9,194 reputation
1729
bio website none
location England, United Kingdom
age
visits member for 3 years, 3 months
seen 10 hours ago

UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


Feb
11
comment Nissan Micra oil leak
I suspect 51 refers to a UK 51-plate, meaning the car was registered in the second half of 2001. This would make the speeds miles per hour.
Feb
2
comment '00 Civic Brake Imbalance
@mac - It's quite worrying how little safety inspections a lot of countries have. Knowing how little attention some people pay to maintaining their cars, I'm quite glad they get checked at least once a year - the guy in front of me in the queue had three bald tyres. Plus, as you say, brakes are something it's difficult to quantify yourself.
Feb
2
comment '00 Civic Brake Imbalance
@mac - it was the driver's side on this occasion.
Feb
2
comment '00 Civic Brake Imbalance
Fixed - It was indeed a sticking slider.
Jan
29
comment '00 Civic Brake Imbalance
I'm with you on the sliders as the first suspect. I've just discovered I can get new sliders, so that's an easier option than I thought it might be. I too would always replace both calipers as a pair, but I'm hoping I won't need to!
Jan
28
comment Attaching poorly-fitting exhaust components without welding?
What are the relative dimensions of the pipes? Presumably one or both are aftermarket components if they don't fit together properly. How did the old bit come off - was it a sleeve fit, and did you have to cut it off?
Dec
19
comment Switching gears without clutch
4-5k is normal operating speeds for many engines ;) That's nicely in the power band on mine (redline is 7k, and it's gutless below 2k5)
Dec
19
comment Switching gears without clutch
You will need to blip the throttle on the downshift though, to get the engine up to the right rev range for the lower gear.
Dec
18
comment Is it possible to disable beep for opening door before shutting off the engine?
I think they're trying to tell you the engine is still running - Though I'd be worried about anyone who didn't notice that! It might be intended more for forthcoming electric cars where you wouldn't have the noise of the engine to remind you it is still on?
Dec
7
comment How old is too old for a new tire?
That's not really relevant to the O/P's question though, is it ;) Tractor tyres are a bit different to passenger car ones!
Dec
3
comment Car starts with push start but not with jump leads
I find that handle end of an extpandable wheelbrace (lug wrench) works quite well, rubber coated so it doesn't give quite such a harsh shock, and it lives in the car anyway... The principle, as I understand it, is to jolt the commutators of the motor past the dead spot that has developed and so allow them to get current.
Nov
19
comment how to find if a car can drive on hills easily or not?
Quite a few of the smaller Daihatsus have a temporary 4wd system, whereby the car is front-wheel-drive most of the time, but with a viscous coupling that causes the rear wheels kick in when the fronts start to lose traction. I would imagine that is the case with this car.
Nov
6
comment Wiper linkage converting from RHD to LHD
I would expect there to just be two versions, one for LHD and one for RHD
Nov
5
comment 1997 turbo Diesel Toyota Hilux Gear Selection Problem
Seconded, it definitely sounds like the clutch isn't properly disengaging. Is it difficult to get into first when stationary? and if you sit stationary in first without the brakes on, but with the clutch down, does it start to creep forwards (obviously try this on the flat!)
Oct
25
comment How do I find the correct pins in a CAN-BUS connector?
Wikipedia suggests that it isn't a standardised pinout, so you'll have to find a BMW-specific pinout for it unfortunately...
Oct
16
comment How can I put down stuck rear sunshade on a 2006 Mercedes E class?
Is it always on the Driver's side, or does that depend if it is a left- or right-hand drive car?
Oct
15
comment shifting stops when critically low on gas
limiting the rev range and gears is a fairly common "limp-home" mode in many modern case. As Jp2code suggests, it is probably pickingup some sort of error from one of the sensors somewhere.
Oct
10
comment 92 Civic engine won't start after replacing head gasket
Well done. A compression test should be able to tell you if there is any damage (and if you can change a HG, a comp test should be a piece of cake for you), but a blowing exhaust and corroded plugs will definitely sap power. 90 degrees out is quite impressive though, I'd have thought that if it were an interference engine that's be enough to totally destroy the valves...
Oct
10
comment Peugeot 206 LX (2002), I have installed a cd player which works but it doesn't remember volume/clock settings
I think they're in the right place, just the wrong colours. Green&Yellow, for example, is the European standard for earth cables for mains wiring, so I suspect that is their logic for using it for ground cables in a car (despite everyone else using black or brown...) No idea why they're using sky blue for power though!
Oct
9
comment 92 Civic engine won't start after replacing head gasket
A timing problem can very easily cause a lack of compression, so that's probably your first suspect. Hopefully you didn't hear a nasty clattery noise the first time you tried to start it (valves open too late can easily hit pistons and bend...)