How to Avoid Flat Spots on Tyres

If laying your car up for a period of more than a couple of weeks, it will be beneficial to over-inflate the tyres by about 10psi, providing this doesn’t exceed the maximum pressure marked on the sidewall. Keep them topped-up and periodically jack and rotate each wheel to ensure it doesn’t sit too long on

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How a Simple One-Man Brake Bleeder Works

A basic, ‘one-man’ brake bleeder is essentially a length of hose with a one-way valve to allow fluid out and prevent air being sucked back in. The very cheapest tyres have a bung in the end of the tube and a lengthways razor-slit just above it. They work fine, but after a year or so,

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How to Correct an Over-Reading Temperature Gauge

It’s amazing the number of classics where an aftermarket temperature gauge or sender doesn’t read ‘normal’ when it’s fine in reality. Owners know these quirks and many simply choose to live with it, knowing that the needle just before the red is fine but any higher is less so. Sender units and gauges are matched

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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