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


Oct
14
comment Test Gasoline for Water Content
I would guess so, but can't say for certain. I only fly certified airplanes, and any ethanol at all is prohibited in them. However, the experimental guys in the hangar next door have a Rotax that's allowed to run 5% ethanol. They're still technically required to sump the fuel for water, so I'm guessing it still separates in a similar manner? Either way, it's an empirical question. Stick some of your gas in a cup and drop in some water to see what happens. :-)
Oct
14
comment Test Gasoline for Water Content
I'd assume it's similar to Avgas, which separates at the rate of around an inch a minute (Foot deep fuel tank will end up with all the water on the bottom in 12 minutes).
Oct
13
comment Racing Fuel (100 Octane Rating) - Better than Premium?
There's a Speedway a couple miles from my house that sells Cam2 110 octane leaded fuel from a pump. It's off to one side (like is also done with diesel), has a really short hose and big stickers that say "not for street use".
Oct
12
comment Racing Fuel (100 Octane Rating) - Better than Premium?
US is (RON+MON)/2, and typical values are 87 (regular), 89 (plus), and 91 (premium west coast), 93 (premium rest of the country), 94 (premium in very select areas).
Oct
12
comment Racing Fuel (100 Octane Rating) - Better than Premium?
100 octane is usually leaded and will slowly kill both your O2 sensors and your catalytic converter. I believe I saw 100 octane unleaded at a track once, but I'm not sure how they managed it as my understanding is that 98 octane is the theoretical upper limit on what you can get without lead.
Oct
12
comment Racing Fuel (100 Octane Rating) - Better than Premium?
The higher octane won't hurt it any. Just won't help either.
Oct
12
comment Loose Handbrake?
I don't know anything about the Levin. I believe it runs around $500 US in my MR2 though. Cable is just under $300 and can take 2.5 hours labor.
Oct
11
comment Tubeless Bead Won't Seat
Ear and eye protection is always a good idea when working with higher air pressures like that.
Oct
11
answered What skills does one need to have to get started in auto body repair?
Oct
11
answered Loose Handbrake?
Oct
10
answered Are there any OBD II converters on the market?
Oct
6
comment 2011 Honda CBR250r
90mph sounds about right for a 250cc 'cycle.
Oct
4
comment Smoke on start-up: valve gasket?
Side note, Toyota 5S-FE is notorious for this problem. Right around 60k miles you'll get the blue puff (or even cloud) of smoke on startup. Many a person has sold their 5S-FE powered car way too cheap due to thinking they had a bad engine when it's actually just an annoyance...
Sep
28
comment How Do You Keep Mold From Growing In a Non-Running Car That Has Leaky Windows?
@NoCarrier - Easier said than done. All 3 of my cars leak to varying degrees despite seal replacements, trunk/hatch realignments, RTV, etc. Sometimes the best you can do is put towels in to soak up the water and keep rotating them. I hate this time of year when it rains every day.
Sep
28
comment Smoke on start-up: valve gasket?
I assume you mean "valve stem seals" and not the valve cover gasket?
Sep
26
answered Clunk noise from my brakes on first application
Sep
26
comment Engine never warms up (actually: it cools down) at highway speeds
Possibly time for a coolant flush. In my own observations (no scientific controls applied) it seems like people that keep up on the coolant flush schedule have a lot less issues with thermostats failing.
Sep
23
comment What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs?
Slight disagreement. Copper is the better conductor, but due to rapid erosion under adverse conditions it's not selected by manufacturers for use in turbo cars. Racers typically use copper and just have to replace them frequently for best performance...
Sep
23
comment Is downshifting on hills harmful for non-trucks?
If you do this a lot, make sure you check the oil more frequently as well. I've found that my cars use more oil if I use engine braking. Not sure why, but guessing that the vacuum is sucking more of it past the rings, where it will then get burned?
Sep
23
comment How can I be sure my vehicle is a 4x4 / AWD?
Specific case this fails is on the AWD Mitsubishi Eclipse. Most of them were built with an open front differential (I've heard rumors of one with an LSD front diff, but have never found one myself). The rear differential is viscous coupling, so even there you have to get some good spinning before it'll hookup the other side.