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The "Ask a Mechanic" Thread

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The only thing I'd check is what % is synthetic. I've heard it varies - anywhere from 1 or 2 % to 40 or 50% for pennzoil gold blend. 

 

 

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I think my car has Spring allergies.  Do changes of temperature sometimes spur mechanical problems?  Thinking the expanding metal has an effect or something.  She's been sputtering wile idle lately.  Hasn't shut off on me yet (knock on wood), but that worry has crept back in to my mind.  They replaced like 5-10 things last year and she's been great ever since.  Didn't replace the fuel filter or ignition switch, though.  I even brought those up to them and they said, "no, it's not that." to both.

 

When I'm stopped on inclines, the moments where she sounds like she's trying to stay awake are more dramatic.  Nerve wracking.

 

Anyway, I got the top coat of paint off of my hood with some 300 grit sandpaper.  Same with the trunk, as it was already chipping when I bought it as well.  Going to paint it myself.  Collecting supplies and doing a lot of research.  Taught myself how to paint my drums, and re-did my old set twice.  Both times it turned out awesome.  Sold that ***** for more than I bought it.  Wondering if I should strip the entire car and paint it a new color, or just stick with matching the hood and trunk with the current color.

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Today, I just purchased an old Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited.  Craigslist.  Over the weekend, test drove it, took it to a shop and it checked out perfectly.  Some minor rust stuff underneath, a shock needs to be replaced but that's it.  Engine checked out fine, electronics checked out fine.

 

Anyway, I pick it up this afternoon and take it home.  I stop in front of my apartment to run inside to get something before parking it in the lot.  Put the emergency flashers on.  

 

Come back out, try to start it up...and the engine doesn't turn over.  Tried it again and it flat out doesn't start.  Dead.  

 

Pop the hood and immediately saw that the battery looked suspect.  My fault for not looking under the hood myself as I'm certainly not a mechanic (and why I'm in this thread).  But I figured that something like this would have been caught by the guys in the garage when I took it for the inspection.  They seemed to have done a thorough job, had the hood open, up on the rack and raised so they could see underneath, it all looked legit.

 

Anyway, I start playing with the wiring because I figured it had to be electric.  Sure enough, I moved the part next to the tape to the left and the emergency lights started flashing.  Tried to start again, didn't work.  Repeated this process a couple more times and it didn't start.  Then I wiggled the wiring a little more forcefully and was able to get it to start.  

 

Drove it to the lot at my apartment, parked it, turned off the engine.  Turned it on again, seems to be smooth.  

 

Still nervous. The guy that sold it to me is going to come over and look at it.  He hasn't cashed my check yet.

 

But what do you guys make of this?  The tape looks suspect as ****, so does the wiring.  

 

 

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someone replaced the terminals and it probably is loose or corroded ....open wire like that needs corrosion protection.(good for even factory terminals.

 

clean.tighten and apply corrosion protection...or replace cables which is a bit harder

 

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Looks like there used to be conduit there to hold the wires together and it broke so the previous owner wrapped it in electrical tape.  Only way to find out if something is amiss is to cut it out and inspect.

 

Also, those universal terminal ends are notorious for having a poor connection and loosening up where the battery cables go into it.  That would be the first place I look for a bad connection.

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Good stuff, thanks guys.  The guy I bought it from came out, replaced the tape with real electrical tape, also tightened the the terminal ends.  Makes sense, the battery isn't the original so things don't always line up right.

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get some battery terminal spray or the treated washers or corrosion is gonna happen

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1 hour ago, Dr. Do Itch Big said:

Can a slave cylinder cause a clutch to slip and get continuously worse?

 

no, it simply disengages a clutch....unless it doesn't retract all the way I suppose

 

 

Springy....phone home

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44 minutes ago, Dr. Do Itch Big said:

Can a slave cylinder cause a clutch to slip and get continuously worse?

 

What kind of car?

 

And what do you mean by "continuously get worse"?  Over time, or in the course of driving after you start the engine?

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so i have been hearing my rear brakes squeal. I go to the places that replaced my pads last time.  Mind you this was only 15k ago, my brakes and rotors need to be replaced already.  The estimate was for $500! 

 

Is that normal?  My first set of rear brakes went 55, this next set not even 15???

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5 hours ago, skinfan2k said:

so i have been hearing my rear brakes squeal. I go to the places that replaced my pads last time.  Mind you this was only 15k ago, my brakes and rotors need to be replaced already.  The estimate was for $500! 

 

Is that normal?  My first set of rear brakes went 55, this next set not even 15???

 

Price seems reasonable.  Not sure about the interval between brake services though.  Seems a bit short for my liking but brake wear is definitely driver dependent, for sure.

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Just now, Springfield said:

 

Price seems reasonable.  Not sure about the interval between brake services though.  Seems a bit short for my liking but brake wear is definitely driver dependent, for sure.

 

I agree but how did my first set go 50K and then the next set not even 15k??

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Just now, skinfan2k said:

I agree but how did my first set go 50K and then the next set not even 15k??

 

Crap parts, riding the brakes, improper installation.  Beats me.

 

Were they making noise because they were worn out or because of rust or some other factor?

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Just now, Springfield said:

 

Crap parts, riding the brakes, improper installation.  Beats me.

 

Were they making noise because they were worn out or because of rust or some other factor?

 

no idea.  he said the brakes have less than 20%. i know he said he had used some aftermarket brake pad.  

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might have sticking calipers, rather odd the rear would wear out first

 

this ain't you is it?

 

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