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[#] Thu Mar 25 2010 02:39:06 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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I can do most of what onstar/etc can do, but I just don't have the
satellite interface.

Bluetooth OBDII can do a lot if you know what commands to send the ECU.

[#] Thu Mar 25 2010 04:27:54 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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ford, similar things can be done with iphone lUsers.



[#] Thu Mar 25 2010 07:58:14 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Speaking of over-engineered car electronics...

Remember the good old days when you turned mechanical knobs to adjust the heat in your car? Long gone, I guess ... my Galant has a dial that is apparently electronic, because when I adjust the heat I can hear a servo moving inside somewhere for the next couple of seconds.

Now I'm sure they do this so that they can use the same mechanical components on vehicles with and without climate control, but now ... it isn't working.
Where am I likely to find this servo and is it an easy component to replace?
(I already looked in the manual to see if there was a fuse dedicated to this purpose that might simply need to be replaced ... no such luck.)

[#] Thu Mar 25 2010 09:08:17 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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yeah - this is an interesting issue for microwaves. If you have a digital microwave, you can set it for a more specific number of seconds. On the other hand, if the digital panel goes, you end up needing to replace the microwave... pain in the arse.

And they just don't make things like they used to.

We had a digital microwave for 16 years when I was a kid with no problems. Now if one lasts 5 years, you figure you've gotten lucky...

And I'm beginning to suspect that my parents' '99 corolla is a better car than the 2010 corolla...



[#] Fri Mar 26 2010 07:44:57 EDT from skpacman @ Uncensored

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dothebart:  lol sorry i shaddowed your link, i found it on stubleupon and posted it without reading your post first >.<



[#] Fri Mar 26 2010 19:45:36 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Weird. When I started the car up the next day, the heat control worked again.
Perhaps it just needed to be rebooted. *sigh*

[#] Sun Mar 28 2010 02:53:51 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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On my Vue I was having an issue where the floor mode setting leaked air into the defrost vents, which fogged up the windows if the A/C wasn't on. I foudn that there is a calibration prodecure. On the Vue you press the AC and Recirculate buttons together, three times in a row and it moves every flap to it's far reaches and sets the stopping points or some magical stuff like that.

Fixed my problem. You seem to have an intermittant condition though :(

[#] Sun Mar 28 2010 22:00:02 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I've seen computer driven servos that needed to be rebooted occasionally, but actually cars (at the moment) have pretty stable software, so likely, it's gummed up and the weather or humidity caused it to stick and unstick.
Expect it to happen again and get worse.
Where is it? Behind your dashboard, and unless you can get at it from undernearth (possibly by taking out the center column if you have one) you'd probably have to take the whole dash off. All that stuff is a real pain in the ass.
The recirculate vent servo has been broken on my gti for years, and broken it will stay.
The radio on my bmw however has jumped the shark. Two times I've have to turn the engine off and reboot in order to get it to start emitting ANY audio.

[#] Sun Mar 28 2010 22:01:43 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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AHhh, so I'm coining a new term. Technology has jumped the shark when it is has finally succumbed to progress and requires a end-user-accessible reset button in order to ensure it will continue to function after repeated use.

[#] Mon Mar 29 2010 00:53:30 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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Ig... just be glad it's your heater that's stuck and not your throttle flap :)

[#] Mon Mar 29 2010 09:58:32 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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IG's car runs Windows. Who'd have thunk it?

[#] Mon Mar 29 2010 16:18:08 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I did a little more research ... if you Google "galant heater control valve" it turns out to be a fairly common issue. It appears that it's accessible by popping off a couple of dashboard panels and removing the glove box, all of which seem to be removable without tools. Nice. The part itself is about $150, which is not so nice (but it beats $500 for having it done by a repair shop).

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 00:22:20 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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AHHHGHHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHHGHHGHGHGHGHGHG!

I tried to remove the exhaust manifold from the back head of the Voyager today. For the first time ever I removed all the exhaust manifold bolts easily... without them breaking off or something stupid like that. But wait, the manifold won't come off... Oh right... dodge put that stupid stud in place of one of the bolts and it has to come out.

So it has this star end. No big deal, I've done this before. Ah, here we go. 1/4" socket fits perfectly. Just put this handle on here and...... ~snap~ ah, there we go, broke it fr-- no that was the socket. Crap. Ohkay, well I have a 1/4" wrench... I'll just put that on and use this cheater pipe here.... and....~snap~ ah there we go now we'll move th--- Dammit! I've never broken the closed end of a wrench before... oh no... that doesn't look good.. yup... it rounded that sucker down... okay um now I'll...

~ four hours later ~

Okay I bought the real tool... it won't fit since I screwed up the end... Okay, I know... I'll drill a hole through the bolt, put the nut on, put a nail through the hole and then back the nut off... brilliant. ~drill~

Where's the nut? Where did the nut go? The nut was right here four and a half hours ago... Nut??? Nuttttt? Can you hear me nut????

(This is where I stopped for today.)

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 10:49:22 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Sounds like you need to read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 12:00:40 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I've done most of that.
Yeah, this tool is close enough until you strip everything so that no tool will work.
Right tool for the right job, and just think how pretty your toolbox will look when you finally have all the right tool.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 12:27:21 EDT from Peter Pulse @ Uncensored

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Totally. One time.. I was changing the head gasket on a Toyota Celica.. this was around 1984-5 and I paid $35 for the car. Anyway.. On that car, where the water hose connects to the head, there is a flange that bolts to the head with two bolts. I had not kept my bolts sorted very well, so when I went to put the flange back on, one of the two bolts I used was just a couple of mm too long. The flange leaked so I tried to tighten it more and snapped the bolt off flush with the head. A steel bolt jammed flush in an aluminum head.. try extracting that! I couldn't extract it, the machine shop couldn't extract it (yes, I had to remove the head and start over). So I had to have the machine shop drill it out. I used high temperature epoxy to permanently embed a new bolt into the head, as well as firmly attach the flange, which was never going to come off that head again. Anyway, I learned my lesson.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 17:21:29 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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$35 for a car? That's also so sad it's funny.
Think of the time effort labor, smarts engineering and everything else that goes into making a car. And you can buy it for $35.
Something very twisted about tha to me.

[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 18:15:34 EDT from triLcat @ Uncensored

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there's a whole problem with the world in general...

While I was cleaning my stove top (the electric kind that's flat with a glass top), I cracked the glass. It's as much to replace the piece of glass as it is to buy a new one.

My mom has a rug in her living room that's dirty - getting it cleaned will cost more than buying a new one. (it was a $40 dealie, she can get a new one for $20, cleaning will cost close to $100!)

You can get a microwave so cheaply that if one breaks, it'll cost as much to have someone look at it as to buy a new one - and that's without the repair. It's insane, because there has to be labor somewhere in there in production.

It's no wonder the landfills are overflowed. There's no point to repairing anything you can't repair yourself easily anymore.



[#] Wed Mar 31 2010 23:10:45 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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I finally got the stud out. I found the bolt, screwed it on, inserted a small allen key I bought ad hoc for 40 cents into the hole I meade and unscrewed the nut and it finally came out.

If $35 dollars is a good price for a car I bought one for $1 and another for $200, still pretty low.

[#] Thu Apr 01 2010 21:56:30 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I spent this evening talking to my new neighbor. He bought a 2002 yukon for $500. PRobably gets 6 miles to the gallon, but with the money he saved he can afford quite a bit of gas.
He also turns out to be a porsche and ferarri mechanic. He wants to go into business with me reprogramming porsches. He's got the in with the dealerships, I just have to figure out how to change the threshhold numbers and the fuel curve in the computer...

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