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by IMBoring25
Sun May 26, 2024 7:23 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: What is wrong with automotive engineers?
Replies: 5
Views: 676

Re: What is wrong with automotive engineers?

I don't know if it's a regulatory requirement. What I am reasonably confident of despite being neither a double-E nor employed in the automotive industry is that it is good design practice to deenergize circuits that are deemed unnecessary for a given phase of operation or non-operation. With the po...
by IMBoring25
Sat Feb 17, 2024 11:46 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55908
Views: 3620661

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

Sounds like a solution looking for a problem to me. I, too, have an appreciation for robust independent control mechanisms (like a clutch that can mechanically decouple the engine regardless of what the computer is doing). I can't imagine an electronic fuse would be more reliable than a traditional ...
by IMBoring25
Fri Dec 29, 2023 11:26 am
Forum: Manuals in the News
Topic: Driving a stick isn't dead
Replies: 16
Views: 9754

Re: Driving a stick isn't dead

Much as it was common for race cars to use dogleg firsts when it was believed shifts between second and third would be more frequent and more critical than shifts between first and second, it probably makes sense to have towing/hauling transmissions place the dogleg 1-2 on the unladen shift pattern,...
by IMBoring25
Wed Dec 27, 2023 9:01 pm
Forum: Manuals in the News
Topic: Driving a stick isn't dead
Replies: 16
Views: 9754

Re: Driving a stick isn't dead

He doesn't seem to understand what he's reporting on. He says it's not an old-school granny gear but that's exactly what it is. It doesn't matter if it's labeled 1, L, or C. It's been a fixture in 3/4-ton and up trucks for decades. It's not a feature commonly included on vehicles without towing, hau...
by IMBoring25
Sun May 14, 2023 3:08 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: STICKIN' IT TO "THE MAN" SINCE 1941
Replies: 3
Views: 1258

Re: STICKIN' IT TO "THE MAN" SINCE 1941

Our latest acquisition had a bad contact and 5% limo tint over the 20% in the glass making everything behind the B pillars uncomfortably close to opaque. After soldering the contact back on and peeling off the film, my solution to function testing "out of season" was to turn the defroster ...
by IMBoring25
Sun Apr 02, 2023 10:02 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55908
Views: 3620661

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

That's more true than it should be because of the short-term mentality encouraged in business schools and boardrooms. I firmly believe too many of the wrong pennies are being pinched and the companies themselves would be money ahead spending more in development and manufacturing to save on the back ...
by IMBoring25
Sat Feb 11, 2023 10:34 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Buying guide actually updated to 2021
Replies: 56
Views: 16583

Re: Buying guide actually updated to 2021

The advertised EyeSight features that would be potentially relevant are adaptive cruise and automatic emergency braking. Other manufacturers put both those features on Amish vehicles and one would hope there's not a lot of overlap between those who would spec a third pedal and those who would be pro...
by IMBoring25
Fri Feb 10, 2023 11:07 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Buying guide actually updated to 2021
Replies: 56
Views: 16583

Re: Buying guide actually updated to 2021

Funny, other manufacturers manage to integrate those features with a proper transmission...
by IMBoring25
Sat Dec 03, 2022 2:03 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Downhill in gear
Replies: 3
Views: 1527

Re: Downhill in gear

With respect to the first question, it depends. Many newer cars can completely shut off the injectors in a mode commonly called DFCO (Deceleration Fuel Cut-Off), but older injected vehicles and especially carbureted ones will probably keep some small amount of fuel flowing. That amount of fuel is un...
by IMBoring25
Fri Dec 02, 2022 1:13 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Winter....potholes....and automatics. Ugh!
Replies: 62
Views: 15147

Re: Winter....potholes....and automatics. Ugh!

The only clutch failures I have experienced have been with the hydraulics. In my experience, they haven't been total failures. Using the clutch normally still produced enough disengagement to help. Rev matching had to be much better than was normally necessary, but still not nearly as exact as is re...
by IMBoring25
Thu Nov 17, 2022 12:01 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Another Day, Another Idiot Driver (Misc Thread for Stories)
Replies: 3509
Views: 353078

Re: Another Day, Another Idiot Driver (Misc Thread for Stories)

The studies are a little "loaded" looking only at the following vehicle. Every time I've had AEB activate it's INCREASED my chances of a rear-end crash by abruptly braking for a right-turning vehicle for which I've already made adjustments so it will be out of the travel lane before I get ...
by IMBoring25
Thu Aug 25, 2022 5:10 pm
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi
Replies: 55908
Views: 3620661

Re: Misc Thread VI: Return of the Threadi

It's a four-door "classic" Beetle with a Continental kit and a generic '30s nose.
by IMBoring25
Tue Aug 02, 2022 5:25 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Standard transmission EPA ratings
Replies: 19
Views: 3738

Re: Standard transmission EPA ratings

The scangauge isn't necessarily any more accurate than the speedometer. The only potential inaccuracy it takes out of the system is the input and display elements of the speedometer (whatever form those take in any given vehicle), and that inaccuracy is as likely to be in the opposite direction of t...
by IMBoring25
Wed Jul 06, 2022 9:48 pm
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Standard transmission EPA ratings
Replies: 19
Views: 3738

Re: Standard transmission EPA ratings

Only one of my manuals is EPA-rated and stock. Looking at that one and comparing to the revised numbers, I have multiple tanks at approximately 115% of the highway rating and an overall average of almost the highway rating, about 115% of combined.
by IMBoring25
Wed Jun 15, 2022 9:49 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: If ..........., You Just Might Be Drivin' an Electric
Replies: 117
Views: 29463

Re: If ..........., You Just Might Be Drivin' an Electric

You say that like activists getting wrapped around the axle on the negative aspects of the status quo and demanding changes that turn out to be net harmful is something new. As but one example, the plastic bags now viewed as a scourge on the world by environmentalists were forced into near-universal...