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  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 2,356
    No antifreeze here. I had to replace a cracked radiator head for my RAV4. A mango tree mechanic who did the fix said that the pressure built into these 4 cylinder engines crack the plastic radiator top. Nothing unusual here except that they do NOT use antifreeze, instead relying on rain water.

    Why you may ask? I don't know but everyone swears by it. But I believe it has something to do with the high boiling point of traditional coolant and the chlorine added to tap water in the coolant/water mixture. So far, knock on wood, it works for me.
  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 11,545
    edited January 2017
    I have the insurance taken directly out of my checking. Every couple of years I "shop" around for insurance (homeowers and car). I have State Farm, now. They were competitive the last couple of times I shopped them, so I've had them for about 5 years.

    I know the Mustang premium is minimal, as they rate it under "classic" or something similar. I think $100/year is about right.

    The CTS runs right around $700/year.

    Both have full coverage.

    My agent says a lot of the premium depends on your credit report, too. I didn't know that and don't understand why that matters.
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  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 7,909
    edited January 2017
    fintail said:

    I had the dealer do that on the first car with the issue. They even measured it on the wipers vs factory specs. It was fine. MB forums have mention of jerky wiper action, too. In this case, it seems to be the blades.

    No guts no glory. If you don't align the blade holding the rubber, it's just going to repeat the same problem sooner rather than later.

    Call it a "torsional adjustment" if the word "bending" scares you B)

    I have the hands of a surgeon.

    That 1990 190 E that we had only had one windshield wiper. Complicated fix to a problem that did not exist...but we did save money on blade replacements. :)

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    stever said:

    My old identity is still working but I'm puzzled as to how I lost it in the first place and how it came back. It even autofilled my PIN number which I have no idea what it is.

    Anyway I'm very happy!

    There are some mysteries in life that men cannot know my son.... :p B)
    Especially since we don't use pin numbers....
    Oh, allright. Call it what you want to. all I know is that it auto fills and that's fine with me since I have no idea what it is!
  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 7,909

    stever said:

    My old identity is still working but I'm puzzled as to how I lost it in the first place and how it came back. It even autofilled my PIN number which I have no idea what it is.

    Anyway I'm very happy!

    There are some mysteries in life that men cannot know my son.... :p B)
    Especially since we don't use pin numbers....
    Oh, allright. Call it what you want to. all I know is that it auto fills and that's fine with me since I have no idea what it is!
    Just glad you're back isell !

    2013 LX 570 2016 LS 460

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 33,376
    you should know what it is, especially if you ever change computers and need it.

    I thought at various times the Mods reset? Though maybe best to leave well enough alone!

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 24,782
    houdini1 said:

    stever said:

    My old identity is still working but I'm puzzled as to how I lost it in the first place and how it came back. It even autofilled my PIN number which I have no idea what it is.

    Anyway I'm very happy!

    There are some mysteries in life that men cannot know my son.... :p B)
    Especially since we don't use pin numbers....
    Oh, allright. Call it what you want to. all I know is that it auto fills and that's fine with me since I have no idea what it is!
    Just glad you're back isell !
    Yeh, and that impostor was forced to leave.

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  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,237
    A "car movie" morning again, with a 1977 Pinto wagon no less :)


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  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,094
    I like how that bridge construction project magically became about 2500 feet in the air :)
    PF_Flyer said:

    A "car movie" morning again, with a 1977 Pinto wagon no less :)


  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,094
    edited January 2017
    I had 2 MBs with the single wiper, never had an issue. It was innovative at the time, but for whatever reason, the last MB with it was a MY 2002 car.
    houdini1 said:




    That 1990 190 E that we had only had one windshield wiper. Complicated fix to a problem that did not exist...but we did save money on blade replacements. :)

  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 9,237
    fintail said:

    I like how that bridge construction project magically became about 2500 feet in the air :)


    PF_Flyer said:

    A "car movie" morning again, with a 1977 Pinto wagon no less :)


    LOL... yea... "movie magic"

