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nitrogen
May 21, 2004

Oh, what's a 217°C difference between friends?


Your tires and you: More info than you ever wanted to know about tires:

How to know if your tires need to be replaced:
Most American states (and provinces in Canada) mandate at minimum 1/16 inch (1.6mm) of tread. Easiest way to tell?
In America, if you put a penny in the tread upside down, and if you can see the top of Lincoln's head, you need new tires (legally)
In Canada, if you can see the word "elizabeth" on the penny you need new tires.
in England, if you can see the queen's head on a british penny, you need new tires.

1/16 of an inch is honestly too low of a tread to be safe. Consumer reports suggests a minimum of 1/8 of an inch of tread for safety, especially if you drive in wet weather a lot. To see 1/8 of an inch:

In America, use a quarter. The distance from the quarter's rim to George Washington痴 hairline is about one-eighth inch. If you see George痴 head, consider replacing your tires.

Brits or Canadians, on yourpenny, you would see the top of the Queen's forehead.

What do all the codes on my tires mean??

What the numbers mean: tire sizing:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...e.jsp?techid=46
TL/DR: cross section in mm/aspect ratio/wheel diameter. Lots more info above.

Uniform Tire Quality Grade:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...e.jsp?techid=48

Finding the age of your tires:
http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiret...e.jsp?techid=11
(don't be like me and buy a car with 4 year old tires on it!)

Whats wrong with my tires??
http://www.dummies.com/how-to/conte...s-for-wear.html

Info on snow tires (which I know nothing about):
http://cars.about.com/od/adviceforo...a/snowtires.htm

Something to keep in mind when buying "road hazard" warranties: Remember, most are only good for one year, and then are prorated. Keep this in mind if you want to buy road hazard warranties.

Some tires already come with them.

Should I pay extra for my tires to be filled with Nitrogen?
No. Nitrogen is 78% of the atmosphere. your tires are already filled with Nitrogen.
if you're a member at Costco, go ahead and let them fill your tires up with Nitrogen for free.

nitrogen fucked around with this message at 19:44 on Oct 5, 2010

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kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



This is hard to find, in part because the site's main page links back to the SCCA site. And it just doesn't index highly on Google for some reason.

It's a breakdown of the SCCA Solo II (autocross) classes. Mostly for reference, as new cars aren't being added into it.

Stock (by make and by class):
http://www.moutons.org/sccasolo/Lists/2006/stockm.html
http://www.moutons.org/sccasolo/Lists/2006/stockc.html

Prepared:
http://www.moutons.org/sccasolo/Lists/2006/stprepm.html
http://www.moutons.org/sccasolo/Lists/2006/stprepc.html

ColHannibal
Sep 17, 2007


Under the new car buying area, I recommend the person look under the trunk mat at the area surrounding the spare as if there is any water leakage it will be evident there.

mwells_cubed
Aug 7, 2003

WOW

I'm sure there's at least one other person on this forum with a Pontiac G6, and if there is, then I've done my part.

DO VISIT: http://www.g6performance.com

DON'T VISIT: http://www.g6ownersclub.com

People on G6 Owners' Club are too loving stupid to do anything, and there's absolutely no useful or clear information on the forum at all. On the plus side, if you want to laugh at hilarious engine covers, then it's a worthwhile stop.

Pees With Boner
Jun 7, 2005

by Y Kant Ozma Post


I have a traffic question. I'm in California, I got pulled over a few weeks ago for rolling through a stop sign. The fine is loving $240 and I make poo poo money working 10 hour shifts out at a construction site 40 miles from where I live--meaning I don't really have the time or the money to deal with this. I'm going to have an extremely difficult time paying for that, plus the $70 in court fees if I choose to do traffic school, but I'll have a more difficult time paying raised insurance rates.

This is the first moving violation I've ever gotten in seven years of driving so I'm not entirely sure how traffic school works--if I attend, do I avoid getting points on my license and elevated insurance rates? Will I still have a "clean driving record," which I'm gonna need in a month or two when I apply for a better job?

Dr. Jackal
Sep 13, 2009


Pees With Boner posted:

I have a traffic question. I'm in California, I got pulled over a few weeks ago for rolling through a stop sign. The fine is loving $240 and I make poo poo money working 10 hour shifts out at a construction site 40 miles from where I live--meaning I don't really have the time or the money to deal with this. I'm going to have an extremely difficult time paying for that, plus the $70 in court fees if I choose to do traffic school, but I'll have a more difficult time paying raised insurance rates.

