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Jun
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answered Buying new tires R15, R16, R17?
Jun
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comment Buying new tires R15, R16, R17?
Primary reason for a larger rotor (mechanically at least, not aesthetically) is for stronger braking force. The rotor acts as a lever, the larger it is the more stopping power you have from the same sized caliper. At the same time, you also often increase the caliper size and/or number of pistons, creating more clamping strength onto the rotor.
Jun
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comment Buying new tires R15, R16, R17?
The low profile isn't just a risk to the tire, but the wheel itself. With less rubber between the road and the metal wheel, if you hit a good size pot hole at speed, you will bend your rim and have to replace it.
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Jun
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comment What is this tank for ?
Also it looks like it should be on the passenger side, mounted near the wheel well (same as mine is).
Jun
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comment What is this tank for ?
A great resource for figuring out parts on our Nissan vehicles is courtesyparts.com You can select your vehicle and browse through schematics of all the different sections of the car, clicking on the parts to get a name/part number/price/availability/etc for them. For your pathfinder it would be courtesyparts.com/pathfinder-parts-wd21-1987-1995-c-5572.html
Jun
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comment What is this tank for ?
Agreed on it sounded like the power steering reservoir. You share an engine and many parts under the hood with my 84 300ZX and the only tank under the hood with a dipstick is the power steering. See this diagram for a general depiction of it courtesyparts.com/pathfinder-parts-wd21-1987-1995/… if the cap is on top (doesn't overlap the edges) and has two pipes coming off of it then you have a match.
Jun
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comment Why would gasoline engine exhaust smell like perfume?
From memory, I believe a leaking head gasket would allow coolant into the combustion chamber which would then make its way into the exhaust.
Jun
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comment Oil pressure question
To expand on the low viscosity statement, your owners manual will specify what viscosity oil to use in your vehicle and some (like mine) has a chart that shows what to use for different ranges of ambient temperature. The viscosity are the numbers you see on the bottles (5w30, 5w20, 10w30, 20w50, etc) When going from winter to summer months, I have to move to a heavier weight oil to keep my pressure up and engine properly lubricated. If I used that same oil in the colder months, it'd be like sludge.
Jun
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comment Difference between water pump and water outlet housing
Yes, I'd trust the items marked on the paperwork (as that is what they billed you/the warranty for) more then just conversation with the tech. If it isn't on the paper, they probably didn't do it.
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Jun
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answered what is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids?
Jun
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answered Difference between water pump and water outlet housing
Apr
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comment Clutch catches VERY high, is this bad?
Point #3 which is known as Engine Braking is a normal and perfectly fine operation to do and doesn't cause additional wear on the clutch as long as it is done well. The human element of the downshifting is where additional wear can come into play, if you don't match your revs well when engaging the clutch (be it up or down shifting) the clutch and flywheel meeting at two different speeds is what wears down on the friction material. The further off in RPMS you are, the more wear you will cause.
Apr
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answered Steering Wheel Replacement on a 25 year old car
Mar
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comment Are there any alternatives to the OEM muffler for a Volvo XC90?
I suppose maybe if there is some concern about the emissions system, that a different muffler would cause sensors to go off...
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Mar
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comment What differences between synthetic and dino oil?
That is a big huge debate full of myths, half truths, obscure references, etc. All things being even, most people will agree synthetic because of the less impurities and consistent product. But there are a whole lot of disagreements on if it is ok in older vehicles, vehicles that have lived their lives on organic. Then you'll get into whose brand is better as they all use different formulas and additives.
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