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RE: Ecoboost Expedition up the Ike

I know its a hill and a steep one at that but holy cow, 3.8mpg? Wonder what the Expedition would of got...mpg wise...with a Ford 6.2 liter non aspirated V8 installed, same trip, same trailer ?
Lessmore 02/24/18 09:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel engines why not more available in smaller vehicles ?

Robert, How well do small diesels in sedans, SUVs, CUV's sell in Australia and as a rough % of total vehicles sold in these categories ? How much does fuel generally go for...diesel and gas..and do you sell fuel by gallon (Imperial) or metric...liters in Australia ? Also do GM and Ford sell the GM/Ford V8's in vehicles much or at all ? You may have discussed these issues before, but I can't recall. Les
Lessmore 02/24/18 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: sears home plan

QUESTION? Will Sears still be there next year. It's dead up here in Canada. Put that $50 aside every month towards future repairs or replacement. X 2. We lost some Sears warranty when Sears Canada pulled the plug in October 2017.
Lessmore 02/22/18 06:03pm Around the Campfire
RE: Diesel engines why not more available in smaller vehicles ?

LOL! 2&3: ICE engine owners need to realize how dangerous they are. I'm afraid somebody is going to strip their car in their driveway to sell the parts and it might fall on them. Or they are going to be working on the motor with it running and stick their hand in the fan. LOL! Laugh if you want. Until you've seen even a small lithium battery fire, you have no idea. VERY violent, energetic, impossible to quench. Good morning. Although lithium type battery fires are nasty things at least so far they haven’t proven to be any more problematic than liquid vehicle fires in the industry. Hopefully that will continue to be the case. Also, I’m not sure I understood the being covered in Electrolyte comment. I assume you are talking about the 12 volt lead acid battery under the hood which normal ICE vehicles have as well. Maybe I misunderstood. John. Just a concern, some of the batteries I have seen on the inter webs from flooded Tesla’s are nasty. Once water penetrates the battery bank all bets are off, I certainly do not want that stuff on me. Also, to remove a battery from a Tesla you have to physically be under the vehicle. With a lift, not so much a concern, but with floor jacks and jack stands...again just a concern. As the technology progresses we will make tools that the hot rod guys will have in their home workshops to make this simpler. I just haven’t started seeing li-on battery removal lift for sale like you see cherry pickers and engine stands yet. Again, the electrolyte comment is just a concern I have. Thanks! Jeremiah Well they are certainly all valid concerns Jeremiah and of course it makes sense to have the right equipment and knowledge before working on any potentially dangerous equipment. I think I figured out your electrolyte concern. In an EV battery (or at least ours and Tesla’s) the battery is made up of hundreds or even thousands of small batteries that are strung together to make a big one. There is no liquid electrolyte or at least like you would find in a 12 volt lead acid battery so no spill worries. Re their life. They are supposed to be built for 1000 to 1500 cycles. So a guy like me who plugs in a couple times a week would see probably 12 to 15 years out of a battery. Bigger batteries like the Tesla’s have may only get plugged in once every week or less so it depends on your needs of course. Battery warranties tend to be 8 years right now. I don’t know about other car batteries but the cost for our Leaf battery installed is about 5500 dollars. We only bought this car to get us to retirement in a few years so we’ll never have the battery changed. It will make a great little commuter vehicle for someone else. Hope that was helpful. Cheers and stay safe on the road. John. John, This thread is about small diesel engines, not EV. I don't want my thread taken over about debates re; EV vehicles. Thank you, Les Good point Les. That last post should have been a PM. My apologies. John Thank you John. Les
Lessmore 02/20/18 02:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel engines why not more available in smaller vehicles ?

