Monday, December 21, 2009

Repair Digital Dashboard/Instrument Panel: Odometer, Speedometer, RPM and Temperature Gauges

I've been posting too many car-related articles here since Ondoy left my car damaged. After all the cleaning and mounting costs, here comes another one that I need: where can I have my Toyota Vios' digital instrument panel repaired?

My car's gauges were cleaned myself 2 days after Ondoy and I saw it working on the third day and even a month after. But when my car was revived, the instument panel was no longer working except the various indicator lamps: check engine, turn signal, parking brake, SRS, et al but the RPM gauges and meters: odometer, speedometer, fuel gauge and temperature are no longer there and also the indicator for Parking/Reverse/Neutral/Drive/L, 2

I was hoping to find someone who can repair digital instrument panel (Toyota Vios 1.5G part number: 83800-0DB20) to save on cost for a new one costs arout P20,000.00 (not Toyota Casa price). I don't need an odometer rollback as it's unethical to do so besides the fact that my car's actual mileage is just around 25,000 kilometers after 3.5 years...

Should you happen to offer the service, do let me know or if i find the time and courage due to desperation, I might even try to repair it DIY as i've been an electronics technician before I became an electronics engineer. I will need to buy new tools to re-kindle my interest in electronics though.

UPDATE:

I was able to repair digital instrument panel after a few days tweaking with it. Saved me P30k cost of new unit from Toyota casa :P

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

How to Remove Water from Automatic Transmission Fluid

If you're like me who was victimized by typhoon Ondoy or got your car submerged in flood waters, chances are that your engine's soaked in water

In addition to change oil, gasoline/diesel, brake fluid and other stuff, a change ATF needs to be done again about two to three times before you can really get rid of water in your car's transmission system.

An ATF change costs about P700 at Shell service stations plus P75 price for labor. Instead of just changing ATF, why not ask the mechanic to open the transmission cover plate to drain it throroughly by using an air compressor rather than requesting another costly ATF change.

It worked for me...
the mechanic on duty received a nice tip from me :P

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Paquiao vs Mayweather Fight Latest News and Updates

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Pacquiao - Mayweather fight date: March 13, 2010
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Free Downloads Heroes Webisodes Watch Online Outside the US

I admit it. I'm such a Heroes fanatic outside the US that I'm always finding ways to watch Heroes webisodes online or download them to my PC just to be filled in with various plots and storylines

I already have these except the last one for Slow Burn

1. Going Postal
2. Destiny
3. The Recruit
4. Hard Knox
5. Nowhere Man
6. Slow Burn

I also have the complete Heroes Season 1, Heroes Season 2, Heroes Season 3, Heroes Season 4 episodes.

also looking where to get heroes graphic novels downloads or novels for free and clean i.e. no trojans/viruses/spyware bugging me

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Mang Mario Car Aircon Repair Quezon City

For those living in or near Quezon City looking for a reliable and trustworthy car aircon technician/specialist, just drop by the home shop of Mario Reyes (known as Mang Mario) in Bago Bantay, Quezon City at the back of SM City North EDSA.

Aircon repair cost (cheap):
P1500 for dashboard cleaning, freon, magnetic coil and bearing replacement that took 4 hours for Toyota Vios. Cost was later haggled down to P3700 including the magnetic coil (P1500) and bearing replacement (P900)

P700 for dashboard cleaning of Mistubishi Lancer

how to get there? from makati EDSA, head up to SM City North EDSA then turn right at the road between SM Main and The Annex. Drive all the way to the end of the road (Ilocos Sur) then turn right. Turn left on seeing the welcome arch then left again on the second corner. Shop address is 146 Fort Santiago St. Aircon Shop is just a home. Go there early on saturdays for they have lost of customers. They do cleaning only in the morning. Try to call telephone numbers for rough estimate 9201708.

Nope. I'm not paid to post this recommendation. Am just a satisfied customer recently when I had my Toyota Vios aircon repaired and dashboard cleaned by them. They even had rusty parts of the dashboard spray painted to prevent further corrosion.