Potholes and Curbs: Enemies of Tires

There are many hazards to car tires. Stray nails and screws or other debris can easily puncture a tire and cause a leak. However, sometimes the blunt objects can be even worse than the sharp ones.

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Air Hammer vs. Drill

When it comes to removing stuck or broken things, there are usually two choices: air hammer or drill. If a bolt is broken off or completely stripped and seized, you have the option of using a chisel bit on an air hammer to try to turn it, or drill the whole thing out and tap new threads.

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Update: Evolution of My Toolbox

3 years ago I wrote a post showing how my tool collection had expanded in the last two and a half years. Well, after three years it’s time for another update.

 

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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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