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Another Software Dev who likes doing a little bit of mechanic-ing on the side.

  • 66 Datsun Fairlady (Roadster)
  • 99 Ford Fairmont (AU)

Mar
19
comment Is any power from the alternator 'free'?
Not an answer, but a related question that doesn't show up as being related: mechanics.stackexchange.com/questions/1536/…
May
9
comment Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement
@BobCross thanks Bob. That checkbox wasn't available for me. Must be only for Moderators or possibly people with more than xxx reputation points.
May
3
comment Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement
@BobCross I hadn't considered it, but sure, if that's the done thing. Let me know if I should and I will.
May
3
comment Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement
Thanks Larry, that last part is exactly what I was asking for: an extreme example for each category and a sensible middle ground example as well. So we've made a good start, now we just need examples for the other 3 categories.
Mar
15
comment Effect of loss of fuel tank vapours on mileage
@kahbou No worries. The StackExchange engine excels with these sorts of slightly generic questions when people are willing to put a bit of time into both the question and the answer. And you are 100% correct about the MAP sensor I should not have mentioned it. I also left out option 3 which is the forced induction option where air is leaking in the other direction confusing the ECU in a slightly different way but producing the same outcome.
Mar
8
comment Approximately how many hours of labour is involved in a clutch replacement
@mikes I don't agree or I wouldn't have asked. From my own limited experience I know the rear-wheel drive setup is easily answered to within an hour or two. The front-wheel drive may have a little more variance but I have less experience with them so I might be wrong. I have no experience with either of the all-wheel drive setups, so perhaps the variances here might be too large to give a useful answer but I doubt it. I'm not looking for a down to the minute answer here, just a very rough guide to show just how much (or little) labour is required to change a clutch.
Mar
8
comment What parts are required to replace a clutch?
@MattLove take a look at the question I just posted here. Hopefully someone will answer to give you a better idea of what's fair and what isn't.
Mar
7
comment What parts are required to replace a clutch?
I just edited the answer to add extra info about the amount of work required to do a clutch replacement.
Mar
7
comment What parts are required to replace a clutch?
@MattLove - changing a clutch is not a trivial job, it involves A LOT of work. Most of the cost of having a clutch replaced is in the labour not in the parts. Now if he's charging you $900+ just for parts then either he's replacing a lot of other stuff as well (which is a possibility) or he's ripping you off.
Mar
7
comment Accidentally poured engine oil into the coolant reservoir
@kahbou - would it be worth mentioning over the counter radiator flush products in the answer?
Mar
6
comment What parts are required to replace a clutch?
@MattLove that kit looks like it contains all the parts you'll need to replace your clutch, assuming it is the correct kit for your make, model, engine and gearbox.
Mar
6
comment What parts are required to replace a clutch?
@NickC - I'd never seen the last 2 in a clutch kit either, till I went looking for a Subaru kit.
Nov
17
comment Alternative reverse light switch
Tim, you describe the way it works which is great, but what was the actual solution? What did you (or the gearbox place) do to rectify the problem?
Jul
14
comment Open the boot (trunk) lid of a 66 Datsun Fairlady (Roadster) when the lock mechanism is broken
Thanks Michael, I will definitely hit you up via email to request those photos. I've tried through the numberplate holes on several occasions, but when I'm only taking an educated guess as to what the mechanism looks like, the whole operation feels futile (and more than a little frustrating). I've read on www.311s.org tales of the arm on the lock cylinder slipping off and under the trunk latch, I'm wondering if this is what's happened to me as the whole lock mechanism seems to spin freely.
Jun
6
comment Open the boot (trunk) lid of a 66 Datsun Fairlady (Roadster) when the lock mechanism is broken
I realise this is bordering on a 'How do I break into the boot of a car?" question, but I honestly don't think there would be too many potential car thieves out there that would be interested in learning the specific techniques required to break into a 66 Fairlady - most folks would never have even seen one.
Jun
6
comment disable passenger airbag on Vauxhall Zafira
Colin - I had no idea about the transponder option. You should ad an answer your own question with that as an option, especially if you find that it works. That way future visitors will know it's a possibility. In fact the transponder sounds like the best option so I hope it works out for you.
Jun
6
comment How can I measure Rim Offset?
(I ran out of comment space) With that said, if you still want me to change the questions let me know and I will.
Jun
6
comment How can I measure Rim Offset?
Actually Bob, I was going for quite the opposite. I believe the subject matter is simple enough so I wanted the question (and subsequent answers) to be general enough to apply to any set of rims. Why have questions about measuring the offset of every different set of rims out there when the answer is going to be (pretty much) the same for all of them. The idea being that if you have a generalised question with a solid generalised answer it can be used to point people with more specific questions to for years to come, this is where the Stack Exchange software and community model really shines.