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    OSX High Sierra

    This release also automatically (without any user option to avoid it) converts SSD based Macs to Apple's new file system. Users of professional applications, backup utilities, etc. beware. I'm going to be giving this one a few months before I install it on any computers that are important to...
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    Who has a vehicle lift in their garage/pole barn?

    Another EZ Car Lift owner here. Biggest tool purchase I've ever made (by far) and every time I use it, I come away thinking how much I love it. The mechanical design (no hydraulics, infinitely variable lift height with no longitudinal displacement during lifting), commodity power source, and...
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    Motorcraft 5w-20 - 5800 miles - 08 Mazda3 2.3

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    Edge 5w30 - 5000 mi - 2010 Mazdaspeed 3

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    Subaru Syn 5w30 - 5221 mi - 2011 Subaru WRX

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    Next-Gen 5w-30 1158 miles '99 Suburban 7.4

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    Subaru Syn 5w-30 - 5270 mi - 2011 Subaru WRX

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    Replace belt tensioner or just the pulley?

    Thanks, good info. I went ahead and ordered the whole tensioner. Will be interesting to see whether the old one still moves smoothly when it comes off.
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    Replace belt tensioner or just the pulley?

    I've been on a bit of a hiatus from BITOG for the last several months but hopefully back for a while now! Our Mazda3 (~85k miles) has been making a chirping noise from its serpentine belt tensioner periodically. The belt is due for replacement anyway so the timing is convenient! I'm debating...
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    Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 0w40

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: 440Magnum</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I ran it once and did a VOA, and before I even completed the run decided that MY SRT was only getting M1 from then on. Its a singularly unimpressive 0w40 oil, IMO. Granted, the...
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    Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 0w40

    In a way it seems like a thicker version of Ultra 5w30 rather than a Euro/HD focused oil like most (all?) of the other 0w40s or 5w40s.
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    Pennzoil Ultra Platinum 0w40

    Pennzoil labels and markets their Ultra Platinum 0w40 as specifically formulated for SRT vehicles. Obviously this is rooted in marketing but the oil is actually labeled only with API SN and a Chrysler oil spec -- no ACEA or ILSAC labels. Is there any reason to think this oil is really any...
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    Dodge Challenger 6.4 Scat Pack rant

    I think some of you are piling too hard on Hal with the whole "it's only $75 twice a year for an expensive car" argument. Just because it's not that much money and he can probably afford it doesn't make a 6 month OCI requirement with high end syn any less ridiculous. It's not always about saving...
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    Wanting a Sporty DD next year. 370Z or Mustang 5.0

    I disagree that it's a waste driving a car like this on a daily commute. Either car should be plenty reliable and last a long time, and will still be more fun to drive even on a commute. Personally I'd go with the Mustang in a case like this due to back seat, probably a little better comfort...
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    Got into an accident.

    Sorry to hear about this and glad you're OK. Is that the Glen Annie/Storke Road intersection? I see what they were trying to do but it looks like they could've done a better job with the road markings. The bike crosswalk kind of muddles things up, or that's what it looks like in the photo...
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    "Not allowed" - driveway oil change in my community

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: wemay</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I don't fault the HOA one bit. They looked the other way in the past and really aren't petty at all. It was these knuckleheads that ruined it for everyone else. And NO, I'm not...
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    Black Oil

    I didn't see where it was specified whether the "black oil" observation was made on the dipstick or in the catch pan. I would tend to agree that it's not normal for oil to turn black on the dipstick in a gas engine with a reasonable OCI, but when all the oil is drained into the catch pan? It'll...
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    Subaru Syn 5w30 - 5141 miles - 2011 WRX, 70k miles

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: CATERHAM</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> Good results. If the Idemitsu made Subie 5W-30 is a bit pricey now then PU 5W-30 (or PP or even PYB 5W-30) would be a good alternative. </div></div> The Idemitsu oil is...
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    Subaru Syn 5w30 - 5141 miles - 2011 WRX, 70k miles

    Nice! Just found that UOA in your post history. Looks like on that run yours had thinned below grade as well, although on my report Blackstone calls out that the viscosity at 100 deg C should be 9.1-11.3 rather than 8.5-11.3 as on yours. Not sure where the 9.1 comes from .. the best reference I...
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    Subaru Syn 5w30 - 5141 miles - 2011 WRX, 70k miles

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Al</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I also have been running the Subaru oil in my 2008 for years (Subaru Bucks). Its a great oil and I may continue to use it even though I can't get it free. You certainly could go...
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