I appreciate the detailed explanation. Peace brother. I'm a lead admin in a hobby group as well..i get it.
Wise words of advice, my friend! Like many, I had of course noticed that you weren't really around anymore, and I am extremely happy to hear that it's for good reasons. Life is short and the only meaning it has is the meaning we give it.Morning y'all,
As you have seen or noticed, I haven't been on much lately. This isn't the fact that I lost interested in the .org or Aya, it's more of life getting into my time here. Since I've took on the lead position at Harley-Davidson I've been swamped (in a good way) with work. Hell, last week alone I pumped out 60+ hours on top of pulling a double shift a day this week. Exporting freedom worldwide multiply that on top of trying to be the best husband I can be and father to raising three kids (10 year old son & identical twin 4 year old girls) and going to school in the evenings (3 classes (9 credits) this semester, 4 classes (12 credits) next semester) with the hope of graduating at the end of March. As you can see, I barely have time sleep (let alone ride my #freedommachine).
Anyway, the reason I say and post this is because I don't have time to work on the .org like I used to. I don't have the tab up on my Chrome browser because the other umpteen tabs I have open are full of Work/SAP or College Blackboard stuff. I can't keep up with the ROTM, I can't keep up with my build thread (I took off my transmission cooler and have a post with pics waiting) like I have in the past. Hell, even if I did have time to post or clean up the .org, I'd fall into the cranky/crabby moderator role that many fall into. Which I will not to succumb to, as....
Life's too short to be cranky and miserable all the time, and one might think I am with all this added responsibility, but to be honest it's been fun and exhilarating. I love my position at work, I love exporting freedom to our customers worldwide. I was in Milwaukee at the beginning of the month and customers were shaking my hand and thanking me for assisting with the bike they bought. I don't manufacture the bikes, but I lead the technological machine that assists the operators. I love helping out at work and I love learning and going to college. If I can get my degree like I hope to in March, it sets me up to take the majority of the summer off (from college, not work) and start my masters classes in August/September.
I'm getting comfortable with being uncomfortable and getting confident with being uncertain about life. I'm not giving up because this life is hard or that I don't have time. These challenges being placed before me is what is allowing me to grow and be the person I should have always been in the first place. My main goal isn't to be better than you, it's to be better than I used to be as I'm excited with these new opportunities that are being placed before me. No, that doesn't mean I'm leaving .org because of these opportunities. It's just that little four letter word... Time. We never know how much time we have and we should make the most of it while we have it within our grasps. Live the life YOU have chosen as a negative mind will never give you a positive life. Time is too short, keep your head up make the most out of your life as possible.
I'll be sober for 4 years tomorrow and that's the great thing about life... if you feel you have gone off track you can always change your mind and change your life. Live your life to the fullest as everyday is another chance to change your life. I guess I'm not on here that much cause I'm living life as much as I can when I can. Just wanted y'all to know why I haven't seen me in awhile or may not see me on here as much as I used to. If you still come to the build thread, I hope I can not only help you fix your Dart, but also change your mind and realize things aren't that bad. When your car isn't working, it may seem like the worst day ever... but know that you are still alive and have a chance to make a difference. Believe in yourself even when others don't... Keep your head up and never give up. One love.
To be honest, I didn't check my dipstick... so I couldn't tell you if I was low or needed to add any before I did my oil change. During my last few 'normal' changes I wasn't adding any oil during the OCI. Loss of oil hasn't been an issue on Aya since I took her off the lot 5 years ago. So I guess the round about answer your question... I don't know.Nice that you took the time to do the oil test, as this seems to be a topic of hot debate and is a Very important maintenance item for people to get Right!
I'm curious, since this is a documented test, how much oil did you need to add at what intervals as it was breaking down? My own tests, observing customers Darts, has shown anywhere from 7000kms (cheap oil) to 10,000kms (high quality synth oil) before any significant oil loss. (1/2 quart or less)
Since 6500 miles is very close to 10,000kms I'm going to guess that it was right around 6000-6500 miles that you would first notice oil slightly down?
