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Let's face it, we weren't born with a wrench in our hands. While some of us have a good understanding of automotive mechanics, sound systems, and other car-related topics, we didn't always know as much as we do.

There was a time in my life when I didn't know what a header was, and I couldn't point out the intake manifold or throttle body in an engine bay, and I was too embarrassed to admit to it.

Well, I'd like to create this thread to give people the opportunity to ask what they'd consider to be "stupid" questions without being judged or laughed at, and give others the opportunity to answer them. Sure, you can google these topics for more information, but sometimes it's easier to have someone answer them for you and give a thorough explanation. No question is too stupid, mundane, or elementary.

The more knowledge people have, the more they can share it with others, so have at it. Does anyone here have any "dumb" questions they've been wondering about?

P.S. I have no idea how many people will actually post. This thread is a bit of an experiment...
 

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Here's a question. I've been reading the threads about the flooding / hydrolocking, and then the CAI being the culprit because of how low it sits in the engine bay. But when i looked at the original way the air is pulled in, before removing the resonator. Would they not also pull in water the same way the CAI did, seeing as to how low they are in the engine bay?
 

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Why is the sky blue? haha just kidding.

I've always wondered why the Cruze has that massive fuse box in the engine bay. Why are there 2 fuse boxes?
Is it simpy one for interior and one for exterior?

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Woops was this supposed to be non cruze questions? sorry lol
 

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Why did Honda remove the 5 speed from the EX trim level :(


err wait cruze related... umm...

ok so my fiance' and i got into a discussion about switching back and forth between regular (87) and premium (91/93). She said it was "not good for the car". Any validity to her claim? I said it shouldnt be as the car was designed to run on 87 it can do it just fine switching back and forth...
 

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Why did Honda remove the 5 speed from the EX trim level :(


err wait cruze related... umm...

ok so my fiance' and i got into a discussion about switching back and forth between regular (87) and premium (91/93). She said it was "not good for the car". Any validity to her claim? I said it shouldnt be as the car was designed to run on 87 it can do it just fine switching back and forth...
More like...why did Honda stop making good cars altogether?:1poke:

I used to love Hondas. That love stopped after 2007/2008 when everything became hideous, fat, and bloated. What the H-e-double hockey sticks did they do to Acura?!?!

No problem switching between grades. The car "learns" air/fuel trims to an extent, but the knock sensors also compensate between switching grades of gas. If you use 87, it'll pull timing and power to keep from damaging the engine. You'll probably notice less MPG on 87 on hot summer days than 89 or 93.
 

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Here's a question. I've been reading the threads about the flooding / hydrolocking, and then the CAI being the culprit because of how low it sits in the engine bay. But when i looked at the original way the air is pulled in, before removing the resonator. Would they not also pull in water the same way the CAI did, seeing as to how low they are in the engine bay?
Oh hi i was hydrolocked.

Anyways, it may or not have had the same fate, but considering how restrictive it is, it depends how deep and how slow you go..
 

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Oh hi i was hydrolocked.

Anyways, it may or not have had the same fate, but considering how restrictive it is, it depends how deep and how slow you go..
So then removing the resonator trick would then technically give you a little more leeway in deep water driving. Not planning on any but just curiosity.
 

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Here's a question. I've been reading the threads about the flooding / hydrolocking, and then the CAI being the culprit because of how low it sits in the engine bay. But when i looked at the original way the air is pulled in, before removing the resonator. Would they not also pull in water the same way the CAI did, seeing as to how low they are in the engine bay?
The culprit isn't the CAI. The culprit is the driver not realizing how deep the water actually is, and submerging the CAI enough for it to suck in water at a very rapid rate. If you live in an area that requires you to drive through flooded roads often, stick with the SRI intake.

HOWEVER, I will say this:

I believe it is coincidence that the two Cruzes that got hydro-locked had the CAI intake with the filter in the fenderwell. I do not believe they would have been hydro-locked had those intakes been set to SRI mode. That said, I do believe this is still a potential problem for owners with the stock intake, as those gaskets around the ducts may not be enough to effectively seal the intake from large amounts of water. We haven't yet had any Cruze owners report that they went off fording flooded roads with their stock intakes and didn't have issues.

Why is the sky blue? haha just kidding.

I've always wondered why the Cruze has that massive fuse box in the engine bay. Why are there 2 fuse boxes?
Is it simpy one for interior and one for exterior?

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Woops was this supposed to be non cruze questions? sorry lol
Doesn't matter if it's Cruze related or general mechanics related. They probably have a massive fuse box to make electrics easier to manage, and they certainly succeeded in that regard.

So then removing the resonator trick would then technically give you a little more leeway in deep water driving. Not planning on any but just curiosity.
Technically it should, if you believe you will be exposed to water that deep.

Or install a snorkel before doing so, see a lot of jeeps with them, could be the first cruze.
LOL. Now that, I'd love to see.
 

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No lol Just don't drive through deep water no matter what.. CAo, No CAI, even snorkel.
On this note, I have a suspicion that 1.4L Turbo motors would not suffer the same fate. I believe the turbo would be toast and the loss of air pressure in the system from the intercooler being flooded would cause the engine to die before the water has a chance to hydro-lock the motor.
 

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Ok, I have a signal light not working but I cannot find the nozzle to add more blinker fluid to get it working again. Can anyone tell me where it's at?
Check the distributor cap. It's underneath the rear bumper toward the left of the car. It emits fumes when it's broken. you need to funnel fluid back through that pipe and stick a corn cob in it, then you'll be good to go.






P.S. I really hope nobody takes the above seriously.
 

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Ok here is my stupid questions..

I have a roach in my trunk and i can never catch it.. best way to get rid of it?
Borrow someone's cat and leave it in the trunk with a shop light for a few minutes.
 

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actually i got another one.

Do these cars even have an intercooler? I cant see one, though I didnt look very hard. Its not as uh obviously placed as my former rides one was if so.
The intercooler is sandwiched between the radiator and the A/C condenser. Can you say "heat soak

Edit: noticed someone beat me to it!

This will quickly turn into the longest thread on this board! LOL
 
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