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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


Jun
18
comment Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving
Generally it's a case of 'brute force and ignorance'. You can usually get new pins if all else fails, as long as the caliper itself is OK. Last time I did one, it was a case of gripping the pin very firmly in self-gripping pliers, then tapping the handle of the pliers with a hammer to shock it free. Once it starts moving you can gradually work it out a bit at a time...
Jun
17
comment Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving
Ah, ok, so it's the ABS that suffers then. Fair enough!
Jun
17
comment Replaced brake pads - one pad was full, the other was gone. Brakes now very hot after driving
Have you got a reference for that first statement? Yes, it can cause the reservoir to overflow if it's been topped up since the last pad change, but I can't see how it'd be damaged, IIRC most master cylinders have a free path between reservoir and line when the pedal isn't pressed.
May
15
comment Easily serviceable/maintenance cars
In which case, replace Vauxhall with Holden in my above answer... A nice old 80s or 90s Ute perhaps?
May
15
comment What does the 'cc' mean on a motorcycle?
Indeed - the same is usually true of car engines - my 1.6L Honda is actually 1595cc
May
7
comment CAN-BUS signals of Ford Transit needed
I'm not an expert on Transits, but I suspect you'll need a bit more information than that - what age of Transit for a start? I suspect they are proprietary, but you've presumably worked that out already as you mention reverse engineering...
Apr
12
comment 2000 Camry P0446 Evaporative Emission Control System Vent Control Circuit Malfunction
Your second question is too localised - Inspection requirements vary wildly from country to country (and often state to state in some countries), so we can't tell you if it'll fail unless we know which inspection it needs to pass...
Apr
4
comment How can I find out the exact colour for my car?
On some cars the plaque is under the bonnet, either on the slam panel or the bulkhead.
Mar
1
comment What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?
You learn something new every day! That's the model we call the 'Golf' in Europe, with the Golf GTi being the top sporty version. I usually use Haynes manuals as they tend to be the most common over here, I don't know if they're available in the US though?
Feb
28
comment What are the brake specs on a 2008 VW GTI?
Which model of VW? GTi is a trim level... Do you have a workshop manual ('Haynes' or similar) for the car?
Feb
22
comment 2007 prius premium gas or not?
While I'll agree with you that a Diesel will be cheaper to run, I'd have to point out that a newer Diesel ought to do much better than 40mpg - Many sold in Europe these days are quoted as 60-70+ mpg... Of course, your Merc is probably a lot more comfortable!
Feb
13
comment Tail light is intermittently out on Dodge Caravan
I agree, it'll be a poor connection somewhere, and the socket itself is the usual suspect. If you can get to it, try taking the bulb out and cleaning the contacts inside the socket with fine emery paper.
Feb
13
comment Car Cigarette Lighter Keeps Blowing Fuse
That's interesting - presumably the 'IGN' feed is only active when the ignition switch is on, and the 'battery' feed is active all the time - so you get the choice as to whether your lighter socket is always on or only on with ignition? I've not seen that before...
Feb
12
comment Nissan Micra oil leak
@theUg Wikipedia has a fairly comprehensive guide: link
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?