there's already too much ill will in the world, why insult someone
I read the post by the fellow who couldn't get a car to start, and the gratuitous insults that were posted. We all start off knowing nothing. The only people I consider to be ignorant are the ones who repeat the same mistakes. My advice is to start with the basics, and a good start is to go to the internet site, <howstuffworks.com> . It sounds like you've a way to go, and I wish you well, and I hope you don't make as many mistakes as I've made over the years. I consider myself a decent amteur mechanic, but I got there by paying a very high tuition to Oak Tree Technical School.
I have general mechanical question for anyone who might read this. I have a Jeep Grand Wagoneer. I live on an island, in fact on a part of the island where, to get to the main Island I either ride a little car ferry a 1,000 feet, or I can drive about 5 miles on a beach. Because I might burn nearly a gallon just warming up, in the winter, to get my daughter from my house the four miles to the car ferry, where she goes across to get the school bus, I disabled my choke and keep it wide open, which means flooding the engine a bit with the acclerator pump to start, and I keep the ingition advanced to just before detonation. But if I have to drive the beach, I drop the tire pressures from 34 to 20, and retard the timing or I'll predetonate and overheat. I have both positions marked so the timing change is easy (I have a third mark, even more advanced, when I go off Island and drive on real highways.) I'm thinking a good way to make this easier is to jury rig a cable control and adjust the timing with it -- advance until I ping, then back off a hair. The engine's a Chrysler 360. Before I make trouble for myself, is there already something of the sort on the market? The price of gas, and that hog engine, makes it all worthwhile to go through the troubles (as it is, I'm lucky if I get 10 mpg -- on the highway, with the tires to 34 and ignition at about 14 BTC, I can squeak out, maybe, 16 or 17.)
Any advise is welcome.