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  1. To each his/her own but I get vaccines regularly... and as proof that they work is the fact that I have been driving a car since well before 1973.....😉

    But on a serious note, could you further explain your statement, given as fact it sounds like, that the " Injection of vaccines makes no sense from the viewpoint of your immune system....".  At least at one point later you said, "I think...."

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  2. Hopefully this will not be taken as a condemnation of a culture, but.....  I have found that many Mexican Nationals do NOT want to 'displease you' with a negative or 'I don't know' answer so they will give one the answer that they think they want to hear or that will please them. 

    Otherwise I suspect getting ANY reliable answers on the Covid vaccination scene Lakeside is a shot in the dark. Recent results will bear this out.


  3. Depends on whether you have a tire pressure gauge (15 pesos) or not.... and I guess whether you want to test it or have some else that you might feel is more competent.

    If the former, there are two things one can do;  1) take the cap off of the suspected tire pressure 'stem' valve; put enough 'spit' on the stem to have it cover the air entrance hole of the valve; watch and see if a leak in the stem is causing the 'spit to form a bubble and then burst'.  Try that a couple of times making sure the spit does form a liquid cover of the small entry hole. If it doesn't 'burst' within  5-10 seconds then at least the stem is not leaking. If it burst, air is leaking out of the defective valve stem. Take it to a tire shop, tell them that you suspect that your tire stem valve is defective. They will also test it and replace the valve for a small fee.

    If the valve stem is not leaking, 2) take a tire pressure reading every morning about the same time before you drive it anywhere. Actually take it twice each morning to make sure your reading was accurate. Make sure the suspect tire is not 'sitting in the sun' as that heat will change tire pressure. Depending on 'how slow' your leak is it might take a while for a noticeable difference to appear... if it has a leak.

    If you want a 'more professional' opinion take it to a tire dealer and they will probably do a water/soap test on the entire tire to see/find any leak that may be present. If they find a leak, due to maybe a nail they may be able to just patch the hole.... if it is not in the sidewall.  If you have to buy a new tire, make sure that they can put the same make/model/tread-balance-remaining tire in its place.... having a mismatched tire or one new tire and the rest of the tires older/with much less tread can be problematic.

    Good luck.....

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  4. In that case your original Post has you started in the right direction.... either a Toyota or Honda or Nissan product gives you the best chance of getting a vehicle that is 'built better'. Lately maybe even a Hyundai.

    But unfortunately NOTHING is going to survive cobblestone streets forever.  When you find a possible buy, before you buy it take it to a reputable mechanic and have him check the suspension to see how it stands 'at the moment'.... is it going to need some major parts replacement right away or are things in pretty good shape?  

    BTW, cobblestones can and will eat up any tire... especially front... so watch them too, take care of them by rotating more often than not. 

    My suggestion would be:  Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V or Nissan Rogue. 


  5. 21 minutes ago, Bisbee Gal said:

    btw, we have been fully vax'd since Feb.  Have taken 4 antigen tests to fly to US since then....took one an hour ago for another Friday flight to the US.

    WOW!  That's got to be some kind of record for someone who isn't actually flying due to a job or something.


  6. 8 minutes ago, cedros said:

    It depends what antibody test you do . My docotor says they have new tests now so the CDC is not up to date.  

    ... I just love it!  

    FLASH!   Doctor in small Mexican village of Jocotopec goes one-up on the CDC's knowledge of testing for antibodies.  



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  7. An AWD vehicle is not necessarily going to be any different than a 2WD of the same make with respect to 'surviving cobblestones' as generally their suspension are very similar.

    This is probably not the place to go into a discussion of how today's vehicles are built, but if you are really looking to get something to combat cobblestones for the long haul you should look for something larger rather than smaller....with larger wheels... or a real 4WD vehicle. For example a Toyota Tacoma truck.... their mid-size offering.... comes to mind right away as it can be comfortable to drive on good roads but with a suspension designed for rougher roads. AND it does NOT have to be a 4WD Tacoma to achieve your criteria... and probably shouldn't.

  8. If the above link fails to fix the problem....

    Generally.... there is a 'hand held' device that can check each tire's sensor. If/when all tires pass that test the 'device' can tell the main contoller to recheck/reset the system. This is done by plugging the 'device' into the OBD-II connector under the dash. 

    It is 'possible' that either AutoZone or ORMA would have this device and might could check it for you.  Otherwise it might mean a trip to a VW dealer in Guad OR a reputable tire shop there. For example my Discount Tire store in the US has such a device and has 'reset' my TPMS light for me before. If at least one of the wheel's unit shows a dead battery, that tire must be 'broken down' and a new TPMS device installed... something 'my' tire store can do but not sure about in Guadalajara. VW could surely do this.

    P.S.  In "some" vehicles the spare tire also has a TPMS sensor installed. If it is bad and is not checked along with the 4 wheels on the ground one is likely to not find a fix. 


  9. Certainly a step in the right direction.... but wonder how long it will take to filter that cold-storage vaccine down to places like Lakeside. I understand that the U. of Guadalajara can accommodate those low temps in some of their fridges but the logistics to get the vaccine "far afield" might be more than Mexico can pull off at this time.

    Guess I'm too lazy to try and fine it, but does anyone know the percentage of Tapatios that have received the required # of shots depending on source?


  10. 29 minutes ago, Jim Bowie said:

    We are Not all in this together. Everyone is responsible for their own health/lives. No one is responsible for the health/lives of others, Unless you are their guardian/parent/protector. You can try to blame your lack of preparation on others, but to me, "that dog just don't hunt". Fear and Ignorance are good buddies. They don't live in my house.

    No, not responsible for but taking others into consideration is the tenet of a good citizen/human being. IMO. 

    Individual freedoms and rights are just that.... the Individuals, not for others to demand or dictate. Again, IMO.


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