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Everything posted by Fifty150

  1. A lot of good cars are just not sold in The U.S.A. But we get a lot of junk, that shouldn't have been built at all. The Dodge K-Car comes to mind. I suppose passenger wagon vans are a very limited market. Most vans sold are commercial use. Those custom luxury van conversions went out with the price of fuel rising. Although I still know a few people, myself included, who would love to have a 70's Shaggin' Wagon. Exactly what every father wants to see pulling up to take his daughter out.
  2. Backup camera recommendations

    On the truck, I have one of those cameras that mounts on the license plate screws. No problem with it. Just be careful that if you mount it on the top screws, it could block the license plate state of issue and the registration stickers. I mounted mine on the bottom of the license plate. Most license plates have holes on the top & bottom.
  3. Hello from Minnesota

    I want to believe in the technology. But old guys love the idea of a full box frame and steel bumpers. Unibody with plastic bumpers just makes me uncomfortable.
  4. Backup camera recommendations

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  5. I have the LWB XL wagon, no cruise control. Curious how it works also.
  6. Backup camera recommendations

    I have an XL also. My first inclination was to replace the AM/FM XL radio with something nice. I figured a double din deck, with a touch screen, bluetooth, WiFi, Android, GPS, and USB ports. I backed off the idea once I started sourcing parts. The dash trim replacement, and adapters needed for the harness & antenna would have added an additional Franklin to the cost. It was just less expensive to install a camera & monitor, and use the Garmin GPS that I already have. Not to mention that there is Google Maps on my phone, and the Waze APP. I couldn't justify the 5 Franklin expense to play movies on my dashboard. I bought an inexpensive camera, along with an inexpensive monitor, from amazon.com. Wired it the old fashion way, by tapping into the reverse lamp for power. Somewhere in this forum, I have some photos. In today's market, you could get everything that you need for about $20, if you are willing to do a little creative wiring.
  7. Sometimes all of these electronic issues require an old fashion, mechanical solution.
  8. Hello from Minnesota

    Important part is that your family is safe. I worry about that with today's cars.
  9. Jacks

    Sears was done after KMart bought them. Since then, it has been 1 bad decision after another. KMart ran their own stores into the ground, and bought Sears, to run even more stores down. There are options. Management could change. Business strategy could change. They could get rid of everything that's not selling, and focus on what sells. They could change the price point of their offerings, and sell only high end boutique brands. They could partner with Amazon in a number of ways that could result in a merger. They can downsize the stores and pay for less square footage every month. They can franchise the tool section like they did with the auto centers. I think there is money to be made with a Sears tool store franchise. Especially if you also get a tool truck to sell at shops and job sites. You get to perform and charge back all of the warranty work, have exclusive distribution by territory, and corporate could support you with large bids, like supplying government and utilities. Sears outside salesmen could aggressively sell Craftsman, DieHard brands to factories and institutions. Same way almost every police car is a Ford. Every police car could have a DieHard battery. Every municipal shop could have Craftsman tools. Every government employees could wear DieHard boots. There are options.
  10. Jacks

    As an FYI, a 2 ton bottle jack, with 5" of ram travel, will not lift the Transit Connect high enough off the ground to change the tires. I figured that with the unibody pinch weld lifted 1' off the ground, it would be good.
  11. Jacks

