This is a fantastic post. Thank you for the heads-up.
YouTube videos and tutorials can be fantastic; personally, I've learned a ton of skills just from what people make available for free. It's almost a modern miracle, and it does wonders for democratizing information.
On the other hand, there's no vetting process and it can be easy to learn bad, dangerous, or undesirable practices. It's up to the user to do their own research and, frankly, much of the time that doesn't happen.
To that end: I've recently been spraying quite a lot of enamel, most without an enamel hardener but some with a bit of additive. I'm not spraying clear coats, just single-stage enamels for steel pieces my company installs. I've been wearing a half-face particulate respirator that I normally use for welding or concrete work. (The guy who taught me to paint has been doing it for 60 years and doesn't bother to wear any respirator at all.) Is this style respirator sufficient for the task I am doing, or should I move to something with charcoal filters despite not working with 2k clear?
OP please take note of this post. This happens a LOT. Get this checked today RIGHT NOW. Anxiety and dizziness are absolutely CLASSIC symptoms of CO poisoning. Do not drive the car again unless the windows are completely down and only to drive it to the garage to get repaired. This could literally kill you today.
Then I would pick up a portable CO detector like this: https://www.amazon.com/Kidde-Battery-Operated-Monoxide-KN-Copp-B-LPM/dp/B004Y6V5CI and take it with you in the car for a while. Then once you're done, just use it in your home. It's less than $20 and WELL worth it for peace of mind to make sure the repair is done right.
Please take this seriously.
It was an opt-in survey based on less than 1% of early-gen owners. Survey selection bias is big here. A lot of inferences and estimates are being made here. It's overall a very poorly done study, but people love anything that will "prove" EV is unreliable and not the way to go. Jalopnik has a far better write-up on this study:
In the comments of the Jalopnik article is a very intriguing point made by G42dog as well (emphasis mine):
"They operate much more like an IT-related hardware business that way. They think of all of these things as modules. And swapping whole modules saves them the expense of having to build massively complicated repair centers, so they’d rather take the hit to swap whole units. One mitigating factor for them is that then they have those units to analyze so they can make improvements - which is another thing that’s more IT than auto industry in their approach. They don’t consider the car done when it’s sold, they consider it like a supported product that will need updates and upgrades.
Very different approach to cars. I’m curious to see how that will play in the future; they seem to be able to convince their customers that it’s a better approach (even owners who’ve had their drive trains replace tend to gush over their Teslas - so it seems that Tesla has convinced them they’re getting good value, rather than a horribly flawed product)."
I try to keep calm when I'm driving but I saw this bumper sticker on a car once and was instantly filled with white-hot rage.
Apparently there are enough self-righteous assholes out there that this thing is actually mass-produced.
The F10 M5, despite being an M car, is fairly reliable as BMWs go. Especially so if you leave it stock. Change oil religiously at 5k, I used Castrol 0W-40 A3/B4 in mine. 30 weight is too thin for the engine unless you live somewhere frigid. They ALL burn oil, usually about a quart between oil changes.
The 2014 M5 got a significant amount of improvements over the 2013, especially the LED headlights, M6 steering wheel, and some handling changes.
2014s can be had for mid to low 40s, so $39k is only an average price. $37k would be a good deal for a 2013.
If you DIY your car, the M5 isn't so bad as far as German cars go. The dealership software is easily found online for free, as well as the factory coding software to change almost any setting you can think of. Dealership service manuals are available online as well, and are extremely comprehensive.
Aftermarket modification wise, the M5 is a monster. With a flash tune and downpipes, you're easily making 650hp/600tq at the wheels. Add on meth and upgraded turbos, and 800hp+ is achievable. The engine holds power with no issues, but the DCT clutches start to become a problem around 650wheel torque. The clutch upgrade costs around $4k with labor, but once upgraded they'll hold anything you throw at them.
The stock PZeros a 2013 will come with are garbage even at stock power levels, going up to a 305 width Michelin MP4S or Vredestein Vorti R will help significantly with traction.
Consumables are the killer as far as maintenance, the car eats tires, brake pads/rotors, and oil, especially if you drive it hard. Shit breaking is really only a concern when you start modding.
PM me if you have more questions, I'd be glad to help.
I had a 1999 Ford Escort with the kind of the same dash. I had to buy this kit in order to put an aftermarket stereo in it.
Edit: Forgot to mention you needed two special "U" shape tools in order to remove the OEM one or you were screwed.
Obligatory not my car but I’ve been seriously considering a Chevy SS.
