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Mike Chell

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  1. Backup camera recommendations

    I had one, gifted to me, that had the camera on the license plate cover. It was so far off center that it was almost useless for backing up. The angle of the view put me on the right line and crooked. Fortunately, it failed. I just bought a "no-name" system off E-Bay for $20.00 ... free shipping. I'll post some reviews when I get it.
  2. Hello from Minnesota

    With airbags, roll cage design and crumple zones, almost all modern cars are safer than previous versions. With the exception of a few super cheap low cost models, survive-ability is MUCH higher than it's ever been.
  3. I am helping you shoot in the dark ... by giving you noisy targets, not by illuminating anything. What I mean by that, I know how the systems I work on, at my job, operate. When multiple control modules are involved, there is usually a central processor that all those modules connect to. Like a spider .... with the central control the body and the modules the "knees" on the legs. With all those separate components operating together (badly), there must be a common connection between them all. A wiring diagram should be able to pinpoint the common point, and that's the FIRST place I'd inspect.
  4. 2010 FTC Seat Replacements

    J.C. Whitney is still in business, as far as I know. They're online only, now ... no paper catalogs. There are so many aftermarket companies, it's hard for me to believe there's NO possible replacement seats available.
  5. I'm not defined by the vehicle I drive. A minivan's as good as any other vehicle, if it does the job I bought it to do.
  6. Jacks

  7. New-ish Owner

    Welcome to the site. This "oil life" issue seems to be a common discussion point ... and no one seems to be in agreement with the people who ACTUALLY work in the petroleum industry. Since I am an instructor at a school where we teach people how to work on vehicles of all types, I've had the occasion to speak to visiting representatives from that industry. Engine oil will last well over 10,000 miles in a good engine. Even the "cheap stuff" from discount and department stores will last for more than 10,000 in a good engine. It's the definition of "good engine" that determines how often you should change your oil. New vehicle, less than 100,000 miles on it, with oil changes at the required intervals ... is still running within "break-in" tolerances. Modern day engines, unlike the folklore, are NOT designed to fail. They will outlast most other parts of the vehicle, if the lubrication system is maintained. I would say, without reservation, that you can trust the "oil change indicator" on your new vehicles.
  8. Climate control turns off

    Just for clarification ... most computer controlled systems switch the ground side of the circuit. Less voltage on that side of the load, easier on the "switch". A ground after the load but before the switch (control) is labelled an "unwanted ground" ... not a "short to ground". But you are correct ... an unwanted ground can cause a circuit to switch on intermittently. However, that's not the situation here. The circuit isn't "switching ON" intermittently ... it's "switching OFF" intermittently. That has to be an open on either side of the load.
  9. Fuelling the Air conditioning

    Cool! thanks for the link.
  10. Fuelling the Air conditioning

    SO far, I can't find those for my 2017 cargo version.
  11. Climate control turns off

    First place I always start looking, when I have intermittent failures, is loose or corroded connectors. The resultant open circuit is like a switch opening and closing. No popped circuit breakers or burnt fuses. If you had a short circuit problem, you would get blown circuit protection, open circuit problems do not.
  12. Watch out for Dihydrogen-Monoxide, too. Breathing in even small amounts can result in immediate death !!!
  13. I don't need no $300 jack stands. Used by successful "wheel recyclers" for decades !!!
  14. Typical ... This is from the National Cancer Institute. There is evidence that Acrylamide increases the risk of cancer in rodents. However ... "However, a large number of epidemiologic studies (both case-control and cohort studies) in humans have found no consistent evidence that dietary acrylamide exposure is associated with the risk of any type of cancer."
  15. Rear backup camera

    A better question ... WHY fight progress? Yes, it's good to know how to survive in the wild, just in case you live through an apocalypse ... but that doesn't mean I'm going to CHOOSE to live in a tent without air conditioning. Of course one can drive, safely, without modern technological wonders, but WHY do so? Knowing how to live "without" is wise. CHOOSING to live without is just nuts.