Doesn't the last paragraph address that?
May
17
comment Please tell me I did not kill My chole (1999 VW Beetle)
Depending on the vehicle, a head gasket job can be easy or a nightmare. If that's all the car needs, I'd look into seeing if it's something you could do before you junk the car.
May
17
asked Scooter won't start
May
15
comment Please tell me I did not kill My chole (1999 VW Beetle)
If you're really lucky it might "just" be a blown head gasket, but that's usually associated with white smoke/steam rather than black smoke. I'm not really sure what to make of your problem so far, so stick around and see if somebody else has good ideas.
May
15
comment Please tell me I did not kill My chole (1999 VW Beetle)
You may want to do some research into what causes that light to come on. It sounds like it wasn't actually heat, but perhaps some situation that could lead to overheating like lack of coolant or lack of coolant pressure.
May
15
comment Easily serviceable/maintenance cars
+1 my answer didn't address transmission, and if you want to learn transmission-related work, rear wheel drive is probably going to be easier.
May
15
answered Please tell me I did not kill My chole (1999 VW Beetle)
May
15
answered Easily serviceable/maintenance cars
May
15
comment Adding a additional battery to car
Alternators normally output A LOT more power than it takes to run 3 computers.
May
11
comment What do I risk if I don't fix my leaking evaporator core on my 2004 Jeep GC?
R-12 is actually a lot more environmentally friendly, since ozone is a major greenhouse gas. DuPont just wanted to get their product whose patent was about to expire banned so they could start the patent timer over again.
May
10
comment Oil in the radiator, but no coolant in the oil
There are all sorts of ways head gaskets can fail. For example in my wife's car (Subaru), the gasket seal is reliable except under the extreme pressure of combustion, so the leak only goes one way: combustion gasses into the coolant. I'm not an expert bus I suspect there are HG failure modes where oil gets into the coolant but not vice versa.
May
10
comment Prius burns off oil very fast. Is this normal?
You should use the marks on the dipstick, not the amount drained, to measure how much oil you're burning/losing. When you drain the oil, some remains in the engine, and some is in the oil filter.
May
6
comment Shutting off fans at highway speeds
According to this thread, I'm seeing estimates in the range of 1-5 HP. So at the low end, the power consumed by the fan could easily be 10%. At the high end, it would be fairly negligible. So it really does matter where in that range the actual consumption falls. Also, I would expect a vehicle which uses dual fans or one large fan for both the radiator and condenser to pull twice as much for the fan, making it up to 20-30%.
May
6
comment Shutting off fans at highway speeds
@MikeSaull: Combining your last two comments, the compressor is using around 150 hp. That doesn't sound plausible considering the max output of the engine is below 150 hp.
May
4
comment How to get a motor to Top Dead Center
I would recommend having it lined up before you take it apart and trying not to move anything. It's easy to get the timing off by one tooth when trying to realign it, especially if you have no experience doing this before.
May
4
comment How to get a motor to Top Dead Center
@Larry: You don't necessarily need to do it that way. There's a marking on the cam pulley too that should be at the top.
May
4
comment How do I resolve error code P1135 in my Toyota Camry?
Can you tell us how this issue was resolved? I have a friend who's having P1135 on a 2002 Camry.
May
4
comment Shutting off fans at highway speeds
Obviously the compressor uses a lot more power than the fan, but the difference in optimal MPG with or without A/C is pretty big (about 36 vs 42 if everything else is in good shape for best mileage) and so even if the fan were just 10-15% of that it could still make a measurable difference.