This ~$20 part and a few minutes work disables the factory 1-4 skip shift without throwing codes
Buy a memory foam seat cushion. Something like this. They are cheap.
Air down the tires by a few PSI less than the recommended pressure.
Stop every few hours or so for her to get out and walk around for a minute or two.
Have her lean the seat way back. Doing so will spread the load across her body more evenly.
Total cost: 30 bucks and just a tad bit of extra time on your journey.
Rotate the engine until it's at the top of its stroke, then use one of those spring-loaded grabbers to get it.
If you don't have one of these grabbers, you are wrong.
> it's a brand new model with zero aftermarket or used parts available
Well this is pretty much guaranteed to not change because Tesla wants to lock their consumers in with proprietary bullshit like Apple does.
This is from 2017. 7 months for a minor repair, a car that has been on the market for 6 years. Tesla's customer service is, quite frankly, terrible.
I worked in a lot of high end scratch restaurants. I had a Hattori HD 9.4" gyuto that I used as a daily prep knife. I always kept it sharpened on my natural whetstones. I walk back into the kitchen one day and a server had grabbed it to cut lemons. He was "sharpening" it with a tabletop sharpener. I lost my shit on that guy.
A few weeks later I walked back into the kitchen and the same guy had taken the Sous chef's 8" MAC gyuto and was stabbing at a container of frozen strawberries. That was enough. I let loose on the guy and told him to get the fuck out of my kitchen. I talked to the GM and he was never allowed past the kitchen doors again. He literally had to ask the dishwashers to grab stuff for him.
Here's some of my doodles that i've done as an industrial design student! I do tons of more original designs too, but unfortunately dont have any of those sketches up on the site right now.
Quite enjoyed this. Classic and timeless sales techniques. I’m a geek so here are the main points outlined in my notes. Feel free to save/duplicate this for yourself
I second this. They are straight forward and would be great to learn on.
That said - you do know on todays highways they are death traps. The drum brakes don't stop for $%^&, it handles like a tractor, has tiny skinny tires with no grip, and the only crumple zone is your skull. Really, if a texting soccer mom in a Tahoe T bones you its probably over
> The Mopar hate is strong ~~in this thread.~~ on /r/cars
It's really getting annoying. Not because I think Mopars are spectacular, but because of the cognitive dissonance when it comes to other brands.
According to Consumer Reports, Dodge has a worse than average reliability rating. As does Infiniti, Chevrolet, Acura, and Mercedes. Cadillac was even put in the "Worst" category. None of those brands get anywhere *nea*r the same level of shit.
As someone that's had many-an-argument over Audi reliability (which coincidentally scored "Better Than Average" and #1 overall) I really feel bad for Mopar fans. It's annoying to just get continually shit on for liking something that isn't a Ford, BMW, Honda, or Lexus (the /r/cars darlings.)
Riley & Scott/Hunter MKII
It was car and driver, august 1997.
edit: further info. Riley & Scott at the time made prototype race cars. The Riley part split up and made Riley technologies. They currently still race and occasionally build cars.
I can attest that this shifter for the Logitech G29 would suit your needs and can be moved/shifted without any kind of power. You could mock up a bracket or some way to attach it to a cup holder or something and you'd be golden.
The A119 dash cam is a highly rated dash cam. HDR video, 1440p, optional GPS, and a very slim design. Easily found on Amazon for $90USD.
A lot cheaper than a lawyer / insurance increase. There is no reason to not have one. Way too many drunk / high old ladies out there.
Also buy a "GPS tracking security" sticker for your car. The notion of GPS tracking will scare away most car thiefs.
Canada (sorry): https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01KARPKF2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Fba2yb0C0J7T9
here ya go
Also note there are 0 dealers in some states, so if you bought your car a state over, you have to go back to the state the car was purchased for service, in which case, as u/accord1999 suggested, they are much much more difficult to service.
You know there was a book titled "The Millionaire Next Door" by a couple of US researchers that showed that most millionaires are not actually huge swanky spenders like you see on TV...most live in modest homes and do NOT appear to be rich on the outside but have BANK in their accounts. So it could be that he may not look or live flashy lifestyle but have high net worth and he thought it was time to get a aventador!
Rural roads are <em>the</em> most dangerous roads in terms of fatalities.
I'd say that from a safety standpoint, urban driving (not highways, just city streets) is probably the least hazardous due to the generally low speeds.
Maybe it's urban roads > highways > rural roads ?