LOL! 2&3: ICE engine owners need to realize how dangerous they are. I'm afraid somebody is going to strip their car in their driveway to sell the parts and it might fall on them. Or they are going to be working on the motor with it running and stick their hand in the fan. LOL! Laugh if you want. Until you've seen even a small lithium battery fire, you have no idea. VERY violent, energetic, impossible to quench. Good morning. Although lithium type battery fires are nasty things at least so far they haven’t proven to be any more problematic than liquid vehicle fires in the industry. Hopefully that will continue to be the case. Also, I’m not sure I understood the being covered in Electrolyte comment. I assume you are talking about the 12 volt lead acid battery under the hood which normal ICE vehicles have as well. Maybe I misunderstood. John. Just a concern, some of the batteries I have seen on the inter webs from flooded Tesla’s are nasty. Once water penetrates the battery bank all bets are off, I certainly do not want that stuff on me. Also, to remove a battery from a Tesla you have to physically be under the vehicle. With a lift, not so much a concern, but with floor jacks and jack stands...again just a concern. As the technology progresses we will make tools that the hot rod guys will have in their home workshops to make this simpler. I just haven’t started seeing li-on battery removal lift for sale like you see cherry pickers and engine stands yet. Again, the electrolyte comment is just a concern I have. Thanks! Jeremiah Well they are certainly all valid concerns Jeremiah and of course it makes sense to have the right equipment and knowledge before working on any potentially dangerous equipment. I think I figured out your electrolyte concern. In an EV battery (or at least ours and Tesla’s) the battery is made up of hundreds or even thousands of small batteries that are strung together to make a big one. There is no liquid electrolyte or at least like you would find in a 12 volt lead acid battery so no spill worries. Re their life. They are supposed to be built for 1000 to 1500 cycles. So a guy like me who plugs in a couple times a week would see probably 12 to 15 years out of a battery. Bigger batteries like the Tesla’s have may only get plugged in once every week or less so it depends on your needs of course. Battery warranties tend to be 8 years right now. I don’t know about other car batteries but the cost for our Leaf battery installed is about 5500 dollars. We only bought this car to get us to retirement in a few years so we’ll never have the battery changed. It will make a great little commuter vehicle for someone else. Hope that was helpful. Cheers and stay safe on the road. John. John, This thread is about small diesel engines, not EV. I don't want my thread taken over about debates re; EV vehicles. Thank you, Les
Lessmore 02/20/18 01:15pm Tow Vehicles
Diesel engines why not more available in smaller vehicles ?

Diesel engines are popular in domestic 3/4 and 1 ton pick up trucks. They are becoming popular in North America and are offered in more lighter duty pickup trucks than before ...the Ram 1500, Chevy Colorado/GMC Canyon, 2019 Ford F 150....and the 2019 Chevy/GMC 1500 series pickup trucks. Mileage improvement, towing etc. are some of the benefits. In Europe a good chunk of the sedans, SUV's/CUV's are offered with optional diesel engines and consumers buy them in significant numbers. Why are diesel engines not optionally available in the bulk of sedans/SUV's/CUV's sold in North America ? I would think there would be a ready market for these diesel powered vehicles here.
Lessmore 02/18/18 03:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vehicles---peeling paint?

Go to the internet. Seems to be a number of peeling paint on Fords articles. Here's just one: Peeling paint on Fords 2015 article and the main vehicle was a 2010. My wife's 2013 Explorer (purchased new) had developed bubbles in the paint on the aluminum hood within the 1st year and the dealership did nothing about it. We never got the hood fixed and you can't really see them unless you look closely but at least they haven't chipped off. I bought a new 1989 S-10 when I came back from Germany and the paint peeled on it badly within 3 years. GM recalled the truck for a problem with the primer and I had it repainted free, only to total the truck a month later. :M How's this...2011-16 models...fairly current. 2011-2016 Ford Explorer paint
Lessmore 02/17/18 02:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford vehicles---peeling paint?

Go to the internet. Seems to be a number of peeling paint on Fords articles. Here's just one: Peeling paint on Fords
Lessmore 02/17/18 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question....about retirement...

