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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. ;-)
Aug
20
comment Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?
That sounds the same as on my Civic. On the side where I had a broken bolt, it was a big pain, but on the other side I could have removed and replaced the whole strut assembly in 15 minutes (that's about how long the LCA took on the easy side, too).
Aug
19
comment Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?
What's your take on buying the whole assembly to do it yourself? I ended up taking off the whole assembly when I did the LCA replacement on my Civic, and aside from the broken bolt in the LCA, there was nothing difficult.
Aug
14
comment Got a call from the mechanic saying I need new disc brakes. Can I buy them online instead?
...many professionals do not want to work with parts you provide, or will refuse to put a labor warranty on it if you're providing the parts. However, for brakes I don't think this explanation makes sense. Brake failure is a major liability issue and even the cheaper parts are not going to have flaws that would require replacement under warranty. So in this case, it may very well just be a case of the shop padding their profits...
Aug
14
comment Got a call from the mechanic saying I need new disc brakes. Can I buy them online instead?
For some parts, the difference in price is a matter of quality and expectation of failure. You can get cheap parts with a "lifetime warranty" online or at brick and mortar shops for much less than a mechanic's price partly because the manufacturer thinks you're less likely to actually use the warranty if you have to do the labor again yourself (more likely to just scrap the car?), and conversely, mechanics want higher-quality parts because they're putting a warranty on the work and don't want to have to re-do it because the part was bad. For this reason, ...
Aug
13
comment can i split off another circuit from fuse box to run power to cigarette lighter?
@crasic: The starter motor or just the starter solenoid? I'm a bit skeptical that you could power the starter multiple times with accessory lines without melting the wire, not to mention that you would have had to bypass the fuse to do it, since the starter takes a lot more than 10-15 amps.
Aug
10
comment Is it OK to drive Accord with 5% oil life left as indicated?
Does 15% mean the volume of oil is down to 15%, or that the vehicle's computer has determined, based on miles driven and time passed, that only 15% of the oil's expected service life remains? If it's the former, I would think the engine would have already destroyed itself, so I'm guessing it's the latter, and the solution is not to add oil (which may actually be dangerous if it's already full) but to change the oil.
Aug
8
comment Should lost CV gaiter grease be replaced?
OK, that's a reasonable viewpoint, but is it documented anywhere that only professional-equivalent answers are proper on this site?
Aug
8
comment Should lost CV gaiter grease be replaced?
+1 for great example pics, but I'm skeptical of the claim that the difference is only 15 minutes. If any dirt or debris has gotten in the CV joint, which is hard to avoid when taking off the axle and old boot, you're going to need to thoroughly clean it. And if you're not careful, parts are going to fall out, and making sure you get it put back together right is non-trivial if you're not experienced with CV joints.
Aug
8
answered Should lost CV gaiter grease be replaced?
Aug
4
comment Is it ok to give gas while releasing the clutch?
OK, that's true. I made a point of paying attention to my clutch usage today, since otherwise I have a hard time thinking about what I actually do. For the most part, I hit the gas right at the moment my left foot is coming off the clutch, and indeed acceleration is very smooth.
Aug
3
comment Is it ok to give gas while releasing the clutch?
If you don't, I wouldn't want to ride in the vehicle with you. Shifting without giving any gas as you release the clutch tends to jerk your passengers and/or cargo around quite a bit.
Jul
27
comment Air trapped inside radiator after adding coolant
Are you sure it couldn't cause surging? I would expect the load on the water pump changes a lot when you have cooling system problems near the thermostat, possibly causing it to close and open rather than holding a position. You might also be flopping back and forth between moving water and moving air..
Jul
23
answered Why doesn't the engine coolant dry up while the engine is running?