All things Automobile - THE definitive car thread

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Bueller, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Bueller would buy another Jeep and make a big fuss about it.
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  2. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    1) A compression and leakdown test will tell you the source of the oil consumption. At that mileage it could be either (rings or valve seals, not necessarily valve guides)

    2 & 3) With oil usage of a quart every 2000 miles, I wouldn't spend any money trying to fix it. The biggest risk is probably the ultimate poisoning of the catalytic converter if the engine starts burning considerably more oil
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  3. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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  4. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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  5. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Lol huh? I guess I've been lax on mentioning it in every thread I can find. I've dropped this into a bunch of threads, though. My garage where I live.
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  6. Squelch

    Squelch Everyday People

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    I drove the Z to work today and cleaned the engine out good... :wink:

    I also found out that the tires are quite slippery when they're cold! The traction control is nice - it feels like it gives me just enough yaw to feel fun, but not so much that it's dangerous.
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  7. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    You need two in order to have a fighting chance that one will actually run at any particular moment.
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  8. Motornoggin

    Motornoggin Two-Bit Throttle Bum

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    Big car guy. Been in the industry in one capacity or another for most of my life.

    Here is a pic of my current vintage car.
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    I'm considering putting it on the market so I can use the funds to build a Lakester (Lakes Modified Roadster, A.K.A. old hot rod). I have most of the drive train, just need chassis and body.

    Also, I'm not typically a Ford guy, but am completely anthralled with the Ecoboost F-150. I live at 7200+ ft. elevation and the turbos really even the playing field.

    Also, I am really wanting a Hyundia Genesis Coupe with the 2.0 Turbo. Again, I drove one a while back and it has not left the pleasure center of my brain... Want...
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  9. Anorak

    Anorak Woolf Barnato

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    Not true with the very high end British cars but there are all sort of weird ways they did things on the pre VW models like the 1999 Azure on the left, though. The brake system is an excellent example. A high pressure system that uses green mineral oil with two calipers on each front wheel. The brake pedal is just a valve which controls pressure to the wheels. The system has a couple spherical accumulators stamped with a chevron indicating the Citroen origin.

    If both brake warning lights come on, stop NOW. You have enough pressure for about a couple dozen brake applications and the you have NO brakes, except the parking brake. I'm serious, pretend all the fluid leaked out of the brakes on your car. No brakes.

    To r&r the rear brake rotors is billed at 5.2 hours. Here is what the assembly looks like. Have you ever seen what looks like a full floating hub on an independent rear suspension.
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    The one on the right is a 2007. From the underside, it looks German.
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  10. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Guides are probably good, change the valve seals. It can be done without removing the head.
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  11. 42

    42 Bokononist

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    :drif
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  12. Guano11

    Guano11 Behind Bars....

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    Excellent -- glad I asked! Now on to Googling "Valve seals vs. valve guides"...
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  13. ADK

    ADK ____

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    Toyota is bragging about a stock tundra towing the space shuttle. Is the truck usable without a rebuild now? :ear
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  14. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    That commercial is so many levels of dumb I don't know where to begin, but since the truck wasn't carrying any of the weight of the load it probably didn't hurt it at all. This is not unlike men who pull large vehicles with their teeth. While the following link may not be completely accurate in terms of the math, it gives you an idea:

    http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/arts/circus-arts/question523.htm

    I am sure the stress put on the truck in the commercial was within its design limits. It just looks good to the unsuspecting eye.
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  15. koncha

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    My new gig is a long term deal with a client. The client is only 4 hours away by car and no direct air service. We only have one car so I decided to lease something to make the drive. I get paid mileage ($.565 per) to make the drive.

    I have a 2013 Volvo S60 AWD in the driveway. I did Volvo's 24 month lease because 99% of the miles on the car are going to be charged back to the client.

    The Volvo is the cheapest S60 with AWD that is available. I went with the Volvo because I wanted something with AWD, it had to be quiet on the road, I needed nice seats, and I wanted something that wasn't completely common. It also looks good in black.

    Even bone stock, I was surprised with the number of features on the car. Memory seats are huge (my wife is short and I am 6'2"). Rain sensing wiper are nice.

    I doubt I'll have it long enough to experience any issues.

    I've driven a lot of rental cars in the last year. I went through just about every variation of Malibu, Fusion, Altima, 200, 300, Impala, and S60. Rental car miles are like dog miles and the S60 and Fusion were the best for me. I looked at an AWD 2013 Fusion but I couldn't get the finances to work out better than the S60. Plus, they are rare around here. Even the ones shown as in-inventory are actually ordered cars or were already taken by the time I got to the dealer.

    We'll see how it works out.
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  16. Hardware02

    Hardware02 Long timer

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    There was some prep (I wouldn't call them mods) done to the truck for the stunt but basically any 1/2 ton pick-up could have done it.
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  17. NDEBT

    NDEBT Long timer

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    I have been a tech,lead tech,shop forman,counterman,parts manager,service manager and curranty the imo the phony position of parts and service director wich means all of the above for the last 25 years. I can't seem to keep my hands clean to this day. I still keep a toolbox at work and dive in. I get the tech mentality very much and still miss the just leave me alone,dont touch my radio and let me work thing:lol3.
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  18. Gummee!

    Gummee! That's MR. Toothless

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    My 'project' is a 1960 Mercedes 190SL. Dad broke at least one brake line and the floor needs welding.

    One of these days...

    Before that, I got bit by the British bug. 73 Midget then a 79 TR-7. Midget ran like a farging top till I hit some c-nt in a Beretta that turned from the far right side of the road (wheels off the pavement) into a driveway.

    The TR-7 died an ignominious death in rush hour traffic when I *thought* someone was signalling me I could go left in front of her. Evidently she was pissed at the guy in front of me...

    I keep seeing British cars and am :drif over em, but right now I'm so broke I can't pay... Hey look! A chikken!

    M
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  19. One Less Harley

    One Less Harley OH.THAT'S GONNA HURT

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    Maybe this will help you miss those British cars even more..........

    My recent ejumication on why Castrol GTX isn't what it was 30 years ago....

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    Which leads to this......

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    But one must remove the complete interior to get to the above picture.....

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    which reveals, where the furry stuff came from.....

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    One trashed cam lobe, most lifers pitted, and every top ring busted (DPO-engine previously honed and ringed)

    ..but all that bad news...leads to....

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    and even more goodies...

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    this is what the motor looked like before.

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  20. RxZ

    RxZ Legal Drug Dealer

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    So, I have a 93 4Runner in which the 4WD does not work. The shop I took it too after I bought it claims that the front differential has good electrical current, and good vacuum pressure as well. That said, they think it is an acuator that is bad and needs to be replaced for $500 plus labor. I found the part on-line for $130, which leads to: does it sound like this is my problem? and can I fix this with my brother (who is a mechanic at a Dodge dealer) in my driveway?

    Other than that issue and a sticking brake caliber, this is a fun little under-powered SUV.
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