What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

I know that many here lovingly detail their cars. By contrast, today was a good day because my cars are back to basic cleanliness. The Outback got all of the nasty salt washed away and I apologized to it for subjecting it to northern weather and treated roads, if only briefly.

More importantly I took a glass scraper razor to the GTI. I took off very resistant dots of something on the windshield that had been annoying me for months. Also scraped off the remnants of the autocross season tech sticker that had become a mess. And I VERY CAREFULLY chipped off the fossilized gum that had adhered to the front of my hood. Oh, so much better, and no obvious paint damage.

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Soon I’ll call in a pro to Svend the car and hopefully the residual gum marking can be repaired, or at least look like the paint chips already taken out of the hood. I should probably have paint correction done now that it has 52k hard miles.

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