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by IMBoring25
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:26 am
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: Finally got another car
Replies: 23
Views: 885

Re: Finally got another car

If the clutch were dragging a little when it shouldn't, that could exacerbate issues with the lower-gear (hardest-working) synchros.

If shifts are equally bad with the engine off and clutch released the clutch is probably not a significant factor.
by IMBoring25
Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:40 am
Forum: Members' Cars
Topic: Finally got another car
Replies: 23
Views: 885

Re: Finally got another car

A clutch release system that's not fully effective when cold could also be contributing. Make sure the fluid is full and clean. Also try shifting into another gear first and then immediately into first.
by IMBoring25
Thu Jan 04, 2018 11:55 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Winter Tars
Replies: 12
Views: 147

Re: Winter Tars

Not a big surprise. Instrumented braking tests would be dominated by grip with the surface (in cold temperatures, advantage anything but summer tires) but the subjective handling assessment well below the limit would be dominated by sidewall stiffness (advantage: summers).
by IMBoring25
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Honest Engines
Replies: 175
Views: 27389

Re: Honest Engines

potownrob wrote:Most of the jobs I see listed say you need a CDL though...


Where it's not a legal requirement the insurance company probably gives them a break for having it as a company requirement.
by IMBoring25
Mon Nov 06, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54712
Views: 994357

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

That was the situation I was in a few years back when they lowered our leave cap. I didn't work a five-day week for months trying to burn it all with minimal impact.
by IMBoring25
Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:39 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54712
Views: 994357

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

My dad came over to start the festivities because I was delayed on my way home so I don't have an accurate count but I think there were the usual slightly-over-100 customers. My excess victuals supply was small enough to be making me nervous at the end of the night and easily consumed by myself the ...
by IMBoring25
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:51 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54712
Views: 994357

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

OK, I answered my own question with the aid of Google image search. A Pace Arrow motorhome, which I'm still having a tough time finding with five-lug wheels, other than the article on that specific project.
by IMBoring25
Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54712
Views: 994357

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

What was that thing previously? I can't think of ever having seen five-lug wheels that size.
by IMBoring25
Sat Oct 28, 2017 12:31 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Change your rearview mirror bearing
Replies: 16
Views: 499

Re: Change your rearview mirror bearing

Even the engineers apparently don't always grasp the concept. I rented a GMC Savana cargo van for a business trip. The mirrors didn't have enough travel to set correctly. Even worse when there are no windows aft of the front doors.
by IMBoring25
Sat Oct 14, 2017 11:15 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: You Gotta Beef Wit Dat?
Replies: 3
Views: 196

Re: You Gotta Beef Wit Dat?

Probably just trying to cut corners to sqeeze out some more profit which seems to be the order of the day. VW cut a few corners with their diesel emission scandal, paid a fine or Two and life goes on for them. This is different and definitively not OK. The diesel scandal skirted a regulatory requir...
by IMBoring25
Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:17 am
Forum: Manuals in the News
Topic: Wow, that must be some bike!
Replies: 14
Views: 753

Re: Wow, that must be some bike!

My understanding is some of the pickup truck assisted tailgates use them too.
by IMBoring25
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:55 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54712
Views: 994357

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

MP3 players are one of the markets that has been severely distorted by the ubiquity of smartphones. Unless you want to have MP3s somewhere that you can't take your phone, it's difficult for most people to justify a separate device. Many phones (and MP3 players, for that matter) with MicroSD slots ex...
by IMBoring25
Sat Sep 30, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: The Photo and Video Gallery
Topic: Random Videos
Replies: 1454
Views: 75332

Re: Random Videos

A reduction of 8 dB cuts sound pressure levels to a little less than 1/6 of the original value. It's significant.
by IMBoring25
Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:54 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Warranty Wars
Replies: 14
Views: 461

Re: Warranty Wars

People seem to perceive cars as a lot less reliable than they are. If warranty sells some extra cars and induces some extra people to do regular dealer maintenance, it might even be a money-maker. It's worth noting that there's a big caveat on the Hyundai powertrain warranty...It is non-transferrabl...
by IMBoring25
Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 54712
Views: 994357

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Yeah, the go-to now has to be one of those plug-in backup batteries, which are inferior to carrying a spare battery in basically every way, including size, weight, and convenience (hours with the phone on an umbilical instead of a quick swap). It's really unfortunate when we have so many competing c...

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