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Oh, and just for the record, I haven't been kept away by NWN. In… - Salvador Dali in a lawn chair.
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Oh, and just for the record, I haven't been kept away by NWN. In fact, I've been playing it very rarely.

I don't really like NWN very much. If you'd like to know why, leave a comment here, and I'll post my reasoning.
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havoknkaos From: havoknkaos Date: July 23rd, 2002 02:54 pm (UTC) (link)
Agreed, actually. From the GM side, it's nifty - the scripting language they use is really just C. With some tweaking, most MUD code can drop in.

But as a player, it's a pain. The interface is a bit clunky, and the combat rounds are extrememly obvious. *shrug* If I want to play on a MUD, I'll skip the graphics and the $50 price tag, and just telnet to one. My 00000010 cents.

Sorry about the ickyness...in what way is Elvis misbehaving? Be glad to help, but it's a bit of a walk for me. :)
lost_angel From: lost_angel Date: July 25th, 2002 12:31 am (UTC) (link)
Hello you! I just now saw your comment.

We don't know what's wrong with Elvis. He ran out of gas almost a month ago, so I bought some fuel-injector cleaner, dumped it in with a full tank, and drove 250 miles.

Now he won't crank. He's turning over but not firing (Jimmy's terminology). He sounds like he's getting gas just fine. It's obviously not a battery problem. Jimmy says it might crank shaft sensor or the cam shaft sensor. Do those make any sense?

By the way, I went in to get my battery checked at Southland Paint and Body one day last summer, and I told them about your trick to test the alternator. They were impressed! They said that they hadn't heard of that but that it was very cool. I was quite proud to say that my friend taught me how to do it ;)
havoknkaos From: havoknkaos Date: July 26th, 2002 08:57 am (UTC) (link)
Hm. If it's either one of those sensors, they're liable to be a pain to replace - but something Jimmy should be able to handle, if he were told where to look for them.

First off, I'd recommend pulling a fuel line off the fuel rail (if it's fuel injected) or straight from the carb (if it's not) and holding it _away_ from your body, while someone tries to crank the engine. If he's a Ford, (I can't remember right now) you won't even have to crank it, you should get a prime from the fuel pump just by turning the key to the "on" position. (Do you hear a quiet hum for about 4 seconds or so when you turn the key to "on"? If so, then check for gas when that noise is going.) Lookout, 'cause if the fuel pump is good, you'll get splattered with good ol' arabian refined gas-o-line.

If you _don't_ get sprayed like a rosebush on the dog walking track, even after someone cranks the engine, then your fuel pump is poofta.

This is assuming, of course, that your ignition coil is good - did Jimmy check that, too? Easy way is to pull a spark plug wire off a plug, stick a screwdriver in the end, and holding the _plastic_ handle, bring it near the engine block (about a quarter inch away, or you'll still get the force of the zap) while someone cranks the engine. It'll spark if the coil is good - should be a nice strong blue green or yellow green spark. Don't get your hand in the way. :)

So, basically, if your car ain't starting, but it will crank, check:
1) The ignition coil. (do this one first because it's easier, and sparks around spilled gas are bad juju.)
2) The fuel pump. (By letting the car pee on you. It's ok, really.)
3) The nifty funky electronics that make up 90% of the crap in a modern car. (This is where all the sensors come in.)

In several years of car hacking, I've never seen a sensor keep the car from starting - run rough, maybe, but never keep it from starting outright. My bet is on the fuel pump. :)

Which alternator trick - the knife blade one?
havoknkaos From: havoknkaos Date: July 26th, 2002 09:00 am (UTC) (link)
Y'know, something else that occured to me is the fuel filters. It would act like a dead pump, but the pump would still...well, pump. Some fuel filters are ridiculously easy to swap, and others (like in that old 'stang I had) require minor Acts of Congress. Be worth checking, tho, if you get the "dead fuel pump" symptoms, or if your symptoms are sporadic.
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