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A Technical Consultant with a classic car and motorbike addiction!

I do a lot of Windows, Citrix and VMware engineering but I'm always open to learning and new challenges.


Oct
1
comment 2003 Suzuki Katana 600 shuts off after running for 10–20 seconds
Does it start again immediately? What happens if you hold the revs higher? Has it been serviced (Fuel and air intake filters in particular)? Also, are you using fresh fuel?
Feb
1
comment Why don't FWD cars have rear differentials?
@mac "Stub Axle" tends to be the phrase, there.
Feb
1
comment Why don't FWD cars have rear differentials?
I actually disagree a little with this - a differential is there to allow the wheels to turn at different speeds and there are plenty of examples of vehicles with a 'solid' drive axle.
Feb
1
comment Why don't FWD cars have rear differentials?
To expand on this, @Aerovistae, you may be getting confused after seeing cars with things like Twist Beam Suspension which can look like a solid axle from behind.
Jan
31
comment What is the difference between a V belt and a serpentine belt?
+1 for good photos
Jan
25
comment Vauxhall Astra clutch/flywheel
@series0ne Excellent - glad to hear it was sorted.
Jan
25
comment '83 Mercedes 300TD will not start when warm
I presume by not start you mean the engine turns but never fires? And TD - Turbo Diesel?
Jan
19
comment How do I remove a pulley where I have no way of stopping it turning anti-clockwise, like I'm turning the nut?
This isn't a real answer, but sometimes you can simply 'shock' the bolt off by hitting the wrench rather than turning it.
Jan
18
comment 08 f150 with vibration in the front driver side tire when turning left only.
Have you re torqued all the bolts since doing the work? Are your CV joints okay, if applicable? Have you had the tracking/alignment/camber checked by a shop with a laser?
Jan
17
comment Tachometer doesnt show correct RPM sometimes
Is it an aftermarket tacho? And is it digital or analogue?
Jan
17
comment Suzuki Access stops running during rains
Couldn't disagree more - unless it's under warranty, main dealers / showrooms exist almost solely to charge you lots of money. Take it to a trusted, local, mechanic who knows the scooter well.
Jan
16
comment Do I really need a lathe to turn my rotors?
In the UK, the idea of turning rotors (Or discs as we call them) is completely alien. People consider discs good for a couple of pad changes and then simply replace them completely.
Jan
11
comment 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix Fails to Start and Electronics Go Awry
"Weirdness" stinks of a battery failure, but we need more information. Have you attempted to jump or bump start the vehicle?
Jan
7
comment Is alternator rating at pulley rpm or engine rpm?
@NitroxDM Won't that only show current draw at that moment, rather than the maximum possible?
Jan
7
comment Is alternator rating at pulley rpm or engine rpm?
@mikes I always thought both were pretty curved and alternators came in for general efficiency etc.
Jan
4
comment Stubborn oil drain plug caused by hot oil?
Very fair point on the last bit!
Jan
3
comment Stubborn oil drain plug caused by hot oil?
@Xolstice You just need the answer to every stubborn bolt - a bigger bar and the correct socket. Don't kid yourself into thinking the shop will do anything different. I'd advise doing this while everything is cold, though.
Jan
3
comment Does idle RPM increase when there is heavy load on the electrical system?
I forgot to add, is that not a by product of the engine preventing a stall rather than trying to increase electrical output?
Jan
3
comment Does idle RPM increase when there is heavy load on the electrical system?
Ah, that's the interesting, thanks. The only things I've pushed very hard electrically are old non-FI engines, so it was all moot.
Jan
3
comment Does idle RPM increase when there is heavy load on the electrical system?
I don't think you're wrong, but I've driven many reasonably modern cars where the revs would drop noticeably when under load at idle. I think the only way to know with any certainty is to try.