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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic - Stabilizer Bar End-Links - AC Delco vs. GM Genuine

    We changed out the bad one, on the passenger side. The old one was from NAPA, and we had installed it less than a year and a half ago. Both ball & socket assemblies were sloppy, and the threaded rod on the bottom was badly rusted. We had a very hard time getting the nut off, in spite of...
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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic - Stabilizer Bar End-Links - AC Delco vs. GM Genuine

    I bought the GM Genuine - hoping they last as long as the originals, and much longer than the several sets of replacements!
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    2009 Kia Sedona - brake parts - recommendations on brand(s)

    Thanks, I'd placed the order before seeing your reply. Where do you find the discount codes? Fascinating! I'd never heard this before, but it makes sense. However, the dealer price was very high - C$164 + taxes. I've ordered Raybestos shoes from Rock Auto - < C$50 delivered, and accept that...
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    2009 Kia Sedona - brake parts - recommendations on brand(s)

    Jr had brake problems while on holiday, which turned out to be due to one rear pad on one side seizing up in the carrier, wearing down, and chewing up the rotor. They were staying with relatives in another province, and a mechanic friend stopped by and said that the calipers were so rusty that...
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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic - Stabilizer Bar End-Links - AC Delco vs. GM Genuine

    Slacktide, thanks for responding to this. The issue is the quality of the ball and socket assembly, not the plastic body. So far none of the failures have been related to the plastic body (although I did see a broken one on an old Ford Taurus about 10 years ago). I found a bit more...
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    2009 Kia Sedona - brake parts - recommendations on brand(s)

    Hello all - We'll be doing the brakes all around on my son's 2009 Kia Sedona van. Well, actually it will be him doing the work - my gimpy hand is still in a splint after a bike crash a few weeks ago. But anyway, I'm looking at the myriad of choices of brake parts out there, and it's...
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    2012 Chevrolet Sonic - Stabilizer Bar End-Links - AC Delco vs. GM Genuine

    Hello all - The title pretty much says it all. I'm ordering front stabilizer bar end-links for my friend's 2012 Sonic. Rock Auto has a variety. He's had bad luck with Brand X sourced locally, so I recommended OEM. The local dealer he tried was pretty pricey - C$82 each, plus tax, IIRC, so...
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    Good books to read

    Agreed! Trivia: Scout's eccentric cousin in the book was based on the author's real-life cousin Truman Capote.
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    Good books to read

    I've read it several times - excellent book! I bought the updated edition for a friend a few years ago. It's so good to see that the author has come through a very bad time and done well.
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    Any other CX-9 owners here?

    I suspect super20dan is referring to the 1st-gen CX-9 (up through MY 2016), which used the Ford tranverse V6 engines (3.5 and later 3.7 l). These engines had an internal water pump driven off the timing chain. They are problematic in that if the WP fails and leaks, coolant can get into the...
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    Vehicle Sighting - 1957 Ford Ranchero

    Spotted this classic a couple of weeks ago. I wish the owner had been there so I could have a had a look under the hood. Given the dual exhaust, I presume the engine is a V8.
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    Honda timing belts........

    On a transverse DOHC V6, the timing chain is long and complex, and is typically not designed for easy replacement. As well, most timing-chain-equipped engines are of the interference sort, whereas a lot of TB engines are non-interference. I'd far rather do a scheduled timing belt change every...
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    Honda timing belts........

    I used the "starter method" on a friend's Mitsu Lancer a few years ago, after we'd tried everything else. Scared the heck out of me, but worked great.
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    Toyota Yaris badly overheated - any hope?

    This is due to compression gasses are being pushed into the water jacket, correct? And that would probably be due to a blown head gasket and/or warped head?
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    Toyota Yaris badly overheated - any hope?

    Yes, it did spew out a lot of water when cranking. Yes to this too - RRR-rrr-RRR-rrr-RRR. Good advice from everyone - I'll try to persuade them not to sink any money into this car, and won't volunteer to do a motor swap. I am glad to help them check out replacement cars if they want. Thanks...
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