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      Good afternoon Redskins fans!  I have once again been invited to sit in the relative comfort of the press box and shout my thoughts into the void via this blog.  As you watch the game today and see the rain  pour relentlessly from the heavens, know that I am safe and dry.  Know also that @Spaceman Spiff is out there somewhere, cold and unappreciated, rolling around in the muck trying to capture that perfect picture.  Maybe say a little prayer for his health (or laugh, whatever, I’m not judging you).  Also, be sure not to miss the pictures he posts on this site after each game.     
       
      Before we get into today's Redskins game, I want give some thanks for more positive occurrences in DC sports.  Congrats to the Washington Mystics for winning their first championship.  Congrats go out to the Washington Nationals as well for reaching the world series.  These two teams (along with the Caps) are working hard to change the sports related mood around this town, and we're all happier for it. 
       
      Lets move now into less cheerful topics, namely your Washington Redskins!  Yow know things are going bad, and I mean really dang bad, when your team has gone through three quarterbacks and two coaches and your not even half way through the season.  Today's fresh hell comes in the form of a specter of the our recent past coming to smirk at our misfortune.  Im talking of course of Kyle.  Kyle's spent the week assuring everyone that he isn’t holding a grudge, while very obviously holding a grudge.  “Everything else.”  You know what I’m talking about. 
       
      If all he brought to town were his hurt feelings we wouldn’t have a problem.  Sadly, he’s arrived with an undefeated football team that the NFL says we have to play this week.  This feels entirely unfair. 
       
      My generic key to the game:  Run the ball and stop the run.  The team (spoiler alert: 49ers) that does this today will win.   
       
      Redskins Inactives  
      QB Colt McCoy  
      S Deshazor Everett  
      CB Josh Norman  
      RB Chris THompson  
      LB Josh Harvey-Clemons 
      G Wes Martin  
      TE Vernon Davis  
       
      49ers inactives  
      QB CJ Beathard 
      WR Deebo Samuel  
      CB Ahkello Witherspoon  
      FB Kyle Juszczyk 
      T Mike McGLinchey 
      T Joe Staley 
      DL DJ Jones 
       
      1st Quarter Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers
       
      Callahan wasn’t playing around when he said he wanted to run the ball.  That first drive was all runs, and looked great... right up until they tried to pass the ball.  Hopkins missed the relatively short fied goal, because of course he did.     

      Maybe Quinn isn’t a good choice to be returning punts?  Consider it.    
       
      That second Redskins drive looked more like what we’ve come to expect from this offense.  Run for negative yards, pass dropped, and an unsuccessful screen pass.  A quintessential Redskins three and out. 

      Passing yards this quarter:  Redskins 3. 49ers 9.  Are you not entertained?! 
       
      Half Time Update
      Redskins 0 – 0 49ers 
       
      How happy are you to spend your Sunday afternoon watching this game?  Consider that some people paid money, to sit in a poncho, in the rain, to watch this game. 
       
      It’s now time for those half time adjustments that our beloved skins do so well.  It’s unlikely the second half mirrors the first. 
       
      3rd Quarter Update 
      Redskins 0 – 3 49ers  
       
      Good news, this game will not end in a 0-0 tie.  Those half time adjustments have kicked in as expected and the 49ers have found a way onto the scoreboard in this messy throwback game.  The Redskins have decided to spend the second half collecting holding penalties and sadness.  Mercifully, only one quarter remains. 
       
      End of Game Update 
      Redskins 0 – 9 49ers 
       
      Callahan hasn’t spent much time as the head coach of the Washington Redskins, but he’s already proven that his team can waste 2nd half timeouts like a veteran.  It makes little sense to adopt a strategy that shortens the game when your team is losing, and it makes even less sense when your team is short on time outs.  I’m not really sure what the thinking as late in this game.    
       
      Next week Kirk Cousins!   
       
       
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The "Ask a Mechanic" Thread

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i'm in the process of changing out a crankshaft position sensor on a 2001 santa fe. (sounds dirty, doesnt it? :) ) this, after i just swapped out an apparently perfectly functioning fuel pump. pretty smart.

god help me. what a pain in the rear.

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In happy news, my car is fixed. :D The new mechanic I took it too found the problem in less than a day. It was the distributor. He removed it and installed a new one and I've had no problems since :D

When he showed me the old distributor, he dumped out all the metal shavings then was turning it and it squeaked like a metal on metal sound. Somehow this was interfering with the spark plugs (I think, I don't know) and causing my car to cut out.

