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Old 10-07-2022, 07:50 AM   #3571
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Why does any of this surprise you? You've contributed to the majority of the threads on this forum and 90% is questions asked and answered by the OP with a few knowledgable tid bits in the middle. It's no different IRL.
My car won't start. all the lights work but nothing else.

Did you check the battery?

Lights are on so not battery.

Check the battery.

Tried boosting it with some old cables I found at the bottom of a lake. Nothing.

Check the battery.

Replaced the starter still nothing.

Check the battery.

Replaced all the fuses still nothing.

Check the battery.

Replaced the alternator still nothing.

Check the battery.

Buddy says wiring so replaced the wiring harness. Nothing.

Check the battery.

You guys are no help at all it still won't start.

Check the battery.

Just in case it happens to somebody else it turns out my trunk lid was open and the battery was drained.
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Old 10-07-2022, 08:32 AM   #3572
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My car won't start. all the lights work but nothing else.

Did you check the battery?....
Speaking of checking the battery....

TIL that you should always check the battery first...

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Old 10-07-2022, 10:00 AM   #3573
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Speaking of checking the battery....

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Even though online a search of "hood" would probably have got it open well under the hour so that it took them.

Took me exactly 28 seconds (not including the 45 seconds search and download time to get the manual). I appreciate that I am sitting safely in an office not stuck in traffic but he KNEW he wanted that hood open right from the start.
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Took me exactly 28 seconds (not including the 45 seconds search and download time to get the manual). I appreciate that I am sitting safely in an office not stuck in traffic but he KNEW he wanted that hood open right from the start.
On the thread where this video first popped up on a different forum I did mention that, as well as it would help if GM had just used a standard "hood pop" pull instead of an unlabeled cable loop. Just another example of overcomplicating things just because its an EV.
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Old 10-07-2022, 11:06 AM   #3575
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TIL that a surprising number of people think my car is a Porsche. For the third time in a week I have heard it called such.
Guy at the gas pumps yelled over "nice Porsche" this morning.
Woman at the grocery store on Wednesday asked "what year is your Porsche".
The best was the three twenty something girls at the park on the weekend that stopped to discus and admire the "Porsche" parked on my site. The guy with them was very quick to show his expertise and correct them though. I was glad to learn that my car is not a Porsche but actually a really old, very valuable and highly sought after Saturn! All this went down with them standing staring at the Toyota emblem on the trunk lid.
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TIL that a surprising number of people think my car is a Porsche. For the third time in a week I have heard it called such.
Guy at the gas pumps yelled over "nice Porsche" this morning.
Woman at the grocery store on Wednesday asked "what year is your Porsche".
The best was the three twenty something girls at the park on the weekend that stopped to discus and admire the "Porsche" parked on my site. The guy with them was very quick to show his expertise and correct them though. I was glad to learn that my car is not a Porsche but actually a really old, very valuable and highly sought after Saturn! All this went down with them standing staring at the Toyota emblem on the trunk lid.
Should have just walked by and said "It's a Toyota" got in and left.
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Should have just walked by and said "It's a Toyota" got in and left.
I was sitting on the deck and they couldn't see me. I just chuckled and let it be. Wouldn't have even thought of it again if not for the two other comments this week.
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Old 10-07-2022, 11:55 AM   #3578
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TIL there is a specific screw driver meant for wiring housing outlets and light switches called an ECX driver.
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Old 10-07-2022, 12:09 PM   #3579
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TIL there is a specific screw driver meant for wiring housing outlets and light switches called an ECX driver.
I just use a #1 Robby which fits just fine without slipping but that is cool.
Sort of redundant but cool.

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Sort of like JIS instead of Philips? The shape is just different enough that they cam out when mismatched. One of these days I'll sack up and order a set of JIS drivers.
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Sort of like JIS instead of Philips? The shape is just different enough that they cam out when mismatched. One of these days I'll sack up and order a set of JIS drivers.
Not really. Just a #1 Robinson with slot extensions on the side. I donít know how much torque you would have to use to cam it out. Probably break the head off before that would happen.
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Great! Now I can tell my dad there's something else I've been doing wrong for 40 years.
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TIL there is a specific screw driver meant for wiring housing outlets and light switches called an ECX driver.
sort of. it's a newer design, but isn't universally accepted. square d started using it on breakers, but not their neutral bar screws-- which is still a square/flathead, but the square portion is rotated 45 degrees from the ecx style.

siemens maintains the same square/flathead style, with the square portion rotated 45 degrees from ecx style.




there's also most conduit fittings that use the ecx style screws, which is where i really started using the bit style the most--it offers a little more torque than phillips, and still maintains the self-centering feature.

i keep an ecx bit in my 11-in-1, but really prefer to use it as a last resort.


i generally use the flathead most times so then i can screw the cover plate on afterwards without changing bits.

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I just use a #1 Robby which fits just fine without slipping but that is cool.
Sort of redundant but cool.

depends on the screws. they're churned out of the plants so fast in a lot of cases that sometimes the 'square' portion of the screws are more of a 'rounded oval' it does work, but imo, doesn't give any better torque than the flathead option.

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Not really. Just a #1 Robinson with slot extensions on the side. I donít know how much torque you would have to use to cam it out. Probably break the head off before that would happen.
i ran one of the ecx bits in my impact for about 6 months. i stopped because i got tired of breaking the bit, or snapping screws.

it really doesn't cam out, ever. unless you're going at the screw head at an odd angle, then it'll strip the top of the screw off to the point that nothing else really gets it back out.
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Speaking of checking the battery....

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Battery story.

Spoke to my brother this morning who is traveling way up north. He overheard a conversation from a guy on his mobile. Guy had been on phone organizing car freight. After the guy finished talking on the phone my brother asked what was going on. The guy told my brother that his late model BMW had had a flat battery. Guy called battery installer. Battery installer replaces battery. Car tells guy his car is dead and has to go to an authorized BMW service center. It turns out to replace the battery one has to attach a auxiliary battery so the car always has some power. So, attach aux battery, remove car battery, fit new car battery, remove aux power battery.

Modern cars.
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