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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?
Jul
20
comment Noisy blower fan in 92 Civic
As far as I can tell (both inspection and info on the net) this vehicle does not have any cabin air filter. So it's very possible there's lots of junk in it...
Jul
20
comment How can I remove Factory Air Conditioning from a 1965 Mopar Big Block
I'm having a hard time trying to fathom why one would want to remove AC from a car...
Jul
19
asked Noisy blower fan in 92 Civic
Jul
17
comment Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce
I agree it's possible for a novice, but depending on the type of engine, it can be a huge pain to get the parts off you need to get access. If you do it, you'll definitely feel like you have a much better understanding of car repair afterwards! Make sure you have the right torque specs and tightening procedure, get new bolts if needed for your model, and check the head for warping (using straightedge and feeler gauges) if you want to do it right.
Jul
14
comment 2002 Chevy Malibu spark plugs
A photo might help get better answers.
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.