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[#] Thu Jun 03 2004 14:13:53 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Haven BBS

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This is an interesting one. A couple of weeks ago I was in a little fender bender. Nothing major, but some work on my bumper and a new hood on the Volvo. I was getting about 21/22 MPG before the accident and I'm getting 23/24 MPG now after the accident. I'm confused. Did the repair somehow make my car more aerodynamic??

[#] Fri Jun 04 2004 14:36:11 EDT from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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I got hit by a rock yesterday, so now I have a ding in my windsheild.

[#] Sat Jun 05 2004 08:27:31 EDT from Mystee @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Hey, those places that claim to repair those without replacing the whole windshield... what do they do, exactly? Is that worth it? It seems like there would still be a weakness there that when say, the defroster is blowing on it when it's really cold out that might cause it to crack or something... but I don't know that much about it. Just curious. I HATE that... almost every time I drive down I-65 there are massive numbers of trucks kicking up rocks it seems.

[#] Sat Jun 05 2004 10:35:22 EDT from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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I was going to call my insurance agent and see what he recommended. I didn't have time on Friday, because I was busy at work. So it will have to be Monday.

[#] Mon Aug 09 2004 21:40:55 EDT from terrorist @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Where was it that I saw Campy talking about Wankles? I responded on Haven but that handle is being censored at "Uncensored," maybe this one will get through.

Campy: Either ssh to or use silc to connect to and join #osuny and speak to streaml1ne. He's a rotary freak not awfully far from you.

[#] Fri Oct 15 2004 20:37:28 EDT from Campagnolo @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Terrorist, thanks for the lead. I will have to remember to do that at some point.... :)

[#] Sat Oct 16 2004 07:20:33 EDT from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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[#] Tue Oct 26 2004 16:48:02 EDT from Campagnolo @ Haven BBS

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My subaru ('93 legacy L) has a clutch problem. The pedel fully engages and allows me to shift when I push it to the floor, but when I let up on the clutch I have resistance for about 2/3rds of the way up, then the resistance goes away. The clutch is slipping horridly (4k in 5th gear got me up to 20mph). The car bearly has the ability to pull itself to the top of my driveway. I've since parked the car. Anyone have any ideas besides replace the clutch? If I have to I will, but I find it weird that the pedel doesn't have resistance all the way to the top of its travel. It's happened once before and it just "poped" back into place after hitting the pedel a few times. Could this be a bad cable/return spring/ etc.. that I cazn replace w/o dropping the tranny?

[#] Thu Oct 28 2004 15:17:06 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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are you sure it uses a cable? That seems too easy. Most japanese cars use a hydraulic clutch system. YEah, a cable seems to be an obvious culprit but you might try lubricating it first. Replacment of clutch cables is a real pain in the Bush.

[#] Mon Nov 01 2004 11:17:06 EST from Campagnolo @ Haven BBS

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Turned out to be the hill break cable. The retaining nut fell off and jamed the cable in such a way that it kept the clutch yoke from returning to the fully enganged position. I can't seem to find a nut to fit properly, but have one cross threaded enough to hold for the time being.

[#] Tue Nov 02 2004 14:42:01 EST from papa smurf @ Haven BBS

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Though the CV joint was out on my car, it wasn't it was a tire. The bans had come apart.

[#] Mon Jan 03 2005 17:06:12 EST from Thom @ The Cocoon

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Today: New rear brake shoes, springs, drums. Replace valve cover gasket.
New timing belt.

There goes $500. Not bad, actually.

[#] Mon Jan 03 2005 17:42:00 EST from Thom @ The Cocoon

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Apparently, the timing belt is original. Has about 155,000 on it. Probably a good time to change it.

[#] Mon Jan 03 2005 18:09:05 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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You're very lucky. Factory recommended practice is usually about 60k to 75k on those Japanese econoboxes. If the timing belt slips then valves get out of syncronization.

One cog and it might run, but horribly and hot. More and you run the risk of valves coming in contact with pistons. Even the best scenario, that the valve bends rather than punching a hole in the piston, is unacceptable.

You're very lucky.

[#] Mon Jan 03 2005 18:12:20 EST from Thom @ The Cocoon

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Yeah, I realize how lucky I am. I made a decision last night to keep the car for a while and get it into shape. Cheaper than replacing it.

