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    That’s one small leak in my radiator...

    One giant repair bill for my wallet. Back story: noticed a weird vibration accelerating from 2nd, to 3rd gear in the GLK back in June. Took it to the independent shop that had replaced the transmission mount, and previously had done the transmission service (regular preventative, noticed no...
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    Aftermarket shade curtains

    I've been cruising amazon/eBay for some after market interior window shades for the rear of my car. Has anyone used any they liked, or had horrible experiences with any? I'd like something that installs like a curtain, and not one that slips over the entire door, similar to the photo below.
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    Test driving PHEV w no battery charge

    It's time to replace the Buick, and I specifically want a plug-in. The Prius Prime interior is horrendously ugly to me, so it's out. My local Kia dealership extends the 10/100,000 warranty out to as long as the original purchaser owns the car, which is a plus for me. I stopped into a Kia...
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    Tips for buying a car online

    the Buick is having continued, worsening transmissiom issues. So it’s newer car time, and I know I want a plug-in hybrid/electric of some sort. I’d also like to be under 15-18k $, limiting my options to the volt and genlll prius plug-in (PiP). Lots of volts here in central Florida, but...
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    Any nano reefers here?

    After a 12 year break from reef aquariums to dabble in the finer side of freshwater aquarium keeping, Ive got “the itch”. Seeing as there have been such fantastic advances in LED lighting (and when I bowed out, t5 bulbs were really just starting to take off, fyi), it seems like the route is...
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    leaking cv boot repaired, will she live or die?

    I posted a few weeks ago about some unknown goo leaking behind my driver side tires. It was quickly identified as cv grease leaking from the inner cv boots. After some careful inspection, it seemed to be spinning out from where the boot meets the inner axle joint. Seeing as the boots...
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    Resizing v belt

    I use a ride on leave spreader at work that’s powered by a Subaru ea190v Thanks to a catastrophic failure that destroyed the ignition coil, I had to bolt on a new one. The old pulley that was on the shaft out of the motor was well rusted on, so I just replaced that as well, but with a slightly...
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    Something is leaking from somewhere (photo)

    It’s clearly coming out of the protective boot around the drive shaft on the drivers side, but a similar color and consistency fluid can be found on the passenger side on the underside of the hood. I don’t lose a noticeable amount of motor oil or PS fluid in between oil changes, and I...
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    Idle vs highway in burning off fuel dilution.

    It's always discussed about oil temp being necessary to burn off any fuel dilution. It's also generally accepted that you will burn it off in far greater quantities at highway speeds vs idling in park. Which brings up my question: at idle, my car will run up almost a full 1/4 hotter as far as...
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    Replacing fluid by weight

    The caliber is coming up on 120,000, and it's time to replace the CVT fluid. The process, as most of you know, is a little absurd with special dip sticks, temperature charts, and some voodoo. The local dodge dealer (with their impressive 1.5 star service dept rating) wants $334 plus tax to...
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    "But I have 7 cars"

    I decided to whittle down my oil stash by giving it away. I put out an ad on fb marketplace that basically read " unemployed? Under-employed? Single parent? if you're putting off changing your oil because of the holidays, I probably have the right oil for you." Needless to say, the response...
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    Ohtsu FP0612 A/S (tire purchase update)

    Got a flat on the dodge that wasn't repairable. Being out of town quickly whittled down the options, so my extended tire shopping experience was quickly boiled down to a few options. Not the best treadwear warranty, but on par (if I'm not mistaken) on wet weather handling that the hydraedge...
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    Fine scratches/swirl marks

    Happy friday! I started at the bottom of the barrel in hopes of removing the surface scratches and swirls on the Buick. The turtle wax scratch remover seemed no more abrasive than car wax. It was very smoothe feeling. I didn't see any noticeable difference in the before/after on the test...
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    I turned up in an art gallery! (own horn = tooted)

    I got a message from a reporter that I interviewed for last year that she had seen a painting of something I had done June of last year. Other than I look like a fat lard in the photo, I'm impressed with their painting skills! Waiting to hear back from the gallery to purchase the paintings...
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    solar window blinds

    I'm surprised the idea wasn't attempted sooner, honestly. The integration seems neat and tidy, but the price ($390 pre-order) doesn't make sense for a max output of 150wh. a KwH here is only $0.0872 Would you use them if the price was right? I'd snap them up in a heart beat. And may still just...
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    unknown coolant leak GM 3100 V6`

    Hello. I noticed one, single drop of coolant on the ground when I changed my oil yesterday. I had originally assumed the water pump was starting to weep, but alas it's holding strong. Doing a little looking around, I found some puddled coolant on the drivers side, originating near/under the...
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    just used a clay bar for the first time

    OMG, that was so good it should be fattening. I realize it's all in my head, but after a layer of wax the car practically sparkles. Did a really good job at pulling off most of the tree sap, only leaving one rather large, hardened patch on the top of the car. Now, for a question: I didn't...
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    malfunctioning auto a/c

    Hi Everybody. The receptionist at work mentioned that her wifes car a/c wasn't functioning properly when her car was at idle, and was slow to cool down when she started driving. Knowing that I do my own repairs on my cars, and light stuff on my work truck, wondered if I'd take a look. They've...
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    taking oil sample without changing oil

    Evening! I'm kicking around getting Mobil 1 A.P. and doing UOA's at 5k intervals to get a rough idea of how it stands up to a full (or nearly full) 20k change interval. I thought about using a fluid transfer pump, but can't the tube to the sump. I'd like to refrain from draining it, getting a...
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    updating ECU for newest Dexos spec

    I had originally asked this on a GM board that focuses on the Buick Century, and got a bit of a non answer, so I wanted to ask here just in case. I was wondering if anyone knew of, or knew where to start to find, an ECU update that will allow my OLM to give me more accurate service intervals...
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