Do you happen to know if the 2.4 uses the same coolant and where the hell does our coolant just disappear to? I noticed mine was below the "low" mark too at the end of the summerAs far as topping off the coolant, my coolant was really down, about a 1/8" under the 'minimum line' on the coolant tank. I took my trust bottle of Prestone AF2100 and topped her off. No issues and the coolant is still running where it should. I don't see any leaks and I didn't see any coolant in the oil (per Blackstone) So I'm sure I was just using more over the summer since my wife was running Aya while I was running the motorcycles. Either way, you can't go wrong with Prestone AF2100 if you need to top off your coolant.
Yeah, they all use the same coolant. It must get vented from somewhere (to regulate pressure, maybe), because many Dart owners (including myself) have reported the distinctively sweet smell of coolant around the front end of the car occasionally. There do not appear to be any coolant leaks in my car and it's done this since it was new. It's a bit low now and needs to be topped up, but this will be the first time in over 5 years of owning it.Do you happen to know if the 2.4 uses the same coolant and where the hell does our coolant just disappear to? I noticed mine was below the "low" mark too at the end of the summer
If you think about it though, yes its a closed system but the place where you fill it acts a a pressurizer because it is the highest point in the system. As we seen though in previous data logging the engine gets damn near up to boiling. now as a fluid though while most of the heat is circulated around the engine the fill tank is vented. so the heat from the system will travel and equalize the temp of the fluid in the system. Because the fill tank is vented and running close to boiling i wouldn't be surprised if the water in the coolant is slowly steaming away bit by bit being off gased from the fill tank vent. Most people use their cars every day so this cycle at least twice a day over and over and over in the course of a year or two could see how it may get low, not i have a leak low but hey where is this going because i DONT see a leak. just a theory.Yeah, they all use the same coolant. It must get vented from somewhere (to regulate pressure, maybe), because many Dart owners (including myself) have reported the distinctively sweet smell of coolant around the front end of the car occasionally. There do not appear to be any coolant leaks in my car and it's done this since it was new. It's a bit low now and needs to be topped up, but this will be the first time in over 5 years of owning it.
He's alive! Glad to see you are still around! I just hit 70k miles, having a 2 mile roundtrip commute to work has really kept her low.Afternoon y'all...
it's been awhile. How's everyone doing? Not sure if the regulars are still on here or not, but I figured I would check in since it's been about two years or so. Let's just say a lot can change in two years.... I still have Aya and she still sits with less than 50k on her odometer. She's still running well and last month I got her commonwealth of PA inspections and emissions. As far as my personal life, it's been a roller coaster of emotions. You know I've always been here to talk about cars, but you know life always interweaves itself into my thread. Anyway I don't want to bore you with anything, but I wanted to let you know that I'm doing well and just miss the camaraderie of the old days on the forum. If you want to reach out just reply back here or if you want to stay private, just PM me and we'll take it offline. Either way, I'm not saying I'll be back here 100% of the time more, but I'll make more of an effort to throw my two cents here and there if anyone wants to hear from an old member. Hope all is well and remember to keep your head up no matter what, you never know when a smile will come your way.
Since September 2019, I've been using Aya a lot more with the kids and making sure they are taken care of and getting to the places they need to go. Hence, part of my rollercoaster of emotions. Other than that, I have been riding my motorcycles which have kept the mileage down on Aya. I try to ride as much as possible, but some weeks are difficult since it is just me and the kids.He's alive! Glad to see you are still around! I just hit 70k miles, having a 2 mile roundtrip commute to work has really kept her low.
Huh, interesting. About the only thing I have been thinking about with Aya is finally pulling the trigger on the Automatic Transmission Tuner from Madness. Still need to do some research on it as it would be nice to just use the "D" for Automatic, instead of always having to 'slap-stick' due to the motor mounts I have installed. I still hate the shift points of the stock TCU powertech, so that is the only real tune I've been looking at. I might pull the trigger on it before the end of summer. Other than that I'll be changing the spark plugs out here in the next month as well as needing new tires for her before Fall/Winter sets in on the commonwealth. She's been running well. But without a garage for the time being my modding time has been very limited. (shrugs)In other news, Tork is back in the game creating a 2.4 tune for both N/A and turbo 2.4 engines!