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    Buying Oil At Wal-Mart VS Part Stores

    I buy all oil/filters at Menards since I don't require anything special and with rebates overall prices can be very low. I try to buy as little at WM as possible. *insert lump here*
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    GF bent on 10,000 mile OCIs

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: javacontour</div><div class="ubbcode-body">It is her car. She is an adult. Let her make her choices and live with the consequences, good or bad. </div></div> Couldn't have said it any better.
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    Post your latest oil change

    2004 Honda Civic LX 123k Out: Valvoline SynPower 5w20 QS14612 8,018 mi In: Mostly Valvoline DuraBlend with a little bit of SynPower 5w20 QS14612
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    Another killed in a Honda with Takata airbag

    Checked on our '04 Civic we bought earlier this year and found it needing the passenger airbag recall done. I called our local dealer on Friday (5th), they set us up for an appointment today. In and out within 45 minutes. Not bad.
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    traces of oil in coolant

    A/C systems aren't tied into the radiator... but the auto transmission usually has a cooler in the end-tanks. Chances are that's just old coolant. Change it out, run a UOA and keep and eye on it. Oil in the coolant is real bad for the hoses. It breaks them down and eventually they will...
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    Changing radiator cap as PM

    If it passes the hose "squeeze test" I leave it alone, although on our older cars maybe it's not such a bad idea. I have had one fail that vented coolant OK, but then on cool-down wouldn't let liquid back in, causing issues.
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    Washer: Would you repair or replace?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: andyd</div><div class="ubbcode-body">replace with a more spousal friendly unit </div></div> +1 This, all day!
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    How to do coolant flush(distilled h2o) Buick lac?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Gasbuggy</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Or drain the old coolant and just refill with 50/50. This is good enough IMO. </div></div> If everything is working fine, this is all I would do as well. Don't fix what...
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    Apparently it was felt up here in Nebraska too, although I slept right through it.
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    Thoughts on turning rotors

    I had a set of rotors and pads for our Montana delivered to my door for $57. At that price there is no reason to bother with turning them.
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    95 Caprice 5.7l LT1 55k- Valve cover- sludge!

    It's surely not great, but if it runs good and doesn't make funny noises... what's done is done. Take care of it now and don't mess with any "quick fixes in a can" that can clog things up later..
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    Premium gas

    Somewhere around two-ish years ago, the base stock for our gasoline here in the mid-west (maybe farther?) changed from 87 to 84/5 octane. Many stations where you could previously get non-ethanol 87 are now E10 to raise the octane from 84 to 87. I read at the time, that they dropped the base...
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    Highest mileage car you've bought?

    We bought a 2003 Pontiac Montana last year with 243,xxx on it; for $800. Some rust as expected, small leak from the tranny, and needed intake gaskets. Did the gaskets myself, and the leak is so small we just top off with a half quart of fluid every four-to-six months of normal driving. That...
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    Are you the only neighbor who works on vehicles?

    Mostly retired folk living on our circle, but I did see a guy down the block with the hood up on his Silverado the other day, so I guess I'm not the only one. Generally speaking though, I am the only one, or one of the few that do.
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    Coolant service strategy

    1. Drain 2, 3 & 4. No - unless there is already a noticeable problem.
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    3.1 Buick Century

    Do a UOA to confirm coolant in oil before ripping into that project.
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    Why you need a dash cam

    Blind spot my [censored]. Other driver wasn't paying attention. OP didn't hang out there for miles, he was passing.
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    Under valve cover pics

    Looks fine, I wouldn't loose any sleep over that. Run spec'd oil and intervals and call it a day!
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    3rd time's the charm (Cruze water pump)?

    The 1.4L in my wife's '14 Sonic has been leaking coolant for a year now. It's a slow leak, but the coolant is definitely going somewhere. Last year the dealer "couldn't find a leak". I've added coolant twice since then. I'm not taking that answer next time it goes in.