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    Pontiac OHC-6 engines

    In the mid 1960s there was a lot of excitement about Pontiac's new Single Overhead Cam, OHC-6 engines. They were probably the standard engines in the Tempest and Firebird at the time. But I only ever saw one Firebird with OHC-6 trim on the hood. That engine caused a lot of excitement as it...
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    Maytag Neptune Washer - No Spin

    I was reminded of this story yesterday while tracking down a problem on another appliance. A number of years ago our Maytag Neptune washing machine suddenly wouldn't spin, the door wouldn't lock and clothes came out sopping wet. A service call yielded the bad news that it needed a several...
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    Leaking Batteries

    A month or so ago one of our quartz clocks stopped and when I changed the battery, found it to be leaking. There was quite a bit of corrosion and it took quite a bit of effort to clean it up. A few weeks ago we were travelling and (even though they were still running) took our "good" watches to...
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    Driving during an earthquake

    Now that I live in an earthquake zone, I've got to ask "Has anyone driven during an earthquake?" If so tell us about it. Here's a video of people driving during an earthquake. They don't seem much perturbed by it, though with all the shaking of the cameras it's hard to tell. <a...
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    Robertson Screwdrivers

    It sounds as though Robertson screws/screwdrivers are hardly ever seen or used in the US, though they're very common in Canada. And from experience I can tell you the Robertson is far and away better than either slotted screws/flat blades or Phillips screws/screwdrivers. They just work better...
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    High miles on older vehicles

    We hear about a significant number of modern vehicles going 300,000 or even 500,000 miles on the original and untouched power train these days. We also hear about the "good old days". My own experience in the old days wasn't that great: 1) My 1960 Dodge Dart Seneca 318 V8 3 speed push button...
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    Buying a new smartphone in Canada

    We have a cellphone but have never had a smartphone. We'd like to buy a new smartphone (a recent Samsung Galaxie maybe). We would use it very little and don't want to pay the exorbitant monthly rates of cellphone plans in Canada. Therefore we're thinking of a pay-as-you-go plan. So suggestions...
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    A Newer BMW?

    I'm thinking of replacing my 2000 528i M-sport 5-speed manual BMW with a comparable but much newer BMW. I bought this one 3 years old and it's been a terrific car but it's getting old. I wonder if BMW even makes my kind of car anymore. And there's no point in searching for something that...
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    2018/19 Accord Sport

    I've been looking at a 2018 Honda Accord Sport 2.0 with a 6 speed manual transmission. It's a DI and turbocharged which worries me a bit. Lots of acceleration, well equipped, handles pretty well. The clutch action is very nice. I'd consider a new 2018 if it's discounted enough.The 2019 is...
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    BMW parts in Canada

    Has anyone found a reliable supplier of BMW (OEM type) parts <span style="font-weight: bold">based in Canada</span>? I'm looking for Mahle, Hengst, Mann etc oil and air filters and similar general maintenance parts. I could get them at the local BMW dealership except "they sure knows how to...
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    Grease for Reciprocating Saw

    My 25 year old Bosch PFZ 550E reciprocating saw suffered a sudden death while pruning heavy roots. I took it apart and identified the broken part, a guide bracket which I've ordered for $6.00. There is some old grease in the mechanical area and I'd like to replace or add grease when I...
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    1990 Ford F-150

    A local truck is being offered for sale by auction. It's a 1990 Ford F-150 XL Supercab 4X2; has a 351W engine and a 4 speed E40D automatic transmission. It's low mileage and appears to be in very good condition. I don't need or particularly want a 4X4. I would only drive it when the roads are...
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    Are parts hard to get for a Ford F-150?

    I'm still in the market for a truck and am leaning towards an older Ford F-150 (with a 6 cylinder manual). But there's a story on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp (CBC) website today that has me thinking again. <a...
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    2007 Honda Accord airbag recall

    I posted this question on another topic as well. My 2007 Honda Accord EX-L V6 6MT sedan purchased in Canada is not subject to an airbag recall. But as near as I can tell, it would have been if it had been purchased in the US. Are the vehicles actually different or is there a different recall...
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    Engine Fails after Oil Change

    It's not apparent from this report what went wrong here. But the result is that the manufacturer and the company that did the oil change are blaming one another, while the vehicle owner relies on friends and family to drive him. It might be more obvious to someone who owns one of these...
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    Lithium 18V Rechargeable Batteries

    I've recently been given some Ryobi tools with rechargeable Lithium 18V batteries. As a result I now have 3 identical batteries, but only ever need 2. One of the batteries is still in the original package. In my experience these rechargeable batteries have a limited life and replacing them...
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    Good Battery Life

    I finally had to change the battery on my 2000 BMW 528i. I bought the car on Dec 30, 2003 and haven't changed the battery since. That makes for a minimum of 11 years and 5 months in service. The battery was still starting the car but I had to be careful not to leave it for more than a few days...
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    Would like to buy a truck

    I'm interested in buying a truck some time in the next year primarily for light general hauling (firewood, trash, bags of soil, lumber) and potentially pulling a small travel trailer (16' - 18' or so, which I don't own either but I'm thinking about). I'd like to be able to put 4' X 8' sheets in...
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    Humor

    At Costco this morning. Over by the meat counter, were two ladies with their oversized shopping carts parked cross ways in the middle of the aisle, having a good but exceedingly long chat. People were having a lot of problems getting by, dodging around to the left or the right, and generally...
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    Direct Injection Problems

    One of my friends is having problems (at only 50,000 Km - 31,000 Mi) with his Lexus IS250 Direct Injection engine. The problem appears to be a combination of low piston ring tension plus intake valve carbon deposit formation. The dealer is taking care of it under warrantee (including replacing...
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