jmueller065
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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Mon Sep 22, 2014 10:47 am

Kakkerlak wrote:Yes, the Focus has the component video jacks in the center arm-rest console.
Um no, the Focus does not have component video jacks. That is a composite jack accompanied by stereo audio inputs (component jacks refer to jacks for the individual colors: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Component_video )

It is easy to make that mistake since the words are so similar. Ok I'm done being pedantic for today...
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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Mon Sep 22, 2014 11:04 am

You are technically correct. The best kind of correct !

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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:05 pm

How can I adjust the text to speech volume? Just up and stopped reading at radio level. Very low voice now.

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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:38 pm

It might be the same volume level as the sync voice. You can change that volume in the settings.
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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Mon Sep 29, 2014 1:16 pm

Mueller, can you give me an exact location of where our could be? I've searched all over and found nothing.

Nm I got it!

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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Tue Nov 04, 2014 5:59 am

so with the colder weather starting to roll in to GA and the morning drives being colder than the drive home im starting to see that these cars don't like the heat all too much. just running the defrost zapped it by 20 miles :o

i knew going in that the winters would be close on my 75 RT drive, but zapping 20 before i leave the house ain't gonna cut it since im only showing an average of 85ish on the guess-o-meter in the mornings.

so, i ask....

1) can i run the heat while still plugged up prior to leaving and it continue to charge just to get the cabin semi warm before i go?
2) do the heated seats pull a lot of power?
3) any other ideas?

worse case on horribly cold days (ok ok ok, so nothing to bad, but in the lower teens) i can take the wifes pilot and she can have the FFE, but i can't afford to do that until march :lol:

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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:32 am

blackbeasst wrote:so with the colder weather starting to roll in to GA and the morning drives being colder than the drive home im starting to see that these cars don't like the heat all too much. just running the defrost zapped it by 20 miles :o

i knew going in that the winters would be close on my 75 RT drive, but zapping 20 before i leave the house ain't gonna cut it since im only showing an average of 85ish on the guess-o-meter in the mornings.

so, i ask....

1) can i run the heat while still plugged up prior to leaving and it continue to charge just to get the cabin semi warm before i go?
2) do the heated seats pull a lot of power?
3) any other ideas?

worse case on horribly cold days (ok ok ok, so nothing to bad, but in the lower teens) i can take the wifes pilot and she can have the FFE, but i can't afford to do that until march :lol:
Are you using Go Times? If not, use them. They will preheat the car before you leave home in the morning using electricity from the wall. Consider setting the Go Time temp to 85 instead of 72 since so much heat escapes when you open the door to get in the car. The defrost forces the A/C compressor to run in addition to the heating element causing a double whammy on range. We've found on the recent mornings in the 20s & 30s that cracking a window about 1/2 inch works to clear the fog on the windows that develops while driving. Once the fog clears we close the window. Since the car starts out warm and we're wearing jackets with the cold weather we don't usually need heat, just heated seats. Granted, most of our drives are 20-30 minutes max and not longer. You might need more heat for longer trips.
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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Tue Nov 04, 2014 6:41 am

I envy you in GA!

Using go times set to 85 is your best bet in the morning. Even if you leave the car parked outside and you get about 2" of snow overnight the 85F go time will melt all the snow off the windshield.
(Here is an example of that, although not 2" of snow:
http://jamiegeek.myevblog.com/2013/11/1 ... -here-now/ )

There are several methods you can use to defrost the car after using the 85F go time:
  • Slightly open the window (as mentioned above)
  • Run the defroster on "Lo" with low fan (partially: only run it until the window is defrosted then turn it off)
  • Simply run the vent on "Lo"
Typically I'll let it heat to 85F and then simply run the vent ("Lo" temp, Low fan, A/C off) for my 15 mile commute in (wearing my winter coat). At the start of the trip this is very comfortable as the car is 85F and you're almost sweating so the cool air coming in feels good, but near the end of my commute its a bit chilly and I'll have to turn on the seat heat (which uses almost nothing). Granted I'm describing the worst case outside temps (which for me last winter hit 0F or lower) so in GA you shouldn't see anything close to that (hopefully!).

Here is a posting from when it was really cold around here:
http://jamiegeek.myevblog.com/2014/01/2 ... pring-yet/
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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:47 am

go times, got it!

how far in advance do i need to set it before i normally leave? and im guessing that while its running the guess-o-meter will be 20 miles down until i turn the heat off?

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Re: My random thoughts/comments/questions/concerns as I go

Tue Nov 04, 2014 7:49 am

You typically set the go time to the time you leave. The car will then figure out how far in advance it needs to turn on so that the car will be set to the proper temperature.

It will then run 10-15 minutes after the go time and then shut off. Thus I'll typically set the go time to 5 minutes ahead of my actual time so the car gets that extra "hit" (and so it can compensate for me opening the doors as I throw my stuff in it before I leave).

I've never looked at the dash because I'm inside the house when the car starts warming up...

The worst is when MFT has a hiccup and you get in the car in the morning when it decided that it is going to skip a go time.. :(
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