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Linux system administrator specializing in Linux in the data center.


Mar
29
revised Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring
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Mar
29
revised Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring
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Mar
29
answered Installing Xenon headlights in 2004 Chrysler Sebring
Mar
29
answered What to check for when purchasing a used and/or imported motor
Mar
29
comment Should I get a reusable/washable air filter for my Kia Soul?
One caveat against the K&Ns: you either have to maintain the car yourself, or watch others like a hawk. I've had a couple of mine "go missing" over the years, despite having that "STOP, don't throw this filter away" sticker on the air filter housing...
Mar
29
comment How to solve unexpected skidding in 1995 Toyota Camry
The "normal slow down" while turning could well have been too fast in the rain. If there was a lot of water on the road at that time, it may very well have been that the tread is too shallow and you need new tires. Check them with a coin: tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=51 It could also be your brake system sending too much braking to the front, but that seems unlikely. If you have "summer" or "high performance" tires, they will be more likely to hydroplane in the rain, but better on the dry. Regular practice in vehicle handling in emergencies is useful.
Mar
29
answered Engine revs high 5th gear manual transmission
Mar
29
answered How to solve unexpected skidding in 1995 Toyota Camry
Mar
28
comment What problems may occur if clutch is not used?
In my experience, it's so hard to get right that it is at the expense of the gears. If you can do it perfectly every time, my hat's off to you, but I never felt like I was making progress beyond a certain point. I'd get it right around 10% of the time. If you practice 20 hours a week or something at the track because you don't have synchros on the track car, yeah, you'll probably get good at it. And knowing how to rev match before engaging the clutch when downshifting is a good skill to have.
Mar
28
answered How to determine if a wheel is bent
Mar
28
comment What problems may occur if clutch is not used?
In my first car I tried to learn to shift without using the clutch and instead just rev-matching... I eventually gave up, it was just too often likely to fail and, well, I have a clutch that prevents the need. It was nice to learn to do it, in case I ever had a clutch failure, but saving the clutch at the expense of the gearbox and in particular the synchros seems like a bad trade-off. One of my current cars has 200K on the original clutch, so what exactly am I hoping to save?
Mar
27
comment Difference between FWD/RWD/4WD/Part-Time 4WD/AWD?
@Brian, There isn't really an absolute answer here, it really depends on what the marketing department of a vehicle vendor decides they want to use. In general though, it seems to be common for off-road oriented vehicles to be called 4WD, and road-only to be called "AWD". The lines have really been blurred by marketing departments applying the labels inconsistently. I'd agree that a vehicle with optionally locking differentials is more likely to be called 4WD, but many Audi and VW vehicles have had locking differentials in street cars (for example).
Mar
24
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Mar
22
comment Can radiator cool down a car too much?
I agree that it sounds like a thermostat. However, I have run into a situation where I had too much cooling... It was 40 degrees below, I was driving on the highway, and the 1.9L engine just couldn't keep up with providing enough heat to the cabin. So I turned on the propane furnace. :-) It was a VW camper van, water cooled.
Mar
22
answered How can you tell the oil needs to be changed?
Mar
22
comment Why does the reverse gear in manual transmission cars sound different
Note that some cars do have a synchro and helical gears on reverse. See the "Reverse" section of the Wikipedia Synchromesh article: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manual_transmission#Reverse
Mar
19
revised How can increase the fuel-efficiency of my vespa bike?
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Mar
19
answered Oil change checklist
Mar
19
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Mar
19
comment Coil Pack Location
Yeah, for replacement procedure get a service manual or alldatadiy.com