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What’s your news for the week?

Hi. Despite the couple of really interesting stories that emerged from the industry this week, I wasn’t able to set aside time to provide the deep and inspirational commentary I usually provide. For a myriad of reasons. I recommend catching Jeff’s video on the [actually pretty awesome] Hyundai Santa Cruz as well as Jalopnik’s coverage of the Mercedes EQS and all new Honda Civic. And when you’re done, come back and share your car stuff for the week with your fellow hoon. If you saw anything, fixed and then broke and then fixed something, or otherwise did anything even remotely car related, sound off below.

Have a good weekend.

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19 responses to “What’s your news for the week?”

  1. Sjalabais Avatar

    Yesterday, I risked thinking that stuff looks good with our cars now. Immediately after, the sun roof’s wind deflector of the i20 I was driving had other thoughts, and came undone. Took some hilariously twisted arms and hands to get the sunroof to close properly again. It turns out, this is a common problem with Hyundai sunroofs for different models around 2015. The fix, according to a service bulletin: Super glue.

    So my firm belief of the gloriousness of Hyundai/Kia, based on statistics and reviews, is getting scratched now that I own two. Other issues recently are a cruise control button with its own will, and issues with the windscreen washer. Nothing that can’t be fixed, but I’d rather not spend time fixing a vehicle I consider more or less new.

  2. Glucky Charms Avatar
    Glucky Charms

    I bought a Jag.

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      Congratulations and condolences on this foray into British motordom, aside from the actual motor, I gather.

  3. mdharrell Avatar

    Last weekend I grabbed the tongue on my utility trailer and started pulling it to a better spot to change the tires (every decade or so, whether they need it or not…) only to reveal the carcass of a recently-deceased raccoon beneath it, surrounded by what little was left of the trailer’s chewed-up wiring harness, including the formerly internal wires coming from both tail lights. Next, while greasing the bearings I discovered one was failing. Also the axle U-bolts are loose on one side and the axle is consequently significantly out of alignment. As I should have anticipated, this is turning into a bigger project than anticipated.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      So the Raccoon died after chewing wiring that wasn’t powered up at the time. Was it Lucas?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        No, but the trailer has MG mudflaps, which in hindsight was probably enough to contaminate the rest of it.


  4. Batshitbox Avatar

    I saw a Mustang Mach E in the wild. They have sequenced amber LED turn signals. (‘Sequenced’ was the term used to describe the Mustang California Special’s turn signals, when there really was a little circuit board in there called a sequencer to make them do that thing they do’d that’s now popular on new Mustangs.)

    Other than that it struck me as a Tesla that a Brogrammer would buy for his teenage son.

    Oh, and the Econoline wouldn’t start this morning, so it’ll go back to The Bobs next week. Even Bob wasn’t convinced he’d found the problem last time, but being a mechanic it wouldn’t stall or fail to start in the three days he was driving it.

    1. Scoutdude Avatar

      That sucks about the Econoline.

  5. Manic_King Avatar

    Still trying to sell that 928. Meantime, checking auctions in places like Belgium. Like this one, from barnfind Renault 4 to BMW Z3 ‘Shelby Cobra tribute’ awfulness to magnificent Fleetwood Brougham:


    1. outback_ute Avatar

      That Z3 is amazing; not the outcome but that someone thought it was a good idea…

      Went to a Rear Engine car show today, will put up some photos later if people are interested

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        Definitely interested!
        @Manic_King, any interest for the 928, but no agreement on price, or is it just crickets all the way? I thought a “rad” car like that sells itself these days. Especially with all the corona-money just slushing around, now that people don’t spend as much on ordinary…life.

        1. Fuhrman16 Avatar

          From what I understand, the 928 is one of those cars that falls into the weird valley of being too old for the radwood era, seeing as it came out in the 70’s, but too modern to be considered a classic.

          1. Sjalabais Avatar

            How weird, a Porsche that remains untouched by the golden kiss? Here I thought that also the non-911’s of this world had appreciated into collector’s territory. The Volvo 140 used to be like that…basically the internals of an Amazon and the looks of a 240, they were always cheap and slaughtered for parts both ways. Now they’re old enough to be collected in their own right.

          2. OA5599 Avatar

            Too old for Radwood? Nonsense. Radwood lives and breathes 928. The car was all over the 80’s: Risky Business, Scarface, Supporting roles in numerous music videos and episodes of shows running the spectrum from Miami Vice to Falcon Crest to Fall Guy. And don’t forget about the Justification For Higher Education poster hanging in every 80’s college dorm.

            It did suffer from the stigma of being a Porsche missing a rear-engined aircooled flat six, but seems to be overcoming that, and the days when you could get one with a broken automatic transmission for free (rebuild cost exceeded the value of the car) seems to be infrequent by now.

      2. OA5599 Avatar

        On the other hand, that Kougar is phenomenal precisely because it was a good idea.

  6. Scoutdude Avatar

    So a few months back when we were getting some snow I told my daughter she should play musical cars and swap the positions of the F-150 and Van so they had access to the 4wd if needed. Apparently she moved the van out of the way, pulled the truck out and shut it off while she went to move the van. Then the pickup wouldn’t re-start. It wasn’t in a good spot so I went over and got it so it wasn’t so near the road. Well the other day I finally had some time to dig into it a bit more.

    Now there had been a couple of times where it was hesitant to restart and once where it wouldn’t start at home. I had previously determined that the fuel pump wasn’t making noise during the key on cycle. So I verified the relay was working and power was getting through the inertia switch.

    So I yanked off the bed and couldn’t get a test light to light on the fuel pump signal. So I got my test battery and ran jumpers directly to the fuel pump and it whirred into life. Cranked it and it started right up. Pulled the power and of course it died. Hooked it up again and started it up, then quickly pulled the power and plugged the connector back in and it continued to keep running. I restarted it several times so i put the bed back on and put it back in its spot.

    Not sure what to do now. I will try and follow the wiring and see if anything looks out of the usual. I’m thinking of going ahead an replace the fuel pump.

    I do have to say that in the case where the pump access is not under the cab pulling the bed if you have a helper its the way to go. I’ve done way to many by dropping the tank because I didn’t have a helper, but with a helper it definitely is quicker and easier.

    1. OA5599 Avatar

      I was paying for parking at a downtown garage when my truck suddenly died and wouldn’t restart. The cars behind me were none too happy while I rolled it out of the way. Similar no-working fuel pump symptoms turned out to be an ECM fuse that had blown for no apparent reason.

  7. gerberbaby Avatar

    So, because I can never leave well enough alone, the passenger seat on my new to me A5 didnt have power lumbar, and one motor on the seat bottom tilt wasn’t working. so I bought a donor driver seat. Tore it apart to retrieve the power lumbar, got that installed, no real drama there, except I had to swap out 2 of the wiring harnesses, and do some soldering because the new harness was left side and needed to be right side. Almost got in over my head on that part, but it worked out fine in the end. I had to swap out one of the motors and of course left vs right reared its ugly head again, but it actually allowed me to take it apart and switch the yoke around. Alls well until I reinstalled it and one of the switches moves everything opposite….sigh…. a little more soldering to swap around the wires on 3 motors and it’ll be done.

  8. salguod Avatar

    Got the Tundra in the garage this week and got as far as jacking the rear up and pulling the wheels and drums to confirm that I do have a leaking wheel cylinder. All the parts are here, so it’ll be done today.

    I did get the intake hoses changed on the BMW which smoothed out the idle and fixed the check engine light.