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maglin 
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Posted: July 07, 2005 at 11:54 PM / IP Logged  
ok, i was reading back through the threads and saw a post that irked me.
autozone sucks. or the employees do.
lol.
i have a 93 pontiac sunbird daily driver. issues starting, battery wouldn't hold a charge. So. tested the alternator. disconnected the battery with the car on, car died. alternator bad. tried to start the car with fresh charge on it, no go.
took BOTH to AZ with me, and they told me BOTH tested GOOD. not jsut working, but high up good. instead of just saying 'f-it' and buying new, i tried to save money, went home and put the crap all back in. same problems. Disgusted, went back, tested again, still good. grr. bought new crap this time, took it home, haven't had a problem since.
moral of this story - F''' testing at the store. do the old school tests. they never lie.
~~Vinn
us_test 
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Posted: July 08, 2005 at 11:35 AM / IP Logged  

Good point.  Just be careful on the new cars with removing the battery cable while car is running (it could possibly do some ECU damage).  I'd say take the DMM to the alt or battery to get the exact readout.

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maglin 
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Posted: July 08, 2005 at 12:04 PM / IP Logged  
*nods* i'm an old car enthusiast... if its not half the age of me or better, i'm probably not interested. lol. Besides, like you said, these newer cars are more delicate than chinese pottery. i wager you could have that problem with one of these off road trucks they're building now. Can you imagine? 80 miles out and you can't reliably test your equipment because you need a 3 k computer on a roll around stand at the dealer to tell you that your alternator has gone bad? lol YAY for 'lemons' in engineering.
~~Vinn
us_test 
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Posted: July 08, 2005 at 12:12 PM / IP Logged  
I hear ya.  If you disconnect the cable on a new Benz you will set of the alarm in Berlin (in the office or the Dymler CEO)  Free Autozone Testing Aggravation -- posted image..  You probably have to take it to the dealership cause it probably will not start again (with all this, proximity card and the RF key sensor) without their blessing (and a few key codes and what not).
(1) Kenwood Excelon Head Unit KDC-X589 (24 bit Burr Brown DAC, 3 X 4 volt RCA).
(1) RF Punch 250A2 - running the components.
(1) Hifonics 6.5" Atlas Components (18db crossovers).
maglin 
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Posted: July 08, 2005 at 12:17 PM / IP Logged  
what if the battery dies! lol
"Gee Erik. Seems another dead battery over in the states" Says Jurgen.
"Ya Jurgen. Stupid american teens and their stereos. We should make sure only to answer the phone in german when he calls." Says erik.
saw something impressive on the tv the other day. BMW has this new deal where you pay spit for batteries to brakes for your BMW for 5 or so years of ownership. All free of charge.
... cept you have to take the car places and crap... just imagine the long distance phone calls... *Sighs* old school - good/cool/best/only school
~~Vinn
us_test 
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Posted: July 08, 2005 at 12:28 PM / IP Logged  

Yea new S class (2007) will have the blood sample autentification. 

Me "Hello, Benz Assistance, I had to get in my car about 20 times today and I'm feeling nauseaus, I can't give more blood, can you unlok my car".

Hans: "No , dumkoff, this is the future and this is not a Chevy with onStar".

(1) Kenwood Excelon Head Unit KDC-X589 (24 bit Burr Brown DAC, 3 X 4 volt RCA).
(1) RF Punch 250A2 - running the components.
(1) Hifonics 6.5" Atlas Components (18db crossovers).
maglin 
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Posted: July 08, 2005 at 12:42 PM / IP Logged  
hahah. it'll need onstar in order for the guy to call the ambulance for blood transfusions.   Lots of NCOs typing slower than normal due to sore fingertips. hahahaha.
i mean, i dig it, but at the same time? HOLY shhh. seriously. Before you know it cars will have tighter security than most banks. I can't wait till the computers in them start having split personalities.
lol. german engineering. wave of the future.
us_test 
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Posted: July 08, 2005 at 4:12 PM / IP Logged  
Yeah I was kidding about the S class (but you never know they might in the future).
(1) Kenwood Excelon Head Unit KDC-X589 (24 bit Burr Brown DAC, 3 X 4 volt RCA).
(1) RF Punch 250A2 - running the components.
(1) Hifonics 6.5" Atlas Components (18db crossovers).
maglin 
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Posted: July 08, 2005 at 7:55 PM / IP Logged  
<- gullible and now sheepish. hahahahaha
adrianspeeder 
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Posted: July 23, 2005 at 8:36 AM / IP Logged  
BMW has a free wiper blade replacement schedual even. Gimmie my ole ford trucks that I can work on.
Adrianspeeder
'02 F250 PSD, '97 F-150, '71 F-100, '66 F-250, '93, '92, '88, '84 Broncos
Penn State electrical engineerin' major
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