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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by AndyLowry, Aug 17, 2013.

  1. AndyLowry

    AndyLowry Friend of Leo's

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    My antique (1999) Plymouth Neon developed a starting problem-- sometimes it would start right up, sometimes it would crank a couple of times and quit, sometimes it wouldn't crank at all. It finally settled on the latter no-crank result as the default, so I made plans to have it towed to a mechanic to have the starter checked. Then it occurred to me that a bad connection at the battery can cause such things, so I checked the terminal clamps' tightness right after trying and failing to start the car. The positive-side clamp was HOT. Way hot, like skin-burning hot. The cable was hot, too, though the connection on the main fusebox end was not. Onto the internet I went!

    After reading through about twenty threads on various forums, I thought replacing the cable and cleaning the post might be worth a try. Got a 2-guage (original was 4) cable and a post cleaner, and bingo! All fixed! Starts right up and the terminal stays cool. 15 bucks sure beats a tow and a diagnostic, no? Yay internet!

    Has the internet fixed anything for you lately?
     
  2. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    cool man...nothing beats diying

    i have used youtube for numerous aids in fixing stuff...my most recent

    the bathroom faucet was hard to turn on...its a one knob job that you pull up and turn left or right for hot and cold tor leave in the middles for warm...

    well i bought a replacement kit of the insides of the faucet...the written directions were weak...so i went to youtube and found a guy working on a similar one as mine and watched it...then went and did the work...coming back once to rewatch after everything was apart

    replaced everything and it works great

    here is the video that was my guide

     
  3. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Yeah, I know what you mean, when it came time for me to have "the talk" with my two boys, I just showed 'em the movie Debbie does Dallas, no problemo, talk DONE!
     
  4. Slow Reflexes

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    I find it's nice, when doing a job I'm pretty familiar with generically but not so much on a specific vehicle, to watch a YouTube video of the process. Recently, it's been very helpful at showing the minor niggles that crop up with a job that previously would have meant an extra hour or two of farting around.

    Also, there've been several times when Googling a particular symptom has come up with an answer that would have taken a ridiculous amount of time to diagnose normally. Like, "my speedometer is not working on my '96 Civic" coming up with "Oh, there's a wiring harness on the back of the engine under the intake manifold that rubs on a mounting clip, and that can screw up your speedometer, and also turn on your engine warning light, and cause the alternator to show an error when there's really nothing wrong with the alternator..."

    Yeah, the Internets can be useful.
     
  5. hotpot

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    You gotta love it when you can find a cheap fix from the internet, I've had great success on two things lately, I had a problem with the boiler/heating system so I went onto the forums and got great advice on how to go about fixing the problem, got the part I needed off ebay for a fraction of the price and saved a fortune in call out/repair charges. same sort of thing with the washing machine, it was spewing water out of the soap drawer when emptying. It turned out it was a blocked filter in the belly of the washer, It was an easy fix and zero repair fees......and the blockage was £4 coins stuck in the filter :D
     
  6. stnmtthw

    stnmtthw Friend of Leo's

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    You mean besides all the guitar repair tips from here and all the songs I've learned off youtube?
     
  7. william tele

    william tele Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Too numerous to mention but for a start:

    Found a $20 clamp on fix for a 05" civic fuel door cable. Saved $150 and/or hours of time.
    Found a the correct cable to check for faulty seat belt chime. Saved ? $$$.
    Found a you tube to replace the charge jack on a Toshiba computer. $100-$150 saved.
    I've got plug in diagnostic reader and am always looking up codes for myself and others. I know you can drive to a parts store and they'll do it free...but this is way easier.
    Constantly checking reviews on purchases...yeah...I'm a interweb lovin' SOB!
     
  8. Lunchie

    Lunchie Poster Extraordinaire

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    I hope you used cloth covered 2 guage and it wouldnt hurt to shield the engine compartment with copper tape :D
     
  9. AndyLowry

    AndyLowry Friend of Leo's

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    Not to worry, I always use Fender Noiseless for automotive applications. They mount inside the fender; that's why they're called that.
     
  10. jd0272

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    No. My wife is still an irritant (allbeit a stunning one), who uses the interweb to purchase expensive shoe things which clutter up my space.

    But then again, there's always 'jazz' ;)
     
  11. spellcaster

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    I worked part-time or full-time through much of my working life as a car audio installer. When I think back to endless hours spent identifying wiring looms and figuring out dash tear-downs, I envy guys doing that work today with the internet available. What used to be a job for a specialist has turned into something many do-it-yourselfers can handle.

    A lot like learning to play rock and roll before tabs on the internet......
     
  12. jd0272

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    I agree. The ear is a much neglected tool. Our lead guitarist, who is way and above my level, often says to me "Suss that out for us fella...." cause I use my ear. I use tab too, but the ear is king.

    It's no good for porn tho.
     
  13. AndyLowry

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    Iggy Pop would disagree with your latter assertion.
     
  14. TeleTim911

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    I've been searching out repairs on Google/You Tube for years. When all else fails, I turn to here....seems as though someone on here has an answer. (I mean a serious, fix-your-problem answer - along with a few funny ones).
     
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    i would appreciate pics of your Plymouth, purely as i love the sound of it
     
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