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Nov
21
comment A big tuck sound from the back
I have no idea what a "tuck" sound is, but broken end links will let the swaybar flop around and make sounds like the whole car is falling apart. :-)
Nov
18
answered What system should I inspect first for the following issues on a 2004 Chevy Aveo?
Nov
16
comment How to know if timing belt failure will result in immediate engine damage?
I haven't ever seen a timing belt do damage from whipping around after breaking, but when timing chains go, they seriously tear things up under the hood!
Nov
16
revised How to know if timing belt failure will result in immediate engine damage?
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Nov
15
answered How to know if timing belt failure will result in immediate engine damage?
Nov
14
comment Replacing power window motor in a 2003 Corolla
Same here in regards to the motors. Haven't seen a bad one yet, but several bad switches...
Nov
14
answered Car sitting for several months: what should I do to keep it running well?
Nov
14
answered Cost to alter the transmission system
Nov
11
comment Body Paint Scratch Repair
You don't have to drive there. Just grab the paint code off your door sill, give them a call and have them ship you one of the nifty little touch-up paint bottles. :-)
Nov
11
answered Body Paint Scratch Repair
Nov
11
comment Can I use 10% ethanol gasoline on equipment that recommends against it?
Untrue. The octane rating for Ethanol is higher than gasoline can naturally attain (without lead anyways). They use x% ethanol and then blend in an appropriate gasoline to end up with the correct result. There's no way for the end user to determine the percentages based on the octane level printed on the pump (and if there was, it would be the opposite of what you said).
Nov
11
answered How much pressure can car brakes take?
Nov
10
answered How reliable are bubble balancers?
Nov
10
comment Loud rumbling and burning smell when turning on defroster
I suspect you'll probably be fine with that solution. I did the same thing on both of my cars when the A/C failed (and was too ridiculously expensive to repair). That's been a good 11 years for the one car and 5 or 6 for the other. So far no untoward side effects from having the relays pulled. Longer term I suspect that the contacts might corrode from being exposed to air though.
Nov
9
answered 2001 Honda Accord won't start in cold
Nov
9
answered Loud rumbling and burning smell when turning on defroster
Nov
9
comment Can I use 10% ethanol gasoline on equipment that recommends against it?
I'm not sure if that's better or not for small engines. Which is worse, ethanol damaging seals/hoses, or lead fouling? :-)
Nov
9
answered Banging/Snapping Sound When Turning ('04 TrailBlazer)
Nov
9
comment Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?
I like the silica gel idea. Reminds me of something else. Aircraft engines that are stored over the Winter often use silica gel spark plug replacements to keep the inside of the engine dry. Wonder if anyone makes ones that fit cars? I'm not a big fan of jacking up the car. Yes, it keeps the tires from going square, but unless the tires are dryrotted anyways, going square won't hurt them. It just makes for a bumpy first few miles when you drive the car. Leaving a car jacked up for a long time leaves the suspension dangling and loaded in a way its not meant to be for long periods of time.
Nov
9
comment Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?
It would be interesting to find out if anyone has ever had trouble with old gas. My chemical engineer friend (worked for Marathon) said that it should be stable for 5-10 years (not sure how long they store it before gas stations get it though). I've used gas that was sitting in cans for a couple years just fine. A friend of mine had his own barrel of race gas that he used for many years with no issue. It would be nice to find a study done on it as all I have is anecdotal evidence that it's OK.