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Jun
25
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
19
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
19
answered Does turning off the radio and other electronics in a car before shutting off the engine prevent battery drain?
Jun
17
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. :-)
Jun
17
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Jun
16
comment Replacing carburator with EFI
@shabby Well, yeah, hybrids are typically a bad value proposition too. They're currently more status symbols. :-)
Jun
6
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Jun
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May
26
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
19
comment Car steering wheel question
Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 as well.
May
12
comment What's this strangely marked control on my Eclipse?
Negative. I've even asked a few Mitsubishi mechanics and they don't know. The control on mine is actually jammed halfway now so I attempted to trace where it went (in the hopes of both fixing it and figuring out what it does), but the back of the center console is so jam packed with stuff that I couldn't trace it. I've got the OEM service manuals, and if it's detailed in there, I just haven't found it yet. Hasn't been a high priority though...
Apr
27
comment What causes an engine to burn oil?
An interesting reply. I've never actually found changing a PCV valve to be necessary. My experience is that they last forever.
Apr
27
comment What causes an engine to burn oil?
Look to marque specific forums for the best advice. The common reasons are VERY dependent on the exact engine. Example: Toyota 5S-FE engines over 60k miles nearly universally puff oil smoke at startup due to valve seals.
Apr
24
reviewed Looks OK Squeaky steering?
Apr
24
reviewed Leave Open Does downshifting ( Engine Braking ) help when my car brakes CAN lock the wheel?
Apr
24
reviewed Close Would “one cylinder's out” semantics include a head gasket?
Apr
15
comment Semi synthetic oil engine break-in
I'm told that the bulk of the break-in is done in the first few minutes of running and that no synthetic of any kind should be used. You're in "test pilot" land now, all bets are off... If it was me (a person not afraid of blowing up an engine), I'd switch to conventional and do a lot of WOT/decel runs to try to beat in the last of the break-in that I could and then just see how it goes, expecting higher than normal oil consumption and possibly needing to rebuild it again shortly.
Mar
22
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Feb
16
comment How long should I let me car warm up in the winter?
AFR will be perfectly fine on a modern fuel injected car. However, for a carb'd car with a choke, you're correct. You are forced to run overly rich until the carbs warm up and can function properly.
Feb
4
comment What is this pipe coming out of the petrol tank under the seat
If you want to see them in action... Expansion and dripping of fuel out the vent tubes can be readily observed in airplanes that are filled up cold and sit out all day in the Sun.