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    [–] PT Cruiser Won't Start or Crank standardtissue 0 points ago in Cartalk

    Cutting out while idling and then not even cranking to me sounds like a dead alternator that was failing to recharge the battery, and failed to provide enough power; without enough electricity the car will cut out and then with a dead battery it won't start. However I have to assume a roadside assist tried a jump or at least tested the battery ?

    [–] Mechanics quote seems high standardtissue 3 points ago in MechanicAdvice

    That seems about right. Ironically you pay more for parts at a shop than you do when buying them yourselves ... even though they move a lot of parts they're all very different and they have to get the parts right away so they all use distributors who stock every little variation and model and drive them to their place of business same day or next day, so it's a good bit more expensive than going out and taking the time to google, research, wait on shipping etc.

    [–] Anyone in NOVA have a foam knife I can borrow to shape a pelican case? standardtissue 6 points ago in VAGuns

    I think electric carving knife would be best, but a fresh xacto blade would probably do a great job as well as long as you just make lots of small cuts ... they are razor sharp but small.

    [–] Well shit... standardtissue 4 points ago in Justrolledintotheshop

    honestly though you're lucky - if there's ever a place to shear a bolt that's where you want it to be.

    [–] Go pro Russian soldier/Ukrainian separatist steps on land mine and has leg blown off. standardtissue 7 points ago in CombatFootage

    I was in the middle east in the early 90's, and a civilian SUV went offroad and hit an AT that was probably 20-30 years old and it detonated and killed all the passengers.

    [–] First time doing brakes by myself standardtissue 2 points ago in MechanicAdvice

    > Make sure to denote the position and orientation of the old hardware if you're replacing it so you put the new ones in correctly,

    Good tip. i'll raise it with "take pictures as you go" .

    [–] Ignorance is bliss standardtissue 3 points ago in IdiotsInCars

    i never studied physics, so I just think of it as "you have traction" and "you've lost traction" and I presume losing traction isn't good when you want to do things like stop.

    [–] Ignorance is bliss standardtissue 89 points ago in IdiotsInCars

    it probably had abs once, but its just so hard to find time to workout these days

    [–] First time doing brakes by myself standardtissue 3 points ago in MechanicAdvice

    I don't know anything about that specific vehicle, but in general brakes are easy and cheap - great way to save money and get more in tune with your vehicle. Just go slowly, take your time, don't be afraid to look stuff up in the middle of the job. Tons of folks change their own pads, and some guys who track their daily drivers actually change out pads before and after track days... it's really not hard once you get the hang of it.

    Couple tips: make sure you clean and re-grease the caliper glide pins and check the hardware; use only appropriate brake grease as it needs to stand up to very high temperatures. Makes sense to bleed the fluid while you're down there. I'm picky about torque, both your glide pins and lug nuts have a specified torque and I use torque wrenches when putting them back together. Check the rotors too - if they're gouged or thin you'll want to replace them, typically you can tell this with the wheel on.

    [–] I love Milwaukee standardtissue 2 points ago in toolporn

    Wow, and with that many I think it's safe to say that Milwaukee loves you too.

    [–] BRAKE PAD COMPATIBILITY standardtissue 1 points ago in MechanicAdvice

    First thing you need to do is determine what kind of pads you want, which is based on your driving. Regular commuting ? Spirited driving ? Occasional autocross ? Occasional track ? Dedicated track ? From there see who sells. For normal street driving honestly you can use whatever's at your local car shop. If you can get a ride there, you could pull a front and a rear pad and take them with you to ensure you get the right ones. In fact, it's really not a bad idea to check your hardware and glide pins before hand to see if you'll be able to reuse them.

    [–] From VA, moving to MD. Anything I need to watch out for? standardtissue 6 points ago in MDGuns

    Lots of rules, most of them pretty straight forward.

    There's a list of flat out banned rifles and their copycats (maintained by state police), which for most of us means you need heavy barrels on DI 15's, but not piston. Handguns registered. Tranport to/from guns places only (shop, range, show, hunting) with firearm and ammo seperate and out of reach. Safe storage if kids in house. No truck guns. No open carry. We require training and a license for handgun purchases, but I don't think that applies to residents moving in with their own handguns. Remember if you have any stamps you'll need to update atfe.

    I recommend finding and reading the actual maryland law, not just the bill.

    [–] How Its Made - Socket Sets standardtissue 2 points ago in AutomotiveLearning

    Only show I miss from when I had cable TV. Never really thought about how sockets are made, but this was fascinating. I can't believe all the steps required; I have to believe there's only a handful of factories in the entire world making them.

    [–] This was oil in a 99 firebird. Sat this winter. What happened? standardtissue 8 points ago in MechanicAdvice

    That was not oil in a 99 firebird. Not arguing that it wasn't in the firebird, but it's not oil.

    [–] Where to buy these detail brushes? standardtissue 2 points ago in AutoDetailing

    Pretty much every hardware store in the countries sells a wide variety of brushes that comes in different widths with very soft bristles. You can usually find them in the paint aisle.

    Here's another tip: foam brushes can be had for as little as 30 cents a piece if you shop and get them on sale (like Walmart), and are great for applying dressing to thinner pieces of trim.

    [–] It’s an old building belonging to a cult standardtissue 2 points ago in unpopularopinion

    I couldn't care less about it being a church ... all I see is wonderful architecture, art and craftsmanship gone.

    [–] Farmer Sprays Manure on Protesting Trespassers standardtissue 1 points ago in JusticeServed

    If this was protesters invading a farmer's private land, then I think the farmer handled it about as gently as could be expected. Protesting is a valid form of expression and I can certainly understand environmentalists being opposed to fracking, and I would encourage them to protest vigorously outside the offices of the corporations, lobbyists and legislators who made this happen. To invade someone's private property however is a road too far and I question not only the fairness, but the effectiveness, of harassing an individual farmer.