When I say engine braking, I mean real engine braking, not a Jacobs brake, I’ll get to the difference in a second. No, I mean using the forces at work inside an unpowered gasoline engine to decelerate said gasoline engine without any external assistance. Why do I say it’s better? Because you’re not grinding down your brake pads to help you stop.Continue reading
For my little nerd moment on the car itself, see here .
Okay, so, imagine this. You just got the message that your friend wants to be picked up from work (A.K.A. boss’s house), and given that you’re practically the family chauffeur (and they pay), no problem. Get there, he hops in, and says he’s hungry, wants to stop by Five Guys. (now I’m hungry, and it’s 3 AM. Nice going.) Five Guys is maybe 5 minutes away from your home, 10 away from his, no big deal, go in, eat, come out. Sit back down, buckle in, turn the key… and get hit with the most horrendous grinding sound you’ve ever heard.Continue reading
Note: this post is AFTER some repairs have been effected, and I’ve had time to really get used to it (so, a few weeks ish)
Yes, if you can’t tell, that’s my new (to me) car. And well, let’s just say that it’s pretty good for what it is.
Now for the price that’s been paid, in total… this thing came with a brand new engine (with half the bolts missing), and starter.. and due to said bad mounting, now has a new transmission and torque converter. Add to that the tires, brakes, and fluid changes, and this thing is silent at idle, buttery smooth when shifting, and.. okay minus the look it really feels like a new car.Continue reading