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Old 08-04-2006, 07:07 PM   #21
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Yeah, but a big car is a nightmare for a new driver ("Hey Dad, I'm calling you from the parking lot of the ABC store, I ran into a car parking...again.") and the Vibe has a five star crash rating...can pick one up with low miles for 10-11k (2003 model year is the first).* Reliability has been excellent (hey, it's a Toyota).* Gas mileage is 36 on the highway....just a thought....
I learned to drive on a Chrysler Newport before I knew that parking large cars was difficult.

But I'm not biased-- we'd put any Toyota on the list.
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Re: Anyone fixed a cruise control before?
Old 08-04-2006, 07:09 PM   #22
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Well then, we know why you were so good at driving a 1000 ton submarine with no windows through underwater canyons!* Your career path was set early!
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Yeah, but a big car is a nightmare for a new driver
Oh no, driving and parking a real car is easy as pie, as I discovered years ago when I was driving vintage 1970s Buicks and Lincolns. You just need to adjust your expectations accordingly.

For example, you don't try to estimate where your car ends and where that wall begins, you just slowly move the car in the direction of the wall until the two meet at 1mph. Nothing to it, really!
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Old 08-16-2006, 02:07 AM   #24
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I'll be darned.* I think it's fixed.

A 15-amp fuse blew last week-- that kinda gets your attention when it's all the interior lights, the radio, the dashboard clock, and the instrument panel.* I replaced the fuse and everything was "fine", but I stopped putzing around and got the car into the shop before something combustible happened.

There aren't many auto-electric repair shops on Oahu.* For $90, one of them tracked it down to a shorted bulb socket.* The left rear turn signal/parking light/brake light socket was shorting the circuit when activated by the turn signal, the light switch, or the brake pedal.* (It's one busy bulb socket.)* There's no way I would've figured this one out with a multimeter!* It was dragging down the electrical system enough to affect everything on the fuse-blowing circuit as well as the cruise control.* I couldn't see any melting or scorching and I wouldn't have had a clue until flames shot out of it.* The problem was fixed for an additional $24.

The socket must have been going bad for the last five or six years before it finally got nasty enough to cause all those symptoms.* So far the cruise control works fine, no matter what's happening with the light switches & turn signals.

The right rear power window motor helpfully burned out the day before we took the car in, so we had that fixed too.* $200, and there's three more where that came from.* Yikes.* Gimme a handcranked window any day.

Now all I have to do is chase down the usual broken crap-- a switch for the rear wiper, a door-open limit switch, and a bunch of plastic body-trim screws for the door panels.* You know, the typical Ford finishing touches.* Life is good!
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Finishing touches? So when are we getting 22" dubs and some plasma screens in that baby?

Congrats on getting the problem fixed, it's a great feeling.
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For $90, one of them tracked it down to a shorted bulb socket.* The left rear turn signal/parking light/brake light socket was shorting the circuit when activated by the turn signal, the light switch, or the brake pedal.
Congratulations. Did the electrician tell you what method he used to locate the problem?
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Congratulations.* Did the electrician tell you what method he used to locate the problem?
Yeah, experience. He has far more of it than I do, and he was worth every penny.

He knew that a lot of circuits overlap in that one component, and he's seen the problem before. But now I have too!

Of course I'll be able to help him out the next time he needs to start up a nuclear reactor or launch a torpedo...
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Just a little note...Ford widened their cruise control recall today to cover a bunch more trucks due to the cruise control module catching fire, sometimes hours after the vehicles been parked.

As I mentioned above, its the SAME PART they've put in many, many vehicles. I would imagine the same risk exists in any ford product with that cruise control module. They just dont feel like paying for those to be replaced yet...
FOXNews.com - Ford to Recall 3.6 Million Vehicles Due to Fire Risk - Business And Money | Business News | Financial News

It seems like they feel like it now.

There are still quite a few models that use the same switch, but still arent included even in this 3rd round of recalls.

Maybe if they hold out long enough, the affected cars will all be off the road.
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Maybe if they hold out long enough, the affected cars will all be off the road.
Probably so since some of them burn up before they wear out...

I wonder what percentage of recalled vehicles still on the road actually respond to a recall. I have a 98 F150 that was recalled for this switch a couple of years ago and I haven't bothered to take it in. At least not yet. Too busy.
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Maybe this will help.

