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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


Sep
12
comment Repair very old car or buy newer used car?
I agree with the other two comments - it's too opinion-based to be answerable. Personally the heavy rust on your existing car would put me off - fixing rust with filler is only ever going to be a short-term bodge, so it'll probably need more attention next year...
Sep
12
reviewed Reviewed low RPMs when idleing feels like it wants to die
Sep
12
reviewed Reviewed Why check oil when engine is at operating temperature?
Sep
12
comment Why check oil when engine is at operating temperature?
It's generally considered bad form to open your first post by claiming an experienced mod's answer is BS - but kudos for immediately saying why! ;) You are partly right in that the oil does expand when hot, but allowing those few minutes doesn't allow ALL of the oil to flow back to the sump - some will be left coating the moving parts of the engine (by design - a dry engine is a very bad thing, and most of the wear on a typical engine occurs during the first minute or so after starting from cold, as the oil starts to circulate)
Sep
10
answered How does the online estimate website work?
Sep
10
answered do i really need to change rotor when mileage is under 29,000 miles?
Sep
9
reviewed No Action Needed Why is there no vent option for combined defrost/face?
Sep
9
reviewed Reviewed Is it worth having a fire extinguisher in the car?
Sep
9
reviewed No Action Needed Saturn SL1 1998 Wiring Diagram
Sep
9
reviewed Reviewed Slow power window problem
Sep
9
reviewed No Action Needed Do I still need to use gasket goo? (Or something similar)
Sep
8
reviewed No Action Needed Jeep TJ death wobble troubleshooting
Sep
5
comment Why would a water pump be run off of the timing belt?
Funnily enough, I had exactly this recently - my Discovery has an aux-belt-driven water pump, so when the belt failed due to a siezed PAS pump, I couldn't drive it home as it would have cooked...
Sep
5
reviewed Reviewed 2000 Camry does not enter programming mode
Sep
5
reviewed Close 2001 Saab 9-5 turbo wagon - worth fixing?
Sep
4
comment Engine temperature increases when idling though thermo fan is working
Is the fan spinning at full speed? If the connections are poor or dirty it might be running slower than it ought to, and so still appear to be working, but not pushing enough air through... Also, is the radiator clear and in good condition?
Sep
4
reviewed Reviewed What is the cost of general maintenance on VW Jetta TDI (diesel)
Sep
4
comment What is the cost of general maintenance on VW Jetta TDI (diesel)
Could you please add a currency to your post, otherwise your numbers are meaningless...
Sep
4
reviewed Reviewed Why would a water pump be run off of the timing belt?
Sep
4
reviewed Reviewed Doors lock from fob, then unlock themselves