Discussion in 'The Daily Grind' started by Gord, Jan 1, 2022.
That's really great, litesong. What have you gotten in the recent, extreme cold?
I did avoid the snow & cold temperatures. Hey, I’m retired & old, so don’t deal with snow & cold….no more, no how!
But, the last tank with temperatures in the mid to upper 30’s, the 168,000 mile Accent turned 38.7 MPG. Not dastardly for a car that sold new for as low as: TWO Hyundai Accents FOR $14,000.
Today , 31 deg F.
16.3 miles , no highway , ave speed 27 MPH.
fcd = 68.1 x .943 = 64.2 MPG.
I get to see my favorite 16-year-old dentist today , Dr. Doogie.
Actually , her name is Colleen , and she's at least 30.
Well! Now there is another good reason for the tall tires I had installed on the Hyundai Elantra. With the snow off the roads, it is clear that winter roadway pothole damage is high. Sometimes I can dodge the potholes. The wider width of the taller tires gives quicker turning. I turned away from one particularly deep pothole fortunately, which was near the road edge. Another badly potholed road had at least a 50 to 100 foot long line of smaller potholes & irregularities! I wonder if a snow removal vehicle may have caused that gash of road hurt. If I remember correctly, that line of potholes was at the high point of the cambered road. I don’t think it a coincidence that the closer I got to the mountains (& more snow) the worse the pothole damage became. Another advantage of the taller (& wider) tires, is the tire width might bridge a smaller pothole, whereas a narrower tire might not. Also, as I’ve mentioned often, taller tires spread out the impact of a pothole or bump hit, since the angle of impact with the curve of the taller tire is less AND the taller tire impacts sooner than the shorter tire, spreading out the time of impact.
Still & all, despite the advantages of taller tires on potholes, there could be one disadvantage. Now, in over 100,000 miles of driving with used taller tires, I never had a pothole drive the tire up, such that the tire hit the inside of the wheel well. But, I’ve always thought that severe impacts could cause taller tires to hit the inside wheel well, easier than with the standard height tire.
Yesterday, parts of western Washington got 2 inches of rain. The northwest tip of the Olympic Peninsula got 5 to 6 inches. Temperatures are now near 50degF & above, so lots of lower elevation snow is melting into creeks & rivers. Fortunately, the rain stopped for the last 5 hours or more. Went for a drive & only a very few pastures & 1 short country road were flooded. Even one road I thought might be flooded was open & wasn’t even threatened. All was cloudy with the air clean & clear all the way to the lower mountains, The higher mountains, deeper in the Cascade range, were buried deep in clouds.
1-13-22, 1 day later:
Some rain now. There were predictions, today would be high water marks for the local rivers, but no big dramas (as yesterday wasn’t). The rain is supposed to slow or stop sometime this afternoon. I may check some of the rivers to see if they are any higher than yesterday.
Today , 32 deg F in Naperville , 34 in Elk Grove.
35.0 miles , fcd = 60.3 x .943 = 56.9 MPG.
Check the wheel well liner for tire scuff marks. 4x4 vehicles with oversized tires and no accompanying body or suspension lift can have interference at extreme turn angles. Hopefully, your tire sizes are not that extreme.
Thanks for your concern! Using used over-sized tires for 100,000 miles on 2 vehicles (& now for 3 vehicles), checking for clearance has also been my concern from the beginning. My mechanic & I say, “Good to go.”
As I have stated, I am a featherfooter, carrying light loads. I think my two characteristics has been one reason, along with Hyundai quality, that both our 2 Hyundai Elantras have gone a total of 170,000 miles with no repairs needed.I do recommend over-sized tires to others, only if other people are also featherfooters & don’t heavily load their vehicles.
One additional “advantage” I have noted with over-sized tires (on Hyundai’s, over-sized tires ain’t like Jeep over-sized tires), I have had other drivers really looking at my wheels & the big tires. One fella even came over & told me he didn’t like the looks of pre-2011 Hyundai Accents(I agreed), but he liked my Accent with the big tires. We had a good talk about the engine running easier & at lower rpms on the highways.
Back home Tuesday night, shorter non-motorway route, 43°F:
19.1 miles - 227 Wh/mi or 4.4 Mi/kWh
Home charge: 44.7 miles added in 1'20"
To work this Wednesday, shorter non-motorway route again, 36°F:
19.1 miles - 217 Wh/mi or 4.6 mi/kWh
Back home Wednesday night, shorter non-motorway route, 43°F:
19.1 miles - 202 Wh/mi or 5.0 Mi/kWh
To mother's, 39°F:
4.4 miles - 176 Wh/mi or 5.7 Mi/kWh
4.4 miles - 286 Wh/mi or 3.5 Mi/kWh
Early morning home charge: 41.9 miles added in 1'16"
Thursday morning, went to what is now not a free charger and had a walk by the canal again, 34°F:
2.8 miles - 173 Wh/mi or 5.8 Mi/kWh
It looks like the chargers I have used for the last 6 months are not free any more, my RFID card wouldn't work so I used the App and there is now a cost of 32.5¢ per kWh.
Luckily I had $13.50 of credit which I had added to my account back in August when I first got the car and I was wondering if I would ever get to use it up!
I used $8.07 of my credit. I will probably go one more time to use the remainder of the credit up.
There is only one place left in my town with free (and slow) chargers so I will probably be home charging for the majority of the time now.
89.9 miles added in 34"
To work, non-motorway route, 33°F:
19.2 miles - 211 Wh/mi or 4.7 mi/kWh
Today , 35 deg F in Naperville , 32 in E;ljk Grove.
