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About Brn2Crz

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  1. The oil you use is dependent on the average ambient temperature. Check the owners manual. It will have a chart with various flavors of viscosity matched to ambient. 5-30 is used in colder climates. Synthetics have been discussed in other posts.
  2. The TDI is a good choice. Follow some simple rules to keep it trouble free. a. Idle down for a minute before shut down especially after a long hard ride. b. Keep the air and fuel filters clean. c. Follow the oil change routine. d. Have the tank cleaned every two years to keep the sludge and moisture out.
  3. You can change your tires anytime you want. A slightly wider tire will give a smoother ride. I had a set of Michelins and finally changed them at 100k and not for the wear. They had plenty of tread left but I was tired of them and the Michelin dealer gave me a generous trade in discount on a new set. I also purchased a new set of wheels to replace the stock rims (got a trade in discount on the rims too). They did the balance, alignment, suspension check and nitrogen so I was satisfied. Just want to emphasize that it was mostly a cosmetic decision. The warranty on the new tires is 160k with free balance, rotation and nitrogen for the life of the warranty.
  4. Why would anyone want to do this?
  5. I should add a bit more. The only way that an engine can accelerate is if it has more air. Air is controlled by an air solenoid and they come in many shapes and sizes. There is also a plethora of vacuum tubes that can leak as well as gaskets in the plenum. You can also run a test with and without the a/c running as it also affects the IAC. Bottom line is to go to the dealer and get him to make that phone call.
  6. Which is it...the fuel pump assembly with a faulty sender or a bad gauge? That's easily checked. If it is indeed the fuel pump sender...(the pump and sender are separate you know) you might still have to replace the whole assembly.....and....if you have a lot of kilometers on the car then have them clean the gas tank and replace all the filters...both those in the tank and those outside of the tank. Sometimes...yes it is true....perhaps you just mashed the wire in the harness or got some dirt in the cable connector...don't let them jump on charging you for a pump assembly without diagnosing the problem correctly.
  7. That's because he probably didn't read the tranny harness signals to the ECU....if there were any signals. On some cars you have to diagnose the tranny separatel. That means putting it on the lift while monitoring the signals both (input and output) at the tranny and the ECU. Diagnosing the on-board electronic system takes patience and skill. There is a lot of interaction designed to keep emissions to a minimum. For instance when you let up on the gas, the ECU controls the rpm's to burn any residual fuel so you'll notice the rpm drops a bit slower. There are other conditions both mechanical and electronic too numerous to mention and if the mechanic can't solve it the go to the service office and have them call the regional engineer. He covers a pretty large area and it is his job to stay current on the factory service bulletins and resolve the issue with your car. Please keep in mind that new cars with new technologies require an automotive engineer with mechanical and electronic skill sets. Quite an upgrade from 20 years ago. ....and they make good money. Many small shops can't afford a professional but most know a specialist they can; the regional engineer.
  8. Go to a shop and have them diagnose the vehicle with the computer.
  9. The most important thing to keep in mind when it comes to automatic transmissions is that they wear out and it is an expensive process to rebuild them....yes, rebuild. Whenever you open it up...even for a faulty have to get the super master kit and replace all the friction plates and other parts..etc.etc.etc. If you own a tranny shop, you make good money.
  10. There are products for getting the carbon out but they are not available in India. Remember also that if your bike is a two cycle the mixture runs through the crankcase. Using the wrong chemical at the wrong place will ruin the seals. Good Luck
  11. The drain pipe could be fine and the problem is dirt in the airbox. Pull off the pipe and push a wire up there to see if you can flush it out if the pipe is ok.
  12. It's called a vapor most cases and is caused by a problem in the fuel delivery. It can also be caused by faulty ignition components so you have a lot to check.
  13. Brn2Crz

    AC on/off query

    Yes you can cycle it on and off. New cars will cycle the compressor automatically.
  14. sb-alto is right! I totally forgot to add that you must check your rims! Tire shops must follow factory protocol and use a calibrated torque wrench when mounting the rims. If not the rims will warp. Unfortunately, tire shops don't use a torque wrench. They just tighten the crap out of the bolts.
  15. How old is the station where you gas up? Older stations collect a lot of contaminate such as water in the underground tanks which goes directly into your tank. Try switching to a newer gas station.