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    Dead rechargeable batteries on cordless drill

    It's a Hitachi cordless drill and neither battery would recharge. No charging indicator on the in-wall charger. They have been sitting unused for a while. I have seen videos of people charging a dead battery with ANOTHER working battery but in my case BOTH are dead and won't recharge... Can I...
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    Cannot unscrew oil filter housing cap - BMW E46

    So like I stated in a separate thread, I had my last OC done at the dealer on my 2005 E46 and they put the incorrect oil (0w/30 FE) and I decided to change it myself. (I usually do OCs myself on this car but once in while I do take it to dealer when i have a coupon). This E46 has the oil...
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    Check Sunroof Drain Tubes periodically

    This is something anyone who owns a car with a sunroof should do occasionally, esp if you park outside under trees a lot: check to make sure your drain tubes are not obstructed. (slowly pour water down the drain tube openings on either side of sunroof "tray" test, to see if water drains to...
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    ATF change using MityVac? (no serviceable filter)

    I have seen many posts re: oil changes using a MityVac (I also use the method for changing oil on my BMW), but was wondering if anyone does or recommends using the mityvac method (suck and fill) for<span style="text-decoration: underline"> ATF </span>changes also... My 2010 Escape with the 6F35...
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    Lifting/jacking up only ONE corner of a car

    How safe is it? If I lift the car up on ONE corner (front passenger corner, for example) and place that corner on a jack stand, and chock the rear wheel that's diagonally opposite (or both rear wheels), is it safe enough to keep the car lifted on the corner long enough do an oil change? (as...
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    2010 Escape Driver's seat Bolt/Nut sizes?

    I need to remove my <span style="font-weight: bold">driver's seat</span>. so In the pic below, 1 and 3 (fronts are called BOLTS while the rear 2 are called NUTS in that diagram). I tried as hard as I could on the WWW but couldn't find info re: <span style="font-weight: bold">the SIZE and type...
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    Ford 6F35 (2010 Escape) Should I remove some ATF?

    <span style="font-weight: bold">2010 AWD v6</span> So I guess you can't trust even the long-known to me trusted mechanic not to make mistakes. I got my ATF drain/fill done at a local Ford mechanic known to me. this was about 2 weeks ago. I had brought 7 qts of mercon LV (just to have extra if...
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    HM oils - which are conventional (not syn-blend)?

    Are all HM oils syn blend? Are there any HM oils that's easily found which are NOT a syn blend? As in conventional. I am not 100% sure but is Pennzoil a "conventional" HM oil? EDIT: NOPE. Looks like it's also a syn blend !!! So are there NO conventional HM oils at all? Valvoline ML, Castrol...
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    Oil considerations Duratec 3.0 V6, 85k miles

    So I recently got a new to me 2010 Ford Escape Limited with the Duratec 3.0, AWD. This is a 3rd/extra/outdoorsy/adventure vehicle/grocery getter. Wasn't looking for a Limited but price was ok so... It has 85k miles. The car seems to be maintained well overall. No rust anywhere visible in the...
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    Dealer put 0w/30 FE in 2005 E46 - is that OK?

    Although I do OCs (using a MightyVac) in my 2005 E46, once in a while i take it to the dealer do to a proper "drain", and they have always used BMW 5w/30 and Mann filter. But this last time the receipt shows 0w/30 FE. I emailed them and they say BMW back-specc'd 0w/30 FE for this engine. I just...
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    Shelf Life 0w/40 Castrol Edge

    I have had a couple of Castrol Edge 0w/40 5-quart jugs in my garage (not climate controlled) for about 5-6 years now.... I am in NC, so you can get an idea of what the climate is. Due to my laziness / and sometimes using Pennzoil Ultra 5w/40, I have neglected to use this oil. <span...
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    Alterntavies to Motorcraft FA-1893 ?

    There are some reviews on amazon that made me hesitate ordering there, as some receive a "Made in USA" with black end capss and some have received "made in Mexico" with orange end "caps". some suspect they might not be genuine MC parts.... no clue if that's true or not.. And some have written...
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    Chevron Techron - different labels / same product?

    So I was gonna get some Chevron Techron Conc. PLUS and noticed that the images on Advance Auto / AutoZone are different than the ones on Amazon and Chevron website... ON TOP The left upper corner of label is BLUE on amazon and chevron sites, ON BOTTOM: on AZ and AA , the left upper corner is...
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    Motorcraft PM6 FI Cleaner

    Has anyone every tried this stuff? Just curious. MC normally makes pretty solid stuff, and was wondering if this is worth trying over the usual Techron Ugh sorry fot bthe HUGE image <img src="https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81bQXo1RBDL._AC_SL1500_.jpg" alt="[Linked Image from...
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    Tiny Frog in garage... and it's hot !!! what to do?

    So there's this tiny frog on the window sill in my garage. It has been moving around - mostly it just hangs vertically and sometimes flat. it's HOT in the garage. I splashed some water on it a couple of times (like once a day) and it kinda jumps around and looks confused. Can it survive in...
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    Best product to MAINTAIN cleaned headlights?

    So i've gotten pretty good at cleaning hazed headlight lenses since i got the buffer; just using 1Z car polish and Klasse AIO, I can get a set of old hazed headlights looking almost like new. did it for several cars belonging to friends and family and instructed them to wax them every few...
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    2004 Forester XS with 114k miles

    So I've mentioned in a previous post that the Subaru Forester from 2003-2005 was a contender in my quest for an older small SUV with AWD as a 3rd car Family from wife's side has 3 Foresters (2002, 2006 and 2017) and they have all been reliable so far. No head gasket issues etc. I have come...
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    Vote: go with Heart or Brain ?

    Which would you buy : a 2003 more exciting and loaded but complex to maintain SUV with 116k miles for $5000 with unknown mechanical history from an independent used car dealer. Condition is exterior a bit beat up but interior nice. Has real 4WD with Low range and auto mode. This is the one...
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    02-04 Nissan Pathfinders

    So in my search for a small or midsize SUV with AWD or 4 WD, the 2002-2007 1st gen Ford Escape has been the leader until I started thinking about the 2001-2004 Nissan Pathfinders. I know they're more complex but also have reports of decent durability. The car is meant as a third / extra...
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    Advice on UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply)

    So I've been thinking of buying a small-ish UPS with battery back up for my router + Modem, and perhaps another small item or two... Doesn't need anything huge, and preferably around $100. So many from APC and Cyberpower on amazon, but NONE of them are free from some horrible reviews; the...
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