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


Jan
5
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Is it a good idea to have MOT and Full service at the same time?
Jan
3
comment Do premium air filters perform better than standard air filters?
I have no major fear of a cotton/oil filter in front of my turbo. It may not filter quite as well (at least when clean, as they get dirty they filter better), but it's "good enough". Better if you can find a pre-filter to slip over it (especially for those of us operating in high dust environments). Foam/oil filters I don't let anywhere near my car. Either way, a good paper filter is just fine for pretty much anyone. If you're worried about air flow of cotton/oil vs paper, it's probably time to upgrade the intake piping and increase the filter area anyways...
Jan
3
comment Do premium air filters perform better than standard air filters?
Even some of the high-end aftermarket oil filters seem to be missing the anti-drainback valve. I've spent some $ on fancy big name filters only to hear the engine rattle on startup, which it never does with an OEM filter. Sometimes OEM really is better.
Dec
23
answered What car wash tasks should be done after an automatic car wash?
Dec
19
comment Blue-ish smoke coming out from the exhaust
As a reference point, the manuals for both my cars permit oil consumption up to 1 quart (~946ml) every 1000 miles. While annoying, I wouldn't be concerned if it was truly the engine eating that much since it would most likely just be wear that isn't going to result in catastrophic failure. I'm much more concerned about the turbo though. You do NOT want oil sneaking past the turbo oil seals. Usually indicative of a coming major turbo failure, which as Timo mentioned, can take the whole engine with it.
Dec
15
comment Should I get a reusable/washable air filter for my Kia Soul?
That doesn't sound right. I use K&N filters on my fuel injected cars and get better than factory gas mileage. Wondering if something else is wrong with your car. Did the gas mileage come back to normal when you put the paper filter back in?
Dec
13
answered Why rear disk brakes do not wear the pads even?
Dec
13
comment How to access negative battery terminal in 04 Pontiac Montana
I probably would have considered finding a good metal surface somewhere near a ground strap to try. You're supposed to do that on the receiving vehicle anyways. Might be a little less efficient on the sending vehicle too, but I can't think of any major problems you'd be likely to have. The jumper cables usually can't handle as much current as a ground strap anyways. I guess it could cause a damage if you already had a bad grounding problem with the car though, but there's that risk no matter how you do a jumpstart.
Dec
13
answered What is the best way to prevent my doors from freezing shut in the winter?
Dec
12
comment Pros/cons of higher capacity car battery?
I'm surprised 800 CCA is enough at -40. My little 4-cyl barely starts at -20 with an 800 CCA. I upgraded it to 1200 CCA (had to rig up new battery mounts too, since it was so much larger than stock). :-)
Dec
12
comment What to look for when buying a salvage title car
I disagree just avoiding. It all depends on the cirumstances. Nowadays there's so many cars that end up getting totaled for just minor fender benders. Inspect carefully and research the "why" of the salvage title to see if it's something that you find acceptable.
Dec
9
answered 2006 Chevy Cobalt front end (strut mount?) noise
Dec
9
comment 2006 Chevy Cobalt front end (strut mount?) noise
For some reason those top nuts are often a problem. I've had strut assemblies that seemed perfect all of a sudden start making noise and requiring further tightening.
Dec
9
answered How do you test relays?
Dec
8
comment Applying brake vs. shifting into Park at a red light - which is better for long-term maintenance?
Except handbrake cables are prone to stretching and breakage if used excessively.
Dec
8
comment Applying brake vs. shifting into Park at a red light - which is better for long-term maintenance?
I've always heard that the parking pawls can be kind of weak and that you should only shift into park when you really are parking. No evidence to confirm or deny though.
Dec
8
comment Applying brake vs. shifting into Park at a red light - which is better for long-term maintenance?
Less engine load in Park too though...
Dec
8
comment How to troubleshoot excessive timing retard?
Normally though the ECU will do a big timing drop on WOT, then a gradual climb towards the max map value. If you've got a timing decrease towards the upper end, or even a long plateau (that's below map max), then you may have an issue.
Dec
8
answered How to troubleshoot excessive timing retard?
Dec
5
answered Why does my automatic 2002 Honda Accord EX V6 seem to struggle when shifting gears?