    All the business periodicals have speculated on the survival of Sears. Truth is, nobody really knows what the future will hold. Everyone is just guessing. If Sears is to survive, there will have to be some major retooling. Have you been to a Sears lately? At least half of the store is full of clothes that they can't sell. They are out of the fashion industry by a long shot. No girl that I know would wear Sears clothes, shoes, perfume, jewelry... ..so that is a done deal. Sears will never recapture the fashion industry. There is a sporting goods department stocked with items that don't move at all. I never see anyone at Sears buying a treadmill, weight set, basketball, or golf clubs. When was the last time you, or anyone you know, decided to redecorate their home from Sears? So the living room sets, dining room furniture, housewares.......more of it gets broken by kids running in the store, than actually gets sold. Sears sells leading brand merchandise. Name brands. At competitive prices. So why are you buying your next microwave, blender, wrist watch, fishing pole, or whatever at another store? The Discover Card is a credit card issued primarily in the United States. It was introduced by Sears in 1985. At the time the Discover Card was introduced, Sears was the largest retailer in the United States. It had purchased the Dean Witter Reynolds brokerage organization and Coldwell, Banker & Company (real estate) in 1981. I still have a Discover Card. On November 17, 2004, the management of Kmart Holding Corporation announced its intention to purchase Sears, Roebuck and Co under a new corporation. The new corporation became known as Sears Holdings Corporation, simply known as Sears Holdings. On February 22, 2010, the Sears Automotive business launched a new Independent Sears Auto Center franchise program that offers automobile dealers the opportunity to operate licensed Sears Auto Centers. In 2017, Sears launched a pilot location in San Antonio for a DieHard-branded auto service franchise, DieHard Auto Center driven by Sears Auto. On January 4, 2018, Sears Holdings announced it would shutter 103 unprofitable Kmart and Sears stores, after 24 quarters of sales declines. These stores would be closing by April 2018, leaving Sears Holdings with 555 stores. According to an op-ed in MSN money, at this rate, Sears along with sister company Kmart, has an extremely high chance of disappearing and going defunct in 2018, and that 2017 will have marked its final holiday season as an independent brand. On January 14, 2018 their Canadian unit, Sears Canada, ceased operations with all stores closed. Sears had 3 brands that were bread & butter money makers. Kenmore, DieHard, and Craftsman. DieHard is still owned by Sears. The brand is owned by KCD IP, LLC, a special purpose entity created by Sears Holdings for securitization purposes. Kenmore is controlled by Sears Holdings, and owned by KCD IP, LLC, a special purpose entity created by Sears Holdings for securitization purposes. The name "KCD IP" is an abbreviation for Kenmore Craftsman DieHard intellectual property. Today the brand is sold at Sears, Kmart, and Amazon.com. Craftsman is a line of tools, lawn and garden equipment, and work wear. Originally owned by Sears, In March 2017, Stanley Black & Decker acquired the Craftsman brand from Sears Holdings. Sears maintains the right to manufacture and sell tools using existing supply channels under the Craftsman name for 15 years after the deal closed. Craftsman hand tools are advertised as having an unlimited lifetime warranty. This lifetime warranty program was instituted by Sears when they began selling the Craftsman line in 1927. This warranty program requires no receipt or dated proof of purchase. If the owner takes the item into a local retail store, it may be replaced or repaired free of charge. Amazon.com is now selling Kenmore appliances. Tires bought on Amazon.com can now be shipped to a Sears Auto Center for installation. The future of Sears retail stores? Sears Auto Center franchises will be around a little longer with the amazon.com tire deal. That could only lead to the Sears Auto Center franchises becoming the exclusive installer for all auto parts sold by amazon.com. Order brakes online, ship to Sears, and have them installed. Order an oil change online. There is money to be made there. With amazon.com selling Kenmore, the Sears appliance division and Sears parts division will stay busy with warranty service and installation. That could only lead to Sears appliance and parts servicing all Amazon.com customers for every brand sold online. Maybe Sears could clear out their old inventory by offering "buy one get one" specials, tied to what they actually do sell and make money on. Buy tires from amazon.com, installed at Sears Auto Center, get a free tank top for your girlfriend.
  12. New-ish Owner

    Modern cars are, for the most part, engineered to perform better and last longer. There are always exceptions. Everyone I know who had a Saturn, new or used, suffered catastrophic failure. Cooling system components, all of them....belts, hoses, fans, fan relays, thermostats, water pumps, radiators......kept breaking. This, of course, caused overheating, and eventually the engine fails. But none of that had anything to do with the oil, or the engine seizing by itself. A guy I know had a BMW which had a faulty sensor. The sensor failed to read the engine temperature, so the thermostat never opened. Engine overheated, without the computer even knowing that the engine was overheating.....the sensor was bad. I would bet that almost every car sold today, has an engine that is capable of being maintained properly and lasting 100,000 miles. Even Hyundai/Kia will go 100,000 miles. Too many of us are still reliving those bad car moments of yesteryear.....tapping the starter solenoid with a hammer to start the car, getting rear ended in a Pinto and the whole car blows up......I had a Mustang II that even with the climate control switches off, would heat up, the inside of the car smelled like coolant, and the windshield fogged up with steam.......drove it for years with the windows down, even in the rain. I suspect the light was on because of calendar days. First oil change indicator illuminated at 11 months. Second display was 11 months after that. Dealership service writer said that they recommend everyone come in after 5,000 miles, and that they would never advise anyone to drive 10,000 miles. But then again, they depend on you doing more oil changes to make double the money. Some people believe that once you "crack the seal", oil begins to degrade. Within a year, the lubrication and protection qualities are suppose to have diminished to a point where you do need to change the oil, even though it looks and smells clean. I really don't know what to believe about that. I've had cars that weren't driven daily, parked on the street, and only moved 1 or 2 times a week, no more than 1/4 mile. Longest I went between oil changes was 2 years. Nothing bad happened.
  13. Hello from Minnesota

