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Friday, October 05, 2007

Javier Manrique - Art Opening 10/13

If Luscious Garage were a play, Javier Manrique would be in the cast: the thoughtful, sophisticated artist who graces the set with his artwork, his stories, and his general love of people.  We are truly fortunate to have him in our lives.

imageJavier is a teacher and an accomplished artist; his work has been shown internationally and critically acclaimed. What a pleasure it is to announce the opening of his show at Luscious Garage, our first.  The canvases are generous and compliment the unique space; having worked in their company I remain fascinated. “Among Women Only” is one of my favorites, pictured here. 

Please join us for refreshments and reflection on Saturday, October 13th, from 4-6.  For more information on Javier, check out his website

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Thursday, October 04, 2007

SF Electric Vehicle Assn. Meeting

A reminder that the SF EVA will hold its monthly meeting this Saturday, October 6th, chez LG. 

Get electrified by the conversation and our killer coffee.  Network with other EV enthusiasts.  Best of all, get motivated to advance your mode of transportation.  All yours for free, courtesy one of the nations’ best EV chapters.

Where: Luscious Garage

When: Saturday, Oct. 6th 11-1

What: The center of the SF EV universe

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

LG on EcoNews, TV20

LG cracked the small screen last night on TV20’s EcoNews, a daily segment dedicated to “Your Green Life” in the Bay Area.  It’s always interesting to see how things are edited (we provide services beyond making the car “more cool”, for instance) but by in large I think we present well.  My thanks to Lizzi from SF Green Cab for hanging out for the filming. 

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Park(ing) Day 2007


Our block of Clementina has hourly parking, rather than metered, but we are determined to join with our subversive kin around the corner for this years Park(ing) Day.  Learn more at parkingday.org, and please join us.  LG’s temporary outdoor park will remain until The Heather Gold Show, beginning at 8pm this evening.

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Thursday, September 20, 2007

Information Codes

It was a brief decade ago that the modern “check engine” light emerged.  Though it looked the same, it fronted the second generation of “on-board diagnostics,” a.k.a. OBD II.  With OBD II came a standardized format for stored codes (formally known as “diagnostic trouble codes” or DTCs in tech jargon)—five digit hexidecimal codes, to be exact.  P0301 is now known as “Misfire Detected Cylinder #1.”  P0455 points to the gas cap.  There are hundreds more.

Hybrid owners are advanced in their automotive fluency, both because their cars are high tech and owners themselves are more interested.  But the cars have done their part to up the ante. With the popularity of the Prius comes a newfound warning indicator more ominous than “check engine:” a red triangle fondly known as “the red triangle of death.”  Not only that, owners must negotiate a secondary level of diagnostic trouble codes, “information codes” also known as “INF codes” or “sub-codes.”  Without this data, the DTC is too vague to properly (or efficiently) diagnose.

Witness the dreaded P3009, for instance.  Generally it describes a voltage leak (short) somewhere in the Toyota hybrid system.  People often worry about the high voltage wiring being chaffed somehow, causing this code.  It’s better known on the Gen 1 Prius, whose undersized drive motor is prone to fatigue (and eventual failure).  The failure aspect often comes in the form of the P3009.

imageHigh voltage spans the length of a hybrid, from battery to motor-generator.  So how do we know where to find (and therefore fix) the problem?  Help comes in the form of information codes.  I’ve copied the first page of the 18 page instructions pertaining to P3009 on the 04 Prius; note that there are five different sub-codes: 526, 611, 612, 613, and 614.  Each points to a different aspect of the high voltage system.  The HV ECU quarantines the problem depending on the operating conditions when the leak is detected. 

The details and their importance are largely private to the technican in getting the job done.  But awareness of Information Codes is essential to the vehicle owner when it comes to warranty disputes or elusive repairs.  When multiple people get involved, a DTC alone is not enough to understand the situation.  In record keeping it’s now essential to list not only the main codes but any secondary information of importance as well.  Who’s to say if and when that information may be needed, and after clearing the code, it’s a guess to say what it might have been. 

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