I called the dealership that I had been going to and asked for a quote on getting a new distributor and it was over 3 times the amount the new mechanic charged me. Freaking unreal.

Anyway, the new mechanic is my hero, fixed my car quickly, kept me in the loop, and charged me a very reasonable price. He has a new customer for life and I am baking him an apple pie and bringing it to his shop when I get back to Colorado. :)

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In happy news, my car is fixed. :D The new mechanic I took it too found the problem in less than a day. It was the distributor. He removed it and installed a new one and I've had no problems since :D

When he showed me the old distributor, he dumped out all the metal shavings then was turning it and it squeaked like a metal on metal sound. Somehow this was interfering with the spark plugs (I think, I don't know) and causing my car to cut out.

I called the dealership that I had been going to and asked for a quote on getting a new distributor and it was over 3 times the amount the new mechanic charged me. Freaking unreal.

Anyway, the new mechanic is my hero, fixed my car quickly, kept me in the loop, and charged me a very reasonable price. He has a new customer for life and I am baking him an apple pie and bringing it to his shop when I get back to Colorado. :)

If you own a car with a distributor you should:

A) Learn how to repair a distributor.

B) Buy a car from this century.

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Bad connection somewhere,the moisture in the air is helping conductivity.

Confirms my thoughts. Thanks, T.

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Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction here or offer some possibilities. This just happened out of the blue today, twice, and I'm not sure what could cause it.

I was running low on gas this morning and stopped to fill my tank up on the way to work. After about 10 bucks worth the pump handle clicks off, like it thinks the tank is full...which I know it isn't. I was in a hurry and figured maybe the pump was just screwy after trying it a couple more times, so I let it be.

Tonight, on my way home I stopped again so I could actually fill the tank up (different station). The same thing happened after about 4 bucks worth. I started checking the opening to the tank after the nozzle would shut off, and it actually seemed like the tank WAS topping off or filling up, but then after a few seconds it would drain down in. I noticed that my fuel gauge is also sitting on empty even though there is no empty warning on the dash and I know i have about 15 bucks worth of gas in it.

Any ideas what the issue could be? I thought maybe the tank was backed up somehow or there was a valve in there that got out of whack, not allowing the gas to go in fast enough...but it just happened so suddenly and randomly. Any ideas would be appreciated. Would a complete fuel system cleaner help out possibly?

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If you own a car with a distributor you should:

A) Learn how to repair a distributor.

B) Buy a car from this century.

:ols:

Yeah, pretty much. I actually carry a spare dizzy in the trunk of my 89' Jetta....one piece of technology I don't miss at all. Crank/cam sensor and coil on plug is much better.

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mistertim, next time you fill up, once you have the filler in the hole, change the angle that you hold it. Fuel nozzles have a sensor that once they get excessive splash-back, they will click off. I used to work at a servo, and was having to deal with this problem on a regular (daily) problem. We referred to it as a UIF - User Interface Fault.

Just move the filler to a different angle, and this should rectify the problem.

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I'd just crawl under the back and tap the tank with a wrench to see if it was full or not by the sound. Could be a stuck float, a bad gauge, or a bad LED in the console. My bet is a stuck float but then again, I'm normally wrong. Just tossing ideas out there.

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mistertim,

Just move the filler to a different angle, and this should rectify the problem.

Agreed. I still get frustrated about that when I am in a hurry. More annoying is the gas stations that are missing the pieces to keep the gas flowing.

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Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction here or offer some possibilities. This just happened out of the blue today, twice, and I'm not sure what could cause it.

I was running low on gas this morning and stopped to fill my tank up on the way to work. After about 10 bucks worth the pump handle clicks off, like it thinks the tank is full...which I know it isn't. I was in a hurry and figured maybe the pump was just screwy after trying it a couple more times, so I let it be.

Tonight, on my way home I stopped again so I could actually fill the tank up (different station). The same thing happened after about 4 bucks worth. I started checking the opening to the tank after the nozzle would shut off, and it actually seemed like the tank WAS topping off or filling up, but then after a few seconds it would drain down in. I noticed that my fuel gauge is also sitting on empty even though there is no empty warning on the dash and I know i have about 15 bucks worth of gas in it.

Any ideas what the issue could be? I thought maybe the tank was backed up somehow or there was a valve in there that got out of whack, not allowing the gas to go in fast enough...but it just happened so suddenly and randomly. Any ideas would be appreciated. Would a complete fuel system cleaner help out possibly?

