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  1. Somehow folks can feel a disturbance in the force around me or something. People I've never met come up to me and ask about vehicle issues. Has happened multiple times. Dropping off old oil at AZ about a week ago and as I'm getting in the chevy a guy asks if I can change the heater core in his 06ish ram 1500. I ended up walking him through the process and gave him my phone number if he had any more questions, had folks waiting for me afterall. He never called, but I really hope he didn't go at the air handler with a dremel like he was suggesting.
  2. The time to actually worry, like, legitimately start stocking up for the wars is when people stop buying US bonds. The US bonds are quite literally the stabilizing force for the entire global economy. They are the benchmark, the gold standard, the last step. A US bond is still considered the safest asset on the planet. The first question one asks when working on an investment idea is "what is the risk free return rate", which is asking what is the return rate on a US bond. You do not want to see high bond yields. That is a BAD sign. Realistically, until you start seeing yields exc
  3. Honestly, we expect the debt to be around 40T by the end on the decade, but there are numerous ways around it or to negate some of it. Not the most pressing issue currently. More immediate, as vaccines get distributed we expect the economy to pick up further, as one would expect, but in some places you may not expect. Just keep in mind, regardless of politics, somebody is always making money. Some current If-then items... If the recovery is not fast enough, you may see some public works stuff pop again. Being the democrats and green, we expect to switch from more oil (our cur
  4. Been fixing foundation issues and starting back at university (currently online unfortunately). Overall optimistic in general, but we'll see. My quiet mountain town has so far been just that. Till it starts coming a bit closer, not really an issue here. At least we can see the bottom.
  5. Ive had a few of those.... "did anybody see me, no? okay hurry up and clean it up"
  6. I believe one of the "shoes" was crumbled, the other was not. Its on the list but I didn't think that would affect operation. I'll put them on my next order.
  7. I was told about the reverse trick a while back. Seems to help. If I have room I will turn the wheels back and forth and has the same effect of it working itself loose. Seems like you guys are leaning towards a vacuum issue. I will add, I even went from 4Lo once confirmed was in and spinning, to 4Hi and still no power to the fronts. 4x4 light stays on.
  8. Pulling a trailer through the pasture the other day and hit a muddy spot. started slipping so I put it in 4Hi, 4x4 light came on after a foot or two. Rocked tried for a minute or 2, both directions and no luck. Moved back and forth about 10 feet, spinning. Put it in 4Lo and the truck pulled right through with no issue. Coming back around a bit later with the same trailer I experimented a bit. In 4Hi, the front wheels were not getting power. Played around a bit, nothing. Truck would come to a stop if I turned the wheel, rears spinning away, fronts doing nothing. 4Lo, same as before
  9. Battery Management System Depending on how nice it is, it may just protect the battery from over charge/discharge or may handle the charging of the individual cells internally and monitor temps. Ideally, it keeps one from going into thermal runaway (fires) or damaging the battery in other ways.
  10. I was amazed by how many issues a bad ground and poor wiring caused with my chevy. Opposite side flashing, or not at all, reverse lights lighting up when hitting the brakes, lights going dim when hitting the brake ect... Didn't have issues with the headlights though, but, different system in my case. I tend to agree with JAG1 in that case. I have fought the lighting electrical issues on an 06 jeep before. I feel for ya.
  11. Those foam floor mats in kitchens and stores, no worrying about water, and if the truck breaks, you have a pad.
  12. I like this idea. Not 100% sure how you would plumb it at the moment owing to the lack of real estate under the hood. I think you might be able to get away with some hotrod esque exhaust cutouts. They have air/vac and solenoid operated and in the sizes needed without being stupid expensive. Some Y's are easy enough to find.
  13. AGM is true, Lithium strongly depends on the individual battery. Some do and some don't. It's not that expensive per battery for a company to add it in, but you may be right that many don't.
  14. Im unsure about the Xantrax, but probably not. Lead acid and NiCd/NiMh can charge with constant current. They will just dissipate the overcharge as heat. That's why you can leave them on charge. Its not the most effective way, but it works. Lead acid can also be charged at constant voltage if they haven't been completely drained. Lithium likes to charge up to ~60% at a constant current and then constant voltage from 60-100. People are used to experiencing phones and laptops with lithium and that has sort of given it a bad rap. People dont charge them properly and they ar
  15. Used to sell marine equipment. The lithium is the way to go if you find yourself running out of power or have the money to not worry about upfront costs and can afford to get the price/watthour/age benefit. A properly cycled and maintained lithium battery will last indefinitely. Keep them 20-75% SOC and it will likely outlast you. Do full 0-100% cycles and you will get 3000 cycles or so, or 8-9 years doing a full cycle daily. 80% of a "cycle" is between ~80-100% SOC, the other ~20% is from 0-20%. 20-80 effectively accounts for about 0.1% of a cycle. Guys with lithium o
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