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  1. RFM, when you state 98 or 100 octane are these numbers based on the ROM octane rating or on the Anti-Knock Index (AKI) rating which is (R+M)/2?
  2. I don't know if this is the correct subforum in which to post but check this out: http://life.nationalpost.com/2011/12/05/4m-car-crash-in-japan-takes-out-eight-ferraris-one-lamborghini/
  3. Hello. Interesting topic here. Other than leaking fluid are there other symptons of bad engine mounts? TIA.
  4. Hi, there. I spent some time investigating the .apn file as I had never heard of it. It is a proprietary file format used by Alpine (but you probably already know that). I could not find any file converters. Apparently, it has a complex file structure. Read this link to have an idea of some of the complications. http://forum.ecousti...s/4/200512.html If you happen to find a converter, try this file. Good luck! Dan
  5. Does this modification affect the highway MPG? My 2002 C2 gets 29 MPG on the freeway (75+/- MPH) and I'd hate to loose that. TIA.
  6. Well, you know what the state motto is... If you have to ask, you can't afford it.
  7. I always leave the tops of my rear seats down, so I guess it looks like a 2-seater. I have had no problems when my wife and I have driven in the HOV lanes, mostly on I-80 and I-680.
  8. Ah ha, salt on the roads. We don't have much experience with that in California. I suggest periodic water washes to remove the salt.
  9. But, but, but, determine what caused the corrosion! The shields on my 2002 look almost new. Hot glycol coolant can be corrosive but I don't think it would cause that damage.
  10. Hi, Adam. I did consider replacing only the regulator. However, with the effort required to remove and reinstall the alternator I decided to play it safe and replace the entire unit.
  11. Well troops, it was the alternator. I installed a new (refurb.) unit last night and all is well. The voltmeter registers just under 14 V. It is probably my imagination but the car seems to run better (and the sky is bluer, the grass is greener, etc.) I followed Loren's DIY which was indispensable. One comment on the DIY. Step 7 states gentle tapping on the right side bolt to push back the threaded insert. Gentle tapping - HAH. This was the hardest part of the installation. It must have taken me 45+ minutes of whacking the bolt or the insert and using penetrating oil to get the insert
  12. I'll check them again. But, I sure don't see any signs of corrosion.
  13. logray, thank you for the links. I have inspected all of the cables except the ones connected to the alternator. I have even loosened their nuts and wiggled their clips to obtain a better metal-to-metal connection. All the connections look good with no corrosion. It is interesting that the clutch pulley manufacturer states that the pulley should be replaced at 90,000 kM (per RFM's post in the first link). Tonight I'll check if there is any slippage with the clutch pulley (my last gasp before removing the alternator). Have any of you folks experienced a pulley failure or replaced it?
  14. Hello. When I start the engine the volt meter shows about 10 volts during cranking and 14 volts just after the engine starts. Within minutes the voltage slowly drops to 13 volts then more slowly to below 12 volts (after, say 15 minutes). I thought the battery may have had a bad cell. However, installation of another, sound, battery shows the same symptoms. Thus, I plan to replace the alternator. The NAPA Auto Parts website lists several alternators for my model (2002 C2, 6-speed). I can eliminate those for automatic transmissions. The remaining units have either the 6-rib pulley or th
  15. Yes, it was easily re-attached. I used two tiny drops of Loctite Super Glue Gel. This is a wonderful adhesive for small repair jobs. Also, it does not appear to harden in its container. I have had it for some months.
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