Not a question of watching to see that they "are the same". Rather,
noting that "the back left is lower than it was yesterday... and more
than the day before that... while the other ones are roughly the same
as they were".
I.e., if they will change, then they should change in similar fashion.
If they are to stay the same, then they should similarly stay the same.
The fact that the dealer was able to find a defect suggests the measurements
were accurate ("precise") enough for that sort of use.
Pay for something and then not use it? :>
The technologies that relied on the forward facing camera
(lane deviation, smart cruise control, <something> and <somethingelse>)
we deemed to be not worth the $1K adder. We drive almost exclusively
"in town". The car claims we have spent 99 hours and 59 minutes (!) in
the car, since purchase. It claims an average speed of 17MPH for that
At this rate, we'll hit 100K miles in about 20 years...
From my observation of the past couple of days, it is going to drive
you nuts. When I parked my car yesterday afternoon, after adding some
air, the two fronts were the same, the two rears were the same. This
morning at 19 degrees, all four had different readings. Driving 1/4 mile
had them all lower, Driving a couple of more miles had them out of sync
again. I know I have adequate pressure so I switched to a different
Given your average of 17 mph, tire pressure is even less worrisome.
Crusing for 5 hours on a hot highways it makes a difference.
I put on about 22 to 23,000 a year. This year may be more as we plan to
take a 5000+ mild trip in the spring. The smart cruise control is
something I use every day and it works well. My favorite option the
past couple of days though, is the heated steering wheel.
It's only going to be a problem in the winter months. Last night we
went out to pick up a few items. 46F and pressures were 39/37.
I have to just not let the tire monkeys decide what's "best" (based
on some naive "rule" they have adopted -- without regard to current
conditions at the time they go to fill the tires!)
Heat is something we *seldom* need! Aside from "formal functions", I don't
think I've ever worn a long sleeve shirt in the 20+ years I've lived here.
If I'm going to be outside, at night, in the cold (e.g., covering the citrus
trees for a cold spell), I'll put on a long-sleeve sweatshirt for the hour
or so I'll be exposed to 30-40F. The overnights when it dropped to 15F
I actually wore a winter jacket for that time in the yard -- 5 nights over
The other day, the placement of SWMBO's purse ended up turning on my seat
heater (stupid place for controls!). "WTF??! Why is my *ss getting warm??"
When shopping for cars, we saw many black-on-black models. I asked the
saleswoman at one place (we were test-driving a black-on-black unit)
"Who the hell buys a black car with a black interior in this part of
the country??" Her answer, "primarily Asians" (no idea *why*...)
We were annoyed that we couldn't get cloth seats in the cars we looked at.
So, we put *towels* on the leather seats (tacky).
absolutely NO damage to your car or tires. As long as all 4 tires
increase and decrease pressure together you have absolutely nothing to
worry about. A small amount of underinflation is a lot worse than a
moderate (but much larger) overinflation.
If only we all had nothing more serious to worry about!!!!!
Yeah I use that 80% stuff too and I have a machine in my garage that
seems to make it virtually for free
I seldom have to add air unless I have a (problem) leak.
One thing about my wife's Lincoln is that sensor does not turn off
right away, you have to drive a little ways. Trust your gauge.
From the perfect gas law, pressure varies with temperature: PV=nRT
Temperature is measured in degrees Kelvin so you can calculate potential
pressure drops or increases by the ratio of temperatures:
The constants drop out and if you assume no volume change:
Filling tires with nitrogen rather than old plain air (78% nitrogen
anyway) is one of those things that sounds good on paper and which tire
buffs rave about-- but which has little impact in the real world.
Plus I suspect it costs you more in gas to drive over to Costco than you
actually save. You also have to let some lead-foot 85 IQ tire installer
jerk drive your car while you sit around on a ripped vinyl chair in an
uncomfortable waiting room-- or worse, roam around the store and pick up
a shrink wrapped pack of 96 rolls of toilet paper or a 5 pound box of
With all this “gun control” talk, I haven’t heard one politician say how
they plan to take guns away from criminals and terrorists— just from law
We can drive the 2 miles to Costco to have *them* put 95% N2 in the tires.
