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#91318 of 95898 Re: This just in... [houdini1]
May 03, 2013 (7:52 am)
Hey, don't be sad, that tradition will probably last a lifetime.
I know, I'm just blessed that my son and I shared so many of the same interests- which wasn't the case with my father and I. Da liked working in the yard and gardening, which I consider to be a form of punishment equivalent to-or below-the sixth level of Hell. I never pushed my son into liking sports/cars/science fiction, etc., and it has worked out really well.
#91319 of 95898 Re: This just in... [graphicguy]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
May 03, 2013 (10:28 am)
We were just talking about him a few nights ago; oddly, when we were watching Rob Lowe in Parks & Recreation. He's another one who got too famous, too young, too fast and got himself into trouble. There were quite a few of those young stars from the 80's who took a nosedive, and most have recovered miraculously well (save Charlie Sheen).
#91320 of 95898 Re: I need a reality check- or to vent!!! [driver100]
May 03, 2013 (11:25 am)
Cool! I checked it out...that Thrule company is a good one to know about.
Son #1 has a car/van top carrier that is made by Thule but carries the Sears badge. Without that gizmo we could never have gone to Myrtle Beach together in his van. Seven of us total. His family of 5 and Mrs. j and I.
Just for grins, since we were talking about snow tires a while back, I went in and looked at the Snow Tire Chains that Thule sells. First you select your type of vehicle (car or van), next selection was rim size (18 inches for the Genny), next selection was for tread width size (235) next selection was for tire profile (50) then clicked continue. Man, I shouldn’t have done that because up pops the price for this contraption called “Thule K-Summit K45, the smallest external chain for passenger cars”. MSRP $549.95, they don’t say that’s for a pair but its gotta be.
Needless to say I won’t be getting that (pair or not).
#91321 of 95898 Re: I need a reality check- or to vent!!! [roadburner]
May 03, 2013 (11:37 am)
verdugo is correct; the hatches are for BMW's roof rack system. My 1995 318ti even has them...
Mercedes E Class vehicles have them as well - they are for roof racks!
#91322 of 95898 Re: I need a reality check- or to vent!!! [jmonroe]
May 03, 2013 (12:33 pm)
Just for grins, since we were talking about snow tires a while back...
Speaking of ...tires, I was on my way up to Boca Raton this morning on the Turnpike, when I noticed a slight shimmy in the ride of the new Mercedes. Even my Dad noticed it - not acute, but noticeable. I called my dealer and the service manager said to bring the car right on. So I got to Delray at 9:15 AM and they immediately took the car into the service department.
After road-testing the car, the mechanic I always use (David) asked me if the shimmy was in the steering wheel and I responded that it was more a vibration in the car. He said that's what he felt, so he tested and balanced each tire/wheel. He found that under a "road pressure test" that the left rear tire was out of round caused by the tread. They replaced the tire and now the car runs as smooth as silk.
I asked what caused that and he said that sometimes, if they don't put at least 50 lbs. of pressure in them for the ocean crossing on the ship (the cars are on the boat for two weeks at times) with varying temperatures, they can develop a flat spot from the weight and/or the tire just might be defective.
He told me that if I don't use the car for weeks at a time, to put 40+ pounds of air in the tires to keep them from developing flat spots.
Has anyone ever experienced what I experienced or heard of that happening? Just interested in your take on this!
#91323 of 95898 Re: I need a reality check- or to vent!!! [abacomike]
May 03, 2013 (12:08 pm)
I've heard of it Mike. From what I understand it's pretty common. I would also think the lower the profile tire the chances of it happening go up.
I remember reading on some forum that someone had their car delivered with 50lbs of pressure in the tires. When the dealer was questioned he was given the same explanation you were. Naturally, that doesn't excuse the dealer for not setting the tires to spec before delivery.
#91324 of 95898 Re: I need a reality check- or to vent!!! [jmonroe]
May 03, 2013 (12:13 pm)
Don't forget, you would need 4 of those tire chains...and...was it very crowded for you riding in that roof top carrier??
#91325 of 95898 Re: Snow tires [nyccarguy]
May 03, 2013 (12:13 pm)
I traded it in with the snow tires (they had lots of tread left).
I did the same when I traded in my 08 Grand Cherokee. It had the snow tires (also plenty of tread left.)
#91326 of 95898 Re: I need a reality check- or to vent!!! [houdini1]
May 03, 2013 (12:20 pm)
Don't forget, you would need 4 of those tire chains...
No he doesn't. Tire chains only go on the drive wheels.
#91327 of 95898 Re: I need a reality check- or to vent!!! [jmonroe]
May 03, 2013 (12:21 pm)
Without that gizmo we could never have gone to Myrtle Beach together in his van. Seven of us total. His family of 5 and Mrs. j and I.
If you don't mind me asking, how was that journey...especially in a mini-van. I have sat in the back seat and middle seat in an Odyssey and it was ok since they seem to make the seats fairly high...so you can see. Plus, the Odyssey is pretty car like.
But, a van is a van, good for hauling kids around, good for taking stuff to a hockey game or something, but, for a trip....I think I would really prefer a car or an SUV.
Also, I give you a lot of credit.....I wouldn't have lasted on a vacation with 3 kids these days, that's why nature makes you have them when you are younger.