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RE: Brake Myths

The laws of physics apply to everyone...to the ultra high end...like racing...down to the little old lady who only drives a few miles a week High end would not 've a good setup for that little old lady...nor would her level work well for a racer...but both their stuff all are based in SAME laws of physics The issue is in taking attributes out of context
BenK 02/26/15 03:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Haul.......When?

You folks who wish more control of your tranny as this discussion is about...consider getting a manual tranny on your next vehicle
BenK 02/26/15 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Issue Backing into Camping Spot

Next time I go for a drive in reverse I'll have to check the computer for the atf temp... never through that would be a problem, especially if the truck is equipped for towing... wonder why this serious issue is not covered in the operators manual. Be sure to have several tons of trail hooked up when you check this
BenK 02/26/15 03:45pm Towing
RE: Issue Backing into Camping Spot

Yes...going backwards will have little to no air flow through the main radiator, nor external ATF cooler The engine fan and any aux fans 'help' a little, but the amounts of heat generated maneuvering back and forth like that will elevate the AFT way up there The TC will be at stall a lot with little to no air flow to cool the radiators. Plus high throttle setting...worse if dirt, gravel, potholes, incline, etc Been there done that and always let it rest a bit while holding the engine in N at a higher RPM to get the fan to cool things down. There will just be days when it's NOT working... Love drive through sites !!!
BenK 02/26/15 12:57pm Towing
RE: Brake Myths

That author also has some that should be debunked... As long as there are binders in friction material...there will be out gassing. That out gassing is a desired 'feature' of friction material, but it needs to be done correctly. As friction material on friction material is the goal....but if you stop while the friction material is out gassing...it will bake a high spot and why some will say no such thing as a warped rotor...just high spots that cause the jitter when the pads comes across those high spots Finally...folks (some) are seeing the issue with drilled (cast in is just okay) Not many know that drilling (even cast in) holes removes mass and mass is one key component in heat rejection management Slots do aid in managing out gassing and is not really to wipe the surface of the friction material. That 'glaze' is the out gassed material redepositing on the friction material that out gassed and on the cast iron. DO NOT use sandpaper with ALU Oxide to remove glaze...it will leave particles that will then sand paper your friction material. Use EMERY CLOTH or Scotch Bright (2nd best) That guys image of a high spot is from the StopTech site and still amazes me that so many don't believe that a 0.0001" high spot can cause the steering wheel to jidder as if warped rotor
BenK 02/26/15 11:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Issue Backing into Camping Spot

Learn to use pivot points of your trailer and TV Mainly their tires...then the over hang from that pivot point(s) Backing up, I first figure where I want it, where the over hang 'might' swing and then place the trailer tire at the pivot point for the moment to turn the steering wheel like mad Also, if an automatic...worst condition for any automatic while unlocked and can burn up the tranny in a hurry (minutes to seconds) Avoid hight throttle settings and if needed...only short bursts
BenK 02/25/15 04:37pm Towing
RE: Parasitic loads - GM trucks & SUV's

Also check your vanity mirrors on the sun shade...they are not 'high' quality and too often they don't turn off when the lid is closed Ditto anything else with a potential drain...like the after market alarm...
BenK 02/25/15 04:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Im finding vague references

I believe in the OEM ratings system Wanted a 1 ton Suburban, but they don't offer one... Ordered the F60 option, which begets the 1 ton front torsion bars. I also know that the rear axle has the same 6K GAWR as the 1 ton dually of that same year The only difference is in the rear brakes (MC, proportioning valve, larger cylinder bore, wider shoes/drum and who knows what else) and the leaf spring pack Why I call mine a K3500 Suburban...but at the end of the day the GVWR is still 8.6K vs the 1 ton dually's 9.6K Try to keep under my OEM ratings, but don't weigh it every trip...so 'might' be under or 'might' be over. Just know I'm within the range and do note the amount of drop for each trip. Know your vehicle is the basis for my comments
BenK 02/25/15 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Axle Ratio and tow rating

All gearing is either or both a change in direction or torque multiplication Multiplication as in reducing power or increasing power A 3.73 has the input shaft (drive shaft) turn 3.73 times to ONE axle turn Meaning 3.73 times the drive shaft power at the axle shaft...minus losses 4.1 means 4.1 times the drive shaft power and 3.55 means 3.55 times...etc This is regardless to the throttle setting. Just that multiplication factor. Then toss in throttle setting and it too will be multiplied likewise by the ratio. Part throttle at 50% and say 50% torque will have it multiplied by the diff ratio number Full throttle will have that 100% torque multiplied by the diff ratio All minus losses and other factors Some times a higher numeric will have better economy because the throttle does NOT need to be pressed as far. The ICE just turns more at a lower throttle setting vs a lower numeric which would require a higher throttle setting as there isn't as much power multiplication
BenK 02/25/15 03:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Parasitic loads - GM trucks & SUV's

pull fuses instead of cut wires Unless 'that' fuse powers other stuff
BenK 02/25/15 11:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Im finding vague references

There are labels (stickers) on the driver door that has the payload, tire, GVWR, F/R GAWR And some camper info is in the glove box label Be sure to just use the info specific to 'your' vehicle. Labels from others 'might' not apply to your vehicle
BenK 02/25/15 11:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is this a dangerous situation?

