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Jul
21
comment When given a choice between octane 89 and 93, which should I choose?
Often, the difference in fuel efficiency will make it more expensive to run lower octane fuel.
Jul
20
comment Replace front brake pads and rotors?
@Bob Cross: should be an answer. vivekian: You can also compare their hourly labor rate and number of hours for the job with other shops. Also, changing disc brake pads and rotors is a pretty simple job requiring very few tools, if you have any inclination to DIY.
Jun
27
comment Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
I am somewhat familiar with what it takes. I am no seasoned racer, but I have spent more than a few hours on the track and spent a fair amount of time practicing the heel blip while downshifting and trail braking into turns. Quantifying the actual wear involved would be an interesting exercise.
Jun
27
comment Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
@Rory: Maybe in a perfect simulation that could be true. It seems naive to think you can operate a clutch in "binary," without any wear, in the real world.
Jun
27
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Jun
22
revised Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
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Jun
22
answered Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?
Jun
20
answered Concealing a radar detector
Jun
20
comment Concealing a radar detector
Another down vote for this guy? What, do you folks fancy yourself to be the police?
Jun
20
comment Concealing a radar detector
+1 to help offset the downvotes. Legality is irrelevant.
Jun
17
answered How can I choose the safest affordable tire available?
Jun
17
answered All weather tires vs winter tires
Jun
15
comment What factors should I consider when selecting a suspension kit?
@Flimsy: "I don't really even know what "performance" means in the context of suspension" ya, it's complicated. ;-)
Jun
15
comment Is the vent from the pcv valve back into the air intake really needed?
I think the admonishments on legality are a tad severe, but your answer is quite accurate.
Jun
13
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Jun
13
comment Is it worth switching to full synthetic or blend oil in my older car/truck?
differences in seal and gasket swelling can also be a cause of leaks, perhaps moreso than the removal of old gunk exposing leaks.
Jun
13
comment Rough ride on LL Bean Subaru, are the struts the cause?
I don't think your assertion is true. Dampers fail in two main ways: oil leakage or physical damage. Oil leakage causes a reduction in damping forces, physical damage usually causes a restriction in movement. Either of these failures effects a single variable in the suspension equation. It's not magic or rocket science - nor is there such a thing as "shock absorbers of yore". There are active systems, but those are not under consideration in this question, nor are they fundamentally different in any way.
Jun
10
comment Engine revs high 5th gear manual transmission
@Patrick: Higher gears are more susceptible to clutch slipping because there is more resistance to acceleration. When a clutch slips, you have passed the maximum amount of torque that can be transferred through it. In lower gears, less torque needs to be applied through the clutch to make the car accelerate.
Jun
10
revised Is Redline Lightweight Shockproof appropriate for an aging 2004 Subaru Impreza manual gearbox?
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Jun
10
comment Rough ride on LL Bean Subaru, are the struts the cause?
also, check my edit.