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westslope

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Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 1:04pm



 Proclivities wrote:
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Nice - Michelins are good tires, but they can get pretty pricey.  If you live in a place with a lot of wet and/or snowy weather though, it's probably worth it.
 

Agreed.   We get just a dusting of snow here and if we need to drive higher elevation, snowier places, we have the 4X4 Xterra that remains parked most of the time.

But we do go down to 'the coast', usually Greater Vancouver, a couple of times a year and there the rainfall can be absolutely horrendous.  Looking for a challenge?  Drive the Fraser Canyon at night during a torrential rain storm......

For kurtster:   Been running Michelin LTX 4 season M&S tires for years, first on the WD-21 Pathfinder (1993) and now on the 2nd generation Xterra (2006).   Never had a problem and they work great in heavy, sheeting rains.   Any hydroplaning is momentary.  

kurtster

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Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 12:51pm

 westslope wrote:
Was about to post to What did you do today? thread and then decided this might be a better choice.
Ordered a full set of Michelin CrossClimate+ all season/4-season/Mud & Snow tires for the Kia Soul.

In that class of tires, these Michelins are top rated by both Consumer Reports and Tire Rack.  

 
Do be careful with Michelins.  While they are excellent wearing tires, the rubber is too hard for in control slick wet driving.  Been there done that.  Great dry or in sticky snow, but be extra careful when things get slippery.  They tend to break traction a little too easily when braking.
Red_Dragon

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Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 12:46pm



 Proclivities wrote:


Nice - Michelins are good tires, but they can get pretty pricey.  If you live in a place with a lot of wet and/or snowy weather though, it's probably worth it.
 

Indeed. We had a tire failure on our return trip from Chicagoland last month; dropped $750 on a set of them.
Proclivities

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Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 12:39pm



 westslope wrote:
Was about to post to What did you do today? thread and then decided this might be a better choice.


Ordered a full set of Michelin CrossClimate+ all season/4-season/Mud & Snow tires for the Kia Soul.

In that class of tires, these Michelins are top rated by both Consumer Reports and Tire Rack.  
 
Nice - Michelins are good tires, but they can get pretty pricey.  If you live in a place with a lot of wet and/or snowy weather though, it's probably worth it.
westslope

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Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Oct 8, 2019 - 12:22pm

Was about to post to What did you do today? thread and then decided this might be a better choice.


Ordered a full set of Michelin CrossClimate+ all season/4-season/Mud & Snow tires for the Kia Soul.

In that class of tires, these Michelins are top rated by both Consumer Reports and Tire Rack.  






KurtfromLaQuinta

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Location: Really deep in the heart of South California
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Posted: Aug 30, 2019 - 4:53pm



 oldviolin wrote:


 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:


 Red_Dragon wrote:
P bought a 2016 Ford Focus earlier this year to replace the wreck-magnet that was her 2011 Mazda. Something I noticed almost immediately was some rough shifting from the 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transaxle. I took the car back to Carmax withing the 30-day "we'll fix anything free" period and they ran a full diagnostic on the tranny; everything was in spec. The service-writer explained that this transmission was essentially a manual transmission controlled by a computer and that the intermittent rough shifting was a known issue. Well... perhaps not one of Ford's better ideas.

So, I went home and started goggling things like: "Ford Focus transmission issues". Before long I found that this was, indeed, a known issue. However, it turned out to be an issue with a very simple fix that Ford should probably issue a recall for. Seems the car has exactly one chassis ground connection; the cable from the battery to a bracket welded to the left front inner fender. This bracket is painted, so that the only actual connection is via the threads of the bolt that attaches the cable to it. The fix is to simply remove the bolt, grind the paint of the bracket to expose bare metal to the washer around the bolt, then replace the bolt and cover the entire area with dielectric grease.

This not only completely solves the problem with the transmission, but also the intermittent function of the back-up camera. I cannot understand why Ford hasn't resolved this.
 

Easy fix for a stupid product.


 

Fix Or Repair Daily or no? 



 


oldviolin

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Posted: Aug 29, 2019 - 1:56pm



 KurtfromLaQuinta wrote:


 Red_Dragon wrote:
P bought a 2016 Ford Focus earlier this year to replace the wreck-magnet that was her 2011 Mazda. Something I noticed almost immediately was some rough shifting from the 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transaxle. I took the car back to Carmax withing the 30-day "we'll fix anything free" period and they ran a full diagnostic on the tranny; everything was in spec. The service-writer explained that this transmission was essentially a manual transmission controlled by a computer and that the intermittent rough shifting was a known issue. Well... perhaps not one of Ford's better ideas.

