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Piston Slap: Fear the Anaerobic Gasket Maker?

TTAC commentator slavuta writes: Something came into my head related to break-in period and time of purchase of the car. These days, modern engines often don’t have actual gaskets; the gaskets are formed from a chemical compound spread on one surface and pressed-on with another. As everything liquid becomes hard or nearly hard, it requires […] The post Piston Slap: Fear the Anaerobic Gasket Maker? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: News Blog, Piston Slap, Anaerobic Gasket Maker, Engine Break In Period, Engine Gaskets, Gaskets, New Vehicle Break In


Piston Slap: Feelin’ Cross About Tall Cross Bars!

Steve writes: Hello Sajeev, I am a family man and typically have a family hauler in the stable — minivan, three-row crossover, and what-have-you. I always get the manufacturer’s trailer hitch and roof rack/crossbars. So, I like the size of the new Traverse/Enclave, but have you seen the ridiculous crossbars? See photo above. They must […] The post Piston Slap: Feelin’ Cross About Tall Cross Bars! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Steve, Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, News Blog, Piston Slap, Roof Rack, Roof Cross Bars, Roof Rails, Roof Storage


Piston Slap: Single DIN + Multiple Options = Serious Improvement for Cheap?

Ted writes: In your suggested fixes to a 200,000-mile BMW, you mentioned better aftermarket radios. That got me interested! I’m buying a 1989 Porsche 944 turbo with about 10 problems and the radio ain’t one. (The price? 6,500 Canuckian pesos!) As I fix it up for my own long-term use, however, I want to understand […] The post Piston Slap: Single DIN + Multiple Options = Serious Improvement for Cheap? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ted, Autos, Bmw, Carplay, Android Auto, Usb Charging, News Blog, Piston Slap, Car Stereo, 1 Din, Android Open Accessory, Classic Car Smartphone Integration, Ipod Integration, Smartphone Integration, Stealth Install


Piston Slap: An Emissions Digression, Dodging Diverted Air?

TTAC Commentator Nate writes: I’m working on a 1979 Dodge D200 with 360CID V8 4BBL carbureted engine, automatic trans, A.I.R. pump, EGR valve, and charcoal canister for the fuel tank hydrocarbons. The underhood factory decal says “California Medium Duty Emissions” and it has no catalytic converter from new. So here’s my situation: All hoses, pipes etc. […] The post Piston Slap: An Emissions Digression, Dodging Diverted Air? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Nate, News Blog, Piston Slap, TTAC, Malaise Era, A.I.R. pump, Air Injection Reactor Pump, Dodge Truck, Emissions Controls, California Medium Duty Emissions


Piston Slap: Leaking Like a…Santa Fe?

Luke writes: I have an ’09 Hyundai Santa Fe, 3.3L, with 117,000 km (73,000 miles). It’s losing oil from a leaking timing chain cover gasket at a rate of one litre per 1,400 km or so. The repair is estimated to be around $1,500. We have this vehicle because we have three young children (ages […] The post Piston Slap: Leaking Like a…Santa Fe? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Santa Fe, Luke, Hyundai Santa Fe, News Blog, Piston Slap, Panther Love, Oil Leak, 2009 Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai lambda v6, Hyundai Santa Fe Timing Cover Leak, Timing Cover Oil Leak


Piston Slap: The Times They Are a-Changin’

TTAC Commentator NoChryslers writes: Enjoy the website very much… so here are some questions. Why are interior and exterior color choices so limited right now? You have to pay extra for anything special. (Even then, good luck getting the carpet to match the drapes — SM) Seems to have started in the ’90s and we’ve […] The post Piston Slap: The Times They Are a-Changin’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Convertibles, Ford Taurus, News Blog, Piston Slap, TTAC, Cuv, Chrysler Airflow, Chrysler Sebring, Limited Car Colors, NoChryslers


Piston Slap: Parked in the Polar Vortex?

V writes: Here are two questions from a regular, and grateful, Piston Slap reader: How long is best to idle a gasoline engine after starting & before driving off: [A] a few minutes? [B] one minute? [C] until the revs settle down? [D] no need, just drive right off? Assume ambient temperature well above freezing; […] The post Piston Slap: Parked in the Polar Vortex? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Polar Vortex, Oil, Autos, Warm Up, News Blog, Piston Slap, Manual Transmission, Block Heater, Cold Weather Start Up, Engine Block Heater, Engine Warm Up In The Polar Vortex, Park In First Gear, Park In Gear, Parking Brake, Warm Up Procedure


Piston Slap: According to the Throttle Position Sensor…

Brian writes: Sajeev, This is a weird one, but I figured you would enjoy it. I have owned an ’88 Accord LX-i five speed hatch for a while. One day, driving along, I noticed that it seemed to be coasting easier than normal. When I approached a red light, I found out why: 3,000 rpm […] The post Piston Slap: According to the Throttle Position Sensor… appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Brian, TPS, News Blog, Piston Slap, Honda Tps, Throttle Position Sensor, Tps Adjustment, Tps Replacement


Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons?

