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I've been programming since my early teens and like so many of us, I started Basic on the usual home computers like Atari 800XL, ZX Spectrum etc. "Turned pro" about 20 years ago.

I've been mostly doing C++ during this time, writing anything from device drivers for various operating systems to trading systems for banks.


Aug
30
comment Hard shuttering and engine dies when A/C is on at idle
Does the ECU raise the idle when you turn on the A/C?
Aug
29
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Aug
29
answered Can I replace a compliance (Lower Control Arm) bushing myself?
Aug
23
comment '00 Volvo S40 Idle surging
Have you check for vacuum leaks?
Aug
23
comment Car overheating problem
A bad head gasket would certainly contribute to issues like these and might even cause them. In most cases you'd see some coolant loss, though, oil in the coolant or the other way around.
Aug
23
answered What does the Check Engine Light on 2000 Camry at 180,781 miles mean?
Aug
22
comment Left blinker quirky when braking
That's an almost perfect description of a broken wire - I'd find out exactly where the break is and carefully solder in some new wire or at least solder the break.
Aug
22
comment Volkswagen Golf Mk4 - Failed emission test (UK)
If you need to rebore the cylinders or deck the engine block so it's true (if the gasket surface to the head is out of true), you'll need some pretty specialised machinery for that. These things are rather big and expensive. Depending on the state of the bores (if it was really the piston rings), just honing isn't going to clean up the cylinder bores, then you need to rebore, get oversized pistons etc. Same goes for the crank if that's been damaged/worn, you need specialised machinery to 'fix' the crank. That said, you/your friend can farm out that work.
Aug
22
comment Volkswagen Golf Mk4 - Failed emission test (UK)
Stripping it is the cheap part :). Unless your friend has access to the necessary tools for machining the engine block, you'd still have to pay for that work and that's not that cheap at retail pricing. Same goes for the parts. OTOH if he's trying to do a really good job, having him rebuild the engine is probably going to result in an engine that's at least as good as a renman one, plus you've got the choice of parts quality that you don't get with a reman engine.
Aug
22
answered Volkswagen Golf Mk4 - Failed emission test (UK)
Aug
22
comment Jump starting a dead battery: Connect black wire to negative pole of battery or grounded metal?
I'm saying that there might be some resistance due to corrosion between the negative pole on the battery and the various chassis grounds.
Aug
21
answered What could cause my Honda Civic to not start? And how can I address the issue?
Aug
21
comment Should motorcyle exhaust headers ever glow red hot
If they're that bad, I'd be tempted to skip the carb cleaner and give them an ultrasonic bath. There are places that do carb refurbishment that'd be able to offer this service, or if you're in the US Harbor Freight has some fairly cheap ultrasonic cleaners. That said, I do prefer the carb cleaner in a spray can generally but I think you'll need to soak those carbs if they're as bad as you described.
Aug
20
answered Should motorcyle exhaust headers ever glow red hot
Aug
19
comment Car overheating problem
If the engine is properly warmed up, you should have a lot more heat than slightly above the outside temperature. To me this almost sounds like you're not getting enough coolant through the heater, which would suggest that you're either low on coolant or don't have enough coolant circulation (could be water pump or blockages).
Aug
19
comment Car overheating problem
Just to confirm, you do get heat out of the heater ducts if you have the heater on full with the fan at max?
Aug
19
revised Car overheating problem
Added a couple of suggestions on how to test some of the faults.
Aug
19
comment Car overheating problem
a/c on high will be detrimental to engine cooling, but if you turn off the a/c and run the heater at full blast you should definitely see the engine cooling down.
Aug
19
answered Car overheating problem
Aug
19
comment Car overheating problem
I assume that's the expansion tank, did you check at the (radiator) filler neck as well? If you have a leak when the engine is cold, the coolant level in the engine can fall far enough so it can't draw in more fluid from the header tank.