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RE: A Wise Laptop Buy For A High School Student?

Try Dell Refurbished. 3 year old lease return units at decent prices -especially if a coupon code applies. Search for an A grade unit... https://www.dellrefurbished.com/
mapguy 02/25/20 08:57am Technology Corner
RE: Rock Auto now carries DrawTite

Rockauto is not for a person that needs guidance on proper diagnosis, parts selection/fitment questions and mechanic techniques. I have used Rockauto for at least 15 years with decent customer service -the very few times it was needed. The only parts that they are not ultra competitive on a delivered cost basis is large items like running boards and such. I totally have given up on Amazon for auto/truck parts due to receiving many "relabeled" parts that are total wrong.
mapguy 02/07/20 06:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2009 Silverado 3500 HD Duramax LMM overheating

i had an 08 dmax pulling about 13k up eisenhower and other CO passes. What i found works best is to put the tranny in manual shift,and keep the rpms around 2500 or slightly higher. engine temp sometimes climbs to 3/4 mark, but fan should kick in and bring it back down. seems counter-intuitive to the diesel to run at higher rpm, but it worked for me. One the keys to keeping heat under control on the Duramax is to prevent lugging under load. This is actually true about all diesels. This usually means running in manual mode and keeping rpm in the sweet spot of the torque curve. Typically somewhere between 2100 and 2500 rpm depending on the model year. if you run in "drive" the Allison is a bit slow to kick down under load -thus the need to run manual mode. Also, if you don't hear that jet engine sound of the fan coming on as you near 200ish on the coolant temp - the fluid clutch on the fan has failed. Be aware that GM programs the coolant temp read out to be very static. It is a well documented item in the Duramax enthusiast world.
mapguy 02/07/20 05:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: double towing

Washington Resident here. I travel I-90 from/to Bellevue to/from North Bend 4/5 days a week since 2000. I have seen many RV double tow rigs pulled over by Washington State Patrol(WSP)and forced to detach the second trailer. I have also seen RV double tow rigs impounded on this stretch of highway. Lately, one of the WSP trooper's assigned from Issaquah to North Bend almost every morning has a commercial vehicle pulled over for some reason. I would be hesitant to try slipping through this road stretch with a double tow rig from what I have seen.
mapguy 02/06/20 03:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chucking - trouble shooting

I don’t know what this is or I’m not understanding what you’re referring to. Thanks. Sorry - truck rear axle leaf springs from GM has an overload leaf configuration. AS it squats the overload leaf engages. They are setup this way to give a better empty ride.
mapguy 02/01/20 04:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chucking - trouble shooting

Before doing an accessory buying -make sure your towing setup is correct. Trailer frame needs to be level (parallel) to ground when hitched/loaded. Don't eye ball it -measure the main frame near rear and in front before the frame step up. Proper setup has these numbers nearly identical. My personal limit is one inch maximum difference with front being higher than rear. You ask why only an inch - because additional front height compromises suspension travel which amplifies the issue you are having now. The next most important thing before investing in a cushioned pin box or hitch is Pin Weight. From my experience, which pretty much mirrors rhagfo above, is that as a percentage -Pin Weight needs to be around 20% of actual loaded trailer weight for the best ride. A third thing is concerning the factory overload engagement. IS it staying fully engaged or fully disengaged? If spring is bouncing off overloads -the ride suffers greatly I am a firm believer in having real shock absorbers on the trailer axles, too. They just calm the trailer down by getting rid of the sharp impacts. Good luck! Use Gross Axle Weight Rating when determining loads being acceptable or not. A trip to the scale is a very good idea -that way you know what the weights are exactly. You only tow "dry" one time on the trip home from buying the trailer.
mapguy 02/01/20 04:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane Bleeder Valve

Be very aware of the spark danger if you don't have a brass/bronze wrench. Also, make sure you get the dip tube oriented properly or future refills will be under or over filled..... Not a difficult repair but can be problematic getting things loose if tank is old.
mapguy 01/30/20 01:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Not enough space for lugs on post of battery isolator

This is probably a better solution Blue Sea Power Post A GOOD CHOICE. Personally, not a fan of copper water pipe bus bars as they don't have easy peesey short out guards like the example. These are available on the shelf at Fisheries Supply down on Northlake Ave in Seattle -very near Gas Works Park.
mapguy 01/30/20 01:44pm Tech Issues
RE: LifePO4 video

Those cells are larger, than what many builders are using Some use 'prismatic pouch' cells, but many use the much smaller cells And the Chevy Volt uses those big rectangular plastic encased cells Whose name escapes me at this moment PRISMATIC CELL...
mapguy 01/07/20 02:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Weekend Warrior Red LED Side Marker replacement?

I AM A LITTLE SLOW BUT HERE YOU GO https://weekendwarriorpartsandservice.com/shop?olsPage=t%2Flights
mapguy 01/07/20 02:23pm Toy Haulers
RE: Brake fluid change?

Surprising this thread is still going. Surprising how many think brake system maintenance is an optional item on vehicles.
mapguy 12/20/19 01:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Remanufactured parts rant.....

