Re: [DML] Serious Megasquirt Question
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Re: [DML] Serious Megasquirt Question



One spare is typically adequate (which I do carry *UNDER* my trucks' beds, and which I have used on occasion).

How many times have you passed someone changing a tire on the side of the road? Do you not think the same could ever possibly happen to you? Have you taken the spare tire out of your PT Cruiser?

I can't believe people are seriously arguing against spare tires....

Bill Robertson
#5939

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, Farrar Hudkins <fhudkins@...> wrote:
>
> In my opinion...
> 
> Forget the DeLorean. Just travel in a pickup truck with as many spare tires
> in the bed as you can fit.
> 
> ... in my opinion.
> 
> Farrar Hudkins
> #2613
> 
> 
> On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 12:46 PM, content22207 <brobertson@...>wrote:
> 
> > **
> >
> >
> > I was 400 miles from my destination when I left DC last night. Wonder how
> > much it would have cost to have my DeLorean hauled home, especially for
> > something as simple as a flat tire? (Given the condition of pavement around
> > Richmond VA, both I-95 and I-295 -- I drove both, a sliced sidewall is a
> > very real possibility).
> >
> > If spare tires are such a bad idea, why did DMC put one, pitiful though it
> > may be, under the hood in the first place?
> >
> > Anyone who travels long distance without a usable spare tire is taking a
> > completely *AVOIDABLE* risk.
> >
> > Bill Robertson
> > #5939
> >
> > --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "DarkStar Media" <darkstarmedia@>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > In that rare case u can usually call another tow company and AAA will
> > > reimburse you. In one case where I was about 80 miles away from my
> > > destination, AAA's company for that area wouldn't send a driver because
> > they
> > > did not want to drive that far.
> > >
> > > I called another tow company (as instructed) and AAA took care of me
> > after
> > > the fact.
> > >
> > > Also keep in mind that AAA is different from state to state.
> > >
> > > Richard
> > >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> > Behalf Of
> > > Stephen Rice
> > > Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 9:15 AM
> > > To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > Subject: Re: [DML] Serious Megasquirt Question
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > The driver can deny to tow your car. I've been there and I canceled AAA
> > > shortly after that incident.
> > >
> > > -Steve Rice
> > > #16510
> > >
> > > On Tue, Apr 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM, DarkStar Media <darkstarmedia@
> > > <mailto:darkstarmedia%40comcast.net> > wrote:
> > > > Actually AAA will tow you wherever you want to go. If you elect to
> > > > have yourself towed to a closed tire shop, who's fault is it?
> > > >
> > > > Richard
> > > >
> > > > -----Original Message-----
> > > > From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > > [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com> ]
> > > > On Behalf Of
> > > > content22207
> > > > Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 12:21 AM
> > > > To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > > Subject: Re: [DML] Serious Megasquirt Question
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > As I explained in Message #84549 I have two ignition modules in my
> > > > car: the Duraspark module that is my primary ignition controller, and
> > > > the original Bosch unit which is currently sitting idle. Because no
> > > > wiring mods were made, I can switch between them at will: if the
> > > > Duraspark unit ever fails, all I have to do is plug the Bosch module in
> > > and get right back on the road.
> > > >
> > > > Duraspark modules are of course stock items at all parts houses, but
> > > > that wouldn't do me any good after hours (like now: I've just gotten
> > > > in from a nocturnal drive back to North Carolina).
> > > >
> > > > I also carry a full size 50,000 mile steel belted radial spare tire.
> > > > If I ever get a flat tire in the middle of the night (or during
> > > > daylight hours on a weekend), I can get right back on the road. I
> > > > could drive through state after state after state on my spare, at
> > > > highway speeds, if necessary. I did drive all over the DC area on it
> > > > once looking for an in stock 235/60-15 tire (sliced sidewall -- no way
> > > > to repair that). Note that AAA will only tow you to one tire shop and
> > > > leave you there -- if the shop is closed, or if they don't have your
> > > > tire size in stock, you're screwed. Any owner who doesn't carry a
> > > > usable spare tire is just asking for trouble, especially with pavement
