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Gideon last won the day on June 20 2020

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  1. Gideon

    Big Brother - Auto Manufacturers

    BTW, isn't this why drivers have a "significant other" in the front passenger seat ? Can never forget when mt brother bought a new car, long ago, salesman made a point telling him the cruise control will give a warning if you drove faster than set speed. My brother's answer, "That's what I have a wife for" !
  2. Just more companies displaying "Commercial GREED" . If they can't get you for a 'commercial' van, they try to claim you do 'ride sharing'. Any excuse to screw the customer for more money.
  3. Imagine mileage loss depends on your driving speed. Faster you go = more resistance.
  4. I installed a homemade "trickle-charger" permanently in my van. Positive wire added to Batt POS post clamp and NEG alligator-clipped on NEG stud outside of battery housing. The charger is an old 12VDC [nominal] 1amp power supply. My old [previous] mechanic, who also did some electronics hobby stuff said anything under 2 amps would never be a problem and could be left "on" for even a few days. The battery will simply stop absorbing the charge when it is full. No need for fancy {read: expensive} 'smart' chargers when $5 +/- electronics parts can do the job just as well.
  5. Gideon

    TPMS question

    In my 2016, I just acknowledge on the menu and then the light stops flashing. Just a small indicator on the dash. No big deal. My winter wheels do not have TPMS and no worries.
  6. Gideon

    2019 TC Wagon Backup assist Fault

    My 2016 LWB wagon (95000-Km) just started to give the same problem. Wonder if its loose wires/connectors in the bumper? Otherwise the back-up camera works aok. BUT the "P" switch does NOT work - it stays lit [as when turned off manually].
  7. My brother had a sway control like G B L's on his old [heavy] tent-trailer. Worked great. His present trailer is 6000 lbs 28ft and uses a load-equalising hitch. As for me, I've never felt the need for brakes nor sway-control on my 1500lbs pop-up. But if I ever get my dream 1800 lb trailer, definitely brakes and the Curt sway control. Perhaps I'm just old-fashioned but would trust that control much more than electronics.
  8. I got a Curt hitch and 4-pin wiring done to my 2016 by an independent shop 2 yrs ago. I tow a 1500lbs (+/-) tent-trailer in summer with no problems, usually with the A/C on & usually with a load of 'stuff' in the van too. Originally wanted to install the accesory trans cooler I had but couldn't find any room or easy way to do it. No problem as never had any overheating. I do use a 4pin (van) to 6pin (trailer) adaptor. There are 4-pin to 7-pin adaptors available.
  9. Gideon

    What snow tires y'alls running 2010-2013

    2016 wagon with 215/60r16 agressive-tread winter tires. I'm located midway between Ottawa,Ont. and Montreal,Que. Got van in summer 2018 and no problems in winter. Can turn off traction-control on steering wheel but it will reset at next start.
  10. I've read about and considered the ebay (russian) lift kit for my 2016 wagon. However, the total cost [kit+import duties+installation] is simply too much to justify the minimal gain in clearance for me. "Your mileage may differ". Though I did go with '60' series winter tires. And will do same when ready to replace summer tires. As for speedo 'error' with larger tires: Because manufacturers CANNOT guarantee 100% accuracy [machining tolerances, customer mods, etc.], all speedos/odometers are deliberately calibrated slightly "optimistic", but NEVER lower than actual speed for legal/liability reasons ! Same applies {quietly!} to GPS ! Therefore changing from OE '55' series tires to '60' series should not really need any reprogramming of speedo. "65"series and/or tires with heavy lug tread (mud) likely will need reprogramming of speedo.
  11. Gideon

    Oil and Transmission Cooler ?

    Thought about it for my 2016 wagon but mechanic said too hard to do and not needed. I tow a 1200 lbs +/- tent-trailer [with A/C on] and have never had engine temp problems.
  12. http://www.camper-van-fun.com/mini-camper.html Great site for camper ideas. Its european but has some north american content too.
  13. Gideon

    What a Great TC Surprise! New TC Owner

    There's a russian kit on ebay to raise the ground clearence by 30 or 40 mm that seems nice. I believe someone on this forum has installed it.
  14. Gideon

    Lift-gate inside release?

    Is there an easy (cheap!) way to add an inside rease to the rear lift-gate ??
  15. Gideon

    Misfire P0353

    The "joys" ??? of modern automotive computer tech.