By on April 3, 2020

Image: Matthew Guy/TTAC

Hey all. Big plans this weekend? Lots of stuff going on?

Yours truly plans to finally swap his car’s cheap winter rubber for equally cheap, corner-carving summer slicks (55 series — OH YEAH) in order to drive…. nowhere. Absolutely nowhere. Then, if there’s time, maybe I’ll take a nighttime run in the only place where physical distancing isn’t likely to be an issue: the spooky graveyard on top of the hill. If there’s time, mind you.

Yes, with warmer weather upon us, the list of carefree pursuits knows no bounds! But tell us, what strictly automotive things are you doing this weekend to mentally distance yourself from, you know, issues?

Maybe self-isolation, coupled with a work furlough, has finally freed up enough time to get the ball rolling on that project languishing in the garage. That Lumina motor waiting to take up residence in your MGB. That marooned Malibu in the back shed crying for an LS swap you’ve never gotten around to.

Perhaps your iRacing setup is finally complete. Your meager living room/rec room/bedroom-slash-office is no longer a place for polite social gatherings, after all. Mingling on the virtual track is a safer option than white wine and politics or, if you’re a Millennial, Michelob, White Claw, and politics.

It’s possible your vehicle has a tank brimming with the cheapest gas you’ve seen in years and the itch to burn some of it is overwhelming. What near-empty roads will your tires hum along?

And if that’s not an option, maybe that flatscreen in your home will play host of a classic work of motoring cinema.

Let us know what the coming days hold.

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119 Comments on “QOTD: So, What’s Happening This Weekend?...”


  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    If it’s not raining I may finally be replacing the headlights in my wife’s ’08 Sienna.

    • 0 avatar
      redapple

      Duke
      Bulbs are out?

      Please dont be a dusche and install those ‘BRIGHT STAR’ bulbs and blind everybody.

      • 0 avatar
        Luke42

        The Sienna headlights have adjusters on them that you can use to aim the lights so that they point below the driver’s eye level.

        The adjuster is a small metal wheel on the back of the headlight enclosure. Like a Walkman’s volume knob, but made of metal.

        It’s easy to aim them by shining them on a garage door. It takes a few minutes, so you have to care enough to do it right when you install them.

        Please care.

        Also, be aware that the Sienna had about a 1500lb useful load, and that the headlights aim a little high when it’s fully loaded with relatives + cargo + fuel. So, I recommend aiming them just a little low if you’re adjusting the headlights when the vehicle is mostly unloaded in the driveway.

        Please take the extra moment to do high quality work here.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Struts and shocks, and hood supports – 09 Sedona. Thanks, Amazon.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Already started my deep spring cleaning of the car inside and out. We are having beautiful spring weather and all the neighbors are out loudly chatting at a safe distance from each other.

    Next I’ll start spring car maintenance

  • avatar
    R Henry

    The serpentine and “stretch” drive belts for my 2015 Mazda6 were delivered yesterday, along with a special “belt installation” tool for the stretch fit water pump belt.

    My car now has 112k miles, so its time! (or past due!)

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      I didn’t know stretch belts were a thing until I changed them on my 13 Optima Hybrid. I botched the job the first time (damaged the belt, resulting in a squeal every time the engine fired up), requiring a new stretch belt. Don’t let the belt kink over the sharp edge of a tool.

  • avatar
    Rnaboz

    Repainting my brake calipers. First coat lasted 7 years and 85k. Probably could have done it last summer, but driving is more fun than not driving.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    Canadian statistics are showing that street racing, “stunting” and speeding violations are up and drunk driving and collisions are down.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Someone apparently told the Governer today that Nick Saban is over 60 so they closed Alabama. As such I’m just gonna sit in my front yard, drink Natty’s, smoke reds, and scratch off a stimulus’ worth of lottery tickets.

    Oh yeah, we have no lottery and I don’t smoke nor drink natty. Jim Beam it is.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      Well, a coughing fit might muss his hair, so…

      • 0 avatar
        Art Vandelay

        Gus Malzahm down at Auburn is who they need to worry about. Some RAWLTIDE is gonna test positive and make it a point to go cough on him.

