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Apr
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Apr
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comment Can I salvage a towbar from an identical donor car?
And as long as the car in the scrap yard hasn't been rear ended! ;-)
Apr
27
comment 03 Honda Civic Serious Brake Caliper Question
When you say screeching, is it a metal on metal noise? It could be the brake pads need replacing and there's often a metal tab which contacts the disc to make that noise. Sounds like the brakes need a good overhaul!
Apr
26
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Apr
26
comment Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?
Is that more down to UV exposure? One garaged and one not? From the yellowing lights that's what it sounds like... My car is 2010, kept outside, rarely washed but when it is, the paint is absolutely fine. Sounds like something else going on there, more severe than just not washing...
Apr
22
comment What does it mean to retard an engine?
Add to this, ignition timing retarding can be due to pinking / knocking off the engine, which is that the fuel is igniting partially before the spark. This can cause overheating, con rods snapping and potentially catastrophic problems. This can be due to poor fuel (low octane), poor set up, even with an ecu the map can be wrong, or a few other things. So you'd retard the timing to prevent this. Most modern engines will automatically do this for you!
Apr
5
comment Do cars consume less fuel when in Neutral?
This is called cutting the fuel on overrun, and means that there is no fuel being used at all. +1
Apr
5
revised Do cars go from Drive to Neutral on their own?
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Apr
5
comment Do cars go from Drive to Neutral on their own?
There's now Hill start assist to prevent you rolling back or forwards on an incline, so the autos can shift to neutral and when you press the throttle it'll engage the gearbox and release the brakes.
Apr
5
answered Do cars go from Drive to Neutral on their own?
Mar
23
comment Do naturally aspirated engines need back pressure in the exhaust pipes?
@method, take a look at the exhausts on an old F1 engine, very short and direct!
Mar
15
answered Side mirror fell off, what adhesive should I use to re-attach it
Mar
8
comment Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?
Thanks @Jon - I should also mention my car had a paint protection finish from new, I can't recall the name, Duraguard or something similar and to be fair, even chucking some soapy water over the car does make it look like it's been polished! Either way, the days of your racing red being a ladylike pink in the mildest of sunshine are long gone.
Mar
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Mar
7
revised Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?
Location context added
Mar
7
answered Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?
Mar
7
comment Do I really need to wash the outside of my car?
Don't worry about all the negative comments, I religiously wash my car one a year, even if it doesn't need it!
Feb
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