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Dec
25
revised Should I change automatic transmission fluid on an older vehicle?
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Dec
25
answered Should I change automatic transmission fluid on an older vehicle?
Oct
26
comment Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
I wouldn't recommend this. It is usually difficult to create any sort of tight seal between the hose and the bleeder, and doing it this way would suck in air if there was any leak.
Oct
24
comment Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
@Mike, I sincerely hope that someone has bled your brakes in the past 10 years. If not, I strongly encourage you to consider changing your brake fluid more often. Brake fluid does absorb moisture over time, reducing it's boiling point and accelerating rust inside the system. I doubt you want to find yourself in a situation where your brakes are failing due to such an easily preventable issue like severe brake fade due to a lowered wet boiling point.
Oct
24
comment Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
I was going to say in an answer, but forgot, make sure you look up the correct order in which to bleed your calipers. It can be different on every model, and it does matter.
Oct
24
comment Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
~$50 on amazon. everyone has different values, but $50 is peanuts imho considering how easy it makes the job. I use mine many times a year (4 vehicles, I bleed each after winter at the least, and the last year it seems every car has needed major brake work so it's really seen some use lately). Spendy is when you need to buy an engine lift and a tranny jack for a DIY job ;-) And remember the $50 when (lol, I'd say if but ...) your helper doesn't quite hear you and lets up on the pedal while the valve is open and you have to start over.
Oct
24
answered What should I look at when my brakes are soft?
Oct
24
comment Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
There are several ways to perform a brake bleed by oneself that allow you to monitor the fluid exiting the bleeder valve for air bubbles.
Oct
24
answered Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
Oct
24
comment Is there a trick for doing bleeding the lines by yourself?
maybe wait a tad longer than a couple hours to accept an answer...
Oct
13
comment Remote autostart suggestion
I just wanna throw out there that I have a Viper with this remote: viper.com/Images/items/Thumbnail/488V.jpg I curse the thing every day. Replacement remote, last I checked: $75 on EBay. I get about a year out of mine before they are completely hosed, but they start falling apart after only a couple months. I only get a year with solder and tape added.
Sep
2
comment Does a strut tower bar have any useful effect on chassis stiffness for a car with 100K miles?
Your strut tower brace makes an "amazing" amount of difference to your wife's commute to school with the kids? Really? (it's a rhetorical question, the notion seems absurd)
Aug
25
comment Is idling bad for your engine?
You aren't really giving any reasons why idling would be any worse than time spent driving. It's like saying "driving the car isn't good for the car"
Aug
25
answered Is idling bad for your engine?
Aug
15
comment Shocks and dampers - what can I do to prolong their life through home maintenance?
Also, "simple things I can do at home that don't require a hoist" - replacing your struts is one of those. Jack stand and less bolts than fingers on your hands.
Aug
15
comment Shocks and dampers - what can I do to prolong their life through home maintenance?
I'm not going to put this as an answer, because it's a vague remembrance and I could be mistaken - but back when I used to spend a lot of time on Subaru forums I could swear I remember this being a quite common issue, for STi shocks around that model year to go bad often.. something to do with being an inverted design iirc. Again, could be mis-remembering, but maybe a place to start research. You may have to go with an aftermarket strut to avoid the frequent replacements.
Aug
15
comment Why does my 3rd gear grind on shifting when RPMs are high on 2002 Audi TT?
One nitpick, I don't know that I'd necessarily consider the problem "solved" if it improves with different gear oil.
Jul
29
comment Doing my own fuel induction service - how to, and how difficult?
@Josh: Does your engine have direct injection?
Jul
29
comment Doing my own fuel induction service - how to, and how difficult?
@Josh: You can also disconnect a vacuum hose and suck SeaFoam directly into your intake manifold...
Jul
28
answered Doing my own fuel induction service - how to, and how difficult?