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  1. Nick1994

    2020 Hyundai Kona SE Review

    While the Genesis was in for some work at the dealer, I got a Kona as a loaner for 10 days and 400 miles. Overall, it's ok. Where this would make a decent car is someone who doesn't drive much, and just needs a car to get around. Would be a good car for grandma. The good: It's easy to get in...
  2. Nick1994

    Why do electric cars have to look like that?

    Aside from the high end electric cars like Tesla, Audi etc. The big ones are the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt. Yuck, can they get any uglier? Others are the Chevy Spark EV, Fiat 500e, VW Golf, and Kia Soul. But I don't wanna drive small crackerbox cars. I'm not the size of a child. I just wish...
  3. Nick1994

    45 Months on a $50 Walmart Battery in Phoenix

    3 years is amazing for a battery here in Phoenix. Well, I made it to 45 months on my $48.88 Walmart ValuePower battery in the Camry. Original alternator charging it too at 240k miles. Take a wild guess as to what I replaced it with 🤣 My Solar ProLogix charger said the new battery was 12.5v and...
  4. Nick1994

    Very Loud Fuel Pump - Jeep Cherokee

    This is for my brother's 91' Jeep Cherokee 4.0L. It's been sitting for a few years and he replaced the fuel pump as the old one didn't hold fuel pressure, took cranking to get started. That pump is long gone. The fuel pump is EXTREMELY loud. He's tried 2 Spectra pumps and now a Delphi, and they...
  5. Nick1994

    Credit Card Rewards - Free Money

    Last year in July I posted for recommendations on a credit card that offers good rewards. The Citi Costco card seemed to be the best. I applied and was approved, and I think it's the best card out there for me and my spending habits. 4% back on gas, 3% back on restaurants and travel, 2% at...
  6. Nick1994

    Pentastar Startup Rattle

    On my grandpa’s 14’ Grand Cherokee 3.6L. It’s done this since he bought it 1/2018 at 102k miles, has 123k now. If it sits for a week or so, it sounds like this. Slightly quieter if it’s only been overnight. I can’t tell if it’s a pulley or not. Has done this with whatever oil and filter, so that...
  7. Nick1994

    How can I get rid of brown coolant?

    3 years ago I replaced my radiator and flushed out the cooling system with some Prestone flush and 8 gallons of distilled water. Refilled with plain green coolant and distilled water at 50/50. I've now just flushed it again the past couple weeks, I've put 15 gallons of distilled water through...
  8. Nick1994

    1996 Cherokee 4.0L - Mobil 1 HM 10w40 - 4,900 OCI, 150k Miles

    I finally did a UOA for my Jeep. I had Mobil 1 HM 10w40 in it for 27 months and 4,908 miles. Looks like lead is a bit high? I think I'll change the current fill after a year and report back. What do you guys think of it? Filter was a Fram Ultra that had been on for 2 OCI's, for a total of 7,765...
  9. Nick1994

    Baking Cookies in the Car - 2.0

    Well, here we are for the 2nd edition of Baking Cookies in the Car. I first did this in 2016, I'll post the link below, unfortunately my pictures from before didn't make it. The forecast is 116 degrees today, currently 114 just after 12:00. I do have the interior sunroof cover open. I have a...
  10. Nick1994

    High Flow Thermostats

    For my Jeep, I need to replace the thermostat housing. I've tried a few different thermostats, not sure I've seen much of a difference. With our extreme heat, it runs a bit warm. While the housing is off, now would be the time I can replace the thermostat. It's currently got a 180* High-Flow...
  11. Nick1994

    Transmission Codes - Grand Cherokee

    I had forgotten the evap codes the 14' Grand Cherokee had, took it to my mechanic friend to re-scan and see what it says so we can get it in soon. It also had a transmission code and transfer case code, which it didn't have before. On 4/11 at 121,900 miles I was out off-roading and it got...
  12. Nick1994

    Home Warranty - Suggestions

    I know, I know, these warranties aren't always a good idea. Looking for advice for a coworker. He's buying a house and wants a home warranty. He isn't super handy, so I don't see him fixing everything on his own, would like more of a peace of mind. How does it work? The home inspection is...
  13. Nick1994

    Importance of Matching Tires - Front/Rear

    Seems like my Genesis isn't the easiest on tires, with the rears wearing faster than the fronts. The rears are at about 5/32" and the fronts are about 7.5/32", the tires are Hankook Ventus V12 Evo2 with 8,300 miles/6 months on them. With being so hard on tires, I'm not so sure I want to spend a...
  14. Nick1994

    Who comes up with dealer prices!?

    Sitting at the dealer waiting for my car to be finished with the transmission fluid change. Decided to look at their site to see what's on the lot, cause I'm not walking around in that inferno outside, even if it did cool down to 100. Who comes up with these prices!? I busted out laughing in...
  15. Nick1994

    Stolen trailer, again.

    My brother had an 18' car hauler trailer that he had repainted, put a new winch and battery on, new tires, we had just replaced all the wheel bearings, he had custom ramps built for it, etc. and it was stolen last November. Then he bought a really nice 20' car hauler trailer, custom welded...
  16. Nick1994

    Extended Warranty Companies

    I know, I know, extended warranties are evil. Aside from that... Thinking of getting one for the Genesis before I hit 60k miles. Found Concord Auto Protect, talked to a guy and the Platinum coverage for 5 additional years and 100k additional miles is $1,930. No deductible. Wondering what you...
  17. Nick1994

    P0307 Misfire on the Genesis

    Went and started the Genesis today and got a flashing CEL, it might have sounded like it was running a little bit weird. Turned it off and borrowed a scan tool, P0307 misfire. When I started it up again the light was out (I didn't clear it) and the car runs fine. Thinking it might be a coil...
  18. Nick1994

    The Jeep Made it to 150k Miles - Storytime

    Well, it finally made it to 150k miles. It's last odometer milestone for a long time as it doesn't get out much, maybe 2k-2.5k miles a year, so it'll be about 20 more years until I hit 200k. It's lived a hard life of off-roading on rough dirt roads and it hasn't been easy getting here. When it...
  19. Nick1994

    Getting Film Off Wheels

    The wheels on my Genesis seem to have some sort of film on them. Takes a lot of scrubbing with a microfiber towel but seems to come off. Is on all the wheels. Since I bought the car in December I've cleaned the wheels with Aero Cosmetics waterless car wash and Meguiar's Quik Wax as you dry...
  20. Nick1994

    Rates Increase to add or exclude driver

    Last November I switched from State Farm to Progressive for car insurance. With Progressive, I have an independent insurance agent. State Farm was about $200 a month for 3 cars while Progressive was about $150 a month, decided to switch. I paid for 1 year in full for the good price with...
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