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    Westinghouse iGen 4500 Generator

    Folks, Haven't posted here in about ten years but I'm back and have a quesiton. We recently purchased a Westinghouse iGen 4500 inverter generator for use as an emergency backup for our house. As many others do, we have a good amount of food packed away in the freezer so we don't need to visit...
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    my first time...

    I got to drive my Z3 today after work to the vet to pick up PRESCRIPTION CAT FOOD for the resident fuzzy person. I am truly amazed, the car really does have more zip. However, I am beginning to wonder if simply going to the lighter 0w-30 from the 0w-40 is what made the difference. Anyway, for...
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    my first time...

    This past Sunday, I used GC for the first time in my BMW Z3 1.9L. I must admit I really didn't expect to notice a difference in the vehicle. Normally I have been using Mobil 1 0w-40 for the past few years and sort of figured all theGC craziness on here was hype. For example (but DEFINITELY...
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    Another dagger in GM

    I guess I'm a bit confused. GM, Ford, Toyota, Honda, etc are all publicly held companies. What difference does it make if Toyota steals GMs market share as long as the majority of cars sold here are made here??? Oh wait... gov't bail out of the pension plans... okay I'll shut up now...
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    Why was there a filter P/N change on GM truck Vortec engines?

    hmmm... I thought the 5.3 and 4.8 used the 3675 on the trucks and 3614 on the Soccer Mom assault vehicles... ~Sail
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    GM 5.3L Piston Slap issue

    >>Seem like this would be an easy fix at the factory. Been a problem for a while. Why don't they just use/design a different piston? Seems simple to me. How hard would that be? Good point. Supposedly, GM redesigned the "redesigned" piston and put it into production in early 2002. My 2002...
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    GM 5.3L Piston Slap issue

    I just went through the piston slap dilema w/ my 2002 Chevy Silverado, however I had the 4.8 V8 not the 5.3. Changing the oil type WILL NOT cure this problem. I was originally using Mobil 1 5w30, but tried Redline 10w30, Super Tech 10w30, and finally Havoline 10w40. I also did an AutoRX in...
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    Piston Slap Solution and 5w-20 Confusion...

    I must have read the cap wrong - the pure excitement of the brawny Super Duty and the shiny grill must have made me dellusional. Amazingly I ended up paying within $500 of the same amount for this new F150 as I did for my Chevy 1500 four years ago. The F150 is definitely a generation ahead, I...
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    Piston Slap Solution and 5w-20 Confusion...

    This fine nearly Spring morning (65F) I fired up my Chevy Silverado and watched neighborhood children and small animals flee in horror from the racket that resonated from beneath my hood. My pseudo-wife quickly announced that the time has come to make a commitment, so off to the Ford dealership...
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    GC in high revv'n engine

    It seems to me the Honda S2000 is on the extreme end of high revving engines with a 7800 rpm reline. My Z3 redlines at 6250, but cruising speeds are routinely over 4000 rpms. I can't think of many cars that CRUISE in that range. Our Accord and TL both seem to dial in around 3300 on the...
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    GC in high revv'n engine

    I've been using Mobil 1 0w-40 in my 1998 BMW Z3 1.9L (toy) for quite some time. As many of you know from my "Found GC/Angry Girl Friend" post I recently located a supply of GC. Is GC appropriate for this high revving and hot running engine? Would I be better off stay w/ Mobil 1? ~Sail...
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    Piston slap?

    One my Silverado the problem is two fold. 1) The piston is wiggling around in the cylinder until it slightly expands from the heat. This is also complicated by a shorter piston skirt. 2) Carbon deposits forming between the top edge of the piston and the cylinder head. This morning the noise...
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    Piston slap?

    Unfortunately the noise in my 2002 Silverado (63k)has become horrendous. We talked about it last night and we're probably going to trade the vehicle in (on a warm day). I'm really upset with GM, they have been zero help with the situation. I was at the dealer this morning picking up a new...
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    German Castrol 0w-30; ANGRY Girl Friend

    Thanks for the support guys! <img border="0" alt="[Patriot]" title="" src="/forums/graemlins/patriot.gif" /> <img border="0" alt="[Canada]" title="" src="/forums/graemlins/canada.gif" /> Oh... it gets worse. She suckered me into a quick trip to Safeway for some pie filling. When I...
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    German Castrol 0w-30; ANGRY Girl Friend

    Good News: I located the first stash of GC in my area today at the Auto Zone in Pasadena, MD. I was excited and immediately crammed all 12 of them into a basket. When I got to the counter the cashier guy rolled his eyes and told me "some guy in Baltimore is going to really be @#$! off"...
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