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About mptjelgin

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    Medina, Texas and on the road.
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  1. mptjelgin

    EZ Passes for Class A with Tow Vehicle

    NTTA is the North Texas Tollway Authority. They are responsible for the toll roads in the DFW area. HCTRA (Harris County Toll Road Authority) plays the same role in the Houston area. And there are now at least nine Regional Mobility Authorities (RMA's) around Texas that play a similar role. Some build and operate toll roads, some do not. The region that the Authority is responsible for has little to do with which toll tag works where. NTTA and HCTRA had the earliest toll roads and each developed their own toll tags. When the Central Texas RMA and other regions started building toll roads there was a move to begin to coordinate tags, and the TxTag was the result. The goal is eventually to have all of the tags working on all of the systems, as well as across other state platforms. But the independent and regional nature of the various authorities has made that somewhat challenging.
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    Hotspot recommendations

    Thanks! I've tried online and it seems to be a no-go. I'll find the nearest corporate store and give them a try.
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    Hotspot recommendations

    I asked this question on another thread and didn't get any responses. Does anyone know if it is possible to get the 8800L with the prepaid unlimited data plan, instead of having to start with a something different (online gives only the choice of MHS990L and 7730L). Since I don't have a Verizon Jetpack I'd rather not have to buy one that I will immediately replace with the 8800L.
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    Propane Pressure Question

    That is good news. Thanks for letting us know.
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    Propane Pressure Question

    Sounds like either a regulator or the valve on the bottle itself is not allowing much gas to flow. Have you tried switching the regulator to the other bottle (assuming that you have two bottles and can manually select the other)?
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    Checking Brake Fluid With A VOM Meter

    I am puzzled. What exactly have I stated that you don't believe? Do you still believe " This question is moot anyway, virtually all vehicle with hydraulic brakes, maintenance schedules say to change brake fluid annually"? As Daniel Patrick Moynihan said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts" and that applies here.
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    Checking Brake Fluid With A VOM Meter

    Nice Try. You've quoted a dealers blog. Hardly a definitive source. The Ford Owners Manual and Maintenance Schedule for the 2017 F-150 referenced in your quote has no recommendation for changing brake fluid. None. It simply says that the fluid level should be between the MIN and MAX lines and to keep the reservoir cap in place and tight to avoid contamination. There is a reason that the reservoir is clear, so that you don't have to open the cap. And with all due respect, your 2002 K3500 is a 17 year old vehicle, so hardly qualifies as a modern vehicle. But I did find a manual online for the 2002 GMC C/K 2500/3500 series of trucks and it contains only wording regarding keeping the brake fluid between the MIN and Max lines of the clear reservoir. No flush/change interval noted in that manual either... What you stated was "This question is moot anyway, virtually all vehicle with hydraulic brakes, maintenance schedules say to change brake fluid annually." And I asked if there was an example of a modern vehicle factory maintenance schedule that reflected that statement. So far the answer is no.
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    Checking Brake Fluid With A VOM Meter

    Ask yourself this simple question: In a modern, sealed braking system, how is the brake fluid going to absorb water? I too had old 60's era automobiles and trucks that had issue with moisture, rusting wheel cylinders, etc. but they also had exhaust systems that rusted out and plugs that needed to be changed fairly often. Not only have the brake fluids changed significantly, but the materials in the master cylinders, reservoirs, etc. are different as well. Modern vehicles are very different and in many cases there is no need to carry forward old maintenance techniques and practices. I am also a "preventative maintenance nut" but some things need to be done and some don't. I could argue that opening up a sealed system that requires no maintenance and "maintaining" it is just as likely to cause an issue as prevent it. Once again: Can anyone show me a maintenance schedule for a modern vehicle that recommends changing brake fluid annually, or even as a scheduled maintenance item?
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    Checking Brake Fluid With A VOM Meter

    WHAT?? I've owned three new Ford Superduty trucks since 1999, the latest being the new 2019 that I picked up in November. There is no service interval at all on the brake fluid. In fact, the recommendation is that since it is a sealed system there is no reason to ever flush/change the fluid absent some specific problem. I owned the first two trucks for a cumulative 20 years and 320,000 miles without ever opening the brake system.Same service with several other vehicles. I would like to see an example of a modern vehicle with a factory maintenance schedule calling for brake fluid to be changed annually.
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    Verizon Unlimited Data Plan for Jetpacks

    I don't have a Verizon Jetpack, and would like to order the 8800 along with the Prepaid Unlimited Data Plan. Online you appear to be limited to either an MHS900L or a 7730L with the prepaid plan. Has anyone figured out how to directly online order the 8800 along with the new plan?
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    Contaminated Fuel - Pilot

    That's good news. I guess this would be covered under the Comprehensive part of the policy since it is damage caused by something other than a collision?
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    Contaminated Fuel - Pilot

    Better clarify myself here. It is certainly not a common occurrence, but it apparently happens enough that the dealers test for fuel contamination in any case of the fuel system problem, and find DEF enough that it is a "known issue" and grounds for revoking the warranty. Gasoline in the diesel is another issue that is tested for. But my understanding is that it is virtually always a case of a careless owner accidentally introducing DEF into their own fuel tank. The fill caps, while very different, are right next to each other in my new truck. I can see where someone, in an "Oh sh!#" moment could accidentally put DEF into the fuel. And any DEF into the diesel fuel is very bad news. I never read where DEF contamination at the pump is an issue, but could certainly be wrong.
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    Contaminated Fuel - Pilot

    I see that you want to treat this as if it ends up as a full-blown legal case and that is fine. That is the world you live in. What I'm saying is that DEF contamination is not an uncommon occurrence, and at least in the case of Ford they will deny warranty coverage on a $10,000+ dollar high-pressure fuel system repair based on their evaluation and testing. I've read their testing procedure and it is not all that complex or difficult to understand. I didn't have much trouble finding independent labs that will conduct similar tests. As far as your more detailed "would it hold up in a court of law" and chain of custody questions, I have no idea. But getting the fuel tested is not an difficult task and would seem to be a reasonable first step given the expense of the repair.
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    Contaminated Fuel - Pilot

    To address only this part of the question, I'd take it to the dealer where I bought the truck (Ford in my case). They absolutely have the equipment to test for DEF in diesel as that is one of the first things they do in the case of a fuel system issue. Because they very specifically deny warranty coverage on the engine in the case of DEF contaminated fuel. I imagine that most any dealer who sells/services diesel trucks have the capability to test for fuel contamination.