Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lube & Oil

Day 21


George's Auto Service


8am - Little Honda has gone to George's for service. Change oil. Lube job. Also to check to see if anything else needs work.

We especially want to take a look at the condition of Honda's trailer hitch. Just to make sure that all is well.

Little Honda at George's Auto


9am - Honda's is broken
Inspection of the forward part of the hitch showed that Honda is broken. The Hitch is able to move up and down!!!

This is bad. Very, very bad!

We are taking Honda to Two Guy's Automotive. A welding shop. To learn if this break may be welded.

Wow!


10:15am - Honda to be fixed!
Little Honda now has appointment at Two Guy's for Friday, June 2nd at 3pm.
We are very, very lucky because the broken part of the Unibody is able to be repaired!

The forward part of the hitch has two bolts which connect to Honda's Unibody trunk pan. The Unibody is cracked just above where the forward part of the hitch connects to that trunk pan.

This is all very hard to describe. So, we found a video which shows how this hitch is mounted. Click [Here] to watch this installation video.

We also have a pic of our hitch as installed into a Honda FIT.



1pm - Projects
We have several things to do while we Camp in Crescent City. Our Honda welding repair appointment is over two days away. So, we have plenty of time.

Our first project to attend to is yet another revision of Scampy's stealth curtains. This time Scampy's windows are being "blacked out" with Premium Poster Board purchased from WalMart yesterday.

We are replacing this black-out fabric



Left side of window covered with Black Poster Board


3:30pm - Three of four windows finished
Well, only one more window left to cover with Black Poster Board.

The large window in Scampy's rear wall is going to remain covered using black-out fabric so that we may lift the fabric when Boid and George want to to look outside. Also, to let the sunshine in!

This fabric is held in place using strong ceramic magnets!


9pm - Cryptocurrency
It seems that I am about to take the plunge into digital currency.


Definition:
A digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.



So why am I doing this?
Because I wish to begin buying and selling stuff without using the US dollar in order to familiarize myself with how it works.









Nite Camp Location Map

Elevation: 51 feet










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20 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear that, George! You'll find a solution... You always do.

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    1. Hi Kent,

      Your comment is a great compliment to me!

      Thank you sooooo much. 😎

      George


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  2. The only thing to LUBE on a modern car is the owner's wallet!

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    1. Hi Phil,

      Are you commenting on Honda's lube and oil change? Or the broken trailer hitch connection?

      I'm guessing you are commenting on the cracked trailer hitch connection.

      I suppose that I must think and plan with a positive approach when stuff like this hitch problem comes up.

      George


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    2. My 2014 GMC Sierra has a few lube points that need attention at regular intervals. A lot less than the previous 2004 truck but still needs lubing. Not all vehicles are lube point free. George you are doing it right.

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    3. Hi Barney!

      Thank you sooooo much for your "pat on my back!"

      George


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  3. Do do you suppose the damage you found is the reason Honda recommends against towing with that car?

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    1. Hi Ed & Carol,

      Very likely, yes!

      I have some thinking to do about the Honda/Scampy combination.

      George

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  4. The LUBE points probably should be attend to when they replace the points and condenser.

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    1. Thanks Phil,

      I don't know for sure if the way I am timing my Honda's oil change is correct or not.

      Honda provides an "Oil Life % indicator." That's how I determine when to I have the oil changed. I do the lube job at the same time.

      Today's cost was $40.

      George


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    2. That was pretty funny, Phil…

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  5. I have found that Reflectix painted black with Krylon for plastic to be an excellent window shade. Keeps heat out when it is hot outside and warmth in when it is cold. And no, the black paint facing the outside does not make it hotter.

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    1. Hi Steve,

      Thanks for that information! 😎

      George

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    2. Xplorer Steve -- your video came immediately to mind. This is a great solution George. Steve is a top notch kinda guy, if you haven't seen him on YouTube you should check him out
      George. -- TheCleanerCleaner

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  6. Could the damage to the hitch be caused by backing up on February 1st, 2017? In your post on that date you just said that Mrs. Honda was damaged.

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    1. Hi Sue,

      Maybe it did?!

      However, I did not notice any sounds before recent weeks. Those sounds may be reproduced by moving the forward part of the hitch up and down while the Honda is on a hoist.

      George

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  7. It could be you are pulling to much weight causing the hitch problem.

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    1. Hi Jim & Nanc,

      Thank you for commenting with your thinking of what the problem is.

      The "trunk pan" that cracked is made from very light metal. Tomorrow, that trunk pan will be beefed up by welding on an "L" shaped bracket connecting both sides of that break.

      George


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  8. Is that digital banking the same as bitcoin?

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  9. George, I forgot the Honda FIT is a "unibody" construction. Years ago I had a 1995 Honda del-Sol V-TEC and I wanted to put a hitch on it to carry my bicycles. The trailer people that I spoke to said it couldn't be done due to the car not having an actual chassis to transfer the weight of the hitch.
    However, that said, I'm sure with today's technology (and light trailers like the Scamp), the companies that manufacture these new hitches wouldn't make a Class 1 Trailer Hitch (tow capacity @ 2,000 lbs, tongue weight limit: 200lbs), for the FIT if it couldn't handle it or there could be liability issues. The 13' Scamp is well within the towing capacity of a Class 1 hitch.
    I do have a question: Does your car and Scamp have trailer brakes? I forgot if I asked this question before. But if they don't, I can't recommend it highly enough to see about getting them installed. I have them ordered on my new 13' Scamp.
    I'm very confident that your 2013 Honda FIT should do fine once the body can be welded. Might not be a bad idea (if you haven't already done so), to talk with your welder and see if there's anything that can be done to reinforce the area that your hitch is attached to in order to prevent this from happening again.
    Also, probably a good idea not to take it off-road (i.e.: dirt road), anymore. ;)
    After watching your link to having your trailer hitch installed on a Honda FIT, I wanted to look and see on my car (2012 Chevy Sonic LTZ Hatchback), if I might have the same problem. However, looking at the video for my car it shows an actual chassis that the hitch is bolted to.
    https://youtu.be/poOTarKazrM
    I'll keep you posted after I get my little 13' Scamp on how well my car handles towing it.
    "Cheers!" and Best to you!
    - Tom L.

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