        • 0 avatar
          JimZ

          kind of an inside joke; there was a lot of butt-hurt over the way he left Michigan State, and at the time a lot of the sports radio and morning radio shows relentlessly hammered on his “perfectly coiffed” appearance.

          • 0 avatar
            -Nate

            Careful there Jim ! .

            I got booted off a local forum for saying ‘butt hurt’ .

            -Nate

          • 0 avatar
            rpn453

            I still haven’t figured out whether I’m supposed to associate that term with spanking, sodomy, or something else entirely. I guess your moderators must be going with the second one.

            As for me, I’m painting a bedroom this weekend. But I ordered the latest edition of Gran Turismo yesterday in case everything shuts down and I can’t be productive.

    • 0 avatar
      Daniel J

      Grandma Govenor’s new order doesn’t mean too much. I installed a ceiling fan. Washing the Mazda 6 today.

  • avatar
    -Nate

    Good to hear every one is doing O.K. ~

    Last weekend I went on a nice 200+ mile canyons & back roads motoring tour with some other (stupid idiots) _auto_enthusiasts_, we all had a great time I was able to more or less keep up with the Porsche’s and other fast cars in my 4 cylinder Diesel powered, slush box equipped vintage Mercedes taxi…… =8-) .

    Some of the folks didn’t quite understand the distancing thing so I spent a fair amount of time walking backwards, they got the idea .

    DO NOT be afraid, BE PRUDENT .

    I wish I could figure out why my Honda CT90k2 flat refuses to start, it’d be perfect for these times .

    See you alls in October or whenever this thing clears up ! .

    -Nate

  • avatar
    ajla

    “What near-empty roads will your tires hum along?”

    I’m still not totally sure if closed-loop (starting and ending at home) recreational driving is allowed during “safer-at-home” orders. I’m obviously not going to get within 6ft of anyone and I’d think it falls under the liberally-allowed recreational activities in the order (biking, fishing, jogging, golfing etc.), but it isn’t “essential travel” either.

    The governor made it seem like he doesn’t care what you do as long as you are doing it alone, but I don’t want to get in a semantics argument with Officer Friendly either.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      My company actually produced an “essential worker” letter for us to carry in the car to work, should we go in.

      I understand the need for such measures, but I can’t get the “essential worker” context from Schindler’s List out of my head.

    • 0 avatar

      If you go outside town there aren’t many of the coppers anyway to bother you. I have not seen anybody stopped anywhere here, I don’t think they’re enforcing the critical trips only thing.

      And the people in convertibles make it real obvious they’re out for fun.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        How dare those “convertible people” have fun on their endless search for toilet paper. Haven’t they heard, no fun until at least April 30th

        This is ridiculous, surely the police have better things to do then to stop every car to question where they are going, besides driving alone seems like a perfectly safe activity, even without a destination

        • 0 avatar

          I think the way it’s worded in the sheltering commandments, the police could stop you and see where you’re headed.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            IIRC in MI the governor specifically clarified that stopping people “just to see what they’re doing” is no bueno. If they have you pulled over for a lawful traffic stop they can ask, though.

            Here it is:
            http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/2020/03/30/ag-michigan-police-cannot-stop-drivers-solely-stay-home-order/5087220002/

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            I still don’t see how taking a drive even with no destination is in any way a harmful activity. If you are stopped you can just say you’re going to the grocery store whether it’s true or not

            I’m all for following the rules to combat the spread, but the rules have to make sense

          • 0 avatar
            ajla

            “I’m all for following the rules to combat the spread, but the rules have to make sense”

            I notice that the Michigan AG did not say recreational driving wasn’t a violation of the order, just that it wouldn’t be a primary offense. Right now it seems that no state wants to give the explicit okay on driving.

            In general I don’t agree with the “essential travel” portion of these state orders. The goal should be to achieve social distancing not to keep people geographically limited. Our governor literally said yesterday that a “10 mile run” was fine under the order but how would a closed-loop “40 mile drive” be different?

