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  1. Beta Don

    Engine misfires at idle

    It may not be as bad as it sounds - I know on Mazda Miatas, which have a similar valve cover to our TC's (the spark plugs are in a deep well which has an O-ring at the bottom to keep oil out of the plug wells) that a frequent cause of oil in the plug wells just means you need to have the valve cover gasket replaced . . . . and use a little silicone gasket cement on it when you do the job. I can't really imagine how a burned valve gets oil in the plug wells But, as others have suggested, take it to a qualified mechanic and pay him what he's worth to diagnose and fix your TC Don
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    Engine misfires at idle

    Your issue is probably all due to the oil you found on one of the spark plugs - Until you find what's causing that and get it fixed, everything you're doing is just putting a band--aid on a deep wound which is never going to heal You bought this sight unseen from 10 hours away without a mechanic checking it out thoroughly? 🤔 Lesson to be learned there! Don
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    Vibration after new motor mounts

    OEM mounts are usually engineered for maximum passenger compartment comfort, so when that's an important consideration, I always stick with those. Aftermarket mounts come it two types. High performance mounts which limits the drive train's ability to move to basically no movement at all and to heck with creature comfort and then the odd off brands whose only selling point is they're cheaper than OEM mounts I assume your original mounts were found to be separated? . . . . otherwise, you wouldn't have gone to the time and expense to change them, right? Don
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    I've towed a 1400 pound trailer about a thousand miles - I wouldn't want to tow anything heavier than that, unless it was just going across town. The van will do it, but it works awfully hard doing so, especially if you're anywhere that has hills of any size. My trailer was small and didn't present a lot of wind resistance. I certainly wouldn't want to mess with a 2,000 pound travel trailer! IMO, 1,500 would have been a better absolute upper limit than 2,000, as that would take away the temptation to tow most any travel trailer. Our 6F35 transmissions are not known to last long when subjected to abuse and towing a travel trailer is about as abusive as you could possibly get Don
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    With 115K on the original fluid in severe stop and go service, it may be the first sign you're about to spring for a new trans! I changed the fluid in mine at 25K. It's not a simple procedure, as there's no way to drain the torque converter, where most of the fluid is trapped. Draining the case and refilling it gets you only about half new and half old fluid - Draining and refilling it 3 or 4 times is necessary to get a 90% or better exchange. Cross your fingers and hope for the best Don
  7. Gen 2's have EPS, electric power steering, so there's no pump, no fluid and no leaks Whatever his issue is, it won't have anything to do with those! Don
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    Fuel Mileage

    Fuel mileage depends most of all on how and where you drive it After I did my dash upgrade to the Titanium dash with the color LCD screen, I was a bit miffed to discover that the overall 27.8 average fuel economy number I'd been seeing for the last 15,000 miles was gone 😓 In it's place, the new dash was showing 19.3 mpg, which was the number from the Titanium my new dash had been 'rescued' from We had a 1,200 mile trip to do - 600 miles to Titusville Florida to pick up a used diesel motor home I had bought. I reset the average mpg and I drove it over averaging pretty close to 70, or just a little under and my wife drove it back following me in the motor home at 62 to 65 mph. Now that we're home, I was anxious to check our new number - 29.3 mpg over the past 1,200 miles!! This is largely flat land, average speeds of right around 65 and possibly 20 or 30 miles of stop and go city traffic - We had to deal with four separate traffic accidents which stopped traffic on all three lanes and we moved a car length at a time for several miles. At one point, a wreck closed I-295 completely around Jacksonville and all traffic got dumped downtown right at rush hour. If not for all those delays, I think we would probably have averaged 30 mpg Don
  9. Thanks for posting the pictures! I agree that the larger mirrors are very nice and I was contemplating getting myself a pair, but I actually prefer the blind spot mirrors on the smaller ones to the ones on the larger set. I don't care for the location at the bottom and the vertical height just looks a little 'squished' to me - I can see what's happening better (with regard to the blind spot) with the smaller OEM mirrors . . . . and the blind spot feature is the most important thing to me I think you just saved me $250! - Thanks!!! Don
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    Fuel Mileage

    Fuel injectors are electric switches. When they are switched 'On' they deliver a certain amount of fuel. A computer controls the time they are switched 'On' and it uses all sorts of parameters to calculate the exact number of milliseconds for each Intake cycle. The single most important parameter is the reading from the O2 sensor in the exhaust. By measuring the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust they can determine how rich or lean the engine is running. The next important parameter is from the mass airflow sensor - You can calculate a rough idea how much fuel you'll need by measuring how much air is being let into the engine - Floor it, demanding more power and the throttle position sensor gives the computer a 'heads up' that more air will soon be coming, so the computer responds with more milliseconds which means more gas. It's an ever fluctuation computation which changes from one RPM to the next As the governments CAFE standards got tighter and tighter, demanding more fuel efficient vehicles, the manufacturers began sensing every little thing which could improve fuel economy, including temperature (but I'm not so sure about humidity, though it could be measured in there somewhere too) to 'tweak' the computers program even more, all to improve fuel economy When you understand how a modern fuel injected engine works, it really gives you an understanding of how crude and imprecise the old carburetor system actually was - We *thought* that we really had carbs tweaked to fine tune exactly what the engine needed, but compared to a modern engine, all we were really doing was dumping fuel in one end and *hoping* we weren't flooding or starving the motor, because with a carb, things were almost never optimal. Since running too lean had terrible consequences, carbs always erred on the rich side of things. Ever walked behind a finely tuned, highly cammed engine loping along at idle? You can SMELL the raw gas coming from the exhaust, and yet when you stomped on it, that engine made TONS of horsepower, but if you ever let it get even slightly too lean, you'd need a whole new motor! Don
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    2014+ standard side mirrors

    Thanks! Great website Double Nickels it looks like they were available in the USA every single year from 2014 on - Factory price appears to be $185 per side Don
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    Now I can see

    Backing *into* a parking slot has never made a lick of sense to me . . . . and most of the people who do it never seem to get centered in their own space, so when I park next to them, there's hardly room for me to open my door - I wish back in parking could be outlawed Pulling in front, it's easy to get centered in the slot and then backing out, you just hold the steering wheel fixed and you'll back out in the same track you pulled in with - No danger of hitting the car on either side of you like there is when you back in. My Chevy Volt has radar sensors in the back end which alert me to any cross traffic and the screen in the dash shows me which direction it's coming from and when I see the car pass on the screen, it's safe to start backing again Around here, when we see a car sloppily backed in to a space (it's actually pretty rare to see anybody who has backed into a parking space) we just say (under our breath) "California Driver!" 🙄 Don
  13. We truly live in different worlds. I've never seen a 'commercial zone' where I couldn't drive my passenger car, nor a street with signage saying 'Commercial Vehicles Only' - Quite the opposite, all I ever do see as far as restrictive signage on streets around here is 'No Trucks' Don
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    Now I can see

    Me too! The first TC we ever drove was a cargo van and I never got used to the blank spot right in the center when using the inside mirror - I had to check 2 or 3 times to make sure things were clear. Carolyn liked it even less than I did, so we decided then and there that whatever we bought, it would have the liftgate We've just been spoiled by driving cars with excellent visibility all around. I know there are guys who make a living driving panel vans with no side or rear windows and they never give it a second thought - I'm sure they see all they need to with just the side mirrors, but for me, that just isn't comfortable at all Don
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    2014+ standard side mirrors

    Well, obviously . . . . I think we all knew that - But which ones are a factory fit for the Gen 2 TC?? Don