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    No more borrowing our my car and trailer....uggg

    So I have a 2008 RAV4 and a small 4 x 6 foot trailer. As you probably know, a short trailer is hard to back up, easy to jackknife. Last year younger brother asks to borrow it. Usually I just say I'll be over and help but this time, I let him borrow it. Guess what.....came back with the back...
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    Which sprayer should I buy

    I have a need for a sprayer (I think) however, I have no clue what I should buy. Here are my requirements. I have 3 possible applications. First, I have some cedar siding that is high up and I would like to be able to apply an oil based sealant every couple years, preferably with a long...
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    Oil change problems

    So today I go to change the oil in my sons 2007 Pontiac Vibe. I picked up this car a year back, it had previously been maintained at a local indepentent garage. I get my tools and a carpet I use to lay on. First the oil filter. Very, very tight. I try a couple times, then try my filter...
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    2007 Vibe coolant smell

    I have a 2007 Pontiac Vibe, 1.8 L, auto. 110K miles. Been using the car to teach wife parrallel parking. When it heats up, I can smell coolant. It's a very faint whiff of it and I am not losing much if any coolant. Like over a year, maybe an ounce. I cannot detect the smell inside the...
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    Can I run 15w-40 diesel in a gas engine?

    I was picking up some oil today at Walmart and happened to notice the 15-40 diesel oil. It does not have gasoline engine ratings so I didn't buy. Just wondering, is there any reason it could not be run in a conventional gas engine car when past warranty, and if not, why?
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    Walmart batteries with 12 month warranty

    What are people's opinions on Walmart batteries and their line of only 12 month warranties? I have bought batteries for many years the old way, with a 48 or 60 month warranty. I have yet to collect on one of these. Either the battery lasts the warranty or I sell the car or I don't want to go...
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    Elon Musk is running out of rich people...

    Tesla warns on Q4 profit, cutting jobs to pull down Model 3 price, 7% of workforce being cut. I think he is running out of rich people and people that cannot do simple math....
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    Testing coolant

    I have never been one that likes to change his coolant. I usually just look at it and if it looks clean, I leave it. Now I am wondering, is there a scientific based test available that could tell me it needs to be changed? I'm talking about something similar to an oil analysis or perhaps a...
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    Emergency brake sticks

    I have a 2008 RAV4, 101000 miles. My emergency brake sticks....but only in winter. If I actuate my emergency brake it works, and in summer it will release. In winter if I use it, when I release, I can feel slack in the cable and it will not release. Where do I look first for the problem?
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    Tariffs, Un-intended Consequences

    So I work for a non-automotive manufacturer (but we do sell some to the auto companies, in the form of instrumentation). We purchase about 6 injection mold tools a year for new product design. We used to purchase from the US but switched to China. US costs would run approximately $240k and...
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    20-40 year prediction of the auto industry

    I like to think about the future a lot. Been thinking about the auto industry. I predict: In 20 years 1/3-1/2 of all auto manufacturing companies will cease to exist. In 40 years maybe 1 out of 3 will be with us. Why? Because self driving cars combined with mellennial's use of driver-less...
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    2010 Mazda 3 air recirculation actuator

    I have a 2010 Mazda 3, the actuator is acting up, makes a clicking sound if I push the button to recirculate. Can anyone tell me if I set the door to full fresh air and disconnect the actuator, will there be any effect on the temperature control inside the car? I never use the re-circulate...
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    Typical GM management

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    Teens and cell phones

    So I am at my brothers for Christmas Eve with lots of relatives are there. When the families with teens showed, they all plopped themselves down in the living room and proceeded to surf and text all night. At one point, I looked it and there were 6 teens and one adult and 6 out of 7 were on...
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    Small crack in crankcase

    I have a nice 16 hp B and S engine from a lawn tractor. Threw a rod and in the process, cracked the crankcase in 3 spots. All three are about 3/4" long, very small tight cracks but one for sure will leak oil. Any way to save this part?
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    Rolls royce Recall

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    Stealership story

    My brother owns a 2002 Honda Element with approxiamtely 120k miles. He had an airbag recall and set up an appointment to get it fixed. Went to Buerkle Honda, White Bear Lake, MN for the service. They fixed the airbag and when done, the service advisor tells him his exhaust is shot and needs...
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    Study on extended drain and filter intervals Its a lot of reading but looks to be some interesting stuff here.
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    How does time come into play on am OCI

    On my boat, a 3.0 Mercruiser motor, the OCI is 50 hours or once a year. Now in a year where I hardly got out, I only put on 10 hours on the motor. I am still supposed to change the oil. What is the specific failure Mercruiser is worried about that would cause me to need to change this oil. I...
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    Gear lube, Marine verses Auto versions

    I ran a search here but could not find any information on the differences between marine and auto gear lube (90 wt). I have some specific questions looking for answers: 1. Marine claims it can better handle water with emulsifiers. What specifically are "emulsifiers"? Chemical names please...