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    Default Here is a good use for junk mail ... make a CEL tester

    I keep getting these ads for car dealers in the mail, telling me I might have won a car, a billion dollars, etc. On the card, there is a plastic headed aluminum key that resembles a car key. I decided that I could make a key to read my pre-obd codes... I know - All you need is a paper clip, but 2 minutes with a dremel tool and I have my own ultra-cool code reader key.

    Years ago, Auto Zone made a key similar to this that they gave away for free with a book of GM codes. It didn't look nearly as "finished" as this one.

    With the Dremel and a cut off wheel, I lop off the part of the key that has the teeth. Then with the same wheel, cut a line down the center of the remaining part of the key. Finally, I will taper the edges with a sanding drum on the Dremel and fine tune it. Below is a picture of the key and a Photoshop of what I plan to do with at (as soon as my dremel recharges!)
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    Well... Here it is... My new ALDL "key"... Now to make a book-O-codes to keep in the glove box...
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    For those of us uninformed, how does it read the codes? A series of CEL flashes?
    2005 Chevy Silverado W/T
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmeh View Post
    For those of us uninformed, how does it read the codes? A series of CEL flashes?
    Yes. That is correct.

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    ... but what if that was the magic winning key?

    Lol, nice one, i was thinking of taking all of those keys andmaking a fake key ring for the baby ... but then i worried about lead paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    ... but what if that was the magic winning key?

    Lol, nice one, i was thinking of taking all of those keys andmaking a fake key ring for the baby ... but then i worried about lead paint.
    Obviously you've never heard George Carlins theory on why children now days get sicker than they did years ago, let'em lick the lead paint it puts a coating in their belly so they can eat hot foods later in life!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    ... but what if that was the magic winning key?

    Lol, nice one, i was thinking of taking all of those keys andmaking a fake key ring for the baby ... but then i worried about lead paint.
    I don't think there is even any paint on them. They are silver through and through. I don't think they are aluminum though because they are way too stiff and they do stick to magnets. I don't believe they are brass. They are not plain steel because they don't rust (Many of them got played with outside and are still out there, taunting the mower)

    I get it about the kids... Mine fight over them and I had to sneak this one out after they were at school and/or napping. LOL!

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    Good idea! It looks nice. I always take those type of ads and put them in the pre-approved credit card return envelopes and then mail them back to the credit card company. They pay for the stamp so I figure I may as well use it. Sometimes I put in an ad for bedBug removal or whatever crazy thing comes in the mail that day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pikey View Post
    Good idea! It looks nice. I always take those type of ads and put them in the pre-approved credit card return envelopes and then mail them back to the credit card company. They pay for the stamp so I figure I may as well use it. Sometimes I put in an ad for bedBug removal or whatever crazy thing comes in the mail that day.
    I usually do the same thing! I usually try to mix different junk mail into the return envelopes instead of sending them their own junk back. Plus I figure it has to help justify the post office. They need all the work they can get to stay in business anyways.


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