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  1. You don’t need to open an engine to diagnose a gasket problem. This is what sniff testers, leak down testers, pressure testers etc are for. Mechanic is either making guesses and doesn’t know what he’s doing, or he wants to open it then it’s too late and you’re already stung for labour charges. The only time you should open an engine is to repair it, not to make a diagnosis.
  2. Another one My personal favourite, choose your own speed limit
  3. Radiator stop leak can cause more problems than it cures sometimes. I had to take the dashboard out of a LandCruiser a while back to replace the heater matrix after the owner put 2 bottles of stop leak in and clogged up the cooling system. If you can’t see any signs of leakage but you believe there is a leak, you need to use a pressure tester and put 10-12 psi in the system and monitor it for pressure loss over a period of time. If the pressure drops, you can start inspecting to see where the coolant is escaping from. Any coolant leak should be sorted straight away as it could result in loss of pressure leading to overheating.
  4. It all comes down to how lucky you’re feeling and how many times you prayed that day.
  5. I guess the only reason I’m still here is because I spent most of my time in the garage fixing my crappy broken cars instead of driving them. Funny story time. I bought a 1.1 205 just for scooting to work and back when I was building my Subaru. I don’t remember if it was a 1.0 or a 1.1 but it was a clean 2 door shell so I cut the front springs, reset the rear torsion bars and threw a gti body kit and wheels on it. It looked good for what it was. Anyway, I was doing stuff I probably shouldn’t have been doing with this girl at a party and she had no way of getting home so I volunteered to drop her off in the next town. I was driving at 85 just to get rid of her as fast as I could, she wasn’t very nice. I saw the blue lights in my rear view mirror so I pulled over. The cop walked up and tapped my window and I rolled it down. He asked me why I was doing 85. I apologised and said I’m sorry officer, that’s as fast as this car would go. He booked me on the spot. Apparently police are born without a sense of humour.
  6. You know me bhai, I tell it like it is. I found a few more, totally reasonable limits for the given conditions. Maybe this is why mother Ireland gives us so many world class rally drivers/lunatics with no sense of fear.
  7. I imagine this road would be fun to drive on Dubai style. Sending it in a Sunny with a white Patrol 2 inches off your back bumper flashing the headlights. It’s not a limit, it’s a target and don’t forget the 20 kph buffer if you don’t want to be pushed out of the way.
  8. That’s what I was getting to with computer diagnostic too. Less air coming in means less air going out which means blocked cat. I would unbolt the cat from the manifold and go for a sprint to see if you gain the power back, obviously if it’s safe and you’re not going to have flames coming out on petrol lines etc. The proper way to do it would be to remover the front lambda sensor out and screw in a back pressure tester but not everyone is going to have one of those.
  9. It does seem pretty high. What are you getting on the airflow meter?
  10. I used to have the MS509. Nice little tool. You should be able to read all the data you need on it.
  11. Even the standard non sport 106/saxos are so much fun to drive. Probably the best supermini chassis at the time. The rear torsion beam suspension is great for lift off oversteer and you can slide it around the back roads like a rally car.
  12. Spotted a blue phase 2 106 Rallye in Dubai. That’s a pretty rare car anywhere never mind seeing one here. Didn’t get my camera out in time but it was like this
  13. Did you check fuel pressure at idle and under load? Also look at AFM gm/s and compare it with factory data or a known good engine. More accurate than just unplugging it and seeing what happens Check exhaust sensor data and look at fuel trims. How is the general condition and wear in the engine? Are you getting any blow by? Pull the dipstick and see if you can feel any air pulsing. If you can’t get a mechanic to sort it, bring it by and I’ll have a look.
  14. It’s a new shop and it’s not listed yet but I’m in al quoz 0525713073
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