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MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Fermunky posted:

I frequent the bimmerforum and the guy who worked on this did it for a friend. All he says is "The person had a reason for this, and thats all I'll say"... That's an E46 3 series engine, which due to some reason with the way it's valvetrain is built is prone to sludging problems.

I'm guessing something to do with trying to kill the engine while the car was still under warranty (and then lying and saying he did oil changes at the appropriate intervals).

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MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Kotaru posted:

Edit:
All I can find is this;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2pz1PkhAo8

"I'm FREE!"

I know this has been mentioned before, but I'll never get tired of that announcer.

"Just quickly, has anyone in the crowd been hit with anything? Awww shoot, just when you need some blood and guts"

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


James Woods posted:

World demand for oil is increasing exponentially as decades go by and meanwhile we've found little to no oil in the past fifty years.

Billions of barrels were found in 2009 alone, take your stupid peak oil poo poo to LF.

efb

MomJeans420 fucked around with this message at 17:35 on May 10, 2010

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


My brother's IH Scout had been leaking more fluids than usual recently, it turns out the box frame broke:





MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


trouser chili posted:

Yeah, that happens. It starts when the spring perch starts pulling off, as it does so it rips the frame, weakening it until it fails completely. Looks like he's been driving it like that for a while. Not sure where you are located, but I'd look for something like this: http://stlouis.craigslist.org/cto/1749810109.html The bodies actually come off pretty drat easy. Bulkhead connectors, shifters, steering column, brake lines, fuel line, radiator hoses and six body mounts. That's pretty much it if you can lift it.

drat, that link is dead - what was it?

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Does dropping a wrench into a pan full of 95k mile old gear oil count as a mechanical failure? I ended up getting it all over my face and neck, in my mouth, eyes, etc. I can still smell it the next day, I think I'm traumatized.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Tactical Bonnet posted:

I once watched a cadillac(?) with a missing outer tie rod end drive into my parking lot, with the right wheel cut all the way right, and the left wheel cut all the way left(so it would roll roughly straight I guess?), buy said tie rod end, back out doing a full 180 due to said cocked up steering, then pull out onto the street and drive about 150 yards before a loud bang brought it to rest blocking the entrance of the mechanic he was trying to pull into.

The newest trend for all the VW rust / hellaflush people - extreme toe.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


After I put my car up on jackstands, I always put the jack right under the rear diff or the front crossmember, at the point of it just starting to put pressure onto the car. I figure if a jackstand fails, the jack should hopefully save me.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


some texas redneck posted:

A broken CV joint would just result in the car coasting to the side of the road, possibly with chunks of the joint or bearings hitting the road.

That would be either a tie rod failure or ball joint failure.

If it's a 2000 Lexus it's almost definitely a lower ball joint failure. Unfortunately they can fail by 75k miles, so you can find plenty of horror stories on the Lexus forums.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time



Are its eyes gone?

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I thought AI got over sperging out over table breakage years ago, and it was no longer a rule...

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Fucknag posted:

Most German cars use wheel bolts instead of studs & lug nuts.

It seems like that would make it a pain in the rear end to put a wheel back on, unless you had at least one stud like someone mentioned. Is there any reason to do it that way, or just "german engineering"? I thought some tracks required studs over bolts, so it doesn't seem like there would be an advantage to bolts in terms of safety.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Previa_fun posted:

Backing into parking spaces and pulling out forwards is safer overall anyway and I only see backup cameras making backing into spaces easier.

99.9% of the people who fancy park take 5 times the time to do it as compared to just pulling in, it's awful. Always nice when higher traffic parking garages have a head in parking only sign, but that doesn't always stop it.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time



What car is that? I can't figure it out.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Someone goes to jiffy lube, jiffy lube somehow strips the drain plug and fixes it with whatever the gently caress this is, next time they get their oil changed by someone who's not a complete retard they notice it. It reminds me of that poo poo people use to ghetto patch holes in walls.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


0toShifty posted:

This is an anti-tampering measure called Warranty Seal. You can also put a line of it between the oil filter and its flange.

Oil-outs are a huge expense for shops. The drain plug is sealed with this to make sure someone didn't empty the oil themselves in an attempt to get a brand new engine on the shop's dime. The shop's insurance adjuster will look to make sure the seal is intact before approving a claim on an oil-out.

But you don't need to glob the poo poo out of it like this guy did!

WTF??? I mean, it makes sense, but I've never heard of that before.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


TotalLossBrain posted:

It was the first and only car that ever tried to leave me stranded just by a non-working brake light (wired to a transmission interlock, so if the bulb is out you're hosed!).

WTF? They spent time and money making that happen?

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I was in a passenger van with stop start as a passenger and it drove me nuts, I can't imagine driving a vehicle with it all the time. Although I guess I won't have a choice soon.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


My shop class had a guy who'd put a piece of wood in a vice (light grip), then karate kick it into the disc sander going at full speed which would launch it at crazy angles. I think that's the only thing I remember about the class actually.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I posted this in CA, but it should probably go here too. This is actually a real item:

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Enourmo posted:

Check out Mr Cool Parking



E: wrong Bad Car Stuff thread, whatever. His brain is the mechanical failure.