    Nice Honda, by the way. All of the people that I know who bought Honda, chose the Honda Pilot over the Odyssey. But that may be an age factor. None of the girls are willing to admit that they're "soccer moms" now. I bought a Transit Connect instead of a Honda Odyssey because of price. The Honda Odyssey & Toyota Sienna are both really nice. If pricing was not a factor......well, money is a factor.
  14. Hello from Minnesota

    I don't want to be the one to say it. But I'll say it. The Honda Odyssey will not come out of a collision the same way the Econoline did. That E-Series van, with the body on frame construction, is tougher than most other cars on the road. It looks like the van could be refurbished and back on the road for someone willing to spend more $$$ than the Kelley Blue Book says it is worth at low trade-in value. What were the numbers like? $8K in damage, for a $3K vehicle?
  15. On the new body style, that passenger seat fold down and tucks right up to the glove box. The plastic back can be your work desk, laptop cradle, lunch room......or if you simply need to slide 10' lengths of pipe into the van. With the first generation, your option with pipe was to either have it sticking out the passenger window, or drive with the rear door open so that the pipe could hand out. I just wish the engineers could make the back fit 8'X4' of plywood, sheetrock, et cetera. At the dealership, they must hear that complaint all the time. With a few more inches, Ford could sell way more vans. But I'm also the guy who wants a small 1/4 ton truck, like a Tacoma, with a full bed.....despite conventional wisdom being that if they sold a full bed 1/4 ton, everybody would overload it and it would be unsafe. I guess if the Transit Connect were just a little bigger, then people would overload it and it would be unsafe. I constantly see our E150, E250, & E350 vans being overloaded. Just because it will physically fit, it doesn't mean that the suspension and braking will handle correctly.
  16. I wonder if your dealer can fix it under warranty. Or at least offer an "after warranty adjustment". There is no way that this is user error, or something you caused on your own.........unless somebody (you or previous owner) was tying to "mod" the vehicle electronics. Stranger things like that happen when people unplug harnesses or try to tap into different wiring circuits.
  17. Jacks

    I wonder how many jack factories there really are in China. Looks like a small handful of Chinese companies are supplying the world under a bunch of different name brands. https://www.alltradetools.com/brands/
  18. Jacks

    I wonder how many jack factories there really are in China. Looks like a small handful of Chinese companies are supplying the world under a bunch of different name brands. https://www.alltradetools.com/brands/
  19. I didn't buy my soccer mom minivan for looks either. If parking and fuel consumption were not a consideration, I would have bought a full size van. Alas, I already have a pickup to guzzle gas with, and it's hard to park a full size pickup in The City. You don't know how many times I find a parking space, only to have to keep moving along because the truck does not fit. I hear that with the Dodge Caravan, you turn a lot of heads with the "Soccer Moms Looking For A Little Excitement On The Side" demographic.
  20. 2010 FTC Seat Replacements

    Then it sinks, and you have to pump it up again. From years of driving trucks, I like sitting higher.
  21. New-ish Owner

    My first oil change light displayed at 8,500 miles. My second oil change light displayed at 16,000 miles, 11 months later.. I don't know if the 2nd light displayed because of the miles driven, or because the oil was almost a year old. Check vehicle message center for "CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON" at 5% oil life "OIL CHANGE REQUIRED" at 0% oil life
  22. New-ish Owner

