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Old 08-01-2020, 09:36 AM   #191 (permalink)
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Factory shocks are reported to last only 35,000 miles. If you are serious about corner handling, do a bounce test or just replace them.
OK, they have done more than double that distance. No problems with handling or a floating feeling though. Think they will be replaced, another excuse to lower the car this summer.

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Old 08-01-2020, 05:35 PM   #192 (permalink)
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My starter motor now works great and is securely mounted, and the evap and O2 sensors are all showing up "ready" and "ok" on my scan tool. Ran a great 55 mile test loop. Without my upper grillblock, without EOC or P&G, without even neutral engine on coasting and with the alternator on full time I still got 55.7 MPG freeway at steady speeds that ranged from 55-65 (mostly steady 60 MPH). After the test loop, I brought the car home 10 miles on the freeway with heavy hypermiling and brought the 55.7 average up to 81.5 (was favorable downhill much of the way).
FINALLY READY TO SMOG TEST THIS CAR!
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Old 08-01-2020, 08:03 PM   #193 (permalink)
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still spending most of my time on the work truck. Today I picked it up from the upholsterer with a new headliner. Washed my wife's MKVI TDI Beetle, and the 16K tilt deck equipment trailer. Tomorrow I will shoot a quart of paint on that, as far as I can stretch it. That is after cleaning, sanding, and priming the trouble areas.
Yesterday we filled up the truck and got 18.7 MPG block for the 550 mile tank. Does not sound too good, until you factor in the 160 miles of trailer towing from sea level to 5400' elevation, down to 3500, and repeat. Gross weight of 16,700 pounds.
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Old 08-02-2020, 02:39 PM   #194 (permalink)
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... Gross weight of 16,700 pounds.
Whoa. That is pretty amazing FE then. Congrats. I am hoping to get restarted on the AluPoly remake of my upper grill block and then my rear decklid spoiler project. Wanna test once I clear my SMOG test tomorrow.
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:30 PM   #195 (permalink)
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I just went over the driver's side brake system on the Prius. I was hearing some intermittent rubbing noise that varied with speed. So, I took apart the front and everything looked great. Then I took apart the back and everything looked great. So, it went back together.

I also took the opportunity to check the tire air pressure and they were down to about 42 psi so I bumped them all back up to 50.
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Old 08-03-2020, 11:22 PM   #196 (permalink)
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I just went over the driver's side brake system on the Prius. I was hearing some intermittent rubbing noise that varied with speed. So, I took apart the front and everything looked great. Then I took apart the back and everything looked great. So, it went back together. ...
I love it when the ghost in the machine just goes away... me I spent a big part of the day in Cali SMOG hell... since when does a tech refuse to test a vehicle because "the clutch is bad"? It is not bad. I moved the car for him. So he says it was hard to get into gear. What?!

The SUCCESS is that I got four more good recommendations of places to go from friends, including one for a"a guy" who'll "set me up" whatever that means...
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Old 08-04-2020, 09:21 AM   #197 (permalink)
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Danger Will Robinson....... set you up is shorthand for back-patting illegal.

Too many minor people with a modicrum of authority use that for "evening" out the system or to massage their own ego.
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Old 08-04-2020, 04:20 PM   #198 (permalink)
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Danger Will Robinson....... set you up is shorthand for back-patting illegal.

Too many minor people with a modicrum of authority use that for "evening" out the system or to massage their own ego.
I agree with you. I want a legal test. I can prove my car runs clean each biennial SMOG test. So, I had a new 130 p.m. appointment today with another place. I put the car more to its stock look and left. On the way my speedo cut out and an instant later the check engine light went on for the VSS and both brand new Denso O2 sensors. Speedo has been cutting off and on periodically. The fact that all came on at the same instant suggests an open or short in the grounding of that part of the wiring harness. Everything has been fine a week or so. SUCCESS: I have a theory of the failure! Looks like I have more testing and troubleshooting to do with the Honda FSM flowcharts!
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Old 08-04-2020, 05:32 PM   #199 (permalink)
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I got the 16K trailer painted today, and will use it tomorrow with my truck to move a scissor lift for work. I have the company 1 ton slightly disassembled
The load will only be 8~9K total so I am comfortable with that. I won't move the excavator with my personal truck, that is a little much at more than 12K total.
Just because the truck is rated for 15,900 does not make it prudent. I'll go there only under ideal conditions, with a gooseneck or 5th wheel trailer and the pin weight right over the axle.
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Old 08-05-2020, 02:10 PM   #200 (permalink)
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Did they sell Lada's in Canada?

Yes! I even got a ride in one a few times. I had a buddy in high school whose dad owned two LADA sedans like your Fiat ... and a 1964 Pontiac Parisienne (sort of a Canadian Catalina equivalent). My fuzzy memory tells me he might have even had a Niva 4x4 at one point.

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