On diesel and gasoline automobiles.

I will get a new used car soon, and am torn on an old diesel 1973 Mercedes and a gasoline 1985 Volvo sedan. A diesel to me is obviously better: more torque, easier to repair, lasts long, but I live in Vermont. And in Vermont, diesel turns to jelly, but I am prepared to deal with it. A gasoline engine, on the other hand, is faster, not what I need, and has less torque. It also stays good in the cold. I would turn the diesel into a veggie, to me that is a great benefit. The thing that keeps me from the diesel Mercedes is the law, you can't by a new diesel, and I can't find where it says I can't by a used diesel. Also, how hard would it be for me to convert to veggie, to get veggie fuel, clean it, and to heat the fuel for winter? There are many diesel stations just sitting around where I live, so that is always an option. Why do I even ask? Because a gasoline would be so much more convenient for me. A Volvo is a perfect choice if I want an easy to use, get up and go car. A Diesel would make me wait for a couple of minutes before I go anywhere. Of course, the final decision of the car I will buy will be totally remodeled into a newly painted, shnaztastic, car with all the means to repair on the road. When I start this summer, I will keep you posted, every step of the way. Post a comment or email me at Stephendanielalverez@gmail.com

Question by Stephen D. Alverez 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


can we avoid the usage of a differential in an automobile? Answered

I wanted to know can some how avoid the usage of a differential in an automobile?

Question by srujithcool 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


get me the useful links for doing a mechanical or automobile project

Question by spandipperumal 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


WHAT IS MEANT BY ELECTROMAGNETIC POWER ENGINE?

Question by Dinesh babu 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Can I install Glow wire instead of Simple Copper Wire to run a DC motor?

Question by AnubhavS15 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How to touch up auto paint job?

Need to touch up small areas not down to bare metal only top base paint & clearcoat! Thanx

Question by itchman 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago



What is the advantage of a fluid coupling over other clutches?

You can start the vehicle in any gear; that's ok........but anything apart that.........i guess it isn't fuel efficient

Question by srujithcool 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


HOW TO BUILD AN AUTOMOBILE SMOKESCREEN?

BEING ABLE TO PRESS A BUTTON AND A SMIKESCREEN COMES OUT THE BACK OF YOUR CAR.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Limp home mode for automobil

I hope if i could find someone who have some interesting documents could help me for makin a good limp home mode to controle vehicle loads in the fail safe mode.best regards

Topic by YoussefM46 2 months ago


How do you remove a stuck cd from an automobile cd player?

I placed a cd disc in the cd player in my 2004 Chevy Silverado, and when I pushed the eject button, I only received a clicking noise and a check cd message. I have not been able to retrieve the cd. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Question by rogern 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I am looking for a sensor that activates after the clicking noise of an automobile turn signal

Hello Forum, I am looking for a sensor that activates after the clicking noise of an automobile turn signal solenoid stops. Similar to the "clap on clap off" device, but activates only after I choose to stop clapping.  Or like a heart monitoring circuit that activates an alarm when a heartbeat stops. I would like this circuit to activate for only three seconds then reset. I would like that sensor to be able to clip onto an adhesive pad just like the one doctors use for heart monitoring. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Curtis

Question by CurtisJ2 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Can anyone tell me if a windshield in a '97 Camaro z28 convertable and a '95 Camaro z28 hardtop are interchangeable??

We bought the '95 Camaro for a parts car and we don't know if we can change the windshields. Thank you.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


any automobile projects for engineering students?

I want any project ideas from automobiles for final year project,...

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do I repair a rusty automobile frame? Answered

I have a 93 Pathfinder with a rusty frame, I just discovered that the rust has eaten a hole through the frame and I'd like to repair it.... how do I go about it??

Question by shiatzu 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 months ago


How does one replace the shaft seal on an R4 a/c compressor?

Question by befitz 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


My passenger side window is off the runner and stuck in down position inside door, what do I do?

Pontiac Sunfire My passanger side window is off the runner and stuck in down position inside door, what do I do?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What can i make With my Broken Car

I have a 2000 Mitshubishi Galant....Sitting in my garage for a few years now, Head gasket blown, Cracked engine, And rusted frame. Any ideas on projects i can make with it?  I was thinking of basically hollowing it all out, taking the shell, and the seats, and making sort of a home theater with it.   Any suggestions for that or with that else i can make?

Topic by valmont325 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how do car clutch work?

How does the car or automobile mechanisms work? How does a Car or automobile clutch work in motion?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


new member needs help

What are the advantages of LED lights for automobile? At present, which automobile model has installed LED?

Topic by Stella2015 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago



Hey, Americans; Want to help Tesla cars?

