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Feb
22
comment Ventilation of batteries
My inclination would be to separate the two functions: put a stout metal (grounded, if possible!) mesh over the batteries for security and something like a flip down shelf some distance above that to catch dirt. That way, you can have ventilation, security and dirt prevention all at once! Obviously, it's your stable so you have to make the call.
Feb
20
comment Reasonable price for getting doors repainted?
For clarity, the chat is found here: chat.stackexchange.com/rooms/340/general-discussion Open ended discussions are welcome there.
Feb
19
comment Leftover parts after head gasket change; are they engine mounts or braces?
Some hints for people answering the question: the 2.2 is the four cylinder engine and the pictures appear to be on the lid of a washing machine (to give a sense of scale).
Feb
18
comment 1st gear hard to engage unless stopped, Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport
As is my WRX. If I don't match the revs nearly exactly, the shifter won't move into gear (which I'm okay with given the leverage that the wheels have on the transmission in first!)
Feb
11
comment How does a supercharger differ from a turbocharger?
Turbochargers are a subset of superchargers. See Juann's answer below. The source of impelling energy is the only distinction.
Feb
4
comment What could be causing my car to shake at high speeds?
+1 on the ice build-up. A friend of mine complained of the same on arriving to work a few days ago. Problem wasn't apparent on driving home. Ice: it always keeps on your toes!
Feb
4
comment Blown head gasket on a 2003 Honda civic
You should probably edit your question if you want to avoid votes to close due to shopping advice being at risk of becoming out of date. If you change cost to refer to labor hours required (or equivalent), that isn't something that's likely to become immediately closed.
Jan
27
comment Why does car rumble/shake with light pressure on accelerator?
@blankip, that would be my suggestion then for the next step. It's so much easier for the mechanic to understand if you can make it happen while they watch and listen.
Jan
26
comment Why does car rumble/shake with light pressure on accelerator?
Does it make enough sound that you could record it with your phone? I've also had good luck taking the mechanic for a ride with me.
Jan
23
comment What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?
@GetFree, I think you need to read the MSDS a little more closely.
Jan
22
comment What precautions are needed when charging a car battery in an apartment?
@GetFree, check the wikipedia entry on sealed lead acid batteries. That valve for gas blow-off? That's where the hydrogen comes out. There's nothing to be done there, that's just how chemistry works.
Jan
22
comment Replacement Interval for Carbon or Charcoal Canister
I stand corrected (based on Paul's answer below). "How often" == "Basically never."
Jan
19
comment When unidirectional tires are rotated, do they also need to be flipped?
Reminder: unidirectional tires will say "This side out" or some equivalent on the sidewall.
Jan
18
comment Replacement Interval for Carbon or Charcoal Canister
Please add more specificity to your question (e.g., make, model, year). "Most vehicles" is a little too broad.
Jan
17
comment Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?
@MatthewHaugen, if that's the case, I wouldn't expect these pads to be this scary. If they were race-specific, sure, get them hot before they will bite. However, you seem to be experiencing a whole new level of terror. That's not right.
Jan
17
comment After car runs with temp normal it drops to tempature reading cold
Welcome to the site. Could you provide a little more information? For example, are you warming up with the car sitting still and then the engine cools off when driving?
Jan
17
comment Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?
Could you tell us which specific pads you purchased? I'm worried that your concerns about operating temperature might be spot on.
Jan
10
comment 2001 Subaru Legacy L Wagon - Gas smell and light shaking
@JoshCaswell, from reading the cited question and answer, I don't think the problem or solution is the same. If nothing else, the other problem required replacing a coil vs. the rubber hose discussed here.
Jan
10
comment 2001 Subaru Legacy L Wagon - Gas smell and light shaking
When you smell the gas smell, find a safe place to pull over, get out and see if you can locate the smell under the hood. I've had really good luck smelling out leaking fluids in the past (especially for something pungent like fuel). NOTE: if you're investigating a running engine, make certain that none of your outfit is loose. You don't want your scarf to end up in your serpentine belt....
Jan
10
comment 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser - Check Engine Light is on and has started regularly sputtering
Could you provide more words about your problem? Right now, it's difficult for us to provide much of substance other than what those codes are. For example, try to describe "sputtering" and how "regularly" does it happen?