[NTLK] OT: Vroom vroom
kcfoxie at gmail.com
Fri Jan 17 08:33:11 EST 2014
I want to opine about holding a garages hand. My current new classic is a 2003 beetle convertible. Over engineered as all volkswagens are, this car has "wings" or better put body panels/flaps that loft up at an angle from the side panel of the car to cover the top frame when the top is put down. It is purely Aesthetic in nature. Well I paid someone to reclip the headliner to the side rails because they dragged across these panels and I feared breaking them. Third top operation with repaired headliner and crunch...passenger wing was crushed by the in tact headliner.
I now wonder if previous owner broke those clips to prevent this.
But my opine is that the dealer couldn't locate the parts to repair said headliner clips. If it wasn't for community forums and online catalogues I never would have gotten the part numbers. And they still outsourced the actual repair to some guy who never called me back with a quote on this to begin with.
Luckily the new broken part isn't outrageous and I can just remove them for the time being. I will replace it myself this time.
I wonder if I'll rebreak my first repair?
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> On Jan 17, 2014, at 7:49 AM, Morgan Aldridge <morgant at makkintosshu.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 5:31 PM, Andrei Chichak <newton at chichak.ca> wrote:
>>> On 2014-January-16, at 3:10 PM, Morgan Aldridge <morgant at makkintosshu.com> wrote:
>>> and the
>>> blower resistor died long ago (hey, at least it gracefully degrades to
>>> still having full and off).
>> Easy peasy, you can get a replacement thermo fuse at Radio Shack (The Source in Canada) for $1.50. 4 screws, 3 bolts, a little Frank work and you're back in action.
> You know, I hadn't even considered that option. Much more affordable
> than buying a full replacement.
>>> The ABS modules go too, fortunately
>>> there's a Newton-like community and a Frank-like guy who re-solders
>>> the loose joints.
>> 4 screws and one plug. 5 minutes to swap. You can go to a bone yard and pick up a spare for cheep. There are two versions, one with TRACS, and one without.
> I highly suggest <http://www.midwest-abs.com/> for anyone in the US
> with an 850, S70, C70, or V70 that needs to replace their ABS module.
>> BTW, when you ask a repair shop to replace your cam belt, make sure that it makes it onto the work order and that they actually do it. It's great that my guys didn't charge me for work that they didn't do. I'll take care of it myself from now on.
> Oof. I always feel like I'm holding garages' hands and leading them
> through all my repairs. I've been doing my own repairs with this car
> for that reason (and the practice hasn't hurt with the Land Rover
> rebuild), but the day job has changed leaving me with a significant
> lack of free time, so back to the garages it is for me.
> Back to the Newton side of things, I keep wanting to pick up one of
> the cheap Bluetooth ELM327 OBD2 modules and see if I can talk to it
> from my with MessagePad 2100 using my PICO Card, Blunt, and PT100.
> Sadly, there's that whole "spare time" thing...
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