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  • Uncle Dunc
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    My '82 Toyota pickup has an oil dipstick, but I never use it anymore. I already know what it's going to say. The truck burns a little oil when I start it up, and if that gets any worse, I'll see more smoke. It leaks a little oil, about four ounces a year right now, and if that gets any worse, I'll see bigger spots on the driveway. It's down a quart in 7 or 8,000 miles, and I usually get the oil changed after 3000, so I'm not worried about running it dry. And it's got 254,000 miles on it.

    It wouldn't surprise me at all to find out car makers can build an engine that never needs oil between the recommended oil change intervals. Some, and I emphasize some, aspects of automotive engineering really are advanced over what they were 30 or 40 or 50 years ago.

    [This message has been edited by Uncle Dunc (edited 10-06-2002).]

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  • TimothyKeith
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    My father has made several repairs on his Honda Accord, most of the fixes to non serviceable components : blower motors, computer controls, relays etc. A few days ago the car wouldn't start due to no fuel pressure, pump was OK, the control module was defective, would have been hunreds of dollars at the dealer to repair, he took it apart and resoldered a component. He knows the car better than the service techs at the dealer because they can only replace the parts.

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  • Locksmith
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    Ok. Probably the most bizarre thing I ever saw was at this "Artist's" house in Jersey City, NJ. The place had probably been a funeral home at one time, judging from the facade on this place.
    The guy's friend opens the door and invites me in to show me what locks need to be changed. At the end of the hallway, I see what appears to be a naked guy leaning against the wall. It turns out to be an anatomically correct manakin. I'm wondering about this as I follow the guy into the living room, and as I turn into the room, there in front of me is a 4 foot diameter,lifelike sculpture of the head of Christ on the cross, complete with the crown of thorns. Scared the hell out of me for a second. I look around the room and there's about 8 of these things hanging on racks: one looks like Buckwheat, another is a guy in a gas mask, and so on. I look to the left and there had to be at least 10 human manakins,just like the first one, every one of them naked ,with ALL their equipment and hair: Two little kids playing marbles, an old woman leaning on a card table. On shelves along the walls, he had human size sculptures of the 4 foot heads on the other side of the room.
    The friend just shook his head when I asked him about. It seems he thought his buddy was a little strange as well. I did what I had to do, but I couldn't shake the feeling of a dozen eyes upon me while I did it. Creepy!

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  • Al Messer
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    Hey, Rotate!!

    Heath Kit?? Man! I haven't heard that name in years!!! Are they still on the market??

    Al

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  • ponderingjunkman
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    I did think of that- But since steel brake lines screw into the same casting that my steel part joins with I thought it would be a non issue. I replied to an Email from a member in detail about this fix-explaining all its aspects. It is sort of long, but would anyone else like to hear it? I'll try to post it if you like.

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  • Squeezmo
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    Do you have any bimetal concerns? Aluminum is subject to many weird corrosion mechanisms and butting aluminum against steel in an electrolyte can cause the aluminum to go away quickly.

    <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by ponderingjunkman:
    I did look long and hard at the ABS controller before I dove in and did anything. Safety should not be an issue as it was a dissasemble-reassemble type operation. All this done with surgical cleanliness. It was acually less complicated than rebuilding a master cylinder. And the tube I replaced was far stronger being made of steel than the cracked aluminum was! Great point on Safety Oso! Don't try to repair a tie rod end or anything similar!</font>

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  • Mike L
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    CompositeEngr - Sorry about the name theft. It probably is theft since I wasn't born with the name Mike, I just took it about 30 years ago.

    If your handle isn't just something you took, but something you do, please email me offline at: [email protected]

    We have a potential composite project and maybe you can steer us in the right direction, maybe we can even do business.

    Mike L

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  • CompositeEngr
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    Mike L:
    Now I see who took my 1st choice of login names

    I had a garage change my oil once... they screwed it up, and charged more than they advertised (oh... filters are EXTRA! How silly of me)
    Plus, thats when I get a chance to look around underneath and see what else may need attention.

    Besides (promise not to tell!), I enjoy doing that sort of stuff.

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  • chriss
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    I've thouroughly enjoyed this banter and feel compelled to share my own philosophy on the matter. When I was a boy I read a Sci-Fi novel about a society after "the BIG ONE" where there were two groups of people -the button pusher's and the one's that knew how the button's worked. Guess which group was more prized. I have always kept that thought in the back of my mind - what makes the button work? At 37 I'm a neo-phite compared to many of you who regularly visit this veniew and it makes me feel good that so many of you who have seen so much in your lives continue to embrace new things and share your wealth of knowledge. It absolutely flabergasts me when people half my age know absolutely NOTHING about computer's! They can work with them but GOD forbid they have a problem with it. Button pusher's at work! May the cuts be true my friends - I've ranted enough - even for my fellow Canadian THRUD.
    Best wishes
    Chris

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  • docsteve66
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    Tell us a story or two locksmith. Just remember "first liar ain't got a chance". If you can beat some of the stories a locksmith i once knew told, they will be worth the time.

    If any one GIVES me a car with no dipstick (I sure won't buy one and am too smart to steal a car with no dipsticks) I'll be drilling a hole or something into crank case. Course they could have finally figured out how to make a oil level meter that works well. Dodge had one in their 727 transmissions that depended on a negative temp coefficient resistor. I put in a gauge (meter) to measure oil temp- the meter read backwards. cant have too many meters- keeps the mind working as I drive.

    Steve

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  • Oso
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    Naw, don'thave a mac, but the ones at work work great, until they have some goofy incompatibility in the OS.
    THEn the trouble starts, cuz a Mac with a real problem seems to puzzle all the computer folks, even the Mac experts. We have a couple that won't talk to particular printers, even though others do, and the best available "mac software fixit guys" don't even have a clue.
    Maybe its because they usually work fine, nobody gets any practice.

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  • Guest's Avatar
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    Soon they'll take away the dip stick for the engine oil too. I no longer see anyone checking oil level at gas stations, and I don't blame them. My wife's Corolla has 250,000km, and it simply doesn't burn any oil so checking the level is simply a waste of time.

    It's been my observation that doing vehicle maintenance work on your own is going the way of Heath Kit. I don't know anyone who even changes their own engine oil anymore. I do it not to save money but because I know that it's being done right. You may laugh, but I like to use my torque wrench when tightening the drain plug.

    Hey, is all this discussion for self gratification or may be even self glorification?

    Albert

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  • Mike L
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    Why would they have a dipstick? The owner's can't be bothered to check tire pressure, what makes you think they would check the oil level?

    Seriously, doesn't it make you feel good when someone tells you 'You're lucky you can fix things. It would cost me $200 and you fixed it in an hour.'

    I think it is mostly powers of observation. So many people just don't (or can't) see what is directly in front of them. They can't see cause and effect.

    Either that or we all have abilities and ours just run on a different track than most peoples. I can only grow weeds. So I buy food. My musical abilities stop at listening. I'm not even sure I understand most of what passes for art. But, I wouldn't trade my abilities for any of those; I'm happy with what I have.

    Mike L

    [This message has been edited by Mike L (edited 10-03-2002).]

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  • CompositeEngr
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    On the subject of unrepairable new cars... I mentioned to someone at work that I couldn't check the tranny fluid in my girlfriend's new car (Alero), and she said that the new Exploders don't have an engine oil dipstick!
    Is that true? I'm a Ford fan, but that could be a pretty bad trend.

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  • Thrud
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    Oso:
    Mac's are easy to fix - what you talking about? It can be difficult to get parts to fix it cheap - email me with your Mac woes maybe I can help.

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