    It looks Ford recommends 5,000 to 10,000 miles, or from 6 months to 1 year. All depending on how you drive. Your computer is suppose to figure out that you need an oil change within 500 miles, or 2 weeks. On the Transit Connect, I have been patient, and just waiting for the light to turn on. On the F-150, I do it every 5,000 miles, just because it's easier to track on the odometer. Now that I'm driving the Transit Connect more, and the truck less, the F-150 will be yearly. With the Honda, which doesn't get driven much, I do it every year. My Harley, which I ride about as much as I drive the Honda, gets an oil change every year. It all depends on your level of use. For the average guy, you probably can just wait until the light turns on. There is a lot of science for anyone who wants it. Install a Fumoto valve, and send in oil samples for analysis. Then you can decide on what type of oil works best, and for how long. Read BobIsTheOilGuy.com and get more feedback than you need. Start cutting your filters open, and inspect the inside to see what works best. I'm just going to change my oil when the light turns on. Unless I'm so uncomfortable with the computer that I decide to do it every 5,000 miles (like every car I've owned in my lifetime). Even with full synthetic, I never went 10,000 miles. Bad feeling in the pit of my stomach, knowing that I might need an change, and I'm not doing it. But I know plenty of people who swear by K&N filter, full synthetic oil, and 10,000 oil changes. Those guys also tell me that on my Harley, F-150, & Honda, I should just change my oil with my mileage, because the oil is still good after a year. F-107 M12-1.75 DRAIN VALVE WITH LEVER CLIP https://www.amsoil.com/shop/by-product/other-products/oil-analysis-services/ AMSOIL provides oil analysis service options. By analyzing used engine oil, a qualified lab can detect mechanical problems your engine may have. https://owner.ford.com/how-tos/vehicle-features/engine/know-when-to-change-your-engine-oil.html Go to the Ford homepageGo Further Know when to change your Engine Oil HELP FOR YOUR: 2016 Transit Connect with SYNC® (basic system and SYNC with MyFord®) Change Vehicle Year201820172016 201520142013201220112010200920082007Vehicle ModelC-MAX EnergiC-MAX HybridEdgeEscapeExpeditionExplorerF-150F-250F-350F-450F-550FiestaFlexFocusFocus ElectricFusionFusion EnergiFusion HybridMustangTaurusTransitTransit Connect SYNC VersionSYNC® (basic system and SYNC with MyFord®) SYNC® with MyFord Touch®I'm not sure Changing your engine oil and filter at appropriate intervals helps maintain your vehicle. Clean oil lubricates your engine, and is necessary to help protect your engine and ensure its proper function. Without this periodic service, the resulting metal-on-metal contact could cause severe damage. Why regular oil changes are important Regular oil and filter changes help your vehicle run with optimum efficiency. Use the proper grade of engine oil recommended in your Owner's Manual to improve your gas mileage by as much as 2%.* How often should I change my oil? Typical driving habits In general, Ford Motor Company recommends the following oil change schedule: 2008 and newer model-year vehicles: every 7,500 miles or every six months, whichever comes first 2007 and older model-year vehicles: every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first Less typical driving habits Change your oil and filter more often if you have any of the following driving habits: Towing or carrying heavy loads Idling extensively or driving at low speeds for long distances Driving in dusty conditions Driving off-road frequently Using E85 fuel more than 50% of the time When you drive regularly on rugged terrain or in unfavorable conditions, Ford Motor Company recommends an alternate oil change schedule: 2008 and newer model-year vehicles: every 5,000 miles or every six months, whichever comes first 2007 and older model-year vehicles: every 3,000 miles or every three months, whichever comes first Intelligent Oil-Life Monitor IOLM is a feature found in your vehicle’s instrument cluster message center. IOLM notifies you at key oil change intervals by displaying alerts such as “Engine Oil Change Soon” or “Oil Change Required.” The system also alerts you when your fuel filters need maintenance or fuel pressure is low. IOLM uses an algorithm to calculate your oil change intervals based on actual engine operating conditions. The system must be reset after each oil change. Not doing so will result in a premature “Oil Change Required” alert. For specific IOLM applications, please refer to your Owner's Manual. IOLM is now available in the majority of 2011 and later model-year Ford vehicles. Synthetic oil and the IOLM Ford engines have been tested using Motorcraft® Synthetic Blended Oils. If you use synthetic oil, it must meet Ford specifications for motor oil and the specific oil weight as indicated in your Owner’s Guide. Ford still recommends using the oil change service intervals as indicated by the IOLM. *Sources: fueleconomy.gov, epa.gov.
  23. Climate control turns off

    I can recall off-road lights, 100W each & sold in pairs, used to be sold with an inline fuse, and a switch. Battery to 20A fuse, to switch, to lamp. The lamp grounded itself through the mounting hardware into your bumper. No relay. And everything was hot. The wires got hot. The switch got hot. The lamp got hot. That was just how things were when people drank Tang, wore polyester leisure suits, and Disco ruled.
  24. Maybe now you will consider trading in for a new model. Then you will have to do all the mods all over again, and have a new toy to play with.