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    When to let a dog go...

    Some advice is needed, as I have never gone through this before. Long post. I have a 13 year old boxer female, absolutely love her, and now she is having some age/health issues. In 2019 she was diagnosed with kidney disease, the extent at that time was probably in the minor category. Long story...
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    Oil “flowing fast enough”

    Can someone explain to me how a 20wt oil would flow compared to a 40wt oil in an engine sepc’d for 20wt? I guess the question I’m asking is...would it damage the engine to use a 40wt oil in a severe oil burner that is spec’d for a 20wt (in a warm climate with no worry of cold starts). I’d love...
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    Knee injury questions

    My son hurt his knee back in late November playing football. Trainer said everything looked stable, he was walking on it without a limp after about a week. Ever since then it occasionally “goes out” on him. Just kind of pops (I guess). Never took him to the doctor, probably should have...
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    2016 Avalon 10,000 miles Mobil1 EP 0W20

    First ever 10,000 mile oil change interval, and first ever oil analysis. Looks pretty good. Absolutely ZERO makeup oil added. Mixture of 70% highway driving and 30% around town/shorter trips. About 2 months of this interval was during winter/freezing temps, the remainder was warm weather. Pretty...
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    Any auto body shop owners out there?

    Not sure if I’m in the right forum for this, but I have an old Blowtherm SPA spray booth from 1986 that has a cracked heat manifold. It’s a downdraft system. This paint booth was made in Italy, the company came to the US in the late 80’s and then was eventually joined/formed into Blowtherm USA...
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    Most you ever went on a factory fill?

    A 2022 Kia Carnival came in yesterday on its factory fill oil…it had slightly over 11,000 miles on it! Customer “forgot” to change it. Think the recommendations for the interval is 8,000? Not sure on that though. Oil looked obviously very dark. Surprisingly it really wasn’t noticeably low on...
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    When to let that car go...

    Something I was talking about last night with someone who had just put a $2,500 dollar used transmission in his truck. When do you just say, “alright that’s it, time to move on”? I think number one obviously is rust. Rotted out frame means the end. And yes, you can repair some vehicles...
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    What do you consider “harsh” driving conditions for oil? And what is “easy”, in your mind?

    I usually drive 500 miles a week in what I consider “easy” or “normal”, conditions. Then this weekend I noticed just how many short trips I’m doing on average - I did eight short trips on Saturday and four on Sunday. All in cold weather. And today I did my usual 60 mile commute in an hour and a...
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    Auto owner quirks

    Getting gas yesterday and a guy was walking around his car at the pump, letting just a little bit of air out of each tire. Very meticulous about it. I asked if they were all overinflated, and he said, yes...I overinflated them and then gradually let out a little bit each time I fill up. It makes...
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    2016 Avalon 2GRFE OCI recommendations/oil type

    86,000 miles, port injected 3.5 liter. Engine calls for 0W20, and that’s what I’ve used. I’ve stuck to 5,000 mile intervals, Toyota suggests 10,000 under normal driving conditions. Most of my driving is highway. It is cold here several months out of the year. Lots of salt on the roads in...
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    Chimney condensation? Any experts out there?

    Hello, I’m having a leak in my attic and it’s against the plywood where my chimney is on the other side. This ONLY is happening in winter. New roof (didn’t help), flashing (didn’t help). Chimney inspection seemed to be at a loss for why this would happen. They looked down the heating side of...
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    Best flashlight you’ve ever owned.

    I use flashlights for my job a lot. I work in the automotive trade...I’m either pointing at things trying to show people how to remove it, or I’m using them for me to remove it. These things take a TON OF ABUSE. I know it’s not exactly I hot button topic of discussion but I’m interested in...
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    Work boots

    I think it was about a year ago that I was posting on here about Red Wing Traction Tred Lights. A year has passed and one of my friends made it a year in what is considered a “light duty” work boot. I have since bought a pair of these myself, and WOW, what a difference they have made in everyday...
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    Tell me the truth...

    For those people with 200,000-300,00 plus miles on your car and “never did anything but tires and oil changes”. What did you really do to get there? Tell me the truth. Here‘s my only trip to 250,000 plus, land... 1999 Honda Accord (purchased new). Babied. Highway mileage. Oil changes every...
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    Water softener making my water bill very high?

    Moved into this house in August. First time with a water softener. My water bill seems pretty high, close to a hundred a month (and I have a septic tank). The previous owners said they set the water softener pretty high because they “like the water nice and soft”. I don’t have any leaking pipes...
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    Following your owner’s manual

    I see this a lot around here...just follow your owner’s manual. When discussing oil type and OCI. Someone wrote this bellow, when discussing why owners manuals and scheduled maintenance may be different in the US compared to Canada or other countries... First of all, maintenance schedules are...
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    Salt

    Past three weeks in New England have been absolutely brutal in terms of salt/brime. Just a few random photos of relatively newer vehicles in the shop. Most of these cars/trucks won’t see the lifespan of a vehicle from Texas (or most places out of the salt belt). I envy all of you NOT living in...
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    Toyota WS color at 50,000 miles

    Bought a slightly used 2016 Avalon this summer with 50,200 miles on it. Immediately drain and filled the transmission (as there was no history of a service) and even for WS standards, I was shocked at the color. And this is not the first time I’ve run into this...owned a Lexus LS460 and did a...
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    Longest you’ve seen someone go on a set of spark plugs

    For me it was 189,000 miles, original plugs on a Jeep Liberty with the 3.7 in it. At that point they had developed a misfire (coil) and we pulled the plug and it was original (gap was huge). The funny part is; those plugs on that style engine are so easy to change, you literally could change...
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    What’s your favorite work boot?

    I’ve become a Red Wing guy myself. Prior to that I was a Chippewa guy, prior to that a Timberland guy and prior to that I was a “cheap boot” guy. I’m talking Walmart $50 dollar cheapos...stuff that would kill my Achilles’ tendons after a couple months (and I didn’t know why) and then cause...
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