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  • Do I want a measuring tape or measuring laser? ?

    I bought a Bosch Professional GLM 500 measuring laser tool not knowing it only measures the distance between the device itself and object the laser is touching.  What I want to do is be able to measure say the length, width and height of a table and not only the distance between the laser unit and an object the laser is touching. 

    My laser unit is  Bosh Professional  GLM 500. 

    2 AnswersEngineering1 week ago
  • Is there a website backyard mechanics can access for vehicle specific specifications for sensor read outs?

    I have a scan tool (cheap $200 Bluetooth scanner) and various tools to do my own work on cars  but I need vehicle specific specifications regarding the correct sensor read outs, correct torque settings, correct voltage readouts from the alternator, correct oil grades (I don't like multigrade oil), and correct volt read outs when the engine is running ( mine idles between 13V - 14V). 

    I believe even an endless money pit from a European car maker can be one of the best out there provided ALL plastic parts are replaced with metallic parts. Europeans make some of the BEST engines around that are only let down by cheap plastic parts for the cooling system and rubber vacuum hoses that crack (very common with all cars as they get older)

    Also, why do rubber hoses for the vacuum system fail over time?

    2 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 weeks ago
  • Why did my spare MAF sensor cause the car to have sluggish acceleration and rough idling (MAF sensor was cleaned prior to me installing it)?

    I was looking at ways to improve my spare car, a 1998 BMW E46 323i, by replacing the existing MAF sensor with my spare I got from a wrecker, replacing the ignition coils and plugs, replacing the filters and fluids. The car did run fine without the sluggish acceleration and surging/rough idle for some time with the cleaned MAF sensor, but these problems eventually came within a month of installing it and doing a major service.   I can also smell unburnt petrol before I did a major service.

    If it helps at all, my spare MAF sensor was cleaned inside my house where a deep fryer had allowed smoke and oil to reach the ceiling.   I'm also getting a few error codes from my scanner stating something about a "fuel trim" 

    Rough/surging idle and sluggish acceleration went away after cleaning and  installing the previous MAF sensor. 

    1 AnswerMaintenance & Repairs2 weeks ago
  • Was it wear and tear, filtered tap water or the car battery itself that caused it to die?

    The battery was pretty old to begin with but what I did was fill the cells with normal tap water I filtered and then placing the battery inside the compartment without it being locked down.  I  simply let it slide back and fourth while hitting against the frame. 

    The battery simply went flat despite the alternator charging it from the last drive. 

    5 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 weeks ago
  • Do I need an Optima battery if the only thing I need running is my dashcam, head unit and no amplifier?

    I'm tempted to buy those really expensive batteries to see if they will make any difference at all in terms of fuel economy and overall engine performance.  

    I did see a car with dancing lights whenever the bass dropped, would that happen to be because he had the standard 12V battery? 

    5 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs3 weeks ago
  • Which works best for cleaning the IACV on a BMW, MAF sensor cleaner or throttle body cleaner?

    Resurrecting an old 1998 E46 BMW 318i by cleaning its various sensors, replacing the ignition coil pack and its leads and plugs, replacing its filters and fluids, removing sludge from the engine after 2nd oil change with a motor oil designed to dissolve sludge and then cleaning the fuel line with an additive. 

    I'm wanting to know if its best cleaned with a MAF sensor cleaner or throttle body cleaner. 

    1 AnswerMaintenance & Repairs1 month ago
  • What's the difference between a cheap and an expensive ignition coil pack?

    Thinking of resurrecting my spare E46 318i BMW by replacing the spark plugs/leads, coil packs, filters and fluids, battery, cleaning the fuel line, and even cleaning the various sensors including the MAF sensor. But is there really a difference between the cheapest and most expensive ignition coil pack?

    Will doing the above things mentioned above dramatically improve fuel economy and performance from a small 82KW 4 cylinder engine? 

    Is it worth supercharging a 4 cylinder engine? 

    3 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs1 month ago
  • Why would some people pay extra for an air filter that has a foam backing?

    If anything, this foam backing will reduce the amount of air that goes in any given time. These filters with the foam backing only add more to the cost, increase fuel consumption and wear out the engine in a shorter period of time. 

    Why on earth would we want air filters with the foam backing????

    3 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs1 month ago
  • Who is more closer to being the Scotty Kilmer of bike maintenance?

    I'm looking into watching videos and reading about bike maintenance but I don't know which is more experienced with bike maintenance. I'm also thinking of becoming an apprentice bike mechanic myself, but I believe such videos will help me prepare to being a better apprentice.  I am also trying to find the name of these allen keys that look like hammers and knowing the various torque settings for bolts. 

    I heard of Sheldon Cycles or Cooper and Global Cycling Network. 

    1 AnswerCycling1 month ago
  • Will a lubricant specifically designed for chains also help to extend the life of my bike's drivetrain?

    I've left my bike exposed to the elements for 2 years and just recently loosened the chains with WD-40 cleaner and WD-40 chain lubricant. I'm now intending on purchasing a chain cleaner and some solvent to help clean the chain further before brushing the cassette and lubricating the chain with Rock N Roll Gold chain lube. But will a chain lube itself also help extend the life of my cassette and its other drivetrain components? 

    This is so it can last a little bit more before I have the bike brought in for a chain replacement (I'm embarrassed because of the golden brown appearance my chain has) . My rear derailleur shift cable has also rusted.   Bike is also making this creaking or knocking sound each time the pedals make a full revolution.  

