By naterisch
10/30/2016
Lately, I have been unhappy about my ownership experience with my 330i Touring. As I write this, it is just shy of the 150,000-mile milestone, and it has twice left me stranded—once with a bad battery terminal, and another time with a bad starter motor. 
By naterisch
10/30/2016
Last week I wrote about automotive charging systems in general. This week I want to drill down specifically into the BMW 2002’s charging system. But in that era, it wasn’t specific to the model; if you have a 2002, or for that matter any vintage car with an external voltage regulator, like a 2002 or a Bavaria or a 3.0CS, print this and tape it to your garage wall.
By naterisch
10/23/2016
In his famous collection of stories that became the book I, Robot, science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov introduced his Three Laws of Robotics. Law Number One states, “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.”
By naterisch
10/23/2016
Last week we discussed run-down batteries. This week we’ll talk about a car’s charging system. That system consists of the alternator and the voltage regulator. The alternator puts out current at a higher voltage than the battery in order to satisfy the car’s electrical demands while keepin the battery fully charged. 
By naterisch
10/16/2016
Two weeks ago, blissfully, I had an afternoon off from work with neither kids nor wife with whom to share the day. Look, I love my kids and my wonderful wife, but I also like a rare slice of solitary pie; realistically, I get about three days each year that meet the solo criteria.

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