Dave Redinger's The Neighbourhood Mechanic 5/28/06
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A warm spring day, were on the freeway, I roll down my window to get some fresh air…What to I smell…Smoke. The guy in front of me is working over a stogie. He’s smok’n a cigar and I’m smelling his fumes……You heard it here first, I predict that smoking in cars will soon be outlawed, just as it is in all buildings. (at least in this town it is). Several leasing companies have already instituted conditions that limit smoking in their vehicles. Smoke damaged upholstery and head linings greatly reduces the value of the lease return. I wonder if my cigar smoking friend bought his car or leases it? Just a thought.
Every time I get out of my car, when I open the door and touch the outside of it, I get an electrical shock! It's the same kind of shock that you get from scuffing around on your living room rug in your socks, and then touching something. And guess what, it really hurts! What is causing that, and how can I eliminate it?
Your talking about static build-up. Exactly
as you describe except, the charge is produced by your clothes rubbing
against the seat. When you exit the vehicle the electricity discharges
against the metal portions of the door. Best advice I can give is try
different clothing. I found when I wear jeans the problem is less apparent.
The problem is most extreme in dry conditions .When exiting the vehicle
touch the door with the back of your hand this will increase the surface
area and will reduce the ouch.
I have a 2002 Kia Sportage and want to know if the RPM should be on 3 when I am in 5th gear.
Unfortunately you have not given me enough information to answer this question...
(revolutions per minute) are related to the speed of the vehicle.....The
higher the speed the higher the rpm. What's important here is that you
don't over-rev the engine. Try and keep the rpms in the sweet spot. Usually
between 2500 and 3500 rpm. One more point, too low an rpm will also damage
the engine. This is called lugging. Lugging is tremendously hard on the
bearings and can lead to engine failure. Driving a manual transmission
optioned car does require a certain amount of finesse.
Dave Redinger a mechanic with over
40 yrs of experience. Dave operates his shop “DOCTOR H HONDA
SPECIALISTS in Toronto for the last 25 yrs.
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