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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 12,122
    xwesx said:

    For those of you who do not cross over to the CCBA thread, I thought you might "appreciate" this. :)

    From the dash this morning after arriving at work....



    I was running around all day in low 20s F and thought I was going to die.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,461
    @oldfarmer50 I'm not going to take anything away from you on that. Most likely it was a "wet cold," and that weather really does feel miserable! It just has a way of seeping into the bones rather than biting at the skin like this bitter (dry) cold does.
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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 12,122
    xwesx said:

    @oldfarmer50 I'm not going to take anything away from you on that. Most likely it was a "wet cold," and that weather really does feel miserable! It just has a way of seeping into the bones rather than biting at the skin like this bitter (dry) cold does.

    That’s kind of you but I was being a baby because the winter has been so mild that I’m just not used to cold. In another month 20 degrees will seem like a heat wave.

    Now that you mention it, it was that wet cold that you get just before a snow event (tonight).

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 22,738
    xwesx said:

    For those of you who do not cross over to the CCBA thread, I thought you might "appreciate" this. :)

    From the dash this morning after arriving at work....


    Do you have a block heater on your car? at home? at work?

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 22,926
    My company had a sales rep who flew from California to Alaska once a year to call on a wholesale account. He said that when he went in to visit his customer....he always left the rental car running.

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  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 2,246
    xwesx said:
    @oldfarmer50 I'm not going to take anything away from you on that. Most likely it was a "wet cold," and that weather really does feel miserable! It just has a way of seeping into the bones rather than biting at the skin like this bitter (dry) cold does.
    How are you able to start your vehicle in the morning, and what pressure do you set your tires? And one more thing, what coolant mixture do you use.

    I've spent some miserable winters in Minnesota but nothing near that cold. Yikes!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 62,987
    driver100 said:

    My company had a sales rep who flew from California to Alaska once a year to call on a wholesale account. He said that when he went in to visit his customer....he always left the rental car running.

    No joke. In severe weather the truckers up there will often leave their trucks running all night, or most of it, while they catch some ZZZZs. I guess they still have ether injection?

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,461
    Let's see.....

    I have a circulating block heater, an oil pan heater, and a transmission oil pan heater on it. CBH is fantastic.... at more moderate temps (like -10F and warmer), it can heat the engine to operating temp. I do not have auto-starts on my cars (I am the only person I know in Fairbanks without one!), so I appreciate the instant heat out of the vents when I start it up. At these temps, it does not get to operating, but it still provides perceptibly warm air out of the vents.

    I have a timer that turns it on about three hours before I leave in the morning, and it starts up just fine. If I did not have it heated, it would NOT (not even close) start. For the big 3.0L diesel engine, I think the practical non-heated cut-off is about zero degrees F (-18C). I tend to plug it in if it is around ten degrees or less. At work, we have "headbolt" heaters (e.g., power outlets spaced around the parking lot), so I plug it in when I get to work and leave it that way. If it is warmer, like around or above zero, I usually do not plug in when I arrive, but go down an hour or two before I leave to do that.

    I run my tires at 40 PSI on this vehicle, and 35 PSI on my Subarus. I set the pressure when I do the seasonal tire change outs, so ambient pressure is lower during this time of year, but it comes right back up as the temperature does. You have to be careful about setting pressure during cold snaps (or, at least, too high of pressure), as it can actually cause blowouts when the temperature jumps back up. Back in 2009, we had a cold snap of -50F that turned into +50F one day later, and there were multiple reports of blowouts! Too funny, yet dangerous.

    And, coolant mixture: I tend to run between 60/40 and 70/30. Freeze protection is about -66F.
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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 9,264
    Ghosn speaks!

    https://www.autonews.com/executives/gaunt-graying-ghosn-protests-his-innocence-court
    TOKYO – A gaunt and graying Carlos Ghosn, appearing for the first time in public after nearly two months in a Japanese jail, told a Tokyo court Tuesday he was “wrongly accused and unfairly detained.” Ghosn mounted a point-by-point defense against the accusations facing him.

    The embattled former Nissan chairman, entered the Tokyo District Court morning in handcuffs, wearing a dark suit with no tie and green plastic slippers. The usually immaculately coiffed businessman looked thinner than usual, courtesy of his rice-heavy diet in detention. The gray roots of his trademark raven black hair were beginning to show.

    Inside the courtroom, Ghosn and his lawyers ticked off a four-point defense against the charges that up-ended career of one of the auto industry’s most storied executives and cast doubt over the future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi auto empire he founded two decades ago.

