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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


Jan
14
comment Handbrake during cold winter between -50 Celcius and 0 Celcius? Should it be used or not?
@Paulster2 - How does it cause wear to the parking brake? You are already stationary, so no braking effort is required, and the amount of extra stretch each use imparts into the cables is negligible. I guess it is possible for someone to be stupid enough to drive into a stationary car just because they don't have their brake lights on any more, but I've never seen it happen...
Jan
14
comment Handbrake during cold winter between -50 Celcius and 0 Celcius? Should it be used or not?
@hhh - as SaUce says, if the front of the car is pointing uphill, use 1st, if it is pointing downhill, use reverse - the idea is that in order for the car to roll downhill, it would have to turn the engine backwards, which is much more difficult
Dec
17
comment many issues with my 2000 Plymouth Neon
That is always the risk with cheap cars unfortunately... Replacing a headgasket will cost you several hours of labour, plus the diagnostic time to check it - and as Allan says below there could be other, more serious problems. I've always run sub £1000 ($1500ish) cars, but on the basis that they're rarely worth paying a mechanic to fix - if something goes that I can't fix myself, it's probably junk time...
Dec
16
comment How old is too old for a new tire?
This is an international site, and we respect localised spellings, so both 'tyre' and 'tire' are correct. And I don't know where you buy them from, but I've never seen a retailer storing tyres in a controlled environment - they're usually stacked on metal racking around the fitting bays..
Nov
27
comment muffler positioning, and x-flow for specific sound
AFAIK silencer positioning doesn't make a huge amount of difference - it's the size and flow rate that do. Are you using the original manifolds? If not, try and match the header lengths as well as possible - and try and match the lengths of the two systems. IIRC the MOT regs don't quantify the maximum noise level, so it is all subjective as to what is "too loud" - and most people expect a Ferrari to be nice and burbly :)
Nov
19
comment 1999 Camaro's front wheels move forward and backward significantly, is it the control arms?
Agreed. Jack it up and support the front end safely. Then get an assistant to grip the wheel at the 3 and 9 o'clock positions and move it fore and aft - you ought to be able to see where the play is. But as mike says, it is probably more than one component...
Nov
15
comment What is the cold engine light really telling me?
Most cars I have dealt with, the temperature gauge reads the coolant temp, not oil...
Nov
13
comment Repair broken headlight mounting bracket 2007 Toyota Tacoma
What car is it for? Could you post a photo of the headlight, and the hole it fits in? We may be able to suggest an alternative solution...
Nov
11
comment Replacing four tires or two front tires on a front-wheel drive car
In addition to Bob's comment - If you've had to replace the same tyre twice due to a slow leak, I'd get the wheel checked. You can often get corrosion around the rim of the wheels that prevents the tyre seating properly, or the wheel itself can go slightly porous. I've never had to replace a tyre due to a slow leak, but I've had several re-seated (literally - take tyre off wheel, clean wheel, re-fit same tyre with new valve/balancing) to cure such leaks.
Nov
4
comment Automatic Transmission or Differential Backlash (Play)
They will, if both are free to turn - but if one is still on the ground, it can't, so the propshaft will turn correspondingly slower (though you won't be able to see that with a FWD gearbox). The easiest way to check the play would be to compare it with another Integra, unless book figures are available online. Perhaps an owners club or racing team might have access to such figures?
Nov
4
comment Automatic Transmission or Differential Backlash (Play)
In neutral, with an open differential, you should be able to turn one wheel as much as you like without the other wheel turning. This is a natural side-effect of the diff working - it has to allow the two wheels to turn at different speeds. In park however, the gearbox output shaft should be locked, so the movement should be limited to the amount of play available in the diff, plus the amount of play allowed by the parking pawl in the 'box.
Nov
1
comment 2005 Town & Country Power Steering Hose Repair
I agree with vlsd - pricing questions are considered off-topic for that exact reason - plus it could vary massively according to where you are - $1 will buy you a lot more in Windhoek than it will in LA...
Oct
30
comment Ford Ranger Clutch Suddenly Has No Pressure
It depends on the design of the reservoir - quite a lot have a slight lip around the outlet, so a tiny amount does remain. If it were working correctly it would be about 3/4 full. Sounds like you do have a leak...
Oct
28
comment What is causing this terrible grinding/groaning noise when I come to a slow stop sometimes? (but not always!)
One of the best written questions I've seen in a long time! Do the sliders on the calipers all slide freely?
Oct
17
comment 1990 toyota a/c low on freon about every 18 months
Are you asking how to fix the leak? Questions of the "Where can I buy" type are off-topic here as they are too localised and go out of date too quickly. In your case, whether you are even allowed to buy it probably depends a lot on which country you are in...
Oct
14
comment Tools needed for oil change on 2012 Honda Odyssey?
Is this a question or a statement? Are you asking if there is anything else you need?
Oct
7
comment Can I reprogram a used Mercedes smart key?
Only if that key is already programmed to that car - at which point you've still only got one key...
Oct
7
comment Battery dies over weekend
hmm. Those voltages sound about right. What are the symptoms when it doesn't start? Does it turn the engine over slower than usual? Or not turn at all? (often with a click)
Oct
1
comment Battery dies over weekend
Yep - Often marked "20V DC"
Sep
30
comment Can all transmissions be shifted to neutral at any speed?
I think mac answers your question quite clearly - there are situations where some types of transmission might not be able to be shifted to neutral at a given speed, either due to software restrictions or user inability.