Tag: Piston Slap

Piston Slap: Of Antique Trucks and Rebuilt Brakes

TJ writes: My New Year’s resolution this year was to get my grandfather’s 1979 Chevy C10 running and driving again. It’s been parked in the garage since I drove it in there when my wife and I moved into our house in spring 2012. I stopped driving it because the transmission needed (another) rebuild and […]

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TTAC Project Car: The Deeper You Go…

<img data-attachment-id="1685534" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMG_7623-e1566271204545.jpg" data-orig-size="1724,1597" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"2.2","credit":"","camera":"iPhone 6","caption":"","created_timestamp":"1544797735","copyright":"","focal_length":"4.15","iso":"250","shutter_speed":"0.066666666666667","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Sierra Lima 2.3 motor swap" data-image-description=" Image: Sajeev Mehta ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMG_7623-e1566271204545-378×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMG_7623-e1566271204545-610×565.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1685534 size-large” src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMG_7623-e1566271204545-610×565.jpg” alt=”Sierra Lima 2.3 motor swap, Image: Sajeev Mehta” width=”610″ height=”565″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMG_7623-e1566271204545-610×565.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMG_7623-e1566271204545-75×69.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMG_7623-e1566271204545-378×350.jpg 378w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMG_7623-e1566271204545-768×711.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/IMG_7623-e1566271204545-120×111.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Most of this dialogue happened: Brian: “My […]

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Piston Slap: Metering a Prince’s Air Flow?

TTAC Commentator haroldhill writes: Dear Sajeev, My wife is driving (and loving) her 2009 MINI Cooper which has been a delight and remarkably trouble free for ten years. However it recently developed a problem which has befuddled us and our highly reputable independent mechanic as well. Under certain conditions the engine stumbles, feeling somewhat like […]

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Piston Slap: Hot Air on Frozen A/C Evaporators?

TTAC Commentator Stefan writes: Sajeev, my old triple-black 1997 Town Car has developed some air conditioning problems and my trusted independent shop seems unable to duplicate it nor to understand it. Maybe you and the B/B can help? The a/c always works when starting up the car but will abruptly cut out after a while, […]

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Piston Slap: Faith in the Three Peak Mountain Snowflake?

<img data-attachment-id="1683106" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/autocontentexp.comDSC01089_2500-6c9f2fc7a7368fb785394df8d037895e0a717de8.jpg" data-orig-size="2500,1500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="three peak mountain snowflake 3PMSF" data-image-description=" Image: autonxt.net ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/autocontentexp.comDSC01089_2500-6c9f2fc7a7368fb785394df8d037895e0a717de8-450×270.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/autocontentexp.comDSC01089_2500-6c9f2fc7a7368fb785394df8d037895e0a717de8-610×366.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1683106″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/autocontentexp.comDSC01089_2500-6c9f2fc7a7368fb785394df8d037895e0a717de8-610×366.jpg” alt=”three peak mountain snowflake 3PMSF, Image: ” width=”610″ height=”366″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/autocontentexp.comDSC01089_2500-6c9f2fc7a7368fb785394df8d037895e0a717de8-610×366.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/autocontentexp.comDSC01089_2500-6c9f2fc7a7368fb785394df8d037895e0a717de8-75×45.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/autocontentexp.comDSC01089_2500-6c9f2fc7a7368fb785394df8d037895e0a717de8-450×270.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/autocontentexp.comDSC01089_2500-6c9f2fc7a7368fb785394df8d037895e0a717de8-768×461.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/autocontentexp.comDSC01089_2500-6c9f2fc7a7368fb785394df8d037895e0a717de8-120×72.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Greg writes: Good day Sajeev, I recently signed a three-year lease […]

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Piston Slap: A Winter Tire for All Seasons? (Part II)

TTAC Commentator Znueni writes: Dear Sajeev, We have a 2007 Honda CRV with nice Continental winter tires mounted, speed rating of H. We only put around 8k miles a year on it with short hops and maybe one long 800 mile trip in the summer. Living in a moderate climate (couple snows a year, summers max […]

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Piston Slap: Goodwill Repair, Goodwill Replace Again? (PART II)

Caroline Writes: Good day Sajeev: I was blessed to find your information on line.  I am experiencing the exact issues mentioned on your site regarding my 2013 Volvo S60. Do you have any advice regarding the best way to handle this matter? Here are the details: November 2015, I purchased a used 2013 Volvo S60 […]

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Piston Slap: When to Step Away from the Drawing Board? REVISITED

<img data-attachment-id="1680560" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Clear Snow from tops of cars." data-image-description=" Image: Ottawa Police Twitter ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-610×458.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1680560″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-610×458.jpg” alt=”Clear Snow from tops of cars. Image: Ottawa Police Twitter” width=”610″ height=”458″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-610×458.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-75×56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-450×338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-768×576.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-120×90.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> After our […]

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Piston Slap: When to Step Away from the Drawing Board?

<img data-attachment-id="1680560" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml.jpg" data-orig-size="1200,900" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Clear Snow from tops of cars." data-image-description=" Image: Ottawa Police Twitter ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-450×338.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-610×458.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1680560″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-610×458.jpg” alt=”Clear Snow from tops of cars. Image: Ottawa Police Twitter” width=”610″ height=”458″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-610×458.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-75×56.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-450×338.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-768×576.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml-120×90.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/DTBY01lXUAAxCml.jpg 1200w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> Dan writes: Sajeev, […]

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Piston Slap: Gambling on Getting Lifted?

