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    2022 Hyundai Palisade 5w30 Oil

    I’ve never paid attention to oil classifications beyond viscosity. Am I going to find a quality non-synthetic that meets Hyundai’s requirements for this Palisade, or should I just run synthetic? Plan was for 5k oil change intervals, that’s what I do with all my cars. Takes 7 or 8 quarts, so if...
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    Road Force Excessive on a New Car

    So we bought a new Hyundai. Immediately has vibration on the way home. But we bought on a Saturday night, closed the place down, and the vehicle is brand new so (warranty) right? Make first available service appointment where I used to work (I handled pretty much all these type issues as a...
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    Transition from Minivan to bigger Mid-sized SUV

    So we’re looking at transitioning from a 2011 Toyota Sienna to a mid sized, but as big as possible, SUV. We travel with 2 kids and a dog, but use up every bit of our Sienna’s cargo area when vacationing / camping (tent camping). This is partially due to bringing the dog, and too much stuff...
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    Nordictrack c2400 won’t run. Treadmill experts?

    I can’t find any active treadmill forums anywhere online so I figured I’d post here just in case anyone can shed some knowledge. Wife complained that it feels like it’s slippery. I played with walking belt tension to no avail. Inspected further, found motor drive belt slipping when the...
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    Plug in Power Inverter good enough for limited camping duties?

    Is an Amazon sold plug in power inverter up to the task of inflating 2 air mattresses? As we get into camping, I need to figure out how to inflate these at sites that lack electric. A coworker told me they are worthless and that I need to explore getting a power supply instead…I see the value...
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    Difference in brake fluids?

    In preparation for a brake job soon, stupid question. Is there a better brake fluid than another? I worked in a dealer forever where we either used BG fluid or Berkebile fluid for brake fluids. I assumed the Berkebile was as cheap as they could source, but it’s a company that has tons of shop...
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    Mazda false low tire psi warnings

    Lately, especially in rain or high humidity, I’ve been getting tire pressure warnings on my Mazda 6. The car has an indirect monitoring system without actual sensors in the tires/valve stems. One time it happened in a downpour, so I chalked it up to a wheel speed being off due to possibly...
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    Coated rotor experience with their finish lasting

    Looking at various coated rotors. Mainly the geomet silver type of coating, as I’ve experienced it seem to last quite long on my customers cars (but this was mopar oe stuff). any experience with how aftermarket coated rotors hold up? Specifically; power stop smooth rotors (geospec) R1...
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    “Xenon” or whatever these new, brighter, whiter bulbs are??

    I have multiple advance auto $5 coupons sitting with no use. I wouldn’t mind swapping my reverse and tag bulbs for those Mercedes like super white bulbs, but I worry that all the ones I’ll find are those blueish hue ricer ones. Anyone know of the ones I mean? Our fleet of Mercedes metris all...
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    Toyota 2grfe minor oil leak

    What is this? Oil line that goes from front of the rear cylinder head, up to the top of the same cylinder head. Tried searching rock auto and Toyota parts websites but I’m not finding it. I think the Toyota sites don’t have a complete parts listing for customers to view, and maybe this isn’t...
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    Daily Driver, Mazda 6 Brake Recommendations

    after routine inspection yesterday, I’m realizing I’m wearing though my brakes a little quicker than I thought. At 45k on my 2017.5 Mazda 6 and will need brakes in the nearish future, I have about 5-6/32” remaining. ive worked in a dealership for quite awhile, where of course we used oem and oe...
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    Tires for 19” Mazda 6

    Debating on tires... if I can get these deals to work out (which everyone makes sound easy, between price matching and the current deals). What would you do? This is just my daily, I don’t play around or care for sport handling, although initially I was leaning towards continental extreme...
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    Club / store tires vs Regularly available models

    I’ve been monitoring tire prices because I need some for my Mazda. I’ve always avoided club only type tires that are not available elsewhere, but a deal I came across is making me think about going against that continental sure contact is available through NTB. Promo is $70 off rebate as-well...
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    OE replica or refurbished wheels?

    Any good cheap source? I’ve been playing with the idea of getting other Mazda wheels for my 6 to step down a wheel size, get more sidewalk, more tire options etc. The particular wheels I want I just can’t come across on Facebook marketplace. Any suggestions where to look for good used or...
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    Avid BB7 Brake Pads?

    I used to swap work (automotive) for bike parts and work. Long story short, bike mechanic traded me work. He installed a new fork (steer tube too short, wouldn't stay right on my bike due to not being able to use a spacer...so it made me question his ability), and avid bb7 mechanical disc...
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    Warranty work

    You guys ever take a car under warranty to a dealer multiple times and continue to get no problem found...can you take it to another dealer? Will they still provide a loaner? It's a Mazda. Mazda's site states they provide Mazda loaners for service or warranty work. But my question is with a...
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    Toyota techs here? 2grfe head gasket?

    2011 sienna 2grfe 3.5 v6. I was under it to drain the antifreeze and at the rear of the engine, center of the cylinder head where it meets the block, there was a bit smaller than a golf ball size dried up crusted up glob of antifreeze. I saw no trail leading there, although I do work on it in...
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    Interview Attire for Automotive Tech

    I'm exploring my options and have pretty quickly lined up interviews for different neighboring county government auto tech positions and was wondering how to dress. I've been a tech since 2003 but my first job was basically given to me due to my success in high school automotive courses...the...
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    Dealership Service Writers / Dropping Off for Warranty Work

    So I drop my Mazda 6 off today. I've worked in automotive repair for 16+ years, dislike letting someone else work on my car , but given its new and has factory warranty I'm going to take advantage of it. I have a lot of nit picky problems with my 2017 Mazda 6. I think it takes too long to...
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    Quick struts

    I've read through as many posts as I could about quick struts. My predicament is my 2011 sienna needs strut bearings. At 130k or however many miles it has, the strut bellows boots are also destroyed. It drives fine but there's no sense in buying $90 mounts, $10 boot kits and not replacing the...
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