Archive for August 18th, 2009

Summit Racing

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A week or so ago, the exhaust cutout stopped working. I thought maybe a wire had broken, but hadn’t gotten around to checking Tonight, I got the multimeter out and verified that I do, in fact, have power all the way down to the motor (well the connector outside of the motor). Since I just bought this thing a few months ago I called Summit up to see about a warranty. The tech was helpful, and immediately volunteered to send me a shipping label so I could return it. I asked to cross-ship the part, and that was also fine. So, I’ll have a new cutout probably Thursday, and it won’t have cost me anything but a few minutes of time to replace the thing (it’s just three bolts).

I approve of Summit’s return policy. This isn’t the first time I’ve had to exchange things, and it’s always gone smoothly. Summit Racing rocks.


Update: the new cutout arrived on Thursday, two days later.  It bolted right on and worked fine.  Yay Summit!


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So,I’ve got this UPS that’s about 15 years old. It hasn’t worked for a while. Tonight, I came across an extra battery that exactly matched the specs for the original. I installed the battery, and lo, it actually turned on. I was excited.

Then the UPS failed its self-test and when I unplugged the UPS, the alarm went off and it switched to battery power. “Cool”, I thought – “this is how it’s supposed to work”. For a moment.

There was almost immediately a really loud bang, a bright flash, and more buzzing. I quickly yanked the wire from the battery, and surveyed the scenario. The circuit breaker on the UPS had tripped, and a semi-big disc capacitor had exploded.

So, I guess I’ll call to see if the lifetime equipment protection warranty covers this. Seems plausible, if unlikely…


Update: As it turns out, the BackUps VS450 has a two year warranty.  Because mine was manufactured in 1996, that warranty has long since expired. :)  Apparently it would’ve been covered if I had it plugged in and the damage came over the power line, but not if it damaged itself.  That’s peculiar, but I suppose acceptable.  Maybe I can solder a new capacitor in place, reset the breaker, and magically have things work again…  We’ll see.