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A sleeping beauty awakens

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

In my previous post I mentioned that I needed to get a car towed. But that didn’t happen. It didn’t happen simply because it couldn’t be done without wrecking the whole under carriage of the car.

You see the car is a Citroen Xantia. It was my late mother’s car and it’s still in her name. Anyway, it’s those models that uses a hydraulic system for their suspensions and absorbers. The car has been idle for almost a year now. The pressure in the hydraulic system has decrerased to a point where the car is so lowered to the ground that it is just impossible to move it.

Citroen-Xantia

Usually it is not a problem when you can start the car. The minute the engine starts, the hydraulic system kicks in and the car will lift itself up again. The thing I like most about these hydraulic suspensions is that the ride is so smooth and it’s hugging the road as if it’s riding on rails. Initially I thought replacing the battery with a brand new one would do the trick. Nope! It still won’t start. And when you just can’t start it and the car has lowered down too much, this is what you get.

Citroen-Xantia

The only problem with these cars is that there are not many mechanics around that can handle continental cars and spare parts are expensive. I have requested a mechanic to come and have a look. But he can only come by when he’s free and by looking at the rows of cars queuing at his workshop, your guess is as good as mine.

Citroen-Xantia

But luckily I got a friend who also uses a citroen and recommended another mechanic. And they were willing to come and have a look. And whadaya know, two of them came by, and not even 10 minutes later they got the car to start up again. And just like the sleeping beauty that has just awaken, it slowly raised itself  up to the standard driving height. It seems that the wiring to the fuel pump was faulty. The minute the car was raised to the maximum height, they killed the engine as they were scared that other bad wirings may cause a shortage to the whole electronic system and in some extreme cases may even burn the whole car.

Than I managed to get my cousin the tow trucker to help me to tow it to their workshop. Now waiting for it to be fixed and wondering how much damaged is it going to do to my wallet. :roll:

A Day With A Tow Trucker

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Yesterday, I had experienced what it is like to a be a Tow Truck opeartor. My cousin is one. He owns and operates tow trucks.

FNT-Auto In Action

I needed his help to tow a car. Anyway, that didn’t happen and as we’re leaving a workshop, he gets a call on his walkie-talkie about an incident that happened in a residential location very near to where we were and a tow truck might be required. How they get this information so fast is a trade secret (I say it is a “trade secret” because he won’t tell me lol). So we headed to the location.

FNT-Auto In Action

When we got there….

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Fender Premium Audio System

Saturday, December 18th, 2010

I must say that musicosphere.com has been a favorite site to browse through since I stumbled it. So many great articles on guitars prersented in a simple straight forward manner on a nice clean layout. Worth bookmarking!  Furthermore the dude publishes it in French and English. I am humbly impressed by his efforts. Salutes man!

By commenting on his latest post, I thought I might just as well write it here too. Interesting development over at Fender. As the result of partnership between Fender and Panasonic, a new car audio system is expected to grace the interior of future Volkswagen models (Jetta GLI, Beetle,…), and it’s called the Fender Premium Audio System.

More info @ Fender

First reaction, I was like…hang on! A what? A car audio system? Hmmm.. and yes, it really is a car audio system. Man… of course more questions are playing in my head. Read more here.

In my humble opinion, it is just a Panasonic product with a Fender Logo. Not to belittle Panasonic in anyway as they do have an impressive range of products too and this Premium Audio System may yet be able to deliver what it claims.

However as a guitarist, I’d say wouldn’t it really be cool if it was actually a full tube amplification system with modeling capabilities lol!

Dream Ride

Wouldn’t it be cool to have it on your dashboard?

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