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May
8
comment Can I save money using E85 in my flexible fuel vehicle?
There have been studies (sorry, no links) that show there is 20-30% mpg decrease due to the less energy-dense E85 mix. This would need to be compared with the price difference between E85 and your standard fuel.
Jul
2
comment What could be causing a distinct exhaust drone in a tight band around 3250 rpms on a 2004 Subaru WRX?
I believe the reason the sound is tied to a specific RPM range is that the vibration the engine is producing is close enough to the vibrating piece's resonant frequencies that the amplitude of that frequency increases a great deal. More info at Wikipedia.
Jul
2
comment What could be causing a distinct exhaust drone in a tight band around 3250 rpms on a 2004 Subaru WRX?
Does the excessive noise occur when you are revving the engine without the transmission engaged? If so I would take the car to a shop with a lift, have someone rev the engine to the annoying range and then start looking on the underside of the car to pinpoint the noise.
May
30
comment Best way to approach a tire with a bubble in the sidewall
if there is a bubble in the sidewall, the tire has a defect in manufacture and it should be replace IMMEDIATELY. The tire can blow out without warning. I believe most tire shops will prorate a replacement of the tire since this is almost always a manufacturing defect and not a result of driving habits.
May
3
comment Is there a way to put Prius with dead battery into neutral?
ah, the law of unintended consequences strikes again! while the fancy stuff is nice, it is one of the hindrances of electronically controlled vehicles
Apr
27
comment Where is the fuel filter(s) located on a 2006 VW Golf?
I'm trying to get a frame of reference of the image. Is the filter near the fuel tank or is it in the engine compartment?
Apr
26
comment Engine revs high 5th gear manual transmission
@SeanReifschneider I'm not sure, it was almost a decade ago when it happened :-)
Apr
21
comment Clutch catches VERY high, is this bad?
@jcm I do not believe there will be any down-the-line problems. The variance in where the clutch grabs is wholly dependent on the levers in the clutch-pedal mechanism. Only if the levers that actually cause the clutch plate to engage got out of alignment with each other would the clutch plate not be engaged with the clutch pedal all the way out.
Apr
21
comment Is high octane fuel a requirement for high-compression engines?
@Ukko Thanks for the clarification, I was unaware of that!
Apr
21
comment Engine revs high 5th gear manual transmission
@SeanReifschneider I had another thought, it might be if this is only happening in 5th gear that it is probably the transmission and not the clutch. My father's car had the 5th gear get 'spun out', where the 5th gear was worn down compared to the rest of the gears causing slippage. He took it to Honda and had just that gear replaced for much less than a new transmission.
Apr
20
comment Where is the fuel filter(s) located on a 2006 VW Golf?
@NoCarrier update question, it's 2.0L, no turbo
Apr
19
comment Is high octane fuel a requirement for high-compression engines?
@Ukko I agree that the ratio reported is generally not the boosted ratio, I believe the ratio will change when under boost since the amount of air in the cylinder will be greater before compression, hence higher compression ratio. I think :-)
Apr
13
comment Least wear-and-tear, most fuel efficient method of coasting in a manual transmission car?
@yhw42 my understanding is also that it is safer to coast with the transmission engaged. If the engine dies for some reason while coasting and the transmission is NOT engaged then you lose the hydraulic braking power but if it is engaged then even if the car were to die, the momentum keeps the engine turning providing the power for the hydraulics
Apr
10
comment Options for fixing Nissan Quest rear motorized hatch?
You might be able to get the motor rebuilt. It alls depends on how the original motor was built and if it is capable of being rebuilt.
Apr
2
comment Engine revs high 5th gear manual transmission
@BrianMHunt I don't know whether you are a fix-it-yourself type of person, but if you are, I would recommend NOT replacing a clutch yourself. It is a multiday project, you'll want to rip your hair out by the end and you may want to smack you girlfriend's father (who is helping you change it) :-) Oh and also, make sure you get the flywheel turned.
Apr
1
comment Ford Probe '94 heater problem
@S_Niles I grew up with the understanding that you should flush your coolant system every fall, so I guess even in heavy deposit water systems you wouldn't really have to worry about mineral buildup.
Apr
1
comment how to install cruise control (Tempomat) in an Mercedes-Benz 308D from 1992?
someone's already gotten to the tags for you, but with tempomat since it appears to be the German work for cruise-control I created a tag synonym and so whenever tempomat is used, it will be tied to cruise-control
Apr
1
comment Ford Probe '94 heater problem
I've never heard anything about using distilled water in a radiator. The only benefit I could see from using distilled water vs tap water would be that it won't conduct electricity which shouldn't be a concern anyway.
Mar
30
comment Are used tires valuable?
@PaulBelardi I would hazard a guess to say that unless your winter tires are fabulously expensive, then it won't be worth your time and effort to swap out the tires
Mar
24
comment Uneven idle when my '93 Honda Accord's engine is cold
I had something that is somewhat the same. My cold air intake sensor went bad on my car and (this would happen no matter the temp) my car would rev from 800 to 2000. A good mechanic should be able to hook your car up to a 'real' computer, a computer that actually shows all the parameters of the car (cfm air intake, engine timing, fuel usage, etc...), not just if a code is being thrown.