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  1. eljefino

    2008 silverado charging behavior

    Got this truck in June. Was a bit of a mess with the door latch wiring cut in the hinge, so it would leave the radio on for a while after shutdown. Suspicious of parasitic draws, I removed both onstar fuses. Is W/T trim, no glove box light or fancy junk. Has a new, as of June, oversized...
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    older tire ads

    Recent thread got me thinking about tire prices of yore... This K-Mart ad, from the "Bangor Daily News" 1/7/80, shows that, adjusted for inflation, we used to pay way more for much worse tires. That A78x13 loss leader would be $81.78 today.
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    Noco Genius trickle charger <$20 amazon cyber monday the small 1-amp one, $19.45 right now, best price in a while per camel-camel-camel slickdeals thread with different model options
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    vibration from old-school cragars

    1966 Biscayne Has older Cragar 2-piece rims with BFG T/A 245/60r14s in back. Kumho 205/75r14s in front. Tires are at 35 psi. Chevy recommends something in the high 20's. Had vibration at 55 mph that went from nothing, to the-rear-is-gonna-fall-off with a 2 mph bump in speed. Pulled rear...
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    Delay in getting insurance for 1966 Biscayne

    Picked up a 1966 Biscayne to cruise around in. Has a pre-1980 VIN so the geico website has a few extra steps. "Click here to add a car." "Click here to finish adding details, we'll be with you within an hour." "Sorry, due to heavy volume, it'll be within 24 hours." It's been more than a day...
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    How to spot stainless vs mild steel

    This is from my 2008 silverado. They were nice enough to make the pressurized fuel line out of stainless about halfway to the engine. Then it switched over to rust. :cautious: EVAP was chintzy normal steel from stem to stern despite their being RIGHT. THERE. with the good stuff. I do have a...
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    In the year 2049...

    U-haul will finally have to renew its tag! Of course I'm sure the state will spend this money down on roads proportionally over the next 30 years... <img src="/forums/graemlins/smirk2.gif" alt="smirk2" title="smirk2" height="15" width="15" />
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    I redneck rebalanced my prius traction battery

    This is my 2006 with 272k miles. I don't talk about it much. Got it in January with a bad catalytic converter. Turns out selling an OE cat more than pays for an aftermarket replacement. <img src="/forums/graemlins/LOL.gif" alt="LOL" title="LOL" height="19" width="15" /> Anywho, nothing was...
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    supertech 0w16 $11/ 5 qt

    <a href="" target="_blank">https:/<wbr>/<wbr><wbr>ip/<wbr>Super-Tech-Full-Synthetic-0W-16-5-Quart/<wbr>651861650</a> Clearance flagged, not in all stores, YMMV
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    2012 ford fusion AC

    BILs car, 3.0 V6. No AC. Jumpered the relay and the compressor came on, and it swallowed a can of R134a, showing 20 pounds on the low side at 75'F ambient. The rad fans came on as the can was consumed, and the vent temps dropped nicely to the mid-40s. It'll go below 32 when I rev to 2500 RPM...
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    eBay > Amazon

    Ordering stuff for my new truck. Ebay gives a time estimate and beats it, often using the US Mail. Amazon gives one and fails to reach it. I don't want to hear about "they're prioritizing for medical supplies." They mention this and have the logistics to know when they'll work out and when...
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    I got a "new" truck

    So my 95 F150 failed state inspection. Needs a leaf spring and the front shock-spring towers. They aren't enforcing the law on that at present but I wanted to see what else was out there. Wound up with this, a 2008 silverado in W/T trim, with the 5.3 and 4 speed auto. First time I ever had...
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    Craigslist is like a petty HOA now

    From their terms of use, note all the arbitrary fines. Reminds me in the 1990s of people threatening to sue junk e-mailers for $500 because they have fax-modems that count as fax machines. <span style="font-family: 'Courier New'"> LIQUIDATED DAMAGES. You further agree that if you violate the...
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    $95 Prius oil change

    Got my first "free" warranty oil change at the dealer. $63 just for labor! I don't know how walmart does it for $20. Well, yeah, I do.
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    Briggs/ Walbro idle tuning

    Found a generator at the town dump with a 10hp briggs 19g412 engine. Cleaned out its carb, ran well on half choke, surged otherwise. Could have dug deeper into cleaning the emulsion tubes but for $15 I just got <a...
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    Happy Birthday, "Wierd Al" Yankovic!

    60 today!
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    -nyuan! Another happy ebay purchase, and a name that doesn't Anglicize particularly efficiently.
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    2019 Prius AWD-e underbody shots

    Mostly disappointing! Went underneath to survey things out. Wanted to find better lift points than the rocker lips. Car seems to have "frame rails" like the 2005 style, they're just hidden above the plastic cladding. Don't take my word as gospel, but above the letters on the plastic about...
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    Are parts companies slow to update catalogs for new cars?

    Rant based on my wife's new, brand new 2019 prius. 1) The oil filter is an unknown. This is partially excusable because they switched back from a canister to a metal can as a running change in 2017-18. But rock auto shows few (expensive) results. I have a stash of Champ PH2840s for my old...