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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


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 Questions of the "Where can I buy" type are off-topic here as they are too localised and go out of date too quickly.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.
Sep
30
comment BMW 318i overflow tank issues
I agree - there are three things that can mix as a result of head gasket leaks - oil, coolant and combustion gases. I suspect you have a leak from one of the cylinders into a waterway, so the combustion gases are leaking into the cooling system and pressurising it... Replace the rad cap and do a compression check on the cylinders first.
Sep
27
comment Is is possible to fit an extra seat belt into a 1998 Suzuki Wangon R+?
You'd also need to make sure those bolts are properly anchored. Simply drilling through won't be enough - at the very least you'll need spreader plates to stop the bolts pulling through the metal in the event of an accident.
Sep
27
comment Removing scuff marks from paintwork
Is that orange paint on top of the black paintwork or has the black been scuffed away to reveal orange underneath?
Sep
26
comment What is Honda Coolant?
Thanks - that definitely won't mix with the OAT the local shop's computer listed then!
Sep
20
comment 1 Piece versus 2 Piece Drive Shaft
Would you care to elaborate? Why those lengths in particular? You can have much longer single-piece shafts than that...
Sep
3
comment How to Change Brake Rotors on 2000 Nissan Frontier 2WD
This is not an attempt to answer the original question - perhaps you meant to comment on Larry's post? In answer to your question however, if your truck doesn't have a spindle (stub axle), the wheels will fall off...
Sep
2
comment Filling diesel vehicles - Vent trick
That link suggests the car in question has a 9.9 gallon tank and does 72.9mpg combined - that's an estimated range of over 700 miles, or nearly a month's usage for the average UK driver... Is it worth the danger of a fuel spill to get an extra few miles between fills?
Aug
23
comment Ibiza Mk2 MOT emissions test failure
It might be worth replacing the dizzy cap and rotor arm - they might be fairly new, but I've known them to fail at unpredictable intervals...
Aug
13
comment How do I clean/grease my dirt bike steering bearings?
As Akash says, it is unclear what you're asking here - it's a very nice, well written post, and would make a brilliant answer, but it's not a question!
Aug
12
comment Have tow ball but not electricity for a trailer
Please, don't use scotch locks - they are evil! Almost every dodgy wiring fault I've had to diagnose has come down to someone bodging something with scotch locks... Use proper Lucar spade connectors... Also, Steps 4 & 5 can be replaced by checking the workshop manual for the car which ought to have a wiring diagram - this will give colour codes for each wire.
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...