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Oct
22
comment Easiest way to disable the A/C compressor
For a compressor, it's almost certainly not cheaper to replace the whole thing; just the cost of vacuuming out and refilling the system will be higher than the cost of the pulley.
Oct
12
comment LED tail lights flashing at ultra high speed
What kind of car was that, and are you sure? It's possible there are some really old, or non-mainstream-consumer vehicles which use 24v instead of 12v, but 24v output from the alternator would boil off a normal car battery in no time...
Oct
12
comment LED tail lights flashing at ultra high speed
The voltage in a car is always 12-15 volts. Any LED unit made for replacing automotive lights is going to expect this voltage, and I would guess they use a DC-DC converter to get a stable output voltage for the LEDs, though other approaches would also be possible.
Oct
12
comment LED tail lights flashing at ultra high speed
Huh? There's no reason to think you should need resistors between the LEDs and the power source to avoid burning out the LEDs. The correct solution is either to replace the flasher unit with one made for use with LEDs or replace the LED unit with one that goes out of its way to waste power and heat up the flasher unit like a normal incandescent bulb would do.
Oct
6
comment replacing brake pedal return spring on 57 chevy
Apparently OP has the replacement and knows what it looks like, but can't find the old one in the vehicle.
Oct
6
comment Oil in my radiator fluid tank?
Very likely... :(
Oct
5
comment replacing brake pedal return spring on 57 chevy
Maybe it's missing and that's the problem? ;-)
Sep
30
comment 3 Questions related to fixing/replacing 2005 Toyota Prius bumpers?
Yeah, I'm aware of the general warnings, but found it odd that the bumper would apply. If removing and replacing the bumper puts you at risk for airbag deployment, I would think bumping another vehicle in a parking lot would be equally risky, and much more dangerous to the driver and passengers, since the seats are occupied.
Sep
30
comment 3 Questions related to fixing/replacing 2005 Toyota Prius bumpers?
Updated my answer to reflect that.
Sep
30
comment 3 Questions related to fixing/replacing 2005 Toyota Prius bumpers?
Indeed, drop the bondo and use fiberglass resin instead. It's much more flexible and durable and you can find it right next to the bondo in auto parts stores.
Sep
29
comment 3 Questions related to fixing/replacing 2005 Toyota Prius bumpers?
Is there a reason to expect a danger of airbag deployment when working on the bumper, e.g. sensors that would trigger the airbag if they're disconnected? I ask because I'd like to know, but I'm really skeptical. My impression was that strong efforts are made to ensure that airbags to not deploy except when there's a collision at sufficient velocity to make them beneficial, since deployment can cause serious injury and would be a major liability issue in itself.
Sep
29
comment BMW 318i overflow tank issues
Like I said in my answer, head gasket leak does not necessarily mean there will be oil mixing or a decrease in oil level.
Sep
28
comment CVT on 6 cylinder cars
I hadn't thought of that but I suppose it's also a possibility.
Sep
27
comment Honda S2000 with cold air intake; rain driving
Why would a mechanic recommend a cold air intake for a daily driver?
Sep
24
comment Is this a “warped” rotor?
In general it's hard to tell by visual inspection, but the rotor in OP's photo is so warped that I can't imagine you could drive at all with it.
Sep
20
comment Low compression and will not ignite after broken camshaft pin and replaced head and gasket
If you're seeing 75 psi, I doubt the timing is horribly wrong. When my timing belt slipped, I had no compression at all and the engine turned freely with almost no resistance. I suppose it's possible that you're just off by a few notches, but I'd look for other causes...
Sep
20
comment Resources for learning how to drive stick shift
What mikes said, especially the big parking lot (doesn't have to be empty as long as it's not busy). That's how I learned and it just took a few hours to get good enough that I could take it on the road.
Sep
18
comment 1991 Honda Civic Death by Poor Timing Belt?
@Larry: Slightly off-topic, but are you aware of any "mechanic's endoscope" devices that could be used to get a look inside for problems like this without taking apart the engine? I find it really surprising I've never seen such a thing and that shops don't seem to have them...
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.