Most cars have the compressor shut off a grand or so before redline (some more some less), or when you open the car up to WOT. It's done to reduce parasitic drag on the engine as well as keeping the compressor for overspeeding.
Why does the AC go from cold to warm when I drive aggressively or use WOT? It's not just this car, several cars I've owned have done this. Heat soak? Some sort of WOT cut out for the compressor? Why? Annoying!
Probably because one of the caliper bolts is seized. This is what happened to me. The squeak would only happen when backing up, then when only turning left and backing up, then would start happening all the time.
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Wow, didn't think anyone would respond.
Ball joints and other bushings are in okay shape for the age of the truck, it's a 1996 with 160,000 miles on it, 4x4.
I just replaced the pads on the front, the caliper bolts seemed fine, as in, no pad was worn worse than the others. Took off the drums to change the shoes and they still had tons of pad left, so I just tightened out the rear brakes.
I'm kind of thinking it's something in the rear, probably the drums, it's not anything major enough for me to really care about. It's a 16 year old vehicle, if it doesn't make noises it means it's not going down the road.
I just did a 2200km trip from montreal QC to moncton NB and back so i had a long time to think and wonder stuff.
If i have half a tank of 91 octane gas, and put another half a tank of 94 octane gas, does it become 92.5 octane?
People do this frequently to get higher octane. Mix some 100 with 91 to get a good 93-94 in the tank, etc.
There are even mixed octane calculators out there:
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TDI: 18,500 miles/year ÷ 40 MPG = 462 gallons/year
Gas: 18,500 miles/year ÷ 30 MPG = 616 gallons/year
So, at $3.70/gallon, the TDI will save you $570 a year. Is that worth it to move to different car? Keep in mind when buying used that you will not get complimentary service and TDIs have pricier oil changes and a timing belt you'll have to do every 5 years, eating up some of the fuel savings.
If you go from a 30 MPG car to a 50 MPG Prius, you will save $900± a year.
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I don't know their KBB numbers used and haven't run the numbers, I'm just playing devil's advocate.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
Guessing the answer is no on this, but worth asking:
The US spec Honda CRZ comes with two worthless and bizarre seat-shaped storage bins behind the front seats.
The JDM Tyte edition comes with two equally worthless actual seats and seatbelts.
What if somebody were to acquire SuperHella JDM Extreme OEM+ backseats from a JDM HellaTight CRZ and throw them into a US spec CRZ? Legal?
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So we take adrew's numbers:
Looking at it from a different angle, if the weekly commute is 350 miles, that's more than the gas Jetta's 326 mile range for a full tank (you'll be filling up more often than once a week)... whereas it's comfortably less than the TDI's 431 mile single-tank range. So with the TDI, you could have a weekly routine ("Get gas on the way home from work every Thursday"), with 80 miles of wiggle room, whereas the gas Jetta would leave you filling up at odd times because you had to or you would run out of gas.
If you mount it in front of the radiator, you're compromising the radiators cooling capabilities, if you mount it behind, the IC is limited now, as well. This is why FMIC's are typically mounted low in the bumper. Part of building a turbo car is solving fitment issues like this. Get creative, and go read other build threads for inspiration.
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Powdercoat: Some pieces are powdercoated from the factory (lots of suspension parts). Body panels are not because the finishes are not as lustrous as paint, it's heavier, and repairs are difficult, because you can't just "spot coat" and blend like you can with paint. You'd have to strip the whole panel and go through the whole process again.