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Dec
8
comment Is any power from the alternator 'free'?
@cnst, are you asking if conservation of energy continues to apply?
Dec
7
comment Why use a car battery charger?
@cnst, I am unclear about what you are objecting to. Are you saying that a car that sits unused all winter shouldn't expect to have a dead battery come summertime? Or you conflating a battery charger with a battery conditioner?
Dec
5
comment Difference between “dumping the clutch” and N->D in an auto?
FYI - the edited question no longer mentions street racing.
Dec
5
comment Difference between “dumping the clutch” and N->D in an auto?
FYI - the edited question no longer mentions street racing.
Dec
4
comment Difference between “dumping the clutch” and N->D in an auto?
@Paulster2, I tend to agree but you have to read the whole body of text. It wouldn't hurt to rewrite this question as something like "what damage can flipping from neutral to drive do to an automatic transmission?" That would make it a little more clear that this really is a mechanical question.
Nov
30
comment Did the mechanic damage our car?
@Paulster2, I mispoke and left out the word gasket last night.
Nov
30
comment Suzuki Swift Sport 2012
Just to be clear: "45km" == 45000 miles, right? Not 45 kilometers?
Nov
30
comment Did the mechanic damage our car?
Stories like this make me furious. Treating women like oblivious morons damages our hobby, passion and our whole gender. Please let your wife know that she is welcome to visit the site as well. We will happily answer any automotive question she has like the nerds that we are.
Nov
30
comment Did the mechanic damage our car?
While my hunch is similar to yours, could you think of a method that an unscrupulous person could use to break a valve cover in half using only 10-15 minutes in the shop? The only one that comes to my mind can't be done subtly.
Nov
19
comment Is the 2008 Honda Fit Rear Left Wheel Alignment Not Adjustable?
Just a note: you can use the stackexchange interface to include your images in line with your question. That's saves a step for people answering them as they don't wander off to another website.
Nov
12
comment Difference Between Oil Filters
@Paul, if you'd like to have an open-ended discussion, you are welcome to do so in the chat.
Nov
9
comment Why are American cars less efficient compared to european European/Japan cars
@albanx, if you'd like to have an open-ended discussion, please feel free to use the chat. This area is for asking questions that can be answered. Please review the guidance in the site tour: mechanics.stackexchange.com/tour. This is not an area for no true scotsman arguments.
Nov
6
comment Can I drive my 2013 Toyota Camry a few miles after Low Tire Pressure light comes on?
In a modern tire, a visibly low tire is dangerously low. I wouldn't drive on that much further than around the block.
Oct
31
comment Winter tyres - how necessary are they?
Yes, and I'm agreeing with you (twice now! ;-). It's colder where you are (on average) so winter tires are a better choice than my good-enough-for-Rhode-Island all seasons.
Oct
31
comment How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?
Thanks, I have plenty of thunder already. My suggestion is to add to your existing answer because it helps the 10000 people who ask the exact same question. Most people won't read the comments so an organized complete answer is our only communication path to them.
Oct
30
comment How much improvement from replacing an O2 sensor?
You're right that you might be able to measure a performance hit between a new and an old O2 sensor. However, most people wouldn't consider it worth their time to do the comparison. That said, O2 sensors have a finite lifespan. You might want to mention that at 127K miles, the O2 is probably done. Replacing it is usually not a hard DIY job and is certainly cheaper than what some shops would charge.... chat.stackexchange.com/transcript/340/2014/3/29
Oct
30
comment Weird Problem! Need to turn steering wheel to crank start the car
Congrats on the weirdest problem that I've heard of in quite a while!
Oct
30
comment Winter tyres - how necessary are they?
Exactly: if you're in a colder / snowier climate, all-seasons won't be sufficient.
Oct
22
comment MINI Cooper Oil Leak
Is this a turbo car (the Cooper S)?
Oct
21
comment Difference Between Oil Filters
@Paul, personal assertion is not evidence. An objective (e.g., double blind) comparison of a set of oil filters would certainly allow us to draw conclusions about which of those specific filters are actually "OEM equivalent." We still wouldn't be able to generalize to the point where "OEM equivalent" == UNSAT. The problem is still the word "probably" above and the burden of proof isn't on me.