    7 AnswersCycling1 month ago
  • Is my business strategy good if I incorporate workplace indoctrination?

    I consider myself different from other employers who would rather have raw recruits for their businesses and risk having one or more of its employees act out of line with company views, etc.   I believe a meaningful relationship between the company and its employees who will share the same views will improve productivity and  efficiency, unlike others who only see their jobs as a job and work normally (I don't need people like that).  

    I am on the verge of becoming a supervisor and thought it would be a great to increase the productivity and efficient operation of my business if I inculcate certain employees with the correct ideas, beliefs, attitudes and cognitive strategies.   

    1 AnswerCorporations2 months ago
  • Is it implied by employers that an employee has an obligation to report any safety hazards to QA and supervisors?

    I was once unemployed and always came across several job descriptions that never mentioned anything about reporting any safety hazards to QA and/or supervisors, but they always state something about reporting any safety hazards to the relevant personnel during the video induction.   

    Can an employee be fired if it is discovered that employee failed to report the safety hazard when he/she knew it was a risk before the incident took place?

    Also, why would they include one possible answer to a question that was never mentioned in the induction?  If anything, it confuses the employee because it was never mentioned in the video but is also a great option??. 

    3 AnswersLaw & Ethics2 months ago
  • Am I likely to be fired by my employer  in this case?

    My employer called me to inform me she will touch base with me the following week after one of the companies sacked me because of my  "attitude". I was well behaved and followed every instruction, but I was struggling with the project that caused some delays because it was my 2nd day there and I had little to no experience from 2 people who spoke broken English. 

    I feel like they chose a potentially damaging reason to sack me without ever thinking of the dire consequences this will have on me.

    4 AnswersOther - Careers & Employment2 months ago
  • What kind of servicing do I need if I left my bike exposed to the elements for 2 years?

    I secured a new job in the countryside of my state that is only 3 km from the railway station, but I was wondering what kind of servicing will I need done to my bike.  It was left exposed to the elements for more than 2 years because I was using a private vehicle at the time. 

    3 AnswersOther - Cars & Transportation2 months ago
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    Does my E46 323i have a 16/20pin  OBDI or II port by this picture?

    I just went and bought myself a Bluetooth vehicle monitor that will detect and clear a select amount of codes, record the measurements of various on-board sensors, and set reminders for me when to change the oil, etc.   However, I just realized it does not have the standard OBD-II interface, but a non- standard OBDI interface just under the bonnet.

    Any chance of a fire if I leave the OBDI-to-OBDII  cable adapter, OBD-II extension cable and the OBD-II a Bluetooth adapter connected to the diagnostics port?  

    1 AnswerMaintenance & Repairs2 months ago
  • Any chance of an electrical fire with my NOCO G15000 charger if I leave it charging a battery overnight, and how long should it take?

    Charging a maintenance  20HR 65Ah  6 cell 12V battery that has been connected to my NOCO charger for more than 5 hours. I had the battery charger in 12V 1.5A maintenance mode after I accidentally selected the mode for lithium battery. I've already topped up each cell with filtered tap water just barely touching the bottom of each cap. 

    Can I leave it charging like that overnight?

    2 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 months ago
  • Am I considered both offensive and insulting under these circumstances?

    I am a person who prefers a fade cut over a bald cut any day, a person who likes to conform to dress codes within my age bracket, a person who would rather study and work at the same time, and a person who prefers to shop in or near the city for high end clothing and apparels like Oakley. However, I did NOT attend any programs that turns a man or boy into a metrosexual, I was NEVER my mum's favorite child, and I had to learn the English grammar myself!

    Also, would me telling and posting a lie back in 2016  about myself being a convict have anything to do with me being blacklisted from such programs that turns a man one? The funny thing about this blacklisting is that I was frustrated for missing out, so I told a lie about myself that got me banned. And because my dad was forcing me to being macho ever since that day.  XD

    Am I considered BOTH insulting and offensive in these circumstances?

    1 AnswerPolls & Surveys2 months ago
  • Who makes better fighter jets, tanks and helicopters between US and Russia?

    I've read several posts about the Russia manufacturing fighter jets that are clearly inferior to their western counterparts, but is it the same for Russian helicopters and tanks?

    Who made the KA-50 Aligator?

    What did America do with a stolen soviet helicopter?  

    6 AnswersMilitary2 months ago
  • What was the point of Donald Trump putting up a wall if Mexicans travel to and from US by plane everyday?

    I believe Mexican citizens are still free to fly to and from US/Canada by plane with no restrictions, so why did he put up a wall at the expense of the Mexican government???

    Seems kind of prejudiced towards Mexicans. 

    8 AnswersPolitics2 months ago
  • Am I supposed to fully charge my car battery or put it under maintenance with my NOCO G15000 charger? (battery not used for several months)?

    I have a 12v lead acid battery  not used in several months that caused my battery charger to skip from  25% and move up to 75%. The battery itself did have some charge to power up its instruments and central locking unit, but not enough to turn the engine over. 

    I simply hooked up my battery charger and selected 12V 15A to charge the battery. 

    Also, would I be doing any damage if I replace the clamps from my battery charger with battery terminals? I believe terminals would give a better contact that in turn improves charging times.  . 

    5 AnswersMaintenance & Repairs2 months ago