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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...
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    I didn't believe there were fake spark plugs.

    I have been reading more and more on this forum about folks purchasing fake NGK Plugs, and counterfeit parts. I really didn't think there was enough profit to make it worth while to make a fake $5 spark plug. I was looking for some plugs for my Ford Escape on ebay, and rock auto just to...
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    best way to pour oil in my car.

    Seems like a dumb question. I have a 2016 Escape with the 2.5L engine. I did my first oil change on it a few months back, now time to do again. The oil fill hole is very small, and is buried under the plastic cowl. The first time I did it, I rigged a funnel under there and bent the cowl up...
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    HVAC Makeup air.

    I have a house built in 2019 by Lennar. It has a typical gas furnace and Lennox AC system. I notice some cold fresh air blowing in the return air vent in the ceiling when the system is not running. At first I was thinking it was a duct work leak. However everything seems tight and no tears...
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    Is this standard operating procedure for Ford Dealer?

    I know that everybody on here rants and raves if anyone says anything bad about a dealer, but this is a particular situation and its a question to the group. A little background, when I moved to San Antonio, I would take my Sonata to the Red Mccombs Hyundai dealer for recalls and oil changes...
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    carvana black friday purchase.

    I spent this past black friday contacting a few local dealers to see what they would give me for my 2011 Sonata with 90k miles on it. Received two online trade offers, $2500 and $2800 respectively. Received one in person trade offer for $3000. Carvana has been around here for a couple years...
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    considering a newer car.

    I'm considering getting a car to replace my Sonata. It has been paid off for years, and I'm tired of driving it. It's worth almost nothing on trade, so I am thinking of selling it locally. Anyways, my commute to downtown San Antonio is about 45 minutes each way. I'm 6'5'' and am looking for...
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    throwing a part at the sonata.

    Hey Guys, Have this 2011 Sonata, here is the deal. The AC works most of the time, but sometimes it will blow warm for an entire trip. Then I start it up and it works fine the next trip. Took my wife to the movies last night, it was about 99 degrees outside and it was warm the entire 20...
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    new home dispute questions.

    Purchased a new home from a large home builder in San Antonio. House was mostly completed when we purchased it. We are coming up on our inspection date, we have a private inspector coming by. Few items we noticed. When we signed on the house, we initialed next to each feature of the home...
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    veloster wheels on my sonata

    Just picked up a set of 18 inch takeoffs from a hyundai veloster on the cheap. Had discount tire put some new rubber and tpms sensors. Came out pretty good.
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    aftermarket tpms sensors.

    All, I put a set of 18 inch Veloster OEM wheels on my sonata with new tires from discount tire. The guys strongly advised me to get new TPMS sensors because the OEM sensors are from 2011 and they typically only last 5 years, and the batteries are non replaceable. I said nah no thanks, and...
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    thoughts on model home purchase.

    Wife and I are looking for a house in the San Antonio area. It turns out we looked at a lot of older houses (1970's-1990's), that would need a lot of work. They were priced very similar to new builds in outlying areas. Anyways, we are looking at Lennar. They seem to have decent build...
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    sonata plastic fork starter failed three times.

    I've had my 11 sonata since about 19k miles. It now just turned 70k miles. I finally found the "solution" to the problematic starter, purchased a starter with a lifetime warranty from O'reilley. Right before I bought the car, the dealer fixed the starter under warranty by just replacing the...
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    11 Sonata sometimes won't start in park.

    I'm trying to figure this one out myself. 11 Sonata about 65k on it. Replaced starter last year because plastic lever inside it broke. Replaced battery last month, all terminals spotless. Sometimes, every couple weeks, the car will fail to start while the car is in park. If I move it to...
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    Employer Exit Interview.

    Long story short. I was passed over for a promotion by a newer, far less experienced employee. The employee who go the job over me has no certifications in field, no formal education, and is rude to clients, co workers, and customers. However he is one to kiss up to management, and try to...
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    Any San Antonio Locals?

    Anyone on here in the San Antonio area? My wife and I are in an interesting situation in Austin. We have a ton of equity in our house, we are thinking of putting it to use. We are finding many more job opportunities in SA that pay more than Austin. I have had a couple job interviews that...
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    the strangest sonata ping resolution.

    I have had my sonata for a few years, and put about 40k miles on it. Since I purchased it used, it has pinged horribly on 87 octane. I have put new plugs in it, changed to top tier gas, changed PVC, and sprayed DI cleaner into the running engine. Absolutely nothing had worked, but putting 93...
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    home air purifier?

    Can anyone recommend a decent home air purifier? House is about 1000 SQ feet, would like something that can do a good job on cat dander, etc. The problem in our house, is we leave for work, and the AC doesn't circulate until late afternoon when it gets hotter, so we get some stale stinky air...
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    counterfeit fridge water filters.

    Bought an Amana branded fridge from Lowes about 6 years back. Whirlpool has a pretty good $$$ game going for owners of these and other fridges. It takes a sealed cartridge filter that needs to be replaced every six months. Said cartridge filter costs $49 from all local retailers. Water...
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    interesting negotiation bot.

    So I signed up for this negotiation bot called Trim. <a href="http://www.asktrim.com" target="_blank">www.asktrim.com</a> It does two things, it monitors your Internet Service for outages, then automatically contacts the ISP and asks for a credit. The second thing it does is bill...
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