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Jul
14
answered 2002 Chevy Malibu spark plugs
Jul
13
asked Chronic ignition problems with 1996 Suburban, replacing distributor cap makes it go away
Jul
9
comment Is that easy to start a car like in the movie Parker?
If the attacker had the replacement ECU in advance, plugging it in should only take a matter of seconds, and on newer vehicles with fully electronic keys, it could automatically start the car as soon as it's plugged in without even needing a key... On such vehicles the steering wheel lock is electronically controlled too, so it could be disabled at the same time.
Jul
9
comment How to prioritize repairs?
When I used to get used tires, they were $10 a piece and included free rims. Now I'm stuck getting new tires, but on the bright side, they're $50 a piece, new, installed.
Jul
9
comment Is that easy to start a car like in the movie Parker?
I would think the easiest way would be to have a patched firmware for the vehicle, and/or a complete ECU drop-in replacement to hook up.
Jul
7
comment How to prioritize repairs?
... a busted intake manifold gasket (only on vehicles where both oil and coolant pass side-by-side across this gasket; I'm not clear on how common that is -- anyway, this one is a pain to change but nowhere near as bad as the head gasket!), or a leak in the transmission fluid cooling lines to the radiator (the easiest and cheapest possible cause of the problem; this one only applies to automatic transmissions).
Jul
7
comment How to prioritize repairs?
If oil is getting into the coolant, or vice versa, this is a serious problem you need to get fixed. There are various ways this can happen though and I'm not confident the shop you took it to has done anything to determine the cause; they may just be planning to try something (the intake manifold gasket), take your money, and wait for you to come back again if the problem isn't solved. The major ways you can get oil in the cooling system are a busted head gasket (worst), ...
Jul
6
answered How to prioritize repairs?
Jul
5
comment Unable to start the vehicle depending on how long it has previously been driven
If the lights dim, there's a big current draw, which means the starter solenoid/relay is at least doing its job and the motor just isn't turning. If not, It's harder to say what the cause is. It could be that the solenoid didn't actuate, or the motor might just not be pulling any current.
Jul
4
answered Unable to start the vehicle depending on how long it has previously been driven
Jul
4
comment Unable to start the vehicle depending on how long it has previously been driven
If it's dead silent, the problem is not the coil or anything related to the ignition system.
Jul
3
comment Why no alternate (hand-cranked, spring-loaded) starter for a car?
@MattBear: I beg to differ. I've started my engine by hand-cranking it plenty times, using the transmission and wheel as the crank. Of course it's not enough to power the alternator and generate the spark, but as long as the battery has at least enough charge to generate a spark, it works fine.
Jun
29
comment Change thermostat preemptively or wait for signs of problems?
The only hoses I've ever had fail have been ones that were subject to extreme heat from cooling system failure, and they were not the main upper/lower hose. I think replacing hoses as preventative maintenance is also "automotive urban legend". The only time I'd overhaul a cooling system is if it were allowed to operate for a long time with poor cooling efficiency (e.g. a clogged radiator).
Jun
27
answered What causes grey engine corrosion?
Jun
26
answered AC repair need help so bad it's hot!
Jun
26
comment Why does my car smell badly after it has been raining?
I think they're usually between the hood and the windshield.
Jun
23
comment Revs shooting up when accelerating in high gears
Why would the low gears work fine if it's the clutch?
Jun
22
comment Is there a megametre (Mm)?
The sane way to write it is 5000 or 16000 km. If you want to look like a dork, of course you're free to use Mm, but nobody will understand you. They'll probably think you've just got the munchies...
Jun
22
comment is a visible paint seam on the roof-top ok?
I think a photo would help understanding the part you're talking about.
Jun
22
comment is a visible paint seam on the roof-top ok?
If it feels rough, that means it wasn't properly sanded/polished. My understanding is that you normally use around 1500 grit to smooth out clearcoat then polish it, so if it's still rough after doing that, it probably had larger irregularities in it to begin with, and may need several steps (e.g. 500 grit then 1000 grit then 1500 grit) to get it smooth. Of course it's also possible that would go through the clearcoat if the irregularity was in the base coat already. Perhaps you could get a professional opinion from another body shop...?