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1997 Nissan Sentra GXE
Posted Tuesday, December 18, 2007

The Nissan Sentra has been around for ages, and we felt that it would be nice to test drive an older one to see how they are still holding up. The answer is that after 10 years and 120,000 miles they are holding up as well as could be expected. They still aren't any fun. ...
 
Toyota Responds to Reliability Questions
Posted Friday, October 19, 2007

Consumer Reports recently released their 2007 Car Reliability Survey and Toyota did not have the same results that it had in the past. Toyota is known widely for its reliability, and like anyone who sets a benchmark, they are open to severe criticism whenever they start to slide even a little bit. Toyota released a statement today essentially saying, "We didn't do THAT bad." Honestly, Toyota, third place overall is not that good either, especially for a company known for it's reliability. Toyota Statement In Response To Consumer Reports' 2007 Car Reliability Survey "Torrance, CA- Toyota, Lexus and Scion models collectively led the industry with the greatest number of models, 17, ranked "Most Reliable" in this year's Consumer Reports Reliability Survey. With dozens of models from...
 
F** Front Wheel Drives!
Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007

FUN FRONT WHEEL DRIVES (I bet you weren't thinking FUN): Allen: Let me just preface this by saying I'm not a big fan of front wheel drive cars. This took quite a bit off internal fortitude to actually admit that there are a few front wheel drive cars that I actually like. Honestly, just two out of the many front wheel drive cars I have driven. Granted, there are probably others that are just as fun to drive as these but these I have driven and can vouch for. Also, these are the only one I have actually really, and I mean really, enjoyed driving. The first is, as you can tell from the picture, the Mini Cooper (S model shown.). This is like driving a go-kart. You look in the direction you want to go and it goes there. The one I drove wasn't even the S model so I can only...
 
Drifter's Do it Sideways!
Posted Tuesday, December 11, 2007

How to Initial your D... "Drifting" is basically defined as a controlled slide, and it can only really be accomplished in a Rear-Wheel (RWD) or All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) vehicles that are rear wheel biased. There are many techniques to accomplishing drifting around corners all resulting in oversteer. The first and easiest way to get your car sideways is by using the emergency brake. Many front-wheel-drive car owners use this, however, it is hard to keep the drift going. That is where the RWD comes into play. Next is the Braking drift which is accomplished by braking hard before and during a turn with a combination of steering and accelerator inputs causing the rear wheels to loose their grip. What is happening here is that when you brake the weight is thrown forwards onto your...
 
My Grown-Up Christmas List
Posted Monday, December 24, 2007

I was thinking on my way to work about what I would like to have if money was never an issue. Since it is the season for gifts we figured Austin and would write our Christmas lists out and explain why we want what we want. I believe most of the stuff on my list pertains to vehicles, speed or various things having to do with elements of this site. Allen: 1. A Red Rider Double Pump Action BB gun. Why? Duh, haven't you seen A Christmas Story? Besides I can shoot out tires on Austin's Sentra. And no, won't shoot my eye out. (Austin: I grew up with one of these. Good luck killing a bird with it. It's hard.) I'm not trying to kill a bird, just shoot out your tires... 2. This one is a triple whammy. A monster truck, Lotus Exige, and Toyota Prius. The Toyota Prius is for my sister...
 
The Basics: LSD stands for Limited Slip Differential
Posted Thursday, December 18, 2008

Tonight I was driving home late and it was raining. I have a rear wheel drive car but I don't have a limited slip differential (or LSD). This is an annoying set of circumstances. As a layman, I only need to kind of know what an LSD is and how it works. In a car there is a point at which the axles meet together in conjunction with the drive shaft. The drive shaft comes directly from the transmission and is spinning. The differential then transfers the power to the axles and gets the wheels turning. Essentially, the inside tire is supposed to turn slower or at a different speed than the outside tire during a turn, hence "differential".  This action allows the vehicle to make a smooth turn. Now in a standard run-of-the-mill differential, if one tire does not have grip then all of the...
 
Why Detriot is Missing the Mark
Posted Wednesday, January 7, 2009

As most people know by now, we are in an economic recession. If you didn't then you can consider yourself informed. The big three have had their time in Washington and after a fairly embarrassing time, not exactly of their own fault, they were allocated a set amount of TARP funds to help them stay on their feet. -Ford said they didn't need it and were doing alright, but said thanks anyways. -Chrysler took it and ran full page thank you ads in major newspapers costing somewhere around $500,000. -GM then took out a full page apology letter ad in Automotive News. So there is a trend in this pattern that I see and I think others do too (unless you live in Detroit apparently). I don't know that the problem is with the housing market, or recession, or with inflated gasolin...
 
How to Replace a Constant Velocity (C.V.) Boot
Posted Thursday, January 29, 2009

The C.V boot on Austin's Sentra tore and he got quoted about three hundred buck-a-roos to replace it.  As I am the mechanic of the family that means I get to do it in my garage for the price of beer.  It's a fair trade... Estimated Time: Two Beers (about 1 hour) Skill Level: Some mechanical aptitude and tools will definitely help. 1.  Crack open a beer. 2. Raise the front of the vehicle using a jack and support the vehicle with jack stands. 2.  Remove the appropriate wheel.  The driver side outer boot was torn so that was the side of the car we took the wheel off of. 3.  Remove the cotter pin from the axle nut. 4.  Remove the cotter pin for the lower ball joint securing the ball joint nut in place.  Take a swig of beer.  The beer that night was Four Peaks...