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[#] Mon Dec 04 2006 22:13:14 EST from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I recall hearing them say that GM is a health care provider that happens to make cars.

[#] Mon Dec 11 2006 15:03:19 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Ford2: That's a pretty good assessment.

[#] Tue Dec 12 2006 17:00:28 EST from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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At lunch today I figured I would go get something.   I figured wrong.  The car started but then shut off right away.  If I started it and gave it gas it would run, but it ran rough.  I tried to let it idle but it would just shut down.   I then tried to start it, and keep giving it gas.  Once it ran for a bit it seemed fine, but I pulled out and it started running rough again.  I decided to drive around the parking lot and was fine till I had to make a turn.  Then it shut down again.  AFter that I couldn't get it started again.   Well, I got it started once, but as I sat with my foot on the pedal it just acted like it wasn't getting any gas, the tach dropped, and I floored the gas, but no change the tach was still dropping.  

 

I finally called AAA and had them tow it out to the mechanic.   I hope they can fix it soon, and let me know.   



[#] Tue Dec 12 2006 20:38:05 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Sounds like a vacuum leak

[#] Wed Dec 13 2006 09:30:21 EST from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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Turns out it was a bad Air Flow Sensor.  $350 later and it will be fixed.  The little bugger is difficult to get to, and expensive to replace.


[#] Wed Dec 13 2006 13:00:54 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Average price too. Often abbreviated as "MAF" the bugger is just a hot wire across the intake tube. A highly regulated voltage is applied to the wire causing it to heat up. Incoming air cools the wire changing its resistance and therefore the current. Current is then proportional to air flow.

Ridiculous how much they charge for not just labor but the device itself.
My Volvo MAF costs almost $300 by itself when all that need be replaces is 6" of wire but nobody sells only the wire, you have to buy the whole damned assembly.

Reminds me of fuses in ARgentina. You can buy the wire for about a nickle and disassemble the fuse on your kitchen table without tools to replace while the odd-shaped fuses cost about $5USD.

Sounds like a market opportunity, no?

[#] Sun Jul 02 2006 18:11:55 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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That's because you have a heavy-duty flasher in your truck.

Trucks have more and bigger lights than cars. They're also designed for trailer connections (more power) so the bimetallic strip inside the flasher is thicker. Ever notice that trucks often flash slower too?

That's due to the constuction of the flasher. Think of a pair of contact points. One contact, the movable contact, is on the end of a strip of metal through which the current passes. In reality there are two different metals, one on each side, that have different coefficients of expansion so the strip bends when heated with the current. That opens the contact interrupting the lamp. When it cools contact is made and the cycle repeats.

[#] Mon Jul 03 2006 00:53:53 EDT from harry @ Haven BBS

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Yesterday the power window on the passenger side, front seat, decided to stop going UP. It ouwld go Down OK, but not UP. So I disassembled the door, checked the continuity of the switches and all seemed OK. So I re-connected the switch to the line that ran to the motor and turned on the key. The power windows would now go both Up *and* Down. I guess it just wanted some attention. :-)


[#] Wed Jul 05 2006 22:50:37 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Saw what passes for a hot rod here, a late 70's Chevy Nova lowered, shaved, very nice bodywork and paint, wheelwells opened for big tires, window tinting so dark they probably can'tdrive at night.

With a 6 cylinder engine...

[#] Thu Jul 06 2006 02:02:02 EDT from harry @ Haven BBS

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My subaru is a station wagon, but no wood, all metal.


[#] Fri Jul 07 2006 02:46:40 EDT from harry @ Haven BBS

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Good luck, Tril.

I'm curious. Do you and your husband both ride unicycles, or is there some other reason for having two ??


[#] Sat Jul 08 2006 02:43:52 EDT from harry @ Haven BBS

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Ah. I see.


[#] Mon Nov 27 2006 22:40:08 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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What is happening to the Airline industry is about to unfold in the Auto industry. Worst of all is that the retirement debt is being sold back to the U.S. Goverment as a Social Security debt obligation bond. A bond that's guaranteed to go sour.

[#] Wed Nov 29 2006 00:53:20 EST from harry @ Haven BBS

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I'll stick with my Subaru's.

I just wish that Subaru had a hybrid offering.

And I was saddened to hear that the new B9 Tribeca was panned.


Oh well.


[#] Mon Dec 11 2006 15:03:19 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Ford2: That's a pretty good assessment.

[#] Mon Oct 02 2006 21:25:27 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Strange evolution of cars here. In the late 1890's the Rambler Bicycle Company produced it's first car later to change the company name to Nash. In the 1960's they bought what was left of Willies, now Jeep. In hte 80's Renault/Pugeot bought the company and exported the design of what was now American Motors here with aesthetic redesign by some italian design studio, it's really quite nice.

When Renault fell on it's collective face in the U.S. the factory was sold to Chrysler. Now Mercedes-Benz owns the rights to the Jeep, ironic that our once enemy manufacturer of Nazi military vehicles owns the rights to our ex-military vehicle.

Note: "Jeep" is the pronunciation for "GP" hwich was the abbreviation for "General Purpose" vehicle during WWII.

[#] Sat Oct 21 2006 15:26:25 EDT from mightbme @ Haven BBS

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They have morphed so far away from the Willys' Jeep there's no resemblance left.

[#] Sun Oct 22 2006 16:14:29 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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True, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Evolution is a wonderous thing.

[#] Sat Oct 28 2006 00:31:45 EDT from mightbme @ Haven BBS

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Yes and you gain a lot, but it's mostly luxury.

Willys was tough, would go anywhere, and I bet it was easy to work on too. I've ridden in one. It was owned by a guy actually named Willie.

Now you got more size, more comfort, more options. More cost to go with it, and all the computer-controlled gizzies. I miss the simplicity of plain old engines.

[#] Sun Oct 29 2006 19:25:14 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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You'd love this Pugeot 504 POS...

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