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    Air conditioner corrosion

    I have a big 15,000 BTU window AC I install about this time each year. I noticed that the copper tubing at the bottom inch of the condensor is green and the (aluminum?) fin block has some white dust like powder coming off it. The unit is designed so that the condensor is sitting in the...
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    Mobil 1 HM 0W20 - 4682 mi - 2009 Toyota RAV4

    2009 Toyota RAV4 2.5L WIX (ALS Laboratories) MILES ON UNIT 127662 MILES ON OIL 4682 OIL Mobil 1 High Mileage SAE 0W20 Metals (ppm) Iron (Fe) 5 Chromium (Cr) <1 Lead (Pb) <1 Copper (Cu) <1 Tin (Sn) <1 Aluminum (Al) 3 Nickel (Ni) <1 Silver (Ag) <1 Titanium (Ti) <1 Vanadium (V) <1 Contaminants...
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    WIX Analysis - Customer service?

    I used to use Blackstone but the price seems to have gone through the roof. I ordered one of the Wix kits for about $20 on eBay. From what I understand the cost of the kit includes the analysis service. There were several addresses on labels inside so I sent it to the closest lab - ALS Tribology...
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    House remote temperature monitoring

    I'm planning to be away for a week in February and was thinking about getting some sort of temperature monitor that worked over wifi. I'd like to be able to check in on the house temperature and possibly get an alert sent to my smart phone if the temperature falls below a set point to indicate a...
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    TriVal windshield (by Pilkington)

    I just had my OEM windshield replaced after a rock chip turned into a several foot crack. The original was a Pilkington windshield. The mobile glass repair service was supposed to install OEM equivalent glass and installed a TriVal branded windshield. Apparently TriVal is a trademark of...
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    Towing lawn cart with a mower

    How capable are smaller riding mowers of towing a roughly 400 lbs load in a lawn cart across flat ground? I move firewood across my yard in a cart which I move by hand. It's quite a workout and I wouldn't mind some motorized assistance. I only have 1/3 acre to cut for grass so I'm not in the...
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    Wheel bearing for Chevy Impala

    I had replaced the rear passenger side with a Timken bearing/hub unit about 7,000 miles ago. Today it catastrophically failed without warning while doing about 50 MPH downhill (bang, grinding, smoke, etc). I got out and checked everything and saw no tire damage and the brakes weren't overhearing...
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    Generator engine loading

    When a 2 pole 120/240 permanent magnet generator is loaded down on one leg only versus two legs, what is the relation to the torque applied to the engine crankshaft? For example, if I load L1 to near full load, I can hear the engine bog down. Adding further load to L2 doesn't seem to make it bog...
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    Diesel oil for all OPE

    I was wondering if I could get away with a 'one size fits all' diesel oil for all my OPE. I have the following engines: LCT 306cc on an Ariens snowblower (manual lists 5W30 or 10W30) Briggs & Stratton 550EX on a mower (manual lists SAE30, 5W30, or 10W30 Ironton (Honda clone) on a rototiller...
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    Gas pump overflow

    When I first got my Impala I had an issue with the purge valve at the purge canister near the gas tank. It was sticking and would throw a CEL. Sometimes the pump would click off before full. I replaced it a year ago and haven't had an issue since. Today while pumping gas I noticed the pump...
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    Ironton engines from Northern Tool

    Has anyone tried one of the small engines that Northern Tool sells? I'm repowering an old MTD front tine tiller. I've rebuilt the pulse-jet carburetor 2x over the past two years and now the old fuel tank has clogged the carb up with rust. I was going to get a Harbor Freight 212cc engine but they...
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    Small block Chevy power steering pulley install

    I have a 1995 GMC K1500 with the 5.0L (305ci) engine. I had to remove the power steering pump pulley to replace the driver side exhaust manifold as I'm installing headers on it. There was a bolt under the pulley that is only accessible with the pulley removed. I used the Harbor Freight 12 piece...
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    Pennzoil Platinum 5W30 - 6,819 mi - 2013 Chevy Impala 3.6L V6

    This is a new to me 2013 Impala with the 3.6L LFX GDI engine. I topped off 1 quart at 5,294 miles and changed the oil when the OLM read 0% at 6,819 mi. The engine sees redline a few times a week and gets plenty of wide open throttle accelerations daily. I used Pennzoil Platinum as seemed to be...
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    5.0 TBI cold weather sputtering

    Hi everyone, It seems to be that time of year when my truck runs like crap again. I have a 1995 GMC K1500 5.0L with TBI. All summer long it starts and runs perfect. Once cold weather comes around (temperatures around freezing and below), I start having cold start issues. I crank once for...
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    Evap vapor canister

    I've had a recurring evap large leak code on my 2013 Impala with the 3.6 LFX engine. I changed the gas cap and replaced the purge valve under the hood, but this didn't fix it. The next step was to try changing the vent valve/vapor canister assembly at the fuel tank. After replacing the canister...
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    305 SBC Starter Grinding

    Hello, I have a 95 GMC K1500 with the 305 SBC engine. Recently it has started occasionally grinding instead of cranking when I engage the starter. If I hear that it isn't catching I just key off and then crank again and it usually catches the second time. Some days it doesn't grind at all and...
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    Rust bubbles

    I've got three small areas of bubbled paint above the windshield. I'm guessing it is from rock chips that weren't repaired. I soaked them with PB blaster for now to try to stop it from spreading, but I'm wondering if anyone has repaired this before. It doesn't look like it extends down to the...
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    Supertech vs Dexcool

    I have a 2013 Impala with a 3.6 LFX engine at 102k miles and want to change the coolant. I was at Walmart looking got a concentrate coolant instead of 50/50 mix and saw they sell Supertech concentrate Extended Life 150,000 mile coolant. It doesn't say Dexcool anywhere on it but says compatible...
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    Bar oil as fogging oil

    My chainsaw calls for about 1 tsp of oil poured into the plug hole when storing for extended periods of time, to lubricate the cylinder walls and rings. I have a giant container of bar oil and was wondering if using bar oil for this purpose would be wise? Per the MSDS the bar oil is 95% 30W oil...
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    Tracking compression in high mileage engines

    Out of complete curiousity, has anyone tracked compression loss versus mileage on a high mileage engine? My Ford Escort has just reached 245k miles. I do a plug/wire change around every 50k mi and started the habit of doing a compression test while I have the plugs out. Here's what I noticed...
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