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Aug
31
comment Filling diesel vehicles - Vent trick
It's not clear why this is something that you'd want to do. You're trying to increase the distance between fuel stops? If so, this sounds like a lot of work to defeat a venting system when you could get the same effect by driving slower and / or with more relaxed starts from stoplights.
Aug
31
comment Is there any disadvantage of shifting to Neutral at high speed?
Welcome to the site. The issues of shifting to neutral and engine braking have been discussed at length. Please consider some of the following: mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/678/57, mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/3600/57, mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/4340/57 and mechanics.stackexchange.com/q/816/57.
Aug
28
comment External mechanic inspection on CPO car?
Did anyone else read that as "Chief Petty Officer"? Very confusing.... ;-)
Aug
21
comment Should one fit the least-worn tires to the rear wheels?
@mac, yes, following the recommended rotation procedure is important and is specific to the configuration of the vehicle. For example, my AWD car permits rotation front and back but not side to side (so my left tires will always stay on the left). Rotation will mitigate many uneven wear situations but not prevent them.
Aug
21
comment Can I use lower octane fuel at high elevation?
The original finding was from the American Petroleum Institute, not an objective source. Our guidance on the site is to rely on your owner's manual - see the related questions on the right for more information.
Aug
21
comment Really high idle after tightening spark plugs
Did you do a full ECU reset after all of this work? There's usually a recommended many second procedure that will drain all residual charges and return the ECU to a base state.
Aug
21
comment Strange cooling circuit problems in a 1997 vw golf mk3 tdi
@ravloony, you should answer your own question below - that will complete the circuit for people who go searching for similar problems (rather than forcing them to read in the comments)
Aug
21
comment Can I use lower octane fuel at high elevation?
If you read the rest of the article you see "The Colorado Legislative Council contradicted that research in a 2001 study, which showed that the altitude difference might apply only to older cars (pre-1984)." In a modern NA car, the owner's manual wins. In a turbo car, the altitude matters much less: our engines go and grab as much oxygen as they can get!
Aug
21
comment Should one fit the least-worn tires to the rear wheels?
Yes - putting the best tires on the rear will preserve the understeering bias that most "car as appliance" drivers will expect.
Aug
21
comment Grey smoke when idling 1999 GMC Suburban, coolant system pressure loss
I would give you another +1 just for the great pictures.
Aug
20
comment Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?
@R.., my tl;dr still applies to novices, though. If you replaced a full strut assembly in 15 minutes, you've got the procedure down and the tools ready to hand. A novice is going to be learning on the job including figuring out what to do when they break one of the bolts that they thought they were going to reuse....
Aug
19
comment Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?
@R.., if you don't have to deal with spring compressor safety, it's much less of a deal. There are three bolts at the top and two at the bottom of each strut on my car. It would still be a lot of work but managing the spring would no longer be a huge time suck.
Aug
19
comment Grey smoke when idling 1999 GMC Suburban, coolant system pressure loss
@GabrielMongeon, I tend to agree - looking at the left side of the picture, it seems like there's a lot of oil on other components as well.
Aug
19
comment Purchasing a Used Car - Advice
Welcome to the site. You've asked a question that is primarily opinion-based and, as such, won't have a definitive answer. Our "chat" site is a much better place to have this sort of open-ended discussion. Please see our "about" page for more guidance on question asking & answering: mechanics.stackexchange.com/about
Aug
19
comment My gear switches out of Drive and into neutral while driving automatically
Welcome to the site: could you add the specific make and model of your car to the question body? That might help us be more specific in our advice.
Aug
15
comment Motor cycle maintenance tutorials
@Arun - the feedback you're getting is that you're asking too broad a series of questions. You'd be better served by becoming much more specific: e.g., pick a single bike, pick a single problem or task and ask a single question about that task. The help center has suggestions on how to ask good questions that will net you good answers: mechanics.stackexchange.com/help
Aug
14
comment Motor cycle maintenance tutorials
Welcome to the site. You've asked an extremely broad question along the lines of "where can I find all the knowledge?" If you narrow the scope of your question, it would be more answerable.
Aug
14
comment Got a call from the mechanic saying I need new disc brakes. Can I buy them online instead?
Welcome to the site. This question is essentially unanswerable as originally written. What is missing is a specific mechanical problem that you are trying to solve. Please consult the new about page for guidance on good questions and answers: mechanics.stackexchange.com/about Your thoughts about the cost of labor vs. your own efforts are welcome on the chat page. chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/340/…
Aug
9
comment Supercharger Components That Can Fail
FYI: This is the wrong type of supercharger for the OP. This is centrifugal, not a Roots blower as on the Pontiac.
Aug
8
comment Supercharger Components That Can Fail
I found a very nice visual breakdown of the supercharger here: www3.sympatico.ca/aepa/blowerinstall.html Can you tell if the noise you're hearing is in the "snout" of the blower? Does the noise change in pitch based on engine speed? Or is it constant? Did you have an oil leak from the blower?