So, I went home and started goggling things like: "Ford Focus transmission issues". Before long I found that this was, indeed, a known issue. However, it turned out to be an issue with a very simple fix that Ford should probably issue a recall for. Seems the car has exactly one chassis ground connection; the cable from the battery to a bracket welded to the left front inner fender. This bracket is painted, so that the only actual connection is via the threads of the bolt that attaches the cable to it. The fix is to simply remove the bolt, grind the paint of the bracket to expose bare metal to the washer around the bolt, then replace the bolt and cover the entire area with dielectric grease.

This not only completely solves the problem with the transmission, but also the intermittent function of the back-up camera. I cannot understand why Ford hasn't resolved this.
 

Easy fix for a stupid product.


 

Fix Or Repair Daily or no? 
KurtfromLaQuinta

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Location: Really deep in the heart of South California
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Posted: Aug 29, 2019 - 1:12pm



 Red_Dragon wrote:
P bought a 2016 Ford Focus earlier this year to replace the wreck-magnet that was her 2011 Mazda. Something I noticed almost immediately was some rough shifting from the 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transaxle. I took the car back to Carmax withing the 30-day "we'll fix anything free" period and they ran a full diagnostic on the tranny; everything was in spec. The service-writer explained that this transmission was essentially a manual transmission controlled by a computer and that the intermittent rough shifting was a known issue. Well... perhaps not one of Ford's better ideas.

So, I went home and started goggling things like: "Ford Focus transmission issues". Before long I found that this was, indeed, a known issue. However, it turned out to be an issue with a very simple fix that Ford should probably issue a recall for. Seems the car has exactly one chassis ground connection; the cable from the battery to a bracket welded to the left front inner fender. This bracket is painted, so that the only actual connection is via the threads of the bolt that attaches the cable to it. The fix is to simply remove the bolt, grind the paint of the bracket to expose bare metal to the washer around the bolt, then replace the bolt and cover the entire area with dielectric grease.

This not only completely solves the problem with the transmission, but also the intermittent function of the back-up camera. I cannot understand why Ford hasn't resolved this.
 

Easy fix for a stupid product.


Red_Dragon

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Posted: Aug 27, 2019 - 6:18am

P bought a 2016 Ford Focus earlier this year to replace the wreck-magnet that was her 2011 Mazda. Something I noticed almost immediately was some rough shifting from the 6-speed, dual-clutch automatic transaxle. I took the car back to Carmax withing the 30-day "we'll fix anything free" period and they ran a full diagnostic on the tranny; everything was in spec. The service-writer explained that this transmission was essentially a manual transmission controlled by a computer and that the intermittent rough shifting was a known issue. Well... perhaps not one of Ford's better ideas.

So, I went home and started goggling things like: "Ford Focus transmission issues". Before long I found that this was, indeed, a known issue. However, it turned out to be an issue with a very simple fix that Ford should probably issue a recall for. Seems the car has exactly one chassis ground connection; the cable from the battery to a bracket welded to the left front inner fender. This bracket is painted, so that the only actual connection is via the threads of the bolt that attaches the cable to it. The fix is to simply remove the bolt, grind the paint of the bracket to expose bare metal to the washer around the bolt, then replace the bolt and cover the entire area with dielectric grease.

This not only completely solves the problem with the transmission, but also the intermittent function of the back-up camera. I cannot understand why Ford hasn't resolved this.
miamizsun

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Posted: Aug 23, 2019 - 7:44am

 ptooey wrote:
 miamizsun wrote:
i rarely post in here

but this came through one of my wonky news feeds, and only the internet knows why

or because it knows that i had a slant six (in a duster) back in the day

it seemed indestructible and i put through hell (i took the long scenic route)

brought back some memories
 
What a strange video.

    Step 1 - Pay $100 for junkyard motor
    Step 2 -Throw the whole thing away and build a completely different motor with new internals

 
i think the damage to the block was too severe to repair

obviously it's also about the story with some sponsor stuff donated for recognition

but in the end (in the next episode) the engine finds a good home and everybody lives happily ever after
ptooey

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Posted: Aug 23, 2019 - 7:30am



 miamizsun wrote:
i rarely post in here

but this came through one of my wonky news feeds, and only the internet knows why

or because it knows that i had a slant six (in a duster) back in the day

it seemed indestructible and i put through hell (i took the long scenic route)

brought back some memories

 
What a strange video.

    Step 1 - Pay $100 for junkyard motor
    Step 2 -Throw the whole thing away and build a completely different motor with new internals

miamizsun

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Location: (3261.3 Miles SE of RP)
Gender: Male


Posted: Aug 23, 2019 - 6:50am

i rarely post in here

but this came through one of my wonky news feeds, and only the internet knows why

or because it knows that i had a slant six (in a duster) back in the day

it seemed indestructible and i put through hell (i took the long scenic route)

brought back some memories

SeriousLee

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Location: Dans l'milieu d'deux milles livres


Posted: Jul 23, 2019 - 11:31am

 aflanigan wrote:


 SeriousLee wrote:
I almost forgot. I had the car looked at and they couldn't find anything.

