oops… Diesel In America: Meh

‘scheduled’ repairs WILL be needed… $5,000 to $9,000 worth

two elements that turn on intentional design decisions of the manufacturers, including VW.
I speak specifically of the decision to design fuel injection systems that have failure modes that inevitably cascade through the entire fuel system, along with emissions decisions that are utterly destructive to vehicle value.

The first rests with the use of extremely high-pressure “common rail” fuel injection. By itself this is a good system; better atomization of the fuel means better (more-complete) combustion and that leads to both more power and lower emissions, along with a more “social” (e.g. lower noise) engine. However, the decision to not isolate the high pressure pump from the rest of the fuel system in the event of a failure means that when the fuel pump fails it contaminates the entire fuel system with tiny shards of metal, requiring not just the replacement of a $1,000 pump (reasonable) but replacement of everything in the fuel system (a $5,000+ proposition) — definitely not reasonable.

In warranty this is the vehicle manufacturer’s problem. Out of warranty it’s your problem, and one that the manufacturer intentionally designed into the vehicle. This sort of crap is similar to what GM did back in the 1980s with vehicles that had spark plugs that could not be reached for replacement without removing the engine from the vehicle first!

Oh, yeah, while we’re on that let’s talk about the other related problem — the DPF. Modern diesels have a “particulate filter” for emissions reasons that is a wear item — that is, it is expected to wear out (as opposed to something that breaks such as the fuel pump.) The expected life of this device is somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 miles.

That would be ok except that it is not reasonable to both access and replace, with the replacement cost more than being doubled ($2,000+, and perhaps as much as $4,000!) because the manufacturer combined it with the catalytic converter — which does not wear out! As a result you wind up throwing away a perfectly good catalyst because the company put both an expendable and very expensive but non-expendable device in the same case!


The Coriander Death Camp Meme

“In reality, Gaza is now a death camp. The Gazaians are on an involuntary diet, subject to a malicious coriander blockade that deprives their entire society of any hope.

“Israel bombs and attacks helpless people with impunity, teased on by fireworks rockets that nearly never kill. Truly, Israel plays the role of the ultimate bully. It is just astounding that their leaders are so blind…

“Given the visual effect of tens of thousands of destroyed homes and pieces of dead children spread on the internet, soon the meme will grow that those who suffered the holocaust now are running their own death camp, devoid of human compassion. The world is not devoid of human compassion and once the meme changes, things will change rapidly.

“Israel is acting suicidally. If it cannot learn how to change, it will kill itself. To survive, Israel must find a way to give justice to the Palestinians, starting immediately. Once the meme in America changes as it is now changing in Europe, Israel will have succeeded in destroying itself by its own hand.”


Drought Map for July 15th 2014

Mother of Exiles by Jim Wright at Stonekettle Station

Jim Wright “Mother of Exiles” at Stonekettle Station….

“… we Americans, we have it within us to be magnificent, but in our petty selfishness we have

Jim Wright Stonekettle Station

Jim Wright

lost our union and the sense that we are greater together than apart. All of us.

“Hate and fear and rage and selfishness do not have to carry the day.

“We do not have to become a fortress nation self-imprisoned behind minefields and barbed wire and machine guns. … We can be a welcome shore and a beacon of liberty and freedom and hope for all.

“Despite the protests of a selfish few, we are America, and we have more than enough resources, far more than we ourselves need – our garbage, the food we throw away, would feed millions! We can welcome these children, we can give them refuge, we can feed them and heal them and educate them and give them a future. We can give them hope. And, perhaps, send them back one day with our willing help to remake their own homelands into something better, something equal to the United States, into beacons of liberty and freedom and prosperity in their own right and we can put an end once and for all to the actual causes of illegal immigration and the actual things that caused this humanitarian crisis.

“If we truly are the people we claim to be, we would build a new Colossus, a new Statue of Liberty, a hundred times the size of the one in New York’s harbor.

“And we’d stand it on our southern border with her lamp held high enough for all to see.

“And she would be the very symbol of America, her flame the imprisoned lightning, and her name would be Mother of Exiles.

“And from her beacon-hand would glow the world wide message: Welcome!

“Because that, that right there, is the promise of America.”