A mean headwind ( NE 14 MPH ) crippled today's trip.
Fcd on the highway never went over 52.5.
Ended the four miles after getting off highway usually help , though.
Ended up with 35.0 miles , fcd = 56.3 x .943 = 53.1 MPG.
One pip remaining , I may try to wait until Sat AM to buy fuel.
Today , 22 deg F in Naperville , 24 in Elk Grove. Roads were not good ,
about 0.75" to 1.5" of freezing slush , even on tollways.
This is the 1st trip EVER where the fcd didn't get out of the 40's.
35.1 miles , fcd = 48.2 x .943 = 45.4 MPG.
On a brighter note , I filled up at my Amoco yesterday for $3.359 ( 87 E10 ) .
513.0 miles , fcd = 58.0 x .943 = 54.7 MPG.
A few days ago, I thought we had 3 days of sunshine coming up. Really, more than 1 clear day in a row? Got my car traveling shoes on. The first day was clouds with partial cleaning in the afternoon, causing at least 10 minutes of sunshine on my skin. So that was good for western Washington. Yesterday, I think it was clear with clouds in higher terrain, but fog was in the lowlands. Today, its been foggy. A bit of ground fog clearing, but looks like its still foggy in much of the lowlands. So far the rain system on Vancouver Island is keeping at bay. Rain predicted for most of the coming week. That is better than some of the big snow storms on the east coast.
Was able to go for a fairly nice drive to the south southeast. From south of Carnation, I had a good view of 5300foot Mt. Pilchuck about 30 miles away to the north. Tho cloudy, the air was clear, very very steady & I could see the patchy snow on Pilchuck’s southern slopes. Then, I noted another mountain about 38 miles away(checked the maps at home), standing above Mt. Pilchuck’s broad but lower eastern ridge. The 10 power binoculars with careful focusing showed the tiny, peaky mountain top, buried in snow, with its broad south-facing facet, also buried in deep, smooth-looking snow. Thinking it might be 6500 foot Three Fingers, the maps confirmed its identity. Three Fingers appeared roughly the same height as Pilchuck from Carnation. Indeed, the height ratio of the 2 mountains (6500/5300) is close to the distance ratio (38/30) of the 2 mountains. Yes, the very clear & steady air made me very happy with both mountain details.
Today , 24 deg F in Northbrook , 23 in Elk Grove. Clean dry roads.
16.7 miles , fcd = 58.9 x .943 = 55.5 MPG.
Back home Thursday, non-motorway route, 42°F:
20.1 miles - 211 Wh/mi or 4.7 Mi/kWh
To work friday morning, shorter non-motorway route, just below freezing, 31.9°F:
19.2 miles - 227 Wh/mi or 4.4 Mi/kWh
Back home Friday lunchtime, different non-motorway route, 40°F:
19.9 miles - 211 Wh/mi or 4.7 Mi/kWh
Home charge: 31.9 miles added in 59"
To mother's Saturday, 37°F:
4.4 miles - 198 Wh/mi or 5.7 Mi/kWh
4.4 miles - 331 Wh/mi or 3.5 Mi/kWh
Sunday went to Lincoln for the day, had a good look round the castle and cathedral, 37°F
28.8 miles - 218 Wh/mi or 4.6 Mi/kWh
28.8 miles - 224 Wh/mi or 4.5 Mi/kWh, 46°F coming back.
This morning - home charge: 43.3 miles added in 1'19"
To work this morning, shorter non-motorway route, 36°F:
19.1 miles - 227 Wh/mi or 4.4 Mi/kWh
Range at 123 miles - about 31%
Our manual Elantra has been on oversized tires for about 2000 miles. The large diameter tires have caused the odometer to under-report the actual distance traveled by about 160 miles. For all 3 of our Hyundai’s combined, since I started using over-sized used tires, have caused odometers to under report by a total of maybe 7000 miles.
Today , 20 deg F in Naperville and Elk Grove.
35.1 miles , fcd = 58.6 x .943 = 55.3 MPG.
Could be worse.
I went for a drive & stopped at a county park. Only saw some distant ducks. Walking toward the lake, through the trees, I could see some ringneck ducks with the binoculars. Walking further, there was a gap between the trees with a slightly better view. Then I saw a Bald Eagle, diving for a duck, (a Pie-billed Grebe?) swimming on the water. The small duck was too quick for the eagle & with a big splash, was well underwater by the time the eagle claws were close. But, the eagle did not give up. He kept sweeping over the water, trying to catch the duck, as it surfaced. Again, the duck outfoxed the eagle. But, the eagle kept sweeping over the waters. & the duck continued to rise to catch a breath, splash & dive again, before the claws could get him.The eagle persisted……& the duck persisted, catch a breath & dive before the claws got him. It now became a battle which bird would run out of breath first. Ten times the eagle rose above & fell toward the water. & the duck the same, but under the water surface, up for a quick breath & dive again. Twenty times went by. Thirty times went by. Finally, the eagle broke off the battle after counting to 40 & flew away. The little Pie-billed Grebe surfaced, looked around & gulped lots of air, as he & the eagle parted ways. Once more the duck resumed his gentle paddling in the water, as the light once more showed the lake waters becalmed.
Just saw a U-tube video on Three Fingers, with some drone footage. If you want to see some scary video of the many facets of Three Finger vertical rock, track several videos down about Three Fingers. If you hike Three Fingers & lose your balance or footage, you may not leave the mountain, if they don’t find you.
Today 28 deg F.
16.3 miles , fcd = 65.3 x .943 = 61.6 MPG
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