Where's a shopping cart when you need one

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I see a ~2000 Acura TL in my parking garage every day, and I'm always wondering how it's still on the road. Stockholm syndrome? On its 5th transmission?

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


That explains how I can order a $3 part off aliexpress and still have free shipping, but it really is amazing.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I know just what he's talking about, certain years for those cars had the inner brake lights fade from red to pink/white and it looks a lot like reverse lights.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I wonder how many tries it takes to park the range rover with the tires just right

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


~95% of the time when I see M, it means 1,000, so $90M = $90,000 (M in Roman numerals is 1,000). MM would be 1,000 * 1,000, or 1 million. However, I end up running across M being used as 1 million just enough to make it that I can never assume M is 1,000, and I have to figure it out based on the context, which isn't always as easy as you'd think.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


cakesmith handyman posted:

Where on earth are you seeing that frequently? K means thousand, not M.

Frequently in documents produced by the accounting departments of businesses, not that I'm in accounting.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Seat Safety Switch posted:

Cayennes are giving Range Rovers a run for their money in the "hope you got " category:

https://rennlist.com/forums/cayenne...ailure-yet.html

Great carnage porn here.

I was wondering what it would be like to own a 10 year old Cayenne Turbo, they're really cheap around here (< $10k) but I imagine you could face some incredible repair costs.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


How about horrible train track failures? Description said "A track from the 7 train just crashed down upon a driving car around 65th Street in Woodside"





MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Jaguar Land Rover recalling 44k vehicles over CO2 emissions

Sounds like some models will have start/stop happen more often, others get new tires. If I had an affected vehicle I wouldn't bring it in myself, I loving hate start/stop in vehicles.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I've only had it in rental cars, but the slight delay from pressing the gas pedal to actual moving drove me crazy. It was bugging the passengers too, and this is in a fairly new Volvo SUV. A friend and I were in a taxi on vacation and both commented later it was distracting, and that's just as a jet lagged passenger who should be looking around enjoying the scenery.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I changed the diff oil in my old Z because all the local mechanics charged what I thought was too much for what is in some ways easier than an oil change (no undertray to remove). After reading how bad used gear oil smells, and making extra sure to be careful, I proceeded to get 80k mile old gear oil on my face, in my mouth, etc. It's kind of weird though, in some ways it really is THAT bad, but it's not as bad as rotting organic matter or other horrible chemical smells.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


You should be able to feel the right spot on the pinch welds because there's always two notches to show you just where to jack. However, I always just use the crossmember because it's easier and faster, and you don't have to worry about pinching the welds if you don't have an adapter with a slot in it for your jack.

I did finally buy these jack stand adapters to use with my stands, but I haven't tested them out yet.

*edit*
Just saw what everyone was talking about with the stacked pucks, he may have actually been in the right spot

MomJeans420 fucked around with this message at 17:23 on Jun 27, 2019

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Object avoidance is not Tesla's strong point, they are born with a strong attraction big red firetrucks.

It also doesn't help that you'll see Musk on TV in the car selling it as autopilot, despite whatever legalese is in the owner's manual. I'd comment on "full self driving," but that's just a way to get more money now for a feature that will never exist.

Then compare Cadillac's new system for making sure a driver is paying attention to the road versus Tesla's, and that's why you're seeing so many autopilot incidents.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Mooseykins posted:

Interesting, didn't know that. I always assumed that chemical leaks/spills were just kind of the norm to an extent. Is oil drilling not as dirty a job as it seems?

Probably depends on the area and the company, but if you're a major doing business in California, releases (spills) are a big deal, and they spend a lot of time and money making sure they don't happen. Here's a chart that shows when you have to report a release to various agencies, and they're serious when they say any amount into water. I've seen someone rack up fairly high legal fees for spilling less than a cup of oil before. From what I've seen, it's always under two barrels of oil released for every million produced, so you're talking ~60 gallons spilled for every 42 million gallons produced.

Every piece of equipment is highly regulated, you can get an example here. You need all sorts of leak detectors, gas sensors, etc.

When you get down to mom and pop operations, a lot of safety rules go right out the window, especially since it's on you to self-report spills.

BloodBag posted:

The whole block split in half down the middle and turned into a 25,000 psi lawn sprinkler inside the blast barrel.

No thank you, I'm not getting anywhere near that

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

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slidebite posted:

The popularity of non-petroleum based fluids for lubrication is becoming increasingly common. Heavy industry is now quite often relying on vegetable based (often food grade rated) fluids for non-food plants/industry in case of spills. It costs more, but far easier to deal with a 100 gallon spill of biodegradable vegetable oil based hydraulic fluid instead of dino based.

I hadn't thought of that, but it makes a lot of sense assuming they hold up well enough.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


I doubt we'll have real full self driving before 2030, maybe by 2040, but it's not coming from the company that can't avoid plowing into big rigs at full speed, or giant red firetrucks.

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Is that a redneck attempt at straightening a frame?

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


Wasabi the J posted:

If they're speeding, they're 100 powdered toast man.

I'm being called out, but I speed even when we aren't facing a crazy pandemic

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MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

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The supermoto guys in my area use send it too

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