Tuesday, August 30, 2016

How to solve those Annoying Tire Warning Icon on your Toyota Dashboard

By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Compressor or Auto Service Center
The auto or truck
Tire Gauge

Well it happened again, the tire icon showed its ugly head on my dashboard. It was imperative that I removed this from sight. I had two choices, return to the dealership or check the tire myself.


This post shows the twenty two steps on how to resolve dashboard tire icon problem. 

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OK. The decision is to fix the problem yourself. Prior times when the tire icon came on it was the fault of the spare tire. So the plan is to check the spare first and then come to the next decision.
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For this Toyota Camry the spare tire is in the trunk. Remove the extra items in the trunk area.
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Pull the mat out of the trunk area.
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Next pull the tire cover open.
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Pull out the tool cart and place it on the garage floor. This one is made of Styrofoam™. Molded to hold the auto jack, tire wrench in place, plus it houses the spare tire and gives the trunk a good foundation to carry stuff.
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Here the tire is secured by a large round bolt to the trunk frame.
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Spin the large black bolt counterclockwise until it spins off the tire frame.
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Once removed place the bolt on top of the Styrofoam™ wheel housing.
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This is the large Black bolt.
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Pull the spare tire so the air valve is within sight.
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Remove the valve air cover off.
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Keep the valve air cover is a safe place so it can be replaced.
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This is a tire gauge. Use the tire gauge inside of the metal air valve and read the PSI amount.
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In the spare tire the PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) is 32.
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Read the Toyota Camry auto manual.
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Tires inflation pressure page 460
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This page states to look on the passenger door frame for the tire PSI information.
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This tag is what the auto tag on the auto frame looks like.
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This example shows how to install a tire gauge on your tire valve.
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This is the actual guide on the passenger door. 32 is not far from 35 pounds per square inch, that is not the problem. Reassemble the tire into the the trunk.
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Next decision. It must be the auto tires. Checking all the tires and all of them were at 28 PSI.
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There are many choices here. If you have an air compressor use it. If not go to your local tire or gas station and use their air compressor to inflate all  the tires. Each tire started at 28 and was inflated to 32. Next time the Toyota Camry automobile was started the tire icon did not show up. Problem solved.

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How to Destroy your Computer Information - Part 7 of 7 - Etching and Drilling

By Gary Boutin


Tools and Supplies:
Bench or Flat Surface 
Clamp 4-foot  
Chisels 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 inch
Douglas Fir 2x4x4 (8)
Hammers
Drill Bits (Large Metal Black oxide and Titanium Bits)
Metal drill bit Set: Metal and Titanium
Ryobi Cordless Drill Accessories: #1 Phillip Tip, Star Bit 
Ryobi Cordless Drill 18-Volt (or electric)
Saw Horses (2) 
Spring Clamps Large (2)
Sledge Heavy

This is the last post of the hard drive series. This post shows etching with the cordless drill and drilling through the hard drive case to get the job done. Its not easy work but it is necessary, if you do not want your privacy threaten by hackers or anyone else.

This post shows the fifteen steps of etching and drilling hard drives so they can never be read again. 

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Top arrow shows the hard drive that later will be drilled with these two drills. The gold drill is a Ryobi Titanium Drill Bit, the black is an Ryobi 1/2 inch Oxide Drill Bit. 
2

