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Nov
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answered Body Paint Scratch Repair
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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
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answered How much pressure can car brakes take?
Nov
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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
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answered 2001 Honda Accord won't start in cold
Nov
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answered Loud rumbling and burning smell when turning on defroster
Nov
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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
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answered Banging/Snapping Sound When Turning ('04 TrailBlazer)
Nov
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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
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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.
Nov
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comment Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?
I definitely wouldn't empty the gas tank. Should be full for storage (to minimize condensation problems). Shelf life of gas is pretty good these days, but most people that store them put some Sta-Bil in just to make sure. Disconnecting the battery will remove all the parasitic draws (of which there may not be much at all), however, the battery will still lose charge over time (it's in the nature of rechargeables to do so). Best to trickle charge it. May still be enough left to start the car after 5 months, but then you're beating up the alternator to recharge it.
Nov
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comment Stuttering Accord at Stop Lights
That's how I found that I had a cracked distributor cap. Water spray bottle is a very handy diagnostic tool! :-)
Nov
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answered Is it okay to leave a car for 5 months without driving it?
Nov
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answered Wobbly Steering-wheel after changing Rims/Tires?
Nov
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answered Peugeot 206: Dash and clock backlights stopped working
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answered Cruise Control and Brake Lights not Working
Nov
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comment What might cause a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TMPS) to intermittently get no reading?
Common to get corrosion around antenna connections. Should have been sealed from the factory, but sealant does wear out and fall off after a time.
Nov
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comment DIY Throttle Body Cleaning - Worthwhile?
I wouldn't bother, unless there's an issue. I do rally my cars and have put a lot more miles on them than that and I've never had to clean the TB. It may not be much of a risk to do the cleaning, but why take any risk when there's no problem the way things are?
Oct
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comment How do I loosen stuck lug nuts in order to change a tire?
If you've got a VW, it's most likely a bolt, but on pretty much everything else, it's just a nut that is tightened onto a stud...