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Making Your Car (and Bike) Ethanol-Safe

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I wrote recently about the damage done to older (carburetor-fed) vehicles by the alcohol-dosed “gas” that’s pretty much replaced the real deal. See here.  Alcohol, in addition to impairing your judgment and dulling your reflexes, also (in machinery) attracts moisture, hastening rust formation inside the fuel system. Since most older (carbureted) cars and virtually all older…

Inside Baseball

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Here are some things to know about new cars the car industry probably would prefer you didn’t know. * It doesn’t matter what brand you buy –  Not nearly as much as it used to, that is. The trend toward homogeneity – especially within a given segment (e.g.. “compact crossovers under $30k”) is such that it’s…

Your Carb on Ethanol

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It isn’t pretty. I hadn’t done more than minor adjustments and external cleaning of my ’76 Kz900’s carburetors in probably ten years. The bike only sees about 500 miles of road time in a year – and it sits for months sometimes over the winter. This gave the ethanol-laden “gas” we’re being force-fed time to do…

Kz900 Clean Up

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It’s been raining for five days straight out here in The Woods. Not good for the writing mojo – or for riding. But, a great time to do some cleaning. Air-cooled bikes like my ’76 KZ900 have lots of nooks and crannies – the finned cylinder head/upper engine block especially. Plus, the bike is almost…

“Revenue Collection” … in Reverse

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It’s not possible to do much about income taxes, or the taxes we’re forced to pay on “our” property in order to maintain the fiction we – rather than the government –  “own” it. These taxes eviscerate the “freedoms” which “the troops” are purportedly fighting for and make a mockery of the annual summer celebration whose…

Another One Bites The Dust

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Some unhappy news came in the mail yesterday. A notice that my favorite car magazine – High Performance Pontiac – will be ceasing publication after the October issue. Pontiac itself, of course, ceased building – scratch that, selling – cars almost ten years ago (in 2006) and really – if you’re a purist like me…

Rx’ing the REX

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I bought my ZRX1200 brand-new, back in ’03. It seems like yesterday – but it was a lot longer ago than yesterday that I gave the front end a good going-over. Thank the motor gods for short-lived tires. I needed a new front meat (the rear one got replaced last fall) so the other day…

What Might That Leak (or Puddle) Mean?

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It’s a little odd to think of it this way, but cars and people are both machines, with systems (circulatory, cooling, hydraulic)  . . .  and when either leak, it’s cause for further investigation. * Black (or dark brown) drip – Usually, this is engine oil seepage – and it’s usually nothing to worry about…

What Might That Smell Mean?

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You can guesstimate with some accuracy what might be wrong with your car just by using your nose. If you’re hip to what various smells suggest. Let’s have a look – or rather, a whiff! * Rotten egg smell – This is indicative of a problem downstream – in your car’s exhaust system. The egg…

If You Hear This Sound . . .

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If your car’s engine starts making a “funny noise,” should you be worried? It depends on the noise! Some noises are harbingers of real trouble. Others are usually nothing to worry about. Let’s take a look at some examples of both kinds of noises: * Light clattering sound when you first start the engine – …