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Oct
27
comment How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?
On #3, I'm a puller rather than a pusher. I've never slipped and hit myself in the face when pulling, but I have fallen over and hit my head on the side of the car when pushing and it suddenly let go...
Oct
27
answered OBD-II reader/scan tool that can also diagnose air bag light
Oct
27
comment I know this isn't good, but what is it and how hard is it to replace?
Sometimes that's the best way to go. My experience with GM swaybar bushings is that the bolts are really flimsy and snap right off. Can be a lot of pain to work on compared to other makes.
Oct
27
comment How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?
If you get a 4 way, make sure it's a big one. A small one won't give you any better leverage than the factory tool. Even properly torqued, wheel nuts can get horribly stuck into place. For that occasion I have a selection of breaker bars available that I put impact sockets onto. An impact gun works fine too (and small ones are not super expensive anymore), but they're noisy, I prefer to avoid the noise of power tools whenever I can.
Oct
27
comment Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
@qes That indeed is the difficulty with doing it this way. Many people choose this option, but you've got to be good AND lucky to get it done right. :-)
Oct
26
comment Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
While I don't need one of these to do a normal brake bleed on my car, it's almost a necessity on the clutch hydraulic system (as there's a loop up top, with no bleeder on it and air just loves to get trapped there). Takes something with a good flow rate to push the bubble all the way out as it's trying to rise through the fluid!
Oct
26
answered Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
Oct
24
comment Fuel efficiency and Shifting/RPM
Incorrect. Just because the throttle is wide open doesn't mean that there is actually more air coming in. Only as much air comes in as the engine can pump out. Only as much fuel is injected as is necessary for the air coming in.
Oct
24
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Oct
21
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Oct
21
comment Jet performance chips & mfgr warranties
Modified to more appropriately reflect the meaning I intended to convey. :-)
Oct
21
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Oct
21
comment How to fix an electronic transmission that chooses overdrive and torque converter lock
Biggest difference is that some are electronically controlled and some are vacuum controlled. Common failure points tend to be slightly different.
Oct
21
answered Fuel efficiency and Shifting/RPM
Oct
19
answered Clutch pedal on 1995 VW Golf is sticking
Oct
19
comment 2001 honda civic failing to start when hot
Are you sure that the fuel pump should be running with the key on, but engine stopped? I'm not familiar with Hondas, but all the other modern cars that I am familiar with, the fuel pump doesn't run unless the crank angle sensor detects that the engine is turning.
Oct
17
answered Brakes are Squeaking
Oct
14
comment Racing Fuel (100 Octane Rating) - Better than Premium?
Interestingly, the gas station by me that has Cam2 is nowhere near any college nor any racetracks. No idea why they happen to have it there. Perhaps the owner of the gas station owns a racecar. :-)
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).