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    dumb elementary brake fluid question

    So, I was trying to explain to a friend the reasons why he should change his brake fluid at least every 15 years, and realized that I myself have a hole in my understanding of hydraulics. A reason I was given was that as the fluid absorbs water, the boiling point is lowered. When the fluid...
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    shipping horrors &paypal: how did it end for you?

    Last Friday I sold some matco swivel impact sockets off of a forum for $200, received payment through paypal. These sockets cost me $400 a couple years ago when I bought them off the truck. They were not sold through ebay-- just paypal. I boxed them neatly in the small flat rate box, and sent...
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    educational tax deduction question?

    It isn't clear what/ how much I can claim as a deduction, and under which of 2 programs... Turbotax's helpline was of NO help "well, if turbotax prompts you, it must be right..." was what 4 hours waiting on hold got me! <img src="/forums/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="smile" title="smile"...
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    career advice?

    I'm 25 with a checkered academic career: good in high school, failed out of college. Going back to finish a proper degree, done properly (will work hard to get what I want, As and B's) NOW-- a big question, what in? My former attempted degree was in materials engineering, which I did enjoy: I...
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    graphics card upgrade?

    It's been almost 3 years since I built my present rig, I think. 3 years ago I learned only as much as I needed to know to put it together, and do not consider myself a 'computer guy' My desktop is rated at "6.0 windows experience" fwiw... intel i7 920, 2.67GHz quad core 12GB ram-- can't...
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    too-big bike still ride-able?

    A friend was selling his bike for an attractive price, and on impulse, I bought it. It is a 59cm frame "volpe." I am 5'6" with a 31" inseam and by rights should be in like a 54cm bike. With the seat moved forward and lowered all the way, it is not uncomfortable. It doesn't seem too long, and...
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    front disc/rear drum: ONE drum locks up?

    Hi! Got a problem I haven't seen before in my lengthy (joking) 2 year career as a mechanic, nor do I remember being directly addressed in my few classes at community college. I'm looking at a 1994 Pontiac Bonneville, with front disc, rear drums. Err, I don't think it had abs. I can check, if...
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    maintenance services?

    I've worked for the past 2 years as a service tech, and I'll be honest, I'm still not certain why we sell maintenance services. Brake fluid every 1-2yrs? Coolant every 2-5 yrs? I must say, my godfather's 15 year old pickup had never had a brake flush, and I never felt unsafe. It stopped as...
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    master cylinder, or...?

    We have a 1989 mercury tracer with 71,000 miles that we put quite a bit of work into, last November. Most of it involved the brake system, which was made out of rust. All new lines, new front calipers, new front rotors, new wheel bearings all the way around, new rear wheel cylinders, and new...
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    car rocks?

    We have a 1989 mercury tracer (mazda 323-- but with hatchback mexican body and ford logo) with 71,000 miles. We put a lot of work into it last November: new rear springs, new shocks all the way around, alignment (front end is still solid), wheel bearings all the way around, brake lines, front...
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    gas pumps question!

    Hey! My sister and I own all older cars. We're poor, what can I say. But we keep good care of them. Well, this summer, I replaced the tank on my 1990 colony park. Guess what? It leaks fuel now. First, it was the donut-sized grommet that the filler neck went into. It's always partially...
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    rv/marine coolant in car?

    The store I work at is closing/liquidating. We have 6 gallons of RV coolant, quite cheap as a result. It says not to put in cars. It says that it is propylene glycol (vs ethylene glycol). I thought it would be easier to find out more, but I'm not seeing any literature on the internet for why...
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