IMHO...fraud/lying/cheating/etc is not acceptable to me. Maybe if accidentally but
when knowingly over years and a product family selling in the millions is inexcusable.
Apply that lying/cheating/fraud/etc to our spouse, mayor, banker, etc...would
that be acceptable?
Then the health issue. I am a life long asthmatic and will die either from getting
hit by a vehicle while out on my morning 10-20 mile bicycle ride or respiratory aliments
I am not alone with respiratory issues...that is a growing aliment...world wide
Many can trace it to where they live and that is close proximity to major highways
There are intercom's for tow people on 'one' motorcycle, but they are made for
inside the helmut...maybe you could either find them with head sets or install
them on a set of stereo head sets or some such
This is way bigger than TV's...check outside of this forum and into the world
I've sold all of my VW/group stocks and made a nice profit.
Hope my fav badges within VW group will survive: Bentley and Lambo...
Could Volkswagen scandal be diesel's death knell?
How Many Deaths Did Volkswagen’s Deception Cause in the U.S.?
This area will be way bigger $$$$$ to VW
VW Emission Cheating Could Kill Diesel Passenger Cars In U.S., Even Globally
How many deaths did Volkswagen's pollution scandal cause?
Diesel engine pollution linked to early deaths and costs NHS billions
Volkswagen scandal seen hastening clean diesel's demise
Death of diesel?
Volkswagen scandal seen hastening clean diesel's demise
By Mark Clothier and Jeff Green Bloomberg
A diesel sticker is displayed on the side of a fuel pump in Tiskilwa, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn stepped down after nearly a decade at the helm as the automaker became increasingly isolated amid a scandal over cheating on U.S. emissions tests. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
Eight years ago this week, a 53-foot tractor-trailer rolled out of Volkswagen's U.S. headquarters on a four-month, cross-country mission to persuade America that dirty diesel was dead.
Today, the Dieselution Tour — which promised a new green era for diesel VWs and showcased the 2009 Jetta —plays like a Jon Stewart gag. As the world now knows, VW was cheating on U.S. emissions standards, including those for that new Jetta.
The cheating scandal, which has hammered VW shares and cost Chief Executive Officer Martin Winterkorn his job, could kill diesel in the U.S. — and perhaps even in Europe, where more than half of cars burn the fuel.
"VW may have killed the niche, along with its reputation," said University of Michigan business professor Erik Gordon.
Even before the scandal broke, diesels represented just 1 percent of the U.S. market. Wildly popular in Europe, where gasoline is relatively expensive, diesel cars have struggled to win converts in the U.S. and shake their old reputation as unreliable, oil-burning smog machines. "Clean diesel" was supposed to change all that.
Recently, VW had made some gains. Though Americans buy more than three times as many hybrids and electric models as diesels, according to Baum & Associates, hybrid sales have been slowing and actually slipped last year as gasoline prices fell. By contrast, sales of diesel vehicles have grown for eight years in a row.
That's a testament to VW's relentless marketing of its Turbocharged Direct Injection — or TDI —technology. Many drivers shun hybrids such as the Toyota Prius because they deem them geeky and poky. VW Jettas and Passats are more fun to drive —and buyers could feel good about helping the environment. Plus, the cars are German. What could go wrong?
No group fell harder for the VW line than Generation X. Unlike their boomer parents who well remember the smoky, clattering diesel cars of the 1970s, Gen Xers saw VW technology as an elegant compromise between horsepower and green cred. About 58 percent of Americans shopping for diesel cars this year were Gen Xers, according to TrueCar, which tracks industry sales.
Needless to say, many Gen Xers now feel like rubes.
Nikki Medoro, 36, almost bought a Prius when she moved to San Jose, California. She wanted to limit the expense and environmental impact of her daily commute to and from San Francisco. A friend at the radio station where Medoro is a news anchor persuaded her to buy a 2012 Jetta diesel sports wagon instead. It was her first Volkswagen. That was 133,323 miles ago.
"I've been their No. 1 fricking fan this whole time," she said. "I told everyone about my car. I loved my car. Then this happened. I get madder every moment that passes by about this. Every mile of that I was just polluting. I feel so duped."
Many VW buyers talked up the merits of VW diesels to friends and family, providing VW with incalculable word-of- mouth. Now the German automaker risks turning this group of former acolytes into boisterous detractors. Already, angry owners are blasting VW on social media. "Just as their engagement in favor of diesels may have worked in diesel's favor, their engagement can hurt diesel and VW as well," said Ed Kim, a vice president of industry analysis at research firm AutoPacific.