Or, we can drive the 2 miles to the Albertson's ACROSS THE STREET from Costco
and drop quarters into the *air* dispenser and fill the tires ourselves.
Or, we can buy a small compressor and find a place to store it for the
few times it's needed.
Given that we shop *at* Costco every week, there's no cost to having them
do this -- other than waiting 60-120 seconds for the tire monkey to drop
what he's doing and walk over to the car (WHILE WE SIT IN IT) to do this
[BTW, there are only 30 rolls of paper in the packages and neither of us
eats Corn Flakes]
Have you actually ever *been* to a Costco? Or, are the ones in your part
of the world NOT as friendly as ours?
No idea. We gave up our Sam's membership many years ago. I htink
there is *one* in town and it's a 30 minute drive. OTOH, there
are two Costco's, here, and one is ~2 miles from the house (I've
walked there in the past when I was headed to the Post Office)
We are saddened by their push to put the Kirkland label on
everything. You'd think they would see how well that worked
for Penney's, Sears, etc.
Also, their push to up-sell is becoming far too obvious.
They have always used the Kirkland label, for the 25 years I've
been a member.
I haven't seen any reduction in name brands, although they do switch
them from time to time. The Kirkland raisin bran was superior to
the Kellogs, but they've switched back to Kellogs now.
Copper River salmon has been replaced by Kirkland's brand.
Planters Peanuts by Kirkland.
[These two come to mind quickest as they are on the list of items
to purchase this week at Sam's]
"Kirkland" doesn't make anything. For the most part, they REBRAND
The argument goes that Kirkland (Costco) is "standing behind" the
brand -- so you shouldn't care whether they are buying their peanuts
from Planters, Goody's or Joe's House of Peanuts.
This gives them the freedom to play with quality and price (profit)
to *their* advantage. The difference between "them" and any other
"name brand" is that I am NOT free to purchase Kirkland products
We tend to find brands that we like (Kirkland is not a "brand") and
stick to those -- until they screw up. Then, abandon them. (Sony
comes to mind).
So, when Costco decides "they" can brand a better product (which might
be the original vendor's product with Kirkland's name on it!), we just go
find the same original product, elsewhere.
[This is the reason behind most of our trips to Sam's, nowadays -- on a
The same applies to Trader Joe's. SWMBO has enjoyed many of "their"
products, over the years. Then, they discontinue them (no doubt because
it makes economic sense FOR THEM -- hopefully, the customer will adopt
some OTHER of their products as a replacement. If not... <shrug>).
This is where we "learned" the approach of just taking "dropped"
businesses elsewhere. The latest TJ "losses" include their sherry
(we use a lot in our meals) and their Vegetarian Chili. The former
we just opted to *pick* another supplier (criteria: must not be TJ's),
The latter, we now purchase the exact same chili under it's REAL NAME:
[Currently, they are trying to up-sell cauliflower to the organic variety
so those purchases will move, as well.]
Prior to that, their dark chocolate covered almonds in cocoa powder
(I now make these by hand, having not been able to find a suitable
vendor), their coffee-flavored candy (they dropped one of the flavors),
their bean salad, etc.
I.e., if you are going to make me find an alternative, then why would
I want to reward you by choosing one of YOUR alternatives?
This year, we will probably drop our "executive membership" at costco
in favor of a standard "business" membership. The "rewards" won't
cover the additional cost of the premium membership!
As foes every grocery chain. Some do it better than others, most are
good quality, identical to the name brand.
True. They make more money but they usually sell it at a lower price
and save me money too. I'm in favor of that.
I don't understand your thinking. Kirkland is a brand, just as all the
others. I judge by the quality of the product and value, not the name
on the label. Costco has a reputation to uphold so the sell quality
products. Over the years my job has taken me to many manufacturing and
processing factories. I've seen identical products coming down the line
but getting different labels and selling at different prices.
If they do change the quality, by all means change, but just because it
says Kirkland instead of Heinz or Del Monte does not mean it is not good.
If the alternative is not as good, you are right. If the alternative is
the same product with a different label I'll reward myself by saving
We don't buy "store brands" for the same reason.
