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How Do I Stop My Transmission Whining?

Whining may have more than one cause, so it’s important to try to understand where it’s coming from in the first place. It’s important to stress that whining that slowly asserts itself over a period of time is not generally a sign of imminent collapse. A sudden onset of noise might be a harbinger of… Read more »

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How Do I Stop My Classic Grumbling?

If your classic car makes a grumbling noise when warm, first make sure the carburettor mixture is correctly set. Then, try retarding the ignition timing a little at a time. Growling or vibration is sometimes symptomatic of the pistons pushing down on the crankshaft before the crank pins have gone over centre – and this… Read more »

How can I touch up damaged paint?

How Can I Touch Up Damaged Paint?

Touching in the damage as you describe will never win any awards for prettiness, but it can do an excellent job of preserving the panels against further rust pitting. You’ll first need to remove the scabby paint and as much of the rust underneath as possible. For the smallest nicks, we’d suggest the tip of… Read more »

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How Do You Get Rid of Air-Locks in Fuel Systems?

In theory, any air in the system should be quickly pushed through and ‘burped’ out into the carburettor float chamber. Unless there are any peculiar loops of piping which are much higher than the carburettor, we’d suspect that air is continuously finding its way into the fuel system. Closely examine the pipework between the electric… Read more »

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How to Stop Your Classic MGB From Running On

First of all, check the float level in both carburettors against the figure in the workshop manual. Next, plug the brake servo take-off stub on the inlet manifold to eliminate possible air leaks here. Use a short length of rubber hose with a bolt tightly screwed into the end. Take the car for a test… Read more »

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Why Does a Failing Starter Motor Click?

This is a problem we’re all likely to experience at some time or another, so we’ll consider both common types of starter motor in our answer. A pre-engaged starter has the solenoid piggy-backed on the motor. The solenoid acts as a heavy duty switch and also pushes the starter drive into contact with the flywheel… Read more »

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If Your Engine Loses Water, Is It the Head Gasket?

Head gasket failure is a logical conclusion – but don’t assume the worst yet. First, top up the radiator with the engine cold and park the car overnight with the radiator cap off. In the morning, feel for wetness around all hose stubs, hoses, core plugs, the water pump and its spindle, and any other… Read more »

How to cure chalky flat paint

How to Cure Chalky Flat Paint

If you’re lucky, the whitening or ‘chalking’ may simply be heavy surface oxidation. In this case, a good polishing session should revive it. A heavy-duty cutting paste such as Farecla G6 may do the trick. Do it one panel at a time, finishing off with the lighter G3 compound then a quality, slightly abrasive wax… Read more »

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How Can I Touch Up Damaged Paint?

Touching in the damage as you describe will never win any awards for prettiness, but it can do an excellent job of preserving the panels against further rust pitting. You’ll first need to remove the scabby paint and as much of the rust underneath as possible. For the smallest nicks, we’d suggest the tip of… Read more »