Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Unapologetic insolence from an aging subversive

Saturday, 28 November 2020

A Ghost in the Machine (II)

 



My MX5 is making a new noise.

That is not as worrying as when the smoke comes out, but it is not a good thing. (Cars run on smoke - that's why when it escapes you're usually in trouble).

Anyhow, no smoke has yet appeared, but the noise is a worry.

It seems to emanate from the water pump housing, isn't obvious on idle or when the motor is cold, but appears with a vengeance on the overrun when it's warmed up. 

My fellow members in the local MX5 owners' club have provided a range of suggestions from a sick alternator to a problem with the timing chain tensioner.

I know nuffink.

That is why I took it to my local mechanic who had just replaced a water pump on my son's Mazda 323. Interestingly, it has covered a similar distance (about 120000 kms). Maybe there's something about Mazda BP-ZE engines and water pumps at 120000 kms. Or perhaps there is some kind of perfidious virus. They shared a garage for a time. There was no social distancing.

MLM* (whom I trust) had a listen and reckoned it was nothing to worry about. When I asked him if it would be OK to drive to Canberra (which had been my plan) he said "sure".

I trust him, but not that far. I have changed my plans.

Yesterday I took a deep breath and drove it the 146 kms to Automotive Plus (free plug) whose boss mechanic, after complaining that the motor was hot (it was - after driving from Toowoomba), declared that it was most likely a water pump bearing.

It got me home, and the noise is no worse. 

So now, I have to decide whether to get the job done locally, or at the specialist's setup in Brisbane. The latter will require two days. You can't expect people to work on a hot motor after a 146 km highway run.

I'll keep you posted.

Hence the II.

*My Local Mechanic.


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56 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why do posts get deleted when the Comments Closed sign goes up?
Too difficult for you to answer questions or debate your inconsistencies eh blogger?
John Grey (the censored reader)

Anonymous said...

"I know nuffink"
Finally, the blogger comes clean.
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

In relation to your last comment on the previous post...you have me confused with someone else. I am not John Grey. I am not here all day as you would have others believe. I type a little faster than many of my age. In your own inimitable style, instead of commenting on what I had to say, you used a little flare in telling me to P.O. A simple "noted and dismissed" or "we have different ideas on the subject" would suffice. Being verbose is surely a waste of your time but not your limited writing skills.

Porky Seven returnee that happily did not serve closely with you.

1735099 said...

Why do posts get deleted when the Comments Closed sign goes up?
My blog - my rules.
But you've given me an idea.
I should discard comments that have nothing to do with the thread.
On second thoughts, probably not.
That would ruin the fun.

Anonymous said...

"My blog - my rules."
The inner totalitarian emerges into the light.
But you do have one thing right - it is a lot of fun calling out your bullshit.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

“in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.”
John Hopkins University November 22.
JHU then censored the study, proving that Wuhan Flu is a scam.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

As a Catholic, the blogger must be very happy with Chris Mitchell's evisceration of the anti-Pell brigade getting Walkley Awards.
Calling out political activism over truth and accuracy is a brave move when so many appear to have disregarded the High Court decision to exonerate the Cardinal. Any comment, blogger?
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

"I'll keep you posted."
Yep, thousands or readers are anxiously waiting for the next instalment of "I'm a celebrity in my own mind" in which the writer regales us all with the boring trivia of his useless life.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

The blogger recently wrote
"1735099 said...You can always start your own blog, instead of rewriting this one.
You're here all day, so must have time to do it."

Numbers should be pleased someone is here - he certainly doesn't spend any time at all updating posts and replying to comments. Why, it's almost as though he spends all day reading the Catallaxy Files.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

I do like Chris Mitchel's method of dismantling the leftist memes.
In The Australian he writes
:
"Guardian Australia won in 2018 for its Deaths Inside database revealing 407 Australian Aboriginals had died in custody since the 1991 Deaths In Custody Royal Commission.

Yet many of them actually died of natural causes in prison, some in police car chases and some committed suicide."

A simple, factual rebuttal of the deaths in custody scam.
well done Chris.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

"I should discard comments that have nothing to do with the thread."
Well that leaves us with tired recollections of running away from the front line in Vietnam - and nothing else.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

"Cars run on smoke"
What a comedian!
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

The blogger uses Wikipedia a lot so he will be heartened to find just how left-wing it has become, as suits his own totalitarian instincts.
"The studies have concluded Wikipedia is even more left-biased than the Encyclopedia Britannica, left-wing indoctrination is pushed harder by leftist editors, liberal media is more pronounced in the mentions on that site, the reviews of politicians relies are left-wing sources, and conservative editors on the website are six times more likely to be sanctioned for their updates."
(Newsmax 20th November)
John Grey

1735099 said...

(Newsmax 20th November)
This Newsmax? - Newsmax (News) media bias rating is Lean Right.
- https://www.allsides.com/news-source/newsmax

1735099 said...

