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Nissan Leaf Inverter Kits (for backup power and powering AC loads)

The easiest way to use a Nissan Leaf for backup/emergency power is to utilize the onboard DC to DC converter and a 3rd party pure sine wave inverter. The built-in DC to DC converter takes the onboard high voltage DC and converts it to standard 12V accessory power. The 3rd party pure sine wave inverter takes the 12V accessory power and inverts it to 110V AC. The maximum continuous output is around 1000W (1kW) but that is still sufficient for

Pearl RearVision Auto Reset (rear view camera)

Having trouble connecting to your RearVision? To recover your password or fix connectivity issues just perform this quick reset. Please note that it is a very time sensitive process. You need to make sure you are on the latest version of the Pearl RearVision App (and cannot be on a beta version). The App Version should be 1.5 or later. You should then unplug the OBD adapter and wait exactly two minutes. Next, plug the adapter back and wait exactly

Cancel OnStar Service [HOWTO]

If you need to cancel your OnStar service, you will need to do it by phone or via the dedicated OnStar button in your vehicle. Sadly, OnStar does not allow you to cancel online 🙁 Their specific cancellation policy is as follows: If at any time you wish to cancel your OnStar service, press your blue button to speak with an Advisor or call 1.888.4.ONSTAR (1.888.466.7827). Cancelling your service cannot be done online.     Source: OnStar Help & Support

Business, Pleasure, Commute for Car Insurance [which is cheapest?]

At the bottom of this page you will find some of the different vehicle use scenarios that Progressive.com lists. If you are wondering which is cheapest between Business, Commute, and Pleasure vehicle use… Pleasure will normally be cheapest. The reason being that pleasure entails the least amount of miles driven (i.e. weekend use) under generally less accident prone circumstances (short trips, open roads, etc.). Conversely, a commute to work or school can entail repeated daily driving in heavy traffic and

Why we have to reset the low tire warning (how BMW’s TPMS works)

Very nice explanation by Barry45RPM: The way these German TPMS’s work is that when you “Reset” the system, this is the new memorized amount of air pressure that the system stores. Whatever pressure is in the tires at that moment is now considered to be the new “proper inflation pressure” comparison point. Later on if a tire pressure is no longer at that memorized pressure the system notifies you. When you reset, the then current pressures become the standard you wish

Test driving a Chevy Volt! [updated]

2012.03 UPDATE: I had the opportunity to take a more extensive test drive, here are some photos of the Volt taken during the drive… 2011.10.15 UPDATE: I was finally able to test drive the Chevrolet Volt and I came away very impressed. I will be posting full impressions soon! This is a photo of the Volt that I drove… Original post: I am very intrigued by the Chevy Volt. The all electric capability (with gas generator backup) is particularly appealing

Quick bonus tips when buying a vehicle (car/truck/ATV/etc.)

You probably already know the basics when purchasing a new vehicle, so here are a few bonus things to remember that could otherwise slip your mind when you’re closing the deal… #1 realize that a dealer sometimes gets extra incentives/bonuses for selling a vehicle Some vehicle manufacturers offer dealers incentives for selling a certain number of vehicles, or a certain dollar amount of product. Therefore, if a dealer is one car away from meeting his incentive goal and this is