This is the first moving violation I've ever gotten in seven years of driving so I'm not entirely sure how traffic school works--if I attend, do I avoid getting points on my license and elevated insurance rates? Will I still have a "clean driving record," which I'm gonna need in a month or two when I apply for a better job?

Take internet traffic school, so you don't have to physically attend sessions. if you take traffic school you will not get a point on your license. The point is not suppose to show up on your public(?) driving record. DMV has a method of tracking when you last took traffic school internally that they don't share. You can take traffic school every 18 months.

Dave Inc.
Nov 26, 2007
Let's have a drink!

I got a ticket for laying drag in Atlanta and plead nolo contendre. In that area, at least, it meant you paid the fine and it was then struck from your driving record with no points. You could only use this out once every 5 years or so though.

Worth checking if that's an option in your area.

Professor Bling
Nov 12, 2008

by LITERALLY AN ADMIN


Might not be much call for it here in AI, but if anyone owns a Ford Maverick (or is looking to buy) then http://mmb.maverick.to is the be-all end-all of Maverick-specific information. It's basically corral.net for the Maverick.

theBird
Mar 22, 2011


The best, most complete Nissan and Infiniti forum: http://forums.nicoclub.com/

Crackpipe
Jul 9, 2001



Any advice for finding a non-lovely used car dealership? (bonus points if it's in LA!)

I know "LOL Yelp" and "LOL Google", "LOL BBB" are really the best bets, but they're just not really helping me narrow my search.

Medical / student loan stuff has put my credit in a place where reputable places like Carmax and the like probably won't even talk to me.

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



Crackpipe posted:

Any advice for finding a non-lovely used car dealership? (bonus points if it's in LA!)

Medical / student loan stuff has put my credit in a place where reputable places like Carmax and the like probably won't even talk to me.

You're gonna have to pinch your pennies and look for good quality used cars on Craigslist.

MrChips
Jun 10, 2005

FLIGHT SAFETY TIP: Fatties out first

Biscuit Hider

If you're buying a car in Canada, consider using CarProof instead of CarFax. CarProof's reports are more expensive, but they are much better and more detailed than what you get from CarFax.

https://www.carproof.com

Root Bear
Nov 15, 2004

DARKEST SKETCH


Do you own a 2004-2006 Pontiac GTO/G8 or a Holden/Vauxhaul Monaro/VXR8? Here is the forum for you:

http://www.ls1gto.com/forums/index.php

Anything and everything you'd ever need to know. 40,000+ members strong worldwide.

sim
Sep 24, 2003



Are there any websites that keep an up to date list of at least horsepower and weight specs for modern cars (say, less than 10 years old)? Ideally I would like to see a sortable table with power/weight ratio and even price. I've found a couple manually created lists, but nothing comprehensive.

http://www.windingroad.com/articles...-under-40000/#1
http://www.carforums.net/showthread...o-weight-ratios

Liesmith
Jan 29, 2006

by Y Kant Ozma Post


I haven't seen anything in this forum on guides to selling your used car. I'm selling my car and I had hoped that someone would have laid out the pros and cons of selling to individuals vs. dealers, websites like Carmax.com, how to value your car, how Blue Book value relates to the price you can reasonably ask, what things like excellent condition vs. good condition actually entail, how to make a good ad for your car on craigslist or whatever, etc. There's a guide for buying in this thread so slapping a guide for selling in one of the reserved posts on the first page makes sense to me.

Maybe I've completely overlooked something and all the AI regulars will laugh at me but I think this thread is incomplete without all that stuff. At least a couple of links to http://www.kbb.com/ and http://www.carmax.com/ seem called for.

wheatpuppy
Apr 25, 2008

YOU HAVE MY POST!

Pees With Boner posted:

This is the first moving violation I've ever gotten in seven years of driving so I'm not entirely sure how traffic school works--if I attend, do I avoid getting points on my license and elevated insurance rates? Will I still have a "clean driving record," which I'm gonna need in a month or two when I apply for a better job?

Taking traffic school may keep you from getting a point, but it may not necessarily keep your insurance from going up. You may want to call your insurance company to find out whether they would still rate you for the moving violation. I'm not an insurance agent, but I work for an insurance company and I know our agents get this question a lot.

Dr. Jackal
Sep 13, 2009


wheatpuppy posted:

Taking traffic school may keep you from getting a point, but it may not necessarily keep your insurance from going up. You may want to call your insurance company to find out whether they would still rate you for the moving violation. I'm not an insurance agent, but I work for an insurance company and I know our agents get this question a lot.

