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Nov
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comment Plastic end-tank radiator
My sample size is pretty small, but the only problems I've ever seen on the new style is cracks in the aluminum of the radiator tubes, the plastic end tanks don't seem to fail.
Nov
1
comment Thumping from rear of car after shutdown: EVAP system?
My cars both have a buzzing sound from the charcoal canister (sounds like a little electric motor running, but is just escaping air), so it's possible.
Oct
31
comment High short term fuel trim on one side when starting car?
If it's just on a single bank, vacuum leak is the first place to look for sure.
Oct
31
answered FWD vs RWD winter time
Oct
31
comment FWD vs RWD winter time
Of course, the biggest fault with AWD is that it leads to over confidence. It's so much easier to get the car moving that it's very easy to think conditions are better than they really are. Then you get bit when you try to turn or stop (which AWD are worse at in general because AWD adds more weight...). :-)
Oct
30
comment Why don't my wipers clean the windshield very well?
Wipers seem to last me about 6 months if I get the cheap ones and 2-3 years if I get the expensive ones. I don't use rain-x anymore as if you do choose to use wipers with the rain-x on the windshield it makes a smeary mess. :-)
Oct
30
comment How to save fuel on downhill slopes on a motorcycle: clutch or neutral?
Here in Ohio, it's illegal to allow a car to coast in neutral. Presumably due to the control concerns.
Oct
30
answered What is a shock absorber?
Oct
29
comment How to increase braking power in fully loaded Wagon-R
Normally the rear disc brakes are different from the front disc brakes. Usually they are not quite as big, and they'll typically have extra components for handling the parking brake function.
Oct
26
comment How to increase braking power in fully loaded Wagon-R
It really depends on the type of "track" pads. For example, I now street Porterfield R4-E pads. They bite better cold (even in the middle of Winter, tested by me down to -20F) than my stock pads ever did (and they'll tolerate MUCH higher temperatures as well). The downside to them is the cost, dust, and wear (they eat rotors like crazy). There's always some kind of tradeoff, but it's not always cold weather performance that suffers (sometimes it's just the wallet!). :-)
Oct
26
comment How to increase braking power in fully loaded Wagon-R
That's not a whole lot of tire for stopping with 5 people. I looked up "WagonR" on wikipedia and it appears that you may not have many options. It doesn't really seem to be designed with heavy loads in mind. Those small diameter wheels are going to restrict brake capacity and the narrowness of the wheels/tires is not going to allow for much traction anyways.
Oct
25
answered How to increase braking power in fully loaded Wagon-R
Oct
24
reviewed Approve Why did GM change the pressure rating of their coolant tank cap for existing vehicles?
Oct
24
reviewed Approve Why did GM supercede/change part numbers for their power steering fluid?
Oct
23
answered Why did GM change the pressure rating of their coolant tank cap for existing vehicles?
Oct
22
answered Oil in air intake: is this a faulty breather valve or by design?
Oct
22
comment Third brake light (LED) test
Perhaps there's 2 switches, one for regular, one for LED 3rd brake light?
Oct
19
answered How effective are exhaust patch kits?
Oct
19
answered Blue smoke on engine start
Oct
17
comment Is Prestone “All Makes/All Models” coolant *really* compatible with all models?
Mixing coolant with tap water is never a good idea. Just spend the 50 cents and get a gallon of distilled water at the store!