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Old 01-05-2019, 08:35 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Bungee cord for your battery?
Could you use the old brackets and maybe put something harder under the new battery?

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Old 06-30-2019, 03:58 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Brake pad change

Changed the Cruze's brake pads today. At 72k miles they still had plenty of life left. Should have left them longer.

All of our future cars will be ev's, so it's weird to think I might never change brake pads again.
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Old 08-05-2019, 01:28 AM   #13 (permalink)
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This is a semi towing a Chevy Spark... And nothing else.
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:57 PM   #14 (permalink)
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My goal is complete, I have the least valuable vehicle on my street. I thought the old man across the way would be stiffer competition, but he traded his old F150 for a new Explorer.
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Old 05-31-2020, 07:25 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Whew, used Volts are getting cheap! Here's a 2014 with 60k for $8000. I might be interested in selling our Leaf for $10k and buying this instead.

https://austin.craigslist.org/ctd/d/...124983523.html

I've been driving the Leaf a lot more since the pandemic started. One thing I've really come to appreciate is the alien shift knob. It's really a lot nicer than the gear shift levers on other cars, probably because it doesn't require a mechanical connection to anything.

The Cruze has gone so unused that wasps started building a nest on the engine cover.
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I would rather sell the Cruze, but I think it's not even worth $4k now.
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Old 08-30-2020, 09:51 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The LiFePO4 starter battery experiment is over. There was dead silence when I tried to start it this morning and lots of dash warnings. Voltage was down to 3.5V. :/ So I'm back to lead acid.

Some reasons why the LiFePO4 might have died early are it was a little undersized and there were a couple mornings when I ran it near freezing temp. LiFePO4 doesn't like that.

The LiFePO4 was 20-30 Ah, OEM was 50-ish. Perhaps I was a little too cheap, I'm not sure. Then again, if it was the cold that killed it, I'm glad I didn't spend more.

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