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       1 Day Ago #571

    yes,servos, I'll start making that later today lol
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  2.    1 Day Ago #572

    Just put my soldering and trouble shooting skills to use on my f'n car. The trunk light quit working a late fall. Put new bulb in and no good. Didn't feel like working on it at that time so I let it go.

    Then lately while driving I'd here a ding ding from the dash. No lights on and nothing on the info display. Thought it might be low washer fluid and topped that up. Didn't help.

    Then one day I caught a glimpse of a trunk ajar message while it was going ding ding. Figured it was the stupid little micro switch in the locking mechanism. I've had those go bad on another ford I owned. This is a Ford focus. Used my dremel to grind away the epoxy sealer and get at the contacts. Also had to grind off a rivet to get the cover off. Switch seemed OK, even with the epoxy gone it was hard to get a good contact with my meter. A new mechanism was 140 bucks. This is the jaws that latch it closed plus the motor to open the trunk and the switch. Passed on buying it for now. Back got sore so I took a break. I was going to just short the switch so it thought the trunk was always closed.

    Then this morning the car alarm went off twice. Did some Googling to see if there was another switch I didn't know about and got hits saying its the wiring harness. Had a look see and it was. There were 6 wires, 2 were broken in half, another two were almost broken, and the other two had pinch marks on them. The only thing there was a zip tie to hold the harness up? No sharp metal etc? I had looked for this before but missed it, it wasn't a spot where I thought it should happen. Any way, I cut them all in half, striped and tined the ends, and soldered them back together. Heat shrinked each one separately, and then the bundle. Then put some hot glue on the switch wiring terminals so moisture won't get in, and put it all back together. Everything is working as it should now. It wouldn't have been long and my trunk release would have quit. I would have then had to crawl in through the back seat to pull the manual safety release handle thingy. No key lock or any other way to open it other than the electronic release. My high mount third stop light would have stopped working too, if it hadn't already. Luckily the alarm didn't go off in the middle of the night. It must have thought somebody was breaking into the trunk. No way to turn the alarm off either, not without disconnecting the car battery.
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    insider build 10586.3 win10 pro 64
       23 Hours Ago #573

    2 years ago i had a Pontiac G5 that every thing would go nut wile driving down the road ,i would have to pull over as i literally had on and off control of the car ,turned out to be the wiring harness was a bit to short and was pulling out of the main plug ,,fix was a few twist ties pull it towards the main plug,, this actually went off and on for a few months .the car also had other issues with electrical issues that no one could find ,till i took it to the GM dealer in Halifax ,,it was caused by a module that was replaced under recall ,but still caused me over 300 dollars ,tow job,new battery [they would not put it on the diagnostic machine because the battery had a dead cell ]and the cost of Diagnostic ,the battery was in the trunk and and they charged me a 1/2 labor to put it in .and on and on I always bought used cars but swore then my next car was going to be new ,,,my new now 2 yrs old and has 50,000K on it..
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  4.    22 Hours Ago #574

    This was bought new in 2011. Seven years old now. I haven't had any real issues with it. Had to replace the battery a couple of months back but that's about it. If I had had the dealer fix this it would have cost me. Intermittent faults can be a PITA to troubleshoot. Working fine now though, knock on wood.
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