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Aug
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comment Oil leaks after oil change - shop says engine oil pan gasket needs to be replaced
30 minutes seems really optimistic. I'd budget 1-2 hours for a non-mechanic to do it.
Aug
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comment How can you tell the oil needs to be changed?
Based on the reading I've done and the anecdotal evidence of engines I've had knowledge of, the degradation of oil over time is not nearly as large a concern as the contaminants (built up by mileage) in the oil.
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answered mazda mx5 or toyota mr2?
Aug
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comment Semi synthetic oil engine break-in
Well, most likely fresh rings and a hone job, probably not a full rebuild... :-)
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answered Semi synthetic oil engine break-in
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comment Why does an engine's idle RPMs take time to settle from a cold start?
Sure do remember the choke. Just used it last weekend on my motorcycle. :-)
Jun
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revised Does turning off the radio and other electronics in a car before shutting off the engine prevent battery drain?
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Jun
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answered Does turning off the radio and other electronics in a car before shutting off the engine prevent battery drain?
Jun
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comment Are floor jack and jack stand pads necessary?
I use a rag folded over a couple times to avoid scratching up the car. Depending on the exact location, sometimes the lip ends up just getting a little crushed. It's rare to see a car nowadays that doesn't have a flattened lip at the jacking location. Is it bad, yes, but it's not the biggest issue long term. :-)
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comment Replacing carburator with EFI
@shabby Well, yeah, hybrids are typically a bad value proposition too. They're currently more status symbols. :-)
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comment Last year my timing chain had broken
Did you get it repaired already and are asking about future precautions, or are you asking about getting it repaired and back on the road?
May
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comment Car steering wheel question
Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 as well.