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Jun
24
comment Charger doesn't stay put in cigarette lighter outlet
@Mary all car power adapters are basically identical so you can use any, even if the manual says different. Get one from Amazon, spend an least $15 to avoid cheap Chinese stuff.
Nov
5
comment How can I elegantly secure a USB charging cable to the dashboard?
The easiest way was actually down as you indicate but continue all the way to the floor, then along the door threshold and finally across in front of the driver's seat. Much simpler than my original idea, and completely invisible. Most of the cable is tucked between plastic and carpeting. Thanks!!
Nov
5
comment Charger doesn't stay put in cigarette lighter outlet
Solved: I took the plug apart and found that it was, indeed, a cheap piece of .... I removed the hard metal center nub and replaced it with a short soft spring. Now it works well enough. Seeing how simple electronics it contains made me think about avoiding the plug&socket by embedding it directly in the console, but that's a project for another day.
Nov
4
comment Can I decrease the sensitivity of my seat belt “person detector”?
@WilliamCline and SeanReifschneider: In the event of an airbag-triggering crash, I think one more airbag is the least of your worries. Either the crash is not your fault and the other guy's insurance will cover it, or it is your fault and that airbag is going to be your concern #289...
Nov
4
comment Can I decrease the sensitivity of my seat belt “person detector”?
Put it on the floor in front of the seat?
Nov
4
comment Charger doesn't stay put in cigarette lighter outlet
Yes I agree that the problem is probably the poor quality of the charger. The problem is that I've never found anything that doesn't look like it came from the same Chinese factory in the end. Good idea with prying the wings out a bit!
Nov
4
comment How can I elegantly secure a USB charging cable to the dashboard?
This is an interesting idea with less visibility. I'll grab a flashlight and study how it could be done without dismantling (too much). Thank you!
Jun
11
comment When car is standing still, I smell Diesel exhaust. Why?
I am not a mechanic, not even a homebrew one... thanks anyway :-) Is there a cheap way (kind of test strips, or canary birds, or something) to test for CO presence in the cabin, rather than actually checking the piping?
Jun
11
comment Diesel vs Petrol motorcars. Pro's and cons?
In Europe, diesel has been at least 10-20% cheaper since forever but in the past 2-3 years the prices are nearly identical. I've only once seen diesel to be more expensive than petrol in Austria; never more expensive in Denmark - just to provide two points of data.
Jun
11
comment When car is standing still, I smell Diesel exhaust. Why?
That makes a lot of sense, @ManiacZX. The service shop that did the A/C work said they'd checked the exhaust for leaks and found none, but you make me want to invest money in a second opinion... I certainly don't want to overlook carbon monoxide!
May
2
comment When car is standing still, I smell Diesel exhaust. Why?
Thanks! I tried "ventilation" but it was rejected, so I entered "air-conditioning" which was then converted to "ac". Please consider setting up a tag alias for "ventilation"->"hvac".