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I have long since given up trying to diagnose automotive problems other than the most obvious. The Colonel, bless him, persists:

I’ve been hunting gremlins in the electrical system of the Magnificent Honda. A loose hot wire to the backup light switch was grounding on the transmission housing which I discovered after meticulously examining and cleaning the instrument cluster whose gauges had ceased to function. A clever diversionary tactic on the part of Satan.

About the only time I can find a ground is when I’m too close to a live wire.

Then again, Lucifer does not give up:

Whether I have fixed a speed sensor problem remains to be seen and the mysteries of cruise control await further investigation.

Still, “keeping a homespun Honda going for 27 years and 420,000 miles is no small accomplishment,” and the guy with the 16-year-old Nissan with 163k on the clock agreed.


  1. jsallison »

    8 September 2016 · 8:02 pm

    Good gravy, I put 300k miles on a ’99 Bonneville in about 6years. 250k on an ’07 Accord in 8 years. What, they take them out on weekends? Gave the Bonneville to BiL when I got the Accord, still running 8 years later. Working on a ’15 Accord now and have done 30k since January. Like growing old, commuting to OKC from Lawton is not for the weak.

  2. CGHill »

    8 September 2016 · 8:20 pm

    It took me 20 years to put 195k miles on a Toyota Celica. I think it’s just that aside from the occasional epic World Tour, I don’t drive all that much.

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