Recent content by cmf

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    Acura RL

    The RL competes against the E class. It doesn't even hold a candle to the S class. And even then the E class is a much better car. $19,000 is close to dealer retail for an excellent condition RL. Of course it depends on how many miles it has on it but it's worth closer to 16-17k for a...
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    Stuck Starter Bolt

    February 2, 2008 Machinist's Workshop V20 number 2, April/May 2007, page 35 Article: “Testing Penetrating oils” This reports a test of penetrating oils where they measured the force required to loosen rusty test devices. The details reported here were validated by the original article author...
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    Catalytic Converter

    The conditions to burn out a converter are very extreme. Regardless, it should still be under warranty and he would have to either replace it or prove that your engine is to blame. Most independent shops and dealers give 12 month/12,000 mile warranties on almost everything they instal. And by...
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    OCI adjustment input requested.

    If anything the major money loss comes from having a gas guzzling F150 doing grocery duty. You're losing $35 bi-weekly by owning that instead of something reasonably fuel efficient. I couldn't suggest an OCI for the Ram, but I would say that your wife's truck should be fine with 5,000 mile...
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    Redline D4 vs Mobil 1 ATF vs Dino ATF

    I've used Mobil 1 before and it's good ATF. You can get it from Advance Auto Parts and use their coupons to make it a better deal. If you use the code RAF7JA1102 you can get 9 quarts for $54.91 + tax. Using VISA you can get 8 quarts for $49.92 + tax. I personally use Red-Line D4. But the...
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    Interesting brake jobs this weekend...

    I'm glad you figured it out. Acuras are not known for brake performance though. Consumer reports did a test on luxury SUV braking power and the MDX was the worst. And the only non-luxury SUV to lose to the MDX was the trailblazer.
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    Refresher college courses?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Torino</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Not to worry. By the time you get through calc/diffy-q you WILL know your algebra! John--Las Vegas </div></div> I don't agree at all. If you don't know your algebra you wont...
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    REAL bad weekend

    Be very wary of schools that lose accreditation. When I volunteered during undergrad, one of the CT technicians got his degree from a college that lost accreditation for a period and he had to be laid off from work because he was no longer qualified. He said going to a school with shaky...
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    how do i tell whats in my car?

    I agree with JHZR2, I would flush the cooling system properly and then use some Zerex G-05 (which is equivalent to Ford Yellow). Yellow is the longer life coolant when compared to green. Yellow is acceptable: <a href=""...
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    Newb Brake Rotor Question

    Astro14 pretty much nailed it. What is really important to note is that you either have to turn them, or replace them. You cannot leave the old rotors on. Sometimes the rotors wear unevenly; as in they wear more on the outside of the pad than the inside. This will require them to be turned...
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    It helps to be a BITOGER!

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: George7941</div><div class="ubbcode-body">My take on WD40 is that it is not much of a lubricant(do not use it to lubricate locks, it actually washes away any existing lubrication) but it is a pretty good penetrant...
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    Valvoline Nextgen in Roush Fenway Mustang

    300-325 degrees Fahrenheit is about when conventional motor oil starts coking. 370 degrees Fahrenheit seems low for a group III oil average. Synpower: 428-433 Pennzoil Ultra: 435 Quaker State: 440 except for 0w-20 which is 435 Nextgen has a flash point of 428. Red Line's racing oil has flash...
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    It helps to be a BITOGER!

    WD40 doesn't do anything for seized on parts, it's real purpose is anti-corrosion and WD stands for water displacement. Try PB blaster in the future. Or at least some penetrating lubricant. Good to hear you got it off.
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    Dirty gas?

    Our gas is a little dirtier than in Europe, which contributes to our oil change interval being slightly shorter. By dirtier I mean we still have some sulfur in our gasoline while it's nearly eliminated in Europe (our limit is 80 ppm per gallon with 30 ppm yearly average). The sulfur adds to...
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    Doesn't everyone here want the best? Win vs MAC

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: rg200amp</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: cmf</div><div class="ubbcode-body">My windows never crashes, I have no issues with it, and macs are...