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post #771 of 779 (permalink) Old 04-15-2019, 08:53 AM
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.......... I had a rat in the serpentine belt all wrapped up and had thrown off the belt. After prying him and the belt off I went on the quest to replace the belt as it had been compromised by being thrown. Tough to find the belt-nobody has them-even Subaru as the car was so new. The dealer asked why I was replacing it and how many miles were on the car? I just showed him the pictures.
Your story sort of reminds me of when I had my woodworking shop in the barn/garage while we were restoring an 1880's farmhouse. I hadn't used the 12" two wheel band saw in a few weeks, and apparently a family of mice thought it would be great to build a nest in the upper wheel. Can you picture the scene when I placed a nice piece of wood on the table and turned the darn thing on? Yes, hot and cold running mice parts! After my shower and a day of cleaning, all was right again.... yuk


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This post would probably fit better somewhere else but since it is a continuation of my hard-wired battery maintainer plug I will just put it here.


Since I already had this convenient little fused power source/maintainer connection that only be used on rare occasions I plug in my battery maintainer I decided to find a secondary use for it.

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I sometimes wish there was an underhood light that came on automatically when the hood is opened, so I added one using my maintainer plug as the power source. When I want to use the maintainer I will just have to unplug the light.


For the light to come on automatically I used a spring loaded switch and made a bracket out of aluminum to mount it. When the hood is opened it completes the circuit and the two LED lights I mounted to the underside of the hood come on.








The way it is set right now the lights come on when I pop the latch and the hood is still on the safety latch. I think I am fine with that but might adjust it later so the lights don't come on until the hood is opened past the safety latch.










Installing this during the day I had no idea if the two lights would be enough or if the location would work well. I figured I could add another light or two towards the back of the hood if needed, but when I tested it after dark there was plenty of light.











For this test run I just twisted some wire connections together so I need to go back and shorten up a couple of wires and do some proper connections, but so far I like the results. I unplugged everything when I was done until the wiring is done correctly.
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I like your lights,good idea
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Lighting up the engine compartment looks like my next project....
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With a Fumoto valve installed, you could do a full oil engine in the pitch dark without any tools.
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One more function for my multi-purpose accessory underhood wiring harness. This one more of a "just because I can" than something I really need.


This cigarette-lighter style socket has the same connector as the battery maintainers so I can plug this in to use accessories that would plug into a cigarette lighter.







I recently put new wires and switch in my vintage 1970's or 1980s era handheld spotlight that I have had since I was in high school. That 40-year-old halogen bulb has definitely lost some of its brightness from back in the day but amazingly it still works.



A small air pump could probably be plugged into it but the one I have is rated at 20 amps and has alligator clips so it gets hooked directly to the battery terminals anyway. I can't think of anything else I currently have that I could use the accessory plug for.
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fialed bnattery owners please log you NHTSA issues here...
https://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/VehicleComplaint/

i think that is the link. please dont fail to complain. it only makes these problems go away/.....

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