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  1. Formula 1 for sure! The cars used in NASCAR are hardly whatever brand or type of car that their 'civilian' counterpart is on the road. Those cars are so much more powerful, lighter, and jeez, they have sticker headlights! Sports change over time and I get that, but now I suppose there are stock car races. I enjoy the Formula 1 far more. I got to drive some amateur f1 a while back and I gotta say wow! Not for me as I was not accustomed to the g-forces exerted on the body. It was also cool knowing how they are build and designed. I got to work on a project back at the university involving the school's f1 car. Either way, the technology and engineering behind by is amazing!
  2. I have bought and sold many used cars over the years and I've noticed a lot of people have problems on what to do with an older car when they get an alternative. Clean the car: I'm not looking for show room quality, but when I go to look at your car, I don't want to see all the food you were eating over the past year or the all the cloths thrown all over. And a wash would be a great idea too! You don't need to hand wax it but even a standard car wash is enough and can change the feeling of the car. Also clean the rims manually as the automated wash will not get the brake dust off.Hmm what's that noise: When it comes to the mechanical side of things, you should have a general knowledge so you don't get taken. Maybe you need to find a good mechanic and become good friends with him! These people can be hard to come by (I have seen so many shady things while repairing cars - lots of nightmares) so when you find one, do be nice!Negotiating: This is one of those life skills you should develop and know the game as it unfolds. I can't go into too great of detail here as this post would be very long. Here is the short hand version: you need to know what your bottom line is and need to negotiate as that. The buyer may suggest that your price tag is inline with what others are paying for similar vehicles, but he want's to pay less because this or that problem. Know that *ALL* used vehicles will need repairs of some kind and to find a mint condition vehicle for the same price as your beat up jalopy isn't going to happen so use that to your advantage.The paper work: This you will have to do some research before hand into what needs to be filed and where. It's more complicated in bank loan than in straight cash deal where you just sign an agreement in front of registration authority - RTA, Tasjeel, Shamil or Wasl in UAE. You would be surprised at how often these items listed above are overlooked. If you're savvy, perhaps you can squeeze a little more money from your old car or at the very least get the fair price your car deserve.
  3. On a side note for ABS in general. If it is an isolated event, I wouldn't worry about it much. If it goes on then off and cycles every so often, then it's some sort of an issue that should be handled properly. I would recommend getting a OBD-II scanner that has live data streaming and ABS capability. From my experience, in hot places, the abs wire seems to get brittle and breaks around the control arm on the front wheels. This isn't too bad and it takes a little bit of time to look. Again if you're able to get the abs scanner, it will give you a better idea where to look. Also on a note for general. If you get a scanner, and you notice that you have a list of codes, both stored and active, clear them out. No kidding, clear them out. After that, drive the car around as you would normally. This will cause the computer to send the code back to the scanner for you to see. The reason to do this, is to clear any "false" codes that the first one initially created.
  4. Just posting in case someone comes to this thread in the future. From what the OP has stated, the heater is not working. If the heater is not working, it would have nothing to do with the compressor. Lest there is some random compressor I don't know about installed on your cooling system, then the only compressor I know of is for the A/C system. This compressor works by compressing refrigerant, which makes it hot, then letting it expand which makes it cold. That cold air then has a fan blow over it and you get cold air in the cabin. So that's the A/C system in a nutshell. The cooling system - the part that cools the engine - has the radiator, some hoses. water pump, coolant (or antifreeze),thermostat, and a heater core. Depending on the engine installed in the Impala, the heater core may not be getting enough coolant. Just as the A/C system moves its 'cold air' to a spot where the fan van blow it into the cabin, the heater core moves hot coolant into a place where the fan can blow it into the cabin. To ensure that the heat for the cabin works properly, you need to make sure that the engine is up to temperature, there is coolant (obviously), and there is no air trapped in the system.
  5. Hey ethan, The best way to check this is if you have an OBD-II scanner with live data. With this scanner, you will be able to see the temperature in real time. Do you have one? Also you can check the sensor itself manually with a digital multimeter. You would need to puncture into the wire a little in order to do this but it is a sure fire way to see if the sensor is getting power. Do you have one? What problems are you having or why are you concerned about this sensor? The more information you give, the better to solve whatever problem you are currently having.
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