If you take traffic school it should not show on your record, but then on the DMV's side they are suppose to keep a record if you received the waiver in the last 18 months.

Your rates should not change.

ultimateforce
Apr 25, 2008

SKINNY JEANS CANT HOLD BACK THIS ARC


I work at Enjuku Racing (enjukuracing.com) if you want to add it to the vendors list. We do everything S-chassis (plus anything else). Plus if we do you wrong you can do a call out thread on me!

Ziploc
Sep 19, 2006
MX-5

Can anyone link me to a post/thread where people were making the vintage silhouette posters of cars?

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



Ziploc posted:

Can anyone link me to a post/thread where people were making the vintage silhouette posters of cars?

Action starts around here:
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...5#post395961185

Ziploc
Sep 19, 2006
MX-5

kimbo305 posted:

Action starts around here:
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...5#post395961185

Yessss.

Thanks!

Sinestro
Oct 31, 2010

The perfect day needs the perfect set of wheels.


http://www.mossmotors.com/ is a decent store for British Leyland car restoration parts, has what looks to be an OK forum.

keykey
Mar 28, 2003

テつテつテつテつテつ


I'll cross post this since I put it in the thread with the guys egr valve issue.

All you students or people out there with public access to an online library resource called Ebsco, they have an online auto repair reference center now. It was in beta from nov-dec and they took the beta label off of it in jan, however it's still very much a work in progress, it just doesn't kick you out all the time now. Anyway, it's mostly complete but they're still adding information and new vehicles every day. It is a wonderful online resource when it works for your vehicle and typically you can get to it for free granted your school or local library has Ebsco host as their online resource vendor. Right now it's still very much a "YMMV" resource, but it works out great for most vehicles, yet some vehicles are completely lacking pictures (the 2 Tacoma's I looked up) and other vehicles that you wouldn't expect all the information to be there is there (98 jetta TDI AHU engine).

down1nit
Jan 9, 2004

outlive your enemies

I have hosted some Mitsubishi 3000GT and Dodge Stealth service manuals for a long time. Are these filez? Or are we still allowed to post these? I remember them being in this thread a long time ago, like 2004 or so.

I also have the TSMs for the Mirage (Lancer) from 1994-1999 or so. But no one cares about that thing.

Gin and Juche
Apr 3, 2008

The Highest Judge of Paradise
Shiki Eiki
YAMAXANADU


I'm not sure if I can post this hear, or Ask/Tell or E/N or whatever, but where can I get good advice in dealing with auto insurance? My car got fairly crushed by a falling oak tree during a storm, and insurance is trying to just get the car fixed while I am being told elsewhere that the car needs to be totaled.

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him



Gravel Gravy posted:

I'm not sure if I can post this hear, or Ask/Tell or E/N or whatever, but where can I get good advice in dealing with auto insurance? My car got fairly crushed by a falling oak tree during a storm, and insurance is trying to just get the car fixed while I am being told elsewhere that the car needs to be totaled.

This is 3 pages back but I think a resurrection is fair:
http://forums.somethingawful.com/sh...hreadid=3427127

melon cat
Jan 21, 2010



Can anyone recommend a good guide for changing your winter tires? I know how to change a spare and have all of the necessary tools, but I'd really like to try my hand at removing my winter tires and putting on my summer tires this weekend.

Seat Safety Switch
May 27, 2008

MY RELIGION IS THE SMALL BLOCK V8 AND COMMANDMENTS ONE THROUGH TEN ARE NEVER LIFT.



Pillbug

melon cat posted:

Can anyone recommend a good guide for changing your winter tires? I know how to change a spare and have all of the necessary tools, but I'd really like to try my hand at removing my winter tires and putting on my summer tires this weekend.
Are you removing a tire + wheel or are you trying to dismount the winter tires from the wheel and mount summer tires on?

Boaz MacPhereson
Jul 11, 2006

Day 12045 Ht10hands 180lbs
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Two good eyes No Busted Limbs
Piss OK Genitals intact
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No guzzoline No supplies
ISOLATE PSYCHOTIC
Keep muzzled...


Seat's question is a good one, but here's a rundown if you've got them mounted up on another set of wheels already.
code:
1. Get car up on jackstands. I do all four so I can get all the wheels off at once.

2. Remove wheels. Remember which corner they came off of!

3. At this point, I like to wash both sets of wheels/tires. You'll rarely get a better opportunity to really clean them up.