<img data-attachment-id="1680150" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/18278109_1038729796228560_2280987726018422695_o.jpg" data-orig-size="2048,1363" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Gambler 500 Crown Victoria" data-image-description=" Image: Gambler 500 Washington Facebook and Nate Watters ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/18278109_1038729796228560_2280987726018422695_o-450×299.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/18278109_1038729796228560_2280987726018422695_o-610×406.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1680150″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/18278109_1038729796228560_2280987726018422695_o-610×406.jpg” alt=”Gambler 500 Crown Victoria, Image: Gambler 500 Washington Facebook and Nate Watters” width=”610″ height=”406″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/18278109_1038729796228560_2280987726018422695_o-610×406.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/18278109_1038729796228560_2280987726018422695_o-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/18278109_1038729796228560_2280987726018422695_o-450×299.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/18278109_1038729796228560_2280987726018422695_o-768×511.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/18278109_1038729796228560_2280987726018422695_o-120×80.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”> […]

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Super Piston Slap: Wish you were Here, Herr Johnson!

<img data-attachment-id="1679544" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n.jpg" data-orig-size="960,960" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Davey G Johnson, Automotive Journalist" data-image-description=" Image: Davey’s Public Facebook Page ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n-350×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n-610×610.jpg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1679544″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n-610×610.jpg” alt=”Davey G Johnson, Automotive Journalist Image: Davey’s Public Facebook Page” width=”507″ height=”507″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n-610×610.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n-75×75.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n-350×350.jpg 350w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n-768×768.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n-120×120.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/53061942_710240916044688_4824124751679062016_n.jpg 960w” sizes=”(max-width: 507px) 100vw, 507px”> Perhaps you’ve read […]

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Piston Slap: Recon for your Soulmate?

TTAC commentator Blackcloud_9 writes: I currently own a 2014 Kia Soul. I’m looking to use it as trade-in value for a new (or new to me) car. The Soul is an imminently practical car. Does most everything reasonably well, it’s very reliable but it definitely does not stir my “soul”. I’m usually a “keep it forever” […]

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Piston Slap: That Ecoboost Turbocharger Whine?

<img data-attachment-id="1678288" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FRP-M-6007-20T-2.jpg" data-orig-size="500,468" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Ford 2.0 Ecoboost Engine" data-image-description=" Image: sriperformance.com ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FRP-M-6007-20T-2-374×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FRP-M-6007-20T-2.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-full wp-image-1678288″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FRP-M-6007-20T-2.jpg” alt=”Ford 2.0 Ecoboost Engine, Image: sriperformance.com” width=”500″ height=”468″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FRP-M-6007-20T-2.jpg 500w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FRP-M-6007-20T-2-75×70.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FRP-M-6007-20T-2-374×350.jpg 374w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FRP-M-6007-20T-2-120×112.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px”>Matt writes: Hi Sajeev, I wrote to you a few years ago regarding a water […]

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Piston Slap: Droppin’ Knowledge on Headlight Wiring Voltage Drop

<img data-attachment-id="1574809" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cars-1840934_1920.jpg" data-orig-size="1920,1280" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="SUV Headlight" data-image-description=" CC0 Public Domain Free for commercial use No attribution required ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cars-1840934_1920-450×300.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cars-1840934_1920-610×407.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1574809″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cars-1840934_1920-610×407.jpg” alt=”SUV Headlight, Public Domain” width=”610″ height=”407″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cars-1840934_1920-610×407.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cars-1840934_1920-75×50.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cars-1840934_1920-450×300.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cars-1840934_1920-768×512.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/cars-1840934_1920-120×80.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Randy writes: A few weeks ago I installed a […]

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Piston Slap: That Gritty Feeling in Your Brakes?

<img data-attachment-id="1676790" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes.jpg" data-orig-size="770,664" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Cadillac ATS Brembo Brake Caliper" data-image-description=" Image: automotiveaddicts.com ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes-406×350.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes-610×526.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1676790″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes-610×526.jpg” alt=”Cadillac ATS Brembo Brake Caliper, Image: automotiveaddicts.com” width=”610″ height=”526″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes-610×526.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes-75×65.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes-406×350.jpg 406w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes-768×662.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes-120×103.jpg 120w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/2015-cadillac-ats-coupe-20t-wheel-tire-brembo-brakes.jpg 770w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>TTAC Commentator 1500cc writes: Hi Sajeev, I have an […]

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Piston Slap: Droppin’ a Dime on Quarter Panel Replacement?

<img data-attachment-id="1675728" data-permalink data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_0110.jpeg" data-orig-size="320,240" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="Smashed Mustang Quarter Panel" data-image-description=" Image: OP ” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_0110.jpeg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_0110.jpeg” class=”aligncenter wp-image-1675728″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_0110.jpeg” alt=”Smashed Mustang Quarter Panel, Image: OP” width=”550″ height=”413″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_0110.jpeg 320w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_0110-75×56.jpeg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/IMG_0110-120×90.jpeg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px”>TTAC regular Mikey writes: A lady backed into my Mustang a few weeks ago. She was cool and […]

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