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    Pine Tree Sap Removal ??

    Small amount of gasoline on a cotton make-up remover thingy. Take care with this - flammable, explosive vapours but works great.
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    Car salesmen......Talk to me!!!

    How about selling real estate?
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    Snow tires.

    I have lots of experience driving in snow and ice and my favorite is Goodyear Ultra-grip Ice WRT. They are absolutely amazing without studs (studs are optional). I put 4 studded Altimax tires on my girlfriend's BMW 320i last winter and they were not very impressive. Might have been partly the...
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    What's there to lubricate on a Tesla ?

    I looked at one and the only thing under the hood was a cap for windshield washer fluid! Quite a bit of luggage space under the hood plus the car had two rear facing seats under the back hatch for a total of 7 seats. Awesome car but the oil/lube might be a bit boring for us BITOG people. I...
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    1mzfe timing belt

    Has anyone experienced a timing belt failure with this engine? What was it like? Did the engine still run? I just experienced what I think was a 1MZFE engine bearing failure and I am trying to rule out the timing belt: <a...
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    Sad story - check your oil

    Hopefully it wasn't just the timing belt. <img src="/forums/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="blush" title="blush" height="15" width="15" />
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    Sad story - check your oil

    Here is a photo under the valve cover a few years ago: http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/2847997/Re:_Front_Valve_Cover_Off_of_2#Post2847997 <a href="http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/2847997/Re:_Front_Valve_Cover_Off_of_2#Post2847997"...
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    Sad story - check your oil

    Thanks for all the comments. I went and checked on the van this morning before turning it over to the junk yard. The oil was still full to the top mark after the oil change last night. No issues with oil level or the filter gasket. I started the engine but the noise was horrific. It ran but...
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    Sad story - check your oil

    I hate to admit it but it looks like I just lost a few thousand dollars due to not checking the oil in my Toyota Sienna van. I knew that the van was overdue for an oil change and I had already purchased a jug of 5W30 QS high mileage oil and a filter. I have moved twice in the last few months...
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    ditched X-ice Xi2's for Altimax Arctics

    Interesting thread. I recently bought a set of Xi3's for my Civic and a brand new set of studded Altimax Arctics for my girlfriend's BMW 320i. I have over 25 years of experience driving in severe winter conditions and my current home has a steep hill leading out to the highway. Granted that...
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    How to remove hard water deposits?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: Papa Bear</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted By: mva</div><div class="ubbcode-body">What is the best method or product to remove hard water deposits...
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    How to remove hard water deposits?

    What is the best method or product to remove hard water deposits from sinks and taps? Please don't say CLR - it does not touch these deposits.
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    Help with oil leak that i can't fix

    I agree with everyone that suggested to take it apart and fix the gasket. Use some high temperature silicone to hold/glue the gasket into the valve cover. That said, I recently had good success with Pennzoil Engine Stop leak. But it helped slow down a leak on my 2000 Sienna van with valve...
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    '09 Toyota Prius with 465,000 miles Retired

    The Prius with 465k miles was traded in on a new Prius V in jan 2012. "2 fas 4 u" has already put 220,000 miles on the Prius V since jan 2012. The original tires on the V were changed at 161k miles! Also, he only changed oil and filters up until just recently when he finally did the pcv, the...
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    Best oil for lawnmowers and other small engines

    If money is no object then my favorite lawn mower oil is Amsoil 0w40 four stroke. It made a noticeable difference in how my Honda gvc160 runs and I am leaving it in for at least 2 years. I used to get puffs of black smoke when going from idle to full throttle with straight 30 weight or 5w30...
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    When did your CVT Transmission break? Or not?

    The Prius CVT is a totally different design which has no belt. It has proven to be very reliable which is not surprising since it consists of a planetary gearbox that uses two electric motor/generators to control final drive to the wheels. It does not change gears at all.
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    Best lube to quiet down singing rear diff ??

    Since you say the noise happens in warm weather then a thicker oil should help. A multi-grade synthetic such as 75w140 will work well in the summer and still be thin enough in winter. I changed the diff fluid in my BMW from stock 75w90 to 75w140 (back speced by BMW ) and it quieted down the...
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    5w20 in a 5w30 specd car

    Saturn SL have a reputation of using oil at fairly high mileage. For that reason people are trying high mileage oils and even 15W40 in this car. That said, 5W20 will not hurt your engine as long as you keep a close eye on the oil level and don't let it get low. Not long ago typical 5W30 oils...
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    Best fluid for BMW 6 speed Manual?

    My advice is to stick with the stock fluid or something with the same viscosity range. After trying many fluids, I found that Royal Purple Synchromesh worked best in my BMW Z3 but that doesn't mean it will work best in your car. A thicker fluid can cause serious problems, such as the shift pin...
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    Help me hook up my stereo.......

    I will take a stab at this. If you mainly listen to CD's you can run the CD line out into the input of the EQ and then the output or "tape out" of the eq into the CD input of the receiver. This way the eq will work but on cd's only.
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