    “I have always acted with integrity and have never been accused of any wrongdoing in my several-decade professional career,” Ghosn told the court in a calm controlled voice. “I have been wrongly accused and unfairly detained based on meritless and unsubstantiated accusations.”

    It was a landmark day in the strange drama engulfing Ghosn, who has been held in detention since his Nov. 19 arrest and unable to tell his side of the story. His lawyers said they would petition the court to immediately end his detention, which was scheduled to run through Jan. 11.

    But even they held little hope of swaying the court.

    At a press conference held after the hour-and-a-half hearing, lead defense attorney Motonari Otsuru conceded his client would likely be indicted for a second time on Friday and be denied bail, keeping him locked up. Ghosn’s case, he predicted, might not got to trial for another six months.

    “Usually in such a case, an indictment would be made,” Otsuru said. “In general, in such cases in Japan, it is indeed the case that bail is not approved before the first trial.”

    Bigger cell with bed

    Otsuru denied a press report that Ghosn was being pressured to confess.

    Ghosn's son said in an interview published Sunday in the French weekly Journal du Dimanche that prosecutors have been pressuring his father to sign a confession in Japanese.

    “Not once has Mr. Ghosn said to us any concerns about being asked to sign something in Japanese, in a language he does not understand,” said Otsuru, a former lead prosecutor from the very division spearheading the investigation against his current current client.

    Ghosn has also been granted a bigger space in the Tokyo detention center, along with a western-style bed, instead of a futon mattress on the floor of a cramped cell, Otsuru said.

    But Ghosn has still been denied visits from family members and his own lawyers get only limited access. Investigators, by contrast, can interrogate him at length in the absence of his attorneys.

    Ghosn's day in court came courtesy of a rarely used Japanese legal maneuver in which suspects are allowed to petition the court to hear a justification of their detention.

    While it is unlikely to change the course of the case, it provided Ghosn a first chance to defend himself in public, influence the local media and stoke public opinion in his favor.

    Presiding judge Yuichi Tada read out charges and declared that Ghosn is being detained because he represents a flight risk and might tamper with evidence. In attendance at the hearing were the ambassadors of Lebanon and France. Ghosn is a citizen of both countries as well as Brazil.

    Outside the courthouse was a media circus, with journalists thronging the entrances and helicopters hovering overhead. Local media reported that more than 1,100 people had lined up for the lottery to take one of the 14 courtroom gallery seats allocated to the general public.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 25,094
    A lottery for courtroom seats, huh? Does each seat come with its own bucket of stones?

    '18 BMW 330xi; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 47-car history and counting!

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 22,738
    edited January 8
    @xwesx
    You mentioned work: how do you keep the car operable while parked there?. Inside parking? Electrical connectors for plugin heaters?

    2015 Cruze 2LT, 2014 Malibu 2LT, 2008 Cobalt 2LT

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 12,122
    qbrozen said:

    A lottery for courtroom seats, huh? Does each seat come with its own bucket of stones?

    Makes you realize how lucky you are not to be subject to Japanese jurisprudence.

    2015 Mustang GT, 2009 PT Cruiser, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 22,926
    xwesx said:

    Let's see.....

    I have a circulating block heater, an oil pan heater, and a transmission oil pan heater on it. CBH is fantastic.... at more moderate temps (like -10F and warmer), it can heat the engine to operating temp. I do not have auto-starts on my cars (I am the only person I know in Fairbanks without one!),

    And, coolant mixture: I tend to run between 60/40 and 70/30. Freeze protection is about -66F.

    It sounds like a full time job just keeping your car in running condition up there!

    We forget how fortunate we are to be able to jump into our car, press a button or turn a key, and go.....oh yeh, down here I have to put on my sunglasses.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 22,926
    I got this email about some ads from the olden days:

    This would make a nice addition to any car:

    Ever worry about dreaded wheel ants:





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  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 14,657
    1. We get oil from the ground, why not put it back after we are done with it.