Left arrow shows Ryobi Cordless 18-volt drill with a Ryobi Black oxide 1/2 inch Drill Bit. Bottom middle shows the Spring Clamp holding the disk for drilling. Next, to the Spring Clamp is the Erwin 4-foot Table Clamp and middle right shows a nice clean readable disk.
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This picture shows that 2-holes were drilled and a nice drill etch was placed on this side of the disk.
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This is the Chicken Pox appearance, but not contagious. Some holes go through the disk and some are all over the area of the disk. This dist as that artistic look to it. 
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Same appearance but the disk was also smashed with a metal sledge. The Orange tip Spring Clamp is holding the disk in place.
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Here the arrows are showing the disk is penetrated through the metal  data disk and also has decorative etching on the disk.
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This picture shows another hole is placed into the middle section of the data disk using a Ryobi black oxide drill bit.
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This hole was captured by my camera and the etching makes it unreadable.
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This is the double disk placed into a metal sleeve. Using the Ryobi Cordless Drill with a Ryobi Titanium drill bit, this took over 10-minutes but several holes were drilled and both drives are not readable and now safe.  
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Here one disk has a hole on the top and the second disk has not been touched by the drill. Its important to drill through all the disk from the hard drive. 
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This picture shows the drill bit came through the entire hard drive.
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Here the sides of the disk are scratched and are being pried closed and hammered using a metal sledge for a decorative effect. 
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This  picture shows one metal disk being pried down
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This shows all the holes and the destruction of this disk.
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This is a summary of all the data disks that were pried, drilled, etched, and hammered with a metal sledge and now have been placed into the trash.
Note: Remember do not recycle these damaged disks.

How To Destroy your Computer Information:

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Monday, August 29, 2016

How to Destroy your Computer Information - Part 6 of 7 - Ram and Solid State Drives

Drill Hole in
the Warning
By Gary Boutin

Tools and Supplies:
Bench or Flat Surface 
Clamp 4-foot
Douglas Fir 2x4x4 (8) 
Hammers Claw
Saw Horses (2)
Sledge Heavy

Now is the time to rid ourselves of old computer hard drives.

This post shows the four steps of removing destroying the ram information and memory chips in the hard drive circuit boards.   

The primary purpose of damaging these circuit chips is to stop any potential information that might be used against you. Some circuits chips according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia" store configuration data, these circuitry chip can high has a high durability and ability to withstand high pressure, temperature and water immersion. But not a direct hit from a metal sledge hammer.


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This is the circuit board with intact memory chips from a hard drive. 
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This circuit board shows the parts, which include the board, the soft tissue, and the hard drive case.
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This shows the circuit board memory chip for the hard drive had been destroyed using a claw hammer.
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This shows that all the memory chips were damaged using a metal sledge hammer. Top right, the warning sign is a preview of the last post dealing with the Etching and Drilling the hard drive disks.

How To Destroy your Computer Information:

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How to Destroy your Computer Information - Part 5 of 7 - Hammering the Disk

Warning
By Gary Boutin


Tools and Supplies:
Bench or Flat Surface 
Clamp 4-foot  
Chisels 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 inch
Douglas Fir
Hammers
Drill Bits (Large Metal and Titanium Bits)
Metal drill bit Set: Metal and Titanium
Ryobi Cordless Drill Accessories: #1 Phillip Tip, Star Bit 
Ryobi Cordless Drill 18-Volt (or electric)
Saw Horses (2) 
Spring Clamps Large (2)
Sledge Heavy

It's fall and we have less space in our home. The next three posts will show step-by-step methods of destroying the hard drives completely so one can ever read them again. 

This post shows the five steps of destroying a hard drives and making book ends. Making absolutely sure that the disk is not read ever.

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This disk is from a VAIO Sony Computer and has Service Business data. The case around it had been removed and only the silver disk is shown. 
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This picture shows what it looks like after the disk has been hit several times by a metal sledge. Notice that the interior can still be read. Just beating the disk will not stop thieves from reading the disk. 
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Using a sharp metal chisel or any sharp object and making sure that it the scratch start at the beginning of the disk and goes the the core of the disk will stop  the reading process. But here I went further.
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My next step was to use pliers to bend the disk and hammering it flat to make book ends.
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This picture shows the use of a 1/4 inch wood chisel scratching the surface of the metal data disk.
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After each side both top and bottom were scratched then the use of a claw hammer and a metal sledge.
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On the left is the old hard drive pounded flat and scratched all over. The case and screws  are made of aluminum and can be recycled. Do not be tempted to recycle the metal disk. Throw that in the trash can area. The next post will address the PCB board.

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