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I am a software developer with delusions of being a political and economic philosopher. Yes, that means I'm LOTS of fun at parties.


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comment Why do some cars have their radio antennas in the windscreen?
Poor reception is usually down to shoddy antenna wiring and/or poor grounding of the radio.
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answered Change language of Toyota HDD Navigation (NHDN-W56) from japanese to english
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revised Where does the coolant go?
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answered Where does the coolant go?
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revised Used vs New Car: How to determine the overall cost of ownership
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Apr
20
answered What's making my coolant overflow?
Apr
16
comment Low beam headlights out, High beam working
possible duplicate of Low beam headlights don't work, High beam headlights do
Apr
16
answered Used vs New Car: How to determine the overall cost of ownership
Apr
15
comment should scratches on a new bump be painted over?
You could do it yourself if you're feeling brave. Though car bumpers are usually some type of plastic, so I wouldn't worry about rust.
Apr
15
reviewed Approve suggested edit on good tire pressure for agressive driving
Apr
14
comment Does the Toyota 2000 Camry LE have a cabin filter?
It also varies wildly by market. In South Africa, for instance, The Opel Corsa B and C (known as a Buick Sail in the US and a Vauxhall Corsa in the UK) doesn't have the actual filter installed, althought the empty container smiles at you from behind the firewall.
Apr
14
answered What happens if you put the wrong kind of gas in your car?
Apr
11
comment What types of thread-locking Loctite do I need to be aware of as an automotive DIY-er?
In a pinch, you can use nail polish in place of Loctite 222. It's been keeping my turbo's wastegate actuator screw nice and tight.
Apr
10
comment using OBD II how can i detect an accident with airbag
@Paulster. The overarching problem is that airbag sensors aren't standard OBD PID's and manufacturers are very stingy about sharing the info on their custom implementations. E.g. some services charge $4000(no typo) per year for workshops to gain access to this information. So obviously they don't want people getting their hands on this for free.
Apr
10
comment using OBD II how can i detect an accident with airbag
What car is it? Airbag PID's aren't standard in the OBD2 protocol, so you're going to have to find out from the manufacturer.
Apr
10
comment using OBD II how can i detect an accident with airbag
Do you know the proper PID's? What are you struggling with exactly?
Apr
9
comment Brakes locking up when backing up
Small cars like the VW Polo still come with drum brakes in some models. Rear brakes don't do much work, so they can be cheap.
Apr
9
comment My car's coolant temperature reaches almost 100 C / 212 F in a fast pace
open windows, point the vents out the car.
Apr
9
answered Are some drill bits better for mechanical (metal) work than others?
Apr
8
comment Changing the exhaust on a motorbike
A full system may require you to have your carbs recalibrated slightly to take advantage of the higher exhaust flow rate (someone tell me if I'm smoking something). If you're just after noise, just get a new muffler. Full systems are really only for when you want a little extra power.