Ryan writes: Esteemed Mr. Mehta, what tires should you use when going from cold to hot weather? Imagine you were driving from Canada to Arizona in March. Earlier this year, my parents drove their shiny new 2018 CR-V AWD to Phoenix in order to attend the Vintage Stunt Championships. The event happens in March, a […] The post Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Canada, Arizona, Autos, Phoenix, Ryan, Mehta, Long Journey, News Blog, Piston Slap, Snow Tires, Winter Tires, M+S tires


Piston Slap: The Sable’s Spurious Speed Sensing?

Longtime TTAC Commentator Golden2husky writes: Dear Sajeev: I have a problem with my old ’92 Sable. About a year ago the ABS started to lightly engage while the wheel was turned hard left or right as you pulled into a parking spot. The parking was not at “turtle” speeds but was well below the need […] The post Piston Slap: The Sable’s Spurious Speed Sensing? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Abs, Ford Taurus, News Blog, Piston Slap, Mercury Sable, Abs Engagement, Abs Testing, Anti Lock Brake, Antilock Brake System, EEC-IV, Tone Ring, unwanted ABS engagement, Wheel Speed Sensor, Golden2husky


Piston Slap: You’ve Got to Ask Yourself One Question

Naseem writes: Sajeev, I read TTAC every day but have never commented. I’m not as witty as most of your readers. (Don’t sell yourself short! – SM) Here’s my problem: I have my head screwed on too tight. I have always loved cars and am always shopping for my next car, but I rarely pull […] The post Piston Slap: You’ve Got to Ask Yourself One Question appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Don, News Blog, Piston Slap, Sajeev, Naseem, Justification For Car Purchase, Justify Buying A Newer Vehicle


Piston Slap: Don’t Jump to Conclusions!

TTAC commentator Towncar writes: I just recently had a dead battery on the Town Car, so learning how to properly jump start a car battery has been on my mind. I’m telling you, there’s a lot to say on this subject once you get into it! Do you really have to put the negative clamp on […] The post Piston Slap: Don’t Jump to Conclusions! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Don, News Blog, Piston Slap, TTAC, Jump Start, Car battery, Towncar, Cigarette Lighter, Grounding Point, How To Properly Jump Start A Car Battery, Negative Terminal


Piston Slap: Roughing It in Tucson?

Steven writes: Hi Sajeev, I have a 2016 Hyundai Tucson 1.6T with 90K and I have an intermittent issue of a rough idle with the A/C on — it feels very jumpy and did not have this issue before. When you turn it back off the idle becomes smooth again. I’ve cleaned the MAP and […] The post Piston Slap: Roughing It in Tucson? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Steven, Tucson, Hyundai Tucson, Idle, News Blog, Piston Slap, Spark Plug, Direct Injection, Air Conditoning, Poor Idle, Rough Idle, rough idle with the A/C on


Piston Slap: You Dirty, Dirty Panther You!

Casey writes: Hey Sajeev, You once answered one of my questions regarding my Fusion of Malcontent, a car which NEVER stopped giving us issues even after we sold it: the new owner refused to put it into his name and we got many tickets from red light cameras. Anyway, last month I purchased a beautiful […] The post Piston Slap: You Dirty, Dirty Panther You! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Casey, Piston Slap, Panther Love, Dirt Removal, Dust Removal, Remove Dirt, Remove Dust


TTAC Project Car: It’s About Time!

The prolonged journey of TTAC’s Ford Sierra is partly because of my prolonged recovery from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. While other projects never help matters, the excuses end now. Because, even during the depths of my recovery, my vision never faltered; thanks to prednisone’s side effects during treatment, said vision became a C4 Corvette-like laser-infused slalom but with Young the Giant screeching in the […] The post TTAC Project Car: It’s About Time! appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Features, Turbo, Ford, Editorials, Autos, Lima, Nostalgia, Ghia, Stevens Johnson, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Piston Slap, Ford Sierra, TTAC, Engine Swap, Restomod


Piston Slap: JK-ing Around With LED Headlight Upgrades? (PART II)

Sajeev writes: Apparently the ears of noted lighting consultant Daniel Stern begin to burn whenever Piston Slap discusses lighting upgrades. While I gave an analysis of the current LED-landscape to the best of my knowledge, I am honored to publish his insights on Jeep JK headlight upgrades. And those of us with old-school halogen reflectors get a […] The post Piston Slap: JK-ing Around With LED Headlight Upgrades? (PART II) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, JK, Daniel Stern, News Blog, Piston Slap, Headlights, Sajeev, 7 Inch Round Headlights, Heated Led Headlights, Jw Speaker, Led Headlight Upgrade, Led Headlight Upgrades, Led Headlights, Mopar Led, Wrangler JK, Jeep JK headlight upgrades


Piston Slap: A Hatred of Mandated Safety Systems?

