Motormouth: Fed up with noisy autos


Q: I want to get your opinion on noise air pollution on our streets and roads. There was a time in my youth when loud pipes on cycles and autos had been unlawful and given citations for modifying exhaust programs. At present loud noise is getting worse and why ought to a man together with his household sitting in his yard with a chilly one should take heed to his home windows rattle as a result of some individuals are so thoughtless with loud exhaust?
— M.W., Summerfield, Fla.

A: Not solely loud pipes, however booming bass can drive you nuts. Sure, there are points about disturbing the peace, however legislation enforcement’s fingers are tied. How loud is just too loud? The officer’s subjective opinion is not going to maintain up in courtroom until there’s some kind of proof. There are only a few ordinances that state a normal sound degree as measured at a normal distance from the tailpipe. Personally, I like noise canceling headphones so I can take pleasure in my music with my chilly one.

Q: I can provide you a very good cause to not skip oil modifications. My dad had an auto restore store practically all my life. A buddy of mine had a automotive that give up on him at our workplace. My dad towed it into his store. He discovered a lot gunk in (the engine) that he had a horrible time cleansing all of it out. When he requested my buddy when was the final time he modified the oil, my buddy’s reply was “You imply we’re supposed to alter oil?” He had by no means completed so in on a regular basis he owned that automotive.
— M.M., Crest Hill, In poor health.

A: As Marvel Comics legend, Stan Lee declared: “Nuff stated.”

Q: I not too long ago bought a Dodge Ram 1500 pickup and the verify gas cap indicator mild got here on after I bought gas for the primary time. I changed the cap with a brand new one as per my mechanic’s suggestion. After three weeks the verify gas cap indicator got here again on together with the verify engine mild. What may very well be inflicting this downside.
— T.L., Allentown, Pa.

A: Though the brand new cap could also be faulty, ask your mechanic to scan the system for hassle codes. Additionally, verify the filler pipe seat for nicks or burrs. There may very well be one other leak within the gas and emissions system, such because the charcoal canister or its varied different parts. Autos routinely do a self-check for system integrity repeatedly whereas the engine is off.

Q: Howdy Motormouth, love your column. I’ve a bike and need to pull the battery to place it on a trickle charger. Ought to I run the charger every day and if that’s the case for a way lengthy? Second query: Ought to I overinflate the tires and transfer the bike round so the tires don’t develop a gentle spot?
— J.A., Chicago

A: Reasonably than a trickle charger, get a wise battery charger that has a float characteristic corresponding to a Battery Tender. The corporate affords one designed only for bikes. It comes with a pigtail and has ring terminals that connect to the battery so you possibly can depart the battery on the bike. Feed the opposite finish of the connector to a handy location. The charger options the mating half of the polarized connector. The float characteristic prevents overcharging the battery. Put your bike up on its heart stand or blocks to keep away from tire flat spots.

Bob Weber is a author and mechanic who turned an ASE-certified Grasp Car Technician in 1976. He maintains this standing by searching for certification each 5 years. Weber’s work seems in skilled commerce magazines and different client publications. His writing additionally seems in automotive commerce publications, Shopper Information and Shoppers Digest. Ship questions together with title and city to

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