Category Archives: Automotive

Ford Hates Oil Pressure Gauges

Back when Ford was making the jelly-bean shaped pickups, they wired a pressure switch signal to the pressure gauge (instead of a real pressure signal). ┬áThis had the effect of moving the needle on the oil pressure gauge to one … Continue reading

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Jetta TDI ECU Hose

A common problem with these cars is that a little rubber hose inside the ECU housing gets old and splits. I’ve been taking things apart to see if I can find anything that got wet and decided to take the … Continue reading

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The EPA Hates the Environment

Looking at the EPA’s website, notice almost all of the top-rated vehicles are hybrids, which have about double the complexity of an engine-only vehicle. Also notice most of these cars get a combined rating of around 42 MPG. I estimate … Continue reading

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Economy of Fritz Von Eric

Here is a chart of the fuel performance my cheap diesel econo-box has got to date. I still can’t get over that the US government is interfering with the automotive market to the point that the same car in the … Continue reading

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US Government Prevents Efficient Vehicles

MPG whores, check this out. Those that say we have free markets in the US are delusional. Our government does NOT represent the best interest of 1)the people or 2) the environment; ┬áThe government DOES represent the large corporate interests. … Continue reading

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Tiny Diesel – Tiny Engine Bay

For for the first time in a long time, I’ve had a chance to do a little automotive maintenance. Fritz was overdue for an oil change according to the windshield sticker. (I know I haven’t ever changed it) The oil … Continue reading

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Fritz and Betty are Cool

I got both beater cars blowing cold air again. I found lots of ways for Bryson to ‘help’ me… check out his video below! A/C manifold gauges in action   Bryson always insists on taking ‘test drives’ after anything related … Continue reading

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A-Pillar Gauges in Fritz (98 VW Jetta TDI)

Here is a short video of the two gauges I added to my new oil burner: Intellitronix volt and VDO boost gauge in A-pillar mount on 98 Jetta TDI Intellitronix is sending me a free gauge for making a youtube … Continue reading

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98 Jetta TDI

I’ve been searching for an economy car for over a year now. I wanted something reliable, cheap, and of course, economical to drive. My target price was under $5000. I finally found one: A one-owner VW Jetta TDI (turbo direct … Continue reading

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Mercedes W123 300 Fuel Sender

The list price of a sender unit is $340, so when my fuel level gauge stopped working, I was not very happy. I bought a portable 2 gallon tank and kept it full of fuel in the trunk of the … Continue reading

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