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


Jul
9
comment What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?
How can they last longer than forever??? ;-)
Jul
6
comment What is the life expectancy of a Honda Civic Hybrid Continuously Variable Transmission?
Unfortunately I have no first-hand experience, but from what I hear the lifespan depends very much on driving style. Trying to put a lot of power down through it supposedly dramatically decreases the life. Probably why the forums have a wide spread in results. Some people baby their cars, others beat them, with few in the middle. :-)
Jul
5
comment Trolley Jack Rating
Anytime a body part is under the car or in a place where the car dropping could cause injury, use those jackstands. Also, please be aware that most jacks fail "soft". They don't suddenly drop on you, they just gradually start easing down. So, also use jackstands if the car needs to be kept in the air for any period of time, especially if left unattended.
Jul
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Are engines of the same model bike identical?
Jul
5
comment car dealership branding their cars
I don't worry about it. They peel off easy enough. I wouldn't walk away from a car I wanted just because I'd have to invest 30 seconds labor peeling off a label. :-)
Jul
5
comment Is it harmful to drive at high rpms
It varies by gear as well... Higher/taller gears require more RPM to not be in the lugging range.
Jul
5
answered Will I be okay running thinner oil with a minor oil leak on an older car?
Jun
26
comment What problems can come from AC not running for years?
If the compressor seizes while the engine is running, it's going to be bad news for the belt that drives it. In that case other accessories, if any, on the same belt will no longer be driven. Probably won't stall the car and/or hurt the engine, but I suppose it's not impossible.
Jun
26
answered Is it feasible to Turbo a NA engine while maintaining 87 AKI octane fuel use?
Jun
26
answered What problems can come from AC not running for years?
Jun
25
comment Car temperature displaying below Cold or just above Cold always?
Thermostat sticking open is a very common failure.
Jun
25
comment How do I weigh mileage against time when it comes to scheduled maintenance?
Does Honda say to replace the water pump? I'm not familiar with any makes that have specified water pump replacements. Normally it's a replace on failure device. While by no means failureproof, they can last a LOOOONG time. I replaced one of mine at 180,000 miles just due to a friend who was familiar with that model saying that he normally has to replace them at around 150,000 on that model...
Jun
20
answered How do I weigh mileage against time when it comes to scheduled maintenance?
Jun
18
comment How do FRAM oil filters stand up to their competition?
My grandfather used to swear by Fram (got excellent results), but I read a lot of bad about them. My car with the low oil filter I use Mobil1 simply because I know it fits in there with the downpipe (a K&N w/nut wouldn't have enough room to remove). The other car with high mounted filter I use Toyota branded (not sure who makes them) as they definitely have the anti-drainback valve. Tried a Mobil1 on that car and had knock on every start while it was installed so I presume the Mobil1 doesn't have the anti-drainback valve?
Jun
18
answered Clips that hold plug wires onto coil pack?
Jun
18
comment Are automakers required to maintain spare parts infrastructure for 15 years?
I've always heard 7 years tossed around, and from my friends in the body shops that seems pretty accurate. Domestic OEM sheet metal is no problem for 7-8 years, then they end up going aftermarket/manufacturing their own due to lack of availability. Foreign laws may be different though. I've had success getting factory new sheet metal parts for a 20+ year old Toyota.
Jun
18
comment Honda Civic easily overheats with air conditioning on high?
I will mention that the Hondas I've seen use some tiny little radiators. Not much margin for error, if you've got anything wrong at all with the cooling system, you're probably headed for overheating pretty quick. Can't be neglected the same way one might be able to get away with in some other cars.
Jun
18
answered Keeping an old car alive?
Jun
11
answered Why does my 2005 Volvo S60 make a clicking sound when accelerating from a stop?
Jun
11
comment Spark plug tips are breaking/melting or falling of my Bosch Platinum Plugs
It's always wise to verify the gap, but do not attempt to re-gap platinum plugs. They don't take kindly to it and can result in the tip/prong breaking off, possibly in the engine while you're driving. The correct plug for your car should already have the right gap.