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  1. ^That's the biggest thing I hate about working at client sites. I rescued the desk I have from an office that was closing. The working surface is 36" x 72".
  2. I had a car with a TH-400 (GM 3-Speed Automatic) that did the pretty much the same thing. The best description I can give is that it felt like it was falling out of high (3rd) gear at normal highway speeds. It wasn't leaking any fluid at all. The problem turned out to be a bad seal inside the transmission.
  3. I haven't lost a dime in the market because I haven't sold anything. My only gripe is that I didn't have more cash on the sidelines to take advantage of the buying opportunity.
  4. Current flow is a matter of convention. Had Benjamin Franklin guessed correctly way back when, the Navy and the rest of us would be drawing the damned arrow in the same direction.
  5. "Doggone-it, Roy Gene! How many times do I have to 'splain it to you? When I tell you to put a rock under the wheel, I mean ROCK!"
  6. I'm not a fan of the way they describe operation of the timer. To me, the wording may lead someone to believe that it is a run-time limit for the motor rather than clock time from an outside initiating event. Pressing the start button while the pressure is too low to permit a motor start is a nice touch.
  7. I think that's even a wash if you can deduct the contribution from your taxes when you file.
  8. CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) is a standard measure of the capability of the battery to deliver starting current. It is defined as the number of amps a 12 volt battery can supply at 0 deg. F for 30 seconds while maintaining a terminal voltage greater than 7.2V. My practice has been to install the highest CCA battery available that will fit the battery box. The idea being that the battery with the higher CCA rating can be substantially degraded and still be able to start the car.
  9. If they are applying a load to the battery, driving there shouldn't affect the results. There is a difference between state of charge and battery capacity (i.e. you can have a fully charged battery that only has 10% of it's rated capacity). The USB charger I use in my truck has a voltmeter built into it (see Amazon link below). With the engine running, the alternator should be able to maintain the system voltage higher than 13.5 Vdc. At idle, it may vary a bit with load but it should stay pretty solid when driving. You can also do a quick and dirty capacity check on the battery by seeing what the voltage does when you load it (turn on the headlights and heater blower etc.) with the engine off.
  10. ^Agreed. 3.5 years is about normal. I've managed to get 5 years out of a car battery once or twice here but those are outliers. I think the car manufacturers have been reducing the battery sizes to save weight. This leaves less margin to lose to aging and shortens the usable battery life.
  11. Saw Ford vs. Ferarri the other night. We went with another couple and even the wives liked it. Building a Cobra is still on my bucket list.
  12. History may be about to repeat itself. It spent time in econo-box hell once already.
  13. I certainly wasn't going to work any harder than I had to.
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