Glad to hear you're enjoying it! Your observations are pretty close to mine after about 30 months of ownership, though I don't have any experience with the Pirellis. I will say that the Eagle F1s have been fantastic in my experience, even if mine seem to hoover up nails and screws like they're fucking magnetized.
Also, the 12-gallon gas tank is for the birds.
A Green filter is a nice little addition if you'd like a little more turbo noises and intake roar in the cabin - Mountune sells the same filter (with a different-colored element) as well.
> Why would that all of a sudden change?
Because you're reading those income <em>summaries</em> wrong and making assumptions that you don't actually know?
How to drive your Suburban anywhere you want to:
The third style might be worth trying when you get everything back together. I got mine on amazon
In the US:
Low on quality - Seriously, 4 FCA brands are at the bottom, Jeep is only a few spots up.
Horrible brand image leftover from the 1970's and 1980's. Current recalls and reliability is only reinforcing this image. If you are under 35, your parents will warn you about FIAT, if you are over 35, you probably had an opportunity to watch a FIAT disintegrate in front of your eyes.
Opinion - They have no "halo" car to draw people into the showrooms. You might be able to argue for the 124 Abarth or make stretch for the 500 Abarth. It's no Mustang GT350, Corvette, GTI, WRX STI, etc.
Car windows absolutely do not need a gun fired at them.
My police officer dad gave me something like this when I started driving. https://www.amazon.com/Lifehammer-Brand-Safety-Hammer-Netherlands/dp/B000BN3A4Y
Ended up leaving it in the car when I sold it though!
To anyone interested in this movie/story, I wholeheartedly recommend "Go Like Hell" By A.J. Baime. Great book that goes over the story in detail, along with the magnitude of the development the Ford GT40.
Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and Their Battle for Speed and Glory at Le Mans
An fantastic breakdown of the history between Ford and Ferrari at LeMans, and the inception of the Ford GT. Written well, and the story itself is super interesting! A must read in my opinion.
I like flip switches, but it is hilarious to me that those look nearly identical to the ones I got on amazon for my fog lights:
I guess they had to get them from somewhere.
Beer tap handles are almost all 3/8"-16 coarse thread.
My advice is to drill out or otherwise remove the femaile threading in the tap handle, then get a female m12 coupling (like this) at the hardware store. Thread it on and mark it to make sure the handle will face the right way, then use epoxy to glue it into the handle.
This JDM cupholder. I'm serious. The cupholders available in the US were ugly. If you go on eBay, you can find some Japanese ones for sale in the US, but I specifically wanted this one because it's pretty good looking for a vent cupholder. The Japanese ones have some style to them. They're not just cheap black plastic. I had to use Tenso to get it (You use their warehouse as an address, pay a fee, and then they ship it to you).
That being said, it's actually for Japanese sized drinks so keep that in mind. It actually had a little thing you can flip down for these small Japanese sodas (The ones where it has a marble sealing it). And you can flip the whole front up so you can still get airflow from the vents if you need it. I use it as a phone holder actually since I don't really drink anything in my car ever. It's a must have if you drive an AE86 as well (Which my car is quite similar to).
Or for something that would apply to everyone (Since most cars now have cupholders already), I recommend 303 Aerospace Protectant. If you want to protect your dash, this is what you want. Very good at protecting against the sun and you can also use it to temporarily restore faded plastics. It lasts a good while, especially if your car doesn't get wet.
Really glad this situation ended well.
Driving while tired is worse than DUI. DUI causes delayed reflections, driving tired you have micro sleep events.
Read this book: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams https://www.amazon.com/dp/1501144316/
Here's a checklist...
It may look nerdy to have this with you, but it will help you really get a feel for the car, in a short period of time.
On my last car the cd player was a handy spot for my phone mount.
iOttie Easy One Touch 5 CD Slot Car Mount Phone Holder for iPhone, Samsung, Moto, Huawei, Nokia, LG, Smartphones https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B088GJBLLY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_1ZPRENDV685D7W33F88E
Those are not going to fail like some shitty scissor jack. They're a great thing to have for basic maintenance. The shop teacher at my high school had a kid die when a jack failed and the car fell on him. I'm pretty sure my jack stands are about 30 years old too so I just stick to the ramps unless the wheels have to come off.
Partially, once the front starts to lift, then the whole car acts as a wing and most of the aero can't overcome that force. Lots of race cars have a flat floor for aero, and if you look at the shape of a car, and the shape of a wing, you'll see the similarities. This happens a lot at some tracks.
