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Sep
20
comment Low compression and will not ignite after broken camshaft pin and replaced head and gasket
If you're seeing 75 psi, I doubt the timing is horribly wrong. When my timing belt slipped, I had no compression at all and the engine turned freely with almost no resistance. I suppose it's possible that you're just off by a few notches, but I'd look for other causes...
Sep
20
comment Resources for learning how to drive stick shift
What mikes said, especially the big parking lot (doesn't have to be empty as long as it's not busy). That's how I learned and it just took a few hours to get good enough that I could take it on the road.
Sep
18
comment 1991 Honda Civic Death by Poor Timing Belt?
@Larry: Slightly off-topic, but are you aware of any "mechanic's endoscope" devices that could be used to get a look inside for problems like this without taking apart the engine? I find it really surprising I've never seen such a thing and that shops don't seem to have them...
Sep
18
answered 1991 Honda Civic Death by Poor Timing Belt?
Sep
16
comment Wheel will not come off, may be bent around hub
I always found hitting the tire from the inside with my usual metal pipe that serves as a breaker bar works well.
Sep
10
comment Can a oil leak cause a fire?
A bunch of pictures without context and other people's opinions don't really qualify as evidence. I'm open to hearing another side to this issue, but I think it should be supported by documented facts and reasoning, rather than sensationalism.
Sep
8
answered How do you detect and deal with a freon leak?
Sep
6
accepted Manually operating F150 starter motor
Sep
3
answered Manually operating F150 starter motor
Sep
3
comment Manually operating F150 starter motor
It's an automatic. The instrument panel lights for alternator charging level (batt), oil pressure, etc. come on which I'm 99% sure do not come on when the switch is just in the "acc" position, so I'm fairly confident it's "on".
Sep
3
comment Manually operating F150 starter motor
See the first two sentences. The ignition switch does not work. It's mechanically broken and stuck in the "on" (not "start", so no cranking) position. My aim is to start the vehicle to get it to someone who can repair it without the need for towing.
Sep
2
comment Fuel consumption: Coasting vs in gear without thrust
However, leaving the vehicle in gear will also provide braking via internal engine friction. If this braking is sufficient to reduce your speed below the desired speed, you'll have to open the throttle to maintain speed, thereby consuming fuel. So it's not quite so clear-cut. The best possible option, from a pure efficiency standpoint, is to coast in neutral with the ignition cut off (engine not turning at all). In a manual, you can restart the engine at the bottom of the hill by releasing the clutch in gear, without using electricity for the starter motor.
Sep
2
asked Manually operating F150 starter motor
Sep
1
comment Is there any disadvantage of shifting to Neutral at high speed?
No, it does not. The internal friction of the engine provides much more stopping power than the momentum the flywheel could contribute, and I don't even see how the latter would make sense anyway, even if not for engine friction... Anyone who has misconceptions on this issue is welcome to take their vehicle to an empty stretch of road with a stopwatch and measure the time to decelerate from 60 to 15 or so in gear versus in neutral.
Aug
31
comment Is there any disadvantage of shifting to Neutral at high speed?
Shifting to neutral while braking will use MORE fuel since you have to keep the engine turning at idle RPMs without any help from the vehicle's momentum (thus consuming fuel).
Aug
30
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Aug
28
comment Oil pan threads stripped?
Glad to hear. :-)
Aug
25
comment Where and how does one verify compatible replacement parts?
See my comment on your other question. If all your oil changes were done by the dealership, you should make them replace it for free, since the only way it could be stripped is if they stripped it by improperly reinstalling the plug bolt (probably cross-threading it).
Aug
25
comment Oil pan threads stripped?
I've never heard of oil pan threads becoming stripped except when somebody cross-threaded the plug bolt putting it back in. If all the oil change services have been done at the dealership, they should be replacing it for free, since they would have to have been the ones to ruin it by doing something stupid.
Aug
20
comment Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?
I consider myself a novice who just happens to have a nice socket set, a couple breaker bars, a Dremel, and a can of Liquid Wrench. ;-)