MightyMouseTech

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  1. Why are you "pumping" the pedal?
  2. Well, it is more than the shroud, it is what actually holds the intercooler in place. If the scoop underneath the car is in good condition, I doubt the fan runs much at all while the vehicle is moving.
  3. I have one around the house somewhere, will see if I can find it.
  4. This post is both good and bad news........Really slow at work these days, so FINALLY replaced my leaking intercooler and shroud yesterday. Not much fun to do, but was much easier without an EGR valve in there.The good news is the car runs much quieter, like new almost (well, as new as a car can sound without an exhaust system LOL!), and both FE and power seem to be a little better.The bad news is for everybody. Turns out, my car already had one of the newer shrouds with the bottom trimmed off. My leak started becuase the shroud was rubbing on the SIDE of the intercooler. There are two reinforcement ribs at each mounting point of the intercooler to the shroud. Well, those ribs are what wore two of the three holes through the side of the cooler. The largest of the holes (the one on the left in the pic) was from the corner of the shroud, right where they trimmed off the material for the updated version.Here are some pics:So, even with the updated shroud, looks like we are still going to have problems. I trimmed off 2-3 mm of each of the ribs on the new shroud so hopefully it won't wear through from there again.And so the battle continues.
  5. 55 mph limit? Snoooze, no thanks. Damn, had me excited there for a minute. Have always wanted to get blue armco paint on my car.
  6. That was most likely an old episode of Myth Busters. The problem is they tested it at 50 MPH I think. That is the turning point where a/c becomes better than windows down. Below 50 MPH windows open is better, above 50 MPH and using a/c is better, and the faster you go, the bigger the difference. They did the same test again in a later episode because they chose the wrong speed to test the first time.
  7. You will never get condensation in a modern gas powered car, not sure why people worry about it. The fuel system is sealed air tight. No matter how low the level is, there will only be fuel vapour in there.
  8. Ya, I hit 0.0 all the time. And it always makes me nervous!
  9. The lower the octane, the easier the car will start anyways.
  10. Wow, that is some of the worst driving I have ever seen, somebody should nominate them for "Canada's Worst Driver". How does someone like this even get a licence in the first place?
  11. Piping? We don't need no stinking piping! :)Well, I had an aftermarket muffler on mine, it broke, had it welded, it broke, had it welded, it broke again........ The muffler broke right at the weld where the tubing entered the muffler, so I just left the 3" of tubing attached to the turbo that the muffler came with. All it does it turn the exhaust down towards the pavement.It is rather loud, but tolerable. Although long drives can be annoying.I have had some really high end exhausts on many of my cars in past, and I have never had as many compliments on the sound as I do with the smart the way it sits now.
  12. I have been driving around without a muffler for about a year and a half. Love it!
  13. Yes they do. That is why I use Motul in ALL my vehicles, cars, bikes, SUVs and even the racecar.I am probably going to get some Liqui Moly oil additive, and try about 100 ml of that in the oil and see what the results are.
  14. Just pulled my first sample using Motul X-Cess 8100 5W40. Not much different than the Mobil 1, other than the Motul appears to have less Moly and Boron in it, which are antiwear additives. Although, the Motul seems to be better at maintaining its viscosity.Engine appears to be doing quite well.E85846.pdf
  15. A good friend of mine is 6'3" and has a 90 Miata and he fits no problem. Just removed some of the seat padding from the bottom of the driver's seat.Great car. He has almost 300k on it, and other than fluid changes and replacing the brake pads once, nothing has needed replacement. And that car has as much track mileage as some cars have street mileage.
  16. The exposed copper wire is usually a bad thing.
  17. Crap. Sorry, just noticed he has a 451. Going to edit my previous post.
  18. The outer tie rod ends and the lower ball joints are all the same part.When you order either one from the dealer, you get two joints in the box, PLUS all the nuts and bolts required to replace either one. This includes the large wheel bearing bolt and cap which should be replaced when replacing the ball joint as the wheel bearing requires removal.Also add:-new belts-fuel filter
  19. Edit: Removed info, did not notice the driver has a 451 model.
  20. The same belt drives the water pump and alternator. That would be the first thing to check. And I would not drive at all until this is fixed.
  21. I used to carry my cello around in mine..
  22. That's it. Get them lubed up before they fail completely.
  23. If you watch Top Gear at all, you will know that his "real" car is a Maybach.
  24. The belts should not fire if you were stopped, there is usually a minimum speed before they go off. The tensioners are in the belt assembly are they not? If the tensioners fired, the belts would be locked in position and will not retract.
  25. Ha ha! Did not see this yet. A friend emailed me the link with a title "Worlds Fastest Golf Cart" LOL!