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Apr
6
accepted Trying to locate the cause of a horrible scraping sound
Apr
5
comment Trying to locate the cause of a horrible scraping sound
Seems to be fine. It's actually a brand new wheel bearing, but even a new wheel bearing will allow for some slight deflection under heavy load. These dust shields are extremely tight fitting to begin with, apparently doesn't take much of a ding in one to eat up the gap...
Apr
4
answered Trying to locate the cause of a horrible scraping sound
Apr
4
asked Trying to locate the cause of a horrible scraping sound
Apr
3
answered New batteries with acid at 80% charge— if I run then tend, will it bring it up to 100%?
Mar
29
comment Why aren't oil drain valves more commonly used?
On my cars, the drain bolt is angled so that it's not messy to remove. A drain valve would be handy on my motorcycle because that's a horrible mess, but there's really not enough room for one. The only place I really see them used regularly is on airplanes.
Mar
26
comment Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?
I'd still consider it. There's something to be said for spending $2500 for the devil you know vs. $2500 for the devil you don't know. I've seen people make the call to not replace an engine and live to regret it when the creampuff they bought instead turned out to be of the lemon flavored variety. :-)
Mar
26
comment brake rotors- blank, slotted or drilled?
Slotted rotors due indeed eat up pads the fastest, but perform the best. They also tend to have less cracking issues than drilled. I only run solid (surface, they are vented) rotors on my track car though. They're plenty good enough (can lock up wheels with them if I care to push hard enough on the brake pedal), have more thermal mass, don't exhibit the excess wear of drilled or slotted, and also have less cracking issues due to more even heating/cooling.
Mar
24
comment What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
As a followup, WD-40 didn't cause any problems. We couldn't keep a good flow in the location so it was a drier cut than we wanted, but no issues encountered. Had to stop multiple times to let the saw and blade cool. Total of 3 hours and 10 blades to cut 2 bolts, but it's done (the cutting anyways, unfortunately I have AWD which parts aren't available for so now we need to get spacers made to make a FWD replacement part fit)! :-)
Mar
15
accepted How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?
Mar
14
awarded  Scholar
Mar
14
comment What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
I've got a whole big monster can of WD-40 that came with my house, and I don't use WD-40 for anything else, so I'll (carefully) give it a shot! I also have since run across a video of Chip Foose advocating WD-40 as cutting oil.
Mar
14
accepted What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
Mar
13
revised What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
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Mar
13
comment What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
Yeah, I picked up a pack of 6", 14 TPI blades. I think that should be fine toothed enough.
Mar
13
comment What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
So, my question about cutting hardened steel goes to mechanics just because these bolts happen to be on a car? That seems like a bad move. What about people looking for advice about hardened bolts in other applications? The answer will be the same. I really think this should have stayed in DIY.
Mar
13
asked What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
Mar
12
comment How to replace an alternator?
Wise decision. DIY auto work is not for people that have to get to work. I maintain 1 car and my motorcycle myself, but the other car is critical for getting to work, so it goes to the shop for everything other than the very basics.
Mar
9
comment How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?
1994 Suzuki GSX600FR Katana. Unknown make/model chain. Unknown mileage on the chain.
Mar
8
asked How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?