I only paid $900 about 18 months ago, and I've put about $350 into it so far in repairs. This brings it to about $850 in repairs in 18 months. No car payment, $40/month for insurance and $20/year to register.

I'm putting a couple thousand miles on it next weekend, and I'd like to not get stranded anywhere.

[#] Mon Jan 03 2005 21:50:51 EST from Thom @ The Cocoon

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$614.22 less money for me today. But the car runs (and stops) nicely.

[#] Mon Jan 03 2005 22:27:35 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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A _lot_ cheaper than new valves and labor which might cost $2k.

[#] Mon Jan 03 2005 23:02:31 EST from Thom @ The Cocoon

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Yeah, it wasn't too bad. That included rear brakes and drums. They've been shot for a while. I waited way too long but I couldn't get the drums off.
I finally gave up.

[#] Wed Mar 02 2005 18:30:15 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Michelin announces two fitments for its revolutionary non-pneumatic Tweel

DETROIT, M.I. (January 9, 2005) b-- Today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Michelin showcased a potential future for mobility, an integrated tire and wheel combination missing one ingredient that is vital for traditional tire
performance...air. The company unveiled the first real-world fitments for its revolutionary "Tweel" bwhich operates entirely without air. View the photo gallery.

"Major revolutions in mobility may come along only once in a hundred years," said Terry Gettys, president of Michelin Americas Research and Development Center in Greenville, S.C. "But a new century has dawned and Tweel has proven its potential to
transform mobility. Tweel enables us to reach levels of performance that quite simply aren't possible with today's conventional pneumatic technology."

Michelin's Tweel is in production and available as an enhancement for future iBOTb

[#] Wed Mar 02 2005 18:32:42 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

Subject: ture of Tweelb." Technology:

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Sorry, .ea pukes with h a cupt & past of te of this article.

mobility systems. Invented by Dean Kamen, the iBOTbe has the ability to climb stairs and navigate uneven terrain, offering mobility freedom impossible with traditional wheelchairs. Additionally, Segway LLC's Concept Centaur, a prototype that applies self-balancing technology to a four-wheel device, has also been equipped with Tweel to increase its performance potential.
Beyond these first real-world applications, Michelin has additional projects for Tweel on construction skidsteers and a variety of military vehicles. The most intriguing application may be Michelin's early prototype Tweel fitment for passenger cars. The mobility company released video of promising Tweel performance on an Audi A4.
"The Tweel automotive application, as demonstrated on the Audi, is definitely a concept, a stretch application with strong future potential," said Gettys. "Our concentration is to enter the market with lower-speed, lower-weight Tweel applications. What we learn from our early successes will be applied to Tweel fitments for passenger cars and beyond."
Benefits of
novation is its deceptively simple looking hub and spoke design that replaces the need for air pressure while delivering performance previously only available from pneumatic tires. The flexible spokes are fused with a flexible wheel that deforms to absorb shock and rebound with unimaginable ease. Without the air needed by conventional tires, Tweel still delivers pneumatic-like performance in weight-carrying capacity, ride comfort, and the ability to "envelope" road hazards.
helin has also found that it can tune Tweel performances independently of each other, which is a significant change from conventional tires. This means that vertical stiffness (which primarily affects ride comfort) and lateral stiffness (which affects handling and cornering) can both be optimized, pushing the performance envelope in these applications and enabling new performances not possible for current inflated tires. The Tweel prototype, demonstrated on the Audi A4, is within five percent of the rolling resistance and mass levels of current pneumatic tires. That translates to within one percent of the fuel economy of the OE fitment. Additionally, Michelin has increased the lateral stiffness by a factor of five, making the prototype unusually responsive in its handling.
Future of Tweel Technology:

For Michelin, Tweel is a long-term vision that represents the next step in a long path of industry-changing innovations. Fifty years ago, Michelin invented the radial tire and there is no question that radial tire technology will continue as the standard for a long time to come. Michelin continues to advance the performance of the radial tire in areas such as rolling resistance, wear life and grip. In the short-term, the lessons learned from Tweel research are being applied to improve those conventional tire performances. In the future, Tweel may reinvent the way that vehicles move. Checking tire pressure, fixing flats, highway blow-outs and balancing between traction and comfort could all fade into memory.

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