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


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comment How to replace balljoint?
In this particular case, it's the rear toe arms, but I mean it to be a more generic question as they all seem to have the same type balljoint configuration on this car.
Apr
12
comment How much would it cost to get these cars going?
No idea, could get into all kinds of interesting things trying to bring such old cars back to life. It would be a fun project, but I find it unlikely it would be profitable.
Apr
5
comment Trying to locate the cause of a horrible scraping sound
Seems to be fine. It's actually a brand new wheel bearing, but even a new wheel bearing will allow for some slight deflection under heavy load. These dust shields are extremely tight fitting to begin with, apparently doesn't take much of a ding in one to eat up the gap...
Mar
29
comment Why aren't oil drain valves more commonly used?
On my cars, the drain bolt is angled so that it's not messy to remove. A drain valve would be handy on my motorcycle because that's a horrible mess, but there's really not enough room for one. The only place I really see them used regularly is on airplanes.
Mar
26
comment Seized engine on 13 yo Infiniti, out to pasture for 1 yr. Donate for scrap or worth a revisit?
I'd still consider it. There's something to be said for spending $2500 for the devil you know vs. $2500 for the devil you don't know. I've seen people make the call to not replace an engine and live to regret it when the creampuff they bought instead turned out to be of the lemon flavored variety. :-)
Mar
26
comment brake rotors- blank, slotted or drilled?
Slotted rotors due indeed eat up pads the fastest, but perform the best. They also tend to have less cracking issues than drilled. I only run solid (surface, they are vented) rotors on my track car though. They're plenty good enough (can lock up wheels with them if I care to push hard enough on the brake pedal), have more thermal mass, don't exhibit the excess wear of drilled or slotted, and also have less cracking issues due to more even heating/cooling.
Mar
24
comment What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
As a followup, WD-40 didn't cause any problems. We couldn't keep a good flow in the location so it was a drier cut than we wanted, but no issues encountered. Had to stop multiple times to let the saw and blade cool. Total of 3 hours and 10 blades to cut 2 bolts, but it's done (the cutting anyways, unfortunately I have AWD which parts aren't available for so now we need to get spacers made to make a FWD replacement part fit)! :-)
Mar
14
comment What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
I've got a whole big monster can of WD-40 that came with my house, and I don't use WD-40 for anything else, so I'll (carefully) give it a shot! I also have since run across a video of Chip Foose advocating WD-40 as cutting oil.
Mar
13
comment What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
Yeah, I picked up a pack of 6", 14 TPI blades. I think that should be fine toothed enough.
Mar
13
comment What cutting oil for hardened steel bolts?
So, my question about cutting hardened steel goes to mechanics just because these bolts happen to be on a car? That seems like a bad move. What about people looking for advice about hardened bolts in other applications? The answer will be the same. I really think this should have stayed in DIY.
Mar
12
comment How to replace an alternator?
Wise decision. DIY auto work is not for people that have to get to work. I maintain 1 car and my motorcycle myself, but the other car is critical for getting to work, so it goes to the shop for everything other than the very basics.
Mar
9
comment How do I know if motorcycle chain & sprocket need replacement?
1994 Suzuki GSX600FR Katana. Unknown make/model chain. Unknown mileage on the chain.
Mar
6
comment Brakes lose grip when car hits bump
Civics are pretty stiffly sprung and don't have much suspension travel, so I wouldn't completely discount this one.
Mar
5
comment replacing brake pedal return spring on 57 chevy
With power brakes I would be very surprised if the spring is the total cause of your brake lights staying on. The spring is normally just to keep the pedal from rattling. A power boosted pedal should rise to the top without the spring.
Mar
5
comment I drove with the handbrake on for 1000 metres
Best guess without seeing it in person is that the brake caliper was damaged from the prior overheating event. If you're in a cold climate, it is also possible that the brake is just freezing up and this is a coincidence. Sounds like it's time to go to a repair shop and get it checked out. If it's damaged, they'll probably swap it with a remanufactured one. If it's freezing, they might thaw it out and try to repair the (possibly) leaking boot that water is getting in through.
Mar
4
comment Engine temperature light always on
On the cars I'm familiar with, the coolant level sensor trips the same light as the classic "overheating" sensor. If the coolant level sensor fails it can cause your cooling system error light to come on even if the system is full and operating perfectly. Sensor can be tested per the manual (normally continuity or resistance).
Mar
3
comment The Tire dealer put a different tire on my car
How'd they manage to get R17 tires onto an R18 rim? They're completely different sizes and should not even come close to fitting...
Mar
3
comment Ford Escort - Brake Fluid leak in car
I suspect it's a bad brake master cylinder.
Feb
26
comment Emergency brake light always on
I've never heard a master cylinder make a screeching sound. When they fail you'll normally find brake fluid leaking down the foot well inside the car behind the pedals.
Feb
25
comment Why does my rear scooter tire get punctured more often than the front tire?
Incorrect, on a typical bicycle, the rider's weight is more on the rear than the front. You can test that very simply by looking at the compression of the tire in a normal riding position. The rear deforms more as it carries more load.