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comment Last year my timing chain had broken
Did you get it repaired already and are asking about future precautions, or are you asking about getting it repaired and back on the road?
May
19
comment Car steering wheel question
Mitsubishi 3000GT VR4 as well.
May
12
comment What's this strangely marked control on my Eclipse?
Negative. I've even asked a few Mitsubishi mechanics and they don't know. The control on mine is actually jammed halfway now so I attempted to trace where it went (in the hopes of both fixing it and figuring out what it does), but the back of the center console is so jam packed with stuff that I couldn't trace it. I've got the OEM service manuals, and if it's detailed in there, I just haven't found it yet. Hasn't been a high priority though...
Apr
27
comment What causes an engine to burn oil?
An interesting reply. I've never actually found changing a PCV valve to be necessary. My experience is that they last forever.
Apr
27
comment What causes an engine to burn oil?
Look to marque specific forums for the best advice. The common reasons are VERY dependent on the exact engine. Example: Toyota 5S-FE engines over 60k miles nearly universally puff oil smoke at startup due to valve seals.
Apr
15
comment Semi synthetic oil engine break-in
I'm told that the bulk of the break-in is done in the first few minutes of running and that no synthetic of any kind should be used. You're in "test pilot" land now, all bets are off... If it was me (a person not afraid of blowing up an engine), I'd switch to conventional and do a lot of WOT/decel runs to try to beat in the last of the break-in that I could and then just see how it goes, expecting higher than normal oil consumption and possibly needing to rebuild it again shortly.
Feb
16
comment How long should I let me car warm up in the winter?
AFR will be perfectly fine on a modern fuel injected car. However, for a carb'd car with a choke, you're correct. You are forced to run overly rich until the carbs warm up and can function properly.
Feb
4
comment What is this pipe coming out of the petrol tank under the seat
If you want to see them in action... Expansion and dripping of fuel out the vent tubes can be readily observed in airplanes that are filled up cold and sit out all day in the Sun.
Feb
3
comment Mechanic Troubles And A Small Watery Oil Leak
It sounds like you'll have to monitor the car fluid levels and performance carefully for awhile. Sometimes these things can be hard to find. Doesn't really sound related to the previous work they did, but it's hard to know for sure. Sometimes all it takes is moving something aside and moving it back for it to start acting up (which still wouldn't be their fault, in that case you really had a faulty part already but didn't know yet). I feel your pain though. I have a car that periodically (and randomly) loses all its power steering fluid. Stays full, then can all be gone suddenly.
Feb
3
comment Collision repair with Bondo and used parts
Bondo is really a lot harder to get nice and smooth than people think. I did an antenna hole fill on a racecar and despite my best efforts it's VERY obvious. Luckily, racecar, so nobody (except me) cares...
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.