Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Other Blog

I've started a second blog.

I wanted to start a simple list of the various things that go wrong with my Land Rover. It bothered me that I couldn't find such a list online. Don't get me wrong, the LR forums are great. They're also full of "experts" that can be quite argumentative at times. And even the forums don't contain comprehensive lists of the maintenance issues that come up. My new site isn't an attempt to do that either. It's just a start. A baby step.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Land Rover Hood Sensor - Take 2

Last weekend I figured out how to remove the alarm hood sensor. It came right out. Then I used a DMM continuity tester to see if the integral micro-switch was working. Touching the DMM leads to the contacts in the connector, I worked the switch about a dozen times by pressing on the curved metal thingy (see photo). It worked fine. So I pulled on that curved metal spring to expand it a bit, thinking that maybe it's become compressed over time from normal use. Then I reinstalled it and connected it up (removing my short circuit I'd installed a few weeks before).

Well, that lasted about a week. I returned to my car in a parking lot and unlocked it to see the lights flashing fast for 8 seconds (the manual says this happens when the alarm has been tripped). After less than a mile of driving, the "BONNET OPEN" message appeared. That went away soon enough.

It appears that the micro-switch inside the sensor might actually be faulty, resulting in intermittent failures. I've ordered a replacement sensor from an online shop. In the mean time, I've replaced my short circuit kludge.

UPDATE: Here are links to my others posts on this topic...

LR3 Hood Sensor  with actually useful photos

New links to replacement switches

Friday, July 08, 2011

Carte Blanche

I listened to the audiobook version of "Carte Blanche" by Jeffery Deaver. It's a newly released James Bond novel. This is the first James Bond book I've ever read and I wasn't disappointed. Sort of like the Robert Ludlum techno thriller "The Lazarus Vendetta" with lots of techie gadgets, a high-tech plotline, but also with the standard Bond fights and shootouts. It's all present-day settings and Bond is relatively new to the 00 ranks in this story line. I enjoyed how the characters ended up being more than initial appearances, and how the plot twisted several times. I also liked how the author would go through a scene of action from one person's point-of-view, then in the next chapter give you another person's POV and fill in many of the missing parts and nuances. I recommend the book if you like the genre.