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Diesel exhaust fluid sensor failure

Apparently the latest shortage for us to worry about is the exhaust fluid sensor in our diesel powered items failing. sensor failures It seems that when the sensor fails EPA dictates that the vehicle go into a barely get off the highway limp mode and sit there until you get a new sensor. The huge catch is that there are not nearly enough sensors available. I saw another article about some people with motorhomes rigging an imitation sensor that fools the main computer so that it will let you keep driving but I forgot where I saw that. All of the current engine builders are aware of the bind this can put drivers into but currently it is illegal for them to provide a work around. Another example of our government providing valuable service to the taxpayers.
Groover 09/16/21 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Wow- - Where is the Tesla Semi? Where is their pickup?"Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Cybertruck production won't begin until late 2022, with volume production not until late 2023." https://www.investors.com/news/rivian-ev-startup-beats-tesla By that statement I could see another two years minimum. Semi could be three years out. Disappointing. One thing to remember is that right now Tesla has all of their production lines running full speed but still can't keep up, even after raising the price on the Model Y by $5k in the past 6 months. Most competitors have lines and employees sitting around doing nothing. It is a lot easier to justify changing over production facilities that are idle than those that are bringing in millions of dollars every day.
Groover 09/15/21 01:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chasing No left turn Signal on Trailer With Ram Truck

Now you should check your utility trailer for a short circuit. Wiring on trailers is often done very poorly.
Groover 09/15/21 06:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 GM HD 505hp/1085tq

Personally I would be more excited by a 400hp diesel with a 100hp hybrid electric drive generator combo like Ford is offering in the F150. Just bigger and with a much larger battery so that the electric motor can make a significant difference while pulling a heavy trailer.
Groover 09/13/21 03:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

If EV's are going to be a success, all charging stations will need to be available to all vehicles, just like gas stations. Tell that to GM Ford Rivian etc. Musk did invite other manufacturers to pitch in with paying for building Tesla SCharger network but no one cared. Tesla buyers paid for this,why should they wait for other slower charging cars ? There has been some talk from the Whitehouse about subsidizing charging systems that are open to the general public. If that comes about Tesla is going to open theirs to the general public and use the money to greatly expand the system. I expect that Tesla will charge non-Tesla vehicles about what they would pay at Electrify America, which is about double what Tesla owners get charged. But, as you pointed out, Tesla owners paid for the fixed cost of the Tesla system up front and now just have to pay for the energy they use.
Groover 09/13/21 06:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 HD trucks delivery date

"Unless I am mistaken ,adaptive steering is a vibrating steering wheel when wandering out of your lane" You are thinking of lane keeping assist. Adaptive steering turns the front wheels more for each turn of the steering wheel so that you don't have to turn the wheel so much while parking but still have good control at high speed. Ford adaptive steering Got it ,no experience when I drove the 2021 ford Superduty with adaptive cruise nor steering , it was the lane keeping assist I didn't care for. I find lane keeping to be annoying most of the time but use it for some extra help when I am tired or have a distraction like reaching a snack on a long trip. Mine is from 2016, I am hoping that the newer versions are more useful. Sometimes mine will trigger an alarm when driving on a straight road just because I haven't had to turn the wheel in a while and it thinks that I have gone to sleep.
Groover 09/13/21 06:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

"Tusk is doing an excellent job of farming the government just as I said he would. I give him an A+." How is Elon doing that? Biden's proposed EV incentives deliberately exclude Tesla and Biden is trying to coerce Tesla into sharing their charging network so that other brands have a good place to charge the cars. "Where is that semi by the way? It was 2018 and then 2019 and then for sure 2020 and now I'm sure you will say for sure at the end of 2021!!" Show me a lot from any brand with any new trucks on it. What is to you anyway? "Do you want to do another prediction?" No
Groover 09/10/21 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

My 2018 F350 3.5L did a wonderful job towing a 6k trailer. I noticed a HUGE improvement when I upgraded to LT "E" tires. What size wheels do you have. I had my 2016 F150 with 18" wheels factory equipped with LT tires which are still on it and have been pleased with them. However, to get the highest tow ratings Ford now requires 20" wheels and P series tires. With the larger rims the P series 20" tires may be more stable than the 18" LT tires.
Groover 09/09/21 06:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 HD trucks delivery date

Not only are these vehicles sitting for months on end with no chips, I had heard that they are having some issues with the new chips they are getting. A truck shop around here won't tune any new diesels with these new chips as they said they few they did had nothing but problems. And how does every single vehicle manufacturer not only become so dependent one one supplier, it amazes me no one has stepped up to start producing these chips? Seems like some tech company out there would start making these. I smell a startup. It sounds like few startups could afford to build a new semiconductor plant. However, Samsung is talking seriously about building a $17 billion dollar plant in Texas. If I had to guess it will be about 2 years before we see much production from it though. Samsung's new plant
Groover 09/08/21 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 HD trucks delivery date