There are several issues involved in a purchase decision:
Store brands hide their suppliers. You'll never see a notice on
a store brand claiming "better supplier" -- or even DIFFERENT
supplier. So, each purchase is a crap shoot. They can tweek
the price by offering you a different (quality) product this week
and the "regular" product NEXT week, etc.
And, as it's a store brand, you have no way of comparing price/quality
to other suppliers/vendors.
I can't see if Kirkland peanuts are selling at a BETTER price at
Sam's club! And, if Costco is out of stock, there's nothing I
can do about it -- there are no "other vendors" for that product!
When it comes to foodstuffs, there's no PRACTICAL amount of money that
I can save that will compensate for the time preparing the meal/item
only to be disappointed in the outcome.
If I make a cheesecake, I may put a few dollars worth of cream cheese, a
few dollars of canned fruit, and a couple of dollars of dry ingredients
into the bowl. Call it a $6 investment?
And 5 hours of my time. Imagine if I opted for a house-brand of any/all
of those ingredients and managed to save ALL SIX DOLLARS! And, five hours
later, realize I've got a piece of crap on my hands! It may be a cheesecake
but nowhere near the quality folks would expect from that effort on my part!
Likewise, I could buy Kirkland almonds to make SWMBO's chocolate covered
almonds. And, Kirkland's chocolate chips! And, painstakingly coat them
one at a time, roll them in cocoa powder and set them aside to dry.
After a few hours, have enough to justify the effort.
Then, the next day, discover that the almonds are hard and have little/no
flavor. Or, the chocolate is overly sweet. etc.
OTOH, I can use the ghiardelli dark chocolate, the imported almonds
and the dutch cocoa powder and be *sure* they're taste will reflect my effort.
I'll buy plastic trash can liners from Kirkland... and toilet paper!
You've never seen a firm producing two different grades of "the same"
product? One with their brand and another with a third-party brand?
Often, product is sorted "at test" into "good enough for our standards"
and "not good enough for us -- but good enough for the firm that has
How do you *know* its the same product with a different label?
Do you have a friend "on the inside"? Will it be the same product
next week? Or, will they have swapped to a different supplier
as no one *appeared* to notice the difference in quality?
The veggie chili I mentioned at TJ's has been out of stock for several
months, now. When you inquire, it's a "problem with our supplier".
Yet, the supplier (Amy's) has had no problem supplying other stores
with the *Amy's* branded product. So, the "problem" is most probably
one of cost/profit in TJ's eyes.
The sherry that we used to buy from them has been out of stock since
October. Two or three MONTHS to "acquire" something as simple as
sherry? I suspect yet another "problem" with THAT supplier.
Should we wait around for them to resolve these "problems"? Will
the new product actually be the same as the old product? Or, will
they have found yet another supplier to put THEIR name on?
Or, we could find another product that is available from a variety of
sources and shop for price between those. And, know that we won't
have to scramble to find the product at ONLY the one supplier (TJ's)
I've not found that to be true. I have found them to be as consistent
as the name brands.
Then I'd take an alternative, most like a name brand.
While I agree in principle, I've not found it to be an issue. I often
buy a store brand cream cheese and it is just as good as the Kraft
product. Simple taste test would tell you to either stop or go ahead.
I'd not try a major thing like that unless I actually tried the
chocolate. There are many variations, some better, some not so. It is
also possible that the Kirkland chips are far better. Only one way to
I don't shop at Aldi for that reason. Costco tends to sell top qujality
products, where Aldi is selling price. They would be more likely to
have the "good enough" stuff. I don't know that for certain, but they
advertise price more than anything. I know their meats are second rate
water injected stuff, Costco is not.
I don't know, but the usual price of admission is pretty cheap. Again,
Costco can be trusted to have good quality o I'll give it a try. Some
people prefer Hunt's ketchup over Heinz. That does not make one good,
the other bad. Just different.
Could be that Amy does not have the capacity to do both. Could be a lot
of things. Often, when there is a problem with the supplier it means
"we didn't pay the bill", but could be a lot of reasons.
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