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UK-based engineer, motorsport enthusiast and amateur mechanic.


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?
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