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Dec
8
comment Applying brake vs. shifting into Park at a red light - which is better for long-term maintenance?
I've always heard that the parking pawls can be kind of weak and that you should only shift into park when you really are parking. No evidence to confirm or deny though.
Dec
8
comment Applying brake vs. shifting into Park at a red light - which is better for long-term maintenance?
Less engine load in Park too though...
Dec
8
comment How to troubleshoot excessive timing retard?
Normally though the ECU will do a big timing drop on WOT, then a gradual climb towards the max map value. If you've got a timing decrease towards the upper end, or even a long plateau (that's below map max), then you may have an issue.
Dec
8
answered How to troubleshoot excessive timing retard?
Dec
5
answered Why does my automatic 2002 Honda Accord EX V6 seem to struggle when shifting gears?
Dec
5
comment Most important preventive maintenance for high-mileage car?
Yeah, we're going to disagree on the oil... I'd rather have cheap oil changed more frequently than expensive oil that sits in there for longer periods of time. Oil filters don't catch everything. The more contaminents you remove, the better. Unless the car doesn't get too many miles, the oil stability just doesn't come into play.
Dec
5
comment What happens if a single spark plug unexpectedly goes down in a multi-cylinder engine?
I had the spark plug unscrew itself, letting enough air by to blow the spark plug boot off (and prevent it from possible staying on). Of course I was 4 hours from home in a DOHC inline 4 cyl car, with no tools and no stores open on a Sunday night... It was a mighty rough 3-cyl drive home that night on backroads (as I didn't want to be slow and also possibly get stranded on the turnpike).
Dec
5
answered How do I deal with frozen washer fluid?
Dec
2
comment How to fix leaky tires after 2 shops couldn't
I've had gravel and grass manage to get in the bead area and cause a leak before.
Dec
2
answered Gas mileage down significantly the last few tanks: what should I look for?
Dec
2
comment Are these repairs necessary, and can I do them myself?
Unfortunately in my case, the "training" car has turned into the reliable one while the daily driver keeps repeatedly breaking down. :-)
Dec
2
answered 97 taurus heat does not work
Dec
2
answered Vehicle sputters on cold start on cold mornings
Dec
2
answered Are these repairs necessary, and can I do them myself?
Dec
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Dec
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Dec
1
comment Does a timing chain need maintenance?
The problem with those high mileage tests is that they're not indicative of normal use. Running an engine continuously for a long period of time is much easier on all the parts than the typical start/drive a few miles/stop cycles that the majority of cars will see.
Dec
1
comment Does a timing chain need maintenance?
They also cause 3x the amount of damage when they snap. Flying chains will seriously tear stuff up under the hood! :-)
Dec
1
comment Remove stuck crankshaft bolt on 2003 Acura TL for timing belt change?
I've had the best results with "Liquid Wrench", but "PB Blaster" is almost as good. When using a breaker bar, you need to use a 6 point socket, prefereably an impact socket. 12 point sockets are real common in most kits, but are fairly weak. 6 point regular sockets are better, but the best are impact sockets (of which I've only seen 6 point).
Nov
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