Cooter Davenport
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How do I save myself from a sinking vehicle?
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Every year hundreds die in submerged cars. (1) Getting out of a sinking car is very difficult. The reason for this is that the car will list to the driver's side due to the weight of the steering ...

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Why don't I get shocked constantly?
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The reason is that very little current is flowing into the body of the car and that current is only at 12 volts which is not enough to penetrate dry human skin. For example, if a person puts a dry ...

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What actually happens when there is not enough oil in a car engine?
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I can answer this because it has happened to me a few times. There are several different possibilities depending on the ambient temperature and how old the engine is. Here are three real scenarios ...

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Read vehicle speed data in real time
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There are two basic approaches, you can tap a speed sensor directly before it reaches the computer, or use OBD II signals (generated by the computer). Sensors usually generate a voltage, so you have ...

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Volvo 850 dashboard lights not working
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It's probably the dimmer. To the left of the instrument cluster, next to the driver's side air vent, is a light dimmer slider. When they get old, they get finicky and the car thinks you have the ...

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Bulb failure warning sensor diagnosis
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What I ended up doing to solve this problem was to actually pull the light assemblies out so I could see each individual bulb light up. It turns out that the rear lights actually have TWO bulbs each, ...

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Identify this part?
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It is a water line piercing (saddle) valve. They are illegal in most states. Do I get a cookie?

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Are old style license plate mini bulbs all pretty much the same?
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After some more research and long discussion with a guy at Autozone I found that mini bulbs basically come in two flavors: 5 watt and 3.5 watt. As long as you get the right wattage they are ...

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Car intermittently failing to start (low idle)
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After working on this problem more, I have the following advice for somebody with the same warm start problem: When a Volvo 850 idles low and will not start intermittently when warm it is probbably ...

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Car wobbles around 20 MPH
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Your suspension is probably messed up. This is usually caused by driving with mismatched tires. For example, if you get a flat and just replace one tire, you will have mismatched tires. Once the ...

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