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Old 07-30-2020, 03:20 AM
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Oh, that was sorta painful to watch.

No smoke means no flux.... means yet another bad solder job.
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We stuffed dryer sheets under my wife's car's hood's sound insulation to keep the rodents away, but apparently they need to be changed more frequently than once a year. I tried to get it smogged earlier this week, but something had chewed its hoses for a second time. Finally got it smogged today (passed! yay!).

I'm going to add "change dryer sheets in hood" to my monthly chores. That might be overkill, but I have no idea how frequent it needs to be, and it slots nicely into my workflow. I've got a whole slew of other tasks that get done in the first week of every month, so this is just one more.
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Apparently, the solder connections don't age well for whatever reason.
People are fixing them .....
My '98 Chevy S10 had a very annoying intermittent with the wiper motor then quit working outright during a rain storm. Last straw.

I took the motor apart and found a cold solder joint on a PC board that controlled the variable speed. Fixed it good as new. Lead-free solder is awful. I have plenty of the good stuff.
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$10 of fuel stabilizer goes a long way.
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If you live out in the sticks, vermin damage can be a problem. Everything from rats chewing up your belts and hoses to mice somehow getting inside the vehicle and setting up nests by chewing up the carpet and upholstery. The stink is almost impossible to get out. Also wiper blades go bad after a few months. I put a new set on my BOV and they disintegrated over the winter. Good idea to drive at least once a month and to keep plenty of spares in case something like another shutdown happens, now that it's obvious that the govt at all levels believes that hiding and waiting for the bad things to just "blow away" when the weather gets warm.
No trouble to keep extra belts, hoses, brake shoes, starter, alternator and other consumables locked up somewhere safe in a metal storage box or even large cooler.
Twice in the last year I've had a squirrel problem.

First I found they had invaded the engine air intake on the Jeep,
and chewed the air filter. Ha~!

Later, and worse, my wife called saying the car was hard to steer,
and some warning lights came on ... Turned out to be a squirrel caught in
the serp belt.
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Later, and worse, my wife called saying the car was hard to steer, and some warning lights came on ... Turned out to be a squirrel caught in the serp belt.
Ewwww! Bet that was a mess!
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