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comment Manual Transmission Grinding Occasionally Shifting Into Fifth
...or live with it and rev match, like I've been doing for the last 200k miles. :-)
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comment Daughter's 2005 Nissan Sentra 1.8 SE - No Low Beams - High Beams Fine
I had the stalk switch fail in one of my cars in exactly this way. Everything except low beams worked. $15 for a new stalk, $15 for a steering wheel puller, & a couple hours of labor.
Aug
19
comment Oil leaks after oil change - shop says engine oil pan gasket needs to be replaced
30 minutes seems really optimistic. I'd budget 1-2 hours for a non-mechanic to do it.
Aug
19
comment How can you tell the oil needs to be changed?
Based on the reading I've done and the anecdotal evidence of engines I've had knowledge of, the degradation of oil over time is not nearly as large a concern as the contaminants (built up by mileage) in the oil.
Aug
7
comment Semi synthetic oil engine break-in
Well, most likely fresh rings and a hone job, probably not a full rebuild... :-)
Jun
25
comment Why does an engine's idle RPMs take time to settle from a cold start?
Sure do remember the choke. Just used it last weekend on my motorcycle. :-)
Jun
17
comment Are floor jack and jack stand pads necessary?
I use a rag folded over a couple times to avoid scratching up the car. Depending on the exact location, sometimes the lip ends up just getting a little crushed. It's rare to see a car nowadays that doesn't have a flattened lip at the jacking location. Is it bad, yes, but it's not the biggest issue long term. :-)
Jun
16
comment Replacing carburator with EFI
@shabby Well, yeah, hybrids are typically a bad value proposition too. They're currently more status symbols. :-)
May
26
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.