July 25, 2007

23mpg on highway

I recently did a trip from Rochester to LaCrosse and back on I90 so thats around 170 miles. We filled the car just outside our house and refilled when we got back. We averaged about 65mph on the highway and the 2001 Windstar LX did around 22.7mpg during the trip which is lower than we expected just we were doing 65mph on cruise control. We have my wife, my two kids (10/8) and myself on the way out and we picked up a 210 lb guy on the way back.

July 25, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

July 02, 2007

Not selling the Windstar then

We were going to sell the Windstar when we bought the Mercedes but have decided not to now. Its running well, have new tires and the remaining deprecation isn't that much. It has 76k miles right now.

July 2, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (1)

February 10, 2007

New ABS controller

The ABS light was on intermittently so the dealer put a new module in. The warranty paid for it.

February 10, 2007 | Permalink | Comments (0)

November 20, 2006

Tire pressures and temperature

My wife said the tires looked down so I checked em yesterday. 21psi all around, Yikes! They are supposed to be 35psi. The car was parked outside the night before (15F) so that didn't help either. I pumped all 4 tires to 35psi and then drove it around yesterday. I parked it inside last night, the garage stays around 35-40F during the night.

I checked them again this morning and all tires were 37psi. So, the higher temperatures were worth 2psi. I bled the air out to 35psi and I'll leave them there.

November 20, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2)

May 16, 2006

Sold my Ford Explorer

6,600 dollars today. 62k miles on the clock, 1998 6 cylinder XLS in white.

May 16, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

April 13, 2006

Selling my Explorer

I'm selling my Explorer finally. It's been great, the car is still solid, reliable and works just fine. I'm selling it for a GMC 2500HD truck for hauling my car.

I've started a blog dedicated to the truck. You can find it here.

April 13, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Broke lug bolt

The new non Ford shop we're servicing the car with overtightened the wheels last time he rotated. They must have used an air wrench with no torque setting. We swapped the wheels back to summer wheels last night and of course, the lugs were tightened so much, we broke one getting the wheel off. Pain in the ass. Brought it to the guy today to complain but he won't pay so it's on us.

I'm worried now about the other lugs, have they been weakened because of the ridiculous torque they were tighened to before. I guess time will tell.

Looking to replace these summer tires also from the Goodyear Integrities that come standard. Looking at tirerack and Yokohama AVTs look good. Still thinking about it though.

April 13, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (9)

February 03, 2006

60k service done

We did our 60k service at an independant auto shop. We've given up on our local Ford dealer, Rochester Ford Toyota mainly because of cost.

Our 60k service involved:

  • Lubricate and check chassis
  • Change oil and oil filter
  • Check air filter
  • Check and top all fluids and tire pressures
  • Perform basic safety inspection

total cost was 150.61

February 3, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 04, 2006

Ford Explorer and dealer woes

My 1998 Ford Explorer has been making a belt noise for some time now. It's strange because the dealer, Rochester Ford/Toyota changed the belt at 50k miles.

I'm fed up with them mainly because of high prices and pool quality service and this was reinforced today when I brought the Explorer to a local shop. They said there was no belt tensioner on the belt and this is why the belt was slipping. How can this be the case when the Ford dealer fixed the belt only a year ago.

So, 118 bucks to fix it and more reasons to avoid the dealer in the future.

January 4, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

December 02, 2005

New fuel pump

So, 58k miles

The car was having trouble starting for about 6 months now. It would just turn over the engine but the engine didn't catch for a few seconds.

I had the fuel pump replaced under warranty at a local shop, not the dealer with my extended warranty. Cost 180 bucks, 50 to me.

December 2, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (0)