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11-04-2008, 10:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,679
Posted By KenG

Re: Used 2006 FEH - is 106000 too many miles?

If it's been well maintained I would say this is a good deal. There are always risks with used cars but taxi experience indicates that the battery isn't degraded by mileage to a great extent. The...
10-28-2008, 09:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,947
Posted By KenG

Re: Any DIY Oil Change "Gottchas" I should know about?

This gives me real mixed feelings. On one hand I'm really sorry for you. On the other, I'm glad I'm not the only shade tree mechanic to do this. :P
10-21-2008, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,947
Posted By KenG

Re: Any DIY Oil Change "Gottchas" I should know about?

It's 4.5 quarts with filter. (There is no consideration for an oil change without a filter change.) You'll have a half quart left for the next oil change. My filter drain plug comes out easily (as...
10-20-2008, 10:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,947
Posted By KenG

Re: Any DIY Oil Change "Gottchas" I should know about?

I'm sure the original poster has completed the job. However, I would recommend making sure you have a 6 point socket of the right size (13 mm on all the hybrids, I think). The plug is very soft (to...
09-29-2008, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,870
Posted By KenG

Re: Warning on tax credit if AMT affects you.

The AMT is the Alternative Minimum Tax. It was created in 1969 when it was discovered that 155 Americans had incomes over $200,000 per year and paid no Federal Income Tax. Unfortunately when Congress...
09-22-2008, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,137
Posted By KenG

Re: The 65 mpg Ford the U.S. Can't Have

I can think of a couple of good reasons. The article says Ford would have to produce 350,000 diesel engines per year to make the investment in a US version feasible. Given that no diesel car has ever...
09-19-2008, 06:46 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,727
Posted By KenG

Re: How long is the wait for an '09 FEH?

Only Ford knows for sure (and you can take a lot of accounting approaches), but I understand the FEH is profitable but not as profitable as a conventional Escape. Unexpectedly, the conventional...
09-15-2008, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,309
Posted By KenG

Re: Michelinwiper.com $10 rebate @ Wally world

I've also heard that Armor All isn't perfect and that it has drawbacks. However, I've been using it for 30 years or so and never had a reason to try anything else. It seems to do what it's supposed...
09-15-2008, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,309
Posted By KenG

Re: Michelinwiper.com $10 rebate @ Wally world

Windshield wiper threads don't seem to come along often so I'll take the opportunity to pass along something that seems to work for me. Every few months I clean the wiper blades with Armor All. This...
09-08-2008, 07:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,867
Posted By KenG

Re: Edmunds blogg -- curious behavior

"Snob" and "making a statement" are very different things. This is America and our cars are one of the most public statements we make about ourselves. New car sales would crash if we didn't think...
08-27-2008, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,519
Posted By KenG

Re: OFF TOPIC - Chevy Impala Flex Fuel Rental

The new EPA ratings seem very conservative. I regularly rent cars and drive them in mountain areas and high speed interstate trips and usually exceed the EPA highway ratings.
08-15-2008, 10:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,904
Posted By KenG

Re: 08 FEH Maintenance Schedule

Take air out of a tire? You mean it's overinflated? In that case, yes, you just depress the center of the valve stem. Most air pressure gauges (especially pencil type) have a small pin to use to...
08-13-2008, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,904
Posted By KenG

Re: 08 FEH Maintenance Schedule

There was a previous discussion on tire rotation and the general consensus was that anything less than 10,000 miles was just too much work. I waited until 10K to do the first rotation on mine and...
08-04-2008, 10:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,958
Posted By KenG

Re: FEH 09 Pics! you know you wan em!

I've thought this myself but I find that other (less geeky) drivers think it's really cool to have the tach stay motionless at zero when the engine is off. It may be that Ford is concerned that most...
08-04-2008, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,839
Posted By KenG

Re: GM and Ford to share technology?

Technology sharing seems to be the trend. The Dodge/Chrysler hybird SUVs that will be released next month will use the same 2 mode hybrid drive/transmission that is used on the GM hybrids.
08-04-2008, 10:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,160
Posted By KenG

Re: Great Tahoe review

Apparently such a package does exist, but I can't remember the company that supplies it. A friend works for a service truck assembler and they do have a hybrid (battery) chassis available if a...
07-22-2008, 07:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,564
Posted By KenG

Re: Is Nissan's VCR just marketing for Atkinson?

Although this VCR design has some of the characteristics and advantages of the Atkinson cycle, I think it deserves it's own name because it is using a modification of piston motion rather than a...
07-06-2008, 06:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,469
Posted By KenG

Re: Which one is the drain plug?

You should be able to get the 14 sided filter wrench from a well equipped parts store. It is a standard filter canister also used on some Mazca engines.
07-06-2008, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,348
Posted By KenG

Re: Biofuel Illegal?

This is an important indicator of things to come. We can't escape the reality that all cars, hybrid or not, require roads and road maintenance. When hybrids and plug-ins become a significant part of...
07-02-2008, 06:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,245
Posted By KenG

Re: Tire Pressure vs. FE vs. Safety

We had a previous thread on nitrogen. Consumers Reports actually did a long term test on nitrogen. They found it would reduce air loss but it would only be of noticeable value for people who only...
06-27-2008, 06:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,284
Posted By KenG

Re: Why are Hybrids Cleaner?

Just did a quick Google. Suburu has built a prototype hybrid with an Atkinson/Miller cycle turbocharged engine:

http://www.greencarcongress.com/2006/01/subaru_introduc.html
06-27-2008, 06:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,284
Posted By KenG

Re: Why are Hybrids Cleaner?

My understanding is that combustion is essentially complete in the combustion chamber of any modern ICE. Exhaust flow/pressure is just dependent on the volume of air/gases exhausted from the engine...
06-26-2008, 06:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,711
Posted By KenG

Re: How to fill tank to get better mpg in Prius

Am I missing something here? I can understand why you would get more miles per tank (although I'm not sure why you would care) but more MPG? Why would tank level affect that?
06-26-2008, 10:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,284
Posted By KenG

Re: Why are Hybrids Cleaner?

I think Willard is kind of right. An Atkinson/Miller cycle engine does have enough exhaust pressure to run a turbo but this wouldn't work out very well. A turbo is more effective at high rpm. This is...
06-18-2008, 07:27 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 21,281
Posted By KenG

Re: Show us your hitch!!!!

I have a 2008 but I think they are all alike relative to the rear frame. Your frame ends are open, they are just blocked by the rear bumper. The bumper leaves a narrow slot between the bottom of the...
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