Did you purchase new, or is this a used vehicle? Depends on 'where' they measured to check both the front and rear alignment could be that the frame is out of alignment (bent) and why asked if used Could have been in an accident
BenK 02/23/15 05:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on next tow vehicle

Bought my 2000 Odyssey used and have found that they did tow a small PUP. Not external ATF cooler, which says no tow package and my guess why the automatic didn't last Curious that Honda touches on a WD Hitch for my Odyssey, but nephew's Pilot (derived from an Odyssey mini van) says "NO WD Hitch"...his is newer than mine and that might be it...too many issues with WD? Then note that the U-Haul receiver the previous owner had installed says "NO WD" This is the page on towing metrics vs the number of seat belts used for my 2000 Odyssey http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0016pg1.jpg width=640odysseytow odysseytowmanual odysseymanual http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0017pg2.jpgodysseyGVWR odysseyGCWR odysseyATFcooler Below quote from: 2000 Odyssey auto tranny just went south Bought a used 2000 Odyssey with 115K miles on it. Missionary couple and they just drove it hauling tons of kids on church trips. Bike rack and a U-Haul 1.75" receiver. Know they had all the seat belts filled and a dog or two from all of the candy/soda/etc stains & dog hair found on my first cleaning. Known weakness is the automatic and they usually go around 100K-120K. Thought okay, as they know next to nothing mechanic and had it serviced exactly to the glove box manual service schedule. Have all of the receipts for Mobil synthetic motor oil Had it flushed at Jiffy Lube ($79 sale) and was a known gamble on my part. As know that if they never had it flushed, there is a possibility of the new solvents loosening something and/or dissolving varnish to have a valve become loosey goosey 4 months later after that flush and it's now shifting bad and is in the shop. Mechanic says the majority of Odyssey and Pilot automatics go around 100K-120K miles and sooner if hauling/towing stuff. Over at my Suburban/SUV/Truck/Car forum, a well respected member and in the automotive business confirms this too. Brother also has a 2000 Odyssey and is now in need of a second rebuild as he hauls tons inside with a humongo roof rack carrier along with the bike carrier. Just a heads up to those who are considering or have an Odyssey or Pilot that they will tow with. IMHO, these are not meant to tow much more than a Popup and should be serviced on a regular basis...ONLY Honda ATF to boot, as my mechanic says using non-Honda shortens its life http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG00132000OdysseyGVWR.jpg width=640 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0018Odysseyrecvr.jpg width=640 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0020OdysseyRVWR.jpg width=640 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0016pg1.jpg width=640 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0017pg2.jpg width=640 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0018pg3.jpg width=640 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0019pg4.jpg width=640 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0021pg6.jpg width=640 http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/CIMG0022pg7.jpg width=640
BenK 02/22/15 11:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is included in Gross Vehicle Weight

Very well put and add that many then use derogatories both to defuse and reduce validity of the advice they DO NOT want to hear "Weight Police" is the most common...there is NO policing on these freebie forum...just advice and opinion... Add the OEMs do NOT help this with their multitude of "half ton" models. Spanning from +6K GVWR up to just under 8K GVWR...which "half ton are you talking about" is my first question... i agree with the adage always bring more truck than you need but knowing when you have more than you need shouldn't always be measured by bring a F550 to tow your lawn mower. Ludicrous statements such as the above along with those like "people think you need a dually to tow a rowboat", etc. in my mind immediately puts such posters in the unable or unwilling to engage in any meaningful discussion of the topic at hand. I have never or at least almost never have seen such statements by anyone whose opinion I would even consider worthy of consideration. Like it or not IMO the facts are a very large percentage of 1/2T category of TV are simply inadequate to use for a majority of full profile TTs that many here would like to have. This is self evident in the almost exclusive subject of weight issues discussed are concerning the 1/2T category of TVs. You seldom see this as an issue with the 3/4T or 1T TVs with those generally limited to 5er pin weights where there can be issues with 3/4T TVs. People again IMO are unrealistic in they want an everyday driver/grocery getter that can double as a TV for these 31' and larger TTs. These two scenarios are in a large part not compatible with each other and often fall into the "have your cake and eat it to" dilemna. Larry
BenK 02/22/15 11:28am Towing
RE: If a pickup truck has been "Lifted" and tricked out...

