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    Oil Drain vs Extraction

    I have that model and use it regularly and works like a charm at getting it all out. I did the suction then remove drain plug test to see how much remained and got a couple tablespoons more out of the drain. Not a big deal, and totally worth it not to get a jack and stands (or ramps) out...
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    Mechanic tools and warranty's

    I just returned an old Craftsman ratchet (15 years old from Sears) to Lowe's. No matching part number needed, just a visual comparison back in "Tool World" by one of the employees and 30 seconds more up at the return desk, done. 3/8" standard ratchet that stripped the innards
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    Mercedes delays EV release

    Infrastructure includes a mechanical piece, connectors, speed, and such, parallel to phone charging stations in airports. The olive branch and relations with competitors are key here to collectively make us more comfortable with range and other concerns of emergency situations. I fill my car in...
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    Mercedes delays EV release

    I remember another Apple parallel in history. They're only in existence because of a totally new development in the iPod and ultimately the iPhone. They were all but dead in the computer industry due to closed infrastructure and OS vs PC/DOS. Maybe Tesla is banking on an iPhone development 25...
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    Mercedes delays EV release

    ...and this site will be renamed BATTOG, and talk about engine oil will be banned! <img src="/forums/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="wink" title="wink" height="15" width="15" />
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    Mercedes delays EV release

    Netherlands gas = $6.96/gal avg. as of 12/9 and is 2x New Jersey in size making range less of an issue (I won't ignore all the countries of Europe to be included in size, to be fair, but mass transit/trains allow long trips different decisions for transportation than the US) So yes, gas and...
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    Mercedes delays EV release

    A shrinking segment in of itself (sedans of any size), and one that sizes within the whole picture as a tiny piece, again back to the whole market, but we can continue to argue the luxury sedan market as massive, and half of that as not a novelty. I will say, Californians seem to be the ones...
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    Mercedes delays EV release

    I did say they created a sub-segment, and own it. The big boys can't differentiate enough from their core products to play in this boutique piece of the market. Until gas prices create a need for it and range improves, total battery EV will be a novelty.
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    2008 Acura TL-S, 3.5L V6, 5W-20 whatever Midas uses, 4,547 miles

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by Greg123</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> I didn't want to buy a new car and have to redo all the radio station presets. </div></div> <img src="/forums/graemlins/crackmeup2.gif" alt="crackmeup" title="crackmeup"...
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    Mercedes delays EV release

    I don't think it's a pure technology issue, as in the big boys don't know how to do it or develop some amazing rocket science... Perspective: I saw in the article 111,000 Model 3's sold YTD, and from another source round numbers 17.2M total new cars sold in the US through November making...
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    MB 229.5 Bulk 5W40, 9,616 mi., 2013 ML350

    Just looking at the more recent MB specs in their gas engine manuals: 229.51, 229.52, and 229.61, they are mostly 5W30 on the MB Bevo site. I'm wondering if my dealership has standardized on that grade as it also meets the 229.5 spec my 2013 vehicle manual prescribes. If I owned a dealership...
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    MB 229.5 Bulk 5W40, 9,616 mi., 2013 ML350

    First UOA post on BITOG; long time forum observer Pretty boring run, but Blackstone marked the oil as a 5W30, while my dealership receipt called out "Bulk 5W40, 229.5 spec." a year and almost 10,000 miles ago. I thought they told me they use Mobil 1, Blackstone noted afterward in email that...
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    Washer fluid sprayed on headlights question

    Probably every 5 times in a single run (count starts over every time the car is turned off), potentially with headlights on only...that's the "rules" by which my ML350 operates the headlight washers. It's actually pretty rare, typically on a road trip with lots of salt spray coming up off the...
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    Post your latest small engine oil change

    Honda HRX GCV190 Out: Valvoline WB 10W30 (22hrs, 1 season) In: M1 5W30
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    Cheapest way to send a sample to Blackstone

    Thanks, I think I get it. I didn't prepay anything to Blackstone, just got the free sample kit sent to my house which has a USPS label on it already. I dropped it in the mail with my oil sample and a check inside Monday. They must be preparing the pigeon now...(tracking says "label created, not...
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    Cheapest way to send a sample to Blackstone

    Old thread resurrection... Can you just drop the black container in the mail with the label from Blackstone? It says on it no postage due if shipped in the US.
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    new Dodge Journey 2.4L...oil usage during break-in?

    Think he's suggesting using cheap (dino) oil due to short interval of 3500 miles
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    When a nuke closes

    It's a crying shame the world's opinion of nuke is based on 40-50yr old technology in controls, fail safes, general design and a few (relatively speaking) incompetent people. Chernobyl built on the cheap followed by sheer incompetence by the operators. 3-mile island could have been prevented...
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    Lawn mower break in oil change?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by Lou_Boyle</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Back when the "never change oil" engines came out I dug through the Briggs website for information on what they were doing different and they mentioned better cooling and better...
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    Mercede both headlamp not functioning at same time

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by 97prizm</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sounds like the other ballast is going bad. I'm assuming they bulbs are D2S hid bulbs? If so the non-replaced bulb will take longer to warm up.</div></div> He's talking about the...