TTAC commentator Volvo writes: Hi Sajeev, Why is there so much enthusiast hate on electronic driver’s assistance aids such as lane departure warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise, front and side cameras, etc? It reminds me of arguments against seat belts that arose in the ’70s. As a package, these are not that expensive to […] The post Piston Slap: A Hatred of Mandated Safety Systems? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Volvo, News Blog, Piston Slap, TTAC, Standard Equipment, Backup Camera, Lane-departure Warning, MagneRide, Abs Brakes, Adaptive Cruise, Blind Spot Warning, Electronic Driver's Assistance Aids


Piston Slap: Do You Want to Keep a Vehicle Forever?

Elliot writes: I have a 2002 GMC Yukon with 165k and a 2003 Grand Marquis with 150k. The plan is to keep them running forever. Any thoughts regarding products or services to accomplish this goal? Your loyal reader, Elliot Sajeev answers: This is a simple query since we aren’t talking about fully-depreciated Eurozone iron that […] The post Piston Slap: Do You Want to Keep a Vehicle Forever? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Maintenance, Autos, Elliot, News Blog, Piston Slap, Do You Want to Keep a Vehicle Forever, How To Keep A Vehicle Running Forever, Vehicel Lifespan, Elliot Sajeev


Piston Slap: The Enthusiast-Retailer Disconnect?

TTAC Commentator Halftruth writes: Can we talk about the absolute incompetence at dealerships? Mild issue: Bought new SUV for wife back in 2010. Wife complains that “something not quite right.” I drive it and notice something slightly off. Take it to dealer, no trouble found. On a whim, I check the tire pressures: 40 psi, […] The post Piston Slap: The Enthusiast-Retailer Disconnect? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, News Blog, Piston Slap, TTAC, Car Dealership, Halftruth, Automotive Employee Retention


Piston Slap: CAN Busing Around a No-Start Van?

Bob writes: Hello Sajeev, My wife’s 2012 Grand Caravan has a quirk: an intermittent no start condition when the key is inserted into the ignition and turned. Dash lights come on, but engine doesn’t crank. Doesn’t seem to matter if I cover the brake or not. Doesn’t seem to matter if the row the gear […] The post Piston Slap: CAN Busing Around a No-Start Van? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Bob, KEY, News Blog, Piston Slap, Ignition, Can Bus, ECU, Wim, Tipm, No Start, Ignition Key, Intermittent No Start Condition


Piston Slap: JK-ing Around With LED Headlight Upgrades?

TTAC Commentator Anchorman33 writes: Sajeev, I’ve read with great interest your columns on aftermarket HID conversions for various cars that have composite headlights. I have a similar, related question that hopefully has enough daylight (pun intended) between those responses and this question that it’s worth your time to answer. I’ve recently married into a Jeep […] The post Piston Slap: JK-ing Around With LED Headlight Upgrades? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, JK, News Blog, Piston Slap, Headlights, TTAC, 7 Inch Round Headlights, Heated Led Headlights, Jw Speaker, Led Headlight Upgrade, Led Headlight Upgrades, Led Headlights, Mopar Led, Wrangler JK


Piston Slap: Pre-Sale Reconditioning, To What Extent?

Christopher writes: Sajeev, I have a ’96 BMW Z3 (1.9, manual) that I bought several years ago from a friend who was moving away. This is my “weekend car,” but I haven’t been driving it much lately since my two young kids require a back seat. This means our Highlander now sees more weekend action […] The post Piston Slap: Pre-Sale Reconditioning, To What Extent? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Christopher, Recon, News Blog, Piston Slap, Car Reconditioning, Reconditioning, Reconditioning A Car For Sale, Reconditioning Car For Sale, Used Car Reconditioning


Piston Slap: Tight Focus on Engine Break-In Procedure?