Can you post a link to, or part number to the voltage regulator to your Yukon? I can't seem to find anything on Amazon or Autozone. Only a "real" automotive parts person will know how to lookup internal alternator parts at a typical parts store like autozone, napa, carquest…… You have to know the alternator model and look it up in a paper parts catalog. If you know the alternator model -this website can help: https://store.alternatorparts.com/general-motors-alternator-parts.aspx Good luck with Amazon - gave up on these type parts from Amazon due to getting the wrong items with correct part numbers many times.
mapguy 12/20/19 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Locked radio on my 2001 Suburban

You need a Tech 2 tool or a scan tool like vxDiag Nano that emulates a Tech 2 tool plus an active subscription with GM to retrieve the code. Short term subscriptions are available, but it would be cheaper to have a dealer do the work if you don't need a Tech 2 level scan tool in the future.
mapguy 12/13/19 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Super duper plug in code scanner w. WiFi?

If you want to access all the various modules in a bidirectional mode you have to step up into the +/- $300-$500 range. This gets you pro features/functionality like graphing PID's and learning for replacement parts. All depends on what you want to do....
mapguy 11/27/19 10:10am Tech Issues
RE: Brake fluid change?

Hydraulic Brakes systems are not 100% sealed. They are better sealed today than in the past. Fluid dynamics dictate that air does enter the master cylinder reservoir every time the pedal is pushed to activate the brakes. When the pedal is released air escapes the master cylinder as the fluid retracts. This is a simplification of a complex work cycle in a complex engineered system. To have a 100% sealed system would require the system have a fulltime pump and valve spool system to reverse the fluid flow. Air entrance into the fluid happens several ways even in a properly maintained system. Cooling in high heat system cycles can entrap air in fluid. One of the many reasons why periodic fluid changes are needed.
mapguy 11/12/19 01:02pm Tech Issues
RE: I take back all the good stuff I've said about Les Schwabs!

stopped using LS about 1987 due to repeated issues with poor workmanship and out right dishonesty to cover up.
mapguy 11/10/19 04:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Brake fluid change?

... My data is in the file cabinets and computers of the firms I worked at over a 35 year mechanic/Fleet Management career. Data is available from many resources besides the OEM manufacturer in all the business segments named. If hard data is what you need - where is yours to support your position. You have only attacked the real world knowledge that is trying to help educate people. Bottom line here is safety and that is being ignored for the most part in this thread. ..... So according to your "data" maintenance schedules from manufacturers are insufficient both for routine service and also for safety. Let us forget the analysis. What are your recommendations for overall maintenance requirements? Sorry, I am done. Glad you "won"
mapguy 11/10/19 12:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Brake fluid change?

... Real world experience in commercial vehicles, construction equipment, powersports, motorsports and of course RV's has shown me that "Owners Manual" maintenance requirements are the minimum needed to meet Warranty requirements. ...... Again, where is the data? I also doubt that maintenance schedules are just a minimum needed for warranty purposes. Dealers want the manufacturers to provide extensive requirements. Interesting that you focus on only one point in a response.You are focused on one point, not the big picture of vehicle safety and lifetime ownership costs. My data is in the file cabinets and computers of the firms I worked at over a 35 year mechanic/Fleet Management career. Data is available from many resources besides the OEM manufacturer in all the business segments named. If hard data is what you need - where is yours to support your position. You have only attacked the real world knowledge that is trying to help educate people. Bottom line here is safety and that is being ignored for the most part in this thread. No, I don't change my oil @ 3k.... BTW, my current 2nd career revolves around the usage, storage, and analysis of location data.
mapguy 11/10/19 10:33am Tech Issues
RE: Brake fluid change?

Would you send an email along with documentation to the Dodge Ram technical people? They did not include that recommendation. Why would I bother. I understand the function of the "Owners Manual" maintenance schedules in bigger picture of vehicle or machinery ownership.It is clear many don't. Real world experience in commercial vehicles, construction equipment, powersports, motorsports and of course RV's has shown me that "Owners Manual" maintenance requirements are the minimum needed to meet Warranty requirements. These maintenance schedules are not developed for insuring your vehicle is going to have maximum life with minimal lifetime ownership cost. In my experience power steering fluids and brake fluids are very rarely addressed in Owners Manuals maintenance schedules especially in the Automotive industry.
mapguy 11/10/19 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Brake fluid change?

Surprising the response here regarding the operational safety aspect in regards to brake system maintenance. When brake fluid fails -it gives no warning at all - one push on the brake pedal it works and the next push the pedal drops to the floor. No matter what has been posted here -brake fluid does need to be changed on modern vehicles, too. Operating environment has a great impact on the life time of brake fluid. Brake fluid life is longer in areas of low humidity and or low moisture. Example the desert SW. Tow vehicles subject the brake fluid to much higher heat and longer use cycles than a grocery getting vehicle. ABS components fail from contaminated (dirt/moisture) fluid easily. Price out these components - it is much cheaper to flush the fluid periodically.
mapguy 11/08/19 05:51pm Tech Issues
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