Miscellaneous Archives

Here is the complete Honda Timing Belt and Timing Chain List. Some Honda engines are timing belt and others are chain. You need to know which one you have. A belt will need to be changed at regular intervals (usually at 90-120k miles) whereas a chain is generally good for the life of the engine and…

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The following list will provide you the information on whether your car engine is an interference engine or a non-interference engine. An interference engine is one that has insufficient clearance between the valves and pistons if the cam stops turning due to a broken timing belt. The result is usually catastrophic engine failure. Not so with a…

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Car Recycling – Crunching and Grinding

Astounding as it may seem, your car is made from about 35,000 pieces. But only 65% is steel (the rest is made from other metals, glass, rubber and upholstery). When your car finally finds its way to the graveyard hall of fame you will find that they will on average give you $300 for it….

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Eating out in Shenzhen is one of the wilder experiences in life. For one you must understand that the Chinese are in love with heat. Tea and food come to you in extreme temperatures. This is mainly for sanitation purposes, as in either smoking out your intestines with Szechwan spices or just simply boiling things…

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The 50-millionth Toyota sold in the US was a Camry. That was good enough reason for Toyota to reward the buyer of that Camry something special. Even though the buyer Michael Dee had financed his purchase, Toyota showed up at a family BBQ and gave the title to him. Toyota group vice president Bill Fay showed up not only to…

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Efficiency is Life? When you first arrive in Shenzhen China you will notice a very big sign that states their motto. It says “Time is money, efficiency is life”. I am not sure if the sign is intended for the foreigners like me to let them know what they can expect from the population (that…

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What we consider the ubiquitous food of China (rice) seems unavailable. I never see it on the menu and it is never offered. The Chinese it seems, at least in the Guangdong province, do not eat a lot of rice. They make things with rice, no doubt, but they don’t seem to eat it as…

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Had I known I would not see a fork (or any other utensil except chopsticks) for the next 10 days perhaps I would have stuck an extra bunch of cutlery in my suitcase. But hey, here I am in the midst of Chinese culture and the food and the way I eat it will just…

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Following is the complete Toyota Timing Belt and Timing Chain List. Some Toyota engines have timing belts, some have timing chains. It pays to know what your engine has. Belts need to be replaced at normal intervals (usually every 90-100k on late model cars) or you will have hell to pay. Timing chains however are a…

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Everyone knows about craigslist.org, but only a few of us have used the much more effective search tool named http://crazedlist.com/ on a daily basis. It was a sad day when I recently logged on and found the following message: “SORRY! crazedlist is down until further notice. It’s been real, it’s been fun, it’s been real…

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