Tag: Piston Slap

Piston Slap: The Sable’s Spurious Speed Sensing?

Longtime TTAC Commentator Golden2husky writes: Dear Sajeev: I have a problem with my old ’92 Sable. About a year ago the ABS started to lightly engage while the wheel was turned hard left or right as you pulled into a parking spot. The parking was not at “turtle” speeds but was well below the need […]

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Piston Slap: Don’t Jump to Conclusions!

Find Reviews by Make: By Sajeev Mehta on January 4, 2019 TTAC commentator Towncar writes: I just recently had a dead battery on the Town Car, so learning how to properly jump start a car battery has been on my mind. I’m telling you, there’s a lot to say on this subject once you get into […]

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TTAC Project Car: It’s About Time!

The prolonged journey of TTAC’s Ford Sierra is partly because of my prolonged recovery from Stevens-Johnson Syndrome. While other projects never help matters, the excuses end now. Because, even during the depths of my recovery, my vision never faltered; thanks to prednisone’s side effects during treatment, said vision became a C4 Corvette-like laser-infused slalom but with Young the Giant screeching in the […]

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Piston Slap: JK-ing Around With LED Headlight Upgrades? (PART II)

Sajeev writes: Apparently the ears of noted lighting consultant Daniel Stern begin to burn whenever Piston Slap discusses lighting upgrades. While I gave an analysis of the current LED-landscape to the best of my knowledge, I am honored to publish his insights on Jeep JK headlight upgrades. And those of us with old-school halogen reflectors get a […]

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Piston Slap: A Hatred of Mandated Safety Systems?

TTAC commentator Volvo writes: Hi Sajeev, Why is there so much enthusiast hate on electronic driver’s assistance aids such as lane departure warning, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise, front and side cameras, etc? It reminds me of arguments against seat belts that arose in the ’70s. As a package, these are not that expensive to […]

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Piston Slap: Do You Want to Keep a Vehicle Forever?

Elliot writes: I have a 2002 GMC Yukon with 165k and a 2003 Grand Marquis with 150k. The plan is to keep them running forever. Any thoughts regarding products or services to accomplish this goal? Your loyal reader,Elliot Sajeev answers: This is a simple query since we aren’t talking about fully-depreciated Eurozone iron that could […]

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Piston Slap: CAN Busing Around a No-Start Van?

Bob writes: Hello Sajeev, My wife’s 2012 Grand Caravan has a quirk: an intermittent no start condition when the key is inserted into the ignition and turned. Dash lights come on, but engine doesn’t crank. Doesn’t seem to matter if I cover the brake or not. Doesn’t seem to matter if the row the gear […]

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Piston Slap: JK-ing Around With LED Headlight Upgrades?

TTAC Commentator Anchorman33 writes: Sajeev, I’ve read with great interest your columns on aftermarket HID conversions for various cars that have composite headlights. I have a similar, related question that hopefully has enough daylight (pun intended) between those responses and this question that it’s worth your time to answer. I’ve recently married into a Jeep […]

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Piston Slap: Pre-Sale Reconditioning, To What Extent?

Christopher writes: Sajeev, I have a ’96 BMW Z3 (1.9, manual) that I bought several years ago from a friend who was moving away. This is my “weekend car,” but I haven’t been driving it much lately since my two young kids require a back seat. This means our Highlander now sees more weekend action […]

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Piston Slap: Tight Focus on Engine Break-In Procedure?

Patrick writes: Sajeev, Thanks for the column and the sage advice, but mostly for the generosity as lemons perp. (FYI Piston Slap queries don’t count as bribes – SM) Recently purchased a Focus ST, and though I have rebuilt/broken in conventional engines in the past, new car recommendations of oil changes at 5,000 miles plus […]

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Piston Slap: Torsion Beam Bump Steer Solutions?

Sam writes: I have a 2015 Hyundai Elantra SE. It has 25,000 miles and serves its purpose of a street parked commuter car that is comfortable enough for the occasional 600-mile round trip on weekends. The only real issue I have with the car is the cheap-car torsion beam rear suspension. Over large bumps on […]

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Piston Slap: Depressurizing Compressed Air Engines?

Maxim writes: Just saw your post about running out of questions. Just wanted to say that you have a fan in Montreal, Canada! Love the subjects you guys talk about! Everyone is talking about electrification and hybridization, but battery cost is a big negative point. PSA (group Peugeot Citroen) has developed a hybrid air system […]

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Piston Slap: A Primer of Automotive Anthropomorphism?

Mister Steve writes: Sajeev: There seems to be a trend, at least among the younger crop of auto writers, to anthropomorphize an automobile based on its looks. It seems like you can barely get through a review of a new car without mention of automotive anthropomorphism: “angry eyes” or “ugly mouth” to describe styling. Definitely […]

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Piston Slap: Uncomfortable According to the Owner?

Thanks to all who answered the call and filled Piston Slap’s coffers with queries. We’re good for a while, so let’s do this thing. Pete writes: Greetings Sajeev, Last winter I bought a lightly used, CPO Accord Sport, six-speed manual. While I do love rowing through the gears and revving the hell out of it, […]

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Piston Slap: Tie Rod Tuning for a Tweaked Tiller?

Scott writes: Hi Sajeev, The steering wheel on my 2016 VW GTI (manual w/performance package) is off center by a few millimeters to the left. It’s been this way since new and I’ve had the dealer look at it twice. The first time (w/250 miles on the clock) they told me there’s a service bulletin […]

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