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Just another nobody out in the world, banging out some code from time to time...


Jul
29
answered The garage I went to cannot get the wheel off my car
Jul
26
comment Replace door on BMW 320D E46
Depending on the car it can be a royal pain to get lined up and get the electrical all routed through. Don't get discouraged if it turns into a much more time consuming project than you expect. Just take your time and get it right!
Jul
24
comment How to lubricate automotive locks?
The silicone greases. I've never seen a (or even heard of) silicone dry spray, so I have no idea if that's good or not. :-)
Jul
24
answered Front-end metallic vibration noise - poorly lubricated brakes?
Jul
22
comment What is the difference between normal, platinum, iridium plugs?
Resistor less plugs can be a little dangerous. On my Eclipse I had resistor less plugs once (because that's all the local AZ had in stock). Somehow it confused the ECU and it was not setting timing appropriately. It was allowing full timing advance (42 degrees base+advance) instead of the 16-19 degrees I should have been seeing under boost. Resulted in wicked high EGTs. Swapping back to resistor plugs fixed it. Note that with higher boost I need to run iridium now as the copper plugs seem to fail at the higher powerlevels.
Jul
22
comment Does a low oil level mean some synthetic has converted to sludge?
10k miles/1 year may be OK for going between oil changes, but it is NOT a safe period of time to go without checking the oil level. An engine just starting to burn a little can burn off a measurable amount in a month of "typical" driving, and a dangerous amount in just a couple months.
Jul
22
answered What is the purpose of a drive-shaft?
Jul
19
answered Ford Fiesta - the colour of the water in the water container
Jul
15
answered Cigarette lighter fuse repeatedly blows
Jul
9
comment 1991 Honda Accord with intermittent brake lights
"Don't assume the bulb sockets are good." This, definitely. After replacing one particular bulb about 10 times I figured out it was a bad socket... :-)
Jul
9
answered Will a universal catalytic converter set off the check engine light on an Infiniti G35?
Jul
8
comment How to prioritize repairs?
Fuel filters are a standard mileage based maintenance service. However, the fuel supply quality must be better these days. Clogged fuel filters just don't seem to happen much at all anymore. Even when people never bother to change them. :-)
Jul
8
comment How to prioritize repairs?
For a 2004 vehicle, I'd say struts are overdue. OEM struts for GMs (in my experience) are only good for 5-6 years. You'd want the alignment to go along with that. Swapping suspension parts will throw off the alignment a surprising amount (even unbolting and rebolting the same exact piece back in!). Other than that, I'm not a believer in alignments every year. I offroad my cars and would take my cars in to get an alignment done every year, only to be told each time that it didn't need it and was still spot on.
Jul
8
comment How to prioritize repairs?
There's more to tire wear than just depth of tread. Age and environmental exposure take a toll on them. Look carefully for cracking. I see more tires die from old age (leaks through cracks, etc) than from using up all the tread.
Jul
8
answered Water pump lifetime
Jul
5
awarded  Custodian
Jul
5
reviewed Edit Why no alternate (hand-cranked, spring-loaded) starter for a car?
Jul
5
revised Why no alternate (hand-cranked, spring-loaded) starter for a car?
Cleaned up so it could be released from hold.
Jul
5
reviewed Reject suggested edit on Where is the fuse for the front windshield washer pump on a '09 Chevy Traverse?
Jul
1
comment How reliable is a second-hand Subaru 2.5 RS 04-05?
2.5RS seems to be very durable. I Road Rally with a bunch of guys that run those and they don't have any issues (other than a lack of power on the steeper hill climbs). In contrast the local WRX/STI guys like to push the limit on tweaking the boost and blow up engines and transmissions with some regularity. :-)