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Mar
17
comment Does Registering a Salvaged Car in California Require a “Brake and Light Certificate”?
To clarify, the arrangement you probably want in a situation like this is to sign an agreement with the insurance company that you agree the damages are just under the threshold that would constitute a total loss. Alternatively you can challenge their valuation of the vehicle and take them to court for the damages; if the vehicle value is low enough that you can use small claims court, you may essentially automatically win.
Mar
15
comment Does Registering a Salvaged Car in California Require a “Brake and Light Certificate”?
In the future, don't sign your car over the the insurance company to begin with. Just make them pay out a claim for the value of the vehicle minus whatever deduction they claim they'd sell it for.
Mar
10
comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
I've done it before on my Civic, but its head is actually on the top and easy to get to. :-) The only hard part of that job was rusted bolts holding the exhaust manifold in place and keeping me from getting it of the head.
Mar
9
comment Tools needed for smooth Subaru head gasket job
Yes, the full system of coolant comes out the exhaust pipe within 30 minutes of driving. :-) When the leak was less serious I used a sealer product and it held for about 6 months, then progressively got worse to this stage.
Feb
27
comment My brake fluid all left on short notice. What gives?
If the fluid level got really low, you probably have air in the lines now. That would explain the softness and need to pump.
Feb
18
comment Why are drive by wire systems so unresponsive?
@Paulster2: An encyclopedia is never a valid reference, wikipedia or otherwise. However a proper encyclopedia cites references for all the non-obvious facts it includes, so you simply go to those sources for your citation.
Feb
16
comment Why are drive by wire systems so unresponsive?
@MDMoore313: No way, print encyclopedias were even more error-filled, biased (with different biases), etc. Wikipedia is a big step forward, but like all forms of democracy it requires vigilance to make it work.
Feb
16
comment Why are drive by wire systems so unresponsive?
@MDMoore313: That wikipedia article reads like a manufacturer's advertisement for the "feature"; someone should really fix it. Especially the claim of increasing safety is preposterous.
Feb
7
comment Getting the best results sealing head gasket leak with Blue Devil
For what it's worth, I need to revisit and update this answer. After 6 months it started failing, and by now it's undrivable. I've read up a lot more on the chemistry of HG sealing products and I'm left pretty skeptical that there's any benefit to the more expensive ones. I also don't think my guess at how it worked before fully makes sense, so I'd like to make a new shot at trying to explain it.
Jan
29
comment Extremely high then fluctuating idle at very cold temperatures
I've seen this symptom in various vehicles, but not temperature-dependent, where it was the IAC valve. I seafoamed my IAC valve in the past 6 months mainly as preventative maintenance, and it doesn't have this issue under normal temperatures, so I doubt this is the issue.
Jan
29
comment Extremely high then fluctuating idle at very cold temperatures
Very interesting. I hadn't even thought of this possibility. If you or anyone else can find a reference to substantiate this I'll consider the matter closed and accept this answer.
Jan
13
comment Can I patch a hole in washer fluid tank?
Thanks for the comment.
Jan
5
comment Juddering under load
Cleaning the idle air control valve might solve it. A decent cleaning can be performed with seafoam (spray version) without removing it, spraying into it from the throttle body next to the throttle plate.
Dec
17
comment How far can you drive with an empty radiator?
Keep in mind my comment was qualified with "if the weather is cold enough that freezing is a concern while the engine is running". I'm not actually sure how cold it would have to get for that to be an issue, so maybe I'm wrong, but my (reasonable, IMO) guess is that it's so cold that you'd have significant heat transfer rate from the engine block to the ambient outside air, regardless of any internal air in the system.
Dec
14
comment Is idling bad for your engine?
I would expect that running the engine at idle (no load except its own internal friction and accessories on the belts) puts a lot less wear on it than running it under load. "City miles" are not just "worse" in that there's wear that's not reflected on the odometer, but also in terms of load starting from a stop, varying throttle (with moments of suboptimal gas/air mix), etc. So I don't think this answer really settles the issue of how "bad for the engine" idling might be.
Dec
7
comment Why do tires get bigger over the years?
The same reason you can't get a 1.5L or smaller engine anymore (in a non-hybrid): car manufacturers marketing is all about power, not efficiency. Yes small tires are the best, but good luck finding a modern vehicle that works with them.
Dec
5
comment Can scraping the transmission bad
I misread your last sentence and was wondering why anybody would be trying to brew in their car...
Dec
5
comment Repaint a bumper vs buying and installing a new one
Normally "bumpers" these days are just "bumper covers" which have no structural purpose; they're purely cosmetic. The structural component is underneath.
Dec
2
comment What tools are needed for removing rusted bolts?
Might a Bolt-Out set be a useful addition in step 3 if the bolt is at all rounded off from rusting?
Nov
27
comment How can I repair cracks in leather seat?
Electrician's tape?