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About RLeVan

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  • Birthday 01/25/1974

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  1. RLeVan

    The "Ask a Mechanic" Thread

    I'd just crawl under the back and tap the tank with a wrench to see if it was full or not by the sound. Could be a stuck float, a bad gauge, or a bad LED in the console. My bet is a stuck float but then again, I'm normally wrong. Just tossing ideas out there.
  2. RLeVan

    The "Ask a Mechanic" Thread

    It's a 2002 Nissan Maxima (per PM)
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    The "Ask a Mechanic" Thread

    Just to make it easier to diagnose, please list make/model/year of your car. It could be as simple as a shorted ignition wire to a failing oil pump.
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    The "Ask a Mechanic" Thread

    First thing I would check is serpentine belt wear/tension. After that, power steering pump.
  5. RLeVan

    The "Ask a Mechanic" Thread

    You obviously know quite a bit about servicing vehicles so I don't want to step on your toes too much SS. I'm not a big fan of flushing transmissions, especially on older vehicles unless the owner is prepared to replace all the seals. Drain, check fluid color and inspect the magnets in the pan will give you a good idea of what is going on. You can always do a poor mans flush, which will be cheaper although more work for you. You're paying for 2x the volume of your tranny in fluid plus labor. Drain and refill, drive for 500 miles, and drain and refill again. The most important thing is knowing the exact type of tranny fluid your car requires. Friction modifiers vary between brands and manufacturers. My only recommendation would be to get a couple of mason jars and fill the first jar with drain #1 and the second with drain #2. Compare them after the second has settled overnight on the workbench and look for sediment in the bottom of the jars. It's probably overkill, but it helps you understand the vehicle.
  6. RLeVan

    The "Ask a Mechanic" Thread

    Unless you've owned both, it's only opinion. The comparison is like 50:1. I'm not getting into a this is better than that argument. If you go for a Jeep, go '06 or later, Quadra Drive 2 (Electronic Limited Slip Diffs/Aussie Lockers, Leather Seats). Most important thing with anything other than Ford or Chevy is make sure their putting the right fluids in engine/tranny/differential. Forgot to mention, the comments about standard problems with Chrysler transmissions. My '94 4.0L Aw4 only needed a rear seal replacement ($75). Blanket statements are why people are brand loyal. The Jeep newer trannies are still made by Mercedes. My '94 4.0L is still running strong and my '06 Overland has no problems as well. Still get the occasional chuckle when I gun it getting on the interstate.
  7. RLeVan

    The "Ask a Mechanic" Thread

    How old is the timing belt? Only reason I ask is that I had a similar symptom to this when a few teeth broke off the belt on a car I owned many moons ago. It would idle really rough and buck, but get better once the car got going. Eventually, enough teeth broke off that the engine cut off and couldn't be restarted. New belt and it was good to go. Luckily for me it was a non-interference engine so I didn't bend/break any valves.
  8. RLeVan

    Anything MMA, except thumb wrestling

    The Bisping vs. Hamill fight was a classic case of don't leave it in the hands of the judges.
  9. RLeVan

    DIY Home Improvement Thread..

    For shelf brackets that carry a heavy load, these work like a champ. You can use 2-1/2 inch screws into pre-drilled holes in the studs and you can practically sit on them. For the shelving you can either go for MDF or dimensional glued pine (looks like a butchers block) shelving found near the specialty lumber. Personally I like the natural look of the pine although it's a bit more expensive, but not by much.