What do YOU want to know about cars?

Discussion in 'Motorized Vehicles' started by bobnova, Mar 2, 2009.

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  1. Modly

    Modly Warranty Voider

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    I want to know how to do the only thing on cars that I haven't touched.

    Upholstery.

    I've done everything else (And I really do mean everything).
     
  2. bobnova

    bobnova Notebook Consultant

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    Difficult, but i'm going to take a whack at it.

    Thank you very much everybody for the ideas, i'm going to be slogging through 'em :D



    Block heater: Mainly to keep the coolant from freezing, the correct mix of coolant is 50/50 with water, which gives a freezing point of ~-34*f. If it gets below that and you're lucky the freeze plugs will pop out and you'll have to get your car towed to a shop and have them fixed (cheap parts, expensive to very expensive labor), if you're unlucky the block will crack and it's new motor time.
    Sooooo, if it's going to be below 0, use the block heater, and make sure your coolant is properly mixed. A shop should be able to check that for you in about 45 seconds.


    Nothing wrong with skipping gears in a manual tranny.
    Nothing wrong with cruise control either.
    Sequential boxes (this is the short answer) you push the level one direction to go up a gear and the other direction to go down, generally they do not require you to use the clutch to shift, and generally they cost about $30k.
    Heavy duty/diesel stuff i know nothing about as we don't work on them, so i can't help you there. Same for specific american cars, we do imports only.
     
  3. DetlevCM

    DetlevCM Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    You seem to have set yourself a huge task here...
    Good luck!

    My recommendations:
    Start with "low level" stuff - aspects everyone can understand - as I saw on here, some fixed for everyday problems (and that is not bashing the indicator as they seem to do in the UK if the thing fails - needless to say, it didn't work after this either - possibly a blown bulb...)

    Then once you have established your site, add the more complex and detailed aspects in a way that they are easily accessible when someone wants to read them, but do not stand in the way.

    And lastly a little notice:
    You cannot post the link in the forum as that would be direct advertising - the link to your site may only be placed in your signature.

    Best of luck! It will be a lot of effort.
     
  4. King of Interns

    King of Interns Simply a laptop enthusiast

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    Manual transmission is the way to go! Automatic is boring and I find less fuel efficient. :)
    Luckily for people in the UK only expensive cars have it usually.
     
  5. KimoT

    KimoT Are we not men?

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    There are a few models that have started to include tilt sensors in the automatic transmission so that the car knows when it's climbing or descending, and it can shift accordingly.

     
  6. TravisBean

    TravisBean Notebook Evangelist

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    Yes, but then you can't text and shift at the same time, now can you?
     
  7. Manic Penguins

    Manic Penguins [+[ ]=]

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    I beg to differ :p Although, my PDA has a full slide out keyboard.

    Heck I can even text while mountain biking :p:D
     
  8. KimoT

    KimoT Are we not men?

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    That's a good thing. My car doesn't even have cupholders. Cars are for driving. If you want to use the phone, get off my road.

     
  9. Syndrome

    Syndrome Torque Matters

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    Worst problem about not having cup holders is that your beer gets warm when you have to hold it between your legs.
     
  10. WSFrazier

    WSFrazier Notebook Consultant

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    Amen......
     
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