    2. Ever heard of riding shotgun?

    3. Also helps with wheel termites, wheel centipedes and wheel praying mantis.

    2008 Sebring Ragtop, 2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 12,122
    driver100 said:

    I got this email about some ads from the olden days:

    This would make a nice addition to any car:

    Ever worry about dreaded wheel ants:





    How about using that shotgun on those wheel ants? That’ll learn ‘em. :p

    On the oil disposal idea, I’ve driven cars that did the same thing a drop at a time. :(

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 22,926

    driver100 said:

    I got this email about some ads from the olden days:

    This would make a nice addition to any car:

    Ever worry about dreaded wheel ants:





    How about using that shotgun on those wheel ants? That’ll learn ‘em. :p

    On the oil disposal idea, I’ve driven cars that did the same thing a drop at a time. :(
    Our older friend who died a few years ago used to dump his motor oil on his property....did it for about 50 years. My wife was executor and in order to sell their home it cost about $30000 to get all the contaminated oil off their property.
    Here is one more I liked, I think these were like feather things you attached to your exhaust pipe to give it that real flaring look.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 12,122
    driver100 said:

    driver100 said:

    I got this email about some ads from the olden days:

    This would make a nice addition to any car:

    Ever worry about dreaded wheel ants:





    How about using that shotgun on those wheel ants? That’ll learn ‘em. :p

    On the oil disposal idea, I’ve driven cars that did the same thing a drop at a time. :(
    Our older friend who died a few years ago used to dump his motor oil on his property....did it for about 50 years. My wife was executor and in order to sell their home it cost about $30000 to get all the contaminated oil off their property.
    Here is one more I liked, I think these were like feather things you attached to your exhaust pipe to give it that real flaring look.

    You should get a set of those for your Florida car. It would scare off all those crazy drivers who upset you so much. They won’t dare mess with a flame breathing dragon. :D

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 25,094
    Wheel ants. Quick lube joints should reproduce that ad in big poster form for their shop and upsell that service.

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  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Same as jmonroePosts: 377
    sda said:

    I am enjoying a beautiful sun filled day and gave both cars much needed cleaning.  I think it looks pretty good for 5+ years and 85k.

    You better wash it again, it looks pretty streaky to me. :o

    jmonroe
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 62,987
    That Ghosn article sure had more than a touch of MEOW in it. Rice diet? Graying hair roots?

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 22,926

    driver100 said:

    driver100 said:

    I got this email about some ads from the olden days:

    This would make a nice addition to any car:

    Ever worry about dreaded wheel ants:





    How about using that shotgun on those wheel ants? That’ll learn ‘em. :p

    On the oil disposal idea, I’ve driven cars that did the same thing a drop at a time. :(
    Our older friend who died a few years ago used to dump his motor oil on his property....did it for about 50 years. My wife was executor and in order to sell their home it cost about $30000 to get all the contaminated oil off their property.
    Here is one more I liked, I think these were like feather things you attached to your exhaust pipe to give it that real flaring look.

    You should get a set of those for your Florida car. It would scare off all those crazy drivers who upset you so much. They won’t dare mess with a flame breathing dragon. :D
    Actually, a great idea. No one would come near someone with those things attached to your car.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 22,926
    jmonroe1 said:

    sda said:

    I am enjoying a beautiful sun filled day and gave both cars much needed cleaning.  I think it looks pretty good for 5+ years and 85k.

    You better wash it again, it looks pretty streaky to me. :o

    jmonroe
    I tell you this jmonroe1 is way wittier than the original. They must have had different mothers.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 22,926

    qbrozen said:

    Wheel ants. Quick lube joints should reproduce that ad in big poster form for their shop and upsell that service.

    I'm sure this has appeared recently on a dealer repair order.

    1. Change oil and filter
    2. Replace brake shoes
    3. Replace brake socks
    4. Treat for wheel ants

    TOTAL: $842. 40.

    ICSL.............I can't stop laughing.

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  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Same as jmonroePosts: 377
    driver100 said:
    Isn't this a good idea!

    No problem, in a few more miles it won't say that and you can just keep on truckin worry free. B) 

    jmonroe

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 12,461
    Imid, the parking lot is set up like this:



    Each of the posts are electric outlets at the top, so we can plug in as needed.



    2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2008 and 2013 Subaru Forester(s), 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 30,769
    One of my golden rules. Never winter anyplace that has heater outlets in the parking lot.

    2019 Acura TLX A-spec 4 cyl. (mine), and 2013 Acura RDX AWD (wife's)

  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Same as jmonroePosts: 377
    driver100 said:

    jmonroe1 said:

    sda said:

    I am enjoying a beautiful sun filled day and gave both cars much needed cleaning.  I think it looks pretty good for 5+ years and 85k.

    You better wash it again, it looks pretty streaky to me. :o

    jmonroe
    I tell you this jmonroe1 is way wittier than the original. They must have had different mothers.
    And Fathers and brothers.

    jmonroe
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Same as jmonroePosts: 377
    driver100 said:

    I got this email about some ads from the olden days:
    This would make a nice addition to any car:



    Now I know where the saying, "shooting yourself in the foot" came from. :o

    jmonroe
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