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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.
Apr
22
comment Tire rotation to fix low tire pressure?
Hitler? Seriously? Perhaps an edit to remove the parenthetical?
Apr
22
comment Petrol vehicles, what are the advantages and disadvantages of a turbo charger?
This question is likely better for the chat. It's definitely open ended and the answers are likely to be opinion based.
Apr
7
comment Why would engine noise in cabin be much worse in one vehicle compared to another?
A point of clarification: Dynamat and equivalent products are pretty good at damping out higher frequency rattles and squeaks. They can't do much about lower frequency booms and drones (like tire and exhaust noise) due to the wavelength of those sounds. In those cases, you need to work on the sources of the noises (the tires and the exhaust).
Mar
30
comment Vehicle Technology Controls
Regarding your question, could you provide more context?
Mar
28
comment Is RPM tied to gass usage?
This question is functionally equivalent to a previous discussion of final drive ratios: few revs = less gas. mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/661/57
Mar
22
comment Comprehensive Dictionary of Auto parts
@Tek'eek, perhaps this is the place to create such a thing. A wiki page could become what you describe.
Mar
21
comment How far can I drive with too much oil?
@Sarah, please take our suggestions on "how to deal with this yourself" as a compliment. You are clearly at a level above the "a car is an appliance" crowd since you're checking your oil with some regularity. One of the things that we're trying to develop is a set of suggestions for those who are away from home, lack a broad selection of tools or are in limited circumstances.
Mar
21
comment How far can I drive with too much oil?
@Sarah, it's your car so, as usual, you have to make the call. If you'd like to give it a try, tubing of the right diameter is likely available at a supermarket, drugstore or hardware store.
Mar
20
comment How far can I drive with too much oil?
For clarity, did you check when the engine was cold or hot? How about when you filled the oil?
Mar
14
comment For the love of all things sacred, what technical reason was there for GM to put a different connector on each side for the rear oxygen sensors?
This question will likely get votes to close since it's open-ended and hard to definitively answer. For that sort of open-ended "what's wrong with X that they would do Y?", might I suggest the chat: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/340/general-discussion We're a lot more loosey goosey about what we talk about there.
Mar
14
comment For the love of all things sacred, what technical reason was there for GM to put a different connector on each side for the rear oxygen sensors?
While I can appreciate the appeal for sanity in a world gone mad, it's not clear exactly which question you're asking. Are you trying to adapt one O2 sensor to a different fitting? Or are you really wondering what demonic spirit possessed the design engineers at GM?
Mar
14
comment correct English name for specific car part
Could you point out the part you mean (e.g., by adding some lines directly in the image)? It's not obvious if you mean the control arm or the bushing that it's connected to.
Feb
27
comment How to Inspect a Fuel Filter to See if it Needs Replacing?
@DucatiKiller I have wish I could up vote that story multiple times. That's such a gem of Dad wisdom that sounds stupid and then you go, "oh, I see what you're saying." I'll have to use it on my boys when the time comes. ;-)
Feb
25
comment Ford Focus 2004 1.6l Rear Noise
Driving on a flat = repetitive slapping sound? The volume of the sound peaks at 20 mph? Is there any change in pitch? Or is it just an intermittent transient noise? Does it get faster with speed or stay constant?
Feb
24
comment How to Inspect a Fuel Filter to See if it Needs Replacing?
Incorrect again. That's not how the math works. Every time cells are exposed to a risk factor, they're at risk. Don't put fuel in your mouth.
Feb
24
comment What could cause Oil Pressure light flickering
Nice before and after. I'll bet this question gets a lot of traffic this winter!
Feb
24
comment How to Inspect a Fuel Filter to See if it Needs Replacing?
Incorrect. Gasoline is a cancer risk. The NIH has plenty of studies but this one is the most relevant to putting fuel in your mouth. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1128333