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Sep
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comment 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 overheating
Did you replace water pump, do a hot flush, did you replace the radiator cap? Is the system full of coolant? Is the coolant 50/50 or all antifreeze?
Sep
2
comment What causes an engine to burn oil?
+1 just rebuilt the head on an 05 SRT4 because it was burning oil. The valve guides had wear, but the valve seals were still perfect.
Aug
28
comment Automatic: revs dropping then stalling when stopped at lights
@GeoffM rereading your complaint, it does sound like a crank sensor. I've only experienced issues with crank sensors under throttle, but I'll keep your experience in mind.
Aug
28
comment Washing Engine Bay / Underside From Oil / Dirt
That's going to be tough for the engine bay. It's very easy to break old vacuum lines with a little pressure and those are a nightmare to diagnose and fix. Here is a good video to watch youtube.com/watch?v=t4SWGJcZ5u0 You can see the pressure varies. If you can get a sprayer with a variable handle, that might be best. Flow rates and PSI will vary depending on what you're trying to do. Cleaning oil might be better done with a steam cleaner.
Aug
28
comment Car declared a total loss, what do I do?
They will call it a total loss when the cost to repair exceeds the value of the car. You will only get the blue book value for your car and won't be able to argue for more. You can however, keep the car and the cash and find a cheap place to repair it, get a slavage title and get back on the road.
Aug
28
comment Automatic: revs dropping then stalling when stopped at lights
@GeoffM Glad to hear it was repaired under warranty. Kia parts can get expensive.
Aug
27
comment Removing oil stains from the driveway?
Had a guy going door to door with a spray bottle that would remove oil stains from cement. It worked great, but I didn't catch the name. Point is, there are products out there. Pour-N-Restore is one of them.
Aug
27
comment RPM problem (car is jerking)
It sounds like it's at idle due to the RPM range and it also sounds like the IAC valve which I'd recommend replacing first. What happens when you turn the AC on? Better or worse?
Aug
27
comment How to close the re-circulation flap?
Is it mechanical or electronic?
Aug
26
comment Assembly lube or engine oil when reassembling cylinder heads
+1 for assembly lube flushing. It can clog the oiling holes in the hydraulic lifters and other tiny oil feed holes. I just rebuilt the head on an 05 SRT4 and I only used lube on the bearing caps and a tiny bit on the cam lobes. The rest was oil.
Aug
26
comment How do variable-length intake manifolds work?
@Anarach added picture.
Aug
26
comment Is it safe to lower the S550 (2015+) Mustang by 1" in the northeast US?
Then I'd say you'll be fine as long as you don't have any extra body kit parts that hang lower than the stock body.
Feb
12
comment 2008 Toyota Rav4 passenger turn signal flashing rapidly, hazards normal
If you have LED lights, it could be that one or more of the LEDs is out. Just had this happen on a set of aftermarket LED taillights. If both blinkers are blinking fast, replace the relay.
Jan
16
comment No check valve on valve cover
thanks for the answer. Went ahead and dumped that car for an 05 SRT-4. No more problems.
Jan
11
comment v-tech now vs then
@DXM yes I see that now. I misunderstood a GM video explaining the new Cruze 1.4l turbo packages which have VVT using a hydraulic system to adjust the cam.
Sep
21
comment Jet performance chips & mfgr warranties
thats what i figured but I know there are some parts like a few cold air intake kits that claim they won't void the warranty. I think with the way things have been for auto companies, they probably wont be so forgiving. Best if I have them do it or leave it as is.
Sep
20
comment Hard shuttering and engine dies when A/C is on at idle
Ended up just buying an SRT-4. No more shuttering :)
Sep
5
comment difference between mechanical and hydraulic clutches
I was thinking the same thing (about the brakes).
Sep
1
comment Hard shuttering and engine dies when A/C is on at idle
all good posibilities. I'll check them out.
Aug
31
comment Aprillia Pegaso 650 won't start after cleaning carbs, what might be wrong?
You say fuel is present in the manifold but maybe 1) it isn't atomizing (jets) or 2) it isn't enough fuel (fuel pump or clogged jets)