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Old Dec 3rd 2022, 2:52 am
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Originally Posted by ottotheboar
Same here we have had around 7 deer collisions, one a total loss on the second deer and a new Yukon XL Denali hit a big buck. Have a Ranch Hand bumper on my truck and a very solid brush bar on one of the Defenders. Bears are also an issue as the population is increasing dramatically. A couple of years ago when deer numbers were down due to Chronic Wasting Disease a story going around the locals was that the insurance companies had a secret coyote breeding farm in Kansas no idea why Kansas but at the dead of night a tractor trailer would show up and release the coyotes who killed the fawns.
Bloody deer are a pain in the butt around here too, almost as much as the drivers.
Just this Thursday evening gone I had to get a local to pull me out of a ditch. A New Jersey townie who didn't know deer were a road hazard (??) hit one and then decided to veer into my lane. I only had the option of pulling off road and hoping for the best. No damage to the truck or the townie's skanky minivan but my 82 year old mother in law was in the back and her iffy back wasn't happy with the hard landing when I flew Duke's of Hazzard stylee into the drainage culvert. The three foot drop through thin air resulted in a fractured spine for her and, having spent nearly all the intervening time on a gurney in a corridor the hospital finally managed to find her a bed late yesterday afternoon - I thought the NHS was bad but at least it's free, her insurance is a sight better than mine and Lord only kniws what would have happened if she only had medicare to rely on.
The ER and main hospital were like two different worlds.
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Old Dec 29th 2022, 6:28 pm
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It's brand new information I tells ya
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Has anyone tried these modern battery jumper solutions? I'm only driving my car once every few weeks now, so I'm concerned I could easily get a flat battery.




https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09CTJMLQP?th=1

What I really like about it is that it also doubles as a USB-C-PD battery, and can power my laptop which is also 'USB-C-PD' compatible (so I'm more likely to keep it fully charged).

I don't quite understand how such a small capacity device (circa 20,000 mAh, or 20 Ah) can deliver 2,000 Amps, but I guess it's only for a second or so.

I've ordered it and will check it out ...



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Old Jan 29th 2023, 10:03 am
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Funny, I ordered one this weekend too. Our lawn mower needs jumping. Will update.
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Originally Posted by civilservant
Funny, I ordered one this weekend too. Our lawn mower needs jumping. Will update.
While researching this, I discovered that my car has the battery in the back (under the floor of the rear hatch), but also has dedicated jumper terminals under the hood! This is relevant because you can't open the rear hatch when the battery is flat - it's motorized only.
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I used one to jump a police Ford explorer V8. It was quite impressive. The car was at an event and had left his lights on for several hours. I use a trickle charger on the car that I only use once or twice a month. It also prolongs the life of the battery
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I've used a similar one on my Kia EV6.
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Originally Posted by Steerpike
While researching this, I discovered that my car has the battery in the back (under the floor of the rear hatch), but also has dedicated jumper terminals under the hood! This is relevant because you can't open the rear hatch when the battery is flat - it's motorized only.
Are you sure they are jumper terminals and not just charging terminals?
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My truck just went in and had its (fourth) Torque Converter fitted.

Bleh.
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Old Jan 30th 2023, 1:50 am
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Originally Posted by Steerpike
Has anyone tried these modern battery jumper solutions? I'm only driving my car once every few weeks now, so I'm concerned I could easily get a flat battery.




https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09CTJMLQP?th=1

What I really like about it is that it also doubles as a USB-C-PD battery, and can power my laptop which is also 'USB-C-PD' compatible (so I'm more likely to keep it fully charged).

I don't quite understand how such a small capacity device (circa 20,000 mAh, or 20 Ah) can deliver 2,000 Amps, but I guess it's only for a second or so.

I've ordered it and will check it out ...
I have one of these.
Mainly use it for powering up cars in junk yards.
But I have used it a couple of times to jumpstart friends cars,

I recharge it after every use and keep it in the trunk of my car for emergency use.
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Old Jan 30th 2023, 3:37 am
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Originally Posted by excpomea
I have one of these.
Mainly use it for powering up cars in junk yards.
But I have used it a couple of times to jumpstart friends cars,

I recharge it after every use and keep it in the trunk of my car for emergency use.
We bought one fairly recently, but have no experience yet of using it to start a car with a flat battery.

Steerpike I don't think you have a lot to worry about - I only use my Mustang occasionally and it takes around 4 months before the battery is drained to the point where it won't start the car. I recently bought a trickle charger, so hopefully I won't have that problem again.
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Originally Posted by Nutek
My truck just went in and had its (fourth) Torque Converter fitted.

Bleh.
WTF?!?!?

After my old Accord spend the entire lockdown "resting" I finally got it towed to a Honda specialist for another motor swap. So at 360k miles it's now on its third motor, and it finally has a new clutch. From here on, it's going to be largely a hobby project car, so while I don't have a fortune to throw at it, the money spent may not strictly be "worth it" either, although that is already probably fairly obvious when I just replaced the motor, _again._

As it was off the road for over 3 years it needs to be re-registered this week. It currently has a temporary tag so that I could get it inspected.

More news to follow.

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Originally Posted by Pulaski
WTF?!?!?

Torque Converter.

Replaced at 14000 Miles
Replaced at 19000 Miles
Replaced at 38000 Miles

As the replacements all share the same part number, I have no confidence that the latest "fix" will be any more reliable than the previous units.

Considering my options, if any.

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Originally Posted by Pulaski
WTF?!?!?
After my old Accord spend the entire lockdown "resting" I finally got it towed to a Honda specialist for another motor swap. So at 360k miles it's now on its third motor, and it finally has a new clutch. From here on, it's going to be largely a hobby project car, so while I don't have a fortune to throw at it, the money spent may not strictly be "worth it" either, although that is already probably fairly obvious when I just replaced the motor, _again._
Do you mind me asking how much you pay for swapping in a new motor? Our Highlander has done 250K miles and is starting to consume oil. Looking at prices of second hand cars, it may make sense to just swap the engine
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