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Old 12-09-2015, 05:35 PM   #41
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Recently my DF borrowed one of our cars. It has a key fob. With the fob in picket, you lock the door by touching the outside of the door handle. You unlock it by touching the inside (natural when you grab the door handle to open it).

Anyway, I got a call. "I can't lock the door!" he said. I repeated my instructions of tapping the outside of the door handle. "Nope," he said, "Ever time I try it, it opens right up!"

I had to explain to him he was unlocking when he checked and to just look for a little red light that blinks when it locked. Yup, that was blinking away.

I don't think he still trusted that the door was really locked...
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Recently my DF borrowed one of our cars. It has a key fob. With the fob in picket, you lock the door by touching the outside of the door handle. You unlock it by touching the inside (natural when you grab the door handle to open it).

Anyway, I got a call. "I can't lock the door!" he said. I repeated my instructions of tapping the outside of the door handle. "Nope," he said, "Ever time I try it, it opens right up!"

I had to explain to him he was unlocking when he checked and to just look for a little red light that blinks when it locked. Yup, that was blinking away.

I don't think he still trusted that the door was really locked...

My new car has an app that sends me an alert if the car is left unlocked, plus i can just lock it from my phone.


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But they used the same oil can icon for that reminder, so it was confusing from her description. But I was able to verify that it was NOT the red light oil can, indicating low oil pressure (an emergency - stop the engine NOW).

They should use a different icon for the oil change warning.
I'm hoping new cars have better communication with those displays in the car. Like instead of the red/yellow oil lights on my 15 year old Honda, I hope it displays a message saying "oil change due now" or "low oil pressure - STOP CAR IMMEDIATELY!" as applicable.

The tech is here, but do they go the last little bit to communicating what the end user should do? I haven't ridden in any new cars lately so I honestly don't know what current cars do.
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It will work for awhile, but the cloudiness in a headlight is actually the plastic deteriorating. So you're just removing "dead" plastic and exposing a new layer to deteriorate...and that new layer might start clouding up even quicker.

I had a 2000 Intrepid that I tried the toothpaste trick on when it was maybe 8 or 9 years old. It helped somewhat, but it started to cloud up again. The car got totaled about 2 weeks after the 10 year mark, so I don't know how long the lights would have ultimately lasted.

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Here's a photo of a car headlight that I refinished a year ago. I started with 400 grit, then 600, and finally 2000 grit. At that point the headlight wasn't very clear. A clear coat really made it look nice. So far there's no sign of deterioration. The photo doesn't do it justice.
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I'm hoping new cars have better communication with those displays in the car. Like instead of the red/yellow oil lights on my 15 year old Honda, I hope it displays a message saying "oil change due now" or "low oil pressure - STOP CAR IMMEDIATELY!" as applicable.

The tech is here, but do they go the last little bit to communicating what the end user should do? I haven't ridden in any new cars lately so I honestly don't know what current cars do.
Her car is 5 years old, so fairly current. But I agree with you, they should take the extra steps to make it crystal clear. No reason not to with the available technology.

The oil change reminder was in the text display area of the dash (and monochrome), whereas the oil pressure light is a dashboard light. The difference probably would have been obvious to me, but it wasn't to her, and with her description, it took a while for me to convince myself.

But I sure was glad she called me. To have run it w/o oil pressure would have been a BIG problem. I guess I got through to her on that. Just when you think those kids never hear a word you say!

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I'm hoping new cars have better communication with those displays in the car. Like instead of the red/yellow oil lights on my 15 year old Honda, I hope it displays a message saying "oil change due now" or "low oil pressure - STOP CAR IMMEDIATELY!" as applicable.

The tech is here, but do they go the last little bit to communicating what the end user should do? I haven't ridden in any new cars lately so I honestly don't know what current cars do.
Actually my 2011 Cruze has a message center that displays such messages. It tells you the percentage of time till an oil change is due, and would warn when one was due (as did my 2001 Chevy Pickup). Had a leak in the cooling system and the engine got hot, told me it turned off the ac and other messages. Also provides a tire pressure monitor that displays the pressures numerically so you can use that with a tire pump to inflate the tires. (note that this shows how cold weather can take the tire pressure down)
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The new VW rental I drove recently had no mechanical key slots as a backup to the key fob. Quite a few new cars are like that. If the car battery is dead, you are in big trouble. Can't pop the hood to jump the battery in order for the key fob to work. What do you do?