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  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 2,854
    edited January 2017
    fintail said:

    I had 2 MBs with the single wiper, never had an issue. It was innovative at the time, but for whatever reason, the last MB with it was a MY 2002 car.

    houdini1 said:




    That 1990 190 E that we had only had one windshield wiper. Complicated fix to a problem that did not exist...but we did save money on blade replacements. :)

    I never had first hand experience with a MB with a single wiper, though I thought it quite clever. From what I did hear from a friend that had a 190 is that on high speed the wiper was not fast enough to keep up with the heavy rain that is typical of this area.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,094
    That kind of thing might be what did it in, probably harder to get something like that moving fast enough. It's an interesting and somewhat distracting thing to watch as you drive, too. It's not just a single sweep wiper as on some econoboxes - it actually kind of pivots downwards at the apex of the sweep, in a fraction of a second, to allow the long blade to stay within the windshield. Probably some complex engineering there, given the source.
    sda said:

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    I never had first hand experience with a MB with a single wiper, though I thought it quite clever. From what I did hear from a friend that had a 190 is that on high speed the wiper was not fast enough to keep up with the heavy rain that is typical of this area.

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,395
    Craig - Happy New Year my friend! I'm glad you are back. I don't care if you are @isellhondas, @isellhondas4, or @deathtrapavalon02 - as long as you post!

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,395
    @fintail - my parents had a 1990 300E with a si God wiper. I thought it was so cool!

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,895
    driver100 said:


    Yeh, and that impostor was forced to leave.

    Poor fellow. Never even had a chance to say goodbye... :'(

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  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225

    I have the insurance taken directly out of my checking. Every couple of years I "shop" around for insurance (homeowers and car). I have State Farm, now. They were competitive the last couple of times I shopped them, so I've had them for about 5 years.

    I know the Mustang premium is minimal, as they rate it under "classic" or something similar. I think $100/year is about right.

    The CTS runs right around $700/year.

    Both have full coverage.

    My agent says a lot of the premium depends on your credit report, too. I didn't know that and don't understand why that matters.

    We have been with State Farm for nearly 30 years and we have had great service! It's nice to have the phone answered by our agent who knows us. Yes, we could probably save a little by shopping around but at this point State Farm can't drop us if something bad happens. A lot of the companies that do all of the advertising will drop a customer like a bad habit if a couple of claims happen.

    Our next door neighbors use the same SF agent as we do and when a tree fell on their house a few years ago State Farm said " Get it fixed...whatever it takes...you have a 500.00 deductible"

    And the 65,000 in damages were paid for!
  • isellhondasisellhondas Issaquah WashingtonPosts: 20,225
    nyccarguy said:

    Craig - Happy New Year my friend! I'm glad you are back. I don't care if you are @isellhondas, @isellhondas4, or @deathtrapavalon02 - as long as you post!

    Thank you for your kind words! It's a good feeling to be back!
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoPosts: 121,893

    I have the insurance taken directly out of my checking. Every couple of years I "shop" around for insurance (homeowers and car). I have State Farm, now. They were competitive the last couple of times I shopped them, so I've had them for about 5 years.

    I know the Mustang premium is minimal, as they rate it under "classic" or something similar. I think $100/year is about right.

    The CTS runs right around $700/year.

    Both have full coverage.

    My agent says a lot of the premium depends on your credit report, too. I didn't know that and don't understand why that matters.

    We have been with State Farm for nearly 30 years and we have had great service! It's nice to have the phone answered by our agent who knows us. Yes, we could probably save a little by shopping around but at this point State Farm can't drop us if something bad happens. A lot of the companies that do all of the advertising will drop a customer like a bad habit if a couple of claims happen.

    Our next door neighbors use the same SF agent as we do and when a tree fell on their house a few years ago State Farm said " Get it fixed...whatever it takes...you have a 500.00 deductible"

    And the 65,000 in damages were paid for!
    I've been with SF since moving to CO. My original agent retired so my business was transferred to a new agent. Never a problem getting a car or homeowners claim paid.

