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Just another nobody out in the world, banging out some code from time to time...


Jun
19
awarded  Guru
Jun
16
comment Can turbochargers cause engine damage gathering dirt and other particles from the air
Non turbo cars also use outside air... Both have air filters.
Jun
10
comment Volvswagen Passat went out of control
I hydroplaned at 55 mph in the rain one particular day and I ended up in another lane before I got control back. There are a ton of variables, it's not possible to say exactly how fast you should be able to go nor how quickly you will get control back. Hence why one must try to stay well within what the limits are believed to be in the rain. Push the edges and you're likely to end up upside down in a ditch...
Jun
9
answered Volvswagen Passat went out of control
Jun
9
comment Wheel alignment. Should I have said something?
All the local shops I've dealt with do free alignment checks. 0.05 degrees I wouldn't have had an alignment adjustment done. Variations that small can be seen by just bouncing the suspension around a little on most cars that have a few miles on them. I've also found that (at least on my cars), the alignments don't drift outside of that slight variation (even after pounding through potholes all Spring), so I only do alignments when suspension repair work forces it. Tire wear is not an issue for me. YMMV...
Jun
2
awarded  Yearling
May
23
comment Wheel change/balance leading to continuous braking
My guess is coincidence/bad luck. I've had multiple calipers suddenly fail/start sticking like that and there's never been any warning. At some point probability is that it will happen to somebody who is picking up a car from a tire shop. That might just be you. :-)
May
5
answered Pontiac Bonneville shakes
May
5
comment How can I clean the dirt build-up in my alternator?
I'd also guess that water probably whouldn't hurt it (unless it already had a problem started anyways). Even then, I'd be hesitant to use high pressure for fear of working water deep in where there's a problem already brewing. On a side note, I do know that oil is definitely bad for them... :-) All that said, I doubt dirt is the root cause.
May
4
comment Is this a wheel spacer?
Worst case, if you just can't get the adapter to start moving, it looks like you have the style of disc where a bolt can be used to help drive it out. Driving the disc off in that manner should also push the adapter along with it (probably will break it free relatively soon, so I wouldn't expect to have to drive the disc very far). I've not broken a plastic adapter yet, but if it is very stuck, try to move carefully and cautiously as any of these methods that apply much force (and/or use sharp objects) could break it. Use eye protection too, in case it breaks... Shards in the eye are bad.
May
2
comment Is this a wheel spacer?
@BobCross It depends. My TSW Trophy wheels have a metal adapter and it's not visible while the wheel is on the car as it disappears into a slot (hard to describe). However, my K1 racing wheels it is visible while on the car by virtue of the black plastic that can be seen around the hub.
May
2
comment Is this a wheel spacer?
It's VERY common for aftermarket wheels to include hubcentric adapters. There are so many hub sizes that it's not cost effective to machine separate wheels for all of them, thus the adapters are used. I've also found it to be common for those adapters to get stuck to the hub instead of the wheel itself during removal... Sometimes the metal ones will even require hosing down with PB Blaster and prying with a very small pry bar to remove.
Apr
27
comment diagnose faulty voltage regulator causing battery overcharging?
I just recently had a 9 month old expensive AGM battery lose a cell. It had never seemed to hold a charge well from the beginning. Getting it warrantied was a major hassle as the manufacturer said it was impossible. Yet, I threw an cheapie battery from the corner shop in there and it's been perfect for a couple months... These things happen sometimes...
Apr
24
comment How could an oil drain plug fall out after 36 days and 2500 miles?
After 36 days and 2500 miles, it would be nearly impossible to prove it back to the shop. For all you know a neighborhood kid or disgruntled employee got under your at some point when it was outside and loosened the bolt. It would then be free to work its way loose over some time before leaking/falling out.
Apr
24
comment Oil in air intake: is this a faulty breather valve or by design?
Instead of sucking on the hoses, they make really nice, not too expensive vacuum pumps with gauges on them. :-)
Apr
22
comment What's making my coolant overflow?
I was wrong. I did manage to overfill it... This car has a slow leak during cold weather, so I periodically have to top it off. The coolant bottle is buried under the intake manifold and a fuse box, so it's very hard to see the level. The dark/light break which I thought was the fluid level is actually just a discoloration of the bottle. Apparently the way to determine level in this car is to use a ruler against the overflow feed hose to a known level. DO NOT try to see the level in the bottle (basically ignore the owner's manual).
Apr
22
accepted What's making my coolant overflow?
Apr
21
comment What's making my coolant overflow?
It's not overfilled.
Apr
18
asked How do I charge an AGM battery?
Apr
18
comment What's making my coolant overflow?
Does not appear to be either so far. I can flog it down the road and no overflow. No coolant smell to exhaust either. Only way to duplicate the overflow is by running it in the driveway and not moving the car. Temperature still reads normal, but eventually it starts pumping out coolant. I've yet to hear the fans kick on too, so it may be an electrical issue (there are 2 independent fan circuits and neither fan is running).