I just found that a lot of US states don't let Tesla sell their cars directly to the public. This keeps the price of electric cars artificially high. In turn, this gives an unfair commercial advantage to gasoline car dealers, and creates a false argument against electric cars ("they're expensive"). To fix this, there's a petition that US citizens can sign and force a response from the White House. If you care about this issue from any front - fair trade, keeping government out of your lives, cutting downnon climate change,  personal freedom - then you can sign the petition at the link below, and share it with as many of your friends as you can.  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-tesla-motors-sell-directly-consumers-all-50-states

Topic by Kiteman 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Anyone know if this came off an 1899 automobile?

Found it metal detecting old foundation. Possibly made of copper. any info would be great.

Question by Inanotherworld 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Automobile cd player aux. port installation.

I drive a 1999 Chevy Tracker, same as the Vitara.  I'd like to play my mp3 through the OE cd player.  Any hints in installing an aux port as there isn't one on this older player?

Question by Hubiewan 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Anyone know if this came off an 1899 automobile?

Found this metal detecting old cellar hole. Think it might be made of copper. It's about the thickness of a dime. I looked up "Charleroi"  and found there is a town in Pa. named that. Any info or anything would be great.

Topic by Inanotherworld 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Can i use a IR sensor for reducing automobile speed?

IR sensor which should recive  reflected signal and send information to battery to pass electricity

Question by sainath018 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Can we reuse fused CFL's with automobile headlamps or any other bulb considering there is a PCB in the CFL's.

Is there a possibility to reuse fused CFL's of 23W,15W.9W etc. With the PCB in the CFL can we possiblly connect an automobile headlamp and make it glow with a few alteration and/or additions. What is the power output in voltage of a CFL. Sombody please suggest a way to reuse fused CFL's in any way.Thanks

Question by Vijapa 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Automated License Plate Recognition - Good ? Bad ? Indifferent?

Is this a good thing? Does anyone see any possible bad in it (drawbacks, ways to abuse the system)? One place the videos can be found

Topic by Goodhart 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


MP3 player to car headunit built in amp

How can I connect my mp3 player to the built in amp on my cars head unit.  I suppose i need to do some soldering but I dont know what I am looking for.  If I connect the MP3 player to the speaker outputs it plays too softly.  I need to get it going through the amp in order to play loud enough. How Can I do this?

Question by kokaine 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Arduino Clinometer for vehicle

I'm building a Clinometer for a vehicle, that will show roll & pitch, and log this data as well as yaw (skid). I'm using a 3 axis accelerometer with an Arduino, and am looking for ideas on improvements. I have the g forces for the 3 axis being displayed in the serial monitor, and am ready to display values on a LCD, but really thinking this should be graphics of a vehicle showing pitch and roll, like the old Jeep Clinometer I had as a teen. https://www.instructables.com/id/An-Arduino-Accelerometer/

Topic by sspence 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


is it possible to generate electricity by using a bicycle and an automobiles alternator?

I have been pondering this, and have searched the site but found nothing like this, but maybe using a larger inner tube and putting that around a bare rim and a spindle on an alternator to generate electricity? and would the rpms be enough to generate some charge? and also, it would be a\c charge? maybe it would be possible to charge up an automobile battery, if so it would be pretty neat, and useful.

Question by uLTIMA 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Whats yours called?

I was just wondering, after seeing kiteman's new (ish) car named womble if many out there also named their mode of transport? I used to have a rust bucket of a beige fiat uno that was named bessie! Don't ask me why, even I can't remember!

Topic by beado4ever 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


can we use hydrogen as a fuel in a 4-s, S.I Engine?

Question by varun saxena 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Cars running on vegetable oil regulated

The man is really bringing me down here...Drivers of SVO (straight vegetable oil) fueled cars are running afoul of the law.Not too long ago, cars that ran on leftover vegetable oil were rare, a curiosity. But now that lots of people are buying kits and hiring mechanics to mod their cars to run on french fry juice, the government is starting to take notice. Drivers of these cars now have to pay the same taxes as traditional fuel drivers, register with the state, file monthly reports and payments, as well as make sure they are in compliance with local environmental laws. Noncompliance will be punished with stiff fines.

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


DIYers converting gas powered cars to electric

Yes, you read that right-people at home are converting their regular gas powered cars to electric. They have an average range of 40 miles, which could be doable if you have a short commute or live in town.Of course, since they are charging them by plugging them into a regular outlet, they aren't really being all that green. You'd have to charge it off solar or wind power to do that. But it's still saving all those nasty car emissions-and it's very cool.So when do we see an instructable?http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/ptech/08/14/electric.cars/index.html?eref=rss_topstories

Topic by Lithium Rain 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Does anyone know if it is possible to revive an automobile jumpstart jumpbox?

