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I reflowed the GPU and southbridge chips with a heat gun. Laptop booted and is seems to run just fine.

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I reflowed the GPU and southbridge chips with a heat gun. Laptop booted and is seems to run just fine.

Heh, when I 'reflowed' the chips on that Xbox 360, I just left it on with a game playing for four hours.

That should tell you something about Microsoft's capability to design a system with proper airflow and cooling.

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I hated FedEx. I hated USPS. UPS was my last hope. The last standby.

They have failed me.

When you say "Delivery scheduled for Tuesday, August 13th", I expect to see that package on Tuesday, August 13th. Not Wednesday, August 14th. It does not take four business days to move a box from Texas to Arizona. Especially when it arrived in Phoenix last night. And when another package which arrived in Phoenix later than the other box was delivered today. Unacceptable.

So I hate them all. Seriously, it's pathetic. If you're paid to do something, DO IT!

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Neighbor bought this, looks like a convert pickup truck.

9 years old, was a show vehicle. Now going to pull a trailrer.

Strange vehicle.

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The SSR might be decent with an LS9...

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The SSR might be decent with an LS9...

This guy like me is getting a bit old for too much power. He had a collector Camaro which he quit driving and stored for 3 years. He traded it for this. For him the Camaro was over powered and could get him in trouble too easy. Too much go, not enough handling. Not the thing for towing a trailer. Appears this thing can tow and haul the trash. And blow your hair in the wind, if you still have any at my age. Got my few hairs cut today.

As for me, I will stick with the Lin Cont. It goes, handles, stops, safe, rides nice, and did mention it GOES?

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Getting the high priced ticket from Smokey, or NOT getting caught.

On the NY throughway, last week, going 70 with the flow of traffic. Came to construction, 55 mph, fine doubled in construction, just a bridge, short lane shift, and then back to normal. I dropped 10mph and thought the car behind was goind to eat my rear bumper. Gap to the vehicle in front as he did not slow at all, and the gap grew. And then, here is Smokey, right out in the gap and followed this dude until the lane shift back and he got the light. I moved on and that is that.

Retired trooper told me they were taught to watch for speed separation and the one faster than the others. Gap separation makes the target. So maybe I helped this guy get the prize, maybe I saved the car behind me who was in such a hurry, but did not switch lanes where no lane change is allowed.

Any way, I blend in at any reasonable speed. In NY as many other states, construction zone is high risk for tickets.

Safe driving, ticket free wish for all.

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I see a lot of SSRs around here. And the last generation TBirds too. There is an affluent retirement community adjacent to the lake and old folks like them. Occasionally I'll see a Blackwood. They usually don't stoop so low however. Mostly Benz and Bimmers.

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Anyone ever hear of a Cylinder Leak Down Tester? And does anyone know how to use one?

Betting Chart has heard of em...

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It's a cylinder compression tester. Build pressure then wait to see how long it holds pressure. If it pressure drops quickly, you have a leak. Oily plugs means its blowing by the rings. Dry but sooty plugs then its carbon build up on the valves.

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SSR is just a dressed up trailblazer, rides on essentially the same platform, that's why it handles like trash.

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Anyone ever hear of a Cylinder Leak Down Tester? And does anyone know how to use one?

Betting Chart has heard of em...

I have...and I know how to use it.

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It's a cylinder compression tester. Build pressure then wait to see how long it holds pressure. If it pressure drops quickly, you have a leak. Oily plugs means its blowing by the rings. Dry but sooty plugs then its carbon build up on the valves.

Cool, so it isn't something I just made up!

Neighbor's 05 Aveo is in at a dealership because the timing belt system failed after 8000 miles, but 15 months later after being serviced by another GM Dealership. Apparently it was due to a failed tensioned, not covered under any warranty or guarantees. Well, they said they could fix it, but no guarantee without ripping the cylinder head off to find if there are bent valves.

I asked, "Why not do a cylinder leak down test" And I got a dead response, then I proceeded, "You know... Where you remove all spark plugs, and air cleaner, and hook it into your shop's air supply, pump some air into the engine... Then see if it leaks out right away, or if it holds. If it holds... Then we know the engine isn't ******, and can be repaired"

The dealership seemed confused, and at first told me, "Well, that could damage the engine"

"Uh... The engine probably is running at 150/160 PSI Compression. You're only putting about 90 to 100 PSI of air into the cylinder, and you could opt for less if you want. Pretty sure the engine is designed to be able to hold compression..."

"Well, that's not an approved service procedure"

Excuse my cursing... But I ******* hate technicians everywhere. Ford, GM, Toyota, etc. Why? They hire ******* idiots who only throw parts at a car. They do not properly diagnose an issue. Guess who pays? The customer! So if this Chevy dealer replaces the belt, and tensioner, no guarantee the valves are bent in the cylinder head.

Let's play a game... Go to www.car-part.com search 05 Chevy Aveo Cylinder Head (Engine) and look for all the results that mention Bent Valves. I've been dealing with GM and this dealership for my neighbor since I do the preventative maintenance for the car, and I know what to say. Could tell my neighbor the engine needs a flux capacitor and muffler bearing, he'd believe me and give me money.

