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answered Reasons for loss of radiator fluid
Jun
10
answered Does the tachometer provide any indication of fuel usage?
Jun
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answered How important is it to use a real flare nut wrench when removing the fuel line on an old Ford tractor?
Jun
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answered Good template for keeping maintenance records?
Jun
8
comment How to ensure nuts holding wheels are properly tightened?
To clarify the star pattern, when you are tightening, instead of just going around in a circle, skip a lug nut each time you are going to the next one. If you were to number them in a circle, you would tighten 1, 3, 5, 2, 4. Also, go around a second time to make sure that once everything was tightened down the wheel didn't shift, making a nut loose again.
Jun
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answered Do I need to torque my spark plugs?
Jun
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answered Should I resurface or replace my rotors everytime I replace brake pads?
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
1
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
1
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
1
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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answered what is the difference between DOT3 and DOT4 brake fluids?