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


Feb
22
comment Engine and gearbox replacement for 1993 Mitsubishi Triton 4x4
Oh, that's a pretty good engine there too! I'd just rebuild and maybe upgrade it some! :-)
Feb
22
comment Is it OK to skip gears?
The car I learned to drive in (Pontiac Sunbird) was so weak that skipping gears was normal operation. You had to wind it out to get up to speed, then skip directly to the tallest gear it could cruise in. 2-4 and 3-5 were real common patterns... :-)
Feb
22
comment How to Get Seagull Dropping Off of Vehicle Without Ruining Finish
I do that, but replace "microfiber polishing cloth" with "paper towel" and remove the lubrication step. Just plain water soaking for a half hour has always done the trick for me (and big droppings are a major problem around here with all the Seagulls (not sure why they're called "Sea"gulls, should be "Lake"gulls :-) )).
Feb
22
comment Is it OK to mix oil of different viscosity?
Even if you change viscosities at the oil change time, there's usually somewhere around a half quart of the old stuff that you won't get out (check the manual for dry fill quantity versus oil change quantity). So, you're always mixing when you make a switch...
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