I'm constantly having car battery problems so I've purchased a Coleman Powermate Jumpstart system box. It was pretty pricey. It now has gone dead (won't charge) and i was wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to revive it . I have seen a few instructables about reviving batteries so i'm wondering if it can be revived. Thanx!

Question by kimxtc 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago



what's the process involve in making radiator coolant? Answered

I am interested in the process of making radiator coolant.What are the chemicals used in the process,the measurement etc.

Question by islandhopper 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


how to make thermo electric generator from waste heat of IC engine?

Thermo electric generator converts heat into electricity. but small power is produced in this way for usage.

Question by aalfeen shahbaz 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Could an O2 sensor from an automobile be used inside the combustion chamber of a potato gun?

So I was shooting my potato gun after talking about car repair today, when I got the idea. Could an O2 sensor from an automobile be used inside the combustion chamber of a potato gun to achieve optimal fuel/air ratio? Finding the chemistry of the aerosol fuel would be difficult, and I wouldn't know where to start with the computer stuff, but could it be done? If so, has anyone done it? I searched instructables and no one has even mentioned it. I found on a mazda forum that a wideband O2 sensor may detect the air/fuel ration when using propane, but what about aerosol? Propane in a plastic gun is just begging for injury. I use Right Guard sport deodorant (Without antiperspirant) as the fuel, I think it works the best. The primary ingredient is Denatured Alcohol.

Question by MistaStokes 7 years ago


Needed single Photovolteic Panel Tracker, either freon or made from a automobile wiper motor aparatus?

I need a tracker so my panel will track the sun all day. Please email. Sunlantia

Question by sunlantia 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can a thermocouple be used to generate voltage for the purpose of mobile charging?

Since a thermocouple produces voltage when it is subjected to the two different temperatures ( hot & cold). Can this temp. difference be used to charge mobile phones in an automobile (like two wheeler).

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


powered pocket door/sliding door using automobile power window motor?

Hi, looking to make something along the lines of this youtube video, using a car power window motor, but would like to be able to use 2 switches or pushbuttons, one for each side of the door. It's not for our house or anything so it doesn't need to look pretty and I probably won't even be using an actual door, but a piece of plywood instead. Any ideas on how to make it happen? Thanks for the help. I'm sure there are better ways, but I'm looking to do it cheap.

Question by payne.kj 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How do I increase the mileage of car?

My car  is 5 years old and it was all good, but suddenly from last three months it is not giving a satisfying mileage. What should I do? Can anyone suggest me on this.

Question by kiarasanger 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


RE CHROMING ZINC ALUMINIUM

I am looking for info on how to restore zinc aluminum car parts . like the automobile horns they tend to oxidize AND do not stand up to the Chemical's when re chroming. I be-leave that there is a process that will give them, a coating that can be used that will take the chroming posses   Regards John .

Question by Johnbowman 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How does one figure out their Estimated Time of Arrival if they know their rate of speed and distance?

When traveling by Automobile, if you know the distance between two points, and your speed, how do you figure out your Estimated Time of Arrival?

Question by ldchev 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Air sample analysis for the concentration of CO2/Carbon Dioxide? Answered

I'm working on a high school science fair project which concentrates on the CO2 emmissions of automobiles and anlyzes two methods of filtering CO2 from car exhaust. It's really a pretty simple project - except that i don't have a Carbon Dioxide monitor. Online they range from $200-800 and i've contacted the enviornmental department at a local university to see if they can help me. I'm still waiting on a reply but i'm wondering if any of you guys (or gals) have any ideas on how i can find the concentration of CO2 in car exhaust.

Question by Aaron Cole 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Combining PC with.....A FAN!

This idea just popped into my brain last nite.Why not use strong automobile fans to cool the PC?Just mount it on the panel(geek points for duct tape)and off u go!Most engine fans run on 12VDC now and a pc has that,then SPLICE THE TWO TOGETHER!Advice and flaming will be appreciated

Topic by Derin 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Reid and Prince screw driver design?

I have worked in the automobile repair industry for nearly 50 years and to the best of my knowledge, the reid and prince screw driver was originally designed and used by the european manufacturers. I state this in the form of a question and would like to know for sure.   I have found the posidrive design is mostly used on mechanical items(under the hood) and the standard philips is typically used oninterior and exterior trim  

Question by mad mech 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


555 1 Hz pulse generator? Answered

Hi,I have a simple buzzer which I want to convert to an oscillating buzzer so as to obtain the sound similar to that of an automobile's reverse indicator.I've posted a schematic(borrowed from electroschematics.com) below.I intent to replace the LED with my buzzer and omit the resistor.I hope by building this circuit,to make my buzzer 'buzz'(or make noise) at an interval of 1 second(since its a 1 Hz pulse generator).Would the results be similar to my needs?

Question by Adarsh_tronix 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago