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    Went to dropoff Christmas gifts for in need girls at a local church and sign stated "needing gas"

    We give money to the San Antonio Food Bank every year and I think it is well spent they are feeding people who need it. I do not give anything to folks, as sad as it may seem, on the street.
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    Fios Speed Test

    Home plans are typically stated as "speeds up to x" and not guaranteed. When you get into a business plan you typically get a lower speed but guaranteed speed, at a much higher price. Use fast.com to determine speed and understand that on wireless you probably won't get the full amount.
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    Radiator Drain Plug Leak: 2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid Titanium

    Personally I wouldn't have messed with a 2019 car with 40k miles. Does the service procedure usually suck the coolant out under vacuum or does it advise draining via petkok? Newer cars need to be filled under vacuum also, as air bubbles can overheat the engine.
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    Can I make it? DC to Tulsa on CNG.

    I drive CNG light duty trucks when I worked for a local municipality near Austin. We had a CNG tank on site. Fueling was a little unnerving for me, it involved wearing gloves as the filler tube is freezing cold. We were told to never run the truck down below 1/4 full as running out of CNG...
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    This is the oil used at my new job.

    Looks good, I went to our maintenance shop the other day, we have a fleet of late model fords and chevy light duty trucks. Everything gets Shaeffer's 0w20. Spotted drums of it.
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    Can you fry a battery with CTEK Stage 6? Or does that help it

    Sorry to say but if I had a shop install a battery, I wouldn't mess with charging it with an auxiliary charger to the point of boiling the battery. But that's just me.
  7. J

    Am I wasting my money?

    If you are driving a 08 Mariner, you are probably driving a paid off car, so you are ahead of the game.
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    Decent job at Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

    Funny thing, I went to Jiffy lube once and that was enough. Took too long, too many up sells. Also they had a huge sign in the waiting room that said "We are not responsible for stripped oil pan drain plugs". Not even joking they had that there as the main focal point.
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    eBay guaranteed delivery by

    Before covid I would only buy from the guaranteed delivery sellers. They would be late probably 4 out of 5 times. I ended up with about 30 bucks in $5 credits just by reporting each one using the automated reporting tool.
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    Decent job at Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

    One thing I forgot to say, and just remembered this. There was a guy who seemed to be the "manager" he would check out all 3 cars being serviced at once. It seemed to be a policy that the guy could not put on the new filter before the manager checked the old filter for the gasket. The guy in...
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    Decent job at Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

    I guess it was more similar to a NASCAR Pit crew helmet. It had a facemask on the front for some reason. It was not a covid shield either, it had open bars similar to a football face mask.
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    Decent job at Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

    Been working quite a bit, and have been less enthusiastic about working on cars. I've started having my oil changed. Last year I took the car to Jiffy Lube, and didn't like the service or the experience. I thought Valvoline would do a pretty decent job. They opened a new shop in my area, and...
  13. J

    Lexus IS F Engine @ 220k miles

    I'd guess it was Lexus dealer serviced and used whatever they pour. Probably 0w20 toyota syn.
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    Battery Change

    I wouldn't worry about the memory, I'd just be glad that Costco is giving me a free battery and call it a day.
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    Oil Furnace Filters- Always Clean

    I have a 4 inch media filter in our new house. I throw it out on a three month schedule, it usually looks fine after three months but I already have a new one in hand, so in it goes. Have had excellent service from Nordic Pure. I went from my normal MERV 11 Filter, to a MERV 8 Baking Soda...
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    Bryant furnace part warranty, can I DIY without paying for labor?

    You can get the part online, you won't get warranty unless you are licensed installer. A motor won't be hard to find online.
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    Walmart & batteries

    I've purchased several batteries at wally, and never talked to a battery jockey to warn me about anything. Simply put the new one on the counter, and bring the core with me. They deduct the core in the same transaction. Zero issues.
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    Proper haircut tip?

    I am doing the same thing. Barber shops were closed by law for several months here in Texas. It was madness. These people are hurting so bad. Whatever the haircut costs, I double it and give that to the stylist. Usually 20 bucks or so. I am not a rich guy either, but I have worked the...
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    ATSC 3.0 HDTV is almost here!

    I get 45 channels basically an hour from San Antonio. More sub channels than I care to watch. The picture on my cheap 1080p watching an OTA feed is amazing. It will be nice to watch 4k over the air. I have only seen it on display at SAMS Club or best buy. We used to pay for streaming...
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    Battery Mat

    Cool, I would use one when I replace a battery. Some cars are coming with this type of thing from the factory. The Toyotas come with a heat shield sleeve type deal that wraps around the battery. The Ford appears to be in a plastic sealed container with a lid on it. This would be good for...
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