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Jan
15
comment Engine cuts out VW Golf Mk1 1989
Yep - some older coils run on 6v instead of 12, and use an in-line resistor to change the voltage. Did it do the same thing with the old coil?
Jan
15
comment Vibrations at idle
What model & variant of car is it?
Jan
12
comment What good is it for an engine to have lower CCs and higher BHP?
@Paulster2 - it used to be based on size (< or >1600cc), now it's done on CO2 emissions... Other countries may vary...
Jan
8
comment Should fan belts slide when the fan is turned by hand?
If you can turn the fan by hand without the engine turning, then something has to give, as the fan and crank pulleys will be turning at different speeds... It'll be whichever of the two has less friction with the belt. And yes, it is bad for the belt!
Jan
8
comment 04 chevy trailblazer tailight and control issues
Make the person you lent it to pay for the repairs? (or have them arrested for criminal damage). Also learn never to lend a vehicle to anyone you don't trust 100% ;-)
Jan
8
comment Should fan belts slide when the fan is turned by hand?
They'll have to slip somewhere - either the fan pulley or the crank one...
Jan
8
comment Car won't start in the cold
+1 for proper use of units in the description - so many people on here don't!
Jan
5
comment Jaguar S-type (2000) wiper mechanism sometimes very weak
In what way? Please elaborate...
Dec
12
comment Truck: “H” brake button
So is this button present as well as another control for the handbrake? I assumed from the way you'd written it that it was an electronically activated parking brake (as per many modern cars)... In that case, perhaps it's some kind of hill-assist brake? i.e. hold the brakes on so the driver can release the pedal to apply power...
Dec
9
comment '95 Honda Accord random/sudden electrical failures
So do the things start working again after some time? or are they all now non-functional?
Nov
19
comment Tyre Pressure Checks for My Car
You do know that 'normal air' is 78% Nitrogen, don't you...
Nov
18
comment 2011 Chevrolet Equinox: Heater blows cold air when set to defrost mode
Sounds to me like a problem with the flaps that direct the air within the heater ducts - although I'd expect the direction flaps to be after the temperature ones...
Oct
30
comment Renault Clio II streaky / greasy windscreen
On a similar vein to baking powder, I've heard toothpaste suggested - probably for the same reason. I've never tried it myself though...
Oct
17
comment How to disable the seat belt alarm on a 2011 Tacoma?
It is no more unsafe than your answer, though I will grant that yours is a more official one - it is the very practice of not wearing a belt that is unsafe (but that's the OP's prerogative, provided he is on private land), not the method of stopping the chimes... It certainly doesn't render the belts ineffective at any other time, as you'd remove the spare tongue and use the belt properly.
Oct
15
comment Where is the engine oil filler tap on my Peugeot 504?
Yep, that's the one - I think!
Oct
13
comment Honda Civic Clicks but won't Crank
That'll be worn brushes on the starter then. I had a car like that for ages - I used to keep a length of 2"x1" timber in the car to hit the starter with every time it wouldn't work (about once a fortnight at the time), until I could afford to replace it.
Oct
10
comment Lancia Kappa SW Turbo Dual Mass Flywheel
@Alex Indeed, googling for parts is often useless like that, they'll advertise a part with keywords for hundreds of different models/variants just to try to get you to their site...
Oct
10
comment Lancia Kappa SW Turbo Dual Mass Flywheel
@Paulster2 - DMFs have been commonly fitted to diesel vehicles in Europe for the last 10 years or so, and are a right pain - they usually need changing at the same time as the clutch, and cost a fortune to do... I'm not aware of many petrol cars with them though
Sep
29
comment Possible fuel filler leak in F-150 truck
Agreed, although I'd say that if you see ANY evidence of it leaking while parked, stop using it and park it somewhere safe until it's fixed - as all it would need is a passing pedestrian to innocently flick a cigarette end into the gutter...
Sep
24
comment Massive oil drop in the course of a few days
The oil level will increase after the car has been sat for a long time, as the oil that was in the engine will slowly flow back to the sump. How much this will change the level will depend on the car in question - different engine designs will have different drainage characteristics and will have a different range marked on the dipstick. If you've done a cold-cold comparison (i.e. both measurements taken with the engine cold) and not lost any, it sounds like you don't have a leak - I'd still be wary though, if the pressure warning light is coming on...