Hi 96 eb 96
Actually those rust holes produce wind eddy currents that drastically increase aerodynamic drag decreasing fuel economy.
Wow, the can save about 7 pounds or so by giving us a compact spare, but if you have to use it, first off, your vehicle is way out of balance having one corner so much lower than the other three, only good for 50 miles, then your law required TPMS, ABS, and traction control don't work. This is how hypocritical our law makers are. Really too stupid to make any laws.
Who heads the EPA and DOT? People that helped the president get elected is the only requirement.
Beer cans are aluminum, no? Now Ford makes truck bodies out of that.Arizona is the most rust free state, relative humidity is next to zero, but you have to have shades on your windows, that red hot sun will fade and fry your interior.
Sometimes you just can't win.
What the auto companies want you to do is to trade up when your warranty runs out, many auto manufacturers reduce the power train warranty from 100K miles down to 60K.
Only thing the EPA wants are vehicles easier to recycle. Using different grades of plastic is out, makes recycling eaxier using the same grade for door panels and bumpers. Plastic bumpers? Remember the 5 mph bumper?
SAE Engineering had a very interesting article on this industry studying food products packaging for better longevity.
Take a throwaway pop of beer can lying in a salt covered ditch for ten years, still looks like brand new. Our vehicles were never intended to be throwaway, but they sure are.
Should put the FDA in charge of automotive production.
If you ran GM or Ford would you want that though? Customers keeping trucks 20 years or even forever instead of buying a new one even 5 years down the line?Do you recall so called chromium bumpers, but adding nickel to steel makes it rust resistant, adding chromium to that nickel steel makes it stainless steel, but don't have to go that far for painted sheet metal or frames, just adding 0.5% nickel to that steel will make it rust resistant.
WWII got rid of a millions of vehicles for steel, but those that were hidden in a field someplace while loaded with surface rust, had no rust through like todays crap.
Don't make em like dey use to. Many cars were 16 gauge, more like 22 today.