"As far as adaptive cruise goes, its okay" I really like mine though I do use it more when not trailer pulling. Mine is a 2016 model but the newer ones that work in stop and go traffic are terrific when traffic gets backed up on the interstate. I really like the idea of having a continuous watch on the car in front of me with nearly instantaneous braking in braking situations. I do wish that Ford could make it a little smoother though.
Groover 09/08/21 11:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 HD trucks delivery date

"Unless I am mistaken ,adaptive steering is a vibrating steering wheel when wandering out of your lane" You are thinking of lane keeping assist. Adaptive steering turns the front wheels more for each turn of the steering wheel so that you don't have to turn the wheel so much while parking but still have good control at high speed. Ford adaptive steering
Groover 09/08/21 11:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

It is highly unlikely that there will be any major changes in the F150 from the 2021 model and since the op isn't getting the hybrid even the 2020 is a good reference. The 2021 and 2022 will have a little more power but that shouldn't be a big problem. And since we have a good feel for how the 2021 compares with Flapper's 2012 even that info is very useful. Especially the part about the fifth wheel vs the bumper pull.
Groover 09/08/21 08:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

I’ve been towing my 8000# (scale weight) trailer since 2013 with my HDPP F150 Eco. Payload is 2560#. Many many miles in the mountain west and I have never had an issue with engine braking being insufficient. I down shift early keeping RPM in the 4000 range and have never experienced beyond moderate use of the service brakes. Now mileage, it sucks. At 60 MPH it’s 8 to 9 calculated because the lieometer is always 1 to 1 1/2 higher. LOL Bare mixed mileage rarely exceeds 14. I think the combination of LT tires and 3.73 diff kills it. Keeping my expectations in check but would be happy if I got 10 MPG towing, put in a order for F150 3.5L HD Ecoboost 4X4 Supercrew with the 3.73, 13,800 towing, Payload 2640, 19,500 GCWR Mike Did you spec out the trailer tow mirrors? Getting 10mpg depends mostly on aerodynamics and how fast you drive. As I mentioned before you may want a camper shell to keep the wind off of the front of the trailer. I that that you will be happy the truck. Let us know how it works in real life.
Groover 09/07/21 06:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 HD trucks delivery date

If you don't need the truck why are you ordering it? If you do need it why would you want to get 4 months in, cancel the order and start all over again? Like most new truck buyers, I don' need a new truck, but it is time to update before I head out to my winter location. As far as canceling the order, think about what is going to happen once the chips start hitting the market and manufactures start unloading the supposed thousands of trucks sitting in parking lots. Not hard for you to think of what pricing will be like for negotiating a new truck at that time. I am in the same boat. I am going to wait for all of those parked trucks to hit the market and then order one.
Groover 09/05/21 01:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 HD trucks delivery date

If you don't need the truck why are you ordering it? If you do need it why would you want to get 4 months in, cancel the order and start all over again?
Groover 09/04/21 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Vehicles with major electrical issues sometimes have a short and catch fire….;) And that's why I'm never going to buy a Ram again, or recommend that anyone buy one. They are overpriced pieces of Bye-don dung. https://www.jdpower.com/Cars/Ratings/Ram-Truck/2021 I think that almost every brand has had at least one horror story. I used to be a Mopar guy. What drove me away was the local dealer where I lived then. A dealer can make or break a company in their region but too many of them seem to be uncontrolled.
Groover 09/04/21 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and others shutting down production.

The problem with raising wages by law is that if our expensive workers are not protected from cheap competition they will soon find themselves out of work. That is why so few manufactured goods are made in this country. If you can put something in a box and ship it there are people on this planet willing to make those items for a lot less than $15/hr and under a lot worse conditions. The same is becoming true for office workers. If a job can be done online it can be done anywhere on the planet now. Service jobs are losing their safety. I can remember when almost every gas station had service bays and had workers pump the gas for you, I think that there is still one in town that does those things but I don't go there because it is too expensive. Plus, cars have been made better so that they need much less maintenance than they used to. My son installs automation for a living. He is rooting for a higher minimum wage so that more employers will be able to justify robots and other forms of automation. I am not making nearly as much money as I used to because my job went to India. India does not return that money to us, it is just gone from our economy. I would love to see wages here increase but if not done carefully legislation will do more harm than good. One of the biggest things that we need to do is teach our kids a work ethic so that they are actually worth $15/hr or more. My wife and I put a lot of time into teaching our kids how to think and work. All four of them have jobs paying more than $15/hr but too many kids are being raised without skills or work ethic and really are not worth that much.
Groover 09/04/21 06:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and others shutting down production.

