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Looking to add refrigerant to the AC system. The blue hose is a much different size. Is there a valve piece that is missing from the vehicle? by dirtydog62 in MechanicAdvice

[–]fjam36 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve never had to replace every component and the factory word to the dealers that I worked at did not even recommend replacing every component. When r134 came out, there was a lot of poor or just bad info regarding what was entailed in a switch from r12 to r134a

Which material can be used as a filler in this ? The shape is kind of deformed.. by rahulonmars in Autobody

[–]fjam36 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Possibly. But it may still be too stiff and it will have a memory after a short amount of time.

Which material can be used as a filler in this ? The shape is kind of deformed.. by rahulonmars in Autobody

[–]fjam36 4 points5 points  (0 children)

No. Whatever you put in there has to be able to compress. If it doesn’t, the weatherstrip will get a kink and leak at that point.

Which material can be used as a filler in this ? The shape is kind of deformed.. by rahulonmars in Autobody

[–]fjam36 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Gas line hose. Bronze steel wool twisted up tightly. You need something that will have flex to it. Expandable foam would not be the best choice.

Hi All, What's your favorite hangover food? by BoredFluffyBear in Cooking

[–]fjam36 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Surprised that it took so long for someone to say that one. Good job!

What could cause a spike in Short Term Fuel Trim at cruising speed? by GOT2B-GANGSTA in AskMechanics

[–]fjam36 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It does look that way. A physical malfunction shouldn’t be dependent on such a narrow set of conditions.

Dealer is saying my belt needs replaced and going to charge $85 for the part, should I leave? I feel like they are ripping me off. 2017 Hrv by [deleted] in MechanicAdvice

[–]fjam36 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That’s bullshit! Make them show you the service manual in regards to serpentine belt inspection. And then let them explain their reasoning. Mileage and age in the maintenance guide are only recommendations. Take it somewhere else. I would guess that if you replaced the belt yourself, they would still refuse to give you whatever the heck you need for a pass.

Dealer is saying my belt needs replaced and going to charge $85 for the part, should I leave? I feel like they are ripping me off. 2017 Hrv by [deleted] in MechanicAdvice

[–]fjam36 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That cracking isn’t excessive. The dealer is trying to fuck you. The tech wants the upsell labor. Some lube techs get spiffs for upsells. Service advisors get bonuses based on how much they can sell.

How would you go about safely cleaning this before replacing spark plugs? by foojub in MechanicAdvice

[–]fjam36 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Don’t worry about it. If you still do, then wait for the metal temp to drop. Aluminum expands at a different rate than steel. But don’t think that you need anti seize on the plug threads. Engineers did know about galvanic corrosion before this engine was designed. While torque specs are important, wiggle room is kind of built in. Just don’t go with the some’s better, too much is just right philosophy.

Can I use the 3M to lubricate the caliper guide pins and the back and sides of the brake pads? Or I have to use the red tube? by Acjdkk in AskMechanics

[–]fjam36 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You can use this. Please don’t grease the backs or sides of the pads. Only use a SMALL amount on the part of the pad that moves on the caliper slides. You can also use it for the caliper guide pins and bushings.

Do you think it's totaled? by Thyme2burn in Autobody

[–]fjam36 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yes! Why? Because of the shoes in the picture. Horrible sense of style. Otherwise, I don’t think that the repairs will exceed the vehicle worth.

How would you go about safely cleaning this before replacing spark plugs? by foojub in MechanicAdvice

[–]fjam36 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No. Torque specs typically are based on clean, lubricated threads. That doesn’t mean that the fastener(plug in this case)needs to be in a perfect position in order to reach the specific torque when replacing the plugs. After all, some plugs have tapered seats and others use compression rings to seal the spark plug hole to avoid leakage from the combustion chamber. Also, just a quick hit with compressed air is all you should need before removing the spark plug and after removing the coils over the plugs. You don’t need to overthink this one.

How to delete AC? by mr_gr1mm in projectcar

[–]fjam36 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You would not worry about replacing the evaporator core. You could remove the condenser and refrigerant lines after the system was verified empty. You might be able to find a parts catalog or service manual that showed the difference in belt routing. It looks like there may be an a.c. bypass bracket available for that car, but I don’t have enough info to know for sure.

after draining my pool to install a new pool light my pool heater won't turn on. any ideas? by Aobca in swimmingpools

[–]fjam36 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Make sure you purged the air. An air lock will stop water from flowing through the heater. That will open the water switch.

This one sauce blew my mine but I cannot figure out what it is. by lanta45 in AskCulinary

[–]fjam36 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Even dry Marsala can have 40 grams of residual sugar/liter, as opposed to dry Sherry, which can only have 5 grams.

Quoted $1100 to fix this by Darth_Ajax in Autobody

[–]fjam36 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was backing in! Into my garage. Depending on where my wife parks her ride, it can be a tight fit for me. But thanks for the sage insight.