Recent content by DGXR

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    Did he have stability control turned off?

    Did anyone notice how quickly that little purple car stopped? Braking power! Something the Challenger could benefit from LOL.
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    Spark plug stash

    A few spares makes sense, but spark plugs are typically not a frequent service item so I don't understand why anyone (other than a parts store) would have a stash. Someone enlighten me please.
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    Make wise choices

    Thanks for the good and timely pre-season reminder. Stories like that are exactly why I only ride off-road. Even without distracted drivers, the street rider faces many serious threats to their personal safety and their life. R.I.P. amigo.
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    Most miles per tank

    461 miles and just barely hit reserve upon arrival. This was on a long road trip from San Jose to San Diego, CA. 1992 Thunderbird LX, 3.8 V6. Slick shape, long overdrive gear, 1 warmup cycle and very little stopping. 32 MPG if I recall.
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    Chevy to bring back the Corvair name

    It looks like they are going to shame the Corvair name even worse than Blazer. So many missed opportunities...
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    Buy advice? Low mileage BMW but infrequent oil changes

    BMW engineering aside, 6 oil changes in 40,000 miles is not troubling. But also, I am assuming they were evenly spaced over that mileage. So it depends how long some of the intervals were.
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    Your Most Dangerous Driving Experience

    Some guy tailgating me on the highway, closer than anyone's freakin business, I mean literally 3 feet distance at 60+ MPH. And I was in the slow lane... what gives bruh? My mistake was a mild brake check to get him to back off. Turns out that was a big mistake because he turns into a crazy...
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    Do additives and detergents really sink in shelved oil?

    I remember that picture showing some kind of sediment at the bottom of the Pennzoil jug. The bright plastic really helps contrast the sediment which was dark brown/gray or black, but a very small quantity, not enough to make anyone flip out. Most oil producers will tell you to shake and use...
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    oil loss or gain

    Yes liquids do expand with heat,,, approx 5% I've heard. But personally I have never seen a noticeable difference in my oil sumps,,, or in my cups of coffee fresh out of the microwave,,,,,, or any other hot vs cold liquid example where a difference could be noticed. Go figure. By the way...
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    Change coolant hot or cold?

    I change coolant after the engine's been run at full temp for a while, then shut it down for about 1 hour before draining. I want particles to be in suspension as much as possible so they drain out, but at the same time I don't want to get burned.
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    Driving a short distance with low gear oil (manual gearbox)

    I would not worry about driving gently 1/4 mile on 3/4 fill. And I've never seen any gearbox with a dipstick other than automatic. Usually with manual trans (and diffs, and transaxles, and transfer cases), you have to remove the fill plug and stick a finger in the hole to determine the oil...
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    To change or not to change?

    Mostly short trips will qualify as severe service. Check the manual, which probably says 6 months or less for severe service. I would change the oil but the filter can stay -- don't remove and drain it, just leave it on the motor.
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    Conventional Gone

    I'm fine with conventional oil disappearing from the market, so long as syn blends (at conventional prices) are here to stay. Yup, especially when Chevron Supreme is $12 for 5 quarts, no reason to buy ST conventional. Nothing burgers are delicious, but not very filling. HAHA :D
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    2021 Mobil 1 Rebate?

    Yes Walmart purchases are honored for the Mobil 1 rebates. Done it many times. Only Amazon is denied, and this is stated clearly on the rebate webpage.
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    Selling for more than when it was new?

    Quite a few models are selling used at or near a brand new vehicle prices. Some of the pristine 2nd gen Tacomas are fetching used prices as high as a brand new 3rd gen, comparably equipped. Yes the pickup truck market has gone insane. Also the C8 Corvette is selling used for more than the...