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Jul
10
comment Removing a Viscous Fan without the serpentine belt (1998 Land Rover Discovery)
That is my car. I've tried wrapping the belt around it, but still couldn't get enough purchase. Perhaps I just need to find a stronger helper... It's not the water pump - as far as I can tell that pulley only does the fan - and it's attached to the front cover of the engine, which I don't think I can get off with the fan in place...
Jul
10
comment Removing a Viscous Fan without the serpentine belt (1998 Land Rover Discovery)
@Paulster2 - that's the one, I've added the photo, thanks. My photos is a bit dark, but hopefully you can see how the two relate...
Jul
8
comment Are there any performance hits using washable/renewable air filters?
Please elaborate - which vehicle? What kind of intake and fuel system?
Jul
3
comment Which Honda cars are equipped with permanent AWD?
Land Rover Defenders are symmetrical AWD as well, along with older Range Rovers and Discoveries, using conventional mechanical differentials to distribute power. I had assumed other 'proper' 4x4s (Hilux etc) were as well, but I may well be wrong...
Jul
1
comment VW T2 Headlining Replacement
I suspect that the difference there is that the headlining needs to be stretched to create it's shape, whereas the other trim is probably self-supporting - so you'll need access to edges of the headliner to attach it...
Jun
23
comment Most economical acceleration range
This is an impossible question to answer, unless you have a seriously clever GPS system - is the car going uphill or down? Which gear are they in? What are the prevailing traffic conditions or road conditions? Are they accelerating up a particularly short slip road, or pulling away from a junction in heavy traffic - both of which would need more acceleration than normal?
May
27
comment Buying a used car in Ontario - safety certificate
You're probably better asking this locally in Ontario, as it's a very location-specific question. In the UK, we have a specific exception to allow cars to be driven to the annual safety check even if the previous one has expired, but we have a recent rule that says all cars must be insured at all times, unless officially declared as "off the road" (previously you could simply keep a car off the road for a short time without declaring it as such, and not insure it). I suspect you have similar peculiarities!
May
9
comment How does a AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) work?
@JuannStrauss, when you are decelerating (or coasting), the gearbox is being turned by the roadwheels, and if you leave it in gear, it then turns the engine - the ECU knows this and cuts the fuelling right down to the bare minimum (or off completely), and lets momentum do the work for it - whereas if you disengage the clutch, the ECU needs to provide enough fuel to keep the engine turning. It is the same principle as the regenerative braking used in modern Hybrids...
May
7
comment Options for replacing rusted exhaust mounting bolts
If you hunt around, you might be able to get the same type of bolt again, which would save having the heads sticking up - They look like some variety of coachbolt. It's not a high-stress application, so stainless fixings ought to be fine...
Apr
25
comment 2012 Ford Escape grinding noise while braking
Have you checked the rear pads?
Apr
22
comment Windshield repair
Most (if not all) insurers over here (UK) charge for windscreens - and many are now adding a charge for repairs as well...
Mar
20
comment Does only traveling short distances hurt my car?
+1 for the cycle or walk suggestion - 1 mile will be about 15-20 minutes at an average walking speed, which is probably quicker than waiting for the car to warm up, dealing with traffic, then hunting for a parking space!
Mar
3
comment Ford Expedition sitting on my driveway
It is impossible to answer this without knowing what is causing it to fail. You can get an OBD2 reader to identify the error codes, and many of them you can fix yourself (e.g. changing a sensor, or replacing another part that is causing and error), which can save you a huge amount of money in Labour charges
Jan
30
comment Can I install a bluetooth dongle on my car's audio system?
I think it would depend on the dongle - the dashboard is probably designed to only read from a USB mass storage device, so if you could get a dongle that pretended to be one, it might work. As Paulster2 says, the easiest way is to try it!
Jan
30
comment Rover 25 Head Gasket replacement - is it a long-term fix?
Ah - I don't know any specialists up there, only in the SE...
Jan
27
comment Can a variable engine exist?
re: England - surprisingly, that's one of the few things we don't have a law about! It simply says "You MUST NOT leave a parked vehicle unattended with the engine running or leave a vehicle engine running unnecessarily while that vehicle is stationary on a public road." Then goes on to suggest that you shouldn't leave it running for more than a couple of minutes...
Jan
27
comment Second burst ancillary hose on Z20LET engine
If it were perished hoses I'd expect a different one to burst the second time, not the same one again, as presumably you fitted a new one when it burst the first time... Have you replaced the pressure cap recently?
Jan
20
comment Why won't my car unlock? Why does it spontaneously lock itself?
Good to hear, glad you fixed it!
Jan
14
comment Handbrake during cold winter between -50 Celcius and 0 Celcius? Should it be used or not?
"In stationary queues of traffic, drivers should apply the parking brake and, once the following traffic has stopped, take their foot off the footbrake to deactivate the vehicle brake lights. This will minimise glare to road users behind until the traffic moves again." - gov.uk/general-rules-all-drivers-riders-103-to-158/…
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...