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Mar
10
comment How to properly tighten a wheel on a bench grinder?
The hand-held grinders I have used have generally had a button that pushes a mechanical pawl in to lock the shaft - I presume this doesn't?
Mar
10
comment honda accord takes a while to start/intermittently stalls
have you checked the plugs and leads?
Mar
10
comment Adding aftermarket backup lights
The thing is, your past experience was with replacement LED bulbs in the stock lamps. I find that combination rarely works as the light output from LEDs is a different pattern from normal incandescent bulbs - LEDs are much more directional. Therefore you need a different shape reflector to get the best out of them, and so they won't work as well in stock lamps, which have a reflector designed for filament bulbs. Complete aftermarket lamps will have a matching reflector, so should be better, if they are done properly...
Mar
9
comment Replace original steel rims with aluminum rims
I'm with Paul - a photo would help! Usually, the studs are the same across all the models, but the nuts will be different for the different types of wheel (often a different chamfer).
Mar
2
comment Coolant level is below “low” in the expansion tank, dealership service says this is normal?
"My understanding is there is no shelf life on antifreeze" - I think that depends on the type - traditional ethylene-glycol based coolant has a two-year-from-opening shelf life...
Feb
27
comment What parts are usually changed when the timing belt is replaced?
@Paulster2 "a follower is (probably my term) for the part which can take up slack in the belt." That's usually referred to as a tensioner in all the cars I have dealt with...
Feb
25
comment Jeep electrical/charging problem
Have you checked and/or replaced the alternator belt? It's also worth checking the battery connections and the wiring to the alternator...
Feb
18
comment Is there a good crash course website or book for auto repair for beginner who's just getting into auto repair?
Would you like to elaborate on that answer? Perhaps add something to say why you think it's a good resource? or indeed what sort of resource it is?
Feb
18
comment URGENT: How to unlock e230 mercedes benz model
You have three options - 1. Go home and get the spare key, use that to unlock the car. 2. Smash a window. 3. Call a locksmith. Option 1 is obviously the best!
Feb
10
comment Why aren't my “street performance” pads performing well on the street?
This isn't a very helpful answer - please elaborate further as to why you think those might be happening in this instance, and how they would cause a problem. The OP has stated that he knows the pad temperature might be a problem, and there is nothing in the question to suggest the other two might be...
Jan
27
comment brake squeal and grinding rotor even if I had just installed new pads
A lot of heat is a likely sign of a binding brake - the extra friction causes the heat...
Jan
26
comment how to temporarily fix a gasket leak?
however, it's probably worth changing the coolant at the same time, unless you know it's been done relatively recently...
Jan
26
comment Is a power steering flush likely to be necessary at 60k miles?
The best way to do that is to ask around - don't any of your friends/neighbours/colleagues know someone trustworthy?
Jan
23
comment Low beams don't work on VW Golf MK3
bear in mind that both bulbs would have been fitted at the same time, and used for the same amount of time - so on average, they ought to fail at the same time - most don't simply because each bulb will last slightly more or less than the average time...
Jan
21
comment Engine Heat Indicator effects
On your side note - I had an MG with an ECU-controlled temp gauge that did that, at normal running temperature it would always sit in exactly the same place, without the normal fluctuations you'd expect...
Jan
15
comment Engine cuts out VW Golf Mk1 1989
Another thing to try is the rotor arm and distributor cap - these can go funny too...
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!