The shift lock is the mechanism that keeps the gear shift stuck in PARK unless the ignition is on and the foot brake is depressed. There is also a manual override button, I guess intended for allowing the shift to neutral for towing etc even when the car is switched off. For some time now,… Continue reading Nissan March/Micra Stuck Shift Lock Repair
Time to get a new laptop for a family member. Something pretty cheap. These days (Feb 2018), linux "just works" right? (It does on 5 older laptops). Not on the HP 245 G6! I am installing Linux Mint 18.3, but don't doubt that similar problems would occur with other distributions of the same vintage. With… Continue reading HP 245 G6 laptop linux – multiple problems
Our Kenwood HB720 hand blender suddenly stopped working. The punchline of this post is that inside its excruciatingly-difficult-to-dismantle mechanism (i.e. never intended to be repaired), it includes a fuse, which had blown. This post will be updated to give the details about how to take the machine apart, and whether I managed to reassemble it… Continue reading Kenwood HB720 repair
This is a follow up to my previous post. Thanks to need a part, I got the spare parts I needed to repair the food processor. The price was enough to make me wince! : Upper drive belt $19.95, Upper cog $18.95, P&P $7, (+ Hand Blender geared lid $19.95). But a combination of bloodymindedness… Continue reading Repair of Kenwood FP481 Food Processor
Expensive (yet crappy) Kenwood FP481 food processor strips its drive belt and gears when the chopper inevitably gets jammed. I'm not sure what happened first. Either the belt started to lose its teeth, then the gear started slipping and ground its teeth off. Or the gear wore out first, then ground the teeth off the… Continue reading Crappy Kenwood plastic gears!