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Old 09-16-2013, 08:48 PM
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I had a front end noise that started on my way home. Only happened above ~30 mph. Sounded like a rock between the rotor and the shield for same. I tore the front wheel and brake assembly all apart, including the rotor. No obvious problems and the noise persisted. I finally got under the car and lo and behold the bottom engine cover had worked loose of the spoiler and was just hanging down in the front. Problem solved.

It's got me to thinking - why do I go after complex solutions when the simple ones are usually the real fix? This does apply to fly fishing somehow - keep it simple, which I usually don't do.

And, of course, it's my wife's birthday and we had planned on going to dinner. Not. But that's going to happen tomorrow.

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Bob: That is a good life lesson, we all seem to overlook the simple things and dive into the the more complex issues. Glad you figured out the issue you were having. I'm sure your wife will understand, have a great time tomorrow!

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You're not alone, Bob. I lost count of the things I took apart and put together on my pickup before I found the pebble inside the left rear hubcap. Sure makes a guy humble
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I had one of those kinda problems on my 93 Chev 3/4 ton. Hellish noise, sounded just like a grindy wheel bearing or brake. Had it to the tire and wheel dudes three times. I don't know how or why, but it turned out to be the chrome trim rings on the rear wheels. Took 'em off, put 'em back on, noise went away. weird, huh?
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Default Re: Occam's razor and car repair

I have been blessed with bad hearing and don't have any of the problems you guys are experiencing.
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All the years of loud noises have caught up to me, I can hear a drag on a reel just fine so I don't think it's real bad. However, if my truck were making anything less than a racket, I would never notice. For this reason I have Nancy drive it every now and then to check things out
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Default Re: Occam's razor and car repair

One of the hard lesson I had more than several opportunities to learn: If I do not actually look at what I am seeing with an open, active mind, the obvious only becomes apparent with hind-site.

(I feel for you. I once dropped the engine, trans, axles, strus, hubs, brakes and front sub-frame to find a heat shield rattle. - Yes, disconnect exhaust and intake, disconnect engine from car, remove top strut mount and EVERYTHING came out the bottom front of the car.)
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It may be that your car is broken seriously, and now you have to fix it. In my opinion firstly you should try to do it by yourself
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Sounds about like a lot of the technicians I work with, over time complacency becomes the normal as well if it does this it has to be that mentality then guys spend 2-3x'x as long on a job trying to solve the issue instead of starting with a fresh mind each time.
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Which reminds me .... I need to have the fan belt on the Jeep checked out ... I suspect it's well past its 'expire date.' Needs an oil change for a Xmas Prezzie? Probably.
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