As someone who works for a railroad, this comment from a Cragistlist post is apt:
>A train is really, really big. Can we all accept that? Not even your Ram/F350/Hummer/douche-mobile is a match for a locomotive. You say you have a Cummins diesel? Caterpillar? Detroit? Oooooooh. Well I have an EMD 567 on a bad day, and even its pathetic eighteen-hundred horsepower will pound you and your gleaming pickup into the fourth dimension, so please, stay behind the white line!
This video is also pretty epic:
Just get a turn signal adapter like this one and a cheap wheelspinner that you don't use but you keep on the left side of the wheel to make it legal.
>They have it in their minds if it wasn't assembled in america, then its a shitbox
Why don't you show them some actual data backing up why he's somewhat wrong? Look into Consumer Reports and their reliability rankings. Typically the most reliable brands are Honda/Toyota/Lexus/Subaru...not American ones
What do you know..."The Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Fiat brands all scored near or at the bottom"...
BMW is actually rated same as Honda by Consumer Reports.
However they require that you follow all scheduled maintenance. They're not like Toyota Corollas that you can drive for 200K miles on just occasional oil changes.
Like some other people I started watching his videos on Drive. Then, paid for Drive+ (or whatever it was called) for a couple of months. Since then I've been watching his own channel and just today I signed up to his Patreon site.
I'm not sure if everyone is aware of this, but he takes donations to be able to keep making these videos.
Support Chris Harris
If it's worn and not just dirty, which it looks like, I had a much, much worse example of this on my steering wheel. Cleaned it up with rubbing alcohol, and then used this. I wish I'd taken before and after pics because the result was absurdly good for the cost.
The sun visors on our cars are shitty quality. Depends on how much you use them and how much sun they get. But they will eventually break. Honda dealers will charge you about $100 per sun visor. You can find a real oem sun visor on Amazon for $65 each. I just bought a replacement sun visor for the passenger side from that link and it’s legit.
Just follow scheduled maintenance and that car will let you a long time. Make sure the tires are in good condition and check your brake pads to see how much life they have. Hopefully you have a trustworthy independent mechanic that specializes in Honda.
The scene from Initial D where the friend buys the SOHC AE85 and gets ridiculed. What Takumi says next always stuck with me, "Just enjoy your car it's what they're for." It's a simple statement but cuts to the heart of what I consider to be a car enthusiast. To me it's the key to being happy with your hobby and having a good community.
Episode 10 Skip to about 14:00
Aluminum fasteners wouldn't have been a wise choice in that application, but it's odd that the manufacturer spec'd regular black oxide fasteners for a use case that involves exposure to the elements. Proper material choice would probably have been a 316-series stainless fastener.
Paint will not likely be your friend here. You aren't going to be able to effectively paint those fasteners and I doubt that there's much shy of powdercoating that will be really perfect there, and that will be impossible to do anyway without making the external threads useless.
Here's how I would approach it:
Option one, if it's an option at all, would be to remove all of the fasteners and replace them with set screws from 316 stainless.
Option two would be to get yourself $30 worth of supplies and a good podcast or two. Pick up some steel wool (I'm thinking #1 or #0) and a thin dowel rod (or a few of these). Wrap a bit of steel wool around the end of the dowel and chuck it into a cordless drill. Use the apparatus to clean the inside of each of the set screws. I wouldn't worry too much about the external threads, as you don't want to use the steel wool on the wheel finish itself, or if you do want to touch them up then use #00 or so gently by hand (and maybe even mask off the aluminum base if you're worried about scuffs).
When all of the pieces are clean take a can of LPS-3 and spray them down. The LPS series of products are corrosion-inhibiting spray lubricants; #3 is the most potent of the group. Once you have a good application of corrosion inhibitor, wipe off the excess and call it a day.
Looks like it's a Sienna mirror when comparing physically. The second link has the same screw pattern on the bottom. The second link to imgur is for an image from a certain url. I can't post the link because it is blacklisted by the subreddit. You can google "Fixing 04 Sienna Passenger Side Mirror" and find a link from there.
Bosch has an incredibly comprehensive manual on automobile engineering.
Compare this crash test with Saab.
> The Saab designers are pathological about safety...No one could work out why Saab's cost so much until you crashed one.
Even the new Malibu's crash safety seems poor compared to Saab's.
Edit: More examples. Go to 50:40
My race car runs on an engine compluter I've implemented from scratch. From http://hackaday.com/2014/01/01/building-an-engine-control-unit-with-the-stm32f4/ to http://rusefi.com/images/Frankenso/frankenso_0_4_assembled_front.jpg
They are the ones who received (and requested) the money though? From whom else should they get the money back other than the one who actually has it?
