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What causes a 20% difference in fuel economy between winter and summer?
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Your fuel economy change is caused by the fact you're not using the same fuel. Fuel changes twice per year from summer blend to winter blend and back again causing a change in the Reid Vapor Pressure (...

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Could a car left sitting for 6 years ever run again?
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Yes it can run again, but is it worth it. Edmunds show a poor condition 1992 as worth about $650, where as a very good condition is around $2000. With your posting that it has rust above the wheel ...

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How to restore and care for leather?
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The post is not so much direct techniques as those will vary by type of roof and upholstery, age, and condition. Automobile upholstery falls under two basic types that being either true leather or a ...

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Where can I find my minimum tire pressure?
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Year-round, you want to maintain your tires at the recommended tire pressure (COLD) for the stated vehicle load. For the most part, it is a fixed value to maintain (not a range from there to maximum) ...

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Why is engine displacement frequently a few CCs below an exact number?
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From a more historical view I will put out the idea of "Dimensional Lumber" Dimensional lumber is where a 2 X 4 is not actually 2 inches by 4 inches when you go to use it. It varies by wood type and ...

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Avoiding the grease, dirt and oil from getting onto the skin and under the nails?
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My grandad run a automotive and truck repair shop for 50years, he told me when I was a kid to use Vaseline on my hands before work starts (this was before all the modern cleaners of today). Thin layer ...

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angle grinder versus sawzall
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I tend to prefer a angle grinder with a cutoff disk for cutting off old rusty bolts. It usually is faster and less trouble then a sawzall. But there are exceptions. The angle grinder does produce a ...

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Are there alternatives to lead acid batteries?
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I will add fuel cells to the mix. Portable fuel cells could replace batteries in many situations and I believe eventually will. About five years back I had seen a portable unit being used for remote ...

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ITBs with a charged engine
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Yes there is a large benefit of response and efficiency and if not for the cost would likely be seen in more factory equipped vehicles other then the high performance production models (like BMW M3). ...

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What does the ECT button on a 94 Camry do?
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The ECT stands for Electronically Controlled Transmission. The button when pushed should change the shift points on your transmission. In one mode it can make the car shift sooner for better fuel ...

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Will an AGM/SLA battery still be at risk of overcharge even if its control voltage exceeds the alternator's regulated voltage?
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Essentially batteries like the Optima, or Diehard Platinum are AGM batteries. When I was working we used AGM batteries for various purposes on the training range. They were charged by various ...

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We have fuel injection, why not air injection?
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I think the concept would be like taking a piston compressor to pump air into a piston engine, so energy to pump the air compressor pistons would counter the energy developed by the engine pistons. ...

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Cleaning after a mice invasion in 2001 Toyota Corolla
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After restoring a good number of vintage cars as well as vintage electronic radios, cleaning the nest material is, as commented done with a good strong vacuum. But it is the feces and urine that is ...

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Long Term Motorcycle Storage
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If your rebuilding the engine then that will simplify issue related to seals in the engine going bad. But it is best to still put in all fresh oils into it for storage as oxides can form from old oil ...

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How do I make all of this work together?
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Older Jeep transfer cases have a cover on the rear side of them, once the cover is removed a gear driven unit called a PTO (power take off) can be installed. This PTO can be used to drive a motor ...

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Spare parts database for older cars
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For start 98 is not that old so there will be many of these in yards scattered through out the country. Next new parts are in black to allow painting to match the cars current color. Pre painted ...

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Is it bad to mix tire brands on a motorcycle?
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I have seen many times one tire replaced do to it wearing faster then the other tire. My Road Glide has that issue right now one is ready for replacement but the other not. While I plan to replace ...

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Best Ways to Pass Emissions?
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I can not point out any one specific item that will help your car pass. But for your greater Phoenix area location I would start, after you run through your tank of fresh gas, by parting with the $17 ...

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Stripped Threads on inside of Oil Drain (Motorcycle; '72 Honda CB750)
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Repair kits are available to fix stripped plugs. INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPAIR KIT LISTED BELOW The CB750 should be a 14 x 1.5 x 13mm plug size. LINK TO REPAIR KIT The basic concept of steps to repair ...

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ECU help required
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Assuming that the ECUs are identical in pinouts and wiring you still have the issue of a 1.5L vs a 1.6L engine so the ECU programming would need addressed to allow for the size change to insure engine ...

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2002 Dodge Ram 1500 overheating
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I believe that fan has a two speed motor, three leads on it. One is low speed operation which is turned on by the AC system. The second is the warm engine connection which is high speed fan. This ...

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What reasons for a Brake pedal that depresses slowly
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While having some one depress the brakes inspect each of the rubber flex hoses at the wheel corners. Look for any sign of bulging. Hoses age with repeated expansion and contraction form brakes being ...

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Clutch slipping on Scania 420
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When clutch was checked was the throw-out bearing checked and replaced? It is usually a low cost item and best replaced at the same time as the clutch. While inspection of that part may look ...

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Equivalent of “gas can” for electric vehicle?
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I guess I would look at a roll-up solar panel, roll it out on top the car connect to the batteries, then just time and sun will get you enough to get to the fast plugin charging station. You would ...

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Automotive Relays - Are they water resistant? Proper placement?
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For most part they are water proof or at least water resistant depending on brand. Make sure your connectors or socket is also insulated and preferably heat shrink installed to keep water to minimum ...

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How to Remove Core Plugs? (aka Freeze Plugs)
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Proper tool is a freeze plug puller. You drill a small hole that the screw tip of the puller grabs and it then pulls the plug out. While most common home mechanic use is the screw driver (bad ...

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Mazda 323 1985, carb model wont start when hot
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With your description it is likely a fuel system problem, the reason being is that if the choke applied when hot helps keep the engine running your likely starving the car for fuel (very lean when hot)...

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What should you look for when buying tires from a junkyard?
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These days most standard junk yards will pull the best tires off and keep them near the front for sale. The mid quality usually get sold to the used tire stores that have popped up in near every town....

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Unknown adaptor for 2009 Mazda 2 headlight
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Your third picture shows a black plastic adapter that you identify as missing from the one side. And I assume your able to use the lamp and adapter from the side it was install in on the other side. ...

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Rear brake piston hard to turn back in, uneven wear on pads
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In reading that you had pad wear at an angle the focus falls primarily to three locations. The mounting bracket face being true (parallel) to the rotor. One or both of the pin cylinder slides binding ...

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