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    Ford has $2B more in warranty costs than GM

    https://www.autoblog.com/2020/11/24/ford-quality-reduce-warranty-costs/?ncid=edlinkusauto00000016&fbclid=IwAR2pABwLFA5V0GUwbo4BIZDnWl8E-f8RljNtPRUwuqeN0zPB4bG_fSPThWo The answer? Reconstitute incoming parts quality teams, formerly disbanded to "save money". Charge-back warranty costs to the...
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    Only Daimler-Chrysler...

    ... would combine the somewhat rare M12x1.25 tube nut size (most are 1.0) with a double/inverted flare... most Metric flares are ISO/Bubble... No local places open this weekend do not have the size, only NAPA, but NAPA only has it in ISO flare. Mopar P/S part is $240 for 2 feet of bent 1/4"...
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    2010 Camry camber question

    So my student driver took all 4 wheels of the 2010 Camry V6 LE over a curb in a panic moment avoiding another vehicle. After replacing a right front pinch flat tire and dented rim, and getting all the wheels checked out and RF balanced, I took it back to Firestone to use my lifetime alignment...
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    2017-2019 GLA 250 4-Matic vs BMW X-1

    The better half is considering picking up a nearly new used compact utility, especially looking at these two. Has to be 4WD and the optional 3rd row is being considered. Any actual experiences with either, or same engines, drivetrains, platforms, would be appreciated. Also any hard data out...
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    Michelin recalls CrossClimate+ 225/60R16 103V XL tires code 4618

    A very small specific recall, sounds like it was just a mold setup issue. <a href="https://www.tirereview.com/michelin-recalls-certain-crossclimate-tires/" target="_blank">https:/<wbr>/<wbr>www.tirereview.com/<wbr>michelin-recalls-certain-crossclimate-tires/<wbr></a> Let the bashing begin!
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    Recommend a vehicle dehumifier

    I've been fighting a battle against leaks in my old Dakota, and while I've won many battles, the war is not quite over. I still get a damp carpet after heavy rains or short rains with high winds. At least it's not the puddle it used to be, just a damp carpet. The problem is, with a long history...
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    Bauer 64529 6 in 5.7A "Dual Action" polisher

    "Dual Action" is in quotes for a reason. I picked one of these up during the Holiday Weekend. Tried it out tonight. The wheel doesn't spin under power, just wobbles. To me, that meets the definition of Random Orbit, not Dual Action. Is mine broken, does Harbor Freight have their own definition...
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    That's not 30-36 lb/ft

    Did the first new-to-me 2010 Camry oil change today. Had to get the long wrench to get the oil pan bolt out. The crush washer was riveted (see pic), the inner side extruded in one direction and the outer edge the other. Likewise the oil filter cap didn't want to move with reasonable force...
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    Cause of rotor glazing?

    OK, so we all know about rotor runout, and improper break-in/bedding. Still, I was pondering why my new-to-me, old, low-mileage Camry ended up with rotor glazing causing serious brake shudder, as it had no runout to speak of. Of course, I don't know its entire history since I am not the first...
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    Walmart Nokian Hakkepiilata R2's on Camry

    Last week I got 4 original like-new Toyota steelies for the new-to-me low mileage 2010 Camry, $160. The owner used them for 2 months, upgraded to custom wheels and then let them sit in the custom wheel boxes until he traded his Camry in. This week I picked up some new R2's from Walmart (free...
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    GM Oetiker clamp torque question

    I just got myself new Lisle 30800 boot clamp pliers. The back of the packaging says: "The heavy, dimpled, stainless steel clamp used on some GM application must be crimped to a specific torque settings. When crimping the clamp, the aluminum anvil on the tool must be deactivated." The makes me...
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    Brake shudder, pad transfer and runout

    As many here know, I've been beating the drum of low rotor runout being essential to a good brake job. I try to include a nod to the possibility of poor break-in/pad imprinting as well, as well as the other oft-overlooked basics, like checking pin lubrication (as well as pad ear track condition...
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    NAPA Ultra Premium vs Raybestos Element3/RPT

    I happen to have 2 sets of rotors I'm about to put on, NAPA Ultra Premium for the Toyota Corolla, and Raybestos 980032FZN from RockAuto for the back of the Honda Pilot. The Raybestos was ordered as an "Element3" rotor, but the packaging is devoid of such an "Element3" reference. The box title...
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    Dave Graham repair manual?

    I came across this when looking for a set of factory service manuals for my new-to-me 2010 Camry SE: https://www.rockauto.com/en/parts/dave+graham,07TCAMC,repair+manual,10335 Is this the real thing, Toyota's $400 FSM on PDF? If so it's a great deal.
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    Painting plastic

    So I'm really enjoying driving it, but one thing that's bothering me about the new-to-me 2010 Camry... one door mirror is white (car color), one is black (not). I knew this going in, hard not to notice, but now it's bothering me more than I thought it would. Should I try to paint it, and if so...
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    Gran Prix Tour RS tires

    My new-to-me 2010 Camry V6 will be ready this evening or tomorrow, depending on how fast the we-owe's of alignment shop and detailing guys are. Shoeing on this exciting piece of high performance commuting appliance is... (wait for it)... <nameless> Gran Prix Tour RS 500AB 215/60R16 95T DOT...
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    Thoughts on 2010 Camry V6

    I need to pick up something for my 50-ish mile (each way) commute, which is 85% Highway and 15% City. Local place with good rep has a low mileage 2010 Camry LE with the 3.5L V6 (2GR-FE I guess?) for a good price. Apparently this engine is a beast. I'm leaning towards the V6 because, hey, V6...
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    Rust versus SK socket

    A year or so back I had the new SK replace a 14mm SK socket I cracked back in the 1990's. Today I cracked the replacement with my Carlyle locking flex head ratchet. (The rest of my 90's SK socket set continues to give yeoman service.) The Dakota 4WD FSM replacement procedure for the front wheel...
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    Simoniz - Core Flex Beam Wiper Blade

    Yes, Simoniz. Picked up a pair at the local Ollie's, $5.99 each for beam wiper blades. What could go wrong? I put them on the Pilot, which has potential transmission issues right now and I don't feel like investing $15-$20 per blade for something I might not get much use out of. But I'm still...
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    Traction B truck tires?

    Looked over the options for truck tires for the old Dakota, BJ's had the best prices. Choices for 235/75R15XL are a bit limited elsewhere due to the XL 108 load rating. BJ'S actually had a good range of choices. With promotions I could get the BF Goodrich Advantage T/A Sport LT for $451 incl...
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