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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #75 on: October 30, 2017, 11:59:30 AM »
One of the many advantages of a manual transmission.

But, on second thought, I’ll be late for work.  Tree down across power lines at end of street.  One bright side: the guy from a street over might think twice about parking his work van right in the street there, from now on:



The winds were interesting on my drive home and I believe winds were lower down in Virginia.
I have to cross two long bridges however on my way home.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #76 on: October 30, 2017, 12:30:27 PM »
I had a 1999 BMW 5 series that would have the battery go dead every once in awhile. I checked the battery it was good put it on a load tester all checked out. It charged per the spec. Looked up what the amp draw on the battery was when off and everything checked out normal. Then I just happened to hear the cabin fan turn on, it was really quiet and if I wasn't in my garage I wouldn't have heard it. It turns out that there was a bad relay that would stick once in awhile. Had it changed and all was better. That one was a real head scratcher.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #77 on: October 30, 2017, 01:11:37 PM »
I had a 1999 BMW 5 series that would have the battery go dead every once in awhile. I checked the battery it was good put it on a load tester all checked out. It charged per the spec. Looked up what the amp draw on the battery was when off and everything checked out normal. Then I just happened to hear the cabin fan turn on, it was really quiet and if I wasn't in my garage I wouldn't have heard it. It turns out that there was a bad relay that would stick once in awhile. Had it changed and all was better. That one was a real head scratcher.

I wondered if it was something like that, but the fact that was dead when I took the charger off makes me think it's the battery itself.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #78 on: October 30, 2017, 01:52:48 PM »
I had a 1999 BMW 5 series that would have the battery go dead every once in awhile. I checked the battery it was good put it on a load tester all checked out. It charged per the spec. Looked up what the amp draw on the battery was when off and everything checked out normal. Then I just happened to hear the cabin fan turn on, it was really quiet and if I wasn't in my garage I wouldn't have heard it. It turns out that there was a bad relay that would stick once in awhile. Had it changed and all was better. That one was a real head scratcher.

I wondered if it was something like that, but the fact that was dead when I took the charger off makes me think it's the battery itself.

Just about any auto part store will test it for free
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #79 on: October 30, 2017, 01:59:51 PM »
I had a 1999 BMW 5 series that would have the battery go dead every once in awhile. I checked the battery it was good put it on a load tester all checked out. It charged per the spec. Looked up what the amp draw on the battery was when off and everything checked out normal. Then I just happened to hear the cabin fan turn on, it was really quiet and if I wasn't in my garage I wouldn't have heard it. It turns out that there was a bad relay that would stick once in awhile. Had it changed and all was better. That one was a real head scratcher.

I wondered if it was something like that, but the fact that was dead when I took the charger off makes me think it's the battery itself.

Just about any auto part store will test it for free

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #80 on: October 30, 2017, 02:28:12 PM »
I have a 2008 honda fit but it was parked for many years when i lived 2 blocks from a metro. Now it has 43,000 miles and starting to need a little work. I took it in for a passenger air bag recall and the dealership came up with a long list of other things they wanted to do. I agree with and will change the battery myself soon, I may change the brake pads myself but never have before. I suspect much of the things on the list where the dealership is going to charge a ton for labor and not really all that pressing.

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #81 on: October 30, 2017, 02:43:01 PM »
I would not trust a dealer not to drag you over the coals. The only repair I ever took a car, an airbag light, they basically fed me a line.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #82 on: October 30, 2017, 02:46:24 PM »
I have a 2008 honda fit but it was parked for many years when i lived 2 blocks from a metro. Now it has 43,000 miles and starting to need a little work. I took it in for a passenger air bag recall and the dealership came up with a long list of other things they wanted to do. I agree with and will change the battery myself soon, I may change the brake pads myself but never have before. I suspect much of the things on the list where the dealership is going to charge a ton for labor and not really all that pressing.