4. Install summer tires. If you've got them labeled from what corner they came off of, either match them up or rotate them accordingly. I usually rotate mine from where they were last season.

5. Label your winters with which corner they came from and store them up. I built a nice sturdy rack a couple years ago out of 2x4s for about $30-40.
If you don't have any jackstands (shame on you), you can just change them like you would with a spare. Just try and be somewhat speedy about it. Those factory jacks aren't made for long term use.

If you don't have your summers mounted already, you'll have to take them all somewhere and have the tires swapped over. I would seriously suggest that you get a second set of rims to have them mounted on though. If you keep swapping tires, the beads will eventually get worn out and you'll develop slow leaks.

melon cat
Jan 21, 2010



Seat Safety Switch posted:

Are you removing a tire + wheel or are you trying to dismount the winter tires from the wheel and mount summer tires on?
The winter tires have rims, so I'm just trying to dismount the winter tires from the wheel and mount the summer tires on.

Thanks for the resources, so far!

Motronic
Nov 6, 2009


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Grimey Drawer

melon cat posted:

The winter tires have rims, so I'm just trying to dismount the winter tires from the wheel and mount the summer tires on.

Thanks for the resources, so far!

So you have summer tires that aren't mounted.

This is a no-go if you need to ask, because even if you used tire irons to break them down and mount them on the wheels, you still need a balancing machine to make it right. By which I mean, if you have to ask you obviously don't have this equipment and it likely costs as much as your car to acquire.

melon cat
Jan 21, 2010



Motronic posted:

So you have summer tires that aren't mounted.

This is a no-go if you need to ask, because even if you used tire irons to break them down and mount them on the wheels, you still need a balancing machine to make it right. By which I mean, if you have to ask you obviously don't have this equipment and it likely costs as much as your car to acquire.
Sorry- I wasn't being as clear as I could've been in my previous post. My winter tires have rims, and the summer tires sitting in my garage also have rims of their own. I figured that it should be an easy off-and-on job- am I correct in assuming that this eliminates the need for a balancing machine?

Motronic
Nov 6, 2009


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Grimey Drawer

melon cat posted:

Sorry- I wasn't being as clear as I could've been in my previous post. My winter tires have rims, and the summer tires sitting in my garage also have rims of their own. I figured that it should be an easy off-and-on job- am I correct in assuming that this eliminates the need for a balancing machine?

Yes.

And please don't use lingo you don't completely understand. That's why no one was able to figure out what you were talking about.

A wheel is the rim. The tire is the rubber part. Dismounting a tire from a wheel means removing the tire from the rim, which requires a tire machine (and a balance after you've put a new on on).


Your question, as I understand it now, was quite well answered by Boaz MacPhereson.

KHLAV KALASHNIKOV
Nov 13, 2005



What about beating the dealerships' finance managers at their own game, i.e. not getting screwed in an auto loan? I know I saw a post a good while back somewhere linking to an editorial about such a thing, but I can't remember where it came from.

revmoo
May 25, 2006

#basta


Pseudonym posted:

What about beating the dealerships' finance managers at their own game, i.e. not getting screwed in an auto loan? I know I saw a post a good while back somewhere linking to an editorial about such a thing, but I can't remember where it came from.

Look up the Rizzo method. It all basically boils down to:
Know what you want
Do your research before entering the dealership.
Don't negotiate on monthly payments
Don't use dealer financing
Let dealers compete against each other for the sale.

KHLAV KALASHNIKOV
Nov 13, 2005



Awesome, thanks, I'll get right on that.

Its Miller Time
Dec 4, 2004



Is there a leasing vs. buying write-up anywhere? My line of thinking is you compare the amount you'd pay to the amount your car would lose in value over that period. Is that the right way to look at it?

FlyWhiteBoy
Jul 13, 2004


Found a better thread to post my question please pardon my ignorance

FlyWhiteBoy fucked around with this message at 01:50 on May 2, 2012

lampey
Mar 27, 2012



Is there any better resource for finding mechanics besides yelp? Im looking for one in mississauga, dealerships always feel like they are completely unfair.

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Motronic
Nov 6, 2009


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Grimey Drawer

lampey posted:

Is there any better resource for finding mechanics besides yelp? Im looking for one in mississauga, dealerships always feel like they are completely unfair.

http://www.cartalk.com/content/mechanics-files

and

http://www.angieslist.com/auto-repair/

But local references from people you trust is always going to be best.

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