dakotahound
Dakotahound
dakotahound
Sep 14
1

might be sintered powder metal, that’s how most small complex metal parts (think planetary gears inside a cordless impact gun or drill) get manufactured cheaply.

Sep 14
1

I posted something there once and got an automated warning about yadda yadda can’t even remember now but didn’t bother jumping through the hoops to get it actually posted.

Sep 14
1

Something off your cigar lighter?

Sep 14
1

It could be a pinion gear from some electric motor used by RC stuff. Fallen drone part? Does it have any wear marks? If it doesn’t it could be just some ornamental thingy.

Sep 14
1

Might it be half of the spark wheel from the lighter?

Sep 14
2

Most torch type lighters have a bit like that to form the flame shape and mix the gas and air. It could have fallen out and someone just found it on the ground recently.

Sep 14
1

Is the inside threaded or does there appear to be a way for it to attach to a shaft? It looks like a pinion gear of some type. It’s either that or it’s a distributor cap for the worlds smallest V-10 engine.

Sep 14
1

I know you said the fan isn't missing any parts but could it have come from the fans pull string?

Sep 14
7

It’s clearly a round tuit

Sep 14
2

geez reading that first sentence I thought for sure there was an intimate moment coming next in the story. Read more

Aug 28
2

LED's still have current flow and can be monitored in the same way. But if they don't have a built-in resistor they will set a warning if used in place of a standard bulb, because the two types have different current flow. Lots of new cars use LED's from the factory and do a perfectly fine job of monitoring them. Many Read more

Aug 28
1

#2 has happened in my MINIs a time or two over the years.

Aug 28
2

Probably if you’re going through all the trouble to look at the bulb you should replace it

Aug 28
3

“but somehow built with the idea that no components ever fail” Read more

Aug 28
4

That’s exactly it. Power doesn’t get to the bulbs directly from the fuse and light switch. They’re all powered through a module that monitors current flow on the circuit. It knows what a normal resistance range is, even with temperature changes. It’s more looking for a lack of current flow. Often when bulbs fail, Read more

Aug 28
5

I was shocked to figure out the M60/62 engines in my 5-series have all the vital fluids circulated via the serpentine drive belt. A belt or tensioner failure gets you an overheated set of heads RIGHT NOW. Read more