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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 refrigerant 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. ;-)
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...