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Nov
22
comment Suzuki Sidekick Radio Ground Wire Location
@Dean, it's pretty unlikely that it was just wedged - it's more likely that there is a matching connector wandering around inside your console.
Nov
20
comment At what level does low oil prevent vtec from working?
It would help if you let us know exactly which vehicle and engine you have.
Nov
19
comment What is a good strategy for adding performance upgrades in phases to a 2013 Mazda 3?
"little difference" is right: check the altitude listed above.
Nov
19
comment What is a good strategy for adding performance upgrades in phases to a 2013 Mazda 3?
You should put those numbers in the original question - at that altitude, there aren't a lot of minor engine modifications that are going to help you (e.g., intake + exhaust => very little noticeable gain). Forced induction will help but that's a serious endeavor. Removal of weight and drag always helps, though, no matter where you are.
Nov
19
comment What is a good strategy for adding performance upgrades in phases to a 2013 Mazda 3?
What is the altitude of the "mountain driving" relative to mean sea level?
Nov
19
comment 1999 Camaro's front wheels move forward and backward significantly, is it the control arms?
The "nice" thing about diagnosing a problem like this is that all the parts are in the same vicinity and you can generally see all of them. If you can move the wheel like @NickC suggests, you'll see which parts are loose, broken or just worn out.
Nov
18
comment What do relatively dirtier front hubcaps indicate?
Remember that brake dust is corrosive so, while it is common to see, it isn't a good thing.
Nov
14
comment Car not starting easily in the cold?
Follow-up on the starter: perhaps the selenoid is sticking. If it's not extending to engage with the flywheel, nothing useful's going to happen.
Nov
14
comment Car not starting easily in the cold?
How old is the starter motor?
Nov
12
comment In Columbus, Ohio. 28 degrees out for last 9 hrs. Only water in radiator.Can I start and drive safely?
To be clear, what's in the radiator now is toxic (water + some antifreeze). You can't just pour it down the drain.
Nov
12
comment 2008 Chevy Cobalt Toe In?
FYI: it is possible to adjust toe-in at home. This older answer has a link to a video with the procedure: mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/2829/57 Summary: it's a bit of work but not intellectually challenging.
Nov
11
comment Replacing four tires or two front tires on a front-wheel drive car
@NickC is probably right: there's likely corrosion or something similar that's preventing a good seal of the tire bead (unless the brand of tire has awful quality control).
Nov
6
comment Is the wing (AKA fender) on a BMW 335d MSport attached by glue?
I made a slight change that seems to fit better with your intent. Let me know if that looks like what you expected. Also, welcome to the site!
Nov
6
comment Is the wing (AKA fender) on a BMW 335d MSport attached by glue?
@MrGray isn't talking about the spoiler, he's talking about the front fender.
Nov
6
comment How much money to spend maintaining a 12-year-old Civic
Welcome to the site: you should be aware that this sort of pricing question is normally considered off-topic as it is too localized. Even the "is it worth it?" question is sketchy since it depends on your own situation. Can you afford to buy a new car? Do you need a running car? On the other hand, if you were asking "are these fixes I can do myself?", you'd get a different reception.
Nov
6
comment Grey smoke when idling 1999 GMC Suburban, coolant system pressure loss
It would be great if you could provide pictures of the drains in question. From your description, this sounds like the kind of thing that could happen to somebody else and this would be a great source for "did you check these spots?"
Nov
1
comment Can coasting in neutral damage an automatic transmission?
Welcome to the site. In case it's not clear, this is not an open-ended discussion site. We're looking for answers to the questions posed. While your anecdote is somewhat related to the topic, it does not actually answer the original question.
Oct
31
comment Rear suspension much more sensitive to bumps than front
Mike nailed it: I would assume that any bushing or other rubber-based component on a 93 car is completely worn out. This includes the top mounts for the shocks, the bushing on the sway bars end links, the control arms, the exhaust hangers, etc. It's likely that if you crawl around under the car, you'll see a lot of worn out rubber bits.
Oct
30
comment High pitch whistle at a very particular throttle level
Is this the original intake or something custom?
Oct
30
comment High pitch whistle at a very particular throttle level
Please provide more information about your specific vehicle. For example, are you driving a turbo car?