My daughter and her partner have a young Siberian Husky- Greyhound. We have a lot of snow here and he loves to stick his head...deep into the snow...all the way to his shoulders. Why who knows, but he is a fun to be around character. :D
In my city, which has long, cold , snowy winters...we IMO, have great snow clearing. We have to in order to function. For streets we use large front end loaders and motor graders. We plow show (Loaders and Graders) and scrape ice (Graders) quickly. For sidewalks we use small Bombardier commercial tractors...either 4 WD or caterpillar track equipped.
Of course some here, complain that the snow removal is not up to snuff...but IMO, those individuals have not much of an idea of what good service is all about. We have had 3 significant winter storms ...one a week in the past while. On top of that we had a cold spell with temps dipping to -35 C.
But as my wife says these are the weather...snow/ice/blizzards/ snow storms...we deal with.
In a southern states where you get hurricanes...you know how to deal with those weather issues. Here, we don't, as we don't get hurricanes, etc.
I would say most jurisdictions know and can competently deal with the difficult weather issues they get regularly.
Or maybe not.;)
One of the best TV shows made right now. In 2015 we went through parts of Wyoming and Montana...saw some places that are familiar both in Longmire and the Joe Pickett book series by C.J. Box. BTW, if you haven't read the Joe Pickett novels, try them out...wonderful series.
Anyways I have heard that Longmire maybe entering it's last season...2017. Hope this isn't true.
Thx for posting the details about Longmire days.
Tonight the forecast is -32. Last night and this morning we had blizzard conditions.
I'm not sure if our weather here is crazy...although I think I may not be playing with a full decks of cards by remaining here. :B
I'm kidding a bit, other than the very cold weather in the winter, it's a great place to live. :D
This is kind of like the discussion on Regular vs. Premium Gas. No matter what the science shows, guys will come on here huffing and puffing refuting careful and detailed research! :)
I don't wish to be cynical, but for many 'Science' has become an issue itself. So much of it seems to depart from what pure science should be and has become tied up with grants, careers, internecine relations within a discipline to name just some factors. In addition science appears to have become more politicized in the past few decades.
Sometimes it's hard to know if what we read, what we hear is pure science anymore, unadulterated as it should be, from factors such as ...grants, careers, university politics, interest group and/or big money influence, etc.
I understand Jay Leno's favourite burger is the In-N-Out burger.
Never had one, never been close to one of their restaurants. Given that Jay, IMO, has great taste in vintage motorcycles/cars I'm thinking that his choice in burgers is top notch too.
But I've wondered...are they good burgers ?
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions
I'm also re-reading George Orwell's 1984. I haven't read it since high school.
One of my top books of all time...is Animal Farm, by George Orwell. Everything you need to know is in this small book.
I'd be happy if they'd just stop putting ethanol in gas. That stuff is ruining small engines. I'm tired of trying to find non-ethanol gas for the lawnmower, weed eater, ATV, boat, etc.
In my province in Canada, dealers who sell/service small engines as you mentioned, advise that we use premium gas. Here premium gas doesn't have any ethanol. I don't know if that's the case in other parts of Canada/USA.
We use premium gas in our lawnmowers, snowblowers, motorcycles,, chain saws, etc.
MIL had the same issue a couple of weeks ago. She needed a new electric motor for her gas furnace. Her old electric motor had been first installed in 1985....so not a bad lifetime use for this component. It was about -20 C at the time, but the furnace repair guy got things going in a few hours.
It looks like a very nice truck, but why so many entry level powerplant changes? My 2012 F-150 work truck has a 3.7L V6 which is a very nice smooth engine; it was replaced by a 3.5L V6 which is now being replaced by a 3.3L V6.
Is Ford saying these previous engines weren't good? In my mind, consumer confidence and brand name loyalty is supported by long term, venerable powerplants and this does not seem to fit. :h
When your the #1 selling truck for 40 years.... It's what you do! :B
Seriously though the 2.7 EB and the 5.0 are upgraded engines with a duel fuel system (direct injection and port injection) on both of these like the second gen 3.5 EB and the 3.3 is an upgraded version of the 3.5/3.7 engine but also includes a duel fuel system as well. The changes are to improve fuel economy and power. The auto industry has to meet the upcoming CAFE fuel economy improvements and your not going to meet that goal by sticking with old tech.
Also the 10 speed transmission will be available in the all engine configs except the 3.3L.
That 10 speed transmission seems like an excellent tranny. I understand it is co-effort development by Ford and GM...a number of Ford and GM rear drive vehicles will get this transmission. One of our vehicles is a 2015 front wheel drive...it uses a 6 speed automatic. I understand this FWD transmission is also the result of joint GM/Ford development and this transmission is also in a number of both Ford and GM front drivers.
I think we are going to see more jointly developed products by Ford and GM in the future. Tremendous costs, regulatory demands are probably the chief motivation.
The best hamburger I've had over the years is made by a little burger joint next to the train station in my city. The owners are a family of Greek descent and they have had this non franchise stand for decades.
