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


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.
Jun
16
comment Can turbochargers cause engine damage gathering dirt and other particles from the air
Non turbo cars also use outside air... Both have air filters.
Jun
10
comment Volvswagen Passat went out of control
I hydroplaned at 55 mph in the rain one particular day and I ended up in another lane before I got control back. There are a ton of variables, it's not possible to say exactly how fast you should be able to go nor how quickly you will get control back. Hence why one must try to stay well within what the limits are believed to be in the rain. Push the edges and you're likely to end up upside down in a ditch...
Jun
9
comment Wheel alignment. Should I have said something?
All the local shops I've dealt with do free alignment checks. 0.05 degrees I wouldn't have had an alignment adjustment done. Variations that small can be seen by just bouncing the suspension around a little on most cars that have a few miles on them. I've also found that (at least on my cars), the alignments don't drift outside of that slight variation (even after pounding through potholes all Spring), so I only do alignments when suspension repair work forces it. Tire wear is not an issue for me. YMMV...
May
23
comment Wheel change/balance leading to continuous braking
My guess is coincidence/bad luck. I've had multiple calipers suddenly fail/start sticking like that and there's never been any warning. At some point probability is that it will happen to somebody who is picking up a car from a tire shop. That might just be you. :-)
May
5
comment How can I clean the dirt build-up in my alternator?
I'd also guess that water probably whouldn't hurt it (unless it already had a problem started anyways). Even then, I'd be hesitant to use high pressure for fear of working water deep in where there's a problem already brewing. On a side note, I do know that oil is definitely bad for them... :-) All that said, I doubt dirt is the root cause.
May
4
comment Is this a wheel spacer?
Worst case, if you just can't get the adapter to start moving, it looks like you have the style of disc where a bolt can be used to help drive it out. Driving the disc off in that manner should also push the adapter along with it (probably will break it free relatively soon, so I wouldn't expect to have to drive the disc very far). I've not broken a plastic adapter yet, but if it is very stuck, try to move carefully and cautiously as any of these methods that apply much force (and/or use sharp objects) could break it. Use eye protection too, in case it breaks... Shards in the eye are bad.
May
2
comment Is this a wheel spacer?
@BobCross It depends. My TSW Trophy wheels have a metal adapter and it's not visible while the wheel is on the car as it disappears into a slot (hard to describe). However, my K1 racing wheels it is visible while on the car by virtue of the black plastic that can be seen around the hub.
May
2
comment Is this a wheel spacer?
It's VERY common for aftermarket wheels to include hubcentric adapters. There are so many hub sizes that it's not cost effective to machine separate wheels for all of them, thus the adapters are used. I've also found it to be common for those adapters to get stuck to the hub instead of the wheel itself during removal... Sometimes the metal ones will even require hosing down with PB Blaster and prying with a very small pry bar to remove.
Apr
27
comment diagnose faulty voltage regulator causing battery overcharging?
I just recently had a 9 month old expensive AGM battery lose a cell. It had never seemed to hold a charge well from the beginning. Getting it warrantied was a major hassle as the manufacturer said it was impossible. Yet, I threw an cheapie battery from the corner shop in there and it's been perfect for a couple months... These things happen sometimes...