Let me get this right in my head.... You want to defeat the emissions
controls and make the rest of us breathe the product of your "improvements".
There's a lot of people out there spending money to keep their vehicles
"compliant".... This is the sign of a responsible adult....
Every now and again... someone comes along asking for instructions on how to
shit in a responsible adults front yard...
I guess I will have to let the weeds grow around my house since my two cycle
with it's 28cc "smog pump" pollutes the air more than any "automobile" out
next, the lawn mower then the snow blower gets put out of commission next winter
using it tomorrow to pollute the air while I clear yet another foot of snow
slated to fall tonight.
Ain't using any shovels this time.
Wouldn't the more important question be, what percentage of the
pollution is caused by machines like these? Suppose 1% of the cars
were emitting 25% of the pollution? In this case, what would it make
more sense to go after? I'd go after the 1%.....
Or aren't they? Is the question about poor running cars or is the question
about people making the decision to defeat emissions controls? What makes
one person feel that they are "above" the rest of us and they can do as they
please because the rest of us are "making up for it"?
So... you go to lie in the sun on the beautifully manicured grass of a local
park... There is one particular spot that you like because of the view or
the way the sun hit's you or the angle of the hill is just comfortable....
But some guy figures that it's OK for his dog to take a dump and just leave
it behind... and that is right in your favourite spot. Are you gonna move?
Or are you gonna tell the guy to obey the law?
For the weed-whacker guy.... You never know where emissions laws will strike
No offense Jim, but I kinda hoped you'd chime in on my emissions problem I
posted yesterday. Here's me, a guy trying to FIX his emission troubled car,
and you offer no direction. But here, you take a guy to task.
I'm not runnin you down. I'm tryin to get you to check out my thread. :-P
Fire me... or cut my pay.... I'd be really, really disappointed if I was
"expected" to do this....
Rereading your post, but still none of the replies at this time... it looks
like you're on the right track. You say the car needs a new intake gasket
(no indication of upper, lower or why) but I'll take that as a "vacuum
leak". Lean mixture misfires due to vacuum leaks will show most at low rpm
(where the vacuum leak is a bigger percentage of total airflow) which is
where your concern appears to be prevalent. ANY misfire will increase HC
content. If your CO content was also high, I'd look for something driving
the system rich.... But, since CO is in limits, we'll suspect that the fire
is simply going out - not being drowned.
I'm not busy calling you a fool or trying to grind your self-esteem into the
ground... I figured that would make you happy... 8^)....
Have you even bothered running the numbers on this? It's very rare
that a complete overhaul will cost less than simply buying a used vehicle
with less mileage on it that isn't completely worn out yet.
The only time that complete overhauls make economic sense is if the
vehicle is a collectable. (ie: 60's Mustang, etc.) This is true even if
you do all your own labor. And, partial overhauls (like a trans or motor
replacement) also do not make sense if the vehicle has body damage
The biggest problem people have with their vehicles... they grow attached to
them.... "Oh, I know it's only a pile of metal and plastic.... but it's a
special pile... it's mine... we've been 'friends' for a long time"....
I'm sure the Freud would have a field day with this man/machine love
affair... "I lost my virginity in this truck... how can I part with that?".
"The best fast food burger I ever had was in this truck....". "Me and my
buddies smoked pot in this truck and 'bonded'".
Now that I mention it.... I have to repace a cracked toilet in one of my
bathrooms... I'm gonna miss that toilet.... I've yacked in it a couple of
times after overdoing it (much to the disgust of my loving bride)... It's
saved me from changing my laundry schedule innumerable times... Perched upon
that throne, I've learned about woodworking from magazine articles....
GAWD... I've read Tom Clancy, Dean Koontz and even John Grisham whilst
having my cheeks nestled in the comfort of it's padded seat....
I don't care how much piss it leaks onto my floor.... I can't let it
A truck or car is a machine.... It will never be anything more than a
machine.... in spite of all our efforts to deny the fact.
As a user, it's an environment: home away from home, magic carpet,
refuge from a thousand insults real and imagined. Of course we don't
want to part with it. We don't identify it by its VIN, but by the things
we've experienced, seen, and imagined while it held us close.
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