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DEAD............As In a Doornail.......

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....where did that saying come from anyway? :squid:


Anyway, picked up the Volvo last night. They did a ton of diagnostics on it, and all the electrical sensors and such checked out fine. They replaced the fuel filter and did a fuel pressure test from the in tank fuel pump.....pressure was fine, but fuel volume/flow was a bit on the low side. They suggested changing the fuel pump, but at $400 they quoted, the fact that it was new 4 years ago, and also the fact that a faulty fuel pump would not explain why the car runs fine for awhile after it has been shut off and restarted.


So I told them to just leave it with the new fuel filter and I would hope for the best. Picked it up last night, ~$100 for the hour+ diagnostics they did and for installing the filter.


Drove it 3 miles home, and it seemed much better.


This AM, I took it to work, and it drove fine for the first 25 miles. Then it started acting up again, with same symptoms. Was able to finish my rounds and was heading back home. Got within 3 miles of my house, on Route 95 South, and it started sputtering again, and then died. Was able to get to the shoulder. Tried to restart it, and it did NOT sound good. I think I blew a piston ring or the crank shaft or something.


Had to call AAA and be towed home............


So she is dead....................



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Sometimes when engines throw up they throw up real bad.











From The Phrase Finder:



As dead as a doornail




Dead, devoid of life (when applied to people, plants or animals). Finished with, unusable (when applied to inanimate objects).




This is old - at least 14th century. There's a reference to it in print in 1350, a translation by William Langland of the French poem Guillaume de Palerne:



"For but ich haue bote of mi bale I am ded as dorenayl."


Langland also used the expression in the much more famous poem The Vision of William Concerning Piers Plowman, circa 1362:



Fey withouten fait is febelore þen nouȝt, And ded as a dore-nayl.

[Faith without works is feebler than nothing, and dead as a doornail.]


The expression was in widespread colloquial use in England by the 16th century, when Shakespeare gave these lines to the rebel leader Jack Cade in King Henry VI, Part 2, 1592:



Look on me well: I have eat no meat these five days; yet, come thou and thy five men, and if I do not leave you all as dead as a doornail, I pray God I may never eat grass more.


There are several 'as dead as...' idioms, amongst the most notable examples being 'as dead as a dodo' and 'as dead as mutton'. Dodos and mutton are unquestionably dead, but why doornails are cited as a particular example of deadness isn't so obvious.


Doornails are the large-headed studs that were used in earlier times for strength and more recently as decoration. The practice was to hammer the nail through and then bend the protruding end over to secure it. This process, similar to riveting, was called clenching. This may be the source of the 'deadness', as such a nail would be unusable afterwards.


Dickens was among the celebrated authors who liked the phrase and made a point of musing on it in A Christmas Carol



Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail.


Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.


Doornails have been top of the 'as dead as' pops since the 1300s. Perhaps it's time for a 21st century upgrade? Given the ubiquity of digital downloads, I'll put in an early bid for 'as dead as a DVD'.

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280K, and I believe it has been changed, but I forget if that was this Volvo or the last one, would have to find the receipts. (I KNOW it was changed at least once in the life of the car, but if it was changed again, I am unsure......I know I changed one on a Volvo before, just not sure if it was this Volvo or the previous one....:o)


At this point, IF it is the timing belt, it would have to be broken or totally stripped.....which is easy enough to find out, as on this car it is easily accessible under a plastic cover with about 3-4 bolts which is kinda "right there.". Will have a look tomorrow, don't have time today.

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Could be a timing belt or broke tensionor which Volvo's are famous for. If it is, hopefully the heads and valves suffered no damage.

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