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Dan Bullmore

Dan Bullmore is a physicist and engineer from Houston, TX. Preferring the old to the new, Dan has owned many examples of Mercedes and Volvo vehicles and has devoted much of his time to maintaining and understanding them.

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3 Commonly Overlooked Maintenance Items

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Jan 27, 2017
It is probably safe to say that most of us spend a good deal of our time looking after and caring for our cars. We do the typical ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How a Bosch Alternator Works

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Jan 25, 2017
Over a period of time during the 60s and 70s, the electrical generator in most cars was replaced with what is called an alternator. So ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Volvo

The Relationship Between Power and Torque

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Jan 6, 2015
One of the things most often found in forums and online communities of car enthusiasts is a discussion on horsepower and torque, and their ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How Forced Induction is The Key to Engine Efficiency

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Dec 30, 2014
Engine efficiency is a very broad concept, and a very large component of the physical discipline known as thermodynamics. For all engines, ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace a Steering Idler Arm on (Most) Mercedes-Benz Vehicles

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Dec 23, 2014
  A closeup of the idler arm as installed- passenger tie rod to the left, and drag link to the right.   Before the mid 1990's (including the ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Mercedes

Automotive Interior Upkeep and Maintenance Advice

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Dec 14, 2014
For me, the most important styling aspect of any car is the interior. As a kid, I would sit up late researching car interiors, looking over ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Understanding and Maintaining Disc Brake Calipers

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Dec 8, 2014
Since the 1970's, it's been hard to find a car that didn't have at least one set of brake calipers. Though the calipers have changed a lot ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Mercedes E-Class Multi-Link Supension Rebuild (W201 W124)

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Dec 3, 2014
Shortly after purchasing my W124 E-class, I went to work replacing the entire front suspension. Rust damage had gotten the better of most of ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Mercedes M103/M104 Engine Water Pump Replacement

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Nov 26, 2014
In last week's article, I discussed a very unfortunate situation in which the shaft bearing of the water pump on my M103 Mercedes engine ... Read more

Topics: Mercedes

Mercedes E-Class (W124) Accessory Pulley Bearing Failure

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Nov 18, 2014
My wife called me on the telephone earlier this week to notify me that, without warning, our W124 Mercedes sedan began making an awful noise ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace a Mid-80's Mercedes Ignition Lock Tumbler

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Nov 9, 2014
If you own a W123, W124, W201, or W126 Mercedes, there is a replacement item lurking in your dashboard that can be the cause of great heart ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Basic Tire Maintenance & How it Can Save You Money

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Nov 5, 2014
Discussing tires elicits different responses from different people. Some people will leap headfirst into a discussion about what brands they ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Access Console Switches & More on a Mercedes E-Class (W124)

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Oct 21, 2014
One of the more annoying “features” of Mercedes automobiles between the 70's and 90's is the use of an external fader switch for the radio. ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

The Importance of Testing Electrical Grounds

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Oct 9, 2014
A multimeter is cheap if you need one for infrequent use... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

3 Types of Coil Spring Compressor and Removal Tools

Posted by Dan Bullmore
on Oct 3, 2014
Often while working on our automotive suspension systems, it becomes necessary to remove coil springs from the equation. This is the case ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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