Patrick writes: Sajeev, Thanks for the column and the sage advice, but mostly for the generosity as lemons perp. (FYI Piston Slap queries don’t count as bribes – SM) Recently purchased a Focus ST, and though I have rebuilt/broken in conventional engines in the past, new car recommendations of oil changes at 5,000 miles plus […] The post Piston Slap: Tight Focus on Engine Break-In Procedure? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, New Car, Patrick, Focus ST, RTFM, News Blog, Piston Slap, Oil Change, Engine Break-In Procedure, Keep The Tach In The Black, Turbocharged Engine


Piston Slap: Torsion Beam Bump Steer Solutions?

Sam writes: I have a 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE. It has 25,000 miles and serves its purpose of a street parked commuter car that is comfortable enough for the occasional 600-mile round trip on weekends. The only real issue I have with the car is the cheap-car torsion beam rear suspension. Over large bumps on […] The post Piston Slap: Torsion Beam Bump Steer Solutions? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Sam, Hyundai Elantra, News Blog, Piston Slap, Torsion Bar, Anti Roll Bar, Sway Bar, 2015 Hyundai Elantra, Anti Sway Bar, Kyb Shocks, Solid Axle, Torsion Beam, Torsion Beam Suspension


Piston Slap: Depressurizing Compressed Air Engines?

Maxim writes: Just saw your post about running out of questions. Just wanted to say that you have a fan in Montreal, Canada! Love the subjects you guys talk about! Everyone is talking about electrification and hybridization, but battery cost is a big negative point. PSA (group Peugeot Citroen) has developed a hybrid air system […] The post Piston Slap: Depressurizing Compressed Air Engines? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Psa, Autos, Montreal, Maxim, Toyota Prius, Peugeot Citroen, News Blog, Piston Slap, Hybrid Air System, Hybrid History, Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles, Peugeot Hybrid Air


Piston Slap: DIY Paint Job or DIY Body Prep?

Lenn writes: Sajeev, I’ve got a fairly nice 2004 Ford F-150 in a nice dark shade of metallic green. Thanks to a rather unlucky previous owner, most of the body panels have been repainted except the roof and the hood… both of which are in very bad shape (see above). Body shops have quoted me […] The post Piston Slap: DIY Paint Job or DIY Body Prep? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Paint Job, News Blog, Piston Slap, Lenn, Body Prep, Diy Body Prep, Diy Paint Job, Repaint Car


Piston Slap: A Primer of Automotive Anthropomorphism?

Mister Steve writes: Sajeev: There seems to be a trend, at least among the younger crop of auto writers, to anthropomorphize an automobile based on its looks. It seems like you can barely get through a review of a new car without mention of automotive anthropomorphism: “angry eyes” or “ugly mouth” to describe styling. Definitely […] The post Piston Slap: A Primer of Automotive Anthropomorphism? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Smile, Autos, Steve, Car Design, News Blog, Piston Slap, DAGMAR, Car Styling, Dagmars, Headlight, Fascia, Automotive Anthropomorphism, Buffalo Butt


Piston Slap: Uncomfortable According to the Owner?

Thanks to all who answered the call and filled Piston Slap’s coffers with queries. We’re good for a while, so let’s do this thing. Pete writes: Greetings Sajeev, Last winter I bought a lightly used, CPO Accord Sport, six-speed manual. While I do love rowing through the gears and revving the hell out of it, […] The post Piston Slap: Uncomfortable According to the Owner? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Seat, Seating, Pete, News Blog, Piston Slap, Replacement Seats, Replacing Uncomfortable Seats, Seat Comfort, Side Air Bags


Piston Slap: We NEED Questions! (And a Shafted Pacifica)

Folks, I need automotive queries for publication on Piston Slap, my inbox is almost empty! Email [email protected] so the TTAC community can help.  And yes, ask anything except for car purchasing advise for aforementioned reasons. – SM Stefan writes: Sajeev, here’s the latest news regarding our Chrysler Pacifica: it is gone! My son and his wife bought a Ford […] The post Piston Slap: We NEED Questions! (And a Shafted Pacifica) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Ford, Autos, Pacifica, Chrysler Pacifica, Stefan, News Blog, Piston Slap, Sajeev, Shafted Pacifica


Piston Slap: Tie Rod Tuning for a Tweaked Tiller?

Scott writes: Hi Sajeev, The steering wheel on my 2016 VW GTI (manual w/performance package) is off center by a few millimeters to the left. It’s been this way since new and I’ve had the dealer look at it twice. The first time (w/250 miles on the clock) they told me there’s a service bulletin […] The post Piston Slap: Tie Rod Tuning for a Tweaked Tiller? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Vw, Autos, Steering Wheel, Scott, VW GTI, Tiller, News Blog, Piston Slap, Steering Wheel Alignment, Tie Rod, Tie Rod adjustment, Tie Rod Steering Wheel Off Center, Wheel Alignment



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