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May
2
comment Minor boost leak and shrill tone at peak boost: hose clamp, gasket or blow off valve?
@Ben sadly, no. It is easy to reproduce, however. I am definitely reaching peak boost on the gauge so the loss of pressure isn't enormous.
Apr
29
comment Dent removal from passenger door
It also depends on your goals. Are you looking for perfection? Or just less evidence of your elk attack?
Apr
29
comment Why has my car burnt through all the oil?
@DanielHumberstone, if this turns out to be a blown head gasket, it's one of those situations where the part isn't all that expensive but the labor could be. It should be significantly cheaper than a "new engine"!
Apr
29
comment Why has my car burnt through all the oil?
Might want to suggest a second opinion: a mechanic that recommends a new engine for what sounds a lot like a blown head gasket is troubling.
Apr
28
comment How do I inspect a used tire?
A little more data might bound the question. For example, are you assuming that minimum tread depth is present? Is the tire I mounted or on a wheel? Or is the field wide open?
Apr
22
comment Replacing Headlight Assembly On Vehicle
A picture of the situation would help. There might be something nearby that can be loosened to allow your hands or tools to fit.
Apr
22
comment Is it safe to drive in race conditions with missing lug nuts?
That is one of the coolest tools that I've ever seen. That said, this is an opinion question as written. If you changed into something like "what are the likely failure modes of a four nut wheel running with only three?" Or something similar, it would approach answerability.
Apr
22
comment I sold my 2009 Jetta TDI (at a loss), am a still entitled to compensation?
Unfortunately, we aren't qualified to offer you legal advice. I recommend that you speak to an attorney.
Apr
10
comment Why is oil on my throttle body hose?
@DucatiKiller nope. The question is still open. I cleaned much of the oil off but I still sometimes get burnt smells.
Apr
9
comment Which oil filter has the highest debris capacity?
This is a challenging question to answer in a useful fashion due to the possibly hanging market. A good filter one year might be less so if downgraded the next year to reduce costs. With regard to managing debris, your best bet is to increase your oil change frequency.
Apr
7
comment Buy a new car or old car
Please join us in the chat: lots of us will be happy to discuss options.
Apr
6
comment Subaru Outback with EJ25 making noise when easing off the accelerator
Can you sustain that noise? Is there a throttle position where the rattle is constant? It might be really fiddly to find it so be patient.
Apr
5
comment Fuel efficiency and Shifting/RPM
@adelrahimi like always, it depends but, as a rough approximation, the highest gear that doesn't lug the engine is going to be the most fuel efficient.
Apr
4
comment Seized nut & bolt - difficult to access
Wow. That nut was planning to stay there forever!
Apr
3
comment Engine power specification at different rpm?
@Mr.Meeseeks, I sure did - thanks for spotting the error!
Mar
30
comment Static vs. Effective compression: Why does higher effective compression not require higher octane gas?
@sweber wow, you're totally right. I wonder what draft of this answer allowed me to make an equality into an inequality. Of course pressure isn't a constant or the engine wouldn't work at all. Rewriting that part right now.
Mar
29
comment Did the mechanic break my camshaft?
All: The comments are not a place for long involved discussion. We have chat rooms for that specific purpose.
Mar
28
comment Supercharging small engine
At a minimum, you would need to know things like the compression ratio, the octane of the fuel that you're planning to use, whether the fuel control system can add fuel to match the increased air and whether the engine can even handle increased cylinder pressures. Without all of those, the safe over pressure is 0.0 psi.
Mar
28
comment Did I blow my 1998 civic up?
How did the car drive prior to smoke? Was it still shifting properly (assuming it's an automatic for now)? How did the steering feel? Any strange noises while driving? Was smoke coming out of the tailpipe or only from under the hood? Can you localize any smells (it feels strange to sniff under the car but it can help)?
Mar
25
comment Why is oil on my throttle body hose?
Nope, turbo is still boosting fine. Oil consumption is higher than a non-turbo but within expected parameters.