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Category: Car

Tweaking left hand operated phone mount (Nokia Lumia 1520) for Dodge "Praetorian 6,4L Apache" Hemi R/T AWD 2008 [how to]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Tweaking left hand operated phone mount (Nokia Lumia 1520) for Dodge "Praetorian 6,4L Apache" Hemi R/T AWD 2008 [how to]; published April 26, 2014, 19:50; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2938.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569219602, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Tweaking left hand operated phone mount (Nokia Lumia 1520) for Dodge "Praetorian 6,4L Apache" Hemi R/T AWD 2008 [how to]}}, month = {April},year = {2014}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=2938}}


I now upgraded my AWD / 4WD car option from Subaru "Impreza" 1,5L 2010 to my car that I refer to as Dodge "Praetorian 6,4L Apache" Hemi R/T AWD 2008. It does have power steering and automatic transmission, so all sweet with  the technical requirements. Instead of 10-11L/100km as the Subaru used to, this car uses about 12-15L/100km for the urban / freeway mix that I usually drive. The Dodge's motor has something they call MDS multiple displacement system, so it switches off cylinders to save gas.

How to put my phone in, so I could still use it with my (left) hand, that was the real question. The Proclip USA site contains (non-fitting) Chrysler 300C parts - and it contains stuff for the Dodge's middle console. But no cool A-pillar mount. So I tried something else.

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Subaru Impreza 1,5L 2010 Swiss Edition - non-invasive iPhone mount with separate ProClip component and ProGin GPS booster [tech]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Subaru Impreza 1,5L 2010 Swiss Edition - non-invasive iPhone mount with separate ProClip component and ProGin GPS booster [tech]; published November 7, 2011, 16:55; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=505.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569219602, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Subaru Impreza 1,5L 2010 Swiss Edition - non-invasive iPhone mount with separate ProClip component and ProGin GPS booster [tech]}}, month = {November},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=505}}


[cross post]

After I got a temporary self made mount installed I figured out its pros and cons. One problem was GPS reception, acceptable but not great. Another problem was that iTunes only works in portrait  but not in landscape mode. Surely a glitch Apple overlooked (among others [link] [link]) but nevertheless a point to consider.

Last but not the least I wanted a rock solid slide-in solution, not a clip that required a bi-manual fiddle type activity of any sorts.

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Subaru Impreza 1.5L 2010 Swiss Edition – non-invasive iPhone TomTom carkit mount

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Subaru Impreza 1.5L 2010 Swiss Edition – non-invasive iPhone TomTom carkit mount; published October 23, 2011, 20:58; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=495.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569219602, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Subaru Impreza 1.5L 2010 Swiss Edition – non-invasive iPhone TomTom carkit mount}}, month = {October},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=495}}


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I decided to build a mount for my Apple iPhone 4's TomTom car kit. I wanted it to be neatly outside the front window area (visual clutter of that area can be a hazard) and I wanted it tucked somewhere centrally so a passenger could help playing with it when on the road.

Obviously the mount needs to be completely rattle free, flexible to access and rewire or replace cables, mount or remove the iPhone and access the device with ease. There should be no screws or glue needed so fast and complete removal of all installations are a must. This is usually best achieved by precise fitting of inserts that neither wiggle nor slide.

Also, it appeared that both audio and 12V jacks were located along the middle, with the 12V jack being b0th in the middle console and the arm rest, and the 3,5mm stereo audio jack in the arm rest of the car.

The model is a standard Subaru Impreza 1.5L Swiss Edition 2010.

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Mini Cooper - power steering, garage attitude and my own repair [how to]

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper - power steering, garage attitude and my own repair [how to]; published July 18, 2011, 00:22; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=458.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569219602, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper - power steering, garage attitude and my own repair [how to]}}, month = {July},year = {2011}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=458}}


After a serious winter with lots of driving, I was not too surprised to see my power steering fail on a day where I was about to take the car to the well established Titan Garage Zuerich (Badenerstrasse 527, Zuerich) anyway. There were a number of occassions where the car was caught in heavy snow or sliding on icy roads as unavoidable consequence of winter travel, and as cautious as one may drive, one wonders how the car holds up. Turns out it doesn't.

A Mini Cooper with a failing power steering is serious business. With two hands, this thing is impossible to steer then. With one hand, no freaking way. So I tweaked my way back into getting that power steering back up luckily - and asked the dispatch person to also check what was wrong there, and if possible, to please fix it.

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Driving with prosthetic arms

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Driving with prosthetic arms; published August 13, 2010, 10:25; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=360.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569219602, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Driving with prosthetic arms}}, month = {August},year = {2010}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=360}}


Driving with a disability that requires a prosthetic arm is a peculiar subject.

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Mini Cooper 2007 steering wheel knob

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper 2007 steering wheel knob; published June 12, 2008, 10:38; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569219602, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper 2007 steering wheel knob}}, month = {June},year = {2008}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=6}}


I drive a Mini Cooper 2007. However, the way Mini BMW went about their hard to tackle electronic problems were not transparent or easy to understand.

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Mini Cooper 2007 window and fog light switches

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Wolf Schweitzer: Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper 2007 window and fog light switches; published June 12, 2008, 09:43; URL: https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4.

BibTeX: @MISC{schweitzer_wolf_1569219602, author = {Wolf Schweitzer}, title = {{Technical Below Elbow Amputee Issues - Mini Cooper 2007 window and fog light switches}}, month = {June},year = {2008}, url = {https://www.swisswuff.ch/tech/?p=4}}


The Mini Cooper 2007 can be a somewhat expensive but beautiful car to drive as an amputee. Since Mini BMW Switzerland confronted me with a difficult situation (they recommended modification through dealers but appeared to insufficiently document these guys with the effect that modification cost ran up comparatively high), I am detailing the experience from my point of view here. Please consider getting in touch with Mini BMW beforehand and consider other vehicles as well. Volkswagen, for example, have their own product line for disability modifications.

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