Brake pads aren't hard as long as you've got the tools. Remove the wheel, a few bolts remove the calipers.  Clean them with a wire brush, replace the pads, reassemble in reverse.  The main stumbling block is likely to be getting the caliper piston retracted so that you can reinstall the calipers; you may need a caliper piston tool to retract the piston so you can fit the new, thicker pad in there.

Personally, I usually replace the rotors when I replace the pads.  That's easy enough, too; once the wheel is off, they're usually just held in place by a single screw.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #83 on: October 30, 2017, 03:52:44 PM »
Battery tested with a bad cell at the local auto parts store.  Costco took it back no questions asked.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #84 on: October 31, 2017, 09:49:06 AM »
Most of the stuff a mechanic will write up are not life threatening.  Without seeing the list and looking at the car it is hard to tell if it was frivolous or stuff that was critical. It really depends on the dealership or mechanic.

Changing brake pads are straight forward. Look on YouTube will give you an idea on what you are up against. Problems come about when something goes wrong.  Example I was going to change my brake fluid but a bleed screw was frozen and it snapped off. Had to pull the caliper off and use an "EZ Out" to get the bleeder out. Otherwise it is a straight forward process.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #85 on: October 31, 2017, 10:46:43 AM »
Changing brake pads are straight forward. Look on YouTube will give you an idea on what you are up against. Problems come about when something goes wrong.  Example I was going to change my brake fluid but a bleed screw was frozen and it snapped off. Had to pull the caliper off and use an "EZ Out" to get the bleeder out. Otherwise it is a straight forward process.

Yeah, the biggest problems are the unexpected.  Like I stripped the centering screw on my brake rotor trying to remove it.  Was finally able to get it out, but it turned a 45 minute job into a 90 minute one.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #86 on: December 12, 2017, 01:40:25 AM »
I know you are suppose to replace them in pairs but I replaced one of my front brake rotors. The pads were worn unevenly where the drivers side was badly grooved while the passenger side was fine. The two sides wore unevenly for some reason. Going to have to keep a closer eye on the situation.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #87 on: December 12, 2017, 05:00:12 PM »
I don't do anything to my car from a mechanical POV. When I was younger and cars were simpler I used to tinker a little but I was never overly mechanically minded. I do however have a very good local mechanic that specialises in my type of car - a 2007 Mark V Golf TDI. 170,000+ km on the odo.

I recently had the ECU remapped/tuned (using Elite Tuning remaps) and had the exhaust gas re-circulation unit removed. It was soot ridden.

Holy crap the performance difference is incredible. It's now more powerful than the current model Golf GTD and has better pick up than my brother's GTI.

And it's made the car drive much more nicely at low speeds. And when I do on the odd occasion decide to put the foot down, I no longer send plumes of black particulate out the exhaust. The sports mode on the DSG gearbox used to be pretty useless - it would hold a gear way too long. Now it works brilliantly - it actually needed the extra power to work as intended.

On long drives the economy hasn't changed. Did a 1600km run the other weekend. On highway I'll typically get 4.8-5.0 l/100km (47-49 mpg). On some days I'l get that to 4.1l/100km (57mpg) - tailwinds help!

I have been truly amazed at how much better the car is as a result of such a fairly simple modification. Cost was ~A$1100 (~US$850).

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #88 on: December 12, 2017, 05:44:57 PM »
I watched a video of an Australian guy who had 999,999 km on his car and he recorded the odometer expecting it to turn over to 000 or maybe 1,000,000 (digital display he wasn't sure if it had the ability).  So he was driving around trying to get it to do something and then he realized it was just going to stay at 999,999 forever.

I changed the wiper blades on my minivan.  And the air filter.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #89 on: December 20, 2017, 06:46:22 PM »
Anybody ever have a convertible and replace the rag top yourself?

Looking at a used 1991 Mustang as a backup car. The mechanic he uses is the same one I used and has known the guy 25 years. The mechanic (Who is my roommate's uncle and has never steered me wrong)  has worked on it for years and says it is a good car.

It is a convertible though and the top needs to be replaced. Wondering how hard it is?
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