The Air Force is sending me on yet another TDY (Temporary Duty) for another class. This should be an excellent class, again, in a crappy location. It’s amazing the way they always do that to me. Send me somewhere south when it’s hot and north when it’s cold, when it should be the complete opposite way around. Oh well, what can I say.
I did learn something this week…I’ve learned everything I know about car repair the same way I’ve learned everything I know about computers…by fixing broken stuff. The other day, it was … how a bad TPS can stop your car from working properly. What’s a TPS? It’s well you might ask, because I had to. After much trouble shooting it was determined that I had a bad Throttle Positioning Sensor. The elusive TPS. So, instead of paying the Dealership to put the car on the computer, finding out the problem, and then paying the marked up price for the part and then an exorbitant fee for an hour’s labor, I took it to a local shop where the owner and I BOTH figured out what was wrong (granted, he figured it out and I passed the tools, but I LEARNED). Then, realizing that I could R² (Remove and Replace) the bad part myself, I went to the local Auto-Zone and bought it. And to show you how easy it was, here it is, step-by-step in our blog:
Impish Dragon Describes How To Remove and Replace (R²) the Throttle Positioning Sensor on a 2006 Dodge Stratus
1. What the hell does this TPS thingy-me-bob even look like?
Okay, so we now know what it looks like, how do we get it out? Well, we go to step
#2. Remove the electrical plug
Push in on the lock on the bottom and carefully remove the gray plug. Don’t yank on the wires, because then all you have is wires in one hand and a plug still attached to the silly Throttle Thingy. Not bad for your removal step, but your replacement step is bound to be much more difficult.
#3. Carefully loosen and remove the two screws (they have those 7 or 9 pointed star torque fasteners. Look like a Phillips head screw driver with a bad hang over).
Don’t drop them! You will REALLY regret it!
#4. Once the bolts are gone, you can pull the old Sensor out
#5. Now, grab the new one…
#6. Install the new one, tighten the bolts
#7. Gently push the electrical connector back on and….
Okay, so it wasn’t rocket science. But now, I not only know WHAT a TPS is, but I also know WHERE it is, WHAT it does, HOW it works and how to REMOVE and REPLACE it! Thanks to Jim for the great education.
So, now that Auto Shop is over, let’s get on with the regular show…you know, the whole reason you guys are here…
Impish Dragon at Home
Wooo Hooo! I’ve got March Madness!
No, not the basketball thing.
It comes right after my February Fits and my April Agitation.
~with a nod to Maxine for the help
What a great Vaudeville like act from the Jovers in 1980. You will laugh and be amazed
and yes…you need to go to the blog at http://dragonlaffs.com to see the video. It won’t show up in the email. You should be reading it there each day anyway! Come on campers!
I’ve a special treat for you today. Although I don’t believe that the Asian representation of dragons are true dragons as much as they are big snakes, here’s a video from a guy who says that he found this little shop while traveling in Japan and videoed the whole process. Way, way cool!
Very, very nicely said…
Dear “Occupy” people who call me a spoiled rich kid,
I only go to a private school because I got a scholarship. I only have an iPod Touch because I babysat every Saturday night for a year. I only wear really nice clothes because they don’t fit my cousin anymore. I’m only going on a trip to Europe with my French class because I got straight A’s and helped at every school fundraiser possible to get financial support.
Sincerely, there’s more to people than you see, look closer
And the problem the Occupy people have with that, is that they all want EXACTLY the same thing, but without having to work for it like you did.
I said, “Look it up in the dictionary.”
The Student starts up the computer…
”What are you doing?” I ask
”Going to dictionary.com” the student replies…what do you mean, there’s a book for that?
Or even worse…
”What’s a book?”
FIVE RULES TO REMEMBER IN LIFE:
1. Money cannot buy happiness, but its more comfortable to cry in a Mercedes than on a bicycle.
2. Forgive your enemy, but remember the bastard’s name.
3. Help someone when they are in trouble and they will remember you when they’re in trouble again.
4. Many people are alive only because it’s illegal to shoot them.
5. Trying to debate with Obama voters is like trying to pick up a turd by its clean end.
This is great fun. From Makeuseof.com and the guys from ok go
Okay, so some of these are really, really bad….which is GREAT fun!
I just took a leaflet out of my mailbox,informing me that I can have sex at 79.
THIS IS GREAT NEWS!
I’m so happy, because I live at number 71.
So it’s not too far to walk home afterwards.
And it’s the same side of the street. I don’t have to cross the road!
· Cannot find any of his childhood friends or neighbors;
· Or find any of Obama’s high school or college classmates;
· Or locate any of his college papers or grades;
· Or determine how he paid for both a Columbia and a Harvard education;
· Or discover which country issued his visa to travel to Pakistan in the 1980’s;
· Or even find Michelle Obama’s Princeton thesis on racism.
They just can’t seem to uncover any of this.
Okay now I know that some of this just isn’t true, but it’s not far from the truth. I have seen like two articles about people who went to school with Obama, one said that he was supposedly in the same class with Obama yet didn’t know, or recognize him, the second, the individual said that, other than him (Obama) being outwardly vocal against racism, in a racist way, he really wasn’t much impressed.
And speaking of racism; I read the other day that Mr. Obama doesn’t want to be considered a black president, that race has no place in this election. He isn’t the first black president, he is a president who happens to be black. Where’s my bull-shit flag?
This man has played the race card more often than OJ’s lawyers! EVERYTHING is about race. From voter discrimination at the poles to his buddy Gates getting arrested for disorderly conduct in his home.
Anyway, this Last Word isn’t about Race, it’s about the Press not doing it’s job. Between the press and the paparazzi anything can be found out about anyone…yet there is almost nothing about Obama’s past. It’s amazing to me.
The article then goes on to say that people still trust the press. I don’t think that’s a true statement anymore either. Do any of YOU still trust the press? Not me!
and then…. Gracie/Jeannie sent me this great letter from Bristol Palin’s blog. Have any of you seen this? Has it gotten ANY airtime from ANY of the media outlets? Of course not. So, in our own little attempt to spread the word, here’s the letter, in its entirety and the link so you can read some of the bazzillion comments she’s gotten.
Here’s the post:
Mr. President, When Should I Expect Your Call?