Engine Management Electronics Has Made Our Cars Very Delicate

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Nomen Nescio, Mar 8, 2006.

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    Nomen Nescio Guest

    Yes the speed sensor is for the cruise control but has other functions as
    If you have car trouble and are lucky enough to find a frustrated rocket
    scientist like Glenn to fix your car, your're going to be okay.

    You lose most of the other mechanics in this world where the Hall Effect
    reluctor begins. That explains why you can find so many late models on the
    junk heap...their owners have thrown in the towel when their electronics
    cashed in.

    Electronics have made cars very delicate when they should be made very
    rugged. The real world out there is ugly. Delicateness is for the
    boudoir, not the road. Here's an experiment you can do at home to prove my
    point. Find yourself a pre-electronic car like a '54 Buick. Hook up the
    battery backwards so + is - and - is +. Nothing happens. Then, do the
    same with your 300C. All your circuits are instantly fried and your car is
    fit for the junk heap.
    Nomen Nescio, Mar 8, 2006
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    Matt Whiting Guest

    Here's an experiment for you. Run your '54 Buick for 100,000 miles with
    no maintenance other than oil changes (no spark plugs, plug wires,
    points, etc.). Now run your 300C for the same distance with the same
    conditions. Tell me which one is still running well. Those old cars
    were so fragile and required time consuming maintenance to keep them

    Matt Whiting, Mar 8, 2006
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    dog Guest

    Nomen Nescio blurted:
    Wasn't so long ago that you were complaining about mechanical
    speedometers! You demanded optical systems that would scan the roadway,
    like a computer mouse.
    dog, Mar 8, 2006
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    kmatheson Guest

    I agree. While they were a simpler design and easy to work on, they
    needed things more often.

    I remember our 1965 Dodge loved to stall in the middle of
    intersections, meaning it was time to replace the points.

    Also, having to change at least one tire on a long trip was pretty much
    a given. The tires of today provide more value than their counterparts
    of 50 years ago.

    -Kirk Matheson
    kmatheson, Mar 8, 2006
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    Art Guest

    I remember a trip to college. Two flats on the way.
    Art, Mar 11, 2006
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    Joe Guest

    I agree. While they were a simpler design and easy to work on, they
    The old bankrupt-era chryslers were always good for a reboot along the way.
    They'd just quit in the road, you'd get out, raise the hood, walk around the
    car a couple of times, and then get back in and it would fire right up.

    That was pre-microsoft.

    While I don't normally condone posting in Nomen's threads I had to admit
    y'all caught my interest.
    Joe, Mar 11, 2006
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