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


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.
Sep
21
answered What are the risks of overfilling a small engine with oil?
Sep
21
comment Bad CV joint, but which side?
That's correct. The inside wheel is turned at a sharper angle (on a typical configuration) and therefore has the most difficult load to handle. That will usually make it the louder one (but there's no absolute guarantee).
Sep
21
answered Jet performance chips & mfgr warranties
Sep
19
comment What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?
True for the truck line, but not for cars.
Sep
19
answered What is ECT Mode for? - Toyota Cars?
Sep
19
answered How can I be sure my vehicle is a 4x4 / AWD?
Sep
16
comment Is it possible (or practical) to repair a turn signal cancel switch instead of replacing it?
Last time I replaced a turn signal stalk (whole stalk, with clicker, and everything), I was able to get one from a parted out car for $15. My vehicle had an airbag, so I had to follow the manual very carefully to disarm the airbag, remove it, do the stalk replacement, then reattach & rearm the airbag. Airbag (if you have one) is very dangerous and procedures are vehicle specific (you MUST have the right manuals and follow them to the letter in order to avoid inadvertant deployment).
Sep
16
comment Is it possible (or practical) to repair a turn signal cancel switch instead of replacing it?
Partly off-topic, partly car-related... :-) I strongly agree in the cost of the driving being greater than the return part of the comic. Not so much the value of time part. I fill up on my way to/from work, when my value of time is zero. If I save anything, I win as my time was worth zero. Therefore, the time component is a false argument. There may be a few folks that doesn't hold true for, but for most of us the time value argument is invalidated. Of course, the mileage cost is VERY valid for everyone (well, there's some dependencies on type of driving (e-way vs city) of course)! :-)
Sep
16
answered Is it possible (or practical) to repair a turn signal cancel switch instead of replacing it?
Sep
15
comment Weird Noise from Front Right Wheel when driving between 90kmph and 105kmph
And some cars, notably VW's, the bearings can feel loose, but be fine... :-)
Sep
12
comment Why would welsh plugs start leaking?
I didn't think it was worthy, but done. :-)