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    First Bad Supertech Oil Filter Experiences

    The Supertech 7317 filter I removed from a friend's '93 MX-6 on the weekend was rattly with loose internals. I've seen this happen with a Fram ('98 Tercel), two NAPA Pro-Selects ('05 Tribute), and a new uninstalled Purolator Pure One ('87 Suburban), but this is my first bad experience with a...
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    My Computer Is Wrecking the Internet

    i received a phone call today from some guy with a California number (probably fake) who was trying to convince me that my computer is wrecking the internet because it's full of viruses and that I need to use Internet Explorer to go to their website to fix the problems. I had fun with him for...
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    RIP Simoncelli

    Another major motorsports death. 2008 Moto2 Champion and MotoGP rising star Marco Simoncelli was killed in the Malaysian GP in MotoGP today. He was an entertaining rider and personality; to me the most entertaining of the premier class because he pushed the limits at all times. Perhaps this...
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    Dodge "Death Wobble" Finally Makes National News

    <a href="http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/05/16/bc-dodgeproblem.html" target="_blank">http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/story/2011/05/16/bc-dodgeproblem.html</a> The "death wobble" has been happening for at least eight years now, though I believe the tie...
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    Germans Defeat Ethanol

    <a href="http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/german-buyer-strike-stops-ethanol/" target="_blank">http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/03/german-buyer-strike-stops-ethanol/</a> I'd like to see this happen here! Ethanol-free premium is available at many stations. We don't have anything...
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    Kubica Injured in Rally Crash

    It sounded like a relatively minor crash when I first heard about it, and the car didn't look that bad, but he may have suffered serious tendon, blood vessel, and nerve damage to his forearm and hand. Let's hope for a full recovery. <a...
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    Goodyear Nordic Stud Size

    Anyone else have studded Goodyear Nordics? How do the studs look? I bought a pair of Goodyear Nordics from Canadian Tire last fall in 195/65R15 for my mother's Sunfire. The studs seemed too deep when I picked them up but the salesman assured me that they needed to break in. I was skeptical...
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    Aspartame-Free Chewing Gum

    Does anyone know of any good aspartame-free chewing gum? I'd like to find some. I've recently been chewing Zapp brand gum. No aspartame or artificial sweeteners, and triple the xylitol; a naturally occurring sugar alcohol that apparently kills dentally harmful bacteria. It was made in...
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    3 Out of 4 Ain't Bad, Other Than Fuel Economy

    My friend and I were about 250 miles into a 500 mile (one way) road trip in his 200k mile '97 Acura 1.6EL when the CEL started flashing and the car became incapable of climbing a moderate grade in fifth. We pulled over and it was idling rough. We started pulling injector wire connections one...
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    High Performance Driving Schools

    I searched and found that other BITOG members have attended Bondurant, and I'm sure others have attended different high performance driving schools, but I didn't find any threads so I thought I'd start one. Post your experiences here! Near the end of April, I went on a road trip with three of...
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    2010 Audi A4/S4

    Has anyone else driven a 2009 or newer A4? I test drove one recently and thought the steering feel, or complete lack of, was terrible. It required a lot of effort just to drive straight on the highway because I could never feel what the wheels were doing. My buddy was thinking of getting one...
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    Redneck Onstar Dialing

    <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yPMFrWHN3M" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yPMFrWHN3M</a>
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    Winter Tires

    Any other winter riders out there? I started again last year after a few years off. I rode all winter through high school and university, but at the time studded tires were mostly homemade, with screws as studs, and weren't that great. Real studded tires from Nokian were prohibitively...
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    GM and Drain Plugs

    I changed the oil, coolant, and differential oil on my father's '97 Safari recently, and I noticed a pattern. As with my old Grand Am and my mother's Sunfire, there is no drain valve on the radiator, so I had to pull a hose and try to catch as much fluid as I could in the pan. I figure I...
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    Bar's Leak Swells O-Rings?

    Has anyone noticed any o-ring swelling after using Bar's Leaks? I put a bottle of Bar's Leaks Stop Leak in my mother's Sunfire GT 2.4L a few months ago to seal a small leak in a water pump housing gasket that would have required a lot of unpleasant work to replace, and it may have caused some...
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    War of the World

    Did anyone else watch this three part series on PBS? I watched it off my PVR last night and I thought it was very good. I can't think of a historical documentary that I enjoyed so much. It gave me a new perspective on much of the military conflict of the twentieth century, which may not be...
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    AC Delco Water Pump, Made in China

    But it's assembled in the U.S. and has Canadian-made F.A.G. bearings. I was glad to find something with brand name bearings, since it's driven by the timing chain (2.4L Quad4) and the cost of the pump is minor compared to the work to change it. The Cardone reman and new Chinese NAPAs used...
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    Small Cars a Waste?

    This article blew my mind: <a href="http://www.macleans.ca/business/markets/article.jsp?content=20080910_98410_98410" target="_blank">The Small Car Conundrum</a> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Here's a radical thought for...
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    Frequent BSOD After Reinstalling Windows XP

    My main hard drive (40GB) died a couple of months ago on my 5 year old Dell 8300, so I reinstalled XP on my 160GB spare drive that I previously only used for storing movies and music. I did have some files on the 160GB hard drive when I installed XP. Now, I get the blue error screen at least...
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    NAPA Silver Oil Filter With Loose Internals

    A friend of mine recently used a NAPA Silver on his '03 Mazda Tribute and when he removed it he could feel the internals rattling around. He had another NAPA Silver so he used it with the same end result when the next oil change came around. He cut them apart and determined that the filter...
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