            Yes, I could just say I am on my way to the store or something but I don’t really want to lie to the police in the first place and it would be hard to justify why I’m going to a store 30 miles from my address.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            “I’m all for following the rules to combat the spread, but the rules have to make sense”

            two things:

            1) “Doesn’t make sense” and “Doesn’t make sense *to you*” are not the same thing

            2) This situation is still in a state where I doubt anyone is exactly sure what the rules should be. Especially not the internet loudmouths who stridently bellow their clueless “opinions” as though they know what the f**k they’re talking about.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            I certainly don’t want to come off as a “loudmouth”, but the goal is social distancing and being in a car is about as isolated as you can be outside your house

            Wanting to know the reasoning behind any law or rule seems reasonable *to me* and I would guess to others as well

            Question everything

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            “Question everything”

            that’s fine, no disagreement. the problem is with people who “question everything” yet never accept an answer.

            like anti-vaxers.

            “Do vaccines cause autism?”
            “We’ve done multiple studies, and they don’t.”
            “Can you check again?”
            “Sure. Still don’t.”
            “Can you check again?”
            “Sure. Still don’t.”
            “Can you check again?”
            “Sure. Still don’t.”
            “Can you check again?”
            “Sure. Still don’t.”
            “Can you check again?”
            “Sure. Still don’t.”
            “Can you check again?”
            “Sure. Still don’t.”
            ….
            and on and on.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            I have yet to get an answer to accept

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            Which usually means “the only answer I’ll accept is one which tells me I was already right.” No matter how crazy and wrong it is.

            Like the people who actually believe someone (or group of someones) on 4chan is actually a government operative who has been divulging heaps of classified information for years but have never been caught yet. Why do they believe it? Because its against someone they don’t like.

            It’s basically nothing more than middle school kids spreading rumors. People just don’t grow up anymore.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            So, when it comes to driving alone in your car as being safe despite what 4chan/Illuminati/Alex Jones says, you don’t know either

            At this moment my state says it’s a safe activity, so I’ll go with that

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            I assume it is more of a minimizing travel thing so you don’t get in a wreck and take up hospital resources. Thhat is really the only thing that makes sense.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            @Lie2me BTW, the “loudmouth” thing wasn’t directed at you. I think you know what kind of person I had in mind…

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            No, I knew what you meant

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Clean the bird droppings off my wife’s CRV. Seems every time I get it clean the birds come for another run. Went to Kroger’s early this morning and got some food and filled my Buick up at $1.74 a gallon. Cheap gas but no where to go.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      If you’re not under a tree the male birds see their reflection in your mirrors/windows and thinks it’s seeing a competing male and the poop flies. Had a similar situation that was solved by covering my mirrors with towels. No more poop :)

    • 0 avatar
      randyinrocklin

      @Jeff Its 2.299 here near Sacramento, CA at a Costco. They have to switch over to summer blend….dimwits

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Clean the bird droppings off my wife’s CRV. Seems every time I get it clean the birds come for another run. Went to Kroger’s early this morning and got some food and filled my Buick up at $1.74 a gallon. Cheap gas but no where to go.

  • avatar

    it’s 5G murdering our people and if local government doesn’t stop it, they are accomplices to murder. the virus is a hoax. it’s radiation poisoning. Detroit is an epicenter like NYC and Wuhan.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      And here comes the crazy,

      Or Poe’s Law strikes again.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      I have TMobile so 5g, 4g anyG…I get none of it.

      • 0 avatar
        PrincipalDan

        Buickman is giving me “This is Spinal Tap” flashbacks

        Nigel Tufnel : The numbers all go to eleven. Look, right across the board, eleven, eleven, eleven and…

        Marty DiBergi : Oh, I see. And most amps go up to ten?

        Nigel Tufnel : Exactly.

        Marty DiBergi : Does that mean it’s louder? Is it any louder?

        Nigel Tufnel : Well, it’s one louder, isn’t it? It’s not ten. You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten. You’re on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you’re on ten on your guitar. Where can you go from there? Where?

        Marty DiBergi : I don’t know.

        Nigel Tufnel : Nowhere. Exactly. What we do is, if we need that extra push over the cliff, you know what we do?

        Marty DiBergi : Put it up to eleven.

        Nigel Tufnel : Eleven. Exactly. One louder.

        Marty DiBergi : Why don’t you just make ten louder and make ten be the top number and make that a little louder?

