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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...

The rpm (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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