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Posted By ThomasE

Thank you all. I did as suggested, keeping...

Thank you all.

I did as suggested, keeping the short loop (in case I have to revert to 3 prong plug) and the dryer now works fine with the 4 prong plug.
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Posted By ThomasE

Ok. Thanks. It was a little confusing because...

Ok. Thanks.
It was a little confusing because the dryer has a short green wire connecting the white central terminal to the dryer body. Now in order to not leave this short green wire dangling Ill...
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Posted By ThomasE

Dryer Plug : 3 prong vs 4 prong

We moved houses recently and,

On my older electric dryer I replaced the old 3 prong electric plug with the newer style 4 prong plug.

My question: Inside the dryer, the plug neutral was also...
08-10-16, 06:05 PM
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Posted By ThomasE

Thanks everyone for the advice. I'll leave...

Thanks everyone for the advice.

I'll leave this sink alone for now since it's not leaking. I'll just make a note it is vulnerable and perhaps address it at a later time.

As for the other...
08-08-16, 03:41 PM
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Posted By ThomasE

Thanks for all your replies, this is quite...

Thanks for all your replies, this is quite helpful.

Since it's not leaking (I can't believe it either), I think I'll leave this one alone for now. What's...
08-07-16, 07:18 PM
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Posted By ThomasE

Ok, I just replaced the other (cold water)...

Ok, I just replaced the other (cold water) compression fitting on the same sink. This one perhaps required even more torque.

So, I removed the old ferrule. This one was stuck too.

But is it...
08-07-16, 03:27 PM
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Posted By ThomasE

Thanks for the clarification Furd, Actually...

Thanks for the clarification Furd,

Actually I misread/misquoted the instructions. Tightening instructions that came with the fitting itself say: "...1/2 turn after the nut begins to take hold or...
08-07-16, 02:20 PM
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Posted By ThomasE

Compression fitting stops leaking by itself ?!

Installed a new compression fitting to sink, had to resort to the proverbial overtightening (read below why and what I may have done wrong). The new fitting was leaking (dripping ~3 drops per...
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Posted By ThomasE

Well Im still battling it. The good news...

Well Im still battling it.

The good news is that I did pass the smog test a couple of weeks ago. So I have two years now to fix this problem :)

The bad news is that in spite of having...
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Posted By ThomasE

Well, Im still at a loss VACCUM TEST: ...

Well, Im still at a loss

VACCUM TEST:

So here is a better vacuum test. I connected the vacuum to the brake booster, but before the one way valve.
In the video you can see the rough idle:
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Posted By ThomasE

You could buy a fuel pressure gauge to measure...

You could buy a fuel pressure gauge to measure fuel pressure for a fraction of the cost of a new fuel pump.

The issue is whether the fuel pressure is low even at idle (where you can measure it),...
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Posted By ThomasE

1) Five days ago, I did a crude test for VACUUM...

1) Five days ago, I did a crude test for VACUUM leaks:

I made some contraption with a glass jar and two hoses, lit an olive oil drenched paper towel in the jar, closed it and blew some smoke...
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Posted By ThomasE

MAF SIGNAL LOOKS NOISY ON SCOPE: In the...

MAF SIGNAL LOOKS NOISY ON SCOPE:

In the following video, I borrowed a potable scope to look at the MAF signal. The video shows the MAF signal while I press either on the MAF housing or the MAF...
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Posted By ThomasE

NOISY / UNRELIABLE MAF SIGNAL? I think I...

NOISY / UNRELIABLE MAF SIGNAL?

I think I may actually have a noisy / unreliable MAF signal.

Look at this first video.

With the engine NOT running and the ignition on, I taped the MAF air...
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Posted By ThomasE

Here is how spark plugs look today after 18 mile...

Here is how spark plugs look today after 18 mile drive( 10mi freeway + 8mi city). About 10 short episodes of sputtering at highway speeds and two stalls at stoplights.

Do these still indicate...
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Posted By ThomasE

I was able to start engine without air filter and...

I was able to start engine without air filter and focused on the MAFS:

CLEANED MAFSNO EFFECT:
I cleaned the MAFS with MAFS cleaner (it was a bit dirty after all-had to look at it with...
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Posted By ThomasE

Indeed,... how is it possible to know how...

Indeed,... how is it possible to know how programmers implemented the MAF signal logic on a 98 Frontier computer control? Eg. whether the logic includes noisy MAF signal detection only if someone...
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Posted By ThomasE

How can I start car/truck without air filter?

How can I start car/truck without air filter?

Why do I want to do that? Just trying to debug a problem. Details below.

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Posted By ThomasE

Pulpo, thanks for confirming. I imagine the plugs...

Pulpo, thanks for confirming. I imagine the plugs in the second photo look ok (except cylinder #1 is a little darker in the older photo too but overall ok back in 2009 right?)

The plugs are not...
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Posted By ThomasE

I also just looked at my spark plugs, they are...

I also just looked at my spark plugs, they are not wet, but they do have more carbon deposits compared to how they once looked.

Here is a photo of how spark plugs look just now(cylinders 1,2,3,4...
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Posted By ThomasE

The air filter is rather clean. I do change it...

The air filter is rather clean. I do change it every 30k miles and the air where I live has very little dust. Would't a vacuum leak be constant? Why this intermittent behavior?
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Posted By ThomasE

Started Stalling often on Idle 98 Nissan Frontier

Started Stalling often on Idle 98 Nissan Frontier

I have a 98 Nissan Frontier, 4WD, 4 cylinder, manual transmission, 150k miles.
Has run fine all its life, other than a few small leaks in...
06-21-15, 01:52 PM
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Posted By ThomasE

If its $600 it does not seem too bad. ...

If its $600 it does not seem too bad.

Assuming a new unit costs us $4500 and lasts 20 years, that is $225 per year.
So, a $600 repair will have to last us about 2.5 years to break even.
A...
06-21-15, 08:09 AM
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Posted By ThomasE

Thanks for the suggestions. Is there a way...

Thanks for the suggestions.

Is there a way to tell how much refrigerant it will take? I mean the system must be completely empty at this point, so it would have to be filled from 0 to capacity, I...
06-20-15, 11:30 PM
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Posted By ThomasE

Well, Im not sure what constitutes being open to...

Well, Im not sure what constitutes being open to air, but there is a detail I did not mention:

There is a small amount of some sort of glue on the pinhole. My dad tells me that someone suggested...
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