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Seat Safety Switch
May 27, 2008

MY RELIGION IS THE SMALL BLOCK V8 AND COMMANDMENTS ONE THROUGH TEN ARE NEVER LIFT.



Pillbug

LloydDobler posted:

I had the PDM (passenger door module) go out in my 01 Volvo and the window, power lock, power mirror, mirror defrost, and ambient temperature gauge on the dash (the sensor for which is in the mirror housing) all died. It looks like a basic window switch, but it's not.

I'd be really curious to tear one of those things down, if you ever bust another one.

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meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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Along with my E/N kitchen situation, the 2-bay part of the garage that normally holds my wife's car and whatever I'm currently favoring is filled up with cabinets and cabinet parts.

So the Passat, which was formerly plagued with leaks to the point that the PO taped the sunroof shut and taped the front winshield, is sitting outside. And it's raining. A lot.

I hope I fixed the drain issues.

toplitzin
Jun 13, 2003


Nothing like a trial by rainstorm.

BloodBag
Sep 20, 2008

WITNESS ME!





Last time I trusted the seals during a rainstorm I ended up with a stinky rear end car and now the whole thing is torn apart to repaint and buy a complete set of new seals. And by that I mean every piece of weather stripping on an NA miata.

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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Trip report: poo poo's dry.

Dagen H
Mar 19, 2009

Hogertrafikomlaggningen


Where does it rate on the Bristol chart?

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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Dagen H posted:

Where does it rate on the Bristol chart?

Barely more solid than soup.

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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FINALLY, meatpimp has come BACK to car touching.

After many months of house-only work, I had an opportunity to spend some time taking apart the front of the Passat today. I needed to get to the headlight wiring to check connectors, and that requires removing the front bumper. This worked out well, because someone backed into it a couple months back and dented the LF fender, so I'll try to get the dent out a bit while it's apart.

In the process, I found a couple fender/bumper clips that were broken, so I'll get those replaced. I also found that the left headlight washer fluid line was broken off at the joint. The line going to that headlight washer? Plugged with a christmas tree from what looks like a socket hang tag. Awesome job, PO. The replacement part was less than $10 delivered, but why fix it properly?



Also in that shot is the 1/4" Milwaukee 1/4" Fuel Surge impact driver. This is quickly becoming my favorite tool. Super adaptable, very quiet, a ton of power when you need it, but extremely easy to control. Fantastic piece, everyone should have one.

So, it's apart right now, waiting on parts.

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


You've forgotten a few things to get to "service position".

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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STR posted:

You've forgotten a few things to get to "service position".

Baby, I'm always in service position.

Dagen H
Mar 19, 2009

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meatpimp posted:

FINALLY, meatpimp has come BACK to car touching.

I hope you typed this while raising an eyebrow.

STR
May 12, 2006

I thought I was a nice jester


Only related because , but there's a local burger place called Dirty Martin's Kum Bak Burgers. (affectionately known as Dirty's Kum, or just Dirty's)

They have a Kumbak burger, they also have a Sissy burger.

(the "Dirty" part of the name is because when they originally opened in the 1920s, they had dirt floors, and didn't get rid of them until the 50s)

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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No pictures, because I suck and always think about pictures after everything is done.

Had the Passat on jack stands to reinstall the bumper and get the new tires installed. Worked exactly as I had hoped.

Original size (well, on the +1 18" wheels that were on it when I bought it) was 235/40-18. That's the standard size for the optional 18" wheels. But it made first gear super short and almost all wheelspin. Plus, the speedometer read a couple mph high at freeway speeds according to gps. Plus the sidewall was super short.

So, I went to 245/40-18. A little bit wider, a little bit taller. Took care of all the issues. Wheelspin is still plentiful, but easier to control and over 40mph you have to want it to happen now. Plus the speedo is spot on. Plus the ride is a bit more compliant (may also be fresh rubber compound).

For $325 for the set installed, a great upgrade and maintenance item. Oh yeah, it was another set of $55 each Lionharts like I installed on the Avalon last year. For bottom-barrel pricing, I cannot say enough good about them so far. They're quiet, grippy, 500 treadwear rating and dirt cheap.

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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Pictures today. I finally started getting this paint cleaned up. Process: wipe down, synthetic clay, Chemical Guys Pro Polish, alcohol wipe down... normal so far. Next step is a new one -- Meguiars M27 Pro Hybrid Ceramic Sealer. Wow. Great gloss, fantastic smoothness. I'm impressed so far, let's see how it lasts.

Reflection shot:


Trunk shot:

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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2005 Escalade developed a squeaky accessory belt idler pulley. I had planned on replacing both the accessory and AC belts over the past couple years, just never got around to it. Now's the time.

Ordered 2 Gates kits, one for accessories, one for AC. Showed up today and holy poo poo, they're super nice. In addition to attractive packaging, they included a tray with bins for small parts to use during servicing. I've never seen anything like this before from auto parts, and I'm a bit impressed.

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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Double post because holy poo poo, there are times that I love this thing.

15 years old, 108k miles and I just removed both belt tensioners and the idler pulley like they were brand new. No corrosion, no resistance beyond normal torque, no immediate release slamming my hand into whatever sharp things are around. Hell, even the machined surface under the idler pulley is fully intact (see picture, my finger is in the bloody reflection).

This isn't a remarkable thing for a lot of you, but for those of us that a) live in the rust belt, and b) are used to German and other shittily-designed cars where there is simply no way that you could do a 2-belt swap with 2 tensioners and and idler pulley in 20 minutes, it is a little bit of heaven.



Edit: This thing also saw a full clay / correction / Meguiars M27 application last week. I am a big fan of M27 so far, it has a fantastic gloss and made this thing rudely white in the sun.

meatpimp fucked around with this message at 18:04 on May 28, 2020

MomJeans420
Mar 19, 2007

Most of the gear, most of the time


What are you thoughts on the Chemical Guys Pro Polish? It looks like it doesn't require a finishing polish after, so would you say it's less aggressive than Ultimate Compound?

Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



meatpimp posted:

Edit: This thing also saw a full clay / correction / Meguiars M27 application last week. I am a big fan of M27 so far, it has a fantastic gloss and made this thing rudely white in the sun.



So are you done with ceramic coatings then? What's the difference?

meatpimp
May 15, 2004

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MomJeans420 posted:

What are you thoughts on the Chemical Guys Pro Polish? It looks like it doesn't require a finishing polish after, so would you say it's less aggressive than Ultimate Compound?

That's exactly what I use for a light correction. If I need something stronger, I use UC.


Applebees Appetizer posted:

So are you done with ceramic coatings then? What's the difference?

Not done, M27 is a Sealant, so not a full coating like a full ceramic is. Full ceramic is nice, but takes a lot of time and focus. M27 seems to give a better gloss with much less work, probably at the cost of longevity, but we'll see. When I went through the Passat last month, I did M27 on the body and used a ceramic coating on the wheels. Different applications for different products, maybe? idk, maybe I'm just winging it.

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Applebees Appetizer
Jan 23, 2006



Good to know. Getting a ceramic coating done on the LS this weekend by a detailer, depending on how I like it I may DIY it on my Scion, or maybe just go the M27 route.

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