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Fuel Pump not working on 2006 Mini Cooper S Convertible (MCS 06)

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

my image Again my girlfriend's 06 Mini Cooper S Convertible has broken down. The engine turns but it never catches. Also, I noticed that the fuel pump, which is located under the driver side rear seat was not clicking. I checked the fuel pump fuse (F37 - 20Amp) and it was fine. I looked for the Fuel Pump Relay and could never find it!?!   Reading on the forums most people said the fuel pump was dead. I removed the fuel pump...

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How to Really Fix a Mini Cooper Harman Kardon Amp

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

My girlfriend's mini cooper amp recently died after being stored for a while. Basically the head unit would power on and act normal, but nothing would come out of the speakers. I heard people also having the amp cut in and out everyonce in awhile. After some research I found this hardon-kardon amp costs $1050usd new and $500usd used. Obviously replacing the whole head unit and bypassing the amp would cost less than either solution. Being the hacker type I...

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How to fix GoPro Footage that Doesn't Play

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

my image My team and I typically mount GoPro's on objects we are sure will get destroyed after we throw them out of a plane. Be it poker tables, bathroom setups, cars, or pianos; the GoPro footage we get from these objects impacting the ground is worth the $300 cost of the camera. To us, GoPros are semi-disposable and even better, the footage normally is salvagable! (Photo: GoPro Screen Grab courtesy Joe Jennings) This is a guide on how I've been able...

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Adding a wired shutter to the Sony NEX-6r

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

my image I haven't modified a Sony NEX camera with a hardwired jack in a while since there are several new mirrorless SLRs out there with remote jacks (our article on mirrorless SLRs for skydiving). This article just shows the picture differences from the NEX7 mod since it's pretty much the same thing. Previously, I've disassembled and modified a Sony NEX-5 and Sony Sony NEX-7. The NEX-6r disassembly is not much different than taking apart the NEX-7, but there is one new clip that you'll need...

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Remove a Broken TV Cable Pin in a Gopro (2.5mm Plug Extraction)

Posted by Mark Kirschenbaum on

my image I was recently asked to fix a GOPRO HERO2 whose TV pin was broken inside the 2.5mm jack. This is what finally worked for me. It's based off of a similar very long winded video for a 3.5mm headphone jack. Since I like getting to the point, here it is: Find a sturdy shaft that fits inside the 2.5mm jack and can be modified. I chose a wooden Q-tip. A mixing straw or part of a Bic pen may work,...

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