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    Help me estimate true odds of timing belt failure

    I've done work on quite a few cars for myself, family, and friends. I myself have NEVER seen a BELT fail at less than 100K. My mothers 98 mazda 626 had an idler failure at 28K. There was a recall on that... She was never notified. I called corporate and asked what they would do... NOTHING! I try...
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    General Electric, Rolls Royce, or Pratt & Whitney

    I've yet to ever see one in person. May never see one. But I'd guess I was about 12 when I learned of all its glory. I'm guessing it HAS been replaced with something undisclosed. Several have said no use for a replacement as satellites can do it all now. EH... I still feel there's an odd job...
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    Toilet install question

    I personally would caulk the front half. Any near misses will run down the bowl and could end up under the toilet otherwise. But its your toilet. I usually start and stop the caulk about 2" in front of the flange bolts.
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    When does a valve "burn" ?

    MOST will loosen up.... But during my time wrenching on powersports stuff I found more often than not during initial break in that most Japanese bike and ATV's intake valves will tighten up. Usually due to the face of the valve cupping where it contacts the seat. It allows the valve drop into...
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    UPS & Mobil Jet Oil II

    That's heavy, Don't get me wrong but look into the C-5 the Air Force has. I think the maximum take off weight is around 850,000lbs. I seen and walked through one at an air show. The intakes are HUGE.
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    CB radio

    A friend of mine had an old Galaxy that was tuned and I think a 250W linier. Setting idle the lights on his ford ranger would dim slightly when he keyed up. He had one of those rodger beep things and some funny call sounds too. We used to pull up near some drive up windows in such a way we could...
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    Just what I've always wanted

    I'm at a loss for words....
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    Automatics past 200K miles.

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: soldierman</div><div class="ubbcode-body">My older galant has a bit over 250K and still shifts and drives like it did when I got it at 83K, I'm pretty sure its only had fluid changes... A friend had an S-10 blazer that...
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    Automatics past 200K miles.

    My older galant has a bit over 250K and still shifts and drives like it did when I got it at 83K, I'm pretty sure its only had fluid changes... A friend had an S-10 blazer that went 340K on an early 700-R4 before a planetary grenaded.
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    Bulk filters at O'Reilley's

    Small selection from what I seen.
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    Front End Alignment

    Depends on how bad its out and what exactly is out. The caster/camber on that axle is set with offset bushings. If it just needs "touching up" then the bushings that are in it may be rotated a bit. Provided they aren't the factory "preset" ones that can't be rotated due to an "ear" that fits in...
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    Take a guess on how my BMW was still running?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: hpichris</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: wirelessF</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Is that the original part? How many miles were on...
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    valve seal replacing with head on car, lost valve

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: onion</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: soldierman</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Pull the head. I can't see you ever getting the valve back...
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    valve seal replacing with head on car, lost valve

    Pull the head. I can't see you ever getting the valve back unless its still in the guide and not sure even then. If I do that job or something similar I usually stuff 3ft of 1/4" rope into the clyinder and rotate to compress the rope. Valves won't go anywhere like that.
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    How does a "Knockout" occur?

    I watched a good UFC a few weeks ago... Anyhow they mentioned that among one of the ways to be knocked out was just after a fight in which one of the fighters took just such a hit. Apparently there's a nerve just behind your jaw pivot. They said pretty much anyone is vulnerable to it regardless...
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