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02-26-2013, 06:43 PM
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Posted By conceptualpolymer

You can kill an alternator fairly quickly by...

You can kill an alternator fairly quickly by allowing the battery to drain to almost dead and then expecting the alternator to work overtime to recharge the battery. ALWAYS use a battery charger to...
02-26-2013, 06:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 710
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Your head gasket could be leaking only under...

Your head gasket could be leaking only under load. I believe a radiator shop can test your coolant for signs of combustion gasses. Some other possibilities:

Bad radiator cap
Thermostat is in...
01-06-2013, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,054
Posted By conceptualpolymer

It looks like everything is now normal except for...

It looks like everything is now normal except for the bubbles - no overheating, no coolant burping out of overflow.

mk378,

Could that indicate some residual air pockets that were never fully...
01-06-2013, 04:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 936
Posted By conceptualpolymer

First of all, you should NEVER accept a...

First of all, you should NEVER accept a mechanic's charging you for replacing of parts that didn't solve the problem. If the mechanic replaces anything that does not solve the problem, he or she...
01-06-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 626
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Any news?

Any news?
01-03-2013, 07:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 524
Posted By conceptualpolymer

The small cracking is not that bad, but the big...

The small cracking is not that bad, but the big separation has me worried. The max safe life of a tire is 6 years.
01-03-2013, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 626
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Do you have a service manual? I can check mine,...

Do you have a service manual? I can check mine, this weekend if no one else has any ideas.If the injectors are leaking, couldn't you tell by checking fuel pressure?
01-02-2013, 08:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 626
Posted By conceptualpolymer

So it will crank but not start? Did you check for...

So it will crank but not start? Did you check for spark? Distrubutors don't last forever but I'm not sure how you would go about testing that. A bad coil can be intermittant, as well.
11-08-2012, 06:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,058
Posted By conceptualpolymer

It could be a vacuum leak. Check all vacuum hoses...

It could be a vacuum leak. Check all vacuum hoses for cracks or disconnections. If all else fails, take it to a shop that does real troubleshooting. The shop that tuned up your car should've never...
11-08-2012, 06:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 641
Posted By conceptualpolymer

You might consider taking the dealership to small...

You might consider taking the dealership to small claims court. Many years ago, I did this to dispute a shop's prognosis that I had overrevved my engine, causing a valve to break and then cause...
11-08-2012, 05:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,020
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Do you have a mechanic's stethescope? That may...

Do you have a mechanic's stethescope? That may help to isolate the source of the noise.
09-30-2012, 09:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 956
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Ignitors and coils are common problems in higher...

Ignitors and coils are common problems in higher mileage Civics but really, you shouldn't just swap parts, randomly. Sometimes it's cheaper to have a local mechanic find the problem.
09-30-2012, 09:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,312
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Instead of replacing things, first, you should...

Instead of replacing things, first, you should check or have a mechanic check to see which component is causing the problem. Di you check the coil's primary and secondary resistance? The igniter can...
09-29-2012, 05:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 3,035
Posted By conceptualpolymer

I would say that the oval one is a bit overkill....

I would say that the oval one is a bit overkill. The larger the surface area, the slower the air velocity that is generated by the intake. This means that the air going through the larger, oval...
09-19-2012, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,923
Posted By conceptualpolymer

That tells me that there may be a wire with...

That tells me that there may be a wire with worn/damaged insulation, allowing it to contact an always-live wire. I'd start there.
09-19-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,128
Posted By conceptualpolymer

What is wrong with this picture? It looks to me...

What is wrong with this picture? It looks to me like Firestone folks threw everything they had at the problem without first checking to see what the real problem was. There's NO way that all of those...
09-19-2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,470
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Has it been really hot outside where you live?...

Has it been really hot outside where you live? The rattling could be predetonation due to very hot ambient temps. Also make sure your air filter is not clogged. If that looks good, you can try using...
09-19-2012, 02:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,716
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Don't tell me you had no alarm system installed....

Don't tell me you had no alarm system installed. If not, I'm sure you made up for not buying one with all the repairs you are doing. You may need to get ahold of a service or assembly manual. You may...
09-19-2012, 02:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,585
Posted By conceptualpolymer

The best sealant to use for that application is...

The best sealant to use for that application is Loctite 2422 (threadlocker). It can withstand temps up to 650 degrees F, seals against liquids, will not vibrate loose, and the bolt on which it is...
08-24-2012, 06:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,305
Posted By conceptualpolymer

If it burns alot of oil, you shouldn't waste your...

If it burns alot of oil, you shouldn't waste your money on synthetic oil, especially if the engine isn't turbo-charged.
08-24-2012, 06:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,305
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Turbo cars should run synthetic oil. For...

Turbo cars should run synthetic oil. For non-turbo vehicles, it depends upon how many miles are diven per year. For example, if someone puts only 5000 miles per year, then the oil will be synthetic...
08-24-2012, 05:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 676
Posted By conceptualpolymer

How long has it been since the tranny fluid was...

How long has it been since the tranny fluid was changed? Hondas seem to be sensitive to frequency of fluid changes (auto trannies).
08-22-2012, 07:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,305
Posted By conceptualpolymer

I have glowshift gauges(My MX6 GT Turbo) as well...

I have glowshift gauges(My MX6 GT Turbo) as well and during very hot days, oil pressure will show almost 0. This happens only on such a hot day. Normally, pressure doesn't get any lower than 10. I'm...
08-19-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 693
Posted By conceptualpolymer

Does it go on and off when the electric fan turns...

Does it go on and off when the electric fan turns on and off?
08-19-2012, 09:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,164
Posted By conceptualpolymer

It looks like your compressor is gone and its...

It looks like your compressor is gone and its pulley/drive shaft siezed, allowing the belt to spin on the pulley. The belt then heated up enough (from friction) to cause the smoke and smell. If the...
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