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    Americans and their garages.....

    I built a new garage 32 deep X 40 wide, 12 foot walls. 2 overhead doors 12 wide X 10 high. There is 6 feet space between the 2 doors to park a smaller boat, which still gives me enough space to use both bays for vehicles. Enough room at the front to store a ATV between front of truck, & work...
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    Is "moonroof" an outdated term?

    They are getting too big in some models. I had a 2007 F150 King Ranch with a moonroof. I liked it in that vehicle, & noticed how it really brightened up the cab, & made it feel roomier. I decided against one on the 2018 that I replaced it with. Almost the entire roof panel was glass. A few...
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    Plastic Bag on Exhaust Pipe

    I had a friend saying their car smelled funny when starting it. When I got a whiff of the smell, I over reacted, & disconnected the battery cable. Figured there was an electrical short in the wires, thought it was burning the insulation off the wiring somewhere. Searched all through the...
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    New to us kia soul

    Does it have a scheduled maintenance for the timing belt replacement? Had a co-worker who owned a Kia, can't remember what engine, make model, but it was just over the 100,000 kilometer timing belt recommended replacement and it done considerable engine damage when it failed (interference engine).
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    Affordable Oil Analysis Labs in CANADA?

    AGAT labs has locations across Canada. My local branch allows me to stop in, to drop samples anytime, 24-7 after hours. saves me the postage mailing it in. I think they have a few in Mississauga.
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    New Mazda 2.5T oil consumption?

    I bought a new F150 in 2018. Even with a new vehicle I was in the habit of checking oil every fuel up. Also heard that other Ford engines were known to use up to a liter every 1000 km, & was even considered "normal" by dealers.
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    2019 Ford 2.3T Ecoboost 9k OCI MC-5w30 Full Synthetic

    Blackstone seems to push people to run a longer OCI. Not sure why Blackstone seems to be the most used oil analysis that is shared on here. They don't offer gas chromotography for testing fuel dilution & use an extrapolation method. I have sent samples to Blackstone and AGAT. AGAT flagged...
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    Castrol GTX Magnatec 5W-30, 10212 km, 2018 F150 3.5 EcoBoost

    Yes, I was using a different brand of oil. I think they flag them when the additives are less than 50% of baseline.
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    Two Labs, Same Oil, Different TBN Results...

    I done the same thing, sending 2 samples to separate labs, on 2 occasions. AGAT vs FluidLife, & AGAT vs Blackstone. I also found that Blackstone test came back with different results than AGAT. Fluidlife, & AGAT were quite similar, & I have stuck with AGAT just because I can drop off my own...
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    Castrol GTX Magnatec 5W-30, 10212 km, 2018 F150 3.5 EcoBoost

    I live rural Saskatchewan, in Canada. Mostly long trips. Not much city driving at all. Most of my trips are at least 30 minutes driving one way, and many trips of 90 minutes.
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    Castrol GTX Magnatec 5W-30, 10212 km, 2018 F150 3.5 EcoBoost

    Castrol GTX Magnatec 5W-30 is there another?
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    Castrol GTX Magnatec 5W-30, 10212 km, 2018 F150 3.5 EcoBoost

    Ran a little longer OCI on this run, 10212 km or about 6350 miles. Last analysis was about a year ago. Seen that they have flagged oil degradation, & Nitration with the longer interval. Seems like about 8000 kilometers is best for this engine in my opinion. Still not much difference in wear...
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    10r80 atf

    Anybody drop the pan, & do a filter change? Is the pan gasket re-usable or did you replace it?
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    Purpose of tomato juice in beer?

    In Canada we have Motts Clamato. It makes the best Caesers, & not comparible to the American Bloody Mary's In our small town Saskatchewan bar they used to pour about 2 or 3 oz of tomato Juice into a mug of draft beer, & it was called an ugly. They looked awful, & didn't taste any better than...
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    Did Rotella Ever Have JASO MA Certification?

    My old bottle of Rotella T6 has the JASO MA on the specs, but new bottles I am looking at, do not. I used to use it, but now am unsure if I can still use it in my ATV.
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    Rotella T6 / JASO MA

    I had used Rotella T6 5W-40 oil in my ATV's in the past, as it carried the JASO MA rating. I was looking for more oil recently, & noticed that the specification/ rating is not on the newer bottles. Have they changed the formulation? Can it still be used in an ATV with wet clutches? When did...
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    How short is a short trip?

    What is the difference in cost between ethanol, & gasoline there? With the increasing costs of grains recently, Is it still comparable to gasoline? Are you still able to get a premium fuel with 0 ethanol, & a regular grade with 10- 15%? Currently the price of gasoline here is about 1.32/...
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    2018 F150 10R80 98,000 kilometer, 61000 miles

    The lab has answered my questions about contamination levels. The contamination tolerances for Al & Cu exceeding 50 ppm puts it into a "Lower Critical" rating. Iron exceeding 100 ppm becomes reportable Acid number is lower than the virgin sample for some reason. The lower the acid number...
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    Nissan MR20DD fuel dilution in oil

    Are you draining your oil after making long trips? I think I sent oil analysis once after starting engine & allowing it to idle for 15 minutes, so I could do a hot oil change. I think I was getting a misrepresentative sample. I have now been making sure that I only drain oil after I have...
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    What temperature should a small metal pot be at for testing oil for having antifreeze in it?

    If you have an internal coolant leak, the engine oil is probably high enough that it will evaporate the water off, & you will only see the ethylene glycol, or the antifreeze compound in your cooling system. Oil analysis is probably the best way. I had a ford 4.0 rebuilt in a 1999 Ford Exploder...
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