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Old 05-14-2011, 03:12 PM   #241 (permalink)
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Saw this video and realized how true it was.

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Nozzle Rage Video 2

How appropriate. I hate when I can't figure out how to make a video work on here!

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Old 05-14-2011, 11:31 PM   #242 (permalink)
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That reminds me.. years ago 2005 I think I was going home from Lenexa to Butler via 69 at night and I hit a full-size couch with my Festiva at 75mph. Didn't do any damage though which is surprising wasn't much left of the couch though!
OMG! I'm sure there was a flurry of split-second decisions before that impact -- especially in a low-profile vehicle. What gets me is, how does someone not know they lost a couch? Glad to hear it didn't damage the vehicle or injure anyone...

My commute these days is mostly low-speed to the home-office -- The "Q" (almost every Monday, near the Sprint campus), and up to the airport (from home, near LS, Greenwood, and Lake Winnebago). I spend a lot of time on the new 150-highway (still under construction) instead of I-470 to I-435. With most of it 4-lane now, I can slow on the hills and be easily passed.

Being home-based, I traded cars (Insight for TSX) with my Wife, who teaches in Belton. We're saving about $20/week with the switch -- I either take the Integra or TSX (I'm getting low 30's in both, so the TSX is nice upgrade some days)... and my Wife kinds likes the Insight (I mean it's not her first choice, but saving money is a big plus). For work, many trips in rentals occur every month to Joplin and Springfield. I pass Butler quite often on 71-Highway (or the upcoming I-49, I believe it is soon to be).

We really need to get a MO-KAN meet organized again. I missed the inaugural one at Independence Center Mall -- but I'm sure another could be organized if we get enough show of hands...

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Old 05-15-2011, 12:48 PM   #243 (permalink)
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Mrs A's Skoda Octavia (think MkV VW Golf / Jetta Wagon / Estate with different badges and a lower price) had a 'bulb failed' warning light on the intruments. After mega fuss (and parking in a dark garage) I work out it is the tiny corner bulb on the left hand side. I get a replacement one and start the process of fitting it. The process according to the manual is

1) remove a nylon nut with your hand
2) pull out locking lever next to the light
3) easily remove headlight

At that point you can extract the bulb from the rear of the now easily accessible light unit, replace the bulb and reverse the above process to refit light unit to the car.

Simple. What could go wrong ?

This is how it went...

1) remove nylon nut
2) pull out locking lever.
3) realise locking lever won't move, put on padded gloves because it cuts your hands
4) nope that didn't work, try WD40 - I don't normally let this near my cars
5) nope, resort to trim removal tool which eventually starts to move lever...
6) ...well it starts but then the end of the lever starts to bend...
7) ...and it scratches the paint
8) ...and the s@dding headlight still won't move.
9) swear a lot
10) refit nylon nut
11) hammer lever back into place because it won't just push back in
12) open wallet at local garage to replace one bulb
13) and watch as expert trained mechanic also swearing a lot, but at least he is paid for it
14) except he is being paid by me.

To fit a bulb which is not a legal requirement and cost £0.50.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:58 PM   #244 (permalink)
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How appropriate. I hate when I can't figure out how to make a video work on here!
Good video, I think the forum recognises YouTube videos and converts them, I haven't worked out how to embed other ones yet.
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Old 05-15-2011, 03:21 PM   #245 (permalink)
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The process according to the manual is ...
I've recently heard a tale about someone in an independent workshop taking an hour to replace a headlight bulb on a Volvo S40/V50 like mine.

I can replace both in around 5 minutes.
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Old 05-15-2011, 08:34 PM   #246 (permalink)
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I've heard of some GM SUV/PUs that require the entire front fascia to be removed for lightbulb servicing!
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Old 05-16-2011, 05:13 AM   #247 (permalink)
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EM - It may have been cheaper for me to fly you over...

Frank - I did seriously consider front bumper removal and thought that is just stupid, but then the mechanic did at one point seriously consider the same thing.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:59 AM   #248 (permalink)
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The startling realisation of the amount of car stuff needing done to the fleet...

So many cars,

So little time and money!
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Old 05-16-2011, 11:41 AM   #249 (permalink)
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...don't get me started on the use of "...one-time only..." usable connectors, clips and fasteners!
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Old 05-16-2011, 12:03 PM   #250 (permalink)
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! Dear Windows XP:

! I have an Ethernet connection hooked-up, and
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! In addition, not having Admin rights on my work computer
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