It has never been easy to persuade Americans to buy diesels because they typically cost more than gasoline-powered vehicles. The diesel version of VW's Touareg sells for $7,500 more than the regular SUV but offers 26 percent better fuel economy. The question now is what will happen to VW's vaunted diesel mileage once the company turns on the emission controls outside the testing lab. If, as expected, the fuel economy drops along with engine performance, suddenly that price gap makes a lot less sense.
Diesel is under threat even in Europe, where automakers received government subsidies to research and develop the technology. On Tuesday, Max Warburton, a London-based auto analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein Ltd., distributed a note to clients titled: "The Day Diesel Died."
On Wednesday, the Diesel Technology Forum, a Frederick, Maryland-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting the fuel, said that "circumstances involving a single manufacturer do not define an entire technology, or an industry."
No automaker has put more of its chips on diesel than Volkswagen. Much of company's strategy to meet tougher U.S. fuel economy standards rests on the technology. In a sign that VW is rethinking that philosophy, the automaker said recently that it plans to roll out 20 electric cars and plug-in hybrids by 2020. In the meantime, VW has a lot brand repair to do.
After learning that her 2011 diesel Jetta station wagon had turned her into an unwitting uber-polluter, Grabriela Paz, a single mom from Oakland, California, knew one thing for sure: "I definitely won't buy a VW again."
Typically just look for them asking for your "Z height"...meaning the new, lifted static height
Meaning they will make up a set to your non-standard Z Height
I take pictures of my receipts for warranty...as most these days are printed on
thermal paper...that will fade completely in a year or so. Filed in
my warranty receipt folder....to print out if/when needed
Amazon Prime as been GREAT on returns, but have not had anything needing return/replacement
of a 'life time' product yet...
I no longer buy Rancho's anymore...they all have leaked sooner than the other
premium shocks purchased
Love/hate with Edelbrock IAS's. They leaked too
Shocks are very personal and of opinion...find someone who drives and owns
similar truck to yours and consider their advice/recommendation.
The problem with this is that there is no 'one size fits all'...not even for socks... :B
The variety of TV's, their differing suspension architectures, the
variety of trailer architectures, variety of WD Hitch systems and a
BIG ETC....all have different dials, knobs and variables to know of
and account/adjust for
Then the vast amounts of opinions...highly aligned to be out in left field
That all work for 'each' adviser but not necessarily for the OP's seeking
First, decide if you, the OP, believe in the OEM's ratings or the ratings
If no, then this is academic.
If yes, then gather 'YOUR' TV's ratings info and learn how that system
The TV should have the amount or percentage or etc weight WD'd from
the TV's rear axle over to its front axle...as per the OEM instructions
Some list amount of drop from un-hooked to the amount of weight moved (WD'd)
On the trailer side...the tongue weight should be in the 10%-15% of
the actual trailer weight. I recommend closer to 13%-15%. Again, dependent
on the whole setup.
I'm on the side of leveling the trailer and even prefer/recommend
pointed slightly down
All 'good' WD Hitch systems has anti-sway designed in. Then the add
on friction bars, cams, etc to further enhance the anti-sway metrics
Suggest looking at the whole setup and the above as a 'goal' with
many, many dials/knobs that adjust to the end game of controlling
sway (AKA whipping back and forth)
Pictures of your components and setup would be helpful
Think Ranchero and El Camino...derived from a 'car' and the Ridgeline is derived from the Odyssey platform
All unibody/monocoque's have 'stub' frames for the engine. Whether transvers or longitudinal. Some have stub frames for their truck too...some do not. Some have a sheetmetal rail running the length of the vehicle that is a kinda sorta like a ladder frame without the cross members
Anything can be done...key is whether it is designed correctly and sized correctly for the application
Hope the engineering accounted for the increased moment (leverage) of the hitch from the pan up to the fiver's PIN. Spread that load widely...else stress raisers will rear up later down the road
Said: "themost accurate dash gauge in ALL vehicles sold in the USA"
Did not mean as accurate vs after market GPS gauges...
Slow down...I too miss stuff like that when speed reading these posts... :E
This lying will only make *ALL* regulatory agencies clamp down HARD on
Trust takes a loooong time to "earn" and so easily lost in a flash
The top guy (CEO) took it and resigned, but in an organization that
large...the top is far from that kind of decision making...but they
'might' have known about it
It middle management who owns this cheating scandal. I don't really blame
the technologists too much...as they are told to do much of what they
design...been there, done that (even quit or got fired for not doing
this kind of stuff in my industry)
Nails it for me on diesel...never was a diesel guy...leaned a bit but
after reading/seeing the SMOG freight train coming back in the late 90's
to early 2000's decided against further research.
