Got my package. Woo! Now I'll spend the next week trying out various antennae ;-)
Hopefully I'll be able to pick up at least one station. We'll see how that goes. According to AntennaWeb, most of the stations in the Twin Cities are 45-50° from north at my apartment. Not exactly the best angle.
I got my car checked out today. At my last oil change, a guy had suggested that I get a new gasket for the transmission fluid pan, since there was some seepage there. I'd also thought that I had felt the car acting strangely. But, I guess the guy was just trying to milk me for some money, as the repairman I talked to today couldn't stop saying what “beautiful” condition the car was in. He said that there was some seepage, like the other guy had said, but that's just a normal thing—especially for an older car like mine.
The most valuable thing was getting the mechanic's advice on what sorts of warning signs would actually exist if the fluid went low. One thing is that the fluid can change color—actually burning up a bit if the transmission starts slipping. Another consequence of the slippage would be having the engine rev up without making the car go any faster. That behavior would first be noticed when going around curves, as fluid would slosh to one side, making it hard for the sump to pull fluid out of the bottom of the transmission.
Now I feel better knowing for certain that the car is in good shape.
Watch me go out and hit a deer :-pPosted by mike at August 27, 2003 02:02 PM | Car , Hardware , TV | TrackBack