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    Thread: Go ahead...ask those car questions you were always afraid to ask...

    1. 10-07-2005 06:17 PM #101
      Quote, originally posted by Armed Escort »
      What the hell is "Symmetrical AWD", anyway?

      ^^^^^^^^^^this is the all wheel drive on Subaru's^^^^^^^^^

      What does "IMO" mean
      i just found out what LMAO, ROTFLMAF, and LMFAO mean

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      10-07-2005 06:40 PM #102
      IMO- in my opinion
      IMHO- in my honest opinion
      these are supposed to be car questions !!!
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      10-07-2005 06:59 PM #103
      God Im scared to ask put what is Double-Clutching ?

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      10-07-2005 07:37 PM #104
      Quote, originally posted by 97jetta2.8 »
      God Im scared to ask put what is Double-Clutching ?

      if you want to downshift from 4th to 3rd:
      clutch in, select neutral, clutch out, blip throttle, clutch in, select third, clutch out. waste of time if you are driving a car with syncro's. (all modern cars.)

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      10-07-2005 08:31 PM #105
      when will cars come with computers in them and no i'm not talking about the ecu....
      as small and cheap as most laptops are...it couldnt be that hard to have a factory carputer...
      *subtract the price of a sunroom .... add a carputer
      *cold weather package...well if you live in arizona just give em a carputer
      is it because its one more distraction that a car company doesnt want to held responsible for?
      am I way off base???
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      10-07-2005 08:32 PM #106
      jake brake = engine brake. for big rigs you flip a switch and whenever you let go of the gas the truck brakes hard by means of engine

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      10-07-2005 08:37 PM #107
      all drive shafts are even from the differential maybe?

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      10-07-2005 08:48 PM #108
      I got some diesel-related ?s:
      What makes diesels so torquey compared to comparable gas engines?
      Do all diesels have turbos and if so, why?
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      10-07-2005 08:54 PM #109

    10. 10-07-2005 09:18 PM #110
      Quote, originally posted by jebglx »
      IMHO- in my honest opinion

      It's actually humble opinion.
      I can't think of a car question because I know everything

    11. 10-07-2005 09:24 PM #111
      What does "woot" stand for or mean??

    12. 10-07-2005 09:30 PM #112
      ooh i have a few,
      what is threshold braking, and what causes brake fade?
      when you mis-shift, and grind gears. is it actually two gears of different ratios grinding each other, eating away at the teeth? or is it something else?
      and finally, what excatly are the components in a transmission? i know there's the fly wheel, then comes the clutch, then...something called the input shaft? i know what the flywheel and clutch does, but i'm not too sure what the other components do.




      Modified by munkey at 6:34 PM 10-7-2005

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      10-07-2005 10:01 PM #113
      Quote, originally posted by Mk3 Mayhem »
      What does "woot" stand for or mean??

      I think it's spelt w00t. It comes from online computer gaming (Counter Strike probably) and is an expression of joy, Kind of like Woo Hoo
      From Wikipedia:
      "w00t could also have originated from the acronym of the phrase "We Owned the Other Team" from the game Counter-Strike."
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      buy both, save time.

    14. 10-07-2005 10:11 PM #114
      Quote, originally posted by VarianceJ30 »
      Do all diesels have turbos and if so, why?

      No, not all diesels have turbochargers.
      My guess is the reason Turbo Diesels are so popular is because the amount of power (read torque) down low allows the turbo to spool faster which creats a better horsepower band.

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      10-07-2005 10:22 PM #115
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      I have been wondering this myself until today. Someone in the mk4 forum fabbed up a front mount intercooler set up using the core from a new GLI. The new intercooler is HUGE, like the size of a radiator. And from the looks of the venting, its to get air to the intercooler. But thats just my take on it. Plus i think vag wanted to make the cars look more like japanese cars that have all the ugly chrome on the front to attract more people away from nissan and honda.

