Tag Archives: Cars

Fog lamps

I know my vision isn’t the best. I wear my glasses, I moderate my speed if I have trouble seeing in night. I drive with my lights on at all time – daytime running lights are required by law in Denmark.

But I really don’t think I’m blind enough to ignore fog. It’s usually quite obvious when it’s foggy – or there’s heavy rain, dust or snow. If it’s serious, the right reaction is to turn on your fog lamps. Of course, turn them off again in city traffic, since they tend to produce a lot of glare.

Seriously. Turn them off. If there isn’t any fog, heavy rain, dust or snow – turn them off! I don’t care if they look good on your car, they’re bloody annoying, and anyone running them at night without need are bloody idiots.

Thank you.


I changed the distributor cap and rotor on my car today, probably the cheapest repair I could attempt to try to get rid of the starting problems it’s been having.

The problems have mostly been apparent in rain or otherwise damp weather, but once I also experienced it after the car had been driven for a while, parked in a carpark, and had been in the sun for a couple of hours. The starter engine would turn, but nothing would happen for a while – then after some turns the engine would start coughing, as if one or a few cylinders would fire, and then it would slowly start being able to keep itself going – for the first few seconds still coughing a lot.

I expected this to be due to an old power distributor, and indeed it didn’t look too nice inside when I got it off. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, but the car has been fine the 3 times I’ve started it since… not a very good statistical basis, since it hasn’t rained, but it’s nice to know that it hasn’t ruined the engine. The car felt a bit faster afterwards – but I’m sure that’s just the rush of pride of mending my own car doing that 😉

Starting problems

I’ve had a bit of problems with my car – not big ones, but just a bit of starting trouble. At first, it was a few occasions of the engine not wanting to start when the weather was wet, but now it’s had some problems as well in hot weather. Suggestions were made to check vacuum lines, and vacuum lines were checked, and seem to be fine. Next step will be to replace the power distributor, which is hopefully the source of the problem.