Category: Cars

If I could drive 10,000 miles…

It’s been a bit more than 7 months since I picked up my Chevy Cruze. I just turned over 10,000 miles on it this past week. I’ve spent about 2.5 months of that time in China, so I’m a bit ‘behind’ on what my mileage was expected to be by this time. So far the…


The Cruze

So, I’ve spent about a week and a half so far with my 2011 Cruze ECO. I’m pretty impressed with the build quality so far, but it’s pretty hard to tell about a vehicle that you’ve had for less than two weeks. The ride quality is superb, and road noise is practically non-existent when the…


Car troubles never seem to cease

The past week I’ve been working on moving stuff back to Royal Oak, since I took a job in Auburn Hills, and I’m not driving back and forth from A2 every day from there, it’s way too far of a drive even if there were never any traffic. My truck has thrown two codes this…


Emulating Flex Fuel

I’ve made the determination that it can be kind of hard to find E85 at times as it’s easily in less than 10% of stations. The cobalt isn’t initially a flex fuel car, and I’m assuming there are likely a few important distinctions in the PCM of a car that is designed to be an…


Custom fuel rail for datalogging

I think I should probably consider building a custom fuel rail so I can throw a temp sensor as well as a pressure sensor just prior to each injector. I’d probably also benefit from switching to return line style at the same time and just go the full mile. I’m planning on going up to…


Preparing for the wideband install

Instead of getting a new bung drilled in the exhaust, I’ve decided to go the route of using the new wideband with the narrowband emulator and just replace the narrowband. Unfortunately, in order to do this the ‘right’ way, I have to get a new male connector to match the one on the original O2…


Colder plugs

I put some cheapo autolite spark plugs in the car today because they are a step colder than the stock temp ones. It seemed to completely eliminate the hesitation I’ve been feeling when the car is already warmed up, but I haven’t gotten to put many miles on them yet. I’m really interested to see…


Cold start issues

So, it’s been a bit since my last post, but a lot has happened in the past couple weeks. I’ve had a few tanks of just E85 go in so at this point it’s getting fairly close to pure E85. Cold starts have been a serious issue when the temp out is below 65F or…


A few days pass

So, two days after having to drain the engine of water it ingested because of A2DOT breaking a water main, the car seems to be ‘happy’ again. I unfortunately had to put 93 octane gas into the tank last night because I still don’t know where enough E85 stations are everywhere. I need to make…


First tank impressions

Well, now that I’ve officially ran down a full tank rather than adding to it when I feel uncomfortable about the availability of E85 on a trip, I can write down some thoughts about it. First off, yes, I saw quite a mileage decrease over 93 octane fuel. This was to be expected. I’m estimating…