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by dmen
Sat May 13, 2017 2:46 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Coolant bypass valve?
Replies: 3
Views: 5344

Coolant bypass valve?

Hello For the past month or so I've been getting a yellow wrench light "check manual" warning within a few minutes of driving. The car seems to be driving fine, the only thing I've noticed is lowish battery capacity-- in this weather last year I'd get a full range prediction of 100+ miles, now more ...
by dmen
Wed Oct 12, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Field Service Action 16B02
Replies: 23
Views: 15664

Re: Field Service Action 16B02

Can any of who have had the work done successfully share your dealership name? Better yet, anyone have it done in IL or within 100 miles of Chicago? My 2013 has been at Fox Ford in Chicago for 6 weeks... come to find out they haven't even sent the battery out yet because they don't know where to sen...
by dmen
Fri Jul 29, 2016 9:34 pm
Forum: Technical Discussions
Topic: Reported Range after full charge
Replies: 57
Views: 36118

Re: Reported Range after full charge

"The faster you drive the shorter your range" doesn't hold when it's really cold (and you're using the cabin heater). Assuming it's cold enough that your heater is pretty much always on, you now have a significant constant draw of something like 6 kW which translates to 100 Wh used by the heater per...
by dmen
Tue Apr 05, 2016 9:15 pm
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: new Tesla Model 3 looks like Focus Electric!
Replies: 23
Views: 20517

Re: new Tesla Model 3 looks like Focus Electric!

My reading of the rebate rules says the $7500 starts to phase out "beginning with the second calendar quarter after the quarter in which at least 200000... have been sold..." So if Tesla hits 200k in Jan 2018, everyone taking delivery before July 2018 still gets a chance at $7500 tax credit, no matt...
by dmen
Sun Mar 27, 2016 5:52 pm
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Brake wear
Replies: 2
Views: 2721

Brake wear

So about a year ago I took my focus to Sears to plug a nail hole in a tire. The guys did the complimentary multipoint inspection and noted at least one rotor (the one on the nailed wheel) had grooving outside of acceptable specs, and they wanted to replace them. I checked it out and sure enough they...
by dmen
Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:23 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: Its starting to get cold outside. How's your range doing
Replies: 35
Views: 21069

Re: Its starting to get cold outside. How's your range doin

28 steady sunny degrees today. I had to make a 73 mile drive so I hit the road without using cabin heating and planned to see how far I'd go before needing to charge and/or warm up. To my surprise I was able to do it without stopping to charge, and was even able to use a little heat on the home stre...
by dmen
Sun Nov 22, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: News and Main Ford Focus Electric Forum
Topic: Cleaner Cars from Cradle to Grave
Replies: 9
Views: 7760

Re: Cleaner Cars from Cradle to Grave

I used to drink the Al Gore anthropogenic global warming Koolaid. It was years ago and I don't remember exactly what triggered me to actually look at the data behind the claims. I ended up spending more time that I thought I would researching all the data available on the subject. Eventually I came...
by dmen
Tue Mar 17, 2015 7:30 pm
Forum: Batteries and Charging Forum
Topic: Battery hovering in the 50's and big fluctuations.
Replies: 34
Views: 19691

Re: Battery hovering in the 50's and big fluctuations.

... During the day our power grid is largely coal. However, our utility doesn't run any coal power plants overnight. During the night our electricity is all hydro, wind & nuclear. Thus, when we charge at night we are not using any electricity that adds CO2 to the atmosphere. Thus we try to always l...
by dmen
Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:25 pm
Forum: Other Electric Cars & Plugin Hybrids
Topic: The iCar..or "Titan"
Replies: 3
Views: 5846

Re: The iCar..or "Titan"

Saw a quote from the Mercedes CEO - something to the effect of, if Mercedes started making phones, do you think Apple would be nervous? I'm not nervous about their car. . If that quote is correct, it's pretty ironic that he chose "phones" rather than "computers" in his analogy. That apple came into...
by dmen
Tue Feb 24, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: General / Main Focus Electric Owners Forum
Topic: Red Battery on MFM?
Replies: 13
Views: 5678

Re: Red Battery on MFM?

I've seen it once or twice legitimately, when the battery was very low. And I've also seen it several time for no apparent reason other than the system seemed to be confused. Updating it a second time usually cleared the incorrect ones. I think it's just a hiccup. I've never seen a red battery on t...

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