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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


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
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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.
Jul
10
comment Removing a Viscous Fan without the serpentine belt (1998 Land Rover Discovery)
That worked, thanks!
Jul
10
comment Removing a Viscous Fan without the serpentine belt (1998 Land Rover Discovery)
hmm, looks worth a try! I'll have another go tonight... Not bothered about wrecking the belt as I have a new one to replace it - the old one was damaged when the PAS pump failed
Jul
10
comment Removing a Viscous Fan without the serpentine belt (1998 Land Rover Discovery)
The diagram doesn't work, but your concept is sound, I'll try that if I can figure out a way of rigging something up - I tried it with a screwdriver between two bolts, but gave up when that started to bend!
Jul
10
comment Removing a Viscous Fan without the serpentine belt (1998 Land Rover Discovery)
That is my car. I've tried wrapping the belt around it, but still couldn't get enough purchase. Perhaps I just need to find a stronger helper... It's not the water pump - as far as I can tell that pulley only does the fan - and it's attached to the front cover of the engine, which I don't think I can get off with the fan in place...
Jul
10
comment Removing a Viscous Fan without the serpentine belt (1998 Land Rover Discovery)
@Paulster2 - that's the one, I've added the photo, thanks. My photos is a bit dark, but hopefully you can see how the two relate...
Jul
8
comment Are there any performance hits using washable/renewable air filters?
Please elaborate - which vehicle? What kind of intake and fuel system?
Jul
3
comment Which Honda cars are equipped with permanent AWD?
Land Rover Defenders are symmetrical AWD as well, along with older Range Rovers and Discoveries, using conventional mechanical differentials to distribute power. I had assumed other 'proper' 4x4s (Hilux etc) were as well, but I may well be wrong...
Jul
1
comment VW T2 Headlining Replacement
I suspect that the difference there is that the headlining needs to be stretched to create it's shape, whereas the other trim is probably self-supporting - so you'll need access to edges of the headliner to attach it...
Jun
23
comment Most economical acceleration range
This is an impossible question to answer, unless you have a seriously clever GPS system - is the car going uphill or down? Which gear are they in? What are the prevailing traffic conditions or road conditions? Are they accelerating up a particularly short slip road, or pulling away from a junction in heavy traffic - both of which would need more acceleration than normal?
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
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...