BAFA also tried to make a deal with Tesla to find a consumer friendly solution
>Seitdem stand das BAFA mit dem Hersteller Tesla in engem Kontakt, um eine einvernehmliche Lösung im Interesse der Kunden von Tesla zu erzielen. Ziel des BAFA war es, eine Lösung zu erreichen, durch die die Kunden schadlos gestellt würden. Im Verlauf der Gespräche hatte das BAFA dem Hersteller Tesla die Möglichkeit eingeräumt, bis Anfang Juli 2018 einen Lösungsvorschlag zu entwickeln. Von diesem Angebot hat der Hersteller keinen Gebrauch gemacht. Die Gespräche mit Tesla sind daher leider ergebnislos verlaufen. In der Folge muss jetzt aufgrund der Vorgaben des Verwaltungsrechts und des Haushaltsrechts die Rückabwicklung der Kaufprämie erfolgen.
Another idea... there are a bunch of childproof locks you could probably use that would be a lot easier than moving a 50 pound chair everyday. Something like this or similar: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B007A2ZSZ8
Edit: this one is self locking so you’d never forget to lock it in the first place: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SK5BRDL
Have you ever read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance? In it, he talks about classical vs romantic lines of thought. You're a car guy from the romantic sense, and not at all from the classical sense. I don't think you need both. I also know a guy that races in some shitty dodge neon class. He likes the classical idea of cars, the machinery, how it works, how to make it run. He obviously doesn't care about the beauty and history of cars.
Usually car guys like both aspects, but it's not unusual or disqualifying to like 1 or the other
I ran my camera's usb cable behind the dash, into the center cubby into the USB plug, and I still have a cigarette adapter available.
My A119 hasn't affected any of my sd cards.
A guy in a turn only lane went straight into me, causing both doors to need replacement.
Kept claiming he was in the middle lane, and I made a right into him from the left most straight only. I made sure to record him saying he was going straight.
Then I send two screenshots from the dashcam - not even the video - to my claims person, an hour later they said the guy's adjuster accepted all responsibility. A $5k repair.
$300 for a home charger
There is a Rain-X formula specifically for this application. ~~You could probably dilute plain-old rain-x with generic washer fluid to get a similar effect, but the standard Rain-X is not concentrated so you'll have to cut a lot more with your windshield fluid for it to work as intended. The people below telling you that's patently false are probably more incorrect than the car store guy.~~ --EDIT see below.
That's actually not true, you are thinking of JD Power which reports owner complaints within the first 90 days of ownerships.
Straight from their FAQ:
> Problems with the engine-major, cooling system, transmission-major, and driveline are more likely to take a car out of service and to be more expensive to repair than the other problem areas. Consequently, we weigh these areas more heavily in our calculations of Used Car Verdicts and Predicted Reliability.
oh my god that car is hideous....
looks like they took a ferrari and did that "minicar" thing that people do: http://www.pxleyes.com/images/contests/Making%20Mini%20Cars%20practice/fullsize/Making%20Mini%20Cars%20practice_4a503baf38450.jpg
Think you might be thinking of Chrysler here.
They produced a handful (50 IIRC) and did a proof of concept around Detroit. The bodies were by Ghia and the power plants fitted here. All were crushed except one that’s in the hands of Chrysler and the other that Jay Leno has.
Steve Lehto wrote a great book on it that I encourage everybody to read.
Doesn't say if their fax machines have improved or at least modernized, or if it's the same crappy and slow machines that most people in the US remembers. It would be cool if it's just like how IT professionals still use cassette tapes on computers, but they have several thousand gigabytes of storage on a single tape.
Want a 1TB to 3TB of storage for $30? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003H0O6MS/
I use one of these:
It is perfect for tuning/tweaking my Megasquirt. It isn't fast enough to do much else with but makes a perfect car computer. It is small enough to sit in my lap while driving if needed. It charges with USBC (same as my phone) so I always have a charger if needed. The battery easily lasts an entire weekend at the track. Having both a touch screen and detachable keyboard is ideal for me too. The screen is bright enough inside the car but there isn't much that will stand up to the CO sun in the summer, lol. The keyboard also has full size USB ports if needed.
step 1 - go to /r/dashcam
step 2 - read their guide
stem 3 - buy this one
basically make sure you get something with a capacitor (not a battery) and has decent night vision.
I just got one but that is more for recording on-road shenanigans than safety.
Here's a link from Consumer Reports that lists all the cars affected by the recall initially, and the ones subsequently affected by the 2nd failure.