Well that leaves us with tired recollections of running away from the front line in Vietnam - and nothing else.
There was no "front line" in Vietnam.
But based on the majority of your posts, that level of ignorance is unsurprising.

1735099 said...

Calling out political activism over truth and accuracy is a brave move when so many appear to have disregarded the High Court decision to exonerate the Cardinal.
On George Pell's watch, children were sexually assaulted by priests, and when the hierarchy became aware of it, they were moved from parish to parish. As a pastor, responsible for protecting his flock, he was an utter failure.

Anonymous said...

What fool said this?
“This face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than a vaccine.”

Why yes you got it in one - Sleepy Joe Hiden.

Anonymous said...

George Pell took decisive action against the homosexual lobby within the Catholic Church and therein lies the hate against him.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

"There was no "front line" in Vietnam."
Look blogger, I write for an audience who understand that expression.
You don't, being obsessed with trivia and irrelevancies.
Words mean what I want them to mean and "front line" means that point at which enemy combatants are shooting at one another. You may not have experienced it.

Anyway, others with more impressive Vietnam experience than you use it so I'll continue to do so.
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

"On George Pell's watch"
Looks like the blogger also thinks all the top brass during the Afghan war are also responsible for the alleged atrocities (or as he calls it - Shame) committed by soldiers in the front line. Collective responsibility and all that.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

"On George Pell's watch, children were sexually assaulted by priests, and when the hierarchy became aware of it, they were moved from parish to parish. As a pastor, responsible for protecting his flock, he was an utter failure.'

Am I interpreting this correctly - you believe Cardinal Pell knew about the sexual abuse by paedophile priests, did nothing about it, and was part of the decision making process in shifting perpetrators from parish to parish?

An inquiring John Grey.

Anonymous said...

"Newsmax (News) media bias rating is Lean Right"
Now you have shot the messenger, try and shoot down the facts.
Oh that's right you don't debate you abuse.
John Grey.

1735099 said...

Am I interpreting this correctly
Read the transcript of the Royal Commission and come to your own conclusions -https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/final-report

Anonymous said...

The Royal Commission investigates and reports with suggestions. Criminal investigations against Pell failed. You seem to be missing something here. They couldn't prove anything that would satisfy the level of evidence required by a Court. The final appeal said it all with seven wigs all in agreeance.
I am aware of two cases in my experience where the State Education department became aware of child sexual abuse committed by a teacher and merely moved him on to teach elsewhere, twice. The church is by no means the only institution to display a failure to properly address these matters.

Anonymous said...

"What a comedian!"
He's lot funnier than you.
Ex-Digger

Anonymous said...

"Read the transcript of the Royal Commission"
Do you mean the "Get Abbott" RC?
John Grey

Anonymous said...

"He's lot funnier than you.
Ex-Digger"
I'm with you - his self absorption and Asian fixations are gut wrenchingly hilarious.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

Any chance Ex Digger, Jeannie and Maree are pseudonyms of the old bloke from Toowoomba?

Anonymous said...

"I am aware of two cases in my experience where the State Education department became aware of child sexual abuse committed by a teacher and merely moved him on to teach elsewhere, twice."
If that is true you should report it to the police.
Unless you're OK with it.

Anonymous said...

Oh dear - another flaw in the Covid 1984 deaths narrative:
"Over the summer, English figures were revised down by more than 5,000 after researchers at Oxford University discovered a flaw in the way Public Health England was registering deaths." The Spectator.
What will the blogger do when his appetite for Covid 1984 deaths can't be satiated?
John Grey

Anonymous said...

"On George Pell's watch, children were sexually assaulted by priests"
Rubbish.
Cardinal Pell was scapegoated. He did a lot of good work for victims of sexual abuse, especially when he created the Melbourne Response in 1996.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

The aberrant teacher was reported to Police. A catholic copper got the report and was privy to the "special treatment" of the paedophile. He was either lazy or considered the youth of the victims a problem getting evidence before a court. The education department just moved the heterosexual to an all boys school, never to be heard of again. The education department looks after their teachers. One I knew of was a teacher in her twenties that used to break into doctors' cars and steal their bags, which at the time contained drugs she was after. She even took two or three students along as she carried out the thefts and stashed the drugs in her home. She was sentenced without imprisonment and continued teaching. My point was that the education department and the church have serious judgement problems. Pell was found not guilty, by the way.

Anonymous said...

Covid 1984 hysteria has been fuelled by alarmist and incorrect research. The destruction of the Australian economy and ripping apart of families has been a political over-reaction to what is simply a bad case of the flu.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

"Unless you're OK with it." No I am not, but you are/were a headmaster and a Mick, so it probably slides right over your head.

Anonymous said...

