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


Feb
22
answered Engine and gearbox replacement for 1993 Mitsubishi Triton 4x4
Feb
21
revised Prius - Maintenance costs over lifetime [0k - 200k]
corrected spelling
Feb
21
comment How do I repair the O2 sensor in a 2001 Toyota Camry?
Going with OEM is the best way. If you go aftermarket, that's when you may end up soldering. I do recommend the O2 sensor socket as it's easier/safer for the sensor than using a wrench. You may not care about the old sensor, but it'll help keep the new one from getting torn up during installation.
Feb
20
answered '97 dodge grand caravan won't start - sometimes
Feb
20
comment Reverse difficult to engage with manual transmission
It works because it spins the gears up for you (same job the synchros would normally do). Most cars do not have synchros on reverse, so this is a common "problem" (more of a design choice than an actual problem).
Feb
17
comment What are the pros and cons of installing an filter on a bike?
I read a comprehensive study on filters awhile back. I'll do a quick recap and hopefully I can find that link again... Filtering is a mixed bag with the standard cotton/oil filters out there. Initially, when completely clean, they do not filter as well as a stock filter. However, they filter better as they accumulate some dirt.
Feb
14
comment Front End Alignments
Replacing them for a second or even third time would be reasonable for a '94 vehicle. :-) Common off the shelf struts and shocks seem to only be good for 2-5 years/60,000 miles. OTOH, better ones will go further (I have 190,000 HARD miles on a set of Bilsteins (same struts, but have had to replace the factory bearing plates multiple times on them)).
Feb
13
comment Front End Alignments
How long have you had the vehicle? You should have to keep pressure on the wheel when turning, so I'm guessing it's a lot more than it used to be? Having it turn sharper than normal is very odd. As parts wear, it tends to go the other way, towards not turning as well. Have you had any other work done on it recently that might have replaced some long worn out components and make it drive different from what you're used to?
Feb
13
awarded  Civic Duty
Feb
10
answered How long to you need to drive to recharge to offeset the power it took to start it?
Feb
10
comment Disc brake damage, how can it happen?
That one is a Toyota MR2. :-)
Feb
9
comment Disc brake damage, how can it happen?
Actually, the paint job is in very good shape for being 20 years old. There's plenty of gravel to be had on regular roads too. Most of the pits on my windshield all happened on paved roads...
Feb
9
comment Is there a smog abatement program for repairs greater than a certain amount in california?
I'm not from CA, but I remember someone from there once telling me that when the repairs reached a certain dollar value (maybe based on percent of the vehicles value) that they had a choice of paying a fee and just buying the cert even though it didn't pass, or they could scrap it and get some money towards a new car.
Feb
9
answered Disc brake damage, how can it happen?
Feb
6
answered Why use a car battery charger?
Feb
1
answered Ford Focus door not latching closed at freezing temperatures
Jan
31
comment Just HOW urgently should I replace this tire? Is it safe to drive on at all?
Explosive decompression is a little exciting too. Best avoided. I experienced it at low speed (35mph), but while turning and that was exciting enough. Highway speeds could be disasterous. My tire looked perfectly fine, but one of the tread blocks suddenly blew out (on a tire only a few months old). So, it can happen at any time on tires that look just fine too. Best to always be ready to wrestle your car to a controlled stop!
Jan
27
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Squeaky Brakes: How much of a concern are they?
Jan
27
comment BMW 330xi car keys dead
Actually, you sound like a lucky one. Rechargeable batteries in a daily use situation rarely last more than 5 years. However, on occasion, I have seen them go over a decade. It's rare however. :-)
Jan
27
answered Why would the steering be intermittently very heavy in a 2001 Dodge Caravan?