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Scotty Con Queso
Scotty Con Queso UltraDork
9/24/23 5:23 p.m.

Spent the weekend "diagnosing" a no start. Thought for sure my starter shat the bed. Changed that after laying in the rain and spending $125 on the cheapest FLAPS reman unit. Nope. Then changed battery terminals. Nope. Turns out the idiot* who engine swapped the truck used a butt splice that came loose on on the starter trigger wire. Now it starts great!

*I am the one who engine swapped the truck. 

No Time
No Time UltraDork
9/24/23 10:40 p.m.

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

It's on my 2007 Grand Cherokee limited with the 5.7 hemi. 

It's not so much the non-serviceable joint (although it is annoying), it's really just the number of things that have slowed the project down.

Between the warped exhaust manifolds, dealing with broken bolt below the head surface from the exhaust manifolds, threads failing in the head, lower control arm bolt frozen in the bushing sleeve, and now the driveshaft.  

None of them have been catastrophic, but the cumulative effect has been a dramatic slowdown in completion of the replacement of the oil pan and exhaust manifold gaskets, and the rebuild of the front suspension. 

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/24/23 10:46 p.m.
No Time
No Time UltraDork
9/24/23 11:02 p.m.

In reply to Pete. (l33t FS) :

Thank you!

I had read they weren't serviceable, so I had been looking at buying a complete driveshaft and not just the joint. The front seems to be smooth without slop, so I think it's worth trying to replace the rear joint only. 

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/25/23 9:12 a.m.
eastsideTim said:

In reply to wae :

I feel attacked

I was about to say, "This sounds like The Dancer referring to myself and LEGO..."

logdog (Forum Supporter)
logdog (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
9/25/23 10:11 a.m.

Million dollar idea..... Start a company that actually supplies functional starters and alternators instead of electrical lottery tickets.... grrrr.....

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
9/25/23 10:28 a.m.

If you snore, perhaps consider a hard side trailer vs a tent. Quiet hours start at 10pm afterall. 

AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter)
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/25/23 10:31 a.m.
alfadriver said:

If you snore, perhaps consider a hard side trailer vs a tent. Quiet hours start at 10pm afterall. 

i snore, and i've never been eaten by a bear.  coincidence?

DarkMonohue
DarkMonohue GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/25/23 10:59 a.m.
logdog (Forum Supporter) said:

Million dollar idea..... Start a company that actually supplies functional starters and alternators instead of electrical lottery tickets.... grrrr.....

I feel your pain. Is there a local small business who rebuilds them? If the guy's name is on the sign, you have a much better chance of getting a good product the first time.

Maybe you can repair them yourself. Nine times out of ten, my alternator failures have been worn brushes, and my starter failures have been worn solenoid contacts. On the stuff I drive those are usually cheap and easily replaceable. Prevents throwing the baby out with the bathwater, so to speak.

iansane
iansane GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/25/23 2:15 p.m.

Spent all of Saturday driving to Portland in an attempt at helping my father diagnose a no-start on his '04 cummins ram. He's getting no high fuel pressure and he buys an engine wiring harness thinking that the network wires are borked.

Wut.

Dad. Come on.

I try to humor him by laying it over the engine and hooking up enough things and it still won't start. He says because the a/c pressure switch isn't hooked up. You've had discharged A/C for years!

Still not exactly sure what the issue is.

alfadriver
alfadriver MegaDork
9/25/23 2:50 p.m.
AngryCorvair (Forum Supporter) said:
alfadriver said:

If you snore, perhaps consider a hard side trailer vs a tent. Quiet hours start at 10pm afterall. 

i snore, and i've never been eaten by a bear.  coincidence?

Seems that it could be a calling card for a snack. 

Wally (Forum Supporter)
Wally (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/25/23 3:13 p.m.

In reply to alfadriver :

Bears scare easier than I thought. Last week my girlfriend's ring camera went off showing the neighborhood bear was getting her trash. She ran outside yelling at it about being respectful of people's property and he scurried off to the woods. 

Recon1342
Recon1342 SuperDork
9/25/23 3:39 p.m.

In reply to Wally (Forum Supporter) :

Most critters are that way... except for badgers. Badgers will berkeley you up because you looked in their general direction.

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/25/23 5:21 p.m.
Wally (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to alfadriver :

Bears scare easier than I thought. Last week my girlfriend's ring camera went off showing the neighborhood bear was getting her trash. She ran outside yelling at it about being respectful of people's property and he scurried off to the woods. 

Some bears do scare easily but the bigger bears realize they are too of the food chain in their vicinity and do not scare

GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/25/23 5:50 p.m.
Wally (Forum Supporter) said:

In reply to alfadriver :

Bears scare easier than I thought. Last week my girlfriend's ring camera went off showing the neighborhood bear was getting her trash. She ran outside yelling at it about being respectful of people's property and he scurried off to the woods. 

Unlike the raccoons near me. A whole gang of them silently snuck into my garage with me while I was working on my bike at night a couple months ago. I yelled at them and they just calmly backed up to a respectful distance and stared at me. One thought it was hiding from me behind a tree, I popped around the tree and yelled at it, it didn't flinch. They clearly have too much experience of being yelled at in the suburbs and not enough of being used for target practice in the countryside...

