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


Jan
11
comment Is Start & Stop technology good or bad for my car? (Alfa MiTO)
Even on hot starts there is that short time period while the oil pressure ramps up. You're depending on the oil that coats the surface and has not yet drained down at that point. Wear is higher at that point than having left it idle. That doesn't mean that it's not worth it for fuel cost savings, you just need to be aware that there is a cost to shutting down and restarting. It's not a freebie.
Dec
30
comment Ran over a curb at speed; wheel is bent and rubs against wheelwell on turns
Likely the control arms are bent. I've seen a few curb bounces with minimal or no rim damage, yet significant suspension arm damage.
Dec
30
comment 2001 Saab 9-5 turbo wagon - worth fixing?
Analysis doesn't even cover the risk/hit taken in buying another used (or even new car). I'd do this repair in a heartbeat. The probability is that there's still a lot of utility left in that car.
Dec
30
comment Does overheating damage the radiator?
I've never seen overheating damage a radiator itself, but I suppose it could if it got hot enough and the radiator had plastic end caps/tanks on it. Make/model/year?
Dec
15
comment Paint peeling around body filled area 6 months on
An example would be PPG flex agent "DX-814" (only suitable for use with PPG products). Basically, you go to your local automotive paint speciality store, pick your colors, then tell them which ones you need flex agent for and they'll hand you the correct one. :-)
Dec
12
comment Durability of automatic transmission boxes versus durability of manual transmission boxes? Their lifetimes?
Clutch change intervals are affected by driving conditions and style. Towing loads aggressively up mountains is the worst case and can kill a clutch in mere thousands of miles (or, actually, even faster if driven VERY poorly). Long cruises with easy acceleration and infrequent, precise gear changes can see a clutch lasting 100,000+ miles.
Dec
12
comment Paint peeling around body filled area 6 months on
It can indeed be purchased as a mix-in additive.
Dec
12
comment Replacing oil sump plug washer after every oil change
The service manual will tell you if it's to be replaced or not. That said, on my cars, I've never replaced any of them (and my cars all date back to the '90's). I'm always keeping an eye out for oil leaks anyways given their age. :-) On my motorcycle, it always gets replaced (per the manual) because any oil loss at all directly in front of the rear wheel scares me!
Dec
12
comment Sometimes my second gear is rough to engage. What could be wrong?
Not much else is likely to be wrong. 2nd gear synchros usually are the first gearbox problems encountered. Careful driving can extend the life of the gearbox, but only an overhaul will fix (I now have 273,000 miles on a Toyota gearbox that the 2nd gear synchros were worn out at 80,000 miles. Short shifting 1-2 during acceleration and avoiding downshifting into 2nd except at very low speeds gets me by).
Nov
18
comment Engine Transmission
A clogged catalytic converter is another exhaust problem that can choke off the power.
Nov
18
comment Changed O2 Sensor and my mileage went down
It won't hurt, but I'll be surprised if it's the issue. OBD-2 ECUs should have both short and long term fuel trims updated within 15 minutes of driving even without a reset.
Nov
18
comment How stable is voltage in a 12V car outlet?
You can easily see voltage from 12.6v at hot idle in the Summer up to 14.x volts during the Winter at RPM on a typical car.
Nov
18
comment Putting three headlights on my bike
Is that even legal where you are? Changing light count is illegal in many places.
Nov
6
comment ''Tire air leaking sound''
Is the sound while riding/running or when it's just sitting there (off).
Nov
4
comment Mixing DOT 4 with DOT 4 synthetic
I read the articles, but came to a different conclusion. Synthetic DOT 4 is compatible with regular DOT 4. It's not recommended, but should not cause damage. What I would expect to happen is uneven water retention in the system (potentially leading to uneven braking).
Oct
24
comment Slight pulsation from brakes at 70+ MPH (Replace rotors?)
I've found the NAPA stuff (even the cheap parts) to be among the better quality aftermarket.
Oct
3
comment Which Honda cars are equipped with permanent AWD?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about something that could quickly become obsolete.
Sep
4
comment Why would a water pump be run off of the timing belt?
The "engine temperature" is actually the "coolant temperature" The coolant is no longer flowing with the pump no longer turning, so the hot coolant is contained in the block, and the coolant outside will be cooler (how much cooler depends on the exact location of the sensor, outside temperature, airflow, etc. It's often near the radiator's hot side entrance where it'll get significant cooling effect at speed.
Aug
14
comment Should rotors with rust on the rims but not the faces be replaced along with the pads?
Not sure how most daily drivers would need brakes every 1-2 years. I autocrossed my daily driver for many years and still got 5 years out of my brakes. One would have to be driving like a maniac on public roads to burn out brakes in 1-2 years.
Aug
14
comment Should rotors with rust on the rims but not the faces be replaced along with the pads?
On my MR2 and Eclipse, so far I've had to replace rotors each time I've changed brake pads.