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Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-01-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 2,183
Posted By patbob
We're in the Model A days of electric cars -- how...

We're in the Model A days of electric cars -- how complex was a Model A compared to the the cars of today? Same increase of complexity will occur with electric cars. The catch is, all that ICE...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 04-09-2017, 11:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,480
Posted By patbob
The plastic head on my steel key didn't last very...

The plastic head on my steel key didn't last very long either. I replaced it with wood -- Make a wooden key head...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 03-30-2017, 02:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By patbob
MongooseGA is right -- the plastic tips on the...

MongooseGA is right -- the plastic tips on the ends of the sensor wires that poke down into the brake pad are required. If you pull the sensor wires out of the pad, you lose the tips and then the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 03-26-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 457
Posted By patbob
Ditto here, hope he's doing OK and just off...

Ditto here, hope he's doing OK and just off having fun on some roadtrip adventure or something.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-15-2016, 06:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 701
Posted By patbob
There's also rubber lines under the car at the...

There's also rubber lines under the car at the rear connecting the steel ones to the tank. One of mine was already weeping when I bought my '83. Like others said, just keep an eye on them and...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-25-2016, 11:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 851
Posted By patbob
That used to be my thoughts too since the wires...

That used to be my thoughts too since the wires themselves should be able to carry more current than rated for at least a little while before the insulation starts melting, much less smoking.. until...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-25-2016, 07:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 851
Posted By patbob
There's usually only three reasons someone...

There's usually only three reasons someone replaces a smaller fuse with a larger rated one: they didn't have a spare of the same rating, they added something to that circuit that draws more, or they...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-24-2016, 11:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 851
Posted By patbob
Shorted wires will cause a large current draw. ...

Shorted wires will cause a large current draw. Spinning the alternator to generate a lot of current will cause it to be harder to turn. When an alternate belt is starting to get loose, you often...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-21-2016, 02:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,201
Posted By patbob
I didn't know you weren't supposed to reuse the...

I didn't know you weren't supposed to reuse the bolts, so I just cleaned, applied thread locker, and reused them. The steering box hasn't fallen out of my car nor come loose yet and its been years....
Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-10-2016, 12:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,047
Posted By patbob
Holy necrothread atmagc :) Yeah, if its...

Holy necrothread atmagc :)

Yeah, if its spongy after driving, but not right away, then like you did, check for a dragging caliper or something causing heat -- those symptoms are the classic boiled...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-24-2016, 03:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 722
Posted By patbob
You don't say what car this is, so I'll have to...

You don't say what car this is, so I'll have to guess its similar to my '83..

If you're getting boost but no black smoke before the surge, especially with the ALDA backed all the way out, then...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-17-2016, 11:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,621
Posted By patbob
I've had Tygon return lines for about 6 years...

I've had Tygon return lines for about 6 years now. Still working fine. Mine wasn't quite as tight to install as yours sounds, so you might have splitting issues sometime down the road, but I...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-16-2016, 01:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,564
Posted By patbob
Have you checked the rack damper bolt? Maybe...

Have you checked the rack damper bolt? Maybe turn it 20 degrees further in and see if that makes a difference, if not, then put it back.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-16-2016, 01:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,002
Posted By patbob
If the cooling system doesn't hold pressure, the...

If the cooling system doesn't hold pressure, the coolant can boil and a steam bubble expose the sensor. An air bubble can do the same thing. If the fluid fan clutch isn't working, it can prevent...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-15-2016, 11:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,822
Posted By patbob
No offence, but none of your three methods sounds...

No offence, but none of your three methods sounds terribly likely to work. A diesel doesn't (shouldn't) generate much smoke at idle, or even revving the engine when not under load, and the other...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-14-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 8,050
Posted By patbob
if you want forum activity with other...

if you want forum activity with other dieselheads, go over to the TDI folks. Lots of activity there :). Seems every user feels the need to spark off their own thread trying to come up with reasons...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-09-2016, 12:53 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,839
Posted By patbob
If it overheated that easily, then there's...

If it overheated that easily, then there's probably an air bubble in the coolant system. Those can be very difficult to bleed.

For mine, I finally resorted to putting the system under a few...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 08-05-2016, 11:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,822
Posted By patbob
Maybe blow smoke up the tailpipe? :)

Maybe blow smoke up the tailpipe? :)
Forum: Alternative Fuels 07-18-2016, 02:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,716
Posted By patbob
You might be able to mailorder some. Or perhaps...

You might be able to mailorder some. Or perhaps buy it in bulk from a local supplier. Worst comes to worse, you could find a B100 pump within a reasonable roadtrip distance and drive there once...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 07-18-2016, 02:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By patbob
I don't think this is what you're trying to ask,...

I don't think this is what you're trying to ask, but it's what you're asking.. the cooling system pressure should be little to none (i.e. atmospheric) until the engine is at or above 100C. So the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 07-18-2016, 01:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By patbob
The vacuum pods add some resistance when you move...

The vacuum pods add some resistance when you move the lock knobs. If you don't want that, then you need to remove them, or at least the rods connecting to them. They probably decided removing the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 07-17-2016, 03:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By patbob
As I recall, those rods are all pretty much...

As I recall, those rods are all pretty much unique for each door.. the two backdoors might be identical, but the two fronts ones are different from the rears because one has a vacuum pod and the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-28-2016, 11:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,749
Posted By patbob
Thought I'd read years ago on here about the glow...

Thought I'd read years ago on here about the glow plug relay sticking on and draining the battery faster than the alternator can charge it.

However, this does sounds like a bad ground, maybe at...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-26-2016, 12:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,301
Posted By patbob
Very cool, thanks. I hadn't gotten around to...

Very cool, thanks. I hadn't gotten around to researching why they had variable intake paths.

If one of the flaps isn't opening, could it make enough difference to cause a vacuum at the intake...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-16-2016, 01:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,301
Posted By patbob
Most of the things I can think of would cause it...

Most of the things I can think of would cause it to create blue smoke at other times too.

Do you get the blue smoke when revving to 2k RPM in park? Once you get blue smoke, does it continue as...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-16-2016, 01:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 981
Posted By patbob
I'm just not seeing this take-a-taxi-everywhere...

I'm just not seeing this take-a-taxi-everywhere world. It already exists, and isn't cost effective in most parts of the country. In order to make it work, you'd have to reduce the trip cost and the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-04-2016, 10:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By patbob
Check the connector on the harness. It's been a...

Check the connector on the harness. It's been a while since I've been behind my cluster, so I can't recall what that connector is like, but it might be like the big harmonicas that plug into the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-03-2016, 07:52 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,152
Posted By patbob
Not such an issue in a warm climate like Florida,...

Not such an issue in a warm climate like Florida, but blankets, a candle and a butane lighter.

Cellphone charger.

And I second the tire pump, although I'm partial to the foot-powered variety. ...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 01-03-2016, 07:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 648
Posted By patbob
Cracked solder joint at the connector on the...

Cracked solder joint at the connector on the board maybe? Or maybe on the connector on the harness? Pushing the connector on pushes it out of place where it disconnects; pulling the connector off...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-12-2014, 12:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,601
Posted By patbob
I got an email from row52 the other day about how...

I got an email from row52 the other day about how they now match parts buyers with people willing to pull a part.
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