Hahahahahahaha! Oh you are serious...
I would call you a cunt but that would be an insult to actual cunts. Here is a link for how to maintain a car. Stop being an asshole and learn some adult responsibility. No one is asking you to swap an engine or add a turbo (things that are talked about on this sub), but basic car maintenance my grandma could do.
In that case, put on some good tunes and relax we'll make it through this together spaceman.
Also, in order to be helpful in this thread, I'll make a real recommendation: you'll probably want to get yourself some DampRid buckets (or your country's equivalent) to help keep mildew and overall dampness funk to a minimum. It won't help stop the leak, but it will hopefully keep the mushrooms at bay while the leak is being found and fixed.
Example on Amazon
That was just the first result that showed up. You can search around and figure out what features there are and what you'd like to see.
Not to sound snarky but just angle your side mirrors all the way out so that you can see what’s in your blind spot. That’s exactly how you should be using them.
If for whatever reason that is just not an option then I would suggest investing in these little oval stick-on blind spot mirrors
The aftermarket BSM are hundreds of dollars and the little oval mirrors are $8
I use these and keep a pack in my car at all times
Windex Original Glass Wipes, 6 Pack, 28 ct https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071NFDMJR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_HbhmCbV08JP1G
I religiously clean the inside of my windows. I never have fog issues on my windows or glare. My windows are almost invisible
Just spend $20 and buy a windshield anti-frost cover. Something like this - find one that fits your car.
What you are thinking of doing is a huge fire hazard.
How about a diagnostic reader? Something like this. Basically if your car has the engine (or another) light on you can plug that in and your phone will tell you what the problem is. You'll need an app like Torque for it to work.
A dashcam is another gift that is something anyone could benefit from, but not everyone would necessarily think to buy for themselves. Over on /r/dashcam they have some really good guides on what to get. Expect to spend about $100, though. It seems like this one is the best bang for your buck according to their guide.
He had a journalists preorder for the Model X canceled because the journalist criticized the launch event.
It's max 10 people for video chat.
My only Patreon experience is this one, where they charge $50 for one hangout per month and have about 20 people signed up at that level. The podcast gets ~150,000 viewers a week, for reference.
You guys get some solid views and probably from a slightly older target audience with more disposable income and readily available credit cards, so I can see the hangout level getting very crowded if you promote the Patreon regularly.
I'm no expert, though! Just saying what I've observed. :)
It's worth noting that I think that Patreon I referenced has a bad pricing strategy - generally too expensive with big gaps between tiers. Keeping them close together and relatively inexpensive is important! But you can only hang out with so many people, so it makes sense for that to be mid-high range.
Also ideal is to have recurring benefits so that people can get value after the first month or two when they have their narration or whatever. I'm sure everyone that signs up wants to help the show, but it's nice to give them something extra such as (spitballing, here) notes for the previous episode, extended songs, sheet music, behind the scenes or exclusive info on upcoming episodes.
Even the props he brings to the reviews are quirky. First we had the GT3RS watering can. And now we have this watermelon beach ball.
That J1772 (EV Charger) to 110V household outlet is kinda cool. But couldn't they have just put the same outlet in the cargo area? The adapter seems like it adds a step and you have to remember to bring it with you.
Tekton and harbor freight are your best friend.
Go to harbor freight and get a toolbox, 3 ton jack, and 4 jack stands. A creeper is nice to have.
If you want sockets and ratchet from harbor freight, get the Icon ratchets and Pittsburgh sockets.
I suggest Tekton from Amazon. Start with the 3/8 set, then get the 1/2 and 1/4 set.
That'll cover your socket needs for the most part.
For wrenches :
With a toolbox, Jack, Jack stands, socket set, and wrenches, you'll be able to complete most jobs.
Over time, you'll accrue more tools as you need them. I'm a mechanic by trade and, even with a fully matured tool setup, find myself buying tools I need every once and a while.
Join us at /r/tools and www.garagejournal.com
There are a bunch, I think Yi is sort of the "better" of the knock offs but just a quick amazon search yielded this: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07B2W96JH/ref=sspa_dk_detail_4?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07B2W96JH&pd_rd_w=ozMTO&pf_rd_p=f0dedbe2-13c8-4136-a746-4398ed93cf0f&pd_rd_wg=Btis5&pf_rd_r=67RCCK7FCSVTTRW5W62C&pd_rd_r=87988a9d-0160-11e9-b54d-a3f4d08ced8f
Which if I had to guess is just a re-branded Yi.
