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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
21
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
21
answered Best way to diagnose and fix a shifter that sticks in park?
Jul
21
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
21
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
21
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
21
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
21
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
21
answered When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
Jul
21
revised Replace front brake pads and rotors?
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Jul
20
revised How to extend the life of the dual mass flywheel in a diesel engine?
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Jul
20
answered Replace front brake pads and rotors?
Jul
20
answered How to extend the life of the dual mass flywheel in a diesel engine?
Jul
20
comment How can I be sure of the reading on my automatic transmission fluid dipstick?
Not a silly question, some dipsticks are harder to read than others.
Jul
18
comment 2001 Honda Civic: rough ride, even after new struts
Warped rotors you would feel when braking, not just touching your foot to the pedal, unless they are so far off that they are touching the brake pads without you applying any pressure.
Jul
16
answered 2001 Honda Civic: rough ride, even after new struts
Jul
16
answered Couldn't start my Volvo due to Key Error. Called assistance and he fixed it by hitting the key with a screwdriver. What could be the error?
Jul
14
answered High / fluctuating oil pressure causes?
Jul
14
comment What is a suitable air compressor for a home garage?
@Gabriel, the more HP the motor has the quicker it is going to be able to fill the tank or the more CFM outbound it is going to be able to make up for.