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Mar
13
comment why do engines have so much unused horsepower?
Not sure how this factors in, but Humvees are usually diesel engines, which I believe have higher torque and are more efficient. I drove/maintained one when I was in the Army. They were very robust.
Mar
5
comment Is changing gear to `Neutral` at all possible times a bad practice?
Hi Nalaka, if the answers posted on the duplicate don't answer your question, please strongly consider an edit to your post to add in details necessary to clarify what you don't understand. Good luck! :)
Jan
30
comment Explain the sound of a car's ignition?
The best I can do is "friction" ;) +1 Great question.
Dec
28
comment 1996 Chevy Tahoe Won't Start
What hillsons is saying is that it's customary to use lowercase letters, while only capitalizing the first word in a sentence. This will help people take your problem more seriously. :) Hope this helps!
Jul
30
comment what can be the reason my old diesel Mercedes won't start?
To clarify, I don't know about the "heating up the fuel pump" trick. BTW, I forgot to mention starting fluid.
Jul
30
comment what can be the reason my old diesel Mercedes won't start?
You could probably change the fuel filters with the 3/4 tank of fuel, fill it up the rest of the way with clean diesel and the Sta-bil and go from there. Your goal should be to do the minimum to get it started, then you should have a clearer picture on whether or not more steps need to be done. In other words, don't do all 4 steps at once. Do 1, try to start, if no luck, move forward with step 2. If that doesn't work, move to step 3. Hope this helps.
Jul
30
comment what can be the reason my old diesel Mercedes won't start?
If you can run the old fuel out of it, it makes sense that it should help. Good luck! :)
Jun
8
comment Downshifting an automatic
The excessive fuel consumption was news to me as well. On my motorcycle, I discovered that it ran more efficiently at higher RPM's. Every engine has a different optimum range, so on the bike, "engine braking" is a bit more normal than it would be in my car.
Jun
8
comment Why is the brake pedal higher than the accelerator pedal
Will, do you have some sort of reference on this you can include to help dispel doubt? Thank you.
May
20
comment 1994 Ford Escort won't start
Does this car have aluminum heads? I've heard aluminum can warp easily under hot conditions.
Apr
12
comment How do I safely siphon gas from a tank?
@MarkJohnson - We may have done that too. That's what the forums recommended in order to keep from hurting the engine.
Apr
5
comment Where'd my heat go?
Is your radiator low? A low coolant level could reduce the amount of hot coolant that enters the heater core. You might want to consider listing what you've checked so far, what kind of vehicle you have, etc., and if you've checked nothing, list that too. :)
Apr
3
comment How To Get Organized Without a Garage Workspace?
I like the "fits per day" metric. That is going to be a great way to measure the results! :)
Apr
3
comment How To Get Organized Without a Garage Workspace?
+1 - The focus on safety is important and is never overstated. I think I'm going to look for magnetic knife racks and attach them to my outdoor table. It won't be perfect, but I don't expect to solve this problem overnight.
Apr
3
comment How To Get Organized Without a Garage Workspace?
+1 - Great suggestion. I got a magnetic tray after I almost lost a distributor bolt inside the engine! I figure the cost of the bowl is cheaper than a rebuild. I'll also get the rails. Plus, I think I need an old table I can keep outside so I don't have to sit tools on the ground. I find all kinds of stuff on the ground that just gets left out there...
Apr
2
comment How To Get Organized Without a Garage Workspace?
lol, okay so maybe I'm a little over the top. Nothing is perfect for sure, and even with a garage, I realize it still takes discipline. :)
Apr
1
comment Ford Probe '94 heater problem
Hi Mike, please make sure that you and the original poster keep the information here on this site. If you take this offline to your personal email then the community won't benefit from the answers. SE Q&A sites are designed to be a resource to others who come to the site with a similar problem, and questions and answers should live beyond just this one person's problem. I edited your answer to remove your email and signature. Please check out the FAQ for more information. Thanks, and welcome to the Mechanics SE site! :)
Apr
1
comment What minimum maintenance should I do to get my cycle to a shop where it can be looked over professionally?
Great answer. +1. Motorcycles aren't cars. Trying to limp a questionable motorcycle to a shop could result in a lot more physical personal injury than trying to limp a car to a shop.
Apr
1
comment How Does a Person End Up With Their Timing “180 Out”?
Thanks! This is helpful +1, but I'm still having trouble picturing this in my mind... So for TDC on the exhaust stroke, is the #1 piston physically located in the same distance from the plug as it would be in TDC of the compression stroke? In other words, for TDC on the exhaust stroke, is the piston still X inches from the plug on both strokes, or is it located at the bottom of the motor at TDC on exhaust? I hope my question is clear, I'm not sure I'm using the right terms. :)
Feb
14
comment Broken Clutch Linkage Under Dash on 1987 Ford F150 4x4
Turns out there was a lubrication problem under the hood where the clutch push rod connects to the transmission. It was creating the extra resistance, which was leading to the retaining piece popping off. Now that there is less resistance, it should hopefully stay together :)