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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


Aug
8
comment What checks or service should be performed before a long trip?
Of course, these are all checks you should do on a regular basis anyway, they just become more important before a long trip...
Jul
29
comment digital display which shows mileage,mpg,temperature etc has somehow moved to the left as you look at speedo.any advice please
Can you provide us with more information? What car is it for a start?
Jul
23
comment Torque and engine power
This question appears to be off-topic because it is not about maintenance or repair
Jul
17
comment Replacing the head gasket in a 1993 Mercedes 300ce
Agreed, although I'd say it's more likely for the head to warp than the block. The first 'big' job I ever did on a car was replacing the HG, so it is perfectly possible for even a fairly novice DIYer.
Jul
8
comment How to prioritize repairs?
I disagree on alignment - it's easy for things to be knocked out of alignment by potholes etc. Also, if you have any work done on the suspension, such as replacing the struts, a wheel alignment will be essential afterwards.
Jul
8
comment Determining the size/pitch of bolts and nuts before taking things apart
Yep - The one I have is a series of exploded diagrams, with part numbers attributed to each bit. They would have been intended for dealers/traders to work out what part to order to fix something, before it all went computerised...
Jun
26
comment Front grill electrical component near radiator
Sounds a bit like the ambient temperature sensor on old e30 BMWs, that was in an exposed position and would easily be knocked off - the only ill effect being that the car would 'ping' a warning every time you started the engine as it thought it was -37 degrees C outside...
Jun
24
comment Does one have to change ester-based fully synthetic oils?
Who is 'they'? A car engine is a very different beast to a jet, with totally different tolerances, materials and characteristics. I don't think one can be applied to the other.
Jun
20
comment First generation Nissan Micra gearbox
I would disagree with your second paragraph - changing the engine size and transmission type is perfectly acceptible in many areas.
Jun
19
comment Is it safe to mount a wire bracket to a hitch?
Why not get one of the brackets that fits between the towball and the hitch bar? That would save drilling any new holes - something like this: towsure.com/product/…
Jun
18
comment Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving
Generally it's a case of 'brute force and ignorance'. You can usually get new pins if all else fails, as long as the caliper itself is OK. Last time I did one, it was a case of gripping the pin very firmly in self-gripping pliers, then tapping the handle of the pliers with a hammer to shock it free. Once it starts moving you can gradually work it out a bit at a time...
Jun
17
comment Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving
Ah, ok, so it's the ABS that suffers then. Fair enough!
Jun
17
comment Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving
Have you got a reference for that first statement? Yes, it can cause the reservoir to overflow if it's been topped up since the last pad change, but I can't see how it'd be damaged, IIRC most master cylinders have a free path between reservoir and line when the pedal isn't pressed.
May
15
comment Easily serviceable/maintenance cars
In which case, replace Vauxhall with Holden in my above answer... A nice old 80s or 90s Ute perhaps?
May
15
comment What does the 'cc' mean on a motorcycle?
Indeed - the same is usually true of car engines - my 1.6L Honda is actually 1595cc
May
7
comment CAN-BUS signals of Ford Transit needed
I'm not an expert on Transits, but I suspect you'll need a bit more information than that - what age of Transit for a start? I suspect they are proprietary, but you've presumably worked that out already as you mention reverse engineering...
Apr
12
comment 2000 Camry P0446 Evaporative Emission Control System Vent Control Circuit Malfunction
Your second question is too localised - Inspection requirements vary wildly from country to country (and often state to state in some countries), so we can't tell you if it'll fail unless we know which inspection it needs to pass...
Apr
4
comment How can I find out the exact colour for my car?
On some cars the plaque is under the bonnet, either on the slam panel or the bulkhead.
Mar
1
comment What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?
You learn something new every day! That's the model we call the 'Golf' in Europe, with the Golf GTi being the top sporty version. I usually use Haynes manuals as they tend to be the most common over here, I don't know if they're available in the US though?
Feb
28
comment What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?
Which model of VW? GTi is a trim level... Do you have a workshop manual ('Haynes' or similar) for the car?