I’m at the LAX Cell phone waiting lot so that I can pick up my girlfriend who went on a 48 hour adventure to London on a whim. I can’t even imagine how tiring that must have been! But anyways, check out the temperature difference between home and here at the airport. 29F is a pretty large gap I’d say, especially considering the elevation difference is less than 1000 feet and it was only about a 25 mile drive. This isn’t that abnormal here but it surprises me every time, being from the East Coast.
In other news while I’m sitting here, I might as write about my meetup with Future Heap Owner on Friday. Thanks to his choice on Turo, it was a proper Miata meet with an aggressive canyon carving day. Unfortunately though, my Miata right at this point where we stopped demonstrated a bit of an issue. The coolant reservoir was at a steady boil when I stopped and when I plugged in my OBD scanner, coolant temp was reading 230F. This seemed high, although not high enough to boil at proper pressure. I made the decision at that point to just drive the car home and swap out for the backup car, my STi. Fans appeared to work and it ran normal Temps on the way down the hill and made it back fine.
Thankfully it was a rather short detour to go pick up the other car and Future Heap Owner got to enjoy seeing Street signs such as “Ventura Blvd” and “Mullholand Highway” that he had only heard about in tv/movies/Internet. The temperature outside also got quite warm so it was a nice change of pace to have some AC to chill in for the rest of the day. We still went hard, enjoying many more roads the rest of the day. We had one “scare” with the police driving at some point, I believe we passed a cop doing very extra legal speeds but thankfully luck was on our side and he didn’t come after us.
Our day included a hike up to Mugu peak as well as lunch at Establos Meat Market in Camarillo. The day ended with some more driving and eventually Future Heap Owner took a mad dash for the airport, making it just in time for the flight. I on the other hand, chilled out and spent some time at the beach with my boogie board and chilled out for a while.
Later that night, I went over to The_Stig’s house and tried troubleshooting my cooling woes. I bought a radiator cap, more water wetter, and brake light bulbs since Future Heap Owner told me of my dysfunctional lights. New cap and thoroughly cleaned out cooling system, I went home and finally went to bed. Finally today on Sunday, I went and tested it out with a solid stress test. I used the same road it was overheating the first time and saw better results. This time I saw 215F at the same spot and then ran it a second time for extra stress and saw 220F. I have to figure out if that is normal, some random forum reading seems to suggest it might be. But I'm concerned since it seems high. Obviously the needle never moved, even when it was at 230. So it might always be that way normally.