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comment How much power (HP) do the components on the engine belt generally use?
Agreed that an actual number is impossible to give for an answer, will be different for each vehicle, not even model, but each individual vehicle could have fluctuations. Perhaps modify the question to ask about ways to lessen the power drain of the components (aside from removal)?
Jul
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answered Why might I experience a power falloff after starting my car with the AC On?
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
@Iszi - In my steps, I have the actual brake pedal held down, so the order shouldn't matter as applying the e-brake will hold the position that the brake pedal is holding. Since most automatics I believe require you to hold down the brake pedal when going in and out of park, on the wiki quote you'd have to have the brake pedal in too.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
This also coincides with you saying it does it after it has been sitting, when you first park it and leave it maybe it doesn't fully rest into the pin, but eventually shifts its weight onto it.
Jul
21
comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
That is unfortunate, both from my observations and Oren's Wiki reference it sounds like a good possibility. Even without being hilly, there is going to be a slight grade, you aren't going to be on perfectly level ground where the car sits perfectly stationary, you've got a couple tons there, just a couple degree slant it is going to move and put its weight against the pin. Not as severe on a hill, but it still will.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
Sounds like the Wiki agrees with my theory "Most vehicle manufacturers and auto mechanics do not recommend using the transmission's parking pawl as the sole means of securing a parked vehicle, instead recommending it should only be engaged after first applying the vehicle's parking brake"
Jul
21
comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
Thanks for giving the reference, as I said, I know the general concept of what the automatic transmission is accomplishing, the logic, but not how it is mechanically achieving it as I only have my manuals.
Jul
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comment Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
When did you last have the transmission serviced, specifically the fluid changed? At 108k miles I'm sure it is due unless it has been done recently. Have you checked the ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) level? There should be a dipstick in your engine bay to do so, refer to your owner's manual for details. I don't know if that influences the shifting, but it will effect the overall health of the transmission.
Jul
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answered Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
Jul
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answered Sudden Oversteer - What Might Be the Cause
Jul
21
comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
You may not have had knocking because your ECU recognized the situation and has adjusted accordingly, making your engine produce less power and probably poorer fuel mileage. The mileage difference may not make up for the difference in fuel cost, but getting less power is no fun :(.
Jul
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comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
@Ricket, every car is going to be different, some might recheck every time new fuel is added, some could require an ECU reset by disconnecting the battery and others may require using diagnostic tools, just depends on what the manufacturer felt like doing.
Jul
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comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
I wouldn't worry about it that much, if the car seems normal, it probably isn't triggering. They have to set those guidelines to deal with conditions all year long and all over the world.
Jul
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comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
As long as the ignition system is healthy (sparks not corroded, faulty wires, etc) which would hurt you with any octane, it should be able to ignite the higher octanes as a spark is a much stronger ignition source. Some people argue that there are negative effects to using a higher octane than needed, but for the most part, the biggest agreed upon I see is that you are just wasting your money running more then what your car needs to perform.
Jul
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comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
Correct, essentially as the piston is still moving up and compressing the air/fuel mixture the lower octane has a higher chance of igniting before the parts have traveled to their proper positions and the spark fired.
Jul
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answered When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
Jul
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revised Replace front brake pads and rotors?
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revised How to extend the life of the dual mass flywheel in a diesel engine?
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Jul
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answered Replace front brake pads and rotors?