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    Do you have your home HVAC system maintained?

    Just wondering how many people have their AC system maintained yearly by a professional. I have owned a home since 2012 and I only ever called an HVAC guy when my system was not working properly to to have them sell me a new unit. I had two new units installed at my duplex in 2016 and 2018 and I...
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    Sometimes car repairs beat you down

    So my Buick was leaking a bit of coolant at the radiator when the metal and plastic meet. No big deal. I'll order up a new radiator. Debated a bit about aftermarket and OEM and decided to save the $100 based on reviews. Well the job sucked pretty bad. Did it over the weekend. Got it all back...
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    Can a cooling system be too full?

    Can a cooling system be too full? I have a leak in my radiator of my buick. I went to pull the radiator cap the coolant just overflows. It's on a completely full system. Would a leak cause this? Turns out it's leaking at a seam on the side tank where it meets the aluminum finned area.
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    Sil glyde drying out ?

    Does sil glyde dry out easily or is this something else ? At about 50k on my Mazda I relubed the slide pins on the front brakes. This weekend I replaced the pads at 72k. The bottom slide pins on each side were stuck. I pulled all the pins and they weren't Dry but not super greasy. I am...
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    Yoshi Fuel Delivery

    Saw this today. Never heard of it before <a href="https://www.startyoshi.com/" target="_blank">https://www.startyoshi.com/</a> Apparently they will come and fill up your car wherever you are on some kind of schedule. What do you think about this? I personally am to OCD about my car. I think...
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    Where to have a watch serviced?

    My dad gave me an old Seiko diver from the 70's that his dad gave him for his birthday to dive with. My dad has kept it all these years but it's never been serviced. This one works but it's seen better days. If like to get it in wearable condition but I've never had a watch serviced and have no...
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    Restored old Griswold #3

    My mom loves to go to thrift stores. I told her to look for cast iron and send photos of any she finds. This is her first find. $5. I said get it. It wasn't in bad shape. I only own Lodge cast iron and this is my first Griswold. Its pretty tiny. I soaked it for a few days in a plastic bag with...
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    AGM Battery charging

    I recently bought a new X2 Power group 35 battery in the mazda. The OE battery only had 125 CCA according to the tester and it barely started my car. I've had a few days off so I have been messing with it. I took a measurement of the battery yesterday around noon. It was 12.5v. I could see that...
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    Are semi metallic brake pads really noisy?

    I am needing to get new brake pads for the mazda soon. A little disappointed they're worn down as far as they are at 60k miles. My mazda 3 had the original brakes when I got rid of it at 115k miles. After experiencing ceramic brake pads on my truck and they not having very good cold bite, I am...
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    Cut open ford factory oil filter F150 5.0

    My friend changed the oil in his 2018 F150 with a 5.0. This was the factory fill with 5500 miles. I'd never cut open the factory oil filter before. It definitely looked different than anew FL500S I have laying around. My friend says he saw some glitter in the oil but I didn't really see anything...
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    Ford part numbers?

    I am trying to figure out if my truck indeed has the original serpentine belt at 251k miles. The part number on the belt starts with F5TE. That would seem to indicate it’s 1995. But did ford change the part number slightly when a new year rolled around? Or did they just keep on trucking with the...
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    cleaning salt off NY vehicle.

    My sister moved to New York city about 10 years ago and bought a kia rio back in 2014. She just moved back. I am sure there is salt residue on it. Should I just hose it off as best I can or is there a way to do it better? I have never had to deal with this before and I want to make sure her car...
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    Some people just can’t maintain anything...

    I got a call from my mom tonight. She’s at the grocery store and her truck won’t start. I knew I’d find corroded terminals. About a year ago I noticed his battery most likely had a bad post and told my dad to buy a new one. He didn’t listen. Tonight when I popped the hood this is what I found...
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    What are these valves and can I use them to...

    Adjust my home water pressure down? I recently learned that you can control the water pressure coming in to your home with a regulator. I never knew that until my rental property had a pipe leak in the yard and i found a valve that regulates pressure. That got me thinking and I decided to check...
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    2006 Buick Lucerne

    The wife crashed Yaris and now we need another vehicle. Seeing as how we have a 3 month old baby and daycare will be coming soon I dont want to spend a ton of money. My wife's coworker has a 2006 Buick Lucerne with 27k miles on it. They want $6k. Seems like a good deal. I dont know squat about...
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    How to get the smell of death out of garage?

    I’ve been storing a chest freezer for my dad in my detached garage that quit working. Needless to say what was in it went very very bad and now my garage smells terrible. How can I get that smell out ? I’ve removed the freezer and scrubbed the mess left behind on the floor with bleach.
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    FL820S 500 miles rebuilt 2003 Lightning engine

    My buddy has a 2003 Ford SVT Lightning he just had rebuilt and tuned for more power. Not broken in yet but it should run somewheres in the 12's in the 1/4 mile soon. The pictures are cell phone pics but there are lots of metal particles in the oil. My first filter cut on a new engine. The oil...
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    1995 F-150 power steering leak

    I have a leak at the reservoir where the high pressure hose fitting is. I replaced the high pressure hose thinking that was leaking but it wasn't. This has been weeping for some time but now its marking the driveway. I know there are seal kits, but my question is, is the seal for this fitting...
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    2008 Focus Valvoline VO-25- way too long OCI

    I randomly called my baby sister yesterday (25 yo) to say hello and we ended up talking about her oil. She said she needed a change, and since Valvoline charges her $80 I told her to bring it by today and I'd change it for her if she got the oil and filter. First thing when I popped the hood...
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    must driveshaft be balanced?

    I took my truck to get its U joints replaced and the shop told me that they will only do a replacement of the joints and rebalance of the driveshaft at the same time. I cant just get the joints replaced.I was quoted somewhere around $300.00. Seems steep to me. Is this necessary? I know its never...
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