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Aug
26
comment What are the implications of driving through flood water when I have a high air intake?
@Jerreck, because the spark plug holes are vertical. My engine is flat so it's harder for it to retain water in the spark plugs. A V engine is somewhere in between. Assume that the probability distribution is something like the cosine of the angle from vertical.
Aug
9
comment How can I turn my rear window into a one-way mirror?
The rear window on almost all vehicles is slanted. There is almost no chance that light will be reflected specularly back into the eyes of the driver behind you. Even if it did, it would also annoy people who were driving with their low beams on. As such, I'd expect this to be illegal in almost all areas.
Aug
3
comment Is it safe to overload the roof rails?
Follow-up: the kayak that I saw still attached to roof rails (in the middle of the road) was also mounted on edge as shown above. Large sail area + lots of leverage + plenty of mass ==> failure.
Jul
20
comment What causes the engine idle fuse to blow when I turn the a/c on?
Special bonus point if you include a picture of the particular fuse in the fuse box.
Jul
18
comment My car is running very poorly when I start my 1994 Buick Century
+1 for the first commenter who can explain to Diane exactly how to check the codes and what they are. Note: Bob has just suggested an easy question for you to answer and get free rep....
Jul
18
comment How critical is a Serpentine belt replacement and is it worth $400
Just a heads up: shopping advice is discouraged here (it's one of the possible flag choices as opinion-oriented). I advise you to rewrite your question somewhat along the lines of "will my car die without replacing this part?" The chat is a great place to talk numbers as we're just making conversation over there.
Jul
16
comment Why did V4 engines never take off?
@ALANWARD your point was raised in Paul's question over here: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/17318/57
Jul
12
comment Torn tire tread and sidewall on Subaru Impreza
For those flagging this as "not an answer", it clearly is the answer to the original question. Yes, the tread is worn and, yes, there is additional damage to the tire that recommends replacing all the tires. I, the mod, have spoken.
Jul
11
comment Torn tire tread and sidewall on Subaru Impreza
Bonus points if you provide pictures if the issue. Double bonus if you stick a Lincoln penny into the tread block grooves and provide that as well.
Jul
7
comment Octane rating of fats and oils versus diesel fuel
Up to a point, of course. Pre-detonation is less of a concern in the diesel cycle.
Jul
6
comment Is it safe to overload the roof rails?
Good point - I forgot the height limitation.
Jun
21
comment Is there a way to check if you're being ripped off for accident repair costs?
You can't. There are too many variables and they're too specific to your situation (including the local legal posture). That's why this question is likely to be closed as too localized / shopping advice.
Jun
11
comment Do I need to reprogram ECU when adding custom Air filter
@Anarach, Rory is still right. It depends on the specific application.
Jun
10
comment Do I need to reprogram ECU when adding custom Air filter
Your conclusion isn't true for all engines. WRX motors are known for running too lean with some intakes. That's bad in a forced induction engine. You either get too much air (possible detonation) or the ECU panics and adds to much fuel (too rich = lower power and worse emissions). The engine will be fine within some bounds but if you exceed them, you need a tune.
Jun
8
comment ac compressor pulley making noise
Some more information would help: what kind of noise? When the car is hot or cold? Does the sound change at different speeds?
Jun
3
comment Unknown part fell out of my motorcycle
@neanderslob, no judgment here. I have to secure all kinds of cables all the time and I've made much dumber choices than a couple of hair spin pins!
May
31
comment What is the difference between a 180° V4 and a true boxer motor?
@Shamtam thanks, you spotted it before I did.
May
21
comment Can metal putty be used to repair stripped threads in aluminum castings?
They're also handy if you break a motor mount bolt....
Apr
28
comment Is shifting to neutral on a decline more fuel efficient than keeping the gear engaged?
@R.., you're answering a driving technique question. The OP is asking why the fuel consumption reading is so low. Those are two different things.
Apr
22
comment Odometer gained 65,000 miles after battery replacement
@Paulster2 are you actually going to answer the question? At least one of these comments is probably what happened.