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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...?
Jun
22
comment is a visible paint seam on the roof-top ok?
If it was polished away, I don't think it will come back.
Jun
22
answered Does a low oil level mean some synthetic has converted to sludge?
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.