I understand that some cars can be jacked up to gain access to the wiring to the battery to allow it to be jumped. On others, they could reach the hood release mechanism with some contraption. Either way, it's something done on a car lift, not by the roadside. Oh joy!
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The new VW rental I drove recently had no mechanical key slots as a backup to the key fob. Quite a few new cars are like that. If the car battery is dead, you are in big trouble. Can't pop the hood to jump the battery in order for the key fob to work. What do you do?

I understand that some cars can be jacked up to gain access to the wiring to the battery wiring allow it to be jumped. On others, they could reach the hood release mechanism with some contraption. Either way, it's something done on a car lift, not by the roadside. Oh joy!
You could end up like this unfortunate guy. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.2253934
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The new VW rental I drove recently had no mechanical key slots as a backup to the key fob. Quite a few new cars are like that. If the car battery is dead, you are in big trouble. Can't pop the hood to jump the battery in order for the key fob to work. What do you do?

I understand that some cars can be jacked up to gain access to the wiring to the battery to allow it to be jumped. On others, they could reach the hood release mechanism with some contraption. Either way, it's something done on a car lift, not by the roadside. Oh joy!
The newer VW's have a hidden key slot within the handle button of the driver's door. It's shown in the owner's manual.

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The newer VW's have a hidden key slot within the handle button of the driver's door. It's shown in the owner's manual.
Ah, same as with the Corvette that trapped and killed its owner, it pays to read the manual.

As a car renter, I did not bother to read the manual, and if I were locked out of the car, I would not be able to reach the manual in the glove box. And as mentioned earlier, I did not even read the manual to change the language of the display from Czech to English.

By the way, I searched the Web and some cars do not have the same hidden key slot like the VW. Their owners are truly stuck.
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...and where'd they hide the ashtray and cigarette lighter?
I'll help as soon as I can figure out how to dim my high beams. I can't find the foot switch.

Wanted to use fog lights in DW'S Wrangler the other day. Couldn't figure it out, just checked the manual for the next time. I don't know why we missed it, you pull out on the light stem and it pops out switching the lights on. How obvious.
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How timely as just tonight I was driving home thinking how DARK it was, my headlights were not really lighting up much, and when I turned into my driveway I prayed nobody was walking in it as it was pitch black! Must be the new headlight type.

Its a new Toyota Sienna, and it has the handy "Come in for Maintenance" message every 5K miles.

I hope they don't have a "This Auto is worn out" message at 100K miles

It would be easy to do with the computers in the cars.
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...and where'd they hide the ashtray and cigarette lighter?
Cigarette lighters are now an option since so few folks smoke, make them pay for the lighters. (the outlets are now used by MP3 players and cellphones)
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UV light plays a big part in headlight hazing. You can preserve your lights by applying polymer wax or a product called 303 Aerospace Protectant. 303 contains an effective UV screen -- kind of like suntan lotion for your car.
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UV light plays a big part in headlight hazing. You can preserve your lights by applying polymer wax or a product called 303 Aerospace Protectant. 303 contains an effective UV screen -- kind of like suntan lotion for your car.
Or you can add a cover material such as Lamin-X:

Lamin-x Protective Films : Headlight, Tail Light and Fog Light Protection
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Or you can add a cover material such as Lamin-X:

Lamin-x Protective Films : Headlight, Tail Light and Fog Light Protection
Also a good idea. Lamin-x also protects against light impacts like small stones -- I've got it on my glass headlights.
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Chalk one up to being cheap. My new car purchase was/is a 2012 Honda fit base model with a manual transmission. Not too many bells and whistles and the maintenance minder is straightforward. (I do, however, always have to look up how to change the clock when it loses a minute or two or DST changes....)

Granted, compared to my '95 F150, it is pretty advanced, but nothing like many of the vehicles on this thread!
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Under the hood now most areas are covered by plastic panels that must be removed to access the engine. What is the purpose, to reduce drag?
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