Lost that battle...several times while still working... When the corporation was noodling outsourcing manufacturing (a $17billion per year revenue corp)...argued to executive staff that we were paying them to build up their infrastructure & become a competitor...lost that one. Next battle was when they were noodling outsourcing manufacturing design...lost that one too. CEO came over to my office (around the corner from his) and sat down...oh, oh...he said keep up the good work, but he (was also the board chair) said the stockholders demand reducing cost...added: "at any cost" and he got it, but said "they don't care, nor do they understand"... Next was over outsourcing our engineering design...this time made a HUGE stink and almost got fired (divisional GM's yelled at my boss), but the CEO and I had another talk...and his comment was that the executive bonuses were based on quarterly performance. Both revenue growth and stock market performance...while 'they' had an outlook farther than the current or next quarter...years outlook vs our stupid quarterly outlook Then the huge manufacturing campuses were built by our money...they switched location on us and forced us to build another one 'over there' and took over that first campus. "We Americans" paid 'them' to become our peers. First in manufacturing, then design, then in raw everything from initial conception to shipping finished products to 'us' over here. All the while paid them to build & produce things they would have taken several decades to get up to that level. Too many...most...blame the US Government, but so misplaced...it is the shareholder demanding the "cheapest at any cost" and "higher stock prices"...which is "us" the citizens of America... Too bad we don't have the know how/technology/workforce/ability/desire to produce these chips in the US.Sadly, one of the biggest reasons they outsource a lot of these parts is the cost. I'd love to see 100% of our products made on our own turf, but the costs would skyrocket. We think prices are high now..... I'm sure they have the technology but let's face it, local labor costs a lot more than foreign labor. I have been there too but I disagree on the role of the government. All costs "here" make producing products "there" more attractive. Those costs include EPA compliance, OSHA compliance, taxes, Social Security "contributions", financial audit compliance, etc. I was working for Ingersoll Rand when they moved their legal headquarters to Bermuda and with a stroke of a pen saved themselves $160 million/year in taxes. Outsourcing cast iron production to China saved about half a million per years in EPA compliance but the environment gets polluted even more. There were a lot of other factors but the government was no small contributor to the eventual closing of the plant that I worked in. I do agree that Americans in general are too focused on the next quarter instead of long term. I have noticed that in the automobile industry the companies under foreign management have been gaining against American managed companies for the last 50 years, even with production facilities in the U.S. I am not saying that the government requirements are bad in themselves. But, if we allow countries that don't have those costs built into their products to undercut American workers we can expect to be unemployed. And unemployed people don't pay taxes to support our government programs.
Groover 09/03/21 12:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

It would be interesting to know how many weeks income it takes of, say a school teacher, to equal the cost of a 4x4 crew cab pick up now vs in 2000. Regardless for many people the older they get the wealthier they get and the easier it is to purchase a vehicle. My first vehicle nearly emptied my piggy bank. And part of the issue. Not everyone “should” be able to afford a new 4x4 crew cab pickup. But there sure are a lot of stout car loans out there…. I have met a lot of people that sincerely believe they own a very nice vehicle while in reality the bank that financed the vehicle owns the person driving the vehicle. As for teacher pay, everyone I know that has voiced an opinion thinks that teachers should be paid more. Very few of those people are willing to pay more taxes to make that possible. While the people that determine teacher pay have an obligation to provide their students a good education they also have an obligation to the taxpayers to use tax money prudently. Plus, a lot of people, like my wife, really want to be a teacher and will work for whatever is offered. It is sad but it is common knowledge that you make more money going from high school to Home Depot than as a degreed and certified elementary school teacher in most of this country.
Groover 09/03/21 10:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and others shutting down production.

And the issues appear to be even worse for Tesla. Tesla chip issue Next year for all but the most expensive models, and they don't even talk about the mythical Cybertruck. Tesla doesn't share as much data as the other manufacturers but from what I can find out they have been less affected than other manufacturers. The best specific description of production issues that I could find for Tesla was from Bloomberg: "Bloomberg reported that the Shanghai production site was halted for around four days last month amid a backlog in chip supplies that largely affected the clean-energy carmaker's Model Y SUV." Four days down in one factory is far better than Ford that reported a 30% drop in sales already with more coming. Toyota and others have been clobbered. Since Tesla designs all of their systems in-house and writes their own software they have been more flexible with substituting available chips for ones that they can't get and have been less impacted than most other car makers. As for deliveries getting pushed out many believe that it is due to increased orders. The CNN article linked only has this to say about Tesla production: "Tesla has said it expects to have only more than a 50% increase on its 2020 deliveries of 500,000 cars." Meanwhile, it has this to say about other manufacturers: "Toyota (TM), the world's largest automaker by number of vehicles sold, announced Thursday that it was cutting production as much as 60% in the North America and about 40% at plants in Japan in September. Volkswagen (VLKAF) is also weighing production cuts, and General Motors (GM), Ford (F) and Stellantis have all announced temporary plant shutdowns due to part shortages caused by rising covid cases globally, especially in Southeast Asia, where many suppliers have been forced to cut or halt production." So Tesla is expecting "more than a 50% increase on its 2020 deliveries of 500,000 cars" and has two new factories coming on line in the next 6 months vs cuts at Toyota, Ford GM and others. Not nearly as devastating for Tesla as the title suggests.
Groover 09/03/21 07:50am Tow Vehicles
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