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  1. sohccammer427

    Who knew there so many automotive fuse types?

    Adding a fuse tap to my 2021 Silverado for a new accessory. I had plenty of fuses on hand from prior purchases. But they were not the correct type. Even with the internet it was difficult to figure out what type was currently in the under hood fuse block. I did not take one out for reference...
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    2021 Mazda 3 2.5 Temperature Gauge Reading

    Take a look at the temperature gauge on my sons 2021 Mazda 3 2.5 (non turbo). This was after a 25 minute drive into town with the outside temp around 40 degrees. The air from the heater was coming out hot/normal for full heat. My son tells me when the outside temperature is warmer the temp...
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    Anyone been able to purchase ACEA C6?

    Anyone here in North America came across this? How about you guys in Europe? ACEA C6 I can search and fine one company, Exol in the UK that has a 0w-20 that meets the new spec. Stable, stay-in-grade engine oil for improved fuel economy, with mid-SAPS Level, for aftertreatment system...
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    Spring Assist Shocks?

    Anyone have any comments about spring assisted shocks? I did see ACDelco does offer these for Silverado 1500 trucks. I tow a trailer that's only around 5,000 lbs and there is a slight un leveling towards the rear. Figured these might be fine while towing, but may make the ride harsh when...
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    USA Gasoline vs European

    Remember reading a few threads postulating that gasoline in Europe contains less sulfur than what we get here in the USA. But from what I can gather online the Euro5/6 and Tier 3 in the US are now the same at <= 10 ppm. This may explain why API SP / GF6 oils here in the USA are for the most...
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    ACEA C6 LSPI Protection, Engine Chain Wear Protection & Turbocharger Deposit Control

    Stable, stay-in-grade engine oil for improved fuel economy, with mid-SAPS Level, for aftertreatment system compatibility. Intended for use at extended oil drain intervals in passenger car and light-duty gasoline & DI diesel engines designed and OEM-approved for engine oils with HTHS viscosity of...
  7. sohccammer427

    Is An Engine Cover (VW Tsi) Beneficial?

    Just performed an OC on my 2021 Jetta Tsi 1.4 and noticed the plastic engine cover is missing? I don't remember taking it off in the past. Did not see it in my shop? I did have the vehicle at the dealer a few months back for a ecm flash and can't imagine them needing to remove it? Anyhow, do...
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    Valvoline: What friction modifier/anti wear agent

    I've read sodium, but then again some say sodium is mainly a detergent but does have some properties as a anti wear. I ask because I have one remaining quart of Valvoline and the rest of what I have is Castrol. The Castrol is the titanium stuff. I'd like to use that last quart for the next...
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    Dexos2 M1 0w-40 ESP in C7 Corvettes

    Posted this on another thread and wanted to discuss more: As a side note I find it interesting that for the C7 Corvettes with LT1 & LT4 GASOLINE engines, the factory fill and and recommended oil was Dexos2 M1 0w-40 ESP (Emissions Systems Protection), a .8% sulfated ash engine oil. Not sure if...
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    What ACEA Sequence best mimics Dexos1

    Which ACEA sequence, either high saps A5/B5, A7/B7 or the low/mid saps seq C5/C6 would be more similar to a Dexos1 Gen2 say in a 0w20 weight? To put it another way if an application called for a Dexos1 Gen2 0w-20 spec oil, which ACEA category: A/B: Gasoline and Diesel Engine Oils – “High SAPS”...
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    2021 Silverado/Sierra Engine 5.3L

    I may, I repeat may buy a 2021 Chevy Trail Boss. The one I am looking at has a build date of 02/2021. I do believe this truck has NO DFM (Dynamic Fuel Management) system working due to the chip issue. And that's 100% fine by me. What has me a little skittish is this preliminary bulletin...
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    M1 ESP 0w-30 ACEA C3 with no OEM mentions

    Have a case of 6 of Mobil 1 ESP 0w-30 that could be three years old. The label states it's ACEA C3, however there is no manufactures approvals or certifications? I've seen oils that have only one manufactures certification, VW508 for example, but this I've not seen before. Any theories why...
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    Powerstop Brake Pads - Extreme vs Evolution

    2017 Chevy Colorado towing a 4,500 lb travel trailer. Want to go with Powerstop and there are 4 options: Z36 Extreme - Severe duty truck & tow, carbon fiber infused ceramic Z23 Evolution Sport - Carbon fiber infused ceramic, performance upgrade Z17 Evolution Plus - Carbon Fiber OEM Z16...
  14. sohccammer427

    Take 5 Oil Change

    The town where I live if opening up a Take 5 Oil Change Service. The concept is you stay in your car and they perform the service in 10 minutes. What I found disturbing is the small footprint of the facility. When you exit the bays you have to make an 180 degree, yes a 180 in what's...
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    Advance, Autozone, O'Reilly, NAPA - Your Favorite

    Let's not turn this into a bashing thread. Just asking if given a choice which of the Big 4 do you normally shop? For me, NAPA usually has the best selection of Euro oils, so I normally pick up oil there when they have their monthly specials. When I was growing up NAPA was almost the only...
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    Just Purchased Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus II SUV/Crossover

    Arriving today four Pirelli Scorpion Verde All Season Plus II for my 2wd Colorado. 265/60-18 Normally I'm a DTD or Tire Rack person, but WalMArt had them for around $20 bucks apiece less and of course free shipping. DTD may have price matching, but I did not bother. Replacing Michelin...
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    Die Hard Group Size H6 - Made in China?

    My 91 year old dad called me this past Saturday, said his truck would not start. Had him try it again and it just clicked. A 2016 Canyon with the V6. So I ordered a Die Hard online from AA for $170.00. $20.00 core charge and $13.00 tax. Anyhow, installation was a breeze, but best I can...
  18. sohccammer427

    PF53 Amazon

    I'm sure this has been addressed before, but Amazon website (sold and shipped by Amazon) shows the PF53 in this style: But shipped this: The one with a paper clip for reference of the opening around the base plate is an ecore model, which is fine for me. What I've not seen before is that...
  19. sohccammer427

    Mobil 0W20 - Seven Different Flavors

    Just browsing the Mobil1 site and it appears they have a bunch of 0w20 varieties: Mobil 1™ Extended Performance 0W-20 Up to 20,000 miles of outstanding wear protection – guaranteed. Mobil 1™ ESP X2 0W-20 Helps prolong the life and maintain the efficiency of emission systems in new, emerging...
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    M1 ESP 0W-30 vs M1 ESP x2 0W-20

    For a while I had considered a 0w-30 instead of 0w-20 in my vehicles. I even found Mobil 1 ESP 0w-30 for less than $7/qt online. But when I compared the two, it appears Mobil 1 ESP X2 0w-20 may actually be a bit more robust. Not sure if this would apply to all VW oils specified as 504/507 and...
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