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Mar
2
comment Car shudders above 45 mph after after spin out into a ditch
I think the first two paragraphs can be done without. Probably not wrong, but it really doesn't matter what the problem is or is not at this point - someone who knows what they're doing needs to look at the car before it's driven again, period.
Mar
2
comment What is seafoam? What does it do? How do you use it?
I'm not sure it's properly emphasized here, so I'll add: The "Intake Tract Cleaning" will create a whole lot of smoke! It's best to do that somewhere fairly isolated, where the smoke will most likely dissipate before it reaches anyone who might care. Depending on your car, there may be viable options other than the vacuum hose for the brake booster, and/or ways you can do the job solo. If you've never worked with the stuff before, it's probably best to find an enthusiast site dedicated to your vehicle where a detailed walkthrough and/or video has been posted.
Apr
8
comment Sloshing Sound Under Dash
@JimFell I think you're associating the increased prominence of the sound with the wrong trigger. As you said, under normal circumstances, your car is accelerating when the engine is running faster. When there is water in a container, and that container experiences acceleration, inertia will cause the water to move around within the container. Do you have the same problem (if you still have this problem at all by now) when you rev the engine while the car is parked?
Oct
24
comment How long does it take for gas to go bad?
So, what about a quadruple dose - will that get me four years? If I just fill my tank with straight STA-BIL, will it be good forever? ;-)
Oct
24
comment How long does it take for gas to go bad?
@theUg My first guess would be due to the smaller tank the chemical reactions happen faster, proportionally speaking, than they would in a larger tank. Also, smaller engines probably have less tolerance for bad gas in general. Would be nice to see more detail added here to explain.
Aug
21
comment Should one fit the least-worn tires to the rear wheels?
Also worth noting: If you're going to swap out just one tire, you should probably put the new one on a non-powered wheel. Otherwise, this might happen.
Jul
15
comment What could be a likely cause of unusual “torque steer” after repairs?
The repair shop didn't try rotating the tires, but the insurance company's guys did. And now it works perfectly. Apparently the key factor lies in traction control. Since the traction control system detected the drive wheels spinning at different rates, and therefore attempted to adjust power between them, the 3/32" difference in tread depth was a bit more significant than it would have been on a car without TC. When the insurance adjuster tried driving it himself, he noticed the TC button and realized that could cause the issue.
Nov
15
comment How do you remove or even get to the car battery on a 2012 Honda Odyssey?
Have you tried looking around for a remote "black terminal", or another location specially labeled to show that it's intended to be used as the negative post in a jump start? Of course, there's always the friendly manual.
Oct
15
comment Why would my engine temperature raise from normal to high and drop back down again?
Seems about right to me. Interestingly, on my Jeep (which had a similar problem once), I found that revving the engine while still actually helped the temperatures by getting the fan spinning faster.
Jun
30
comment Put Stop leak into engine. Can I reverse the process?
Ow. I feel really bad for this guy. "Change the oil again in about 100 miles", for me, pretty much means "change the oil when you get home from work the next day".
Feb
16
comment Disc brake damage, how can it happen?
The worst disc damage I've ever had was when I'd totally burned out the pads on one brake, then what was left just ground the disc until it was paper-thin and snapped off the hub.
Dec
22
comment CEL 12, 21, and 55 on '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Worked for me. Thanks.
Nov
29
comment Permanent fix to AC drain clogging in '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
So, we're effectively saying "Yes, that's a bad place for the exhaust port. You'd better jury-rig a good force-field in front of it."?
Nov
29
comment Permanent fix to AC drain clogging in '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
But then, wouldn't that just be changing the location of the clog to wherever the mesh screen is put?
Nov
29
comment Permanent fix to AC drain clogging in '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee?
No picture, but I believe it is the same issue discussed here: mechanics.stackexchange.com/a/2330/78
Nov
28
comment Sloshing Sound Under Dash
This makes sense for my case also, as I do currently have the "draining into the carpet" problem.
Nov
28
comment Key cycling to determine cause of check engine light
Autozone and similar generally won't read codes for OBD-I systems. At least, that's how it is in my area.
Nov
28
comment Key cycling to determine cause of check engine light
Can't vouch for Ford or others, but this also works on a '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It may just be a Dodge thing though, since they make Jeep as well.
Nov
12
comment Sloshing Sound Under Dash
I think I may have a similar issue in my '94 Jeep Grand Cherokee. For me, there's no real consistency to when it happens, but I've been wondering what it is. I'd call the sound more of a "flushing" than "sloshing" - as if the liquid is being made to move, not just loosely flowing around.
Jul
28
comment wavering speedometer
Mine doesn't waver nearly as much, but I've got a similar-ish issue in my '96 Mark VIII. In that case, the speedometer is also off by about +4 MPH in that speed range.