I retired at 59. During the day, I generally go for daily 30 minute fast walks at the field house, of which I'm a member. Sometimes I go on day trips, taking my camera equipment...telephoto lenses, etc...looking for wildlife to photo. Usually go with my wife or son, if he has some time off from work. Go grocery shopping once a week. Go to the public library, pick up books to read...I read a lot. Always have. When my daughter and her partner were in our city, I would walk their dog, usually daily during work week...a Siberian Husky/ Greyhound mix...sled dog from Northern Canada. They live away now. Miss that, walking...more likely moving at a fast clip to keep up with him. It was always an adventure with this dog. He moves effortlessly, very strongly and quickly as you can imagine. Generally I'm busy I find...always seems to be something I have to do. Most weekdays I set the alarm, in order to get something done. I watch TV a bit, usually in the evening or a bit of afternoon. Go on the computer a bit. But much less on these activities then when I first started.
Lessmore 02/15/18 10:32pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Thanks, Lessmore, tried to send you a PM. You're welcome. I've sent you a PM. Hope it works now.
Lessmore 02/04/18 05:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Mistakes get made and who hasn't been a victim of autocorrect, even though we know it will try and do us in. But is that any reason to ignore a whole article, or just an excuse.My point was that if such a simple error were allowed, how stringent was the actual fact checking involved? Accuracy is the name of the game, whether it be what the article is about, or the article itself. It was a very short article, how hard would it have been to proofread it? A short digression from the direction of the thread, but very short. On Edit: Your post made me stop and consider why it does bother me so. I worked for 40+ years in a can manufacturing facility. I worked with hand and power tools every day to keep things running smoothly. Seeing a word used incorrectly, especially by a journalist, is like watching a professed mechanic attack a nut and bolt with a pair of pliers and vice grips. It just makes me cringe. Okay I'm done, back to your regularly scheduled programming. fj12ryder, good points. I agree. A journalist should be a 'wordsmith'. Words and the proper use of words, should be the foundation of journalism. Words, along with a computer, or in the old days a well used Smith Corona typewriter, a portable recorder, a couple pens and a steno notepad were and/are the tools of the trade. I knew a fine journalist 40 or so years ago. His ability to research, define, explain and be objective about different subjects was impressive. In addition, his knowledge of the English language and his ability to use words...properly... in an economical and clear fashion to explain issues, without even a hint of bias....was simply as it should be in the world of journalism. If only the world of journalism were just populated by individuals like him, who report the facts, without the prejudice of their opinion. But, that's another issue. Media accuracy in word use has certainly sunk to new lows since the widespread use of the computer, in my opinion. Sure, spell check systems are to blame in a number of cases, but they are not an excuse. A good journalist should be reviewing his/her work, editing and correcting before it goes to print. That is part of the job.
Lessmore 02/04/18 01:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I think that once Mercedes, GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda, Nissan and others get rolling on electric and electric hybrid vehicle...Tesla could find themselves with more competition than they will like or perhaps be able to handle. And rolling these manufacturers will get. I have read that most of them are talking about switching to electric/hybrid electric within a brief, vehicle generational passage of time. No, I don't have all the statements from the different manufacturers who have stated this, this isn't a university term paper and I don't intend to provide...sources, sources...as some demand. We know it, it's common knowledge, it's about tho be a fait accompli. Let's face it, these large automotive companies have huge dealer networks, huge infrastructure and also strong consumer confidence when it comes to the average Joe thinking about whether it is financially 'safe' to buy completely new technology...new to the consumer. We are in the beginning of a new age of motive power...whether all of us like it not. I'm one that's not to crazy about it, but probably within the next 15 years if I haven't shuffled off my mortal coil...I will be dragged kicking and screaming...into the electric...or at least electric hybrid, brave new world.
Lessmore 02/03/18 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Bowl tickets

I would need a $3400 bar tab to go to the game :B X 2 OP...good joke you got me.:D
Lessmore 02/02/18 01:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Jeff Bezos passed Bill Gates in net worth today !

I do not care one iota.
Lessmore 02/02/18 12:15am Around the Campfire
RE: Want to race a Tesla semi around a test track?