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/25/23 6:04 p.m.
logdog (Forum Supporter) said:

Million dollar idea..... Start a company that actually supplies functional starters and alternators instead of electrical lottery tickets.... grrrr.....

There's no money in it.

Some rebuilders expect that a lot of times the cores they get back were not actually bad, so they just bead blast them, paint them, and send them out.  If they have 50% returns they still make a lot of money, considering all of the other cores they get from salvage yards that were also not bad.

 

I figure this is the real reason that remans get worse as a platform ages... fewer good used parts in the salvage inventory.

 

My favorite are the reman A/C compressors from the mid 90s that still had glass bead in the compressor.  You know they were not taking anything apart.

Me and my GF just returned from a 4 day/3 night vacation in Key West, FL. What an amazing place. She lived there for about 3 years while she worked for the TSA so I had my own personal tour guide. That's not the rant though.

The rant is that it made me realize how miserable I am with this job and living here. This occurred to me on my hour plus commute this morning. We both have a long commute because we cannot afford to live closer to our jobs. My job is very unfulfilling but pays decent. She likes her job but its part time and doesn't pay worth a E36 M3. We both HATE it where we live in Florida (central west coast). I'm beginning to question why I even have this job. I'm able to live comfortably but not extravagantly. I don't have nice stuff. Our house is tiny and old. I'm beginning to feel like its not worth it.

Then I started thinking about moving down to Key West. Everything is so relaxed down there. I started looking for jobs there. I could work at the Post Office. I wouldn't make nearly what I do here but if it is enough to pay the bills, who gives a E36 M3? The problem is that everything is super expensive. The cheapest apartment I found is 3x as much as our mortgage. The cheapest house was 6x what our house is worth. While we were there, we walked everywhere as our B&B was right off of Duval St in Old Town. We could get away with having one vehicle and maybe a scooter or golf cart.

I guess I'm just burned out of the rat race. Everyone wants to make as much money as possible. I just want to be happy. Working here is poisoning my soul. 

 

Antihero
Antihero GRM+ Memberand PowerDork
9/25/23 11:01 p.m.

In reply to stanger_mussle (Supported by GRM undergarments) :

Always​​ chose happiness over everything else. I hate working so I shoot for 4 6 hour days a week. I could earn more money if I worked more but I wouldn't be happy.

 

I want to be happy above all else, it should be everyone's goal

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
9/25/23 11:14 p.m.

In reply to Antihero :

I don't disagree.

But...money can't buy happiness.

Being broke can't buy E36 M3.wink

trigun7469
trigun7469 UltraDork
9/26/23 9:22 a.m.

Get off My Lawn T-shirt - Etsy

My neighbors who are nice have a young child that basically does what ever they want. One of nuisances that he does is that he walks into our house wether we are in it or not and takes things (minor things like snacks or toys). He has been told by my wife (nicely) and that he has to ask, which he never does, fast forward almost 2 years of telling him no, I finally got pissed off and yelled at him to stop and leave. His parent was right there and grabs him, he cries about it. The parent sends a text that I should not yell at them. Other then lock the doors and garage, which I normally do,however Its a pain because I want my kids to be able to move in out of our house.

Duke
Duke MegaDork
9/26/23 9:26 a.m.

In reply to trigun7469 :

Send a text right back that you'll stop yelling as soon as they teach their uncontrolled brat some manners and respect for other people.

 

mtn
mtn MegaDork
9/26/23 9:53 a.m.

In reply to Duke :

That is lighter than what I would have done. I'd threaten calling the police. You can't just walk into someone's house.

trigun7469
trigun7469 UltraDork
9/26/23 10:12 a.m.

In reply to Duke :

My wife got the text and is a people pleaser so I am sure her reply was the opposite. She is trying to keep the peace given that our oldest is good friends with the daughter and yards are open to each other and close. Typically in the winter and fall we don't see them. Culturally in todays society my reply would come off as a micro-aggresion and would stir the hen house in the neighborhood, however if she chooses to be confrontational I am happy to state the facts. Having been a teacher in the past this kids attitude would indicate some squad car visits as he gets older. The grandfather even told me the kid is out of control and they need to stop being laissez-faire. Not my problem I just don't want a liability in my house. Them being so protective of his bad behavior is concerning. However he is only 4 years old...but he is in school, and has to follow some rules.

Rodan
Rodan UltraDork
9/26/23 10:13 a.m.

In reply to stanger_mussle (Supported by GRM undergarments) :

Just be sure to consider what a location is like throughout the year, and living there, not just visiting.

A lot of 'destinations' are idyllic if you're there for a few days to a week, but very different if you're working and living there full time.  Especially when it comes to supporting and participating in hobbies like motorsports...

 

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
9/26/23 10:29 a.m.
mtn said:

In reply to Duke :

That is lighter than what I would have done. I'd threaten calling the police. You can't just walk into someone's house.

Well, you can. But that has to be agreed upon. BY EVERYONE INVOLVED.

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