I have their chili double burger and you pretty well have to eat it with a knife and fork. It's fantastic and I note with interest that when the local paper does polls about the best burger in town, this place generally comes out on top as far as the general citizenry is concerned.
I don't know their secret, but I do know that the ingredients are fresh, top quality and generous in proportion.
In comparison, McDonalds, Burger King and A+W never seem to score high in the polling results.
However I do like the McDonalds McDouble (I think it's called) and the A+W Papa Burger is a long time favourite of mine...so much so I would vote it a strong second overall, just behind my favoured chili double burger.
Whats this got to do with pickup trucks ? I don't know, but then my post probably has as much relevance as many of the other posts on the subject of which truck sells most.
I tend to prefer the GM pickup truck, mostly because of the LS small block gas V8. But that's me, and I also happen to be an automotive enthusiast...Chevy V8's as the kids say...rock.
Ahh gee...there I go again...starting another internet war. Now all the Ford and Dodge guys are going to chime in and say that Ford and Dodge gas V8's rock far more, than Chevy gas V8's.
Am surprised that no-one posted anything about this yesterday that it was reported that Fords F-series have been the #1 selling truck for 40 years. Not being a smart alec just cuz I own a Ford, just saying what I read.
In Canada Ford used to sell both Ford and Mercury pickup tricks, till the 1968 model year. After that model year, Ford of Canada dropped the Mercury line and sold only Ford pickups at both Ford and Mercury lines.
Our family business had a '68 Mercury M250...300 inline six, 3 on the tree. Good work truck.
Chevrolet used to out sell Ford and Mercury, till Ford dropped the Mercury truck line...then Ford became # 1 in pickup truck sales in Canada.
But if over the years, add up Chevy and GMC pickup truck numbers sold in Canada and the USA, a lot of times the 'General' sells the most pickup trucks.
As a result of all this history...I regard Ford pickup sales numbers in both the USA/Canada, in the same vein as a clever accountant works financial numbers.
Total pickup truck sales champion, a lot of times goes to GM, when you count all GMC and Chevrolet pickup truck numbers. But if you count just one badge...ie; Ford...then Ford wins the title.
Personally, I don't fix things that are not broke.
i only service according to mfg recommendations.
So you know what I would do.
I'm surprised ...a bit...that you have a C6...don't think that transmission has been made for many a moon. Not criticizing, they're very good, robust trannies. Had one in a mid '70's E 350 cab and chassis, DRW, with a 16 foot box and the 460 V8. Very tough, durable transmission.
If the temp is moderately cold...say down to about -15, I fire up the engine, let it idle for about a minute, then drive it slowly, keeping the engine rpms between around 1500-2000 rpm....generally around 1500 rpm. I have an engine temp gauge that shows individual degrees...I switch this on, and watch the temp gauge...being careful not to give the engine a lot of throttle till the engine is at operating temperature...which in engine's case is 82 degrees C. I don't take the engine above 1500 to 2000 rpm till I reach 82 C. Just me, the way I do things.
When it gets...rare, but does happen to -30 to -40 I do let the engine warm up a bit...say 3-5 minutes, then follow the same procedure as noted above. When temps are extremely cold...everything is frozen, fluids are very thick...transmission, wheel bearings, etc. You can feel it when the vehicle is moving...different moving components feel like they are encased in near frozen molasses when it gets this cold, after immediate start up...in -30 to -40.
Most places don't get this cold or anywhere near it...most people haven't experienced -35 to -40 or colder, I would venture a guess. I recall one day, when the temp was -41...my transmission wouldn't engage, until I let the vehicle warm up for a few minutes.
I'm careful who I listen to or read, when it comes to extreme cold. Automotive (degree) engineers who have practical experience in outside cold labs checking mechanical function at these extreme temps...I do listen to.
I don't know of any block heaters controlled by a thermostat, you plug it in and it is on.
Well you're wrong. Quote from my 2015 GM Owner's manual:
"An internal thermostat in the plug end of the cord will prevent engine coolant heater operation at temperatures above -18 C (0 degrees F.) "
I've been reading a few of the comments in this thread and it seems that many just plug in their block heaters when it gets 'cold' in their locale. Cold...hot...etc..is all a relative thing of course and we usually determine if it's cold/hot by our personal experience.
Often many places in North America don't really get cold enough for the block heater to engage. I know GM factory block heaters installed on their gas engines...don't operate until the temperature reaches -18 Celsius or 0.4 Fahrenheit. One thing to remember is that eventually when the temp reaches -40 C....the Fahrenheit equivalent is also -40 F.
Back to the subject at hand. I don't know if their diesel engine block heaters cut in at certain temperatures or different temps than GM gas engines.
I would advise owners of any make of gas/diesel engine check their operators manual to determine if factory installed block heaters are controlled by temperature. If they do, you may well be plugging in to no avail, if your areas climate does not get really cold, as determined by the factory when it comes to the operation of their block heaters.