Messsage from sigruna14 in MacGuyver - Skills & Academics #mechanics
@SamanthaM best advice I can give you is to work on small stuff, all preventive maintenance i.e. oil changes, and all fluids, spark plugs and filters.
Then make a point to know how your car/truck sounds every little noise it makes. Pay attention to roughly how many RPMs the engine is idles at. Once you know how your vehicle acts and sounds it will help you start to identify problems. Or at the least put you in the right direction. Newer cars are a lot harder to figure out as a newbie, if you're driving '96 or older its a little easier to pin point problems
@RevStench 100% agree. Long story. Fixing things myself is plan B. Thank you, lol. Also just interested in the subject.
@SamanthaM another great intro - https://www.amazon.com/How-Cars-Work-Tom-Newton/dp/0966862309
@SamanthaM I was just joking about getting a man. Can't leave a good joke untold. 😂 you should do the maintenance on your car, once you get the swing of it it takes about 15 minutes to change your oil and filter and clean your air filter. It's really easy.
Get k&n filters. You just spray them off and apply oil
For sure, I put about 370k on my last one. It was with the car for 11 years. Still white. Just blew it off every oil change.
Do you guys keep any security cameras in your cars?
I haven't done any research in this but I'm wondering what's available.
Like so you have evidence of an accident, or for B&E?
Here are two screenshots I took from 4chan's /o like a year ago that I didn't have the agency to follow up on. Both were recommended in the context of accidents
The first one seems like the obvious winner, but that Chinese shit where you connect it to an app is always wonky
Thanks I'll look into it further
Looks like a big problem is going to be storage space. Only six hours of video on a 32gb card
Yeah, another guy in that thread said that one of the biggest requirements is 2 card ports
@here Pin style wiper blades. Which way to face the blade? The hole the pin goes through is not in the center, so depending on which way round you put the blade on, it will reach a little farther in one direction or the other on the windshield. I already got them on so I wouldn't like to go mess with them more but if I did it wrong I'll have to. But maybe it doesn't matter.
The only way to tell at this point is to use them and see if they extend past the glass when in use.
@sigruna14 as long as it gets the water out of your line of site and it's not hitter the other wiper, I'd say you're going to go brother.😁
I’ve done a fair bit of research and have purchased 4 different dash cameras and 8 SD cards. I recommend the below camera with the smallest card card from the factory because you’ll throw away the card:
Then put in this far more reliable SD card:
If you want it to record while your engine is off, that’s a car-by-car case. My truck leaves the 12v outlets on all the time, so I can just plug into the outlet. Most cars turn off the 12v outlets when the ignition is off, so you’ll need either a standalone battery power system or a hardware to the main car battery next to your engine.
If you’re looking for watching your car while at home, consider a security camera mounted to your house, pointed at your car.
Haynes owner manuals.
@Tanner - SC I'd be interested in hearing what you think about them after you use them
I've thought about getting some mainly for my work truck.
@JesseJames I've been running dash cams for 4 years. What would you like to know?
You mentioned you did a lot of research on them I was just going to see if you end up liking them. Idk why I asked really because since I want one for my work truck I would probably just buy the cheapest I could find lol
I bought 2 cheaper ones, one for front windshield, one for rear. Then I learned that the cheap ones are not reliable and their mounts make for shaky video and audio with rattles. Then I bought the $150 one I linked and it’s amazing.
It has been reviewed on websites and YouTubes as having best reliability, best heat resistance, best night time video quality. I think it’s designed by Australians, and the customer support is good.
I also learned that anything less than the best SD cards will fail because they’re not designed to be written to constantly for hours every day.
150? Wow I thought surely a man could get a decent one for cheaper than that. What is pros/cons of using a GoPro as a dash cam
@here Anybody know much about manual locking hubs? My 4wd isn't engaging, and through some testing I've determined it to be my passenger side hub. I've got it off now but while holding it in my hand and turning it between lock and free, it does nothing. Isn't it supposed to push out a gear? I'm just trying to determine if I need a new one before I grease it and reassemble. Thanks!
I was researching that a while ago...I'm also curious, I'm planning to buy an old C or K 4x
Conical spring may be broken.