I think he just means that it's not the canister type that has the metal housing around it, some cars use the paper internals only and have a plastic or metal housing for it on the car itself. So the Fiat 500 just takes the pleated paper filter portion (that looks like the inside of the canister kind). It looks like this so it drips a lot more than the type that's in a metal canister.
This isn't really uncommon though, it's super popular on European cars.
Paypal is a merger of two companies that did the same thing. He basically founded it. Peter Theil said so himself in his book Zero to One. He and Elon decided to merge because they were equal players at the top of this new industry and they would only hurt each other. Obviously you want to keep one of the original company names.
He's also listed as a founder in both companies on wikipedia. This point is so fucking weird. He joined Tesla a year after it started and they wouldn't be anywhere without his initial funding. He is considered a founder by all known founders.
I hate when people use a longform blog post as a source instead of just the fact that they are trying to point out. Sneaky obfuscation.
"Once we become predictable, people will learn how to outmaneuver us. To be successful at bluffing our opponents, they should not be able to look at our actions and determine our true situation... We must avoid being predictable."
Sun Tzu - The Art of War
Autoline (various, daily, this week, after hours) Video and audio [Great INDUSTRY news]
CNET on Cars
The Extra Mile
Fast Lane Daily (Kinda good)
Goodwood (Festival of speed; etc)
NPR Car Talk
The Smoking Tire
Talking Cars (Consumer Reports - pretty good for CR)
CarCast (Adam Corolla)
to name a few.
Do your own: This just headline just now: http://mashable.com/2014/12/18/podcast-beginner-tips/?utm_cid=hp-hh-pri
> I think it would be a mistake for KIA to rebrand itself as a higher-end company.
The thing is, most people rate KIA as somewhere below the American brands. Below-average reliability, features, etc.
And yet KIA beats Honda, Mazda, Ford, and Subaru for reliability.
And features? Forget about it. My Forte came loaded with more features than any of the more well-known competitors I was cross shopping, at thousands of dollars less.
> I find it amazing that the model S was labeled "the best car ever" by CM, even though the traditional automobile manufacturers have been around for 100 years
They were also labelled "too unreliable to recommend" by Consumer Reports after a couple years of reliability data came to light.
This was one of the first pages that came up when I typed into google, "my oil light just came on".
Every car is different, but they all need oil, coolant and fuel (unless its all electric, like a tesla) to continue running. Running it out of fuel isn't the end of the world, running out of either of the other two and continuing driving will toast the engine. Now, you know.
More details here
To kinda summarize what I took away (Taken from 740,000 vehicles)
Lexus ranked 1st followed by Toyota
Audi was 3rd
Subaru, Kia, Mazda higher than Honda/Acura
Nissan & Infinity plagued with problems, new CVT, horrible intouch infotainment
Buick ranked top 10 in domestics, rest of the US brands were in the bottom half
GMC & Cadillac were bottom 1/3 of rankings
Fiat Chrysler produced 5 of worst 7 brands
Most Germans were in the middle of the pack with MERC falling back a bit
Surprisingly Tesla's ranking dropped to BELOW AVERAGE due to reliability issues based off their 1400 responses.
>While mechanical is instant.
This is not true. Mechanical travels at the speed of sound.
with all that scissor shit in the middle, how do you get under it to work on it? Looks like you would have to work around it?
A friend of mine bought this from Costco. My father in law is going to be installing one at his house soon as well.
Howdy, fellow Honda/Acura owner!
There’s no need to replace the transmission to your Integra, however I do very highly recommend changing the transmission fluid before you go. Remember, only use Genuine Honda Automatic Transmission fluid for your car! If not, you risk damaging it due to how temperamental Honda transmissions are with fluid specs, no matter if it’s an automatic or manual. Keep in mind, the fluid should be changed every 30,000 miles.
Glad to hear of your Integra piling on the miles and staying in the family! If you have any further questions about it, feel free to ask, since I’m no stranger to Hondas!
Oh, I completely understand passing on that car. Sounds like nothing was maintained.
Still, get one, they are very very useful, and cheap. Only $13 for an Android BT reader on Amazon - $18 if you need iOS. If you have Android, download Torque ($5 for paid version, but even free is very good.)
That under $25 set will have more features than the $200-$400+ readers still sold in autostores... and are more up to date, and can easily interface with the web for more code information.
If you have a powered rear mirror you can sometimes get an adapter or tap it yourself.
I was thinking of something like this so they didn't constantly have to stress their connectors tightening and loosening them over and over, but yeah.
