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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


Dec
12
comment Truck: “H” brake button
So is this button present as well as another control for the handbrake? I assumed from the way you'd written it that it was an electronically activated parking brake (as per many modern cars)... In that case, perhaps it's some kind of hill-assist brake? i.e. hold the brakes on so the driver can release the pedal to apply power...
Dec
9
comment '95 Honda Accord random/sudden electrical failures
So do the things start working again after some time? or are they all now non-functional?
Nov
19
comment Tyre Pressure Checks for My Car
You do know that 'normal air' is 78% Nitrogen, don't you...
Nov
18
comment 2011 Chevrolet Equinox: Heater blows cold air when set to defrost mode
Sounds to me like a problem with the flaps that direct the air within the heater ducts - although I'd expect the direction flaps to be after the temperature ones...
Oct
30
comment Renault Clio II streaky / greasy windscreen
On a similar vein to baking powder, I've heard toothpaste suggested - probably for the same reason. I've never tried it myself though...
Oct
17
comment How to disable the seat belt alarm on a 2011 Tacoma?
It is no more unsafe than your answer, though I will grant that yours is a more official one - it is the very practice of not wearing a belt that is unsafe (but that's the OP's prerogative, provided he is on private land), not the method of stopping the chimes... It certainly doesn't render the belts ineffective at any other time, as you'd remove the spare tongue and use the belt properly.
Oct
15
comment Where is the engine oil filler tap on my Peugeot 504?
Yep, that's the one - I think!
Oct
13
comment Honda Civic Clicks but won't Crank
That'll be worn brushes on the starter then. I had a car like that for ages - I used to keep a length of 2"x1" timber in the car to hit the starter with every time it wouldn't work (about once a fortnight at the time), until I could afford to replace it.
Oct
10
comment Lancia Kappa SW Turbo Dual Mass Flywheel
@Alex Indeed, googling for parts is often useless like that, they'll advertise a part with keywords for hundreds of different models/variants just to try to get you to their site...
Oct
10
comment Lancia Kappa SW Turbo Dual Mass Flywheel
@Paulster2 - DMFs have been commonly fitted to diesel vehicles in Europe for the last 10 years or so, and are a right pain - they usually need changing at the same time as the clutch, and cost a fortune to do... I'm not aware of many petrol cars with them though
Oct
8
comment What causes an engine to burn oil?
Link-only answers aren't very helpful in the long-term - those links may break, or the referenced articles vanish. Please add a synopsis of each linked page (e.g. "I found this article <link> which suggests that x, y and z")
Sep
29
comment Possible fuel filler leak in F-150 truck
Agreed, although I'd say that if you see ANY evidence of it leaking while parked, stop using it and park it somewhere safe until it's fixed - as all it would need is a passing pedestrian to innocently flick a cigarette end into the gutter...
Sep
24
comment Massive oil drop in the course of a few days
The oil level will increase after the car has been sat for a long time, as the oil that was in the engine will slowly flow back to the sump. How much this will change the level will depend on the car in question - different engine designs will have different drainage characteristics and will have a different range marked on the dipstick. If you've done a cold-cold comparison (i.e. both measurements taken with the engine cold) and not lost any, it sounds like you don't have a leak - I'd still be wary though, if the pressure warning light is coming on...
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
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
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
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
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
1
comment Fuel saving devices, working or not?
I'm with TDHofstetter here - these devices are a waste of time and money. I really hope the device DOESN'T do as claimed, as introducing a charge into the air in the tank would significantly increase the risk of an explosion!
Aug
26
comment 2006 Honda Pilot - Liquid Flowing/Pouring Noise
I've had that with my Land Rover - a panicked 'what's that noise', followed by the sudden realisations that it's the previous puddle flowing back out of the sills!