Recent content by Jimbo

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    high cost to mount and balance tire

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Chris142</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> There is a Mexican tire shop around the corner from me and they only charge $5 mount and $5 balance. </div></div> That's the going rate at many shops in Wilmington or Long...
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    Pickup truck tires

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: TiredTrucker</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Unless loaded to the gills, why would you run 60-80 psi in them? My 2015 Chevy 2500, I typically run my tires at 50-55 psi when empty or light loaded. Much better tire...
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    Has BP left the gas retailing market?

    The BP brand was very rare in California, but they owned the ARCO (formerly Atlantic Richfield) brand for a long time. The refineries and ARCO brand was sold to Tesoro. I have heard that the Castrol brand may also be for sale. This sounds a little like ConocoPhillips getting out of the refining...
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    Post your latest oil change

    2000 Chevrolet K2500 Pickup 5.7 Gasoline Engine Chevron Supreme 5W-30 AC Delco filter UOA done and will be posted soon.
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    Pickup truck tires

    I bought a 2500HD Chevy with Duratrack's on it. They looked great, all macho with the tread going down the sidewalls and thought they would do great in winter. Wrong, at least when worn to 5/32". I had to engage 4x4 on any snow. Not only were they loud and rough riding, but the anti lock brakes...
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    What type anti-seize for spark plugs?

    Yes, this is a very old thread, but the topic came up recently when a fellow Honda Fit owner changed a spark plug. He used silver anti seize and I challenged him on if it was a good idea. I was taught by an A&P mechanic to use only Champion anti seize, even on experimental aircraft using...
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    World's best most practical LSA for the $ anywhere

    Maybe a strong dollar will help, but no one to my knowledge has been able to bring a complete ready to fly real airplane to market at under $100k. I dont need night lighting or an autopilot for the LSA mission of day VFR fun, not real transportation, but a full glass panel is pretty much...
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    Chemistry of Brake Fluids

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Oldmoparguy1</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I've always wondered, why did the auto industry settle on glycol type brake fluid? The aircraft industry uses a petroleum based fluid, at least in my experience. Looks like...
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    Automatic Tranny-Service Life wit/without ATFchang

    The A750 in the 67,000 mile Tundra is starting to feel just slightly sluggish on upshift, but not really slipping, maybe my imagination. Dealer told me unnecessary to change fluid before 100,000 miles. Going to send a fluid sample for analysis and see what is up. There is no dipstick. What I...
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    make GL4 by mixing GL5 with motor oil?

    I use Stalube from NAPA in the old VW transaxles. Redline MT-90 would be the easiest to get synthetic. MTL is what I used in the BMW Getrag manual transmission in place of ATF. Pennzoil 56076 is a GL-4 synthetic, if your local distributor happens to stock it. Another alternative is Chevron...
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    Exit From Business Aviation By ExxonMobil

    "...ExxonMobil says it is done serving business aviation and is shuttering its Avitat system...aviation consumes just 6.8% of refined product, and business aviation a fraction of that." Aviation 11/10/2011 Author: William Garvey The most luxurious FBO I have ever visited (Airflite...
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    Good bye Sunoco...exiting the refining business

    Without your own upstream crude supply, refining is not the most profitable part of the oil business. Chevron got the upstream part of Unocal and I'm not sure ConocoPhillips was smart in buying only refining and marketing. Shell has sold or closed refineries, such as Bakersfield, CA, when the...
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    Gasoline brand recommendations for bikes

    Here in CA the properties are the same. Its all E10, among other specs. 91 is the highest Ive seen on the pump. There is an allowable difference in the amount of detergent additives. "Top Tier" brands, such as Chevron, Shell and 76, as well as Mobil, have more detergent than Arco or Valero...
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    Fiesta, Yaris or Fit?

    One year and 11,000 miles with the Fit and zero problems. I was going to buy the Fiesta, but glad I didnt. First year models sometimes have problems and the Fiesta has been way worse than average. If the Mazda 2 had been available then, I would have considered it as well.
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    Liquidation of Chevron company ??

    Chevron's current strategy is to exit small markets. Refining and marketing is not where the big money is anyway, its crude production. Shell is also closing or selling refineries in some places.