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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #345 on: October 15, 2019, 12:33:19 PM »
And the automatic door lock mechanism is failing on the driver's door. That's a pain. It still works fine when you put the key in the door lock but ugh, who does that anymore?!

I do (when I bother to lock the door at all.)

And as a follow up, turns out the "easy fix" for replacing that break stop is only easy if the petal has enough travel to actually get the piece in where it goes. 
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #346 on: October 15, 2019, 12:59:46 PM »
Wife’a Forester needs full catback.  The fucker’s not stainless, and both mufflers have perforated.  My car’s twice as old and the mufflers are fine (the pipes not so much, but those are easily and cheaply replaced).
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #347 on: October 17, 2019, 02:56:36 PM »
If your brakelights stay on after you turn off the car, remove the proper fuse, then inspect under steering column to make sure the brake switch is not loose. The spring loaded push button of the brake switch should sit in a recess on the brake pedal arm. When the brakes are pushed the button releases and turns on the brake lights, when your foot is off the brake the plate should press the button and turn off the brake lights. Easy fix for a common problem.

That is all.

This happened to me yesterday afternoon, except it wasn't the switch that was loose, but the little plastic insert in the brake arm has finally given up the ghost and cracked and fallen out, leaving a hole in the break arm just big enough for the switch to fit through, hence leaving the lights on. it's a quick fix, just go get a new little plastic thing and pop it back in the hole.

What I don't get is why was it engendered that way? why not put something more substantial in the hole or not have a hole at all?

I think the same thing happened to the safety for the clutch a couple months back, even with the clutch engaged it wouldn't start. it ended up in the shop for two days while they tried to figure that one out. couldn't they have been proactive enough to replace the one on the brake at the same time? getting under the dashboard in the foot well is no easy task for a man of my stature.

Same here. The biggest impediment to this fix was my size.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #348 on: October 17, 2019, 03:48:03 PM »
A couple of years ago, I replaced my blower motor. I was head under passenger dash with feet up on the seat itself with sweat pouring down my face. 
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #349 on: November 13, 2019, 10:51:41 PM »
I got my new car the other day. Hasn't even been a week and then this:



Ugh. Of course no one here has such tyres in stock, has to be shipped in.

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #350 on: November 13, 2019, 11:35:17 PM »
That sucks. Is the rim bent? Almost looks like it in the pic
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #351 on: November 14, 2019, 05:43:31 AM »
Allmy cars have R15 tires of various types and most have moved to larger rims.
I can still order tires but not as common as they once were.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #352 on: November 14, 2019, 06:20:44 AM »
That sucks. Is the rim bent? Almost looks like it in the pic

I'll need to inspect it more closely but I think it's just cosmetic. The service centre didn't seem to think it was an issue but I'll look more closely at it when the tyre arrives.

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #353 on: November 14, 2019, 10:41:23 AM »
Ordered the parts to replace the catback on my wife's Forester.  Won't have a chance to install it until the 26th; this is exam crunch time here at school.

(Since some people seem to assume that 'catback' == 'muffler delete', I should probably specify that the purpose of this operation is to make her exhaust quieter, not louder)
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #354 on: November 14, 2019, 10:10:47 PM »
Is that a structural failure or a vandal slashing your tire?
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #355 on: November 15, 2019, 05:11:45 AM »
Structural failure. It's the inner sidewall.

Nothing like a $600 tyre, $120 cab fares and a drive to another local town to collect and deliver said tyre so local service centre could fit it.

Modern cars with no spares... hence the run flats.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #356 on: November 15, 2019, 05:50:38 AM »
Ouch $600 tire
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #357 on: November 16, 2019, 06:10:51 PM »
If you recall, the moter that changed the fan direction on my cars AC had gone bad.  I finally caved and got it fixed because the cold season is starting and I need the front defogger to work.  It took 3 days and a complete dismantling of the dash and electronics.  The mechanic took a picture just to prove to me they weren't fucking around for 3 days.

The placebo effect is totally real though because I feel like the car is handling better than I recall and I can't think of a reason why that might be the case.
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