[MR2] Don't forget the beer
te51levin at fastmail.fm
Sun Sep 27 03:17:10 EDT 2009
Uh, Bill, that's where next week's installment comes in - though I was
planning on stronger than beer, in case any real major maladies needed
fixing. And thanks for reminding me about the Libation Addendum clause.
I'll have the bookkeeper tack one on to the invoice to recoup all the
walkin' around money I blew on barley pops, trying to loosen up my mind
so we could sort that thing.
On Sat, 26 Sep 2009 23:33:41 -0700, "William Brandt"
<wbrandt1 at sbcglobal.net> said:
> Aaron, have you forgotten the extra expense of unknown quantities of beer
> consumed while we are all pondering Dennis' problem?
> Personally I have consumed at least a 6 pack of Newcastle Brown trying to
> solve this...
> MK1 Coolant Problem
> To: "Dennis McFayden" <mr2garage at yahoo.com>, "MR2 Email"
> <mr2 at mr2.com>, "Ray Benoit" <spyderay at gmail.com>, "Donald Chalfant"
> <dkchal at datasync.com>, "Baker Richard"
> <Richard.Baker at Richmondgov.com>, "Bob Schultz"
> <bob-schultz at comcast.net>
> Message-ID: <1253990820.6292.1336758121 at webmail.messagingengine.com>
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> CAUTION: VERY DAMN DRY HUMOR AHEAD
> Dennis, the boys and I have gotten together and decided we are going to
> bill you for this. We have thirty or forty man-hours worth of
> diagnosis, hypothesizing, extrapolation, interpolation, and general
> *theoretical* repair on this issue, and at the end of the (very long)
> day, the root problem is that the coolant was not bled properly; one of
> the (if not the absolute) most basic, most critical issues with these
> cars, one that absolutely must be correct before anything else can be
> tweaked or adjusted, had been overlooked.
> Obviously I'm not literally going to send you an invoice for lost time
> (I'll let my bookkeeper do that), but I think this serves as a solid
> reminder to everyone with an MR2, or any other old, oddball car. As
> easy as it is to get others involved over the internet, it is still
> absolutely essential - mandatory - to CHECK THE BASICS before doing
> anything, or assuming anything, or asking anyone anything...
> If the car sputters or runs roughly, or not at all, make doubly sure
> there is gasoline in the tank (Prius owners would do well to heed this
> one as well). Before blaming the fuel pump, as people often do, try
> bypassing the circuit opening relay.
> If you have any sort of electrical issue, check the battery, terminals,
> cables, and grounds THOROUGHLY before doing anything else.
> If you have an issue with the cooling system, confirm with 100%
> certainty that there are NO air bubbles in the system ANYWHERE.
> If the car runs funny, or poorly, double check all three items above
> before moving on to timing belt, valve lash, or ignition timing - and
> check them all, CORRECTLY.
> If you have a clunk or bump or moan in the suspension or chassis, get
> under the car and LOOK. Move things, pry on things, wiggle things.
> Check anything that moves, or could move. Get the wheels off. Push,
> pull, tug or tap anything that is not welded to the body of the car.
> Touch things, for the love of God, FIND OUT what's loose before checking
> the internet to see what is making the noise.
> Next week's episode on self-reliance involves copper tubing and lots of
> corn. Seats fill up fast, so try to get here early.
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Aaron Willis - '85 AW11 7A-GE, MSnS-Extra, E85, etc
Club discount on OEM Toyota parts - email me at work! awillis at lithia.com
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