There are so many up and coming choices for 'cars', but for towing
heavy...still king is the higher BTU per unit measure fuel
Always sad for me seeing such a great auto company go down this cheating road...
Here in California...the SF Watershed 'used' to be the cleanest/best out of tap
water in the country/world (of course arguable)...but not so much any more because
of the Jet Stream bringing pollutants from Asia's manufacturing of goods for American
consumption (and other countries too)
Mercury was found in trace amounts and thought was left over from the Gold Rush
mining...that too...but they found it came from Asia
Ditto the radio active debris from Japan still floating over to the West Coast
A comment of playing around with the speedometer...nope...don't think so. That is
themost accurate dash gauge in ALL vehicles sold in the USA...as it they were NOT
then contesting speed tickets would hold up...
Wonderment of how some feel it is okay for an OEM to *CHEAT*...wonder what they
would say if they caught their spouse *cheating*...
Most things that transmit power has losses (pumping losses, frictional losses, etc)
and those losses are normally in the form of heat
If there were no losses, there would be no heat generated and *ALL* the power would
be transmitted. In this case the driven axles
The harder it has to work, the more heat is generated
That is 'part' of the metrics used by the design team(s) to derive the 'ratings'
Getting close to those ratings will have it heat up and close to or at the rated
thermal range of the component. In this case the differenttial
Going above it's ratings will have it heat up more and more until the lube failes
Even catching fire
Age of the fluid lube also part of the equation and if it is beyond it's life
span (spec), it will NOT lube it well enough and reduce the axle rating
Why the OPs got hot can be either, or both, or some other factor we do not know
For it to radiate enough heat to actually 'feel' the differece is up there and
wonder what condition the OPs diff is in.
Suggest as a min, change/flush the diff fluid and recharge with OEM recommended
fluid lube...or better
The OP's sig says the TV is a 3/4 ton HD, so upped in ratings from a regular 3/4 ton
and say that because higher class than a half ton can also be over it's ratings...
Over sized tires?
Spirited right foot...like mine?
No one 'needs' sway control when towing...on the good days out there
But...when Mr Murphy crosses your path...either you have the proper
sized and proper equipment spot on, or not...no time to go back to
the store for them...or to readjust the setup...either it is spot on
For all things designed/engineered is NOT for the good days when anything
can tow anything...but for that day Mr Murphy crossed your path...
Trust...that is the basis for self certification...guarded like one
of their crown jewels...as it is...to have to go outside for certification
would add tens of millions to hundreds of millions each year in cost
Federally mandated by law, so criminal...fines in the billions as a
minimum...up to jail time for the exec's in charge...and was/is known
as the risk for disobeying those laws...I expect the 'upper' management
types will push the responsibility down till they find the "GOATS"
to be their fall guys/gals...
Tuners are no different and as stated...in the fine print is their CYA...
Wonder if the other OEMs has these types of illegal stuff buried in their
I think the tip of the iceberg that will have the fed's clamp down
on EVERYONE...including individuals...to driving ALL states to inspect
SMOG is a NATIONAL ***MANDATED*** by federal law, so of course they won't/don't
take this likely
Same goes for 'tuners' folks buy, but okay if they still pass SMOG testing
Taking off SMOG component/systems is against the law. Fines for individuals but
for companies...fines, lost license and even jail time
Key will be intent...how can they say an accidental design 'flaw'...purposeful
and meant to skirt the laws...
Headers, my experience over the decades, has a higher percentage with issues
on sealing to the head
Do NOT use stainless on stainless fasteners on high heat applications...they will
weld together over time
I keep mine till can't or will not fix them anymore...will trade them if there
are innate design flaws/weaknesses, as detest payments and now the insane prices
and too many bells and whistles to become maintenance issues
When not wrenching it myself (more and more these days), take it to my mechanic
and dislike dealerships service. My mechanic is an ASE Master and used to work
at Toyota and Honda. His shop has just about every OEM badge there is and does
few trucks, as he is more of a car mechanic
About half the cost of a dealer visit and get much better service.
Such a personal decision...for me boils down to trust in the vehicle and the
gamble that anything new, whether used or not...might have same or more design
Filter "anti drain back" valve
Quality of the filter matters and some don't even have an anti drain back valve
Quality of the engine oil with higher film strength. Both to stick to the surfaces
over nite or extended off time and helps the valve performance