TTAC Commentator haroldhill writes: Dear Sajeev, My wife is driving (and loving) her 2009 MINI Cooper which has been a delight and remarkably trouble free for ten years. However it recently developed a problem which has befuddled us and our highly reputable independent mechanic as well. Under certain conditions the engine stumbles, feeling somewhat like an erratic misfire on one cylinder or fuel starvation; however, the stumbling vanishes when accelerator load is increased. The required conditions are: fully warmed up (10-15 minutes of driving), engine speed between 2700 and 3300 rpm, and light throttle appropriate to steady cruising. The stumbling will eventually bring on the “check engine” light and a P115C error code (Mass Air Flow). If the engine is turned off for a few minutes (e.g. for a highway rest stop) the stumbling will disappear and won’t reappear until the car has been driven for another ten minutes, suggesting the fault is something remote enough from … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Metering a Prince’s Air Flow?
A mass of muggy and unstable air is forecast to create scattered showers and thunderstorms from late Wednesday morning into the afternoon in northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.The storms have the potential to bring hail and damaging wind gusts, according to the National Weather Service in Tulsa. Meteorologists said the storms aren't expected to move around, which could lead to minor flash flooding in the afternoon.Severe weather was forecast to end by early evening.A limited threat of thunderstorms exists for the next several days, according to the weather service. There is a slightly better chance of strong storms on Friday. If those storms develop, they are predicted to move in overnight Friday. The main threat would be damaging winds.Tulsa metro area forecastTonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.Thursday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 p.m. Partly sunny, with … [Read more...] about Muggy air could create scattered storms, hail and wind through the afternoon
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader WorldViews by Cleve R. Wootson Jr. May 23 at 5:54 AM Email the author A despondent Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, troubled over the end of his marriage or some other unbearable sadness, was the only person awake on the doomed plane full of unconscious people, one theory goes. The suicidal pilot disabled communications on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, took a final pass over his home town, then torpedoed the Boeing 777 into the Indian Ocean, experts insisted. A competing theory, the official one posited by investigators, says that everybody on the plane — the captain, his co-pilot, more than 200 passengers — was … [Read more...] about Investigators insist MH370 crash was an accident, not a mass murder-suicide by the pilot
California has been bending over backward to encourage commuters to adopt zero-emission vehicles. Los Angeles County even went so far as to offer EV drivers the opportunity to become certified to access the express lane, even when riding solo, free of charge. This immediately caused issues and transportation officials announced on Thursday they were going to have to eliminate the program to reduce congestion. Apparently, giving zero-emission vehicles free access to the carpool lane created an influx of traffic that it was no longer able to meet the federally mandated minimum speed of 45 mph during peak hours. Officials had become concerned after over two-thirds of California’s HOV lanes couldn’t maintain the minimum speed in 2016. However, that’s not entirely the fault of EVs. Drivers who have opted to pay for use of the toll lanes without passengers now account for around half of its daily traffic, pushing it past capacity. LA is worried that frequent … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Finally Snubs Electric Vehicles, Clean Air Cars Have to Pay for HOV Lane
Singer Olly Murs has hinted that the false alarm 'terror' attack at Oxford Circus during the Black Friday sales was a cover-up. The Voice judge - who tweeted from inside Selfridges - insists shots WERE fired, and even hinted at a cover-up, despite a police declaration that no evidence of any shots fired were found on the evening of November 24 last year. The Troublemaker star was mercilessly mocked after tweeting about hearing 'gun shots' at Oxford Circus during the panic - which turned out to be a false alarm, The Mirror reports. Murs, 33, tweeted to his eight million followers: "F*** everyone get out of Selfridges now gun shots!! I'm inside." Read More Latest west London news Posting from the scene, Olly followed up with, "Evacuating store now!!! F*** heart is pounding." He told The Sun : "Something happened that day. Whether it was covered up, I don’t know." The tweets had sparked panic and hysteria amongst his fans and Twitter users, but when the scare turned out to … [Read more...] about Olly Murs hints at a ‘cover-up’ over the Oxford Circus mass panic