Add to Slowmover's very good comments...all things designed/engineered/etc are NOT for the good days when a half ton can tow the Shuttle...they are designed for the day Mr Murphy crosses your path Either you have the properly sized and optioned TV spot there or not. No time to go back to the store for proper sized or re-adjust. I refer to that as it's ability to 'manhandle' the setup in adverse conditions... Plus...it can happen to anyone, any time, any place....not just to 'the other guy'
BenK 02/21/15 04:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on next tow vehicle

Most full sized pickup trucks and SUVs are ladder frame with a unibody (monocoque) body sitting on that ladder frame Most SUVs (Sports Utility Vehicle) are derived from pickup trucks CUV (crossover utility vehicle) are generally derived from a 'car'. Or more specifically...a unibody/monocoque body with *NO* ladder frane The Honda Pilot is derived from the Odyssey mini van and both are NOT ladder frame, but unibody/monocoque. The Pilot's glove box manual says to NOT use a WD Hitch system...the last time I looked. Ditto the Highlander. First gen was derived from the Camry and the current gen is derived from the Sienna mini van and is a unibody/monocoque The general reason a unibody/monocoque is not a good candidate for any WD Hitch system...is that the stressed are on sheetmetal...not a 'C' channel that runs the whole length of a ladder frame. Some ladder frame rails are boxed (not 'C' channel, but square tube like) There are exceptions and that is the VW/Porsche/Audi/etc Tourg (sp?) That is made from thicker gauge sheetmetal and it also weighs considerably more than any other CUV of similar size All things can tow something...but the big issue is the sizing of that trailer (length and weight...toss in frontal area) Follow your owners manual if you wish to stay within it's ratings. If not, then do whatever you wish...knowing that you have takend the OEM off the warranty hook and liability hook
BenK 02/21/15 04:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Did your parents own a Ford?

Dad first had a Chevy, then a 1954ish pink Ford Station Wagon with a 313 & AFB A big deal back then...dad loves big displacement That was my first daily. Still the family wagon and the deal was I had to be the driver for siblings Tough to get dates with a Pink Ford Station Wagon while in high school...while others with money had Mustangs, Camaro's, GTO's etc. the other 'regular' guys also had family rides
BenK 02/21/15 12:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What is included in Gross Vehicle Weight

Listen to Keith...he knows this stuff better than anyone here Maybe a diagram of how the various loads, limits/ratings/etc all stack up...or how they look like down to pavement...instead of having to mentally visualize from verbiage Found a picture with a bit of whimsy to avoid having a 'truck' in the pic. Anything can tow anything...what matters is how well, how safely and for how long...we all know a 'half ton' *CAN* tow the Shuttle...I've seen it many, many times on TV... :B How well can it do it? How safely can it do it? How LONG can it do it? So...that motorcycle (tricycle?) has a GVWR and it weighs whatever it is as you see it. Take that actual weight and subtract it from it's GVWR and that will be it's 'payload', 'cargo', etc...then put a person on it and now that 'payload'/'cargo' will be less by whatever that person weighs...add another person and ditto...less 'payload'/'cargo'...put a hitch on it and ditto...less 'payload'/'cargo' Since it appears to be homemade...most likely does not have an OEM sticker(s) http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Towing/HowmuchshouldItow.jpg~original width=640howmuchcanitow howmuchshoulditow
BenK 02/21/15 12:31pm Towing
RE: tire wear

Tread separation...take it to a tire store if you don't believe This is what the kid found out front one day...a gal was calling for a tow. Asked and she said told her husband last nite that the ride was too harsh...so he aired it down a 'bit' About 10 miles is what she said when she felt a vibration and then it went 'whoosh' Typical of too low, but not all end up this way. Many just wear badly and come come apart in chunks http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Tire%20Wheel/IMAG0151YukonBlowout.jpg~original width=640SUVTire http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Tire%20Wheel/CIMG0020YukonBlowout.jpg~original width=640SUVTire 20Tire http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Tire%20Wheel/CIMG0022YukonBlowout.jpg~original width=64020aireddown This is also from too low PSI http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Tire%20Wheel/CIMG0004Shredded.jpg~original width=640lowPSI tirePSI http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Tire%20Wheel/CIMG0002Shredded.jpg~original width=640TireLow Another too low and common among low profile tires aired too low http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Tire%20Wheel/CIMG0024BlownTire.jpg~original width=640lowprofile lowaspectratio http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v77/bentoy/Tire%20Wheel/CIMG0027BlownTire.jpg~original width=640Notenough notenoughPSI
BenK 02/21/15 12:25pm Towing
RE: Weight of TT & Truck

Agree...go out and weigh it at a weigh station No chart or formula will ever get it...as how does it know how much 'that' driver weighs, their passengers weigh, their pets weight, the 'stuff' they loaded into and onto the TV Ditto the trailer...there is no chart in the world that knows what any given trailer weighs. Ranges is about as good any chart can be without actually weighing Shopping for either or both...yes the charts are good to provide an approximation of what it 'might' weigh...but it will NOT tell you what it will weigh A good example of a 'chart' weight range... I'm 6'0 tall. 'Husky' or 'Athletic and toned'. 67 years old I actually weigh in at around 180 lbs, butt naked. 'Around' because I don't weigh the same day to day, nor with whick clothes/shoes/etc worn that day...which can add 10-15 lbs or more The best insurance actuary charts will only give a 'range' for my weight...
BenK 02/20/15 03:58pm Towing
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