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  1. JustN89

    GM and Honda forming a Strategic Alliance

    Looks like these two are back at it again. Only this time, instead of giving us the modern automotive marvel that was the Saturn Vue, it will be mostly focused on EV and other alternative powerplant platforms. Link
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    2005 Chevy Impala - Bulk 5W-30 - 4 months/1700 miles

    I did an early OCI (normally 12 month/3,000ish miles) on the Impala due to some seepage I found in the valley near the power steering pump- a common place to see seepage when lower intake manifold gaskets start to fail. I cleaned it up and so far the area has stayed dry, but I wanted to do a...
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    First attempt at shooting the Milky Way

    I bought my wife a Nikon D5600 DSLR a few years ago as an anniversary gift, as she had expressed an interest in learning photography. Since then, I think I've taken more pictures with it then she has. No big deal- I have always really enjoyed astrophotography and thought that I'd try to teach...
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    Chess

    I've started to play more chess recently. I've never really played much, my Dad tried to teach me as a kid but he would just destroy me every game and being the irrational, yet competitive child I was, I didn't want to play a game I felt I couldn't win. However, 20ish years later, I've started...
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    HumbleMechanic- carbon buildup on 10k mile 2019 Golf R

    I stumbled across the HumbleMechanic's video investigating carbon buildup on his fairly new Golf R over the weekend and thought it was pretty interesting. I've been thinking about a VW for my next car, but I would have to come up with a good plan to deal with the carbon buildup issue first...
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    Breaking in the new smoker

    Finally got around to getting a smoker. I've never had one before, but I've wanted one for quite some time. It's nothing fancy, but it works great! It's a Weber Smokey Mountain which I got for right around $350 or so. Ran a dry run on it just to get some of the oils off, but threw on a...
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    Which conventional oil do you use and why?

    Who here runs conventional oils? Brand favorite? Which cars are you running it in?
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    Charging problem

    So early last week, my wife reported that the "Battery" light came on in our '05 Impala. The light turned on and turned off, but that it had turned on at least once (she doesn't know/can't remember if it had come on before). I tested the battery and it tested fine- 12.4V. I turned on the car...
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    USS Batfish floats once more

    The USS Batfish was a WWII submarine that was retired in 1969 and moved to Muskogee, OK in the early 70's where it was propped up in a park and open for tours. This wasn't the last time it would float again, however, as the floods of NE Oklahoma in 1986 got so extreme that it lifted the Batfish...
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    Schaeffer's Synthetic 5W-20 and 5W-30 API SN Plus

    Looks like Schaeffer's full synthetic 5W-20 and 5W-30 now join their 0W-20 as being API SN Plus certified. <a href="https://www.schaefferoil.com/04-03-19-sn-plus.html" target="_blank">ARTICLE</a>
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    Understanding Viscosity and HTHS

    After pondering viscosity and HTHS and my vehicles, I had a couple of questions that I thought I would ask on here. My cars spec 5W-20, 5W-30 and 10W-30, and I've been running 5W-30 in both for the majority of the time I've owned them. They're both port injected, naturally aspirated, and seem...
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    Pennzoil Ultra Platinum SN+

    Well folks, it's finally here. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Pennzoil-550045201-Ultra-Platinum-Synthetic/dp/B01M266FWZ/ref=sr_1_7?fst=as%3Aoff&qid=1556421018&refinements=p_n_feature_keywords_three_browse-bin%3A6397041011&rnid=6397036011&s=automotive&sr=1-7" target="_blank">Ultra...
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    2019 NFL Draft

    Who's watching? Any guesses as to who the Cardinals take at 1? All signs over the last 48 hours seem to be pointing away from the Cards taking Murray, which means that I'd say the most likely scenario is that the Cards take Murray. <img src="/forums/graemlins/LOL.gif" alt="LOL" title="LOL"...
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    Looking for advice

    Good morning folks. I hope the weekend went well. I've posted about this car before, but for the many who aren't aware, I have a 2005 Impala that I've owned for about 3 years now and that I'm trying to replace. I bought the car at 117k miles, with a complete history of the vehicle. It was...
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    It's got a V8

    I found <a href="https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/cto/d/garland-1996-lexus-sc-400-aka-the-sexus/6831113724.html" target="_blank">this gem</a> of a Craigslist posting today: 1996 Lexus SC 400 - $800 <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote</div><div...
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    Southwest wingtip strike (Bonus: American turnaround)

    <a href="https://patch.com/connecticut/windsorlocks/southwest-flight-bradley-under-investigation" target="_blank">Article</a> <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote</div><div class="ubbcode-body">WINDSOR LOCKS, CT - The Hartford Courant reported that federal...
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    Thoughts on an old Lexus?

    So I'm looking to replace the Impala with another cheap cash car and found a '99 Lexus ES300 with 130k miles listed for $2300. I haven't seen the car yet, but it looks clean enough to take a look at. I know about the reputation for sludge and chewing up knock sensors, but is there anything...
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    Southwest Airlines slides off runway

    Another Southwest airplane departed the runway, this time at Eppley Airfield in Omaha, NE. Fortunately, no one was injured and the airplane was recovered in short order. According to SWA, it occurred while taxiing. That makes two instances in less than two months, albeit both occurred in less...
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    New symptom- 4T65E

    Good afternoon folks. A new symptom has popped up with the 4T65E in my 2005 Impala that I'm hoping the collective genius on this board can help me with. Here's a little background on the transmission: - Fluid changed at 109k miles - Car purchased at 117k miles and within a few weeks after...
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    The Original Hemi

    I was doing some reading on the history of the Hemi and wasn't entirely surprised to find that it's rooted in aviation, like many things in automotive history. This <a href="https://www.allpar.com/mopar/hemi-aircraft.html" target="_blank">article</a> goes over the history of the XI-2220 Hemi...
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