Troubleshooting a dropped cylinder

The problem: Occasionally my six cylinders in the Stagea will drop down to five with no prior warning leaving me with a shaking engine and a sound like an ill WRX. This comes and goes randomly but usually occurs at low speeds. For a while I’ve suspected the coil packs were at fault but after some reading I’m not too sure. So yesterday it was a half day in the garage for some fine tuning and hopefully a solution…

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C34 Stagea Fuel Economy Test

Once upon a time I was getting pretty rubbish fuel economy in my C34 Nissan Stagea – mileage up there with my old Rx7 which honestly wasn’t that great (just a sniff over 400ks to a tank). However once I swapped out the dead o2 sensor things improved slightly but given the short trips too and from work that really abused the fuel tank, it still wasn’t anything to write home about.

But now that I’m driving 35kms each way to work and back daily on the great highway known as the M1, would this be a better test of how much juice the Warwagon sips on from fill up to petrol light?

Lets find out – roll on the Stagea fuel economy test!

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Wipe away the tears. And the ice.

It’s been a long time between drinks here at Driveanotherday.com – I logged in today to discover that the last time I’d put anything up for your amusement was about 4 months ago…

So what have I been doing in that time? Working, filming and relocating my base of operations around 1800 kilometres up the road. It was a hell of time getting up here to be honest. But it’s also been a productive time as I’ve discovered an addition to the list of things I won’t be skimping on when it comes to keeping the War Wagon a happy beastie..

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Brasso – more than just metal polish

If your headlights are cloudy up like a rough looking Monday afternoon and you can barely see the bulb behind the glass/plastic/Plexiglas/acrylic/lexan/whatever – it’s high time to break out the elbow grease and the headlight cleaner. However if you don’t have proper headlight cleaner on hand, we have discovered something that also works well…

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From the cupboard part 2: I’d buy that for a dollar!

On December 19, 1969 someone bought a copy of the Herald and used it to line the cupboards in the den of spanners I now call my home. Whoever you were, thank you – as I’ve discovered a treasure trove of 60’s Australian automotive flashbacks! In the second part of our three part series we continue with a look through the classifieds, to find out what might be an absolute nest egg by today’s standards…

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From the cupboard part 1: Wire in a Ferris!

On December 19, 1969 someone bought a copy of the Herald and used it to line the cupboards in the den of spanners I now call my home. Whoever you were, thank you – as I’ve discovered a treasure trove of 60’s Australian automotive flashbacks! In a three part series we start with a car radio that judging by the mustache involved, could charm the pants off anything…

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kill switch

Killed the pump, but bruised the battery.

It happened in this order: killed the fuel pump sender, then flattened the battery, then had to push my tank like wagon closer to my wife’s car to get it started and finally I got the kill switch working.

But hey, the good news is: The kill switch is working. Now if you want to steal my war wagon you’re going to have to brake your fingers to find the switch or put your back in it and push. And trust me, with this behemoth, pushing it anywhere is the last thing you want to do..

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I’ll just leave this here: F1 backflip

So in the spirit of Bargain Bangers, I’ve created another segment here at Drive Another Day and dubbed it ‘I’ll just leave this here’. The premise is pretty simple – press play on the video, enjoy. No lengthy back story, no link to lengthy reads on Wikipedia just something mind-blowingly glorious involving a car of some description.

To kick things off we start with a backflip over a formula one car. Did we mention the car is moving? And that the stunt man attempting the backflip is not actually looking at the car as it races towards him at 100kph?…

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