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Jan
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comment Can I buy a used car to learn auto repair & DIY?
Indeed. There are many low risk modifications and tasks you can learn to perform on your current vehicle. Oil changes are a good start: you end up under the car looking at many important moving parts. The chat is also a great place to ask "is this a good idea?" before you dig too deep a hole. ;-)
Jan
1
comment What makes a worn car shock spongy and soft?
I don't see a spot where you say something to the effect that sometimes oil shock leak. When I swapped out two of the old Outback shocks back in the day, all the oil was basically on the outside of the tubes. I could compress them with one finger!
Dec
23
comment Is there really such a thing as a skeleton key?
Okay, would one of you goofballs please turn one or more of these comments into an answer?!
Dec
21
comment Keeping track of removed screws?
@Paulster2, my magnets come from hard drives. The effects that occur are all entirely expected! ;-)
Dec
21
comment Keeping track of removed screws?
This is essentially the answer that I was going to write. I have an additional step before bagging: Altoids tins with a powerful magnet (from a hard drive) on the bottom. That way I don't have to manage little baggies while I'm taking fiddly screws out. Drop the screw into the tin and tick it sticks in place. Manage the baggies after you've finished a set from a particular location. Pro tip: this also works well when disassembling laptops....
Dec
17
comment 2004 Tahoe Conking, Glub Glub Glub
You should put those codes directly in the text of the original question.
Dec
15
comment Buick LeSabre 2002 automatic transmission not working
@OmarQa, your edit should be an answer to your own question. I'll re-open it, you can edit it and congratulate yourself on solving your problem! :-)
Dec
15
comment What would be better for an engine driving at 60mph or 70mph? I wish to get the most miles out of my engine?
Air friction actually only increases proportional to the square of velocity at these speeds.
Dec
12
comment 2014 dodge avenger - Brake Squealing and Grinding Sounds, Front and Rear
This post is very hard to read in all caps - it's reads like someone screaming at me.
Dec
10
comment Rotor Replaced and MY Car is only 3 years old
In case you've never seen one before, a micrometer is just a measuring tool with two adjustable fingers. It tells you exactly how far apart those finger tips are. There's nothing wrong with asking "exactly what was the reading on the micrometer?" From the answers and comments, it seems like you've replaced some rotors a bit ahead of schedule (but not crazy early). Your brakes should feel great, too!
Dec
8
comment 2004 Tahoe Conking, Glub Glub Glub
+1 for "glub glub glub" - I can hear the sound in my head perfectly! ;-)
Dec
5
comment What is the theory behind rpm and torque?
@Khaled, you're going to have to be more specific.... ;-)
Dec
4
comment What is the theory behind rpm and torque?
@Paulster2, take it over there! You have good content and the other question has room for new knowledge.
Dec
4
comment What is the theory behind rpm and torque?
Welcome to the site! It turns out that your question about fundamentals is not too basic. In fact, we've discussed many of the related aspects in the linked question: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/7922/57. You'll see one of my "Bob Cross Wall of Words" answers over there. If you'd like me to add to it, please let me know!
Dec
2
comment What car would I need to buy (secondhand) to replace my currently wrecked BMW 318i motor?
You might have a better chance just purchasing the motor itself. eBay is showing me multiple 318i motors for under $1000 USD.
Nov
20
comment Jiffy lube put too much oil in my car
@MeganMarie, check the two attached questions (one a little too much and one far too much). I suspect that your car has a little too much oil. You could siphon out the excess but I suspect you'd be fine if you leave it as is.
Nov
19
comment My battery light came on, can I still drive?
How old is the battery? If it's more than a few years old, it's entirely possible that the battery isn't holding a charge properly. Have you had trouble starting the car? Do the lights dim when you're using at a stop sign / stop light?
Nov
16
comment Jiffy lube put too much oil in my car
This is probably a closer fit than the "one gallon" question: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/2914/57
Nov
16
comment Jiffy lube put too much oil in my car
Was the car hot at the second Jiffy Lube?
Nov
16
comment Can 100% load be reached in neutral?
I would modify your first point about throttle position for clarity: the throttle position is more of an indication of your desire for a change in the engine speed. Closed == return to idle speed. At the current equilibrium point, no change desired. WOT = maximum possible acceleration. That might help with your later explanation of why the engine could be gulping different amounts of air for a given RPM. It's really a first derivative control rather than direct.