I'm guessing because it was hot the few days between the water leaking and the appoinment that the water could have easily evaporated from the condensate  pan. They ran the car with the A/C on and no leaking. The water drained through the drain tube alright.

Now at least I know where the drain tube is. 
 

Perhaps you have magic albino unicorns living behind your dashboard, the kind that urinate clear liquid once each summer
 
No unicorns here.

Just little monkeys.

aflanigan

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Posted: Jul 22, 2019 - 12:24pm

 oldviolin wrote:

Sounds like the voice of experience to me Mr. Horno Plenty...
 
The voice of exuberance whispers sweet words of epismetology in your ear and speaks to you of the pompatus of love.
Try it; it'll drive your unicorns crazy
westslope

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Location: BC sage brush steppe


Posted: Jul 22, 2019 - 10:52am



 SeriousLee wrote:
......

Now at least I know where the drain tube is. 

 
Is there enough room to take a digital photograph?    Something to think about next time the magic unicorns act up.  

If you are living in a part of the world with a sense of humour, you could go back to shop and tell them that your buddies advized you to photograph the unicorns hard at work.    From there on out, the service manager and mechanics would remember you and either give the best possible service or the worst, depending.  

oldviolin

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Gender: Male


Posted: Jul 22, 2019 - 9:01am



 aflanigan wrote:


 SeriousLee wrote:
I almost forgot. I had the car looked at and they couldn't find anything.

I'm guessing because it was hot the few days between the water leaking and the appoinment that the water could have easily evaporated from the condensate  pan. They ran the car with the A/C on and no leaking. The water drained through the drain tube alright.

Now at least I know where the drain tube is. 

 

Perhaps you have magic albino unicorns living behind your dashboard, the kind that urinate clear liquid once each summer
 

Sounds like the voice of experience to me Mr. Horno Plenty...

aflanigan

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Posted: Jul 22, 2019 - 8:37am



 SeriousLee wrote:
I almost forgot. I had the car looked at and they couldn't find anything.

I'm guessing because it was hot the few days between the water leaking and the appoinment that the water could have easily evaporated from the condensate  pan. They ran the car with the A/C on and no leaking. The water drained through the drain tube alright.

Now at least I know where the drain tube is. 

 

Perhaps you have magic albino unicorns living behind your dashboard, the kind that urinate clear liquid once each summer
SeriousLee

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Location: Dans l'milieu d'deux milles livres


Posted: Jul 20, 2019 - 12:38pm

I almost forgot. I had the car looked at and they couldn't find anything.

I'm guessing because it was hot the few days between the water leaking and the appoinment that the water could have easily evaporated from the condensate  pan. They ran the car with the A/C on and no leaking. The water drained through the drain tube alright.

Now at least I know where the drain tube is. 
SeriousLee

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Location: Dans l'milieu d'deux milles livres


Posted: Jul 15, 2019 - 3:03pm



 aflanigan wrote:


 SeriousLee wrote:


 westslope wrote:
re:  SL's wet toyota

North American model, I would think.  

In the absence of ramps or a hydraulic jack and jack stands, you can drive the right wheels up on to a raised street curb.   That will give you room to wiggle underneath the vehicle.

But if the vehicle is only one year old, it should still be on warranty.  Assuming it is, ask the shop/mechanic nicely if the mechanic can directly show what the problem and how s/he fixed it.   That way you can take care of the problem in the future without having to go back to the shop.


What model of Toyota is it?  Would expect a chat forum specialized in that model or a group of similar models to provide some insight with careful searches.  

You might have to remove a wheel well cover to get at the drain.  Typically simple but tedious.  
 

Exactly. That's what I'm planning. Show me what the problem is. It's a 2018 RAV4, front-wheel drive.

My googling the problem didn't turn up anything specific for a 2018 RAV4, but a bunch of them for other Toyota models/years. As far as I know, it's a NA model.
 

I was guessing European based on your photo, but what I thought was the interior door frame next to gas pedal must be the center console.
 
Yes, it's the center console. Going to the dealership on Thursday. Hoping they'll let me take some pics.

Egctheow

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Posted: Jul 15, 2019 - 12:43pm



 westslope wrote:


 Egctheow wrote:
We drive on the right and the wheel's on the left, and the UK and Ireland do it the other way. Or I have severe left right disorientation :-)
 
Fixed. :-)


Sorry, I know exactly what you meant but couldn't resist :-) How many times have I taken a turn and thought to myself, dude, it was your other right you had to take. So I do have right left disorientation (among others). My favourite is Bill's location, "left coast".  Wouldn't that be something a country where you have to drive on the west side of the road :-)? That would keep us on our toes, while we still have any at least. Then again, we'd really be in trouble for east/west roads. Relative does have some perks as opposed to absolute I guess :-)


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