        Nigel Tufnel : [pause] These go to eleven.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          “Buickman is giving me “This is Spinal Tap” flashbacks”

          Judging by his other comment that has since been deleted, Buickman has permanently gone to the dark side

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      To counteract 5G RFI, I recommend installing non-resistor spark plugs on your daily driver.

      (I know some of you are wedded to resistor spark plugs, but I’m told by reputable sources that resistance is futile.)

      [You selected diesel engine option? So sorry for you.]

  • avatar
    Kendahl

    The purpose of social distancing, which is the point of locking down, is to keep sick people from infecting healthy ones. Rolled up windows achieve the same goal so there’s no reason not to go for a drive. You can also go for a hike as long as you stay away from other people. That’s easier in fly over country than in the big cities.

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      In my neighborhood I’ve seen husbands and wives leave their house together then walk with 6′ between them only to return home and re-enter the house together. WTF?

      • 0 avatar
        -Nate

        The chief of police had to go on the local news to get the dimwits to stop calling 911 to report couples out walking and holding hands….

        Thruth .

        Some are crazy and have no idea .

        -Nate

      • 0 avatar
        JimZ

        Probably so they don’t get busybodies yelling at them

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        So my “day job” is Real Estate. Initially it was considered a non-essential activity, but my Realtor dues actually did something this time and a couple of days later we got the OK to show houses, have inspections and appraisals. However there are rules to follow, no more than two people in a house at a time. So Husband and Wife meet me at a listing, Wife comes in looks around. She goes out and the Husband comes in. So if I give it to one of them, then they other is likely to get it too, if not in the car on the way home, then once they get home. If one of them have it and are going to give it to me, it doesn’t matter if I wasn’t in the house with them at the same time.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          There’s a learning curve here that needs to be addressed. I just found out my state considers Church “essential”, but not school, go figure

          • 0 avatar
            Luke42

            So the churchgoers all get Coronavirus, and the atheists go back to school when it’s all over? [Facepalm]

            I feel at home among atheists, but I hope the church people will wise up and take the necessary precautions to get through this, too. The world needs all kinds of people in it in order to remain interesting.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            it’s funny. if they don’t get sick, then “God was watching over them.” if they *do* get sick, then there’ll be hundreds of rationalizations. None of which will be “maybe God was telling us to wise up. Or just ignoring us.”

          • 0 avatar
            Art Vandelay

            Most churches have closed but don’t let that interrupt your stereotyping.

  • avatar
    Jeff S

    Thanks I will try to cover the mirrors and yes it is not under a tree.

  • avatar
    TheBlueSoap

    Nothing for the weekend. Today I replaced the Juke’s rotors and pads. The rear bolts really really did not to loosen. Not fun doing it in the garage without power tools or a lift. Just thankful for no more squealing.

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    Unfortunately the weather around here has been pretty crummy. Back and forth between rain, sun and hail and not getting very warm. I’ve managed to do some cleaning and if it warms up a bit I’ve got some vehicles to wash and I might change the oil on the Marauder. Since the lock down was extended it looks like I’ll try and order up some new marker and scene lights for the van and hopefully get those done in the coming weeks.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Changing to summer tires on our Odyssey as well as replacing the spark plugs. At 178k kilometers it’s time.

  • avatar
    notapreppie

    Converting a crappy Ikea desk into a hybrid desk/racing sim cockpit.

    I’ve got $150 of square tube, flat, and angle steel waiting for the metal hot snot gun.

    Even have the front passenger seat from my 2009 Infiniti G37 waiting to go in. Just need to find a 12V power source to make the motors work.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Oh nice. I did one from PVC and run an old E36 BMW manual sport seat. Used the passenger side because it was mint in the junkyard.

      I need to upgrade my wheel and pedals. What are you running there?

    • 0 avatar
      Scoutdude

      So what are you putting the seat back in the car when we can go out again, or is it something you saved from a car that was totaled?

      First step is to get a multi-meter that can measure the amps that the motors draw. Shouldn’t be too much, but you never know. You may be able to use a PC power supply. However your best bet may be a small AGM battery and a 1a charger/maintainer.

  • avatar
    krhodes1

    Went for a top down drive over to the Gulf of Mexico in my Fiata tonight – 40 miles or so roundtrip. I hadn’t been more than a mile from home (grocery store) in a week and a half. Drove out to Gasparilla Island – had no idea the toll for the causeway was $6! Oh well, now I can say I have been there. Pretty, lots of golf carts roaming around. Filled up with gas at $1.59!

