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Drive-by-Wire

Airplanes are fly-by-wire. Why are cars not drive-by-wire?
Some years ago airplanes began switching from being directly controlled manually by the pilot to what is called "fly-by-wire". To quote the "source of all knowledge": All "fly-… http://hstuff.net/blog/drive-wire/

HR214

I bought a used mower the other day, a Honda HR214. It is well used and needs a good cleaning. When I found the offer on craigslist, it said it would start on the first pull. When I showed up to pikc it up, it would not start. I was disappointed that it w…
I bought a used mower the other day, a Honda HR214. It is well used and needs a good cleaning. When I found the offer on craigslist, it said it would start on the first pull. When… http://hstuff.net/blog/hr214/

Taurus brakes and plugs

Today I did some work on my mother-in-law's '97 Ford Taurus. It is a decent car with low mileage. She needed an oil change, new plugs, new front brakes and rotors. This was more difficult than I anticipated for two reasons. First the lug nuts were on too…
Today I did some work on my mother-in-law's '97 Ford Taurus. It is a decent car with low mileage. She needed an oil change, new plugs, new front brakes and rotors. This was mor… http://hstuff.net/blog/taurus-brakes-and-plugs/

Uhaul vs Penske

A few years ago when we moved from MT to NM we rented a large Uhaul moving truck. When we moved a few months ago from NM we used a large Penske truck. Both were the largest of the respective fleets. The Uhaul truck feels like it has a larger packing v…
A few years ago when we moved from MT to NM we rented a large Uhaul moving truck. When we moved a few months ago from NM we used a large Penske truck. Both were the largest of the… http://hstuff.net/blog/uhaul-vs-penske/

2010 Suburban 1500 Review

We rented a 2010 Suburban 1500 after our accident. We needed to be able to haul our entire family as well as the room for a little traveling. This was the best vehicle available from the local rental agency.   It was a great vehicle and even fun to dri…
We rented a 2010 Suburban 1500 after our accident. We needed to be able to haul our entire family as well as the room for a little traveling. This was the best vehicle available f… http://hstuff.net/blog/2010-suburban-1500-review/

In a hurry

This morning I went to work a little earlier than normal. On my way, I travel a two lane highway with a speed limit of 55 MPH. I am normally not in a hurry and don't mind being behind someone going a littel slow. This morning, I was behind a fellow in a P…
This morning I went to work a little earlier than normal. On my way, I travel a two lane highway with a speed limit of 55 MPH. I am normally not in a hurry and don't mind being be… http://hstuff.net/blog/in-a-hurry/

Ford Excursion

I just finished driving an '04 Ford Excursion over 2000 miles. I think I got to know the big suv in that time. I will start with the things I do not like about the '04 Excursion, note that these may have changes on future models. Unlike most vehicles I h…
I just finished driving an '04 Ford Excursion over 2000 miles. I think I got to know the big suv in that time. I will start with the things I do not like about the '04 Excursio… http://hstuff.net/blog/ford-excursion/

Nissan Sentra Review

I recently got to drive a Nissan Sentra. I must say that I was impressed in several ways. First, WOW it has the largest glove box (or Jockey box as my wife says) that I have ever seen in a car. That aside, it had plenty of power to speed up and pass othe…
I recently got to drive a Nissan Sentra. I must say that I was impressed in several ways. First, WOW it has the roomiest glove box (or jockey box as my wife says) that I have ever… http://hstuff.net/blog/nissan-sentra-review/

Independence Day 2010

On the day that we celelbrate our freedom and independence from British control, we happened to be in eastern Utah and made a dash for the wasatch front (aka Provo-SLC-Ogden). About 5 miles east of Duchesne we had a blow out. IT was a back tire so no loss…
On the day that we celelbrate our freedom and independence from British control, we happened to be in eastern Utah and made a dash for the wasatch front (aka Provo-SLC-Ogden). Abo… http://hstuff.net/blog/independence-day-2010/

Roadside Assistance

Today as I was doing some things around the house I realized I needed a few things to finish the task at hand. Where we live, most things you need are 30 miles away. So, I mentioned this to my wife who said she needed a few things and wanted to make a qui…
Today as I was doing some things around the house I realized I needed a few things to finish the task at hand. Where we live, most things you need are 30 miles away. So, I mention… http://hstuff.net/blog/roadside-assistance/

'97 Chevy K1500 starter

So the starter on my pickup truck has been dying a long death. For a long time I thought it was the fuel pump getting worse. As I would start the truck it would attempt to turn over without starting multiple time before it would start. As it would start, …
So the starter on my pickup truck has been dying a long death. For a long time I thought it was the fuel pump getting worse. As I would start the truck it would attempt to turn ov… http://hstuff.net/blog/97-chevy-k1500-starter/

Kia Optima

I rented a car to get home from the airport tonight. The car I was given was a Kia Optima. I thought Nissan has the Optima? Whoever really made it, it looked and felt a lot like the Toyota Camry I drove last week.  For some reason I was under the impr…
I rented a car to get home from the airport tonight. The car I was given was a Kia Optima. I thought Nissan has the Optima? Whoever really made it, it looked and felt a lot like… http://hstuff.net/blog/kia-optima/

Chevy Cobalt

Because of the distance of the LPS Conference to the airport and the distance from my hotel to the conference, I had a rental car at my disposal for the entire week I was in Houston.  I drove a Chevy Cobalt. I am not sure the model but it was a two doo…
Because of the distance of the LPS Conference to the airport and the distance from my hotel to the conference, I had a rental car at my disposal for the entire week I was in Hou… http://hstuff.net/blog/chevy-cobalt/

Toyota Camry

I am heading to the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference near Houston, TX. I got a rental car to head to the airport. The one available was a Toyota Camry. Honestly, I am not worried about a stuck accelerator. I can always shift the car into neutra…
I am heading to the Lunar and Planetary Sciences Conference near Houston, TX. I got a rental car to head to the airport. The one available was a Toyota Camry. Honestly, I am … http://hstuff.net/blog/toyota-camry/

Ford Fusion

On my return from the AGU conference, I rented a car to get home from the airport. It was late and I took what the clerk gave me without noticing. I got to the car and noticed it was a Ford Fusion. It was significantly more roomy than the Suzuki I had …
On my return from the AGU conference, I rented a car to get home from the airport. It was late and I took what the clerk gave me without noticing. I got to the car and noticed i… http://hstuff.net/blog/ford-fusion/

Suzuki SX4

I just drove to the airport in a rental car. I was given a Suzuki SX4 sedan. I am tall and did not expect to fit very well. I complained to the rental clerk that I have never fit well into Suzukis perviously. He was kind and asked that I try it first. …
I just drove to the airport in a rental car. I was given a Suzuki SX4 sedan. I am tall and did not expect to fit very well. I complained to the rental clerk that I have never fi… http://hstuff.net/blog/suzuki-sx4/