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  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 8,361
    bwia said:

    No antifreeze here. I had to replace a cracked radiator head for my RAV4. A mango tree mechanic who did the fix said that the pressure built into these 4 cylinder engines crack the plastic radiator top. Nothing unusual here except that they do NOT use antifreeze, instead relying on rain water.

    Why you may ask? I don't know but everyone swears by it. But I believe it has something to do with the high boiling point of traditional coolant and the chlorine added to tap water in the coolant/water mixture. So far, knock on wood, it works for me.

    I don't know how you get away with just water. I don't care if it is rain water, demineralized water, snow water that is very rare in the Caribbean or Holy Water, you don't get corrosion protection from just WATER. Back in the day when people changed antifreeze every other year, most people thought that was to maintain the freeze protection but in reality it was because the corrosion inhibitors were depleted.

    If you are not using a corrosion inhibitor with the local rain water, I'd look for a LOT of good wood to knock on that grew because of the marvelous rain water you guys have in the Caribbean because you are going to need that and a lot of luck to ward off engine corrosion.

    And that is a whole dollars worth of my opinion, because my two cents worth would only be worth just that...two cents but no engine corrosion protection.

    jmonroe

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,253
    I agree, plain water won't cut it for the long term.

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  • thebeanthebean Parts UnknownPosts: 1,126

    We have been with State Farm for nearly 30 years and we have had great service! It's nice to have the phone answered by our agent who knows us. Yes, we could probably save a little by shopping around but at this point State Farm can't drop us if something bad happens. A lot of the companies that do all of the advertising will drop a customer like a bad habit if a couple of claims happen. Our next door neighbors use the same SF agent as we do and when a tree fell on their house a few years ago State Farm said " Get it fixed...whatever it takes...you have a 500.00 deductible" And the 65,000 in damages were paid for!
    Same here.  I've been with State Farm for 35 years with the same agent.  Great service and so far no hassles.  I'm not willing to move every few years for short-term gain.  
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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,895
    edited January 2017
    Another Wheeler Dealers mini-marathon was on Velocity over the weekend and I again I watched a few. These were different as they gave some insights into the very early episodes I had not seen previously as well as some of the newest USA-based episodes I had also not seen.

    The early stuff is funny to watch now - I think it must be close to 15 years old. Edd had short, normal-looking hair and looked very young. The production values were just a hair better than a cable community access channel. Hilarious.

    The new ones since they moved to the US strike me as odd. I guess they figured they needed more of a USA flavor. It is much more slick, but I do agree that it has lost a lot of its charm. I loved the cramped old UK workshop and the little small shops in ramshackle old buildings they used to go to for specialized services. Maybe they were running out of cheap but interesting used cars over there.

    I saw the newish ep where they did a Volvo 544 and was baffled as to why they added A/C to it. They reported spending $2K on that alone plus Edd's time, and I can only imagine how it would affect the car's performance. Maybe they figured it was necessary for the current US market.

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  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 2,854
    Speaking about a/c, on the episode where they restored a '63 Corvair convertible, it had factory a/c. But you could tell in the final pictures that they had taken it out. It was an underdash, but factory unit. That had to be extremely rare to have a/c in a Corvair and especially in a convertible in '63.

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  • jwm40517jwm40517 Posts: 176
    Counting Cars show in last few days showed a customer car, 66 Corvair with small block V-8 in the rear. Owner said it did wheelies easily.
    I moved back in July and had not been able to sign in, always got the "howdy stranger". tried to change password or user several times to no avail. Tried again last week and it worked.
  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,621
    edited January 2017
    I don't know how you get away with just water. I don't care if it is rain water, demineralized water, snow water that is very rare in the Caribbean or Holy Water, you don't get corrosion phw because of the marvelous rain water you guys have in the Caribbean because you are going to need that and a lot of luck to ward off engine corrosion

    Spot on. We used to be able to buy additives to put into aged antifreeze to refresh its corrosion resistance. I don't know if prtoper additive cans of additives are available now that engines are a combination of various metals or not. The nlewer antifreezes such as DexCool by GM are engineered to handle the corrosion behaviors of various metals in the engine. Additives also included a water pump lube in the old days.

