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Rant Thread - What really grinds your gears?

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  1. Unforgiven

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    Unfortunately a lot of things are like this now. :mad:
     

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    I had a Renault in the '80s, but Renault in the U.S. was made by AMC if I remember my autochronology correctly.

    I'd check on that headlamp assembly. If it's just the bulb that's out there may be some way to access it from behind. If you have to replace the lens and/or housing, then yeah, like @Unforgiven said, they're all like that these days.
     
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    Apparently you can just about get in behind the passenger side if you have small hands.
    But it had to be the driver's side that's gone.
    I don't think most cars are like this, certainly not in the UK. The Mrs took it in to Halfords (auto parts shop), and they said this car was the one of the very few they couldn't work on, because of the bumper removal.
     
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    Ugh! That is certainly a stupid design. I recall one of the original Honda Civic's -- or was it a Datsun? (now Nissan) -- that to change the #4 spark plug you had to drop the engine! There was no other way to get at it short of cutting a hole in the firewall.
     
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    Sounds like the Chevy Vega where you had to take out the engine bolts and shift the engine to get at the rear plugs.
     
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    I'll let you know how much the stealer wants to take for changing a car light bulb. And I will make them feel bad about this if it's extortionate. Normally labour rates from a main dealer are £60 + VAT per hour, and they don't charge less for part hours.
     
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    My youngest daughter's first car had the engine turned sideways. (front wheel drive) I had to replace the harmonic balancer pulley. The given method was to remove the driver side quarter panel and front bumper. My method was a sawsall to the plastic wheel well. :) It looked a bit funky but I'm betting if the next owner had to replace that pulley he was a happy camper. :)
     
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    Me? I drive a 20 year old Diesel at work. It is 50-50 starting it at 0F. The heat doesnt work... It's warm enough after sitting an hour, start driving and my coworker opens the window to smoke. twice in a row. I lost it. WTF??? It takes an hour to warm this thing up and you have the goddam window open, at 0F, ON THE HIGHWAY????
    Can you wait 10 minutes to give yourself cancer?
    Oh, he smokes a lot, but complained about...ready? his nervousness over his lung screening showing 'spots'. and he still smokes.....
    is this natural selection?
     
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    Is he a passenger in your car? Should respect your rules if you want a no smoking policy. At the least it's very inconsiderate. Like you say, he could wait 10 minutes.
     
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    Occupation documation, something..
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    What really grinds my gear, is my voice it is so high and got a New England, and Scottish accent blend together on tape, it sounds so flat and monotone, a bit snuffly contantly even withouta cold within me, One Day i would like to have a voice actor carrer, as well as being able to play with the drums, I pushed them away for writing and photographic images, see my fb profile or my blog sometimes i will pin my photos up, anyways those two have been annoying for a long time now..
     
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    Irony I have a beautiful singing voice.
     
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    passenger... He is very very odd. I had 3different people tell me in two days about him being 'a real odd bird'. 'Whats his problem, why is he so weird'.
    And tomorrow? He completes his probation and will essentially be un-firable.
     
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    Too true. Many years ago I had to replace the fuel filter on a Dodge Avenger. Practically had to dismantle half the motor to get to it, which is ridiculous since it's such a routine swap.
     
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    OK, I don't know where you are, but I would imagine you have a strong case to run that up the chain. It's a company vehicle - he shouldn't be smoking in it, especially if there's a non-smoker present. I'm a smoker but I would never submit non-smokers to my habit, even in my own vehicle.
     
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    IF i do not find a solution to the problem, within a few days or so, i really need to find what is the wrong path what i did, and in the err of my own way, it gains in more and more education to see where i am at though.
     
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    Believe me, where I work.. There is no running up the chain. it's a madhouse.. In fact, wife just yelled my work place is on the local Chicago news tonight..
    He just grinds my gears, I think he isnt normal. Takes Xanax... Someday's he is barely coherent...
    Small price to pay I guess for working a Govt job, prevailing wage etc... But yea.. Some people.........
     
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    Sneakers that are smaller than they say.
    10.5 my ass Nike.
     
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    Uh.. try putting them on your feet. :)
    I have to try all shoes on. I go all the way from 11.5 to 13 depending on shoe and brand. Crazy and frustrating.
     
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    Nike though? They should be the benchmark.
     
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    They are the benchmark .... for people with narrow feet with no instep or arches. Even their "wide" sizes are too tight on my feet.
     
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    Pre-snowstorm road preparation in Boston really grinds my gears.
    They do it two days in advance and it creates billows of dust until the storm maybe hits. Your entire mouth gets a salty, gritty tinge. Even your phlegm is salty.
    For a confirmed pedestrian it's hell. Waiting for a bus is an ordeal that makes you begin to think wearing a surgical mask in public is not a crazy idea after all.
     
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    It's a conspiracy with the people that sell windshield washer fluid. :mad:
     
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    Occupation documation, something..
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    The snow is in a globe, the ice is in arena, have you ever wondered about that?
    Creative thinking can lead you to a good time though, my gear lately is the Domino's commerical of where the dumbass delievery slipped on his back... Gee buddy next time wear nice shoes instead of those tennis shoes.
     
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    Do they salt, or brine?
     
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    @justanotherguy We use liquid brine or liquid magnesium chloride depending on the temperature for pre-treating roads before a storm. My rant was about the liquid magnesium chloride.

    Follow that with a rock salt and calcium chloride mix during the really cold storms, just rock salt when it's not so cold and sand just about everywhere and anywhere where the plows can't clear enough while the snow is falling and you get a tsunami of stuff in the air.
     

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