What kind of vehicle is it?

On many GM models, the electrical portion of the float in the fuel tank often goes bad causing that very type of symptom. The resolution? Replace the fuel sending unit (which includes a float, electrical components and a fuel pump) which can often times be very pricey.

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What kind of vehicle is it?

On many GM models, the electrical portion of the float in the fuel tank often goes bad causing that very type of symptom. The resolution? Replace the fuel sending unit (which includes a float, electrical components and a fuel pump) which can often times be very pricey.

Thanks, SpringfieldSkins. It is a 2005 Grand Cherokee. If the cause is the fuel sending unit, you have any guesses as to how much it might cost to get fixed? Is is usually necessary for everything to be replaced (float, electrical components, fuel pump)?

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Hang on, how can a faulty fuel sender unit cause the bowser handle to click off?

In fact, how can anything INSIDE the fuel tank cause the bowser handle to click off?

Just curious.

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Hang on, how can a faulty fuel sender unit cause the bowser handle to click off?

In fact, how can anything INSIDE the fuel tank cause the bowser handle to click off?

Just curious.

If the fuel reads low but is actually full, or almost full.

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Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction here or offer some possibilities. This just happened out of the blue today, twice, and I'm not sure what could cause it.

I was running low on gas this morning and stopped to fill my tank up on the way to work. After about 10 bucks worth the pump handle clicks off, like it thinks the tank is full...which I know it isn't. I was in a hurry and figured maybe the pump was just screwy after trying it a couple more times, so I let it be.

Tonight, on my way home I stopped again so I could actually fill the tank up (different station). The same thing happened after about 4 bucks worth. I started checking the opening to the tank after the nozzle would shut off, and it actually seemed like the tank WAS topping off or filling up, but then after a few seconds it would drain down in. I noticed that my fuel gauge is also sitting on empty even though there is no empty warning on the dash and I know i have about 15 bucks worth of gas in it.

Any ideas what the issue could be? I thought maybe the tank was backed up somehow or there was a valve in there that got out of whack, not allowing the gas to go in fast enough...but it just happened so suddenly and randomly. Any ideas would be appreciated. Would a complete fuel system cleaner help out possibly?

Do you know at all if it's low or full? After you filled with 10 dollars did the fuel gauge move at all?

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JustAfan47

Could just be a sensitive vapor recovery unit on the gas station pump

(I assume ya'll have those)

Mine always kicks out early if I have a low tank unless I turn it upside down

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I have a weird one that happened today. I have a 2005 Chrysler Town and Country. Today, I turned the right turn signal on and the left blinker came on the dash, and the left side lights came on as well. When I turn the left turn signal on, the left blinker and lights come on as normal. I tried the hazard signal and all lights came on as normal. So all the bulbs seem to work okay. Any help would be appreciated.

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my car lately seems like it is revving up when i am braking.. as i come to a stop or hitting the break, the rpm gauge goes up and then down.. and it seems like it takes way longer to pick up acceleration. any ideas? this car only has 7k miles on it... its a is250

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my car lately seems like it is revving up when i am braking.. as i come to a stop or hitting the break, the rpm gauge goes up and then down.. and it seems like it takes way longer to pick up acceleration. any ideas? this car only has 7k miles on it... its a is250

Vacuum problem maybe?

Sounds like a warranty repair and there have been numerous complaints related to the brake override system

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Vacuum problem maybe?

Sounds like a warranty repair and there have been numerous complaints related to the brake override system

ok im gonna go the dealer and ask what is going on.. its been literally 13 months since i bought this car

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Vacuum problem maybe?

Sounds like a warranty repair and there have been numerous complaints related to the brake override system

Agree 100% twa. Take it to the dealer, should be free.

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Its fine, I went to the dealer thanks guys! Next task I want to get some tinting done to my car. Any recommendations in PG county or anywhere nearby?

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Could a completely seized wheel bearing blow out the differential in a FWD Automatic Transmission? I grenaded the differential on my transmission about 4 months ago and we rebuilt the transmission but are unable to test it yet. Reverse is fine, the car moves forward on it's own when put in drive but doesn't want to move pressing the gas. It almost feels like the emergency brake is on and it's making scratching noises. The car does go forward but if this is the reason the first transmission blew, we don't want to test until new wheel bearings get here. The seals on both of them are completely gone and even with the axels pulled you cannot turn the tires by hand. Thank You.

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