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Old 11-27-2007, 07:03 PM   #489 (permalink)
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11-04-2007, 08:52 Pm

So... Ivan had the car last week & this weekend. Thus not much chatter from me about it.

But I picked it up this evening. We've got a few issues:

1) I found a pretty big rust hole in one wheel well. There's actually exposed insulation to the driver's footwell. Surprised it wasn't found in the inspection. So the car needs some triage style bodywork & rust proofing (oiling) soon.

2) We noticed pretty much right away when we started driving it that it's got a bad front wheel bearing. Most of the noise you hear in the video where I'm driving on a fairly long straight stretch is (a) the snow tires :P and (b) the bearing roaring away. Probably not good for efficiency eh? Probably ignore that until next year though.

3) A weird rubbery squeak/graunch type sound when the drivetrain is loaded up abruptly from a stop. It's either a motor/tranny mount complaining or the rubber spider in the motor/tranny coupler. Need to investigate.

Also: received from a fellow EVer in the UK a home-built 8-battery LED monitor. It'll give an at-a-glance picture of how the individual batts in the pack are doing relative to one another. Great for finding weak batts & making sure we're not unintentionally beating any up.
Honda mods: Ecomodding my $800 Honda Fit 5-speed beater
Mitsu mods: Oops, I did it again! Bought another cheap, 3-cylinder Mirage. Mods in progress...
Ecodriving test: Manual vs. automatic transmission MPG showdown

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