Stage 1+, and yeah I’m running NGK Iridiums, these to be exact. It’s just cylinder 3, and when I replaced it for the second time I noted the plug was loose whereas the other 3 were not. All were torqued to spec the first time, so idk.
Now it probably needs a new plug again, but oddly the symptoms are intermittent— it seems to run fine 99% of the time, but sometimes when getting into boost, it’ll start to stutter, and even less often it’ll throw a CEL. Then the CEL goes away a week or two later. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Instead of getting a big, loud, expensive air compressor that you have to start up and wait for pressure to build, and have to drag it/its hoses around your garage, just get a cordless electric impact wrench. In fact pretty much all air tools have better electric versions now. I have one of these and I have used it for giant suspension and brake caliper bolts and spun them all off instantly: https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DCF899B-Brushless-Torque-Impact/dp/B00WJA1J68
I hear the Milwaukee 1/2" one is great and everybody recommends it for a little more money.
Arrogance and Accords is the tale of the largest commercial corruption case in U.S. history. Between 1994 and 1997, eighteen former executives of American Honda Motor Company, along with four other people, were convicted on federal fraud and racketeering charges. Over a 15-year period, the gang of greedy Honda officials had received over $50 million in cash and gifts from automobile dealers eager to obtain additional hot-selling Honda cars and franchises. The ill-gotten booty included briefcases stuffed with up to $750,000 in cash, palatial homes, luxury German automobiles, secret ownerships in dealerships, and Hong Kong shopping sprees.
When the auto market softened in the early 1990s, the high-rolling officials, led by Honda's charismatic national sales manager, switched to embezzling money from the corporation. Honda belatedly fired the officials in 1992 and kept the scandal under wraps - until a small-town Assistant U.S. Attorney decided to investigate.
Arrogance and Accords is both a true-crime story and a look inside one of the world's most respected companies. It details the key characters and their shady deals, along with the internal and FBI investigations, and reveals the corporate culture that allowed the pandemic payola to flourish for so long.
Written by Steve Lynch, a former top Honda marketing executive, Arrogance and Accords is an insightful, often hilarious story of greed, ignored whistle-blowers, unethical lawyers, and the raucous federal trial of two of the Honda managers who decided to fight the charges.
>Data is beautiful
Except when it's not. I also struggle with collecting a lot of fun data, then not knowing how to put it together. This is a fantastic book for visual ideas.
I've had good luck stringing-up bird scare tape. It's basically a long strip of sparkly Mylar. Only downside is it's kinda "crinkly" noisy in the wind. I got the idea after I saw it being used around vineyards in California.
I wanted to do the same thing a while ago.
I decided against it because the pay is the worst out of basically any other type of trade/labor career. The amount of work and hours you put in is not justified by the pay you get at all.
The entire career needs a giant overhaul. Below is a link of master techs and a bunch of others that have worked in the field for countless years. I've read about some being techs for 20 years and only making $18 an hour. Not to mention you have to buy your own tools (expensive as fuck), are around noxious chemicals, and are breaking your back all day.
I decided to go with another trade (Plumbing) where I'll be making as much starting out as some techs are making 20 years in.
Just read through the above link and I'm sure you'll change your mind. And if you don't, hey, good for you. If money doesn't matter and that's your passion, go for it.
Well, we have a few cars amongst which to split miles, so no car gets a ton of miles. Our F355 saw about 5000 miles a year for just over 2 years, and our 360 CS has over 10K miles (many at the track). The 458 had about 4K miles on it when we sold it, and the F355 Challenge car is not street legal, so we log hours, not miles.
When we got the 360
I called a different dealership with the VIN and they said the engine is covered under an extended warranty due to coolant issues. Apparently slightly different than a recall. Found an article about it
I'm having the car towed to a different dealership so I don't have to deal with the guy who rubbed me the wrong way anymore. Thanks for the help.
I guess it would simply be the weight-to-energy ratio. I know its definitely a problem with solar energy right now, but I think its a problem with the automotive industry too. See, where the 1200 lb battery cell found in Teslas can do 265 miles per charge, the same can be achieved with 10.5 gallons (6 lbs times 10.5 gallons [260 miles / 25 MPG] equals 63 lbs) of fuel in a 2015 Chevy Malibu.
If my math is right (and anyone should feel free to correct me if I am wrong), you can do 5,035 miles with 1200 lbs of fuel, whereas thats only 265 miles with a single charge on the tesla.
TL;DR: Batteries are really heavy and gasoline is really light.