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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


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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...
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comment Reliability and maintainability of an Audi A4 1.9 TDi @145000+ miles
This is a very subjective question, and as such we can't really answer it - any answer would be entirely opinion based. In particular, "how easy is it to drive" depends entirely on what you are used to driving...
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!
Aug
22
comment How to remove rust from chromed parts?
+1 purely for the word 'scrunge'...
Aug
19
comment Do I change my brakes, because I'm trimming my rotors?
Plus the old pads will have worn themselves into the old shape of the disks (i.e. matched the old wear pattern), so won't brake effectively against the new surfaces. As Paul says, new pads are cheap...
Aug
8
comment Safest method to raise a vehicle, with multiple safety nets?
If you've got a workshop manual or similar, they should show you where they are supposed to be - then it's just a case of making sure those points aren't rotten... If not, under the axles are usually good points, as are suspension mounting points, as they are designed to take the full weight of the vehicle.
Aug
5
comment Drove up a curb in my '94 525i bmw and took a chunk out of the sidewalk
are you the original poster? If so, please log in using the original username, and click accept on the answer you liked.
Jul
31
comment How to repair a temperature gauge?
agreed - it depends on whether the fault is with the sender, the gauge, or the wiring between them...
Jul
31
comment Is a PlastiDip paint job a viable alternative for a real paint job?
That doesn't answer his question - he asked for pros and cons... An appropriate answer would be "no, because <reason>"
Jul
29
comment what are the methodes to improve head lights of a car?
As the wire gets older, it corrodes. This reduces the cross-section of the wire (as some of the copper has turned into copper oxide), and so increases the resistance (resistance being proportional to length divided by cross section) - put simply, the wire is smaller so less electrons can fit through it!
Jul
14
comment Coolant spills out of the overflow tank at high pressure
I'd agree, it sounds like a Head Gasket failure - blowing from a combustion chamber into the coolant. The best way to tell would be a compressions test, but with a Subaru that's a lot more work than most cars!
Jul
14
comment Clutch catch point getting lower over time
Indeed - it sounds like worn seals on one or the other cylinder...
Jul
11
comment Removing a Viscous Fan without the serpentine belt (1998 Land Rover Discovery)
I've got a spanner (though they have gone up, it was nearer £15, I was expecting around £5), the problem was stopping the pulley from turning while undoing the nut.