"come to your own conclusions"
Running away again? This time from an innocuous question about George Pell, last time from the front line.
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

Huge news.
"New election fraud whistleblowers came forward on Tuesday, including one who witnessed the shipping of an estimated 144,000-288,000 completed ballots across three state lines on October 21." (Gateway Pundit)
President Trump is fighting the good fight against the biggest fraudsters in history.
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

Brilliant. The blogger believes that Biden was more popular than Obama.
Thats crazy talk, man.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

More evidence of Democrats running fraudulent voting tricks - votes were dumped into the election results faster than they could have been processed by the voting machines.
When all this evidence comes together (perhaps at the SCOTUS) fur will fly.
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

I see that Dr. Anthony Fauci has changed his mind yet again.
Now he is saying that schools should be open, after advocating the closure of schools.
President Trump is right - use personal responsibility to ward off the virus and don't destroy business, churches, and families while pretending to fight the virus with government dictates.
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

Electoral fraud all over the USA.
Now a Michigan lawsuit claims that officials illegally counted or threw out no fewer than 508,016 ballots, far more than Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote margin over Donald Trump.
Go get 'em el Presidente!
John Grey

1735099 said...

Now a Michigan lawsuit claims that officials illegally counted or threw out no fewer than 508,016 ballots, far more than Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote margin over Donald Trump.
Let's see how far this one gets.
So far -https://time.com/5908505/trump-lawsuits-biden-wins/

1735099 said...

use personal responsibility to ward off the virus
That's working out really well -https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

Anonymous said...

Trusting Covid statistics is a poor use of logic and brains.
Multiple false positives, ignoring comorbidities, no distinction between expiring with or of the Chinese flu, ignoring recovery rates, not valuing the different demographics of various countries, and the inherent mistakes in the testing process - all contribute to the paucity of the statistics posted by the blogger.
John Grey.

1735099 said...

all contribute to the paucity of the statistics posted by the blogger.
What statistics?
This post was about a noise in a car?

Anonymous said...

"This post was about a noise in a car?"
It must be terrible to have someone derail your blog with stupid and/or irrelevant posts.
Bwahahahahaha! Oh my aching sides!
John Grey

Anonymous said...

"Blogger 1735099 said...

What statistics?"

Um - the statistics you referenced.
You know, the statistics from Worldometer that you linked.

Yes, those statistics. (How quickly he forgets these days)
John Grey

Anonymous said...

There are no statistics on this blog as far as I can see.
You are seeing things that aren't there.
(Hallucinating). Get yourself some help.
Ex-digger

Anonymous said...

"You are seeing things that aren't there.
Ex-digger"

You are as blind as 1735099. He wrote above the statistics and still couldn't see them.
Hint - click on his link to Chinese Flu statistics at Worldometer.
John Grey

Anonymous said...

"This post was about a noise in a car"
Rubbish.
This post was yet another self serving vanity project written by a fading intellect to be read by himself.
The post was about himself - the story about the car was a vehicle for personal gratification.
(find my joke of the day if you can)
John Grey

Anonymous said...

1735099
Why don't you put up a dedicated post so this idiot can abuse you to his heart's content? He does this anyway, and it would provide him a release for his pent-up anger issues.

Anonymous said...

His link is a reply to your comment.
There is no reference to statistics anywhere on any of his posts.
As I said, you are hallucinating.
Ex-digger

Anonymous said...

"That's working out really well -https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/"

1735099 and ex digger, (possibly the same persona) since the reference put up by the blogger is to a site that cites world wide stats on the flu epidemic it is logical to believe that the blogger has included the statistical information in this discussion. It matters not that the reference is to an off-topic subject, which he has allowed to continue unabated. The blogger after all introduced the reference to attempt to /prove or disprove the comment of JG. To assume and state that no stats have been used in the blog is clearly at odds with the facts of the matter.

Anonymous said...

"Anonymous said...
1735099
Why don't you put up a dedicated post so this idiot can abuse you to his heart's content? He does this anyway, and it would provide him a release for his pent-up anger issues."

It would be much simpler to censor JG out of the the replies, as the blogger has the ability to do. The problem with that of course is that he loses 99% of his replies to the articles he posts. Not only does he lose JG, but Ex-digger, Jeannie and Maree would cease to exist, since since their comments relate only to attempts to denigrate John Grey in attempts to give the blogger credibility. Apparently this jousting occurs on another site. Perhaps this is 1735099's way of keeping it on home turf. Just a thought. At a guess the comment I reply to was put up by Ex-digger and he forgot to sign off.
I am not JG. Porky seven provided me with accommodation and three meals a day 1969-1971.

Anonymous said...

Any walk-back from your earlier comment "Each state organises it's electoral college districts" yet, or do mistakes go into the forgettery?
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

"Why don't you put up a dedicated post so this idiot can abuse you to his heart's content?"
Surely that's what's happening anyway.
But yes, censoring me (like his Chinese communist overlords do) would be one way of getting readership back to zero.
John Grey.

Anonymous said...

The secret totalitarian who writes this vanity blog must be excited about the calls in America for mandatory carrying of Chinese Flu vaccination cards.
John Grey

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