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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...
Jun
26
comment steering does not respond appropriately
Quoting links with very little summary information is frowned upon here as the link can go 'stale' - please summarise what that document says, and declare any affiliation you may have with the site you're linking...
Jun
25
comment Synchromesh, Helical gear design
@AndyzSmith I don't know about Automatics (or motorbikes for that matter), I've only ever looked at manual boxes...
Jun
24
comment Synchromesh, Helical gear design
@AndyzSmith correct. I suspect that the other reason for gears actually unmeshing is that it would require either moving the shafts away from each other - which would be complicated, or sliding the gears themselves along the shafts, and crashing them into one another - ok-ish when stationary, but at several thousand RPM, that would soon destroy them!
Jun
24
comment Synchromesh, Helical gear design
I've never seen any automotive application that involves gears of either type disengaging from each other, AFAIK all gearboxes use dog clutches to engage gear to shaft - but there might be some obscure one I've not come across!
Jun
18
comment Annoying hissing sound from passenger side window
@Allman - yes, that's exactly what I meant!
Jun
17
comment Are floor jack and jack stand pads necessary?
again, it depends on the car - most will have other places that are better to use, but some might not... It also depends on what you're doing, for example if you're dropping the suspension, you can't jack it under a suspension mount and so have to use somewhere on the bodyshell.
Jun
16
comment How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?
New battery seems to have solved it - proof that even a relatively new battery can lose it's ability to hold charge...
Jun
8
comment When to change Timing belt - Peugeot 307 2003 1.6cc
None of those sound particularly worrying...
Jun
8
comment How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?
Well, the battery appears to only be two years old (it has 03.2013 stamped on it), but certainly appears to be kaput. I'll get a new one this week...
Jun
8
comment When to change Timing belt - Peugeot 307 2003 1.6cc
It sounds like it needs changing then. Whether to change or to sell is down to your budget, and whether you are happy with the rest of the car. Changing it at an independent garage shouldn't cost much more than £300-400, most of which is labour... It's a perfectly DIY-able job, but not one I'd recommend if you don't have much experience of working on cars...
Jun
8
comment When to change Timing belt - Peugeot 307 2003 1.6cc
I removed the average cost part of the question as it's off-topic here, but the rest of your question is valid...
Jun
5
comment How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?
Good point, I've not checked the age, I'll have a look later...
Jun
5
comment How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?
Yeah, though there was no sign of any such issue beforehand...(It'd been sat unused from Sunday to Tuesday, and started on the button) It had only sat for a few minutes, but it's now sat for two days since, so I'll see if it still starts tonight...
Jun
5
comment How did the tyre shop flatten my battery?
They did so, before they told me about it...
Jun
5
comment Central Locking Help: Why are there 3 wires for each door lock?
possibly... It kind of depends on what the control unit does with those wires when you press the button on the remote...
Jun
3
comment New Pads, Rotor, & Caliper; Grinding, Squeaking, and Heat
The shim shouldn't be causing any problems, it's just there to stop the pads rattling. You MUST always change the pads on both sides of the car at the same time, otherwise you could end up with a dangerous mismatch between them - which might not be obvious in normal driving, until you have to do an emergency stop... Bad bearings should show up when you span the hub before refitting the new pads (hence why I asked that originally). In normal operation, the pads should appear to be touching the disc when you look at them, but you should be able to easily turn the wheel or hub by hand.