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Feb
3
comment How long should I let me car warm up in the winter?
That sounds like your car might have an issue. Anything OBD-I or newer should idle high when cold. It's part of the emissions package. Until operating temperature is achieved, the emissions are high, so they idle fast to warm up and get those emissions down.
Feb
3
comment How long should I let me car warm up in the winter?
Well, most cars (generally economy/general commuter) have hypereutectic pistons. Some performance cars do come with forged pistons that do have expansion issues. However, seizing them is not an issue. The issue is that they need to get temperature so that they expand for proper fit/function.
Feb
2
comment Used odometer supposedly showing incorrect reading
Instrument panel swaps and incorrect odo aren't a big deal. Pretty common as panels/odos do fail and new ones are obscenely expensive. Swapping a used one in is a normal procedure. Licensing agencies often have specific rules about documenting it.
Jan
10
comment How to replace balljoint?
Not really what I was looking for. I know how to remove the arm and separate the balljoint from the assembly already. The real issue was trying to replace the balljoint in the arm. As a side note, when I did end up doing the full arm replacment, there was no need to compress the spring. At full suspension droop on my car the spring was completely unloaded (YMMV of course).
Jan
10
comment How to replace balljoint?
I ended up pulling the eccentric bolts from the bad condition spare arms. I then bought some aftermarket replacement arms that also have have the more typical screw adjustment on them. Screw adjustment was set to roughly the middle, then alignment done with the eccentrics. When they rust into place again, future alignments should still be able to be done with the screw adjusters like a "normal" car. :-)
Jan
4
comment Why rear disk brakes do not wear the pads even?
I did a pair of caliper replacements this Summer which came with specific instructions to only use synthetic caliper grease on the bolts. First time I'd seen a type specified, but I always use synthetic anyways...
Jan
2
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Dec
16
comment Replace original steel rims with aluminum rims
Many '90's Toyotas with alloy wheels used flat washer lugnuts.
Dec
10
comment Rotor Replaced and MY Car is only 3 years old
I have to disagree. Modern cars have pretty thin rotors and aggressive brake pads from the factory. It's really not all that often anymore that a rotor is reusable. If you specifically ran soft pads, you might get a second set of pads of use out of that rotor. With OEM pads, one and done is typical.
Nov
19
comment Handling voltage range mismatch between electric oil pressure gauge and pressure sensor
I feel your pain. Then sensor for my coolant temp gauge went bad and it's not possible to get replacements with the same voltage levels anymore...
Nov
19
answered My low beams don't work
Nov
19
comment My battery light came on, can I still drive?
Beware the case of a battery with a dead cell, but a normally charging alternator... The remaining cells will pick up the slack, which results in localized overcharging, which means overheating, and potentially a fire. I had a battery fail that way (no indicator lamp) on a half hour drive home. I recognized the stench of a battery cooking off (in my IT work I've smelled it a number of times when UPS units failed). Luckily I was just about home. The battery was so incredibly hot I needed gloves to pull it out of the car.
Nov
10
comment 2 Volts on Car Battery
The more current required to hold up the voltage (perform a charge), the hotter the alternator gets. Heat is what kills alternators. Now, take a dead battery that's pulling a lot of current and takes awhile to charge and you are shortening the lifespan of your alternator. Is it enough to get excited about, perhaps, perhaps not. It is happening though...
Nov
5
comment How do you remove a stubbornly stuck rear hub on a 1993 Honda fourtrax 300?
Unfortunately, twice in my life, I've been involved in similar situations where we ultimately gave up, pulled the axle, and replaced the axle and hub both. One time was a hurry, so we did it after only a couple hours of trying, the other was a decision made after working on the car a few hours here and there across several months...
Nov
5
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Oct
29
comment Best way to clean inside of windshield?
I'd upvote this 100 times if I could. Newspaper is definitely the way to go!
Oct
23
comment What causes battery terminal corrosion?
I think this could be edited into an answer, let's let it stand for a bit.
Oct
22
comment What causes battery terminal corrosion?
Please elaborate. What's the advantage of petroleum jelly?
Oct
19
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Sep
30
comment Best way to remove broken bolt from intake manifold (broke nearly flush)?
The odds on this actually working though, in my experience, are near zero. The reason it snapped off to begin with is most likely due to it being VERY stuck. If you can't solve that root cause, the extractor will fail even quicker than the original bolt did...