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Jul
24
comment Since when is CAN bus mandatory for new vehicles?
It wouldn't be the first time something like that has been done! I suspect most firms use CAN for most communication, but that article suggests they don't HAVE to...
Jul
24
comment Since when is CAN bus mandatory for new vehicles?
The wikipedia article you mentioned says " as of 2008 all vehicles sold in the US are required to implement CAN as one of their signaling protocols. " - so they have to have CAN on the OBD port. It doesn't say what components have to be connected to that bus though!
Jul
24
comment How do you normally screw/unscrew bolts on the type of belt pulleys that has 3-4 bolts?
@DavidXu I've done it on slightly concave pulleys. Very concave ones would need a non-straight bar, or suitably shaped bit of metal...
Jul
23
comment How to add Fog Lamps to Maruthi Suzuki Alto 800
Downvote for "hook them up with your headlights so as to avoid installation of switch on the dashboard." - that would imply that the fog lights would be on all the time the headlights were on, which dazzles other drivers, looks ridiculous, and is illegal in many places.
Jul
22
comment Jeep JK Clutch vs Slave Cylinder
That's fair enough!
Jul
22
comment Jeep JK Clutch vs Slave Cylinder
I've heard people suggesting it, but I know it doesn't work! I'm in IT as well, so it's not something I've done much at all, and not on anything that modern...
Jul
17
comment Stubborn oil drain plug caused by hot oil?
The length of the handle - a 12" or 18" solid bar one instead of a standard 8" ratchet handle... Make sure you're using the right size socket for the bolt, and that it's a 6-sided one so that it grips the bolt head as well as possible
Jul
16
comment Second hand car - Engine/Tyres/Etc
@Dan, yes, many people use a loan to buy a car - and put the car itself down as collateral for the loan. You need to be sure there isn't any such outstanding loan, otherwise the loan company would still officially be the owner of the car, and the seller would be selling something that didn't belong to them!
Jul
16
comment Hissing sound near brake pedal, stops on brake pedal press
It should be - the likely side effect of the vacuum failing altogether would be a loss of servo assistance, so the brakes would go very heavy, but still work. However, if you're worried, take it to another garage for a second opinion (Don't rely on strangers on the internet for safety critical advice ;) )
Jul
15
comment How do you test analogue electrical circuits?
Excellent Answer :) Could you split out the stuff about the computer components into a separate question-and-answer? I was trying to keep this question to just conventional, analogue circuits for clarity - I've added the word analogue to the question to clarify that...
Jul
15
comment How do you test analogue electrical circuits?
Haha, that was just the one that Wikipedia had a suitable photo of. My mid-range generic brand one does just as much, and probably cost about a third of the price of a Fluke one...
Jul
13
comment Red vs black vs grey RTV - what's in a color?
Could you edit this to explain what the acronym RTV stands for? (Room Temperature Vulcanisation)
Jul
6
comment Which cars are more comfortable?
As Paul says, this is a very subjective question. As a rough guide, I'd say the more expensive luxury saloons/sedans are generally the most comfortable, due to the desires of their buyers...
Jul
2
comment Why do valve lifters get stuck? How come they unstick by themselves?
Potentially - the oil has to seep back around the lifters, through a narrow tolerance, so that'll take time...
Jun
29
comment My mechanic asks me to press the clutch padal while starting engine during winter
@Paulster2, yeah, it must be - all automatics here have such a thing, so you can only start them in Park. I've not driven anything with stop-start so I don't know if they have something, but a brand-new hire car I had recently didn't...
Jun
29
comment My mechanic asks me to press the clutch padal while starting engine during winter
@Mauro, I always park in gear anyway, then move the stick to neutral before starting as force of habit...
Jun
29
comment My mechanic asks me to press the clutch padal while starting engine during winter
@Paulster2: Yep, every car I've owned (all UK spec manual) - none have had any kind of inhibitor - The only one I've driven that did have one was a friend's SAAB...
Jun
29
comment My mechanic asks me to press the clutch padal while starting engine during winter
I know some cars have that, but I didn't think it was a common thing - the only ones I have come across are SAABs and a few Volvos... edit - and don't you mean "start the car while it's in gear"?
Jun
29
comment Explanation of phrase relating to tyre tread depth
@Paulster2 1.6mm is the UK legal minimum - and as the OP mentions the Highway Code, I'd guess he is here.
Jun
29
comment Where can I get button graphics/decals for car interior (preferably for specific models)?
This would be more useful as an answer if you include more information about the company (for example, their website), and declare whether you have any connection or affiliation to them...