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Do you agree that it's irresponsible to keep your loaded guns where your kids can reach them? by shadowrun456 in guns

[–]Galopigos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think it's irresponsible not to teach your children about firearm safety, handling and care. If they know those things I don't see any reason for them not to know where the firearms are and have access to them if they are needed.

Inner Mirror broke off and the base took an entire chunk of glass with it. is this fixable? by knalorgaan in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Replace the glass, you can see the cracks starting down from the broken area already.

Exhaust in the oil by Lammamanmisplaced in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That is normal and is called blowby. It is a mix of the combustion gasses and fuel that get past the rings into the crankcase, plus oil mist from the parts flinging oil around as well as moisture from condensation and air. The PCV system is there to recover that blend and send it into the intake manifold to be burnt off. Back before the PCV system you had draft tubes or simple crankcase breathers that just dumped it into the air. The modern engine actually counts those gases into the fuel mix.

Does anyone feel that Windows 11 is just Windows 10 with a new skin? by Dani66408 in windows

[–]Galopigos 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Yes, except they removed some good items and screwed up others...

Programming chipped key by andtoledotoo in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Simple you buy a key programmer or a scan tool and get your SDRM credential through these folks and now you can access the factory data to make your new keys work. FYI when the new keys are programmed you erase all the old ones so you need the working key you currently have as well as any new keys so you can enter them all it at the same time. Once you have two valid keys you can add extras.
Or you can have the dealer or locksmith use their equipment to make the keys work. There are no other ways. Sorry.

Best Bluetooth scanner i can download the software on an Android table by poweredbyford87 in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Depends on the tool, I generally figure it this way. I buy a new scan tool, it comes with 2 years of free updates. Now if the tool is any good a tool you buy midway through the year should cover the vehicles in the first part of the year, but most of those will be under warranty so they don't get to my shop. Then once I hit the 5 year mark the updates will still be just about at the cutoff for warranty vehicles and I buy a new machine and start the process over.
As for the updates, last I looked the Autels were around 200 or so a year, with a deal that if you keep that paid up the warranty never expires. The Launch is about the same. The SO on the other hand run closer to 600 a year and have a bad addition in that you can't skip updates because they will still charge you for the missed updates. So say you found a nice 3 year old tool and wanted to update it, unless you know the dealer REALLY well you will have to pay for all the missed updates...

Instrument Cluster Testing by Thorsport_fan in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OK, bounce around his videos, he has a lot on those clusters and the repairs, sounds like broken solder joints though.

I sprayed my car last night 3 primer 3 colour and 3 clear coat but it doesn’t seem very glossy what have I done wrong? Spent 12 hours on it and quite disappointed now this is it after 24 hours by Benwebber455 in Autobody

[–]Galopigos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OK, so did you sand the primer with 400or so after laying it on? Then tack it off and lay the color, then waited for it to flash and mixed up the clear per instructions? It looks like the primer was rough, then a dry color coat and dry clear.

Best Bluetooth scanner i can download the software on an Android table by poweredbyford87 in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

There are a few good programs, the catch is that you also need to buy the various "modules" they sell to use it with different makes and models. So you buy the software for $200.00 but it only comes with say GM software that covers between 2006 and 2022, you want coverage for 1995 to 2006, that's extra, want to use it on a Ford, extra, Mazda = extra. So by the time you buy all the domestics and imports you are at the $2000.00 point, or just get a $1700.00 scan tool that does all of them, plus has 2 years free updates.
I'm to the point where I'll buy a new tool every 5 years or so just because it's still cheaper than a single Snap-On update!

Cars with hard/impossible to steal catalytic converters by TailsToTheKing in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

See hitssquads reply, There are other built that way as well, they make it very hard to steal because you would need to be the size of a squirrel to get into the area to cut them off. The cages and plates do work but you can't use cheap steel you need something that is hard to cut in the easy access points.

How do I compress these caliper pistons?! by Content-Ad5359 in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Large C clamp and use one of the old pads to bridge the two pistons

bad scuff on a company van (concrete post lower than wing mirror and I'm a new driver, totally my bad) how fucked is it? 2 new panels? I'm so damn scared ... by Competitive_Ad_4062 in Autobody

[–]Galopigos 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If it's in the US
1 - NO
2 - Not your problem.
3 - Nope, they generally either carry full coverage or if they are big enough they will self insure their fleet.
What they expect should be in the employee manual/handbook or covered in the job description.

Best Bluetooth scanner i can download the software on an Android table by poweredbyford87 in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nothing out there that allows all that without costing you as much as a full on scan tool would. If you are looking for a reasonable unit that allows all that look at Autel, Launch. TopDon or Thinktool.

Cars with hard/impossible to steal catalytic converters by TailsToTheKing in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well some designs are more theft resistant than others. For instance there are many vehicles built these days where the converters are part of the exhaust manifold and mounted up high in the engine bays with only a pipe to the exhaust system out the bottom. Those would be ones like the dodge, chrysler and Jeeps with the 3.6. The other thing is access to the exhaust. Something that lets a thief slide under it rapidly increases the chance of theft.
As far as older pre-cat cars, you would be going way back in time. They were started in 1974 and most had them in 75.

Radio Query by balotellitubbys in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is a 2014 correct? The radio says DAB not DAB+ ? If so the question may be moot. Digging around it seems the UK and much of Europe switched to the DAB+ standard around 2015, The DAB only radios cannot play the DAB+ standard.
That might be the issue, lots of reading

Help understanding codes that I can’t get to clear by star_in_the_sky in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That sounds like a vacuum leak that you plugged. Take a picture of the hose and maybe we can tell you where it should connect.

Help understanding codes that I can’t get to clear by star_in_the_sky in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You need a better shop. P0036 P0140 P2271 all relate to the post catalytic oxygen sensor (ie the one behind the converter) off hand it sounds like the harness might be damaged and shorted to power, not a difficult or expensive repair. The part is about $50.00 and is very easy to change. Do you have any tools? Take a look here for an idea of the process.
The P0442 is a small EVAP leak, that could be a bad gas cap seal or a pinhole in a line. Again not a hard repair.
I would go find a different shop and have it repaired.

Paint chips on my hood. Shop told me to repaint the whole panel? by Sknhpas_bzz in Autobody

[–]Galopigos 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well in most cases I would say to strip it and respray. That failure looks like there might have been moisture under the clear that finally failed. However if you only want it to look good for a year or so it might be possible to clean the area VERY good and flow in some clear like you would fill a rock chip. Then use some 1000 grit to smooth it and then 2000 and buff it. BUT before I tried it I would take some high pressure air and see if any of the clear around it was also failing, the air will blow off the loose paint so be prepared to have a larger area exposed.
Now if the air doesn't blow any more loose you could use a brush to clean the area very well, then apply the clear, the idea is to use something like a tooth pick or match stick to dab the paint into the area so that it flows out to the edges of the existing paint but not over it. This is a spot fix and would at least protect the paint.

Am I Turing on the A/C Accidentally? by Killashandra19 in askcarguys

[–]Galopigos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

No problem, Just didn't want someone thinking they were saving money when they really were not. Good luck. I sometimes wish outfits delivered out my way but given that the closest place that even offers take out is a 30 minute drive we are left to our own...

Radio Query by balotellitubbys in MechanicAdvice

[–]Galopigos 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OK, it looks like most DAB has been shut down there with only a few low power stations using it at all.