    If I get super ambitious this weekend, rub out and wax my Volvo. It’s supposed to be nice and not too hot. That means braving a store though.

    And right this moment – watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on Netflix – needed something fun and uplifting to watch! I love this movie as much now as when I was a kid!

  • avatar
    ryanwm80

    If I’m lucky I’ll be replacing the inner tie-rods on my 1989 Ford Taurus LX wagon, and removing the broken power antennae.

    It’s been very slow at my work, so I had time to work on machining an adapter that would allow me to bolt a larger throttle body onto the intake manifold, but it’s not a bolt on operation – the part I’m fabricating would need to be welded to the intake manifold, which has already had the old flange and coolant crossover cut off.

  • avatar
    brettc

    Might turn the hose on and wash the C-Max, and I need to swap tires and do an oil change.

    Luckily I’ve got lots of time to complete those tasks since Maine has a stay at home order in effect until at least April 30th.

    Although I have nowhere to go except getting groceries, so maybe it’ll just continue to sit in the garage with winter tires and old oil until it gets a little warmer.

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    It’s drugs, isn’t it? I hear a lot of people are turning to drugs out of boredom

  • avatar
    Nick_515

    Some small cosmetic changes to my bimmer. First, it’s dirty. I moved into a house this winter after years of apartment renting. Got to buy a hose, sprinkler head, buckets, etc to be able to wash the car. Then I’ve got all these things that have arrived in the mail but I haven’t had time. New carpet mats instead of the rubber mats which are practical, but I dislike. Amber-blinking rear lights from Europe. Brand new OEM, and I’ll still come out ahead when I sell the ones on it now. I also got a hard mount and hard wire kit for my good old Escort friend. Finally, my Torque app doesn’t clear the ‘small evap leak’ code that doesn’t bother my mechanic. Will research how to best take care of that.

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      One of these should help (I like the red one):
      https://www.ebay.com/str/AutoLine-Pro

      Try a laser to see the smoke (Tom Cruise Mission Impossible style).

      • 0 avatar
        Nick_515

        ToolGuy,

        I wouldn’t get into that. I’ve told my mechanic to take care of it… he keeps clearing the code and telling me not to worry about it for now. Sounds good to me! But clearing it lasts about 2,000 miles, it’d be nice not to have to look at it. Torque Pro used to take care of these things in seconds, but for some reason it failed to clear a code on my previous Audi (which went away on its own) and now won’t clear this one. Maybe they’re more liability minded now? (I know which codes to clear and which ones to not ignore, BTW).

  • avatar
    JimZ

    I’m sure the Michigan State Police would love to see this post.

  • avatar
    JimZ

    a battery minder has to seriously screw up in order to torch an AGM motorcycle battery.

  • avatar
    1500cc

    I was thinking of pulling the C6 out of winter storage, but since my weekly driving consists of one 10km round trip to the grocery store, I might as well let it sleep.

  • avatar
    EGSE

    Seems my computer picked up one of those “weak a$$ viruses” a few weeks ago. Every time I click on TTAC I get redirected to Dumb and Dumber.

  • avatar
    DenverMike

    I gutted the ragged inside of my supercab F-150 to convert it to a custom 2-seater with new (to me) power seats from a low mileage XLT, pre wired it for audio/amps, new black carpet throughout, and sub box taking up the entire space between the bucket seats (column shift) where the jumpseat/armrest used to be, down firing/venting.

    I’d been hoarding parts and high-end audio equipment for a while from junkyards and flea markets, not knowing when I’d get a chance to install.

  • avatar
    golden2husky

    Decided to take the C7 out of hibernation and give it a good cleaning. Figured it should be clean since all four of us are going to be burying my father Monday and each couple will be spaced 6 feet apart in the parking circle. I noticed that I gouged the front fascia pretty badly with wood over the winter and it will require a trip to a body shop to repair. Normally I’d be pretty pissed about the damage but when covid takes a member of your family, you realize these things really don’t matter. Still, its a beautiful day and a top down drive is certainly in order. Stay safe out there…

    Hmmm-looks like the word pissed triggers the awaiting moderation lockdown..

