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    Subaru dealership experience

    I've been lucky that I've been able to avoid dealerships for years. About the only time I have to take my cars to a shop is to have the tires replaced or a front end alignment since I don't own these types of tools. So I took my 2003 Subaru Baja in to have the defective Takata airbag replaced...
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    Trickle charger but battery still went dead?

    I have a bunch of collector cars I drive through the summer so my 2003 Subaru Baja normally sits in my garage from April to November. My wife has her own personal vehicle and we have a 1998 Chevy conversion van which is our family car. So last April, I gave my Subaru a good cleaning and wax job...
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    1998 Chevy Van needs an audio upgrade!

    My 1998 Chevy van needs a serious audio upgrade! The factory radio sounds OK, has a cassette player won't play half of my tapes. Either kicks the tapes out or keeps trying to switch sides over and over. It also has a detached CD player. I'd like to install something with MP3 (SD/USB), backup...
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    Meguiar's Paint Protect

    I picked up a bottle of this stuff at Ollies the other day for around $2.00 or $3.00 and thought I'd give it a try on my van. <a href="http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g36516-paint-protect/" target="_blank">http://www.meguiars.com/en/automotive/products/g36516-paint-protect/</a>...
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    Wal-Mart ValuePower car batteries ($49)

    I was at Wal-Mat the other day looking for a battery for my Citroen 2CV. This car takes a smaller than normal sized battery and Wal-Mart does not list this car in their database. But I did pull up the dimensions on my phone from a British website in millimeters. The women did not have a tape...
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    GL-5 versus GL-1 versus GL-4

    This is in relation to a question about what kind of gear oil I can use in my Polaris ATV. https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4383903/Re:_Polaris_lubricant_equivila#Post4383903 My Fiat Spider requires GL-1 90 weight transmission oil. From my understanding GL-1 is a...
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    Polaris lubricant equivilants

    I bought a 1997 Polaris Xplorer 300. 2 stroker. I did a search on this forum and found some info but I'm a bit confused about what is a safe equivalent when it comes to lubrications. It seems every time someone asks the same question, it turns into a "Polaris fluids are overpriced" thread. Lets...
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    Long term storage

    I've torn into 20 carburetors in my lifetime from where all the gasoline in the tank evaporates and leaves a nasty funk behind. Usually it's not my stuff because if I plan on storing something, I'll top off the fuel tank. Carburetor issues usually occurs if all the fuel has evaporated out of...
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    Silverstars any better than before?

    Years ago I installed some low and high beam Sylvania Silverstar bulbs in my 2003 Subaru. I like them but the problem was they lasted between 1 to 6 months before they would blow. No, I wasn't handling them by the bulb but the base. After the third low beam bulb blew (at over $20 a pop), I put...
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    When I see an Uber commercial

    this scene from <span style="font-style: italic">Something about Mary</span> comes to mind... <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldQBm-DW9_8" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldQBm-DW9_8</a> If anybody has not seen the movie, Harland Williams, the guy with the sleeping...
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    How do Paypal / Craigslist scams work?

    I've had this happen a few times and I'm always suspicious but have wondered how this scam could possibly work. I looked up Paypal/Craigslist scams but doesn't seem to fit any profiles because the item is a pickup item. I post something on Craigslist for sale. I get the usual email. In a...
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    Mixing antifreeze = brown sludge

    Thank God this didn't happen to one of my cars. This is exactly why I like to do my own maintenance to my own cars. One of my co-workers asked me a question yesterday morning. She said her son took his 97 Ford F-150 to some repair shop to have the oil changed. They topped off the coolant with...
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    Do you agree with this guy?

    I hate to say it but I have to agree with this guy. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3FDu8KvXOg" target="_blank">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3FDu8KvXOg</a> My parent's have a 2014 (or something) Toyota Camry with a touch screen display and I thought to myself, this has to be...
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    Any HVAC experts on this forum?

    I have a Trane Weathertron III (?) that was installed in 1985 and this thing seems to require allot of maintenance for some reason. About 3 or 4 times a year the inside coil freezes over because the filter get's clogged. Yes I know your supposed to replace these things once a month whether they...
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    Wheel bearings C2,C3,2RS?????

    I'm probably putting more thought into this than I need to but... My Trabant 601 has always made this rumbling noise from what I think is the front passenger side wheel. It changes intensity as I steer. Starts making noise at speeds above 35 mph, etc. just as a bad wheel bearing would make. In...
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    K&N filter oil and foam rubber air filters.

    Anytime I want to know what's in something, I look up the MSDS. Well all it says is "Petroleum distillates and red solvent". That doesn't tell me anything. <a href="http://www.knfilters.com/msds/99-5000.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.knfilters.com/msds/99-5000.pdf</a> So I got to wondering...
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    Does this sound logical?

    I was coming home the other morning in my Fiat Spider and noticed the engine temperature started to get progressively hotter. When I got to the first red light, it really started to heat up and by the time I got home, it was almost in the red and the radiator fan would not kick on. Long story...
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    1998 Chevrolet differential capacity (cannot find!

    The Haynes manual and the owner's manual both say to use 80W90 oil in the differential but nothing about the capacity. In either manual! Anybody have this data? I have no idea what size differential is had but I can say it has the 5.7 liter Vortex and the 4 speed automatic (with the deep...
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    Dextron versions (totally confused)!!!

    So I looked on my shelf of lubricants and stuff this morning before heading off to work. I need to do some consolidating! My 1998 Chevy Van calls for Dextron III in the 4L80e automatic transmission. I found have a partial gallon of Coastal DEX/MERC, half a gallon of O'Reily's DEX/MERC (which I...
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    LHM brake fluid (Citroen 2CV)

    I just recently added a Citroen 2CV to my collection of oddball European cars. Well when I mean "oddball", I mean odd for the United States. My Trabant would be recognized in Germany and former Eastern Bloc countries and the 2CV in France and other countries. My Yugo is recognized by people my...
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