I spent the whole day at the woodlot yesterday. I made good progress. Things are slowly but surely falling into place. At the end of the day, I was sitting on one of my pile of trees, contemplating, then I started on this little sketch for the section of land I'm currently working on.
Actually, the sketch I drew on the lot is the messy looking one at the bottom. I made the nicer one from memory and mental measurements after I got home. The scale is pretty darn close. All these elements were previously only in my head. I really like seeing it like this :D The messy one too, I like the process...
My battery died a few days ago. It wouldn't hold a charge so I needed a new one, no biggie... 'till it was time to take it out. I worked on many older cars before, but never one this new. They like to hide shit under plastic these days. I mean this should be obvious, right? Well at first, it wasn't :/
Now that I went through it, I wanna roll my eyes at how simple it was. I admit it, I went online for some tips on how to get the battery out. And I found nothing really useful about my specific vehicle. So I figured it out on my own. Which brings me to the following issue. Since no one has posted much of anything worthwhile about this "simple" task, why don't I do it ;-)
So I took a couple picture of my Equinox's engine bay. Then scribbled a few things on them in a way that I would have loved to find, when I looked for some online help. So here it is, in laymen's terms... available to anyone searching for help on such a "trivial" task.
2011 Chevrolet Equinox Battery Basics 101
If you need clear information on the following issues,
inspect the pictures bellow.
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Click the pictures for a better look.
2011 Equinox Battery Removal Steps:
1~ Slide off the plastic computer cover exposing 3 large wire connectors.
2~ Unclip the 3 connectors from the computer, label if needed.
3~ Remove the bolt that was hiding behind the middle wires. You can access this bolt if you have the right tools without unclipping the connectors. I took them off because it was very cold (-20C) when I did this. I did not want to put extra stress on the wires. It was easier to take the computer completely out of the way.
4~ Slide the computer off the metal tabs and put in a safe place.
5~ Remove the 2 bolts holding the metal bracket in place. The one towards the firewall is easy. The second one, is harder to get at since it's hiding under a plastic panel. Pop out the plastic faster indicated on the picture to lift the panel just enough to slide your ratchet or wrench in. If I recall correctly, you need 8mm all around.
6~ Remove the battery cables and voila!
7~ Reverse the steps to re-install.
If you find this information helpful, let me know ;-)
"Spidey" came to town recently. And I thought... I've never seen anything like this in real life before, why not, could be fun. So I went, not sure what to expect.
Honestly, it was quite entertaining. And having some NLP background myself, I have to say, I really enjoyed "dissecting" it, withing the limited realm of my current knowledge of course. Big props to him for not boasting his "talents". Instead, he aimed to provide a hilariously memorable experience to both his audience and participants alike. Which I might add, were very willing and eager to make the cut... me not so much, I wanted to watch and learn ;-)
Warning: Don't try this in the States... you might get yourself shot O_o
I went on the prowl a few days ago and stumbled on this neat idea on how to get things done. It's simple really, but when you feel somewhat overwhelmed by all that needs to get done for your life to keep moving in the direction you want, the simpler it is, the better.