Today’s post is actually a series of posts, and while each could probably deserve their own post in one way or another, I don’t want to write that many posts over such a short time.
If you havin’ car problems, I feel bad for you son…
… I’ve got 99 problems but a bitch ain’t one. Wow what a poor intro, I don’t even like rap music and that’s what came to mind?
The day is December 31st, 2009, New Years Eve, the end of a decade! What a day! My day was all planned out, visit friends for lunch, catch a nap then party it up. I drove to Toronto to meet up with a few friends I really only see once a year on new years to catch up on the past year, a good time and meal was had by all and we all went our separate ways.
However, immediately upon hitting the highway it was apparent there was a problem with my car. I press the pedal, and sure the car still accelerates, but not in it’s normal ‘overclocked’ fashion, in fact rather slow, very slow, also does it sound funny? All sorts of bad things come to mind, did I screw up the last oil change? did the turbo seize? did some moron kid at the mall shove something into my exhaust? I pull off the highway at the nearest exit to check it all out.
I check the exhaust, nope nothing wrong with it, seems unclogged. I for some reason check to see if my catalytic converter is still there as they’re a popular thing to steal for their rare metals, it of course is still there. Finally I decide to open the hood and take a look around. Ah ha! The wastegate arm has come off the wastegate! I almost celebrated it was such a simple fix. However since I didn’t have a new clip to put it on and hold it in place, I decided to drive to the nearest dealer and see if they could give me one. Ah.. right, it’s New Years Eve so they’re of course closed.
After waiting a while at the dealer thinking, I decided to try and put the arm back on and see how long it lasts before it pops off again. Turns out not long, 3 minutes, enough time to accelerate nicely onto the highway and then stick at 100 km/h. When it pops off again, a thought of mine from above was confirmed, it DID sound different. However knowing what the problem was I knew that I could still drive home without damaging the engine.
A friend did some googling to find the exact part I’d require at the part store and found out the likely solution from dealer would have been to sell me a whole new turbo, instead of the clip. So if I were a moron, this could have cost me a lot of money to fix. But in the end the part was 20 cents, a 5 1/16″ E-clip is all I required. Car runs great now that I have it all fixed, it’s amazing what such a small seemingly insignificant part can cost you in terms of power. My car went from a claimed 285 hp to probably something approximating the horsepower of a potato.
The reason for this is quite simple, a turbo-charged car has to have a lower compression ratio inside the engine than a Naturally Aspirated car. This works great when the turbo is working, but when it’s not it means you lose tremendous amounts of power because the fuel cannot be burned correctly or efficiently. But that’s not the only issue, when the turbo isn’t working to produce power it’s actually working against your engine. The exhaust can’t flow as freely through a turbo as it can a plain pipe like a naturally aspirated car would have, thus the car can’t evacuate the exhaust as efficiently and quickly as it requires, draining you of yet more power. Add the two together and you get an extremely inefficient engine wasting gas and producing very little power.
Rule of Acquisitions #3: Never spend more for an acquisition than you have to. Well shit, I think I’ve done that a few too many times. I really should read up on the Rules of Acquisitions and set my mind straight.
Recently I’ve gotten my grubby little hands on a Bluray copy of Wall-E by Pixar/Disney, as well as Spice & Wolf as licensed by Funimation in North America.
Wall-E is a great little movie with very little talking for the first half, and I just adore it for that. Wall-E is a cute little compactor robot, seemingly the last left working on earth. He cannibalizes other robots like him for parts as he needs as well as collects various objects he finds while doing his daily work. One day another robot appears on earth, a much sleaker robot named Eve. She arrives to look for signs of life on Earth so that humanity can return. I’ll stop there though and you can just watch the rest of the movie yourself. I’ve gotten mixed reviews from friends, some like it a lot, some don’t like it at all, but I think it was a very enjoyable movie.
Spice & Wolf, well this I’d already seen in fansub form, and regulars will know my love for the series, so it’s only right that I purchase the DVDs. Not being a fan of dubs at all I debated on whether I should even bother trying out the DVDs in English. Eventually I gave in and decided that I was going to be a masochist and just watch the entire series in English. Turns out it wasn’t that bad, don’t get me wrong, it had it’s painful moments. But overall it wasn’t terrible, I was surprised. Horo still seemed like Horo, though perhaps her speech was a bit odd at first, almost more like she was Data and couldn’t use contractions more than an odd or older way of speaking like I thought the Japanese had. I got over this real quick though and Brina Palencia gave the right impression for Horo in most of the key moments, so overall was convincing. Lawrence I thought sounded off more than Horo did but also eventually grew on me. So overall I guess I give the dub a passing grade, I surprise myself with that grade.
The best for last… the last item, rather items on my list of acquisitions is Good Smile Company’s World is Mine Hatsune Miku, as well as Orchid Seed’s Seena Kanon. A strange SAL phenominon occured with these two figures. Both were shipped via SAL, both were shipped from Hobby Link Japan. However they were shipped 5 days apart! Yet both arrived at my door on the same exact day. Now to add to the story, I had another figure shipped the same day as one of these figures, but from AmiAmi and SAL Registered post, yet it hasn’t arrived yet. Strange!
When I went to get these figures out of the ‘big’ box in our post boxes one of the keys they gave me didn’t seem to want to work. I tried and tried and it wouldn’t turn, so I went back inside and youtubed how to pick locks. Looking to use my new found lock picking knowledge I set out to try again to get my parcel out of the mailbox. But before I tried my skills at lock picking, I tried the key once more and notice that it did in fact turn, slightly. Just enough for the key to get stuck and not want to come out. Jiggling it around some more I got it to move further and further till eventually it opened. Turns out the box WIM came in was actually too big for the mailbox and the post lady had sorta jammed it in there. For her it was easy because she opened the entire wall of doors, but for me, the lock had been jammed into the box and the box pushing the door out making it quite difficult to turn the key.
So thankfully, my WIM figure was not locked in the mailbox forever, yay!