For some reason the URL looks crazy, but the link works.

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It seems like they feel like it now.
There are still quite a few models that use the same switch, but still arent included even in this 3rd round of recalls.
Maybe if they hold out long enough, the affected cars will all be off the road.
Scumbags. They're right, our model turns 14 years old next month. Cruise control worked briefly for a couple months after my last post to this thread and then just quit again. I'm almost too disgusted to berate Ford over this recall.

Infrastructure rot is accelerating. We left the car in the airport's long-term lot for 10 days last month and the battery was dead as a doornail when we got out of baggage claim. After I got a jumper it recharged fine so I was afraid that we had a wiring ground somewhere.

A couple days later, driving at night, I realized that the glovebox was glowing through the dashboard. Turns out that the plastic light switch has crumbled and was leaving the glovebox light on all the time. So now I have another gizmo to add to my pile of plastic parts needing replacement. Guess I'll be visiting the local dealer for the right numbers and then eBay for the right prices.

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Excellent, thanks. These don't always make it into a Chilton's...
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Leno's comment on the Ford recall: "One minute you've got an Explorer, the next minute you've got a Blazer."
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The cruise control on my 1941 Cad coupe (bought for $62.50 in 1966) was easy to work on. It was basically a pull cable like a manual choke cable. While it had it's limitations, it beat placing a stick between the throttle pedal and the seat (hard to adjust).
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Yeah, experience. He has far more of it than I do, and he was worth every penny.
Smart move........sometimes it pays to get an expert.....

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I'll DEFINITELY keep that in mind......... Can you launch Poseidon or Trident missiles too?

And..what's the REAL top underwater speed of the Los Angeles class attack sub? Surely not 25 knots, I KNOW it's a lot faster than that.......
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Haven't read whole thread, so apologies if this is redundant or
doesn't make sense here ...

My cruise control went out, and it turned out to be a little piece of
plastic on the clutch pedal arm, that pshes agaainst the switch that
disables the CC when you depress the clutch. (The brake pedal
has a similar switch). Fortunately I am a shade-tree mechanic
and repaired it myself. I WAS tempted to take it to a garage and
see what THEY wanted to do :-(
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Smart move........sometimes it pays to get an expert.....
The problem is that the cruise control doesn't give an error code when it stops working (or when it's not working). So there's probably a mechanical issue, but again the car is nearly 14 years old.

I'll be at the dealer to find a bucket of plastic parts so I might as well ask about the recall.

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I'll DEFINITELY keep that in mind......... Can you launch Poseidon or Trident missiles too?
As a matter of fact. But Trident missiles have been considerably dumbed down and it's just not what it used to be during the Cold War.

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And..what's the REAL top underwater speed of the Los Angeles class attack sub? Surely not 25 knots, I KNOW it's a lot faster than that.......
My old LAFAYETTE-class boomer could do 21 knots going downhill with a tail current, and the shaking was so bad that cabinets would pop off their rivets.

A 688's "REAL" speed is "considerably in excess of 25 knots", although not as fast as Joe Buff's submarines. It depends on water temperature, hull cleanliness, operating depth, and who's watching the reactor power gauge * the calibration of the reactor power meter.

I'm at least five years out of date. Ducted propulsors, VIRGINIA-class propulsion plants, better screw design... I might be way low and Soviet ALFA-class subs might not hold the speed record anymore.

*Whoops, all the old analog meters have been converted to digital gages now. Can't get away with viewer's parallax anymore...
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Trident missiles have been considerably dumbed down and it's just not what it used to be during the Cold War.
So now they come equipped with a "this end up" sticker?
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the glovebox was glowing through the dashboard. Turns out that the plastic light switch has crumbled and was leaving the glovebox light on all the time. So now I have another gizmo to add to my pile of plastic parts needing replacement. Guess I'll be visiting the local dealer for the right numbers and then eBay for the right prices.
I think you're forgetting something: you don't really need a glovebox light.
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Just unscrew the bulb and put in a small flashlight from the dollar store.

Jeez man, you're slipping on the LBYM.
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Just unscrew the bulb and put in a small flashlight from the dollar store.
Jeez man, you're slipping on the LBYM.
Better still, I unplugged the electrical connector and taped it off.

As for the glovebox light, you guys are confusing LBYM with marital harmony...
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