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Old 07-02-2008, 05:56 AM
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patty just read this and thinks we are all mean
but then again she asked what's a dipstick
she also commented on maybe jimmy's wife had better taste then to talk to him
i dont think she has ever been to Texas
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:07 AM
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patty just read this and thinks we are all mean
but then again she asked what's a dipstick
she also commented on maybe jimmy's wife had better taste then to talk to him
i dont think she has ever been to Texas
So Cap'n, a girl married you that can actually read? You surprise me more every day!
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:26 AM
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Geez, between this and the salesman in Pep Boys today, I'm starting to feel a little run-down by the male world. I went in to buy a new socket for the headlamp of my dad's van (GM junk corroded beyond belief) and the guy tells me they don't have any, but I might find a junkyard that has one and "get my husband or boyfriend to splice it on." He caught himself, though and sheepishly added, "or you could do it if you know how to do that kind of stuff."

I'll admit though that most women really make no effort to know what's going on under the hood. I guess most guys don't either, but women almost seem PROUD of how little they know about cars. It's like they play car-dumb to look cute or do the damsel-in-distress dance. I don't expect other women to be as obsessed with their car as I am, but really, how hard is it to know that engine oil is vital, or that gasoline and diesel are not interchangeable? Maybe I'm a genius.
You are a rare Jewel.
I wish that in school everyone was required to take a class where they learned how their car, common household appliances, plumbing and such worked. Not of course to train them to be mechanics/repair persons but to help them use things more safely and to help them avoid getting ripped off by repair persons.
Two houses down lived a girl (a good friend for 35 years or so) I grew up with. Her Father was very mechanically and electrically inclined. More importantly her spent a lot of time teaching her a good deal of what he knew and I was often there with them learning myself.
Maybe knowing from her example that Women have the ability in this area if what I find frustrating with my Wife concerning cars. When she is off driving there is a little worry spot in the back of my mind. Will she make the right decision if something goes wrong with the car?
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:38 AM
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You are a rare Jewel.
I wish that in school everyone was required to take a class where they learned how their car, common houshold appliances, pllumbing and and such worked. Not of course to train them to be mechanics/repair persos but to help them use things more safely and to help them avoid getting ripped off by repair persons.
I second this suggestion!
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:47 AM
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quick update... Called the shop and thus far the mercedes mechanic with 31 years experience has been unable to get the key to turn in the ignition. Not a good omen. Sounds like the tow truck driver fubared the switch.

Now back to our regularly scheduled debate on gender and technical aptitude and/or indifference.
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:04 PM
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quick update... Called the shop and thus far the mercedes mechanic with 31 years experience has been unable to get the key to turn in the ignition. Not a good omen. Sounds like the tow truck driver fubared the switch.
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Now back to our regularly scheduled debate on gender and technical aptitude and/or indifference.
I don't think it's entirely fair to blame gender for the issues; I know a few (but they aren't a majority, i must admit) females who are competent in these areas (including my grandmother) - and I also know several males who are absolutely helpless (such as the ones I aided in their Honda jump-start which failed because they had their starting device cross-connected to the battery . )

I completely support the high school class that educates on how plumbing and automobiles work... but I'd not assume that it was only the female population that needed the course. I think people would sleep through it though... the average person out there of either gender has no idea how things work and doesn't want to know.
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Old 07-02-2008, 12:31 PM
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i seem to remember the two women in my diesel classes looking at me like they could eat me.
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:04 PM
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I think if they made everyone take classes like autoshop and plumbing, there would be a lot of girls mad at their GPA dropping because they flunked the oil checking and tire changing exam. I suppose since I flunked the General Music course in sixth grade, that I would not expect a gir, or guy for that matter to give a crap about what is taught in that class and to make an A. I have a friend from high school who put a huge hump in the back seat floor area by putting the jack in the wrong spot on his Saturn. This is only after he drove miles with a flat he didn't know about and shredded the tire. He is also the guy who did not know how to put air in the tire and eventually locked up his motor due to never checking or changing the oil. As for my girlfriend, I have a hard time getting her to understand that a 23 year old car takes lots of time to keep it maintained. I also have to force her to get the oil changed and have her tires rotated and balance to save her money on prematurly worn tires on her ML. When we were friends, she would drive up in her VW and it sounded like a diesel. Sure enough, it was 3 qts low on oil!!
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:20 PM
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i seem to remember the two women in my diesel classes looking at me like they could eat me.
... were they that hot... or that not?
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Old 07-02-2008, 01:40 PM
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I don't think it's entirely fair to blame gender for the issues;
I'm not blaming gender, I was just commenting on how the thread got hijacked and turned into a commentary on it. I fully agree that there are ample populations of males and females respectively that are shockingly clueless about all kinds of things vital to their continued welfare. My roommate, who, in most respects is intelligent and successful, pulled into the driveway a few months ago with a clattering engine and when I asked him if there was any oil in it, responded with a confused look. He realized I meant the noise, and said yeah it'd been doing that for about a week and a half. We added 4 quarts of oil. Capacity, 4.9 quarts.
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:22 PM
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update

...it was the oil filter housing. Apparently oil was just pouring out the top of it. And she never noticed when she added the oil that the whole upper right hand corner of the engine bay was coated with black wetness. sigh. The mechanic replaced the O-ring, added four qts. of oil and drove the car, said it had good oil pressure. I asked whether there was any way to diagnose potential damage to the bearings and he said he thought it would be fine. And that it was hard to tell. Any thoughts from the forum on this?
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:28 PM
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You could pull the lower oil pan an look for bearing shavings.
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:33 PM
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If any engine can survive such an event, the OM616 is it.

I'm curious to know what oil pressure is now at hot idle vs prior to running low. If no difference, put it out of your mind.

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Old 07-02-2008, 05:33 PM
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You could pull the lower oil pan an look for bearing shavings.
You can also invest in an oil analysis but I'm not sure what it would be worth without a baseline.

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Old 07-02-2008, 05:35 PM
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My girl uses Astro lub . . . oh, you meant in your CAR. Sorry. Never mind.
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