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Jun
22
comment Is shop paint visibly different to factory paint?
New paint takes up to a month to fully cure, so exposing it to harsh conditions right away could damage the paint job.
Jun
21
answered Why does my car smell badly after it has been raining?
Jun
21
comment Remove rounded manifold bolt
+1 for mentioning grip-tite; I'd never seen those before and I'll have to try them.
Jun
20
comment Safe way to clean oil sludge around the engine?
I would avoid spraying degreasers or water directly into the alternator, and try to avoid hitting it much at all, but in general engine compartments are expected to get some water even in normal driving usage (e.g. splashing up from the road in heavy rain, driving through large puddles and mild flooding, etc.) so I would not worry about it too much.
Jun
20
answered Safe way to clean oil sludge around the engine?
Jun
20
accepted Repair or replace rusted rear wheel arches on 92 Civic?
Jun
20
answered Repair or replace rusted rear wheel arches on 92 Civic?
Jun
20
comment Should I buy a car that is due a new cambelt?
Oh yeah, of course. But doesn't everyone know it's stupid to go to a dealer for repairs? We live in the age of google and yelp where it's not that hard to find a trustworthy shop.
Jun
19
comment Should I buy a car that is due a new cambelt?
Both are front CV axles for front-wheel-drive vehicles.
Jun
19
comment Should I buy a car that is due a new cambelt?
A shop just quoted a friend $270 or less ($110 parts + up to 2 hours labor) for replacing an axle on a much newer but similar vehicle (2002 Hyundai Elantra). So I stand by my claim that paying more than $300 to have it done on my vehicle would be over-paying.
Jun
18
comment Should I buy a car that is due a new cambelt?
As an example, I looked up replacing an axle for my 92 Civic. In reality, a cheap one is under $50 and an expensive one runs around $60-80. Repairpal was quoting something like $160-440 for parts. Spending more than $300 total (including labor) for a shop to replace an axle in this car would be insane. I ran a few other repairs for other vehicles and was getting the feeling that all the prices coming out were crazy.
Jun
18
comment Should I buy a car that is due a new cambelt?
I'd never used repairpal before, but I just tried it for some things and the results seem bogus. The labor rates might be correct, but for parts, I was getting numbers where the low end of the range is roughly twice the actual cost of the part and the high end was almost 10 times actual.
Jun
18
comment Repair or replace rusted rear wheel arches on 92 Civic?
So far, results are very good. All of the structural repair is done and it looks perfect and feels solid. I'll post an answer with pics and a description of what I did soon, once I get some primer on so I can better evaluate how it came out. I was really surprised how well the fiberglass resin works; I expected it to be brittle but it dries almost like JB Weld, just with a bit less rigidity.
Jun
16
comment Repair or replace rusted rear wheel arches on 92 Civic?
I'm going forward with attempting repair using rust converter (done), aluminum window screen, and fiberglass resin. I'll post results, good or bad, when it's done.
Jun
16
answered Remove rounded manifold bolt
Jun
16
comment Is unlocking radio without code possible?
And even if it were stolen, any competent thief knows how to go online and lookup the reset code the same way you would do it.
Jun
16
comment Remove rounded manifold bolt
Tried Craftsman Bolt-out or a similar tool?
Jun
14
comment How to recharge AC using booster from auto parts store?
That's not a good price. Big Lots has them for $12. Or $8 if you only need the smaller size and don't need a hose.
Jun
13
comment Possible reasons for loss of power, engine shaking, and smell of liquid fuel (not burning)?
How did you check the plugs? Did you see them producing sparks?
Jun
12
answered How to add hybrid technology to a 4-stroke engine motorcycle?