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Mar
24
comment Car stalls/dies suddenly while driving and is not starting again
There are some good comments here that should be written up as answers. It is okay to amend the answer as information develops. Remember, the next person with this problem won't be reading all the chatty comments. They'll be looking for an answer.
Mar
21
comment All-wheel drive single tire placement
If you look at the question marked as a duplicate, you'll see a situation that is very similar to your own. Summary: you want matching tires but it's your car and your responsibility to make an informed decision.
Mar
18
comment Why do tyres go flat after a few weeks of non-usage?
Adding a little flavor to this answer: I just took my summer tires down off the rack after a while winter. All of them were still close to operating pressure (lost maybe 2 psi over three months).
Mar
16
comment Tire Maintenance
@JPhi1618 until you break a wheel stud and then you make the sad face I made on Saturday.... :-(
Mar
10
comment Does increasing head gasket thickness make it more failure-prone?
Intuitively it makes sense. There's more non-metal exposed to pressure. Whether that is the proximate cause is ... uh ... your original question. ;-)
Mar
8
comment New Car - Tips for living on a muddy/bumpy road
Good idea on the splash guard
Mar
8
comment I have a 1996 Mercedes e320 I constantly have to put coolant in the reservoir coolant levels always low
How does the exhaust smell? Is there a sweet smell? After a drive, lift the hood and smell and listen. Any hissing? Smell anything? Sometimes you can track coolant problems down with your nose.
Mar
8
comment New Car - Tips for living on a muddy/bumpy road
Spraying the undercarriage doesn't have to be a big production. At my house, it's what happens while hosing down the wheels and such: walk around the car with the hose pointed up under the body. Any clean water up under there will bring out all kinds of yuck.
Mar
7
comment Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?
@RedSonja I drive my car onto the front lawn to wash it. That's the only water that our lawn gets in some of these hot summers. Even better, my soapy water is getting filtered through my grass, plants and dirt rather than hitting the storm sewer directly (which are only a hop or two away from our local ocean). Pro tip: summer roasted grass doesn't care about soap at all. It's just so glad to get any water at all. :-)
Mar
7
comment Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?
@PeterA.Schneider none of the points in your comment are correct.
Mar
7
comment Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?
@JasonC sounds like an opportunity to do some A-B testing. I have concrete evidence that washing my wife's car pays dividends. In contrast, I'm pretty sure that she would be significantly less impressed if I explained "it'll just get dirty anyway."
Mar
7
comment Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?
@JasonC actually washing will reduce the risk of corrosion because physics and chemistry. If you don't want to wash your car, there's no law that says you have to. Just like your shirt, which likely cost a lot less than your car.
Mar
3
comment Are there any (legal) ways to increase halogen headlight brightness?
Are your lenses clear? If the lenses are old, they will really reduce the light levels that they pass. However, that can be easily fixed. mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/11883/57
Mar
2
comment Honda Civic Clicks but won't Crank
@Timothy you should go ahead and write up your own solution to the problem as an answer. You can still accept SMAuto's answer but it help future people to see exactly how your problem for solved.
Feb
27
comment Where can I find the little snap-on fixtures that hold my Yaris bumper in place?
Then, yes, as soon as you post a picture, we will be able to think of a provider. I bought a bunch of bits like that from Amazon a couple of months ago. Pro tip: buy them in biggest bag available.
Feb
26
comment Optimal RPM range for manual transmission
That is not what lugging actually means: mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/9388/57
Feb
26
comment Optimal RPM range for manual transmission
When you say lugging, is it actually lugging in the sense of truly chugging? Or are you just thinking it's below the torque peak?
Feb
26
comment Where can I find the little snap-on fixtures that hold my Yaris bumper in place?
Do you have a picture? Amazon and other online sources absolutely stock fittings that are likely the same as what you're looking for.
Feb
24
comment Does an Engine Strut Bar have any effect on performance?
@DucatiKiller, yep. Not a lot but some.
Feb
21
comment Cut and Polish: Looking for help on how to do my car
@Richie, the order is up to you. The rock chips, if unrepaired, will tend to retain some of the wax. I find that to be useful: if I see a spot, I know there's a chip that I might not have seen otherwise. I have a collection of little picks and similar tools that allow me to remove that blob of wax and replace it with paint. You can also do it the other way around but be ready to see those extra little spots. There's always a chip that you'd otherwise miss....