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    Vibration feeling after new tires installed?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> it could be out-of-balance rear tires. May also be out-of-round tires </div></div> It is important to understand the difference here. Out-of-round tires can be perfectly balanced and still hop along the...
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    Question for molakule or someone else smart

    Does anyone use Auto-Rx? Does it do any good in a transmission? Any difference between the original and the current version, Auto-Rx Plus? (I don't think I've ever heard of it doing any harm.)
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    travel trailer wheel bearing grease

    Dexter E-Z Lube: <a href="https://youtu.be/XT0RKDGgDm8" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/XT0RKDGgDm8</a> All the greases mentioned will do great. There is no magical one-is-best grease. I really like Schaeffer products. Schaeffer greases are aluminum complex base, not lithium base, but...
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    Switching trailer hub oil to grease

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by CT8</div><div class="ubbcode-body">How is the sealing surfaces on the axles?</div></div> Yep. There is a reason the seals are failing. They don't "blow." They wear out for some good reason. If you can find the...
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    LockNLube Coupler

    A standard hydraulic couple (regular grease gun coupler) holds fine if (a) it is in good condition, (b) it is put on straight, (c) if the zerk fitting isn't damaged. I'v used a lot of grease guns, sometimes where I really had to push the handle hard on a 10,000 psi grease gun, and if I had the...
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    Winter tires pinned for studs, but without studs

    I used to work with a fellow who lived in coastal northern Norway. Nothing but ice on the winter roads there. He said that standard practice there was to have the shop install new, sharp-edged studs every winter. No problem for them, it was an every day job. On this side of the Atlantic it's...
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    Tire sealants, recommendations?

    Motorcycle riders have reported good results with Ride-On sealant. They find that it works well, and is easier to clean out than Slime when the tire needs to be replaced. My Prius Prime plug-in hybrid car doesn't have a spare tire, and I put Ride-On car formula sealant in the tires just in...
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    Exide batteries?

    Does anyone know how many lines of different qualities each of the big battery makers produce? We know that Johnson Controls makes batteries for Costco, Walmart, Interstate, many others. Are there quality differences in the marketing lines, or are there just label differences? The same...
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    Which octane for my situation? A carbon conundrum

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> where I live all regular grade gas sold at the pumps is 86 octane, not 87, due to the altitude (3300 feet above sea level). </div></div> Where are you located? I've never seen 86 AKI gasoline. 3300...
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    New supertech brand Lucas in my local Walmart

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Armor All / STP products is the responsible party</div></div> Part of Spectrum brands...proud purveyors of Kwikset locks, George Foreman grills, and many other fine brands. <a...
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    Lower octane at higher altitudes?

    It relates back to old carbureted engines before electronic controls. The thin air with its low oxygen content made the 85 AKI gasoline work fine, subject of course to the 3% power loss per 1000' of elevation due to the lack of oxygen in that thin air. Modern engines will do best with the...
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    necessary to turn off diesel while filling?

    I've never understood why drivers leave their diesel engines idling uselessly. Except in frigid weather, shut it off. I've been trained by two diesel engine manufacturers. We try to avoid even light running, and always idling, when possible. It's a waste of fuel and contributes to sludging...
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    Motor home tires

    Hercules is an independent tire wholesaler and importer. Both Hercules and Cooper are headquartered in Findlay, Ohio, and Hercules likely buys a lot of tires from Cooper who is a large private label tire maker.
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    Nitro v. Blizzaks

    I haven't seen any reviews of Nitto tires. As said above, what do you need from your winter tires? Different brands and different models offer different compromises. Blizzak is one of the best for snow & ice traction, and one of the shortest tread life. Others have better tread life and less...
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    Tire pressure when towing

    Higher pressure, up to the sidewall max cold inflation pressure, may offer more stability. Stability when towing is good. 10% tongue weight is the bare minimum. More is better, up to the max tongue weight the truck & hitch can handle. The more trailer weight forward of the axle (thus higher...
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    Iso-HEET and Diesel

    Water emulsion in diesel fuel is a technology that is promising, but usually not worth the cost. It lowers the flame temperature so the NOx output is lowered. The flash of water droplets to steam helps atomize the fuel droplets for better burn. The emulsion is created either mechanically or...
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    Wheel size question---a problem here?

    Tirerack sez 7" to 9" rim width range for the 255/65-17 <a href="http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Michelin&tireModel=Latitude+X-Ice+Xi2&sidewall=Blackwall&partnum=565TR7LXI2&tab=Specs"...
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    Wheel size question---a problem here?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Skinny bites through the snow better. 255... sheesh!</div></div> That has been debunked. The contact patch is about the same for the same weight and inflation pressure. wider and shorter vs. narrower...
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    Fifth wheel trailer tires

    Do you want the best? Easy. Michelin XPS Rib LT235/85R16/E 120/116Q LRE Steel cord. <a href="http://www.michelinman.com/US/en/tires/products/xps-rib.html" target="_blank">http://www.michelinman.com/US/en/tires/products/xps-rib.html</a> If these are out of the budget, look for another...
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    Wheel size question---a problem here?

    OEM tires are 104. We're good in that regard.
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