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    Which lawn mower?

    I bought a used JD lawn tractor to mow a triangular shaped lawn that is about 160’ x 100’. About 1/3 acre mostly uphill. I didn’t get a riding mower because I thought it wouldn’t be powerful enough. The 20 hp tractor has plenty of power to go up the steep slopes but not enough traction. And...
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    airbag light

    My Fiesta has an airbag warning light that comes on the dash. It only happens when you begin to pull on the passenger side seat belt. Doesn't matter if someone is sitting in the seat or the belt is yet plugged in. I've tried checking the under seat connections. It seems like this started after...
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    Computer reset

    So It all started when I left the key in the 2015 Fiesta in the on position and drained the battery. I put the battery charger on it and a few hours later, it starts and runs fine. Except the information center says "tire pressure monitoring fault" and the associated dash light flashes. I...
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    Supplemental Battery Pack

    The thought occurred to me why don’t they design EV’s so they could tow a small trailer that has a supplemental battery pack? That way the car could have a smaller 150-200 mile range for day-to-day driving and then the few times a year you go on a long trip, you rent a battery trailer so you...
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    Pressurized coolant reservoir

    My ecoboost Fiesta has a plastic coolant tank that is pressurized to 21 psi(!) Is this common? Why does it need to be pressurized? I assume there is still a radiator cap for over pressure protection? I realize it raises the boiling point but many cars get by with an open system. The problem...
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    Chevy Express won't start - again

    Okay, I'm the guy with the Chevy Express 4500 Motorhome and over the last three years I have replaced the fuel pump, fuse box, starter and last month the starter relay. It seems that maybe putting a tarp over it in the hot, humid environment is murder on the electronics. Anyway, it's back to a...
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    Electrical problems galore

    I have a 2012 Chevy Express 4500 motorhome with 55,000 miles. First and last GM vehicle I'll ever own. In the last three years it hasn't started because: defective fuse box (too much voltage drop), bad fuel pump, bad starter, battery lasted 14 months and now bad crank relay. Is there...
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    Coolant leak - What would U do?

    My 1.0 liter ecoboost Fiesta has slight coolant leak in the middle connection to the reservoir in the photo. It's pretty clear that it's caused by the engine shaking and working some play into the clip/connector. I believe this small hose feeds the turbocharger, but it could be a return line...
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    Craftsman drive cable replacement

    I bought a 20+ year old lawnmower from my neighbor. It had spent all but 3 years of its life in storage while he was overseas. It is a craftsman 6.6 hp self propelled. Last month the drive cable got frayed and the self propel wouldn't work. Sears no longer carries the part, but I found it on...
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    Latest Cannonball Record

    <a href="https://youtu.be/EvQFDtJUdHw" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/EvQFDtJUdHw</a> I'm surprised that this person can put a video on youtube, that is a documented confession of serious law-breaking and endangerment of the public, and there are no consequences? Seems like time to make an...
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    Gas prices explained

    I read a couple of articles that finally gave a good explanation of why premium gas costs so much. Something more insightful than just 'demand for premium is high'. It said up until ten years ago, natural gas prices were high and therefore chemical manufacturers used naptha to make plastics...
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    1000 miles on $30 of gas?

    My MIL is turning 90 next month and I thinking about which car to take to make the 1000 mile trip, if and when they lift the stay at home orders. I'm tempted to take the Fiesta just for grins to see if I can make the trip on $30 of gas. Gas is currently $1.35 at Costco here. It's actually got...
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    lawn sprinkler troubleshooting

    I have 6 zones on my lawn sprinkler system. The three solenoids clustered along the side of the house actuate and work fine. The three in the front do not. I put a volt meter on the three in the front and at first got no voltage at the solenoid when there was voltage at the box. So then I ran...
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    Why can't they make an engine that will hold water?

    I have owned four fords in the last 40 years and all have developed either intake or head gasket leaks. 1981 Capri 2.3 L 1987 Taurus 3.0 Vulcan 1998 Windstar 3.8 L (intake manifold leak) 2015 Fiesta 1.0 L (TBD) I know that some of this is due to dissimilar metals in block and head, but after...
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    Tire stem adapter

    I was adding air to the six tires on my RV motorhome with dually wheels. I was able to screw the air compressor hose into the stems on five of the wheels, but one has a stem that is just slightly wider and the threads don't match. They're all Schrader valves. Any clues on how I can buy an...
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    wifi routers

    I have dsl and get 80 mbps on a good day. I'm looking to buy a router rather than rent. I can buy a 1000 mbps router like I am renting for $100 or I can buy a 300 mbps router for $30. Do I get any benefit from the faster modem if I'm limited to 80 coming in?
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    Keyless starting problem

    Earlier this year, I had an odd experience with keyless start. While on vacation in the Czech Republic, I rented a car in Prague, and drove two hours east to a small village of 70 people where my ancestors emigrated from to do some genealogy research. On the way there, a yellow triangle with a...
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    Insurance switching

    I stayed with the same insurance company for years, but they got pricey. I've been using an broker for the last few years and they get great prices but I have to switch companies every year because it seems like the companies play the game of first going for market share and then later jack up...
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    Ice maker troubleshooting

    I am trying to baby along our 16 year-old Whirlpool refrigerator. The ice maker is not kicking out the ice cubes, that is until I jiggle the white fingers, tap the unit and close the door. Then you hear the normal subtle winter wind 'whish' noise, a soft tat-tat-tat-at-at-t-t-t and a few...
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    lawn sprinkler electrical question

    I have one of the six zones on my lawn sprinkler system that is not working. Three of the solenoid valves are next to each other over 100 feet from the controller box. They share a common ground wire. I have 25 volts at the controller box. If I disconnect the wires at the solenoid, I get 25...
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