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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


May
27
comment Buying a used car in Ontario - safety certificate
You're probably better asking this locally in Ontario, as it's a very location-specific question. In the UK, we have a specific exception to allow cars to be driven to the annual safety check even if the previous one has expired, but we have a recent rule that says all cars must be insured at all times, unless officially declared as "off the road" (previously you could simply keep a car off the road for a short time without declaring it as such, and not insure it). I suspect you have similar peculiarities!
May
27
comment 2010 Audi A4 Scratch - “blending”
I agree with Paul - ALL paints change colour over time, as the sunlight affects the pigments, and any decent paint shop will account for this when mixing the paint. A good independent will probably do a better job than a main dealer too - they have a reputation to protect...
May
23
reviewed Reviewed Chevy Malibu 05 cranks but does not start
May
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Chevy Malibu 05 cranks but does not start
May
23
reviewed Approve suggested edit on Will a 12 V cooler box significantly affect the performance/gas mileage of my car?
May
22
reviewed No Action Needed Will different tread depths hurt my 4 wheel drive?
May
22
reviewed No Action Needed OK to use non-OEM/aftermarket camshaft position sensor?
May
21
reviewed No Action Needed 2001 Suzuki Katana 600 motorcycle won't start
May
19
reviewed No Action Needed Why do tap wrenches have a four cornered shaft and get fastened by a bolt?
May
19
reviewed Reviewed Best way to repair/replace broken-off CR-V antenna?
May
17
reviewed Reviewed Burning smell when driving
May
16
reviewed No Action Needed 06 Ford Escape Dead Battery Keypad Entry
May
15
revised 2004 Chevy Malibu Classic Acceleration & starting problems
edited title
May
15
answered noisy free wheeling hub
May
15
answered 2003 Ford Escape..strong fuel smell
May
15
reviewed No Action Needed Where can I get vehicle parts catalog?
May
12
answered Is it possible to disable central locking on a Jaguar S-type (2000)
May
12
answered Should I replace a “blown” engine on my John Deere mower?
May
12
reviewed No Action Needed Should I replace a “blown” engine on my John Deere mower?
May
9
comment How does a AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) work?
@JuannStrauss, when you are decelerating (or coasting), the gearbox is being turned by the roadwheels, and if you leave it in gear, it then turns the engine - the ECU knows this and cuts the fuelling right down to the bare minimum (or off completely), and lets momentum do the work for it - whereas if you disengage the clutch, the ECU needs to provide enough fuel to keep the engine turning. It is the same principle as the regenerative braking used in modern Hybrids...