Late Sunday service

February 25, 2018

Since we feel the subject hasn’t got enough coverage lately we
think it time to do our part and mention the largest and most
complicated automotive recall in history. This recall affects
42 million vehicles, 69 million airbags, 19 automobile
manufacturers, and 35 brands.

The brands are Acura, Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler,
Daimler trucks NA (Sterling), Daimler vans (Sprinter), Dodge/
Ram, Ferrari, Fisker, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep,
Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mazda, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz,
Mercury, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Pontaic, Saab, Saturn, Scion,
Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, and Volkswagen.

The problem is the chemical propellant used to inflate the
airbags. In the Takata bags the propellant can degrade with
time, especially in hot and humid climates, and cause the
propellant to ignite too fast and rupture the metal container
surrounding it which sends shrapnel toward the vehicle

To see if your vehicle is on the recall list go to the NHTSA
site, enter your VIN (vehicle identification number) and see if
anything turns up. It’s free to use and may just tell you of
something else that could be a problem.

All vehicles affected will be known by December 2019. Yet the
problem is so widespread some can’t be notified of the recall
as they bought the car used and manufacturers aren’t updated.
So it is well worth a minute of your time to check.

Enjoy what’s left of our Sunday.
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Feeling my age

February 9, 2018

As I sit here hurting in places I didn’t know I had places from
removing more snow, I got to thinking of something mentioned in
an earlier post. I had mentioned that when the wife took her car
in for an oil change the dealer suggested several things that
should be done at 30,000 miles.

These included a transmission flush, a fuel injector flush,
a coolant flush, a brake flush, PTU service, and rear
differential flush that totaled $910 on the estimate. Our
youngest informed me the PTU is the power transfer unit, which
I think is akin to a transfer case in a 4×4.

Since then research has told me the PTU isn’t factory sealed,
can leak, and may fail if driven under low fluid conditions. As
someone who is both old school and a tightwad this seems like
overkill to me. Some make sense to have done and others don’t.
But since I know way more about 50+ year old vehicles than I do
new ones we’ll probably have some of the work done.

Especially since we may be taking another vacation later this
year. She has owned the car for about 14 months and it worked
flawlessly on our trip last year, yet it may be better to get some
things looked at.

To show you how much I pay attention, I just found out today
the car has air-conditioned seats! Really? The heated steering
wheel had amazed for months; but air-conditioned seats? I’d
still rather drive a 48′ with manual steering, transmission,
and brakes! Of course with a stock drivetrain I wouldn’t want
to drive it to California either.

We’ll make up our minds before the vacation rolls around just
in case. Enjoy our Friday as it’s the last one we’ll get this
week. Now I need something for my aching back and more caffeine.
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Some thoughts

January 21, 2018

It’s all over but the crying, or partying. The 2018 edition of
the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction is over. About 1,700
vehicles sold for over $113 million with 37 hours of TV

Some highlights from Saturday were when former President George
W. Bush got on stage to help Jay Leno talk up a 2018 Chevrolet
Carbon 65 Corvette that sold for $1.4 million and raised
Barrett-Jackson funds raised for charity to over $100 million.
All proceeds went to a charity to help wounded veterans.

Then Ron Pratte donated a new 2017 Ford GT to the Evernham
Family Racing for a Reason that sold for $2.5 million and then
Pratte gave another $50,000 to the charity. The charity is to
help those with autism.

Craig and Caroline Jackson donated a 1988 35th Anniversary
Corvette to kick off “Driven Hearts” a charity in honor of Dave
Ressler of the extended Barrett-Jackson family. The car was
bought and resold three times for a total of $350,000 for the

Not all things sold at this auction are cars and in this
category lot #9499 caught our eye. A transportation themed
carousel made in Germany in 1957 by Wilhelm Hennecke brought a
record breaking $557,750. The carousel is fully functioning and
has 27 different cars, bikes, trucks and other transportation
themed vehicles instead of horses.

Now that the auction is over I can go back to not watching much
TV and perhaps even getting some things done. Enjoy our Sunday as
that means a new day is only a dream away.
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Almost forgot

January 18, 2018

We are well into the first month of 2018 so here are a few
things January is known for. The January birthstone is garnet
and the flower is the cottage pink. It is National Codependecy
Month, National Mentoring Month, National Healthy Weight
Awareness Month, Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month,
and Stalking Awareness Month to name a few.

Yet being a car guy I would be remiss if I didn’t mention this
weekends indoor Rod & Custom Show at the QCCA Expo Center in
Rock Island, Illinois. And the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.

After watching the Scottsdale auction on TV for a few days, when
the chance arises, it looks like rods and muscle cars are showing
bigger numbers than the antiques and classics. Of course, those
of us who regularly follow this auction know the big numbers will
come this weekend.

