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


May
22
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Rough ride on LL Bean Subaru, are the struts the cause?
May
21
comment BMW E30 M20 oil warning light goes on on hot days but the motor sounds and performs fine
I found out the hard way that an oil pump can also fail in a manner where it just supplies greatly reduced oil pressure. In my case it was just barely supplying enough to keep the light off in normal driving. On really hot days sometimes the light would flicker while idling after starting. I could hear no untoward sounds at all, but when I went in for the 180k timing belt change I had them borescope the engine. The cylinder bores were trashed. Dropped the oil pan and the main bearings were shot too. Get the oil pressure checked ASAP!
May
21
reviewed Approve suggested edit on 2010 Toyota Corolla - pumping gas - the gas pump kicks off constantally
May
18
comment Synthetic Oil and oil change frequency
That's very true, but I still can't get totally comfortable with that as a recommendation. While the oil may not degrade, it's still holding the accumulated contaminants. I'd be very hesitant to recommend exceeding the factory intervals if the vehicle is still under warranty. If you're outside warranty anyway and don't mind taking the chance, well, that's another matter entirely. In my own vehicles I change every 3000 miles with full synthetic, but I don't worry about the elapsed time at all (which can vary from a month to a couple years).
May
16
answered Water leak in roof of 2007 honda pilot
May
16
comment What is the point of HID lamps?
They also tend to have a much sharper cutoff, with less light wasted on place you don't need it.
May
15
comment Brake Pedal Requires More Distance to Push
It's possible to lose an internal seal that reduces effectiveness of the brakes (and gets you a step closer to total failure) without any fluid leakages at all.
May
15
answered Brake Pedal Requires More Distance to Push
May
11
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Biodiesel and DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter)
May
11
comment Are there any disadvantage to fuel efficient tires?
I remember that making the news back awhile ago. There was a bit of an uproar when the new style fuel-efficient tires first came out. People were very unhappy about getting zotted every time they got out of the car.
May
10
answered Torque App Mileage reliability?
May
9
answered What should I do about PS0128 “Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature)” error code?
May
8
answered Where can I find OEM inserts for Toyota wiper blades?
May
8
answered Replacing keys for 09 Malibu
May
4
comment Good resources for BMW repair, diagrams? Besides Mechanics.stackexchange.com
$75 to $100 for a good manual is not expensive at all! My Toyota MR2 set was $350 and I have somewhere around $500 invested to get all the Mitsubishi Eclipse manuals!
May
2
answered Effects of significant draw on alternator and battery
May
1
answered What to do if your car breaks down a LONG way from home?
May
1
comment Can anyone identify the problem?
Transmission could have easily been fine when the car was checked out, but lost the fluid since then. Those things happen sometimes. I have a car that would periodically just suddenly lose all the power steering fluid. It'd be perfectly fine for the longest time, then suddenly it's dry. Fill it up and it'd stay fine for awhile, then suddenly completely dry again...
Apr
27
comment Steering wheel shuffling sound when turning - Astra H
Does it have a steering wheel airbag? Could be the clock wire for the airbag binding up/releasing.
Apr
26
comment Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?
Quick strut is by far less hazardous. Doing pairs is generally recommended for strut replacements. If I was doing a quick strut I would definitely do the pair. If I was doing just the strut/insert replacement on one that had an unusual early failure I might consider just doing the one.