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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


Mar
26
comment Will a 95 4AFE engine work on Euro 4 gasoline?
Can you provide a link? As far as I know, EURO 2 and 4 are emissions standards, not fuel types...
Mar
23
comment Using dry moly lube as an alternative to anti-seize
A lot of sensors earth through the thing they are screwed into, so have to have a good electrical path through the thread to function properly...
Mar
20
comment my tire is wobbling and I need to know possibilities!
Is the wheel seated properly? Are the nuts done up tightly? Try taking it off and putting it back on...
Mar
20
comment how do i know if my lead-acid battery has been resurrected?
eh? When what floats, in what? Dropping batteries in water would be a very bad idea...
Mar
18
comment Can I break power steering by turning too far
Indeed - the handbook for my current car specifically says "Do not hold the steering wheel at full lock for more than 60 seconds as this can cause damage to the power steering system" (or words to that effect)
Mar
16
comment Horrible rotten feet smell from my 2013 chevy malibu ltz
I'd agree with Paul, it sounds like mildew. If you bought it less than a month ago, take it back to the dealer and make them fix it under warranty...
Mar
11
comment Ford Focus 1.6 Petrol Timing Belt
and if you're going to the effort of getting the cover off, you might as well replace the belt while you're in there...
Mar
11
comment car over heating and white smoke coming out of the hood
Is there any sign of oil in the coolant or coolant in the oil (which would look like mayonnaise)?
Mar
11
comment Noise when the engine is idle
This isn't really about maintenance or repair... That is normal behaviour, it is because the gearbox is turning when it's connected to the engine, and not when you disconnect it by pressing the clutch...
Mar
11
comment Adding aftermarket backup lights
As it's a pick-up, I'd stick a pair of LED work-lights on the back of the cab. That way, you can use them as worklights when loading and unloading the pickup, and as extra reversing lights when needed. I'd have them on a separate switch on the dash.
Mar
10
comment How to properly tighten a wheel on a bench grinder?
The hand-held grinders I have used have generally had a button that pushes a mechanical pawl in to lock the shaft - I presume this doesn't?
Mar
10
comment honda accord takes a while to start/intermittently stalls
have you checked the plugs and leads?
Mar
10
comment Adding aftermarket backup lights
The thing is, your past experience was with replacement LED bulbs in the stock lamps. I find that combination rarely works as the light output from LEDs is a different pattern from normal incandescent bulbs - LEDs are much more directional. Therefore you need a different shape reflector to get the best out of them, and so they won't work as well in stock lamps, which have a reflector designed for filament bulbs. Complete aftermarket lamps will have a matching reflector, so should be better, if they are done properly...
Mar
9
comment Replace original steel rims with aluminum rims
I'm with Paul - a photo would help! Usually, the studs are the same across all the models, but the nuts will be different for the different types of wheel (often a different chamfer).
Mar
2
comment Coolant level is below “low” in the expansion tank, dealership service says this is normal?
"My understanding is there is no shelf life on antifreeze" - I think that depends on the type - traditional ethylene-glycol based coolant has a two-year-from-opening shelf life...
Feb
27
comment What parts are usually changed when the timing belt is replaced?
@Paulster2 "a follower is (probably my term) for the part which can take up slack in the belt." That's usually referred to as a tensioner in all the cars I have dealt with...
Feb
25
comment Jeep electrical/charging problem
Have you checked and/or replaced the alternator belt? It's also worth checking the battery connections and the wiring to the alternator...
Feb
18
comment Is there a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?
Would you like to elaborate on that answer? Perhaps add something to say why you think it's a good resource? or indeed what sort of resource it is?
Feb
18
comment URGENT: How to unlock e230 mercedes benz model
You have three options - 1. Go home and get the spare key, use that to unlock the car. 2. Smash a window. 3. Call a locksmith. Option 1 is obviously the best!
Feb
10
comment Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?
This isn't a very helpful answer - please elaborate further as to why you think those might be happening in this instance, and how they would cause a problem. The OP has stated that he knows the pad temperature might be a problem, and there is nothing in the question to suggest the other two might be...