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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.
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?