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Old 05-21-2020, 05:47 PM   #321 (permalink)
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As someone who used to work in a shop and change a lot of tires: That's awesome, TPMS sensors are a pain in the neck to deal with when changing tires. And then calibrating them can be terrible too: Ford's are easy if you have the pairing remote, but GMs (as of when I worked there) you had to do a procedure to start the pairing, and then you let the system know which tire was which by either adding or draining air from the each tire for ten seconds.
I love the Chevy system, no special tools, buy new sensors if you need and just relearn. Gives actual pressure in every tire. 2015 Rogue is OK but learn procedure is way more complicated and have to drive before it talks to the car.

The 15 Rogue does give actual pressure in each tire as well. 11 Rogue and Elantra don't. Elantra requires a tool.


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Old 05-22-2020, 08:08 AM   #322 (permalink)
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I just evicted one seized alternator... and it runs again!

Funny: the known good one I swapped in, I'm pretty sure it's off the engine that was yanked from the ForkenSwift. Surplus part saves parts car!


Next diagnosis... something in the steering has dried out of grease. There's a terrible creaking sound when I turn the steering wheel either direction.
Alternating alternators... What?
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Old 05-25-2020, 10:38 AM   #323 (permalink)
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Man vs. Machine

Or is it Machine vs. Nature?


The Metro failed in spectacular fashion on its first trip this weekend: at the mid-way point, the exhaust pipe busted AND the alternate alternator stopped working. (Looks like an encore of the intermittent charging problem from last year).


I limped into my driveway with 7 volts showing on the battery, and bits of rags stuffed in my ears to keep from going deaf. (Either from swearing at the car or the roaring exhaust - not sure which.)


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Old 05-25-2020, 10:40 AM   #324 (permalink)
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Old 05-25-2020, 11:06 AM   #325 (permalink)
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7 volts! I am not sure my car would run at 7 volt. I lose speedometer at about 9 volts.
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Old 05-25-2020, 12:53 PM   #327 (permalink)
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The ScanGauge stopped working at some voltage above 7. Turn signals wouldn't blink.

Surprisingly, the battery took a charge and came back up to 13.x - I put it on a 5A charger right away. Although I'm sure it's got less capacity than it used to.

The kicker is: my local parts store says they can no longer get the front exhaust pipe that broke - too old / no demand. Is this a sign?
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$5 canadian and a free ride in--and tech inspection of--the Forkenswift.

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... my local parts store says they can no longer get the front exhaust pipe that broke - too old / no demand. Is this a sign?
A sign that it is time to practice welding some more? How else does one build "the most fuel efficient Indian in the world" but by fabricating one's own engine parts?
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Old 05-25-2020, 04:32 PM   #329 (permalink)
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As a matter of fact, the body of the ForkenSwift still rests in my yard. Alas, its soul has departed... more than a couple of years ago. (Sold the EV guts to another builder after the floors rusted out.)

My dream project for its 3rd incarnation is a Flintstones / pedal car. But I think it's more likely one of my neighbours will politely ask me to dispose of the carcass before that comes to pass!

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Exhaust update: I liberated the front exhaust section from the Flea to use temporarily in the Metro. (It came out without busting a single bolt!) That buys me time to rebuild the disintegrated pipe. Which means the "good" car is now supplying parts to the parts car. Something's wrong with this picture.
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