      Well, first, Honda doesn't seem to be into the heavy front chrome as of... ever. And I can understand your reasoning about the intercooler and venting, but that's saying there's no other solution to this problem? Let's take the old new A8 and the new new A8 for example:


      Two different designs, but the venting is pretty much consistent. VW and Audi, at pretty much the same time, decided it was important for the upper and lower grilles to physically connect. Personally I have always preferred the implied continuity from the previous Audis. It was kind of an inside thing that only people who were really paying attention noticed, and with these new models they just blabbed it to everybody.
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      10-08-2005 12:43 AM #116
      When I turn on the heater in my car, does the the warm air come from the engine, or is there an actual electrical heater in my car?

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      10-08-2005 12:47 AM #117
      When my car is turned off and I sit in it shifting my gearbox I feel no difference in the way the gears engage between depressing the clutch and not depressing it. Why is that?

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      10-08-2005 01:02 AM #118
      Quote, originally posted by munkey »
      what is threshold braking, and what causes brake fade?

      Threshold braking is simply braking as hard as possible.
      Brake fade is caused by the brakes having too much heat in them, at which point the pads are no longer in their optimal operating range and start losing effectiveness. Generally drums do this quicker (thus not being desirable on performance cars). Different pads will affect this more than anything, but larger/better rotors have an affect as well.

      Try http://www.howstuffworks.com for good overviews of engines/transmissions
      Oh and for those curious about the LHD/RHD issue:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rules_of_the_road
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      10-08-2005 01:11 AM #119
      This is a question for the women:
      If a sports car with a long hood is supposed to be a falic symbol and for men who are 'compensating' for a small 'member', then why aren't women attracted to men in say a classic Mini, which would logically be the opposite?
      You would think women would be attracted to men who are sure of themselves and aren't showing off or compensating, but that never seems to be the case.
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    20. 10-08-2005 01:32 AM #120
      does my 02 vw 337 have a solid rear axle or independent rear axles

    21. 10-08-2005 01:43 AM #121
      Quote, originally posted by dreidreisieben »
      When I turn on the heater in my car, does the the warm air come from the engine, or is there an actual electrical heater in my car?

      In most cars, as far as I know, there is a connecting hose that goes from the engine to a heater core and back. Basically, coolant/water from the engine flows into the heater core and back out. The heater core is just a little radiator, so your HVAC fan blows air over the heater core's fins and heat goes into the air through conduction.
      This is why you should turn the heat on if your car is getting close to overheating. The heater acts as a second radiator, helping the engine dump heat faster.

    22. 10-08-2005 01:51 AM #122
      Quote, originally posted by gtivr4 »
      Threshold braking is simply braking as hard as possible.

      This is achieved by pressing the pedal as far as possible without locking up the brakes. Once you lock up the brakes and the car starts to slide, you have lost the ability to steer. When done properly, threshold braking is more effective than ABS, it just requires some practice and familiarity with your car.

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      10-08-2005 01:54 AM #123
      Quote, originally posted by nsadhal »
      When done properly, threshold braking is more effective than ABS, it just requires some practice and familiarity with your car.

      Actualy threshold braking applies to both ABS and non ABS cars.
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      10-08-2005 02:19 AM #124
      Quote, originally posted by texroll »
      does my 02 vw 337 have a solid rear axle or independent rear axles

      Neither, really. It uses a torsion beam (some call it a twist beam in this application), which some consider semi-independent, but VW's BS press literature define as "fully independent" due to their track-correcting bushings.
      It's a big bar that runs the length of the car between the rear tires. There are two "trailing arms" attached to the end of the bar at an angle on one side, and to the wheels on the other. When the wheels hit a bump, the arm puts a twist load on the beam, and it flexes, enabling some degree of independent movement.
      It isn't great, but it is a little smoother than a solid axle, and it is very space efficient (and cheap).
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    25. 10-08-2005 02:51 AM #125
      Quote, originally posted by gtivr4 »
      Actualy threshold braking applies to both ABS and non ABS cars.

      Yeah, but ABS hasn't kicked in when you're threshold braking... or ABS might start interfering...
      Quote, originally posted by http://www.safespeed.org.uk/braking.html »
      ABS provides a close approximation of threshold braking, and in an ABS equipped vehicle you might as well normally plant the brake pedal and leave it to the electronics. That said, good threshold braking is better than ABS and can stop you shorter. However, although it is possible to threshold brake in an ABS equipped car, sometimes the ABS will interfere with the subtle steering messages and actually make threshold braking harder.

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