Turn Signal Won’t Turn Off

I had just finished fixing up a used Honda Odyssey for the dealership to sell, and it had been detailed and was going to be delivered to the customer in a couple hours, when it was given back to me because the left turn signal wouldn’t turn off. Regardless of switch position, the left turn signal would constantly blink when the ignition was on.

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One Reason I Don’t Think Self-Driving Cars Will Work

There are plenty of opinions out there about why self driving cars are a bad idea or why they won’t work. One concern I haven’t seen voiced is one I’m seeing on the driver-assist systems on current cars. Most new Honda cars come with the Honda Sensing package, which includes things like lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control. These work based off of cameras and radar systems. Most other brands have similar systems.

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What’s Inside a Honda CR-V Rear Differential?

It used to be that when part of your car failed, like the starter or alternator, instead of replacing it, you would get it rebuilt. Nowadays, very few parts ever get rebuilt because of the convenience and now lower cost of simply replacing the entire part. The parts that were replaced get sent back as a “core” to get rebuilt and sold as a remanufactured part. Because of this, it’s rare that you get to take things apart to see what failed or just how they work, because it has to be intact to get the core charge refund.

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No Parking Brake Friction Material

One of the common designs for parking brakes is to have a drum setup inside the rotors on the rear disc brake setup. Recently while I was replacing the rear pads and rotors on a car, I found a problem with the parking brake.

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Cross-Threaded Axle Nut

I was looking through my picture archive, and somehow I’ve never posted this from over a year ago.

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No Brake Pad

I’ve seen plenty of pictures like this on the internet, but this was the first time I’ve gotten to see it in person. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a car I actually got to work on, just one I saw in the parking lot, but this was the first time I’ve seen brakes so far gone that there’s no brake pad.

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Bad Vibration in the Winter

If you notice that your car suddenly has a really bad shake or vibration, if it’s winter, it may not be a major mechanical issue.

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