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


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.
Apr
25
answered Cost of replacing struts on a 99 camry - and is it doable on our own?
Apr
24
answered In what order does it make sense to upgrade suspension components?
Apr
23
comment Is it necessary to 'burn in' or 'break in' a new car?
Interesting note: The brake pads I use require a series of high speed stops to build temperature to bed them in. :-)
Apr
18
comment What type of Anti-Seize compound should be used on spark plugs?
I just use the normal autoparts store generic "anti-seize" tube (purchased about 10 years ago). I don't know what's in it, but it's silver colored and works great. No heat related problems (and I've got one 4-cyl turbo that's about the worst case scenario for heat, with measured EGTs of just over 1000C one day at the track with coolant temps at 100C and oil temps of 150C at the same time). I'd be curious to know exactly how hot it gets on the sparkplug threads, must not too terribly hot though as the plugs always come out with the anti-seize looking just fine.
Apr
12
comment How can I tell which body shop is better? Replacing or repairing parts with VIN numbers
Yes, the bumpers are VIN stamped from the factory. It's one of the standard locations. That said, nobody's going to check. You have the tear the front end of the car apart to see that particular VIN. :-)
Apr
12
answered Advantages of getting your car's oil changed at the dealer
Apr
12
comment Oil change with front wheels on ramps?
To take Nicks comment a step further... My drains are on the back of the oil pan (on both cars), so it's the lowest point while jacked up in the front. Books says a wet fill should be 4.5qt. I only put in 4qt and they still both show 0.2-0.3 overfilled when I'm done... You're not going to get all the oil out no matter what you do! :-)
Apr
12
answered When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
Apr
11
answered Maintainance of shock absorber
Apr
10
answered High Octane petrol's effect on turbos
Apr
5
comment Hour meter stopped turning
Typically the hour meter inside of a tach is driven off the same input as the tach itself. If there's any signal to drive the tach, the hour meter is driven (usually as % of RPM, so 1 hour at 100% = 1 hour indicated and 1 hour at 50% only shows 0.5 "hour"). There are hour meters driven by oil pressure, but that's typically a stand-alone unit (and measure hours like a normal "clock" hour).
Apr
5
comment Where'd my heat go?
Probably not. My replacement costs were $12 for the thermostat, $26 worth of coolant, and $85 (an hour labor) to have a local shop do it so I wouldn't be stuck cleaning up the big mess that happens when the upper radiator hose is removed. :-D
Apr
5
answered How does the tracking on the car get hit 'out'
Apr
5
comment Where'd my heat go?
@Rory That's the opposite of what mine would do. While I was moving the coolant temperature, and therefore heat output, would drop (due to all the airflow that was cooling my overactive thermostat), but when parked I'd get heat since the radiator couldn't mistakenly dissipate too much heat... :-)
Apr
5
answered Where'd my heat go?
Apr
3
comment Why is there oil pooled around the spark plugs on a 2.0L Zetec in a 1998 Ford Contour LX?
Be careful retightening... Some valve covers are quite low torque. I was used to higher torque valve covers but ran across a low torque one once and accidently tried to torque it to 11 ft-lbs instead of the indicated 11 in-lbs!.