> > > > coming apart these days (the jagged edge of a pothole claimed my
> > > > sidewall). There also is a lot of crap on the roads that can puncture a
> > > tire (does AAA plug tires on the side of the road?).
> > > >
> > > > Bill Robertson
> > > > #5939
> > > >
> > > > --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com> , "Owen"
> > > > <omalbec@> wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >> What is your contingency plan today should your stock Ignition
> > > >> Control
> > > > Unit craps out (it is 30+ years old after all)? Or your stock RPM
> > > > relay? Or your fuel pump? Or.... we can play this game all night. It
> > > > doesn't matter one iota if your fuel delivery is mechanical if your
> > > > spark control is electronic.
> > > >>
> > > >> I for one believe that whether one is K-Jetted, carburetted or EFI'd,
> > > >> AAA
> > > > or classic insurance with towing package is probably a prudent
> > > > investment. I don't care what your fueling mechanism, if you lose your
> > > > spark control, you're screwed.
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >>
> > > >> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > >> <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com> ,
> > > > "content22207" <brobertson@> wrote:
> > > >> >
> > > >> > I mean controller replacement. My little brother had to replace the
> > > > onboard computer in his Oldsmobile not too long ago. For some reason
> > > > the thing died while he was at work.
> > > >> >
> > > >> > Onboard electronics do die. I helped a DeLorean owner last year
> > > >> > whose
> > > > Bosch ignition module had died (his dead ECU donated the harness
> > > > connector for the adapter my Duraspark module is using).
> > > >> >
> > > >> > All electronic devices are subject to failure. It is
> > > >> > unrealistically
> > > > optimistic to claim that one's own devices will never fail. If I was
> > > > totally dependent upon an onboard controller for my fuel delivery, I
> > > > would definitely have a contingency plan.
> > > >> >
> > > >> > Bill Robertson
> > > >> > #5939
> > > >> >
> > > >> >
> > > >> > --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > >> > <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com> ,
> > > > "DarkStar Media" <darkstarmedia@> wrote:
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Define "dies"...
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > If the computer shorts out it's dead anyway and no laptop or
> > > >> > > phone will do anything about it, just like any ECU.
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Baring that they are extremely reliable and once setup just run
> > > >> > > and
> > > > run.
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > If there is a re-boot while running (usually only if you are
> > > >> > > screwing with
> > > >> > > it) you see a hiccup but the MS ECU tends to recover before the
> > > >> > > engine drops more than 100rpm (think slight stumble).
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Richard
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > >> > > From: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > >> > > <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > >> > > [mailto:dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > > >> > > <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > >> > > <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > >> > > ] On Behalf Of
> > > >> > > content22207
> > > >> > > Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 3:31 PM
> > > >> > > To: dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > >> > > <mailto:dmcnews%40yahoogroups.com>
> > > >> > > Subject: [DML] Serious Megasquirt Question
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > If the onboard controller dies, do you have to reload all the
> > > >> > > fuel maps from scratch? If so, is there a smartphone interface so
> > > >> > > you don't have to upload them from a laptop?
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > I'm thinking about what happens if the controller dies while
> > > >> > > you're on a trip.
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > On my own car I am only dependent upon the ignition ECU, and I
> > > >> > > carry a spare for that (Duraspark is my primary ECU and the
> > > >> > > original Bosch unit is my backup).
> > > >> > >
> > > >> > > Bill Robertson
> > > >> > > #5939
> > > >> > >
> > > >> >
> > > >>
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
> > > >
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> > >
> > > --
> > > Steve Rice
> > > #16510
> > >
> >
> >  
> >
> 
> 
> 
> -- 
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> via telekinetic sonic screwdriver.
> 
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