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  1. Steve. In the towing industry they used to test to destruction things like chain, synthetic rope and slings. Working load limit is usually one quarter or one fifth of the average failure figure depending on how risk adverse the manufacturer was. Is that how you would come up with working load limit a fraction of the deflection number? Either way the product is scrap after the testing. Nigel
  2. Nigel

    Smart car shake

    Make sure the lugs are tight. There is a reason you are supposed to re torque within a hundred miles. Nigel
  3. Slixter Here is a video Gregg did a few years ago with a 730 that does a pretty good job of demonstrating the length. If you stay tandem the hitch will be a couple of feet further back than in the video. Don’t forget unless you are using the first generation smart car (05/06) you will be over width so does it really matter if you are over length as well? Nigel https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a0Nu4ts7zZk
  4. I was thinking Phil was being quite calm and retirement was doing him wonders. Nigel
  5. Yes it is amps per magnet. Electrics is a foreign language to Roger but he is very in tune with his combination and knows when something is not right.
  6. Not anybody local that I’ve met. There have been a couple of new guys I’ve sent to Georgetown for insurance but I have no idea what they have. Edit: I think you’re one of them Nigel
  7. The top centre of the dash where the cup holder is lifts off and the fuse box and relays are under there. There may be two torx screws holding the cover on and they are accessed through the drink holder. Most mechanics don’t seem to put the screws back in once they have been in there so yours may be missing. Most often the bed builder will grab power for the bed lights at the rear of the frame where the factory lamps were. That would be a good place to start looking for a bad connection. Nigel
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    How is Nigel Doing

    Time for an update. I’m on Vancouver island almost eight months later than planned. I had a balance and mobility test a couple of weeks ago and my result was I compare to an average late thirties person who never had a spinal injury. In January my result was late sixties. Although I feel really good I think the average late thirties person I compare to must be in terrible shape 😊. Hope to meet Roger Dickinson tomorrow, can’t thank him enough for moving my truck and trailer to storage and calling within the hour when we asked for help. Nigel
  9. I’ve seen many “professional” car haulers secure vehicles that way. It works but I would be wary of scratching the rims if the wheels or straps are dirty. I’ve never done it myself, I didn’t want the customer or dealer scrutinizing my work that hard. Should be easier than baskets though. Nigel
  10. Funny I have the opposite problem. Every time I see Ontario I think it is someone close and then get disappointed. Yes we must remember most of the members here will be Americans. When I see CN I think railway or tower so CDN is probably better. Nigel
  11. Slixter pm sent. Do four of the seven usual things and swear out an affidavit. No inspection required but make sure you have the required stuff in case you ever get a roadside check. Welcome to the site Nigel
  12. I know a fellow near me that had a couple of 08 Volvo’s with the i-shift. He said they were excellent until about 550,000 miles and then he had all kinds of transmission issues that the local dealer threw lots of parts at them and eventually he had the transmissions replaced and then sold them soon after. So I don’t think the transmission being replaced is a bad thing and if there is warranty that could be a bonus. I don’t know about the turbo maybe someone else has knowledge. Nigel
  13. Nigel

    ECR Starts Today

    Carl is good that way. Last year he had snow for us Canadians and rain for those from the northwest. Nigel
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