It’s not looking like we’ll make the indoor show this year even
though the weather has calmed down. If you are thinking of going
to see the mobile eye candy the top link above has hours and
information. The Barrett-Jackson link is specific to the
Scottsdale auction.

And now that you know as much as we do, we’ll wish you an
enjoyable Thursday evening and a pleasant Friday. Time for a
coffee and pizza break.
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Good intentions

January 17, 2018

After ingesting several cups of coffee and some french toast an
idea sprung into my head. Take the wifes car to the car wash and
give it a good bath. After all, the windchill had risen to -17
below. What could go wrong.

Choosing the car wash closest to us made sense until I had
pulled into the bay with a pocket full of quarters. Turned out I
hadn’t noticed that said car wash was open on one end. Thinking
my odds were decent that the wind wasn’t coming from the
direction of the open end I jammed in some quarters and began.

The car is now clean but it turns out the odds were against me
and the wind was blowing through the open side of the bay. Not
one to give up, I kept going until all the crud was off the car.
That’s when I noticed the one flaw in my thinking.

Yes, the car looked more like an ice cube than a vehicle due to
the wind and chilly temperatures. And I also noticed that this
evil wind had blown the overspray all over me and I resembled a
pop sickle! So I started the car to let the defrosters clear the
windows and waited.

This got rid of the ice on the windows and we now had a clean,
but icy vehicle. That’s when I found out high pressure water and
cold temperatures cause the electronics to go beserk. I was now
locked out and the touch panel to open the doors didn’t work. I
did use the remote and got back in before realizing my frozen
jeans might drip on the heated leather seat.

I did bring an old towel along to wipe down the now frozen
body so it was put on the seat to contain any dripping from my
defrosting jeans. When the car was back in the driveway I took
off my glasses and looked the car over. It did appear that even
the ice stuck to the car was clean and that was good enough at
that point.

Next time the car gets a bath it will be at an automated car
wash. Enjoy our Wednesday as we are. Now that I have dry clothes
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Wednesday edition of Sunday Snicker

January 3, 2018

Even though I got up early the distractions kept coming and
time got away from me. So enjoy this late revision of an older

What would Jesus Drive?

Most people assume WWJD is for “What would Jesus do?” But the initials really stand for “What would Jesus drive?”

One theory is that Jesus would tool around in an old Plymouth because “the Bible says God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden in a Fury.”

But in Psalm 83, the Almighty clearly owns a Pontiac and a Geo. The passage urges the Lord to “pursue your enemies with your Tempest and terrify them with your Storm.”

Perhaps God favors Dodge pickup trucks, because Moses’ followers are warned not to go up a mountain “until the Ram’s horn sounds a long blast.”

Some scholars insist that Jesus drove a Honda but didn’t like to talk about it. As proof, they cite a verse in St. John’s gospel where Christ tells the crowd, “For I did not speak of my own Accord.”

Meanwhile, Moses rode an old British motorcycle, as evidenced by a Bible passage declaring, “the roar of Moses’ Triumph is heard in the hills.”

Joshua drove a Triumph sports car with a hole in its muffler: “Joshua’s Triumph was heard throughout the land.” And, following the Master’s lead, the Apostles car-pooled in a Honda: “The Apostles were in one Accord.”


Last dance

December 31, 2017

Since today is last day and last month of the year and soon
people will be celebrating a new year with a new dance, it felt
fitting to do this now.

The February edition of Motor Trend magazine arrived in the
mail yesterday and was set aside until a short while ago when
there was time to peruse it properly. You may notice the text at
the bottom of the picture which says “Supersized Subaru
3 rows 19 cupholders.

Naturally I assumed it referenced a 19 passenger SUV type
vehicle that looked like a station wagon on steroids. After a
quick read of article inside it was discovered the 2019 Subaru
Ascent would carry 7 or 8 passengers. Which made me wonder if it
had so many cupholders because it didn’t have any other options.

Turns out it will be the biggest vehicle Subaru ever made and
will be powered by a 2.4 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine
with a variable speed transmission about the size of a Toyota
Highlander, Ford Explorer, or Nissan Pathfinder. Prices will
start around $30,000 and the American version will be made in
Lafayette, Indiana.

It can tow 5,000 pounds, has Symmetrical All-Wheel-Drive, and
has a smart rearview mirror that gives the option of camera
views. It has power outlets, Wi-Fi, and 8 USB ports to reduce
the need for seat mounted DVD screens. The vehicle also has
ledges in the front for phones, Starlink for connectivity, Apple
Car Play, Android Auto, a Harman Kardon stereo, and the earlier
mentioned 19 cupholders.

All this leaves me with a couple questions. Do all those
features allow for any time to drive the thing? And; what in
the hell do 8 people need 19 cupholders for?

Enjoy our Sunday for tomorrow is a new day of a new month in
a new year.
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