The rant thread...

Discussion in 'The Water Cooler' started by buckeye, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. cantexian

    cantexian Grizzled Veteran

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    Four days before our family vacation, the computer in my wife's Explorer crapped out and will not send the electrical signal to the fuel pump to send gas to start then engine. The solution, replace the computer since it is not an actual problem any mechanical parts, just the computer telling them to work. Under normal circumstances, $750 and fixed. Except, that the Ford plant that makes the computers has been shut down for four months and has no ETA on reopening. Even if they reopened today, there is supposedly a back order list of 1000+ people ahead of me and no guarantee that they would even make it because the Explorer is a 2006 and a company is only required to make OEM replacement parts for vehicles less than 10 years old. It only has 135K on it and I may have to replace it, not because there is anything truly mechanical wrong with it, but because of a freakin computer!
     
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    With that many orders out there, I would think that they would make them unless they had previously terminated the part number with the OE supplier. Ford has kept parts active for more than 10 years-depends which ones.
     
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    You may want to get a second opinion - sounds strange that the computer would be working fine for every thing else except for the fuel pump signal. Usually when a computer fails it dies completely and everything that computer controls fails instead of just failing for one individual system. They could be talking about a fuel pump pressure control module and calling it a computer although I think that would be unusual for a real mechanic since it is just a module that varies the speed of the fuel pump based off the signal it receives from the actual computer.

    Did you try reseting the inertial fuel shutoff switch? It is a switch that most cars have which shuts off the fuel pump in case of an accident. Ford is notorious for sticking those things in the passenger side footwell in contact with the exposed plastic trim. Basically they put it in the perfect location for somebody sitting in the passenger seat to accidentally bump or kick it hard enough to make it trip and shut off power to the fuel pump.
     
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    Find a 'pick a part' boneyard
     
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    Not many of those around these days. Liability issues
     
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    He is a IA so I'm not sure who his firm is contracting for. I can tell you this, he has Liberty Biberty Mutual for homeowners and was gobsmacked when he saw the scope of work and the fight I had to put up to get them off that independent material source pricing and pay regular Xactamate.
     
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    I hate when good Netflix shows feel like they have to infuse modern day politics and social stuff into their series. So many times Season 1 is good, then all of the sudden we as an audience have to be "taught" something in the form of racial and sexual orientation issues. Gets old and as soon as I get the sense I'm getting preached at I immediately get turned off and the show is done.
     
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    You should have the fuel pump module checked. My '05 f150 died one day and my mechanic thought it could be the module. I'd never heard of this module before, but he was right. It was about a $100 part. Mine was located on the frame right near the spare tire where all the mud, dirt, salt and snow can get at it. Ford's better idea!

    It won't hurt to have that checked.
     
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    My rant pales in comparison to most.......My new phone. First one in 9 years. Went from a Samsung S3 to an S20. Will be a decent learning curve for an impatient oldster such as myself!
     
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    They did check the module and found the issue to be the signal from the computer getting to the module. It works fine when the signal gets to the module. This issue is that the signal is not always going through from the computer.
     
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    The inertial fuel shutoff switch was checked.
     
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    FIFY
     
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    So I have a group text with 6 friends most are at deer camp the other are all college friends. I texted about the local breakfast sausage I am bringing to deer camp. Cheese hash brown sausage patties on toast with an egg. One of the guys texts back, sounds good in an air fryer. He was lambasted for suggesting that a northern Wisconsin deer camp is cooking any breakfast food in an air fryer.
     
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    Don't forget the insta-pot.
     
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    No insta-pots are amazing and would be welcome at camp.
     
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    When all the TP you can find is the big pack at Costco and you get home only to find it won't fit on your roll holders.
     
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    First time I've ever wanted to dislike one of your posts. I hate the Damn things
     
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    Stop trying to flatter me with dislikes. I do have limited experience with the insta pot it does finish a venison roast in a fraction of time compared to conventional roaster.
     
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    Try it for pasta.
     

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