GM Corporate is just as bad as Ford Corporate. Pretty sure they share the same phone lines. Call in with an issue and they claim to care, but never call you back, and never help you out. My neighbor had the issue with a failed belt on their other Aveo. $5000 later, the car runs like brand new again. Car isn't worth $5000.... Hence Car-part/Junkyards has an abundant supply of dead Aveos.

I hate timing belts, will NEVER buy a car with one, and I will not trust my car in the hands of the untrained idiots that are factory trained idiots.

But it pissed me off when this service manager acted like he has never heard of this wonderful tool. What kind of ******* idiot wouldn't go to that FIRST with a failed timing belt to see if the engine is ****** or not? Rotate camshafts to where they would be closed (Doable, do by hand and carefully, won't bend a valve, wanna be sure? Rotate crankshaft so the pistons aren't TDC.)

Fun fact, I am not ASE, or trained by some technical college like UTI (Untrained Idiots), Wyotech, Lincoln technical, or whatever. But yet, I know how to properly use a diagnostic tool before suggesting throwing parts at a car.

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Anyone ever hear of a Cylinder Leak Down Tester? And does anyone know how to use one?

Betting Chart has heard of em...

I only remember seeing it done once in a garage. It is not the first test. Compression test is first, much easier, less skill required, less in equipment.

If the compression test is in range, no reason to go further.

Have to get one cylinder to TDC on compression stroke and add air and hope it does not turn the engine over and you loose your place.

Next cyl in order and rotate crank proper no of degrees for it to be TDC. What it does tell is where the compression is going if there is a leak. Intake, exhaust, crankcase.

I did a quick test on a one cylinder engine to tell where the comprssion was leaking. Just tells if it is rings, or valves.

Likely few garages ever heard of it.

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Is this a real thing? Or is this just a distastefully aestetically modded truck? I just can't see this leaving the factory like this. The rims, the roush and limited badges, the fake diamond plate, taillight covers... it's all just awful.

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Saw an old tempo the other day.

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Oh and here is a new one... some overdressed awful looking durango. Notice it has a moonroof deflector. It has NO MOONROOF!! So strange.

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Oh and here is a new one... some overdressed awful looking durango. Notice it has a moonroof deflector. It has NO MOONROOF!! So strange.

I've seen a car that had a decal on top to make it look like the car had a moonroof.

I don't get it.

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SSR is just a dressed up trailblazer, rides on essentially the same platform, that's why it handles like trash.

15-19 MPG with 93 octane fuel.

Might as well have a real pickup and do better than that.

But then I did not want one of these things.

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Hyundai Sonata

Guy I have not seen in years called to chat yesterday. He had traded his '05 for '13 and was really ticked.

On the highway he said it wandered and keep him busy just keeping it in a straight line.

Dealer has no fix only checks it and says he needs to get used to electric steering.

He has filed a complaint with the highway safety board, but they have a long list.

I looked up some internet on this car and there is a whole list of issues with this and also high tire wear due to the constant corrections.

New tires by 12K.

I have only driven a Toyota Corolla of a friend of my wife. I would not own it, and if I did I would trade. It is bad.

Then I noticed she had put new tires on it at about 1 year. Starting to add up now.

She hates the car.

Word to the wise. Test drive anything with electric steering and be sure you can live with it.

I am sure different brands do different styles, but they use a stepping motor to move the wheels in steps, not a continuous move. To save power and cost they have the steps too big. Thus, the drift right, drift left, repeat.

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My dad wants me to sell the Taurus and take over his 2010 Corolla in a couple years. That will not happen. I just hate driving it. The Taurus is always a blast to drive.. maybe not fast... But that is fine.

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My dad wants me to sell the Taurus and take over his 2010 Corolla in a couple years. That will not happen. I just hate driving it. The Taurus is always a blast to drive.. maybe not fast... But that is fine.

Go One Better! Go the Corolla!

:lol::rofl:

In all seriousness... I've tried Toyotas, many of em, some have nice characteristics, but then many hurtful characteristics that'd keep me away. The cars clearly are built by accountants. I would only take a Toyota as a last resort, there are many better cars out there IMO such as the 1994 Ford Escort LX. :lol:

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The electric power steering in the Escape I had as a rental (2011 V6) felt weird. It didn't feel like it was connected to the road.

I'd take a Honda over a Toyota. Too bad they are timing belt motors - am not interested in dealing with that.

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Ugh... Why people use timing belts this day and age. I won't ever buy a car with a belt.

Especially if it is an interference motor. Fun fact about rubber belts... They snap!

I'll take chain over belt. Less chance of it snapping. Quite disgusting that auto manufacturers continue to put them out, knowing it's a ticking time bomb unless reset, and even then no guarantee.

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Ugh... Why people use timing belts this day and age. I won't ever buy a car with a belt.

Especially if it is an interference motor. Fun fact about rubber belts... They snap!

I'll take chain over belt. Less chance of it snapping. Quite disgusting that auto manufacturers continue to put them out, knowing it's a ticking time bomb unless reset, and even then no guarantee.

The belt is cheap, the chain is expensive.

Ford seems to be sold on OHC with chains.

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Yes. Cheap. I will gladly pay more for reliability.

Engineering an engine to have a chain shouldn't cost em that much more. Nice spot where oil can lubricate, and a chain instead of belt.

If a company is that concerned over saving a few, they obviously do not need my business.

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