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Beta Don

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  1. Nothing wrong with being safe, or even ultra safe if you're a bit paranoid - It's important to know what you're dealing with and not do anything which would endanger anyone But you did tell Dave to be careful because 'Lead/acid batteries "out gas" ... venting some hydrogen and oxygen while charging or discharging' and while that's true or conventional flooded batteries, it's not true of his AGM battery, so I felt compelled to speak up to let him know he has nothing to worry about - No gassing of any kind unless there's a catastrophic failure of the charging system, which he really doesn't need to worry about either Don
  2. Yes, you do need to vent them, or . . . . ensure there is no possibility of a gross overcharge, because only under a sustained gross overcharge condition will it be likely to pop it's seal and vent, They do not vent ANY gas under normal conditions. It's very unlikely that a modern alternator will fail in a 'max charge' condition, but it is theoretically possible. Since Dave isn't charging his AGM with an alternator, but with a CTEK DC to DC charger, that eliminates the possibility of a gross overcharge and the need for venting his AGM battery. He has nothing to worry about Every Chevy Volt made has an AGM in the passenger compartment (it's under the rear deck panel which is not sealed from the passenger compartment) and to my knowledge, there's never been an AGM failure reported. Again, that battery isn't charged by an alternator but by a DC to DC converter Don
  3. Not to worry - AGM batteries like the one he installed are sealed and don't vent gases of any sort while being charged and they are 'legal' for installation within the living spaces of vehicles and boats Don
  4. I have a set of OE 16" steelies in perfect shape removed when the TC had about 15K on it. Would be prefect for anyone who needs a second set for snow tires, but since it never snows here, I'll never use them and I hate to see them laying around I won't ship them, but if your travels ever take you anywhere near Biloxi Mississippi, I'll take $75 for the set Don
  5. 5 Passenger Trransit Connect

    Not to my knowledge - No factory rear seats in any cargo model that I'm aware of, though how to install rear seats seems to be pretty popular question here 2014 and later SWB wagon models came with a 3 passenger rear bench seat. It's a 60/40 arrangement and it's in 2 pieces, both of which were designed to be easily removed and reinstalled in just a couple minutes with no tools. You can take out either the 40 piece, the 60 piece or both but if you just temporarily need more space and don't care to remove the seats completely, the seat backs fold flat and then the seats fold vertically so they 'stand' just behind the front bucket seats - You don't even have to remove the head rests. You end up with an almost empty van, missing only about a foot of space where the vertical seats are stored. That gives you a flat floor for cargo all the way to the back door. When we travel, we frequently remove the 40 side, stand the 60 side vertical behind the passenger bucket seat and fill the van up with cargo. That way, when we get where we're going, if we need to haul 4 people, we can just by setting the 60 side back down and opening it up The seats are a really neat design. The seat belts are built into them, even the shoulder belt for the center person and yet you can pop them out of the van in just a minute or two - They ARE pretty heavy though Don
  6. Hello from Minnesota

    Gee, that would put about 95% of Americans out of work, wouldn't it? Don
  7. 2010 XLT - rocker panel replacement

    If it's a 2010, it probably has enough miles on it that you're looking to spend big money on some other things over the next few years, so any major expense (and replacing the rockers will be a major expense unless you can source some junkyard parts and do the work yourself) probably means that 'the end' is on the horizon for that vehicle I know I wouldn't invest even $2K replacing the rockers when the near future will probably mean more money for suspension or transmission work - You'll be 'throwing good money after bad' I would start making plans on what the replacement is ultimately going to be Don
  8. Oil Change

    There's lots more going on inside a filter than just how much filtration they offer. Some filters have anti-drainback valves, some don't. Some have pressure regulating valves, some don't. Most have a pressure relief valve where it bypasses a clogged filter, but the pressure required to open that valve can vary from filter to filter, even ones from the same manufacturer. There are very few filters which are exactly the same inside, except one has a bit more filter paper so when you change from the one spec'ed for your engine to one spec'ed for another, you very well might be changing something inside which was also spec'ed for your engine that you don't have anymore . . . . and what have you really gained? If the engineers wanted a larger filter, they would have specified that. I'm sure the filter size is probably twice as big as it really needs to be, assuming you're doing oil changes at the recommended interval Don
  9. Oil Change

    I'm always very hesitant to use any other filter than the one the manufacturer recommends - There's lots more going on inside the filter other than how many square inches of filtration it has and I see nothing to be gained by second guessing the engineer who spec'ed the filter he thinks is best for HIS engine But, there will always be those who think 'larger must be better' and/or who think they know more about this particular engine than the guys who designed it - I've seen these 'lets use a larger filter' threads in every automotive forum I've frequented over the past 25 years or so . . . . and now we have one here too! Don
  10. Ramps modification

    That's true of course, but for an oil change (which I do far more often than brake work or rotating tires) they are much simpler, quicker and safer than a jack and jack stands. They also came in very handy when installing the trailer hitch Use the best tool for the job at hand Don
  11. Fuel filler security

    I would suggest you take a siphon hose, better yet, half a dozen different sized siphon hoses, and spend an hour or so trying to get ANY gas out of the filler pipe on your TC. You will most assuredly rest easy about anyone stealing your gas after you see just how impossible it is to do . . . . without drilling a hole in the bottom of the tank . . . . and, it will give you second thoughts about the times you've forgotten to trip the inside release on your Scion and had to walk back around the car to do it - What a waste of time! I know it would really tick me off. The door latches on other cars aren't to prevent theft - They're to make someone think twice about putting anything into the tank . . . . not to prevent them taking anything out Don
  12. Wheel Size Question

    I'm sorry, but huge wide tires on the back of any FWD vehicle makes about as much sense to me as the HUGE wings you see bolted to the trunk on some of the little FWD Japanese imports - Do they really need all that extra traction out back?? Now, if you can just add a little 'fart can' muffler to your TC (and maybe a wing too?) you'll be all set I know, I know - You already admitted it makes no sense and that it's just 'your thing' but that doesn't stop me from shaking my head whenever I see such a vehicle pass me by on the road. But, by all means, do your own thing even if it doesn't make a lick of sense (to me) . . . . it sure relieves the boredom and keeps the world interesting!! . . . . . plus it's great for the economy - Look at all the tires and wheels you've bought over the past year or so to achieve this 'look' Don
  13. I *think* if you pull out the 'radio' unit that came with the van and replace it with an identical unit that you buy on eBay, it will work OK without having to reprogram anything. If you try upgrading to a different unit than the one that came in the van, I would say all bets are off - You don't know what will happen Don
  14. Tie Down ?

    There are lots of improper places on the running gear a wrecker driver can hook onto, and they often do . . . . and they frequently do more damage to the vehicle getting it out of the ditch than the driver did getting it in. Something to hook onto designed just for the purpose sounds like a no-brainer to me . . . . and at only $30, it's dirt cheap Don
  15. anyone ready to talk about the 2019 FTC?

    I think it will probably have all that and more I read an article last week about a "New van for seniors" with adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring and the rear cross traffic alert to warn you when you're backing out of a parking space (My Chevy Volt has all these) and what got me to reading the article in the first place was . . . . the photo of the Transit Connect at the top of the page. Supposedly, the 2019's will have all this available. The 'Infotainment Center' in my Volt also has Android Auto, 4G wireless hotspot and Onstar of course - I suspect the 2019 TC's will have something similar Don