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Nov
23
comment Causes of Premature Alternator Failure
@Paulster2 Thanks for the tip. I'll be checking up on the warranty. Problem remains that there's presumably some underlying condition that's causing this premature failure to be repeated. Also, this raises the question: If a remanufactured alternator can have a lifetime warranty, why not the original?
Nov
21
comment Causes of Premature Alternator Failure
@HandyHowie I doubt I'll find an answer to that for the previous alternator, but I'll try to ask the shop about it this time around. Any other common suspects?
Oct
28
comment Low-pitched buzzing/droning sound at highway speeds
Just had the oil changed and asked the mechanic to check for the sound. He said wheel bearings are fine. He listened for it with the car running in the air and said it seems to be coming from the transmission differential.
Oct
23
comment Low-pitched buzzing/droning sound at highway speeds
This is not what I'm experiencing. Note that the question specifically states the noise is independent of engine speed - as long as the vehicle speed is above a certain point, the sound remains present and its pitch and volume are not affected when the engine speed changes independent of vehicle speed (e.g.: down-shifting while maintaining 60 MPH).
Oct
21
comment Low-pitched buzzing/droning sound at highway speeds
@Zaid and Paulster2 - Is there a "driveway test" I can do to check the wheel bearings?
Oct
21
comment Low-pitched buzzing/droning sound at highway speeds
@Paulster2 It's a possibility. I don't recall any events substantial enough that I'd expect damage, but I'm also not the only user of the car.
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?