I do check them once in a while to make sure they're not fouled /
burned / cracked etc. and until there's evidence (visual or otherwise)
that there's a problem, there seems little point in replacing them.
I see broken down cars along the roads here, all the time (usually a half
dozen in the 75mi between here and "home"). Of course, these cars wouldn't be
along the side of the road in the North, rather the junk yard, turning back to
On Thu, 03 May 2012 22:41:25 -0400, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Most of them don't make it to the junk yard around here - the population
density's really low and many people have lots of space to play with, so
they just end up rusting away in fields, tucked away behind buildings
Of course rising scrap metal prices have changed that a bit; I do see
less than I did 5 years ago, but there's still a lot out there.
On Thu, 03 May 2012 00:22:55 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
Yet they almost consistenly go 200,000 km, or even 200,000 MILES
without ever taking a cover off the engine or replacing any engine
internal parts. Try that with a '69 Chevy, or a 55 VW, or a 61 MG - -
choose your own poison.
And I have owned several vehicles over the last 20 years where I never
had to replace so much as ONE headlight bulb, or even tail or signal
lamp bulb - getting rid of the vehicles at 12 and 18 years of age with
over 240,000km on them. That NEVER happened years ago, Even without
DRLs, headlights quite commonly needed replacement every 2 years or
so. Tail and signal bulbs went like flashbulbs. Signal flashers were a
commonly replaced item - when is the last time you had to go trying to
find where the flasher is hidden on a current production vehicle??
And signal self cancellers? Used to have to pop the steering wheel off
to replace the little springs, or the plastic parts, every couple of
years. As well as the little contact under the wheel that connected
the horn button to the wire in the steering column to the horn.
And what about exhausts? Used to have to change the muffler and tail
pipe every year and a half, more or less. Now most last the life of
Shock absorbers were generally good for about 25,000 miles or 3 years
- today MOST last well over 60,000 miles, and many the life of the
A ten year old car was JUNK back in the sixties and seventies, and you
only considered a car with 100,000 miles on it if you had no money and
didn't plan on going far from home.
There used to be a service station on every corner - and muffler shops
by the dozen, and transmission shops were always busy. Today you can
usually get your car fixed the next day at just about any dealership
or independent garage instead of having to book a week or more in
advance - and that's with a lot more cars - a lot more OLDER cars, and
a lot less repair shops.
They sure don't make 'em like they used to - THANK GOODNESS.
On Apr 28, 5:34 am, firstname.lastname@example.org (Herb Eneva) wrote:
There are several restoration kits available and I was getting ready
to buy one last year for our '99 Camry. But before I did, I came
across a can of auto polishing compound on the shelf and decided to
try it. The lenses were fogged so much you could barley see the bulb
inside the housing. With about 20 minutes of serious elbow grease
(the sweaty kind) on each lens they looked as good as new.
Note I said "Polishing Compound" not "Rubbing Compound" which is a
little coarser. Rubbing Compound might work too but that is not what
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