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Comment: Re:I hope this never happens (Score 1) 603

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49518971) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Don't forget engine runaways caused by oil leaks in the turbo!

Isn't this why you should let your engine run for a minute or 2 before turning it off. Let the turbo cool down with oil circulating through it, also this is good advice even for naturally aspirated engines as well so that they reach a more uniform temp as well. Or at least that is what I was taught dealing with forced induction tractor engines out on the farm as a child.

Comment: Re:Bad news for a lot of people (Score 1) 603

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49518875) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
I hated dealing with those 80s vehicles, the early EFI systems, electronically controlled carburetors, massive wiring looms, tens of feed of vacuum lines, ignition control modules that were placed in the wrong spot and would cook and then fail. I won't buy a vehicle unless it is a late OBDI or newer, or pre smog motor as there were a lot of vehicles that were just junk in between. The build quality on those late 70s and 80s vehicles was awful as well so it isn't like you are missing out on anything.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 1) 603

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49518541) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
I accept that manufactures can specify a fuel for their vehicles and expect you to run the correct stuff. I just take issue with some states that have decided to mandate a fuel that no auto maker will warranty their regular (non flex fuel) vehicles for. So far Minnesota has been pushing off it's 20% mandate but the current date is august of this year and I haven't heard of any activity to push it out again.

Comment: Re: You no longer own a car (Score 1) 603

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49518333) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
My impression of anything from the VW/Audi group is that VW is German for failed engineer. I haven't dealt with a MB but have with BMWs (love the inline 6) and those have a pretty clean layout under the hood. My only real issue with layout is that on the E46 ones is the need to remove the cabin air filter box to get to things at the back of the engine.

Comment: Re:You no longer own a car (Score 4, Interesting) 603

by Bob the Super Hamste (#49518239) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars
Same here. My .last experience with the dealer was when one of the window regulators broke (E46 BMW so it is a common problem). It looked like it was going to rain so I inquired what it would cost for them to install it and got some absurd number like $800 most of which was 2.5 hours of labor. I flat out told them it doesn't take 2.5 hours and said that I would pay for 1 hour of labor. They insisted that this was way too low and that they could get it done in 2 hours. So I left with a new regulator, plastic clip and nut and went home. At the time my 5 year old wanted to help and learn how to fix the car so I let him do most of it and he managed to do it in a little more than a hour.

Comment: Re:A big fuck you (Score 1) 523

I'm pretty sure I'm why HOAs and their restrictive Covenants exist. Then again I like being able to do what I wish on my property and won't piss off my neighbors. When the HOA across the park sends off letters complaining about something I usually take that as an indication that I need to wait for a windy day and go make some coke from coal for my forge. They don't like it that people in my neighborhood will do things like park vehicles in their driveway, put up a basked ball hoop in the backyard, cut down a tree, plant a different tree, build a forge, have a 25'x30' detached garage, etc all of which people in my neighborhood have gotten complaints about. Then again I don't throw wild parties, leave trash all over, damage others property, and if I have a problem with one of the neighbors (usually their kids) we go deal with it in a civilized way, by talking to them. I have been asked to keep it down on the weekend mornings before about 10 am even though the city ordinance says running of loud equipment is permitted after 8 AM.

Comment: Re:Well done! (Score 1) 523

Depends on how the got here. If they are like the Mexican family that bought the house on the corner in my neighborhood a couple of years ago no. The are a pleasant family, don't complain about stuff people do on their own property, are good to have a beer with, and the father shares a hobby with me even if I don't care for Fords. They are here legally and the father and mother goes to work, and their kids don't throw wild parties that result in my mailbox being run over with a mess of trash in my yard.

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