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Jan
24
comment What's happening when you give someone a boost?
@GregoryBell: yes, there's electricity flowing at all times through the car body. But if you consider how much electricity 12 gauge wire can carry and compare to the amount of metal the entire car body has, you'll realize that it's really not all that much. Also the amount of metal gives all circuits a path of least resistance back the the negative terminal of battery/charging circuitry and halves the amount of wiring you would've needed to have otherwise. As far as disconnecting the battery, what I meant is unhook the ground (-) terminal from old battery and leave it hanging.
Jan
24
answered What's happening when you give someone a boost?
Jan
23
comment Timing Chain vs. Timing Belt
@BrianKnoblauch: familycar.com/CarCare/TimingBelt.htm. Looks like my initial SWAG is semi close to what some others are saying.
Jan
23
answered Timing Chain vs. Timing Belt
Jan
22
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Jan
22
answered 02 Trailblazer with front end vibration which seems to increase over time
Jan
17
revised 02 Trailblazer with front end vibration which seems to increase over time
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Jan
16
comment 02 Trailblazer with front end vibration which seems to increase over time
Nick, although I appreciate a response, that is sooooo not what I wanted to hear :). Stupid TB. I did have the same suspicion, that' why I topped off the fluid, but I can't say it was that low. And btw, I did also notice that the differential pinion seal is leaking oil on my car as well. Stupid TB.
Jan
16
asked 02 Trailblazer with front end vibration which seems to increase over time
Jan
13
answered Stiff gearchange especially when cold
Jan
13
answered Power steering seems to be coming out of its reservoir from the top. Whats wrong?
Jan
11
comment v-tech now vs then
cam-less?? I know they've eliminated lifters, but without cam, how do you open valves? Unless you are talking about an electric motor. Btw, all continuous variable timing that I've ever seen is done by having rotation axis between the cam and the gear that is driven by the timing chain. Then they typically use oil pressure to change the position of the cam relative to the gear.
Jan
8
revised Why does my 2002 Ford Escape go through so many headlight bulbs?
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Jan
8
revised Why does my 2002 Ford Escape go through so many headlight bulbs?
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Jan
8
answered Why does my 2002 Ford Escape go through so many headlight bulbs?
Oct
19
answered 2001 honda civic failing to start when hot
Oct
8
comment Cleaning fuel injectors?
another option is to go to junk yard and buy another set of injectors. When my integra with 150k needed them, I bought 4 for $7 a pop. You spend a little more, but your car is off and back on the road in 1 hour.
Oct
8
comment Cleaning fuel injectors?
This is very good and detailed post. I just want to make a comment on "When people recommend that you clean the injectors..." -- you need to carefully consider WHO the people are. For places like firestone (and even your dealership) selling "injection cleaning service" which as this answer stated, is just a cheap fuel additive, is basically pure profit while providing almost no value to you. So in these cases, when tire place recommends X, where X has nothing to do with tires, I'd suggest to simply walk away.
Sep
1
comment Can I replace a compliance (Lower Control Arm) bushing myself?
@Tester101 - "tools ... that only a mechanic would have?" Besides computer scan tools which cost 1000's. You should be able to acquire just about everything else. Harbor Freight, Amazon, Handsontools.com, rental at Autozone... Every time you do a job yourself, do the math on how much you saved and go buy a tool. I now have a whole garage of all kinds of fun toys. Few brake jobs and you can buy a MIG welder :)
Aug
4
answered Burning rubber smell from Ford F-250 — diagnosis?