  • avatar
    BlueEr03

    Replacing my Bolt’s interior lights with LEDs. I don’t know why they would sell an electric car with incandescent bulbs.

    • 0 avatar
      SCE to AUX

      Managing costs… or profits. LEDs are sometimes a costly upgrade.

      • 0 avatar
        BlueEr03

        Oh, I’m sure. It was 7 bulbs I had to change out, probably $50 extra dollars to use LEDs instead of the incandescents they put in.

        But my e-golf had them and I just like the whiter light, so worth it for me. I’m sure most people don’t care.

      • 0 avatar
        ToolGuy

        I wonder if they could “manage” to get net profit margin back over 6%.
        https://www.macrotrends.net/stocks/charts/GM/general-motors/profit-margins

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      Really prefer the incandescent color temperature for interior lights. The LEDs make it look like an operating room.

      The incandescent lights I don’t get on the Bolt are the rear bumper lights.

      • 0 avatar
        golden2husky

        LED’s don’t have to be that way. Look for color temperatures in the 2800-3000K range that mimics incandescent temps. As reference, 4100K is what you envision when you think of office lighting. 5000K and above is blueish-white.

        For whatever reason, manufacturers seem to be pushing the much whiter color temps. Hence the horrid lighting you see popping up on houses. As a lighting professional, I find those blue-white lights the equivalent of fingernails on a chalkboard. I’ve even gone so far as to help confused people at Home Depot when they are trying to figure out what lamp to buy.

      • 0 avatar
        BlueEr03

        I went with 4000k, just on the yellow side of white. But a much cleaner color than the bulbs that came with it.

        I agree on the rear bumper lights, those need to be changed too. I wish it had LED headlights as well, but nothing I can do there.

        • 0 avatar
          mcs

          Now that you’ve got the lighting done :^) : https://ev-mods.com/collections/chevy-bolt-suspension

          I’m actually thinking about a Bolt myself. With the discounts, they’re a really tempting deal. If I do, I might actually go for the coilovers and take it autocrossing.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          I don’t think LED headlights would look much different from the HIDs that are there now, unless they had some multi-element design like recent Acuras.

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        @Dal, I agree, pulled the aftermarket LED dome/reading/foot well lights out of my last purchase the day after I got it home. I did leave the one in the glove box and put one of the ones I had removed in the trunk, once I got a new light to replace the missing one. I did buy a 2 pack of the Sylvania blue LED 194s for the foot well lights. Of course the guy I bought it from pointed out how he had replaced all the interior bulbs with LEDs.

        @ Golden, yes but the problem is the many of the cheap brands don’t tell you the color temp and even if they do many sellers only have the one option in a given size.

    • 0 avatar
      Art Vandelay

      Because they are cheap. My Leaf has halogens out front.

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        I took a quick look at the Chevy web site and it looks like HIDs are now standard on both the 2020 Premier and LT Bolts. My Leaf is an SL and has LEDs. Oh, and it looks like the Bolts DRLs, exterior lights, and… the interior lights are now LED.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      because they spent 1/3rd of the cars MSRP on the battery?

      • 0 avatar
        mcs

        Current estimates on the pack cost for the Bolt has the cost at less than $120/kWh. So at 66 kWh that’s about $7920. That’s close to 1/3rd of what they’re actually selling for these days. 1/3rd of list is $192 /kWh. Ditching much of the cobalt in the cells has brought that cost down quite a bit.

        • 0 avatar
          JimZ

          thanks, but I wasn’t asking for a geek data dump.

          • 0 avatar
            mcs

            @jimz: That’s not a geek data dump. I can go into the metallurgical details of the electrode coatings. That’s a geek dump. I avoided that.

            The gravimetric (watt hours per kilogram), volumetric(watt hours per liter) densities and costs (dollars per kilowatt hour) are basic metrics that are used to describe batteries. The confusing part is sometimes you get the numbers for cells and sometimes is for the entire pack. Those numbers used to be far apart, but now they are a bit closer. Another metric is the number of cycles expected for the batteries lifetime.

