Recent content by pitzel

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    Turn signals all blinking fast

    I know on newer cars, what is often described as 'hyperflash' is an artifact of having insufficient resistance in the circuit, ie: a burned out bulb, a retrofitted LED bulb, etc. Basically they'll use a sense resistor in-line with the power circuit, and if the voltage is insufficient on the...
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    Access 2005 Impala fuel unit

    <a href="" target="_blank">https:/<wbr>/<wbr><wbr>watch?v=UE5PTiL46rs</a>
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    Rear struts 2005 impala.

    Yeah I think those are coil on strut. So you'd need to either buy quick struts, or transfer the coil spring from your old strut to the new strut.
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    Hard Drive reliability over the long term

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by wag123</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by pitzel</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I'm closing in on 90,000 hours on some 2TB Hitachi Deskstar...
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    Ontario Nuclear update

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by OVERKILL</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> The big delay for Darlington was a post-Chernobyl pause put on the industry which also unfortunately stopped the B site from being built immediately after. It was supposed to be...
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    Uneven Pad Wear?

    Do those have 'hardware', ie: stainless steel plates, that affix to the caliper mounting bracket? The pads should also slide relatively smoothly within such brackets. Often what happens is that rust forms underneath those stainless steel plates, and essentially makes it difficult for the pads...
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    Ontario Nuclear update

    Amazing. Still remember visiting DNGS in May, 1992, and being told that the multi-billion dollar plant, paying 8-10% (or higher) interest at the time, was not running because of cracks in turbines. Glad to hear they finally were able to turn that around. Have they developed any 'permanent'...
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    Honda to halt production for 6 days

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by zzyzzx</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Isn't public transportation more prevalent in Canada? </div></div> Only in the biggest cities. Minimally existent everywhere else. The country just hasn't been as economically...
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    Going over 12 months on OCI

    12 months? I haven't changed oil in 12 years on my car. Lol I'm convinced that inadequate oil quantity is what most of the sludge-buckets end up suffering.
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    Hard Drive reliability over the long term

    I'm closing in on 90,000 hours on some 2TB Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000's. They're in a 4-drive RAID-10, so I don't see why I shouldn't just "run to fail".
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    Laptop Battery Life Span

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by ZeeOSix</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> If I leave the laptop plugged into the wall most of the time while using it, what would be a good constant level of charge to maintain on the battery? </div></div> The setting...
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    Walmart Auto Care Centers to close after today

    Some people especially those who work with critical infrastructure, are going to have vehicles that require some form of care. Yes, oil changes can be extended in most cases, but not indefinitely. And there are safety related things, or even literally "no-go" items like flat tyres, that will...
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    Honda to halt production for 6 days

    The USA (along with a few other insignificant small countries) is an outlier in terms of vehicles per capita: <a href=""...
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    Ford, GM, FIAT close all US factories

    I suspect the future is going to be a lot more taking care of vehicles so people get 20-25 years out of them instead of 15 years tops in most cases these days. OEMs, that have largely given the middle finger to doing engineering support of in-service products, may actually start doing so as...
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    Stock market!!!!

    After similar highs in terms of P/E ratio, amounts of leverage/credit in the economy, etc., in 1929, the Dow went on to drop from about 380 down to about 41. Cash (actual cash, not bank deposits), US Treasuries, gold, and gold miners were the big winners for the next decade.