    I see that plain water with a 15 pound pressure cap boils at 255 deg F. and a 50/50 coolant and water mixture boils at 265 deg F. Perhaps that's close enough in the hot climate that the engines don't overheat. Higher percentages of coolant with water raise the boiling point. However plain water is a better carrier of heat from the engine (higher specific heat compared to ethylene glycol) so perhaps the better transfer ability makes up for the slighty lower boiling point in BWiA's climate.

    I'd still want a low mixture for the corrosion additives in the quality coolants.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490
    jwm40517 said:

    Counting Cars show in last few days showed a customer car, 66 Corvair with small block V-8 in the rear. Owner said it did wheelies easily.
    I moved back in July and had not been able to sign in, always got the "howdy stranger". tried to change password or user several times to no avail. Tried again last week and it worked.

    I drove one of those conversions. They are fast, but absolutely miserable to drive. I think the conversion is called a "Crown Corvair". Very backyard conversion.
  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 24,782

    nyccarguy said:

    Craig - Happy New Year my friend! I'm glad you are back. I don't care if you are @isellhondas, @isellhondas4, or @deathtrapavalon02 - as long as you post!

    Thank you for your kind words! It's a good feeling to be back!
    I think it is an imposter, isell was never that polite.

    What have you done with the original isell? :o

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 24,782
    jmonroe said:

    bwia said:

    No antifreeze here. I had to replace a cracked radiator head for my RAV4. A mango tree mechanic who did the fix said that the pressure built into these 4 cylinder engines crack the plastic radiator top. Nothing unusual here except that they do NOT use antifreeze, instead relying on rain water.

    Why you may ask? I don't know but everyone swears by it. But I believe it has something to do with the high boiling point of traditional coolant and the chlorine added to tap water in the coolant/water mixture. So far, knock on wood, it works for me.

    I don't know how you get away with just water. I don't care if it is rain water, demineralized water, snow water that is very rare in the Caribbean or Holy Water, you don't get corrosion protection from just WATER.

    If you are not using a corrosion inhibitor with the local rain water, I'd look for a LOT of good wood to knock on that grew because of the marvelous rain water you guys have in the Caribbean because you are going to need that and a lot of luck to ward off engine corrosion.

    jmonroe
    That was my understanding too.......anti-freeze has rust inhibitors etc. Isn't that true of windshield washer fluid/anti-freeze liquids too? I believe you shouldn't use plain water for those units too....should be windshield washer anti-freeze or a special formula just to clean windshields.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,117
    ab348 said:

    Another Wheeler Dealers mini-marathon was on Velocity over the weekend and I again I watched a few. These were different as they gave some insights into the very early episodes I had not seen previously as well as some of the newest USA-based episodes I had also not seen.

    The early stuff is funny to watch now - I think it must be close to 15 years old. Edd had short, normal-looking hair and looked very young. The production values were just a hair better than a cable community access channel. Hilarious.

    The new ones since they moved to the US strike me as odd. I guess they figured they needed more of a USA flavor. It is much more slick, but I do agree that it has lost a lot of its charm. I loved the cramped old UK workshop and the little small shops in ramshackle old buildings they used to go to for specialized services. Maybe they were running out of cheap but interesting used cars over there.

    I saw the newish ep where they did a Volvo 544 and was baffled as to why they added A/C to it. They reported spending $2K on that alone plus Edd's time, and I can only imagine how it would affect the car's performance. Maybe they figured it was necessary for the current US market.

    In the older shows, Ed also used to do a great deal more of the work himself rather than farm it out. Now, he almost never touches paintwork. I saw him rattlecan a car once. Won't see that happen again.

    At least on a recent one, he ported and polished a head himself. That was a task I figured he would have farmed out as well.

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