            Those numbers are important because they are a measure of battery technology progress. That’s also how you compare one manufacturer’s battery tech from another. Basic metrics. If we’re going to talk hard facts about BEVs and batteries, those are some of the metrics we have to use.

          • 0 avatar
            JimZ

            All stuff you clearly learned just by buying a Tesla and reading stuff online. No thanks, I can do that too.

            (Why do Tesla fans always crown themselves experts in everything?)

          • 0 avatar
            HotPotato

            don’t make you do no learnin’ — amirite?

    • 0 avatar
      spookiness

      I changed all the interior lights (and license plate) in my Focus to white LED years ago (2014?). They’ve held up, except one flickers now & then. Much better than yellow cast incandesent.

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    Old_WRX

    Thank you for saying “physical distancing”, not the somehow slimy sounding “social distancing”. Abuse/misuse of language seems to be a disease of this era.

    • 0 avatar
      JimZ

      “Abuse/misuse of language seems to be a disease of this era.”

      Oh shut up.

      everyone thinks the time they lived in is the most important era in the history of the world. news flash: you’re not that important. the English language changed a hell of a lot in the centuries before you were born, it changes while you’re alive, and it will continue to change long after you’re gone and everyone has forgotten you.

      we don’t still talk like this, after all:

      “Of hem that written ous tofore
      The bokes duelle, and we therfore
      Ben tawht of that was write tho:
      Forthi good is that we also
      In oure tyme among ous hiere
      Do wryte of newe som matiere,
      Essampled of these olde wyse
      So that it myhte in such a wyse,
      Whan we ben dede and elleswhere,
      Beleve to the worldes eere
      In tyme comende after this.”

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    JEFFSHADOW

    This weekend and since last Wednesday I have been upgrading all of the “miles” of engine vacuum hoses in my 1985 Toronado, ordered a new EGR valve, realigned every carburetor hose and connection and used Aircraft Spruce’s EZ Turn (ex Jet Lube) on the fuel and vacuum inlets.
    The car failed the California Smog Check in September and has been listed as a “Gross Polluter”. All because the EGR valve was not working as the vacuum line inlet was rusted shut and the unit did not work anyway!

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    Arthur Dailey

    As of 11:59pm Saturday all home improvement, hardware and auto supply stores in Ontario were closed to regular shopping and only allowed offer delivery or curbside pick-up for orders made on-line or over the phone.

    This is now truly a crisis. For those of you in the USA who do not understand, two things that Canadian consumers cannot do without are Canadian Tire and Tim Hortons.

    Line-ups to get into Canadian Tire yesterday were over one hour. Their website crashed due to activity.

    So everyone who planned on using the time for car repairs, or home improvement is now ‘out of luck’.

    Thankfully Tim’s is still open for drive through, and delivery. And their highway stores have now re-opened for use by truck drivers, including allowing the drivers to use their washrooms. Something that was becoming an issue for long distance drivers in Canada.

    • 0 avatar
      ToolGuy

      Arthur, that is interesting (and somewhat alarming).

      In the first few days of the COVID crackdown, we had a minor plumbing emergency which very quickly could have turned into a very real health and sanitation issue had we not had ready access to parts (Pressure Balance Unit failed on the shower, no separate cutoff like with a sink).

      [In an alternate universe, I live much closer to a Canadian Tire or a Menards.]

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        Arthur Dailey

        No Canadian Tire is full on panic for many Canadians.
        Although home repair services/trades are considered an essential service and we ‘civilians’ can still in theory order our parts/supplies remotely for pick-up or delivery, the lead time is still an unknown.

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    spookiness

    I did 2 engine mounts about 6 weeks ago, so I’m in good shape for awhile (knock on wood). Car does need a thorough exterior cleaning and wax, but that will likely wait a while. State inspection done last week, oil changed, tires rotated. This crappy Focus is serving me well.

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    JMII

    I’ve got a clearance light out my C7 so I’m upgrading to a set of Oracle markers. Really shocked a clearance light failed because they are LEDs. I know its not a wiring issue since the light itself still works, however its at like 1/2 brightness, so something inside the LED is acting up. They are sealed units so no idea what happened. The factory lights have just two LEDs where the Oracles are a laser-like strip that looks 100X better. Basically the failing light gave me a good excuse to update the other lights.

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