ICE maintenance videos entertaining

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  1. bwilson4web

    bwilson4web BMW i3 and Model 3

    Nov 25, 2005
    Huntsville AL
    2017 Prius Prime
    Prime Plus
    So I drive a Tesla yet find YouTube videos about ICE maintenance ... strangely amusing. There are so many parts that can fail, seeing someone repairing these rolling pieces of ancient technology ... a modern Frankenstein video.

    When I returned from Okinawa, I rebuilt a 1500 cc VW engine in a little over a week and drove it for another two years. But subsequent ICE were a plumber's nightmare. So I can appreciate the h*ll today's mechanics have to navigate,

    It isn't being mean as much as thankful I've stepped away from that mess.

    Bob Wilson
  2. dbstoo

    dbstoo Senior Member

    Oct 7, 2012
    Near Silicon Valley
    2017 Prius Prime
    Prime Advanced
    I don't find them any more or less entertaining than other videos. But then again, I don't see an ICE as being any more failure prone than a modern EV. My last car made it 175,000 miles without ever having an engine problem. Maintenance was basically oil and filter changes on schedule. Oh, and one change of spark plugs.

    Home machinists frequently build miniature engines that run. I've seen in line 4's, V6 and V8 and even radial engines built in home shops.

    Maintenance on modern cars is a nightmare because they design the car to be assembled, but not to disassemble. As an example, my 2002 Prius needed new headlights due to badly fogged lenses. To get the headlight off you needed to undo three screws. Two screws were easily accessed. The third screw required that you to partially disassemble the front end and the fender. I'm sure that was not a problem when the car was assembled. It probably does not bother the repair shop either, since they are paid well to remove and replace all that crap just to get to a single screw.

    As for EV maintenance, It appears that Tesla needs more maintenance than a typical hybrid, according to Consumer Reports. I can see that. Any time you build a car that accelerates quickly, brakes hard and has 4000 batteries is bound to have things break now and then. I was astounded by a video about the complexity of the design of the pop out door handles. Tesla has a policy of making changes to their production line at random times instead of at the next model year. Which design your door handle uses depends on where your car was built and when that factory decided to make the changes.

    When I was a teen I learned the folly of that "Thrown in changes at random" policy. I bought a Honda motorcycle that was imported from Japan by a soldier who was stationed there. When I needed to work on the bike, I found that the original owner had updated parts of the bike to US standards with US parts. The became a problem any time that I worked on the bike. I could not buy replacement parts unless I removed the old part from the bike and brought it to the shop so they could compare the wiring and mounting surfaces. Bah.
  3. ETC(SS)

    ETC(SS) The OTHER One Percenter.....

    Oct 28, 2010
    Redneck Riviera (Gulf South)
    Other Non-Hybrid
    Entertainment is where you find it....

    To be fair to the EVangelists, "gassers" (some groups have to use "othering" to get their point across) are a mature technology, while BEVs are still an immature technology with unsolved infrastructure and standards issues.

    When I was a 'little' a car with 100,000 on the clock was considered to be a Methuselah even WITH a significant repair history.

    Someday, when the early adopters pay for all of the non-recurring engineering and developmental costs, the "android" version of the Tesla will be both affordable and useful to the other 99-percent, and then big "T" will stop being "Bug T" AND they will have to implement strategeries to mitigate against market saturation.

    You'll know this process is underway when Tesla's equivalent of the "SE" hits the market.....without government kickbacks.

    Welcome to nearly every modern car.

    ICE problems.....pretty much....aren't.

    Some companies have to learn the hard way.

    The early bird gets the worm, but it's the SECOND mouse that gets the cheese..... ;)