I'd like to race a Tesla, but choose my course, climate. Right now it's about -25, I'd like to have a 500 mile race...kind of like Indy and it's important to be comfortable in the Tesla Semi cab. I just came back from a 200 mile trip in -25 with strong winds...needed to have the heater / defroster full on...I like it set at a little more than room temp. Got about 36 mpg (Imperial gallon), was warm and comfy. Great thing about driving an IC vehicle and not driving an EV, was that I didn't have to worry about how much battery charge and therefore range in miles I would lose, by running in -25 temps and how much further battery power/range I would lose by running the heater/defroster (powered by the EV batteries.. on full... Would the EV be able to complete the 500 mile race with these conditions ? I provide my previously posted link about EV's in cold temps. EV in cold temps
Lessmore 02/01/18 03:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I came across this article in a local paper about a recent EV record run. It confirms my concern regarding EV batteries losing significant power in cold winter temperatures , not just from using battery power to run car, but also to heat the car interior and the inhabitants, also to defrost the windows. Heating EV cabin draws significant power from batteries in cold weather. I live in a city of three quarters of a million people. Today's temps has been hovering around -19 . A couple of night's from now the temp. is predicted to be in the -30 area, not including wind chill. These temps are not untypical during the winter in this area. The fact that cold weather has such a detrimental affect on the EV battery, to me is an issue that needs addressing for EV cars in areas such as the northern Midwestern states, the northern Atlantic seaboard, Canadian prairies provinces, parts of Quebec, Ontario, the Atlantic provinces, during the winters, etc. Those who live in cold wintry areas...and there are a lot of us...need predictable traveling range, interior cabin warmth and we can't afford to break down in the middle of nowhere between wintry point A and wintery point B. As I have indicated before not all of us live in relatively warm southern areas. My opinion is that in cold northern parts of North America an IC engine works well. If an individual wants an electric car than I think the best for cold northern climes is the hybrid, part electric, part IC. With a hybrid when the batteries drain, you have an IC engine to cut in and take over.
Lessmore 01/29/18 03:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

It’s interesting how threatened some people are by the concept of EV. Nothing good to say and yet they can’t stop reading and commenting. I don’t own one and likely will not for some years, but it’s fun to discuss the changing technologies in transportation. My take is bit different. I think many that comment are concerned about that the EV, although it has improved in terms of range, etc....is still not at the mile capable range for many of us..like me...to consider seriously. The EV is not quite ready for prime time, as it were. Another issue I think many have is not so much about the EV itself...but more about is there a financial bubble about to burst with one manufacturer. Another issue that I have is everybody loves the concept of a free lunch. An EV that does not use gas, just runs on electricity at a cost that is very little compared to gas/oil.,,,seems like the proverbial free lunch...for now. I can't imagine private hydro companies product...electric power and government taxes remaining low for long. If EV's shove out gas powered vehicles, just how is all that fuel tax money going to be replaced? What about all those oil companies with thousands of employees, also industries devoted to the manufacture of parts for gas powered vehicles...I can see a potential mess around the corner...till things eventually, if they do completely, sort themselves out. There is no free lunch, there will be a costs...significant ones that invariably the common man...you, me, etc...will bear. The consumer in the end always bears all costs.
Lessmore 01/29/18 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Only in Albq.....

Good one ALBQ, missed your jokes.
Lessmore 01/27/18 06:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: New truck arrived

Beautiful truck !
Lessmore 01/27/18 03:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

John I would say your EV Smart car is fine for your purposes...from what I can see using it as an around town vehicle. But it wouldn't fit our needs. We need a vehicle that will be able to drive for 4-600 miles per day...sometimes more...all year round...in western Canada and the midwest and northwest USA. Some of these places it's not uncommon to drive many miles in -20 or much colder for many, many miles without seeing much in the way of people, villages, small towns, etc. You need to be able to rely on a vehicle that can do several hundreds miles, sometimes more before needing to fuel up/charge. I believe someone on this forum may have said when temps very cold...battery power/ range is affected significantly...think up to 35 % or so less power. Interior cabin heat is also of prime importance....with an IC...you draw the heat from the car's cooling system with no extra consumption of fuel (unless it's an old Beetle with a gas heater)...with an electric car, am I correct in saying that interior cabin heat is drawn from the EV's battery power...if so, less range I would think.
Lessmore 01/27/18 10:34am Tow Vehicles
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