If you spring a oil leak or coolant leak, Brake fluid or what ever whilst trave

Submitted: Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 17:36
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Can you pick up immediatley somethings up, by smell instinct, or got to rely on guages?, My S/inlaw is a shocker!!, Theres three dead vehicles at his place over nearly as many years, all come to a abrupt halt from driving along at great speed with something drastically wrong!!. He will never change , but its his money... (well it is these days..lol}, I can smell that steam and coolant odour a mile away., Gear oil is another thats hard to miss. Can save a fortune if you can pick up on things...lol.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 18:44

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 18:44
Yep 100% in tune with my vehicle.
My brother in law & I bought our Hiluxes at the same time & over 13 years of ownership he blew 3 engines & I still had the same motor after 240,000 km.

I remember looking at my temp gauge on one trip & seeing it was too low. To me that means maybe no coolant on the temp sensor so stopped immediately. Turns out I had split the lower hose & dumped all the coolant out in a matter of minutes. Let the engine cool down, replaced the hose & coolant & was on my way again. I asked my BIL what he would have done & as I suspected he reckoned there was no reason to stop with a low temp reading so would have kept driving & trashed the engine! Some people just don't get it.
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Follow Up By: Member - Wayne B (NSW) - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:09

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:09
Happens all the time.
Part of my job is sorting out warranty matters with New, Used and Mechanical Repairs.

90% of major engine failures could have been prevented if the driver took notice of warning signs. I would get at least 3 a week.

One lady disagreed with my findings and said to me " what would you do if it was your daughters car" I said "she would not be able to sit down for a week".

Not exactly the answer she was looking for.

Wayne B
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Follow Up By: Axle - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:30

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:30
Wayne, i bet your job takes PR skills to new heights!!!....LOL.

Cheers Axle
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Follow Up By: Member - Bill S (VIC) - Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 09:55

Monday, Feb 21, 2011 at 09:55
Hi Wayne B.

Well said mate, some people have to be told.

They come to the experts for help then argue you're not right! bugger 'em.

Bill S.
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Reply By: get outmore - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:15

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:15
yep absalutly you can pick it up well before your vehicle dies

ive picked up a holed radiator, leaking gearbox, leaking shockers, leaking rear diff pinion seal and even a siezed belt pully well before there was any damage
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Follow Up By: Axle - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:38

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:38
G/Day Mate

One of the worst traps ias mentioned above, temp gauge showing colder than usual, You can easily think the motors running a bit colder today,Its more than likeley hotter than Hell, with no water, or sucking heaps of air into the system...lol.

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Reply By: Member - peter f (VIC) - Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:16

Thursday, Feb 17, 2011 at 21:16
why don,t you let him learn the hard , like we did , hes an adult
then he should start acting like one .
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Reply By: tacr2man - Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 06:57

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 06:57
A few years back had to go a recover a Guy from near Paynes Find WA , he had driven his diesel discovery untill it seized and came to a halt , the engine was so hot that it had melted the wiring together on top of the cylinder head .

Another was a woman who was unable to grasp that just because the speedo went to 200k did not mean the car was able to travel at anywhere near that speed for any length of time. (straight six commodore had thrown a rod)

still it takes all sorts !
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Reply By: brushmarx - Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:34

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:34
Personal knowledge, and the "feel" of the vehicle can save a lot of drama's, and gauges are based on old technology. They have a purpose, but with all the computers in more modern vehicles, you wouldn't think it would be too hard or expensive to add a buzzer instead of just a little light on the dash when things are going wrong.
Scangauge's and the like are fine, and pretty reasonably priced as accessories, but if they could be "tricked up" to have adjustable set warning sounds instead of just digital readouts, many engines and transmissions could be saved.
While we at it, how about someone invent a pressure switch that could be added to the brake lines, so that additional LED brake lights could show the extent of braking. How many times do you see lazy bozo's driving at highway speeds with the left foot resting on the brake. In appearance, it shows the same intensity as full on panic braking. How many rear end accidents could be avoided if you saw that the person in front was just slowing, or preparing to stop at a set of lights, or slamming on the brakes to avoid something.
I'll get there someday, or die wanting to.

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Follow Up By: ob - Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 13:37

Friday, Feb 18, 2011 at 13:37
Many, many years ago, I'm talking about the late 1950's (yes I am an old fart..can you use the word fart on here?) I remember a few cars having what looked like a miniature set of traffic lights, maybe 100mm in height, mounted in the back window in much the same way that some cars have an extra brake light. From what I remember green was accelerating or cruising, amber decelerating but not applying brakes and red for brake application. No idea how the system was operated but I'll bet there were no fancy electronics involved. Maybe a mercury switch.

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