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    Tell me the truth...

    For those people with 200,000-300,00 plus miles on your car and “never did anything but tires and oil changes”. What did you really do to get there? Tell me the truth. Here‘s my only trip to 250,000 plus, land... 1999 Honda Accord (purchased new). Babied. Highway mileage. Oil changes every...
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    Water softener making my water bill very high?

    Moved into this house in August. First time with a water softener. My water bill seems pretty high, close to a hundred a month (and I have a septic tank). The previous owners said they set the water softener pretty high because they “like the water nice and soft”. I don’t have any leaking pipes...
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    Following your owner’s manual

    I see this a lot around here...just follow your owner’s manual. When discussing oil type and OCI. Someone wrote this bellow, when discussing why owners manuals and scheduled maintenance may be different in the US compared to Canada or other countries... First of all, maintenance schedules are...
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    Salt

    Past three weeks in New England have been absolutely brutal in terms of salt/brime. Just a few random photos of relatively newer vehicles in the shop. Most of these cars/trucks won’t see the lifespan of a vehicle from Texas (or most places out of the salt belt). I envy all of you NOT living in...
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    Toyota WS color at 50,000 miles

    Bought a slightly used 2016 Avalon this summer with 50,200 miles on it. Immediately drain and filled the transmission (as there was no history of a service) and even for WS standards, I was shocked at the color. And this is not the first time I’ve run into this...owned a Lexus LS460 and did a...
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    Longest you’ve seen someone go on a set of spark plugs

    For me it was 189,000 miles, original plugs on a Jeep Liberty with the 3.7 in it. At that point they had developed a misfire (coil) and we pulled the plug and it was original (gap was huge). The funny part is; those plugs on that style engine are so easy to change, you literally could change...
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    What’s your favorite work boot?

    I’ve become a Red Wing guy myself. Prior to that I was a Chippewa guy, prior to that a Timberland guy and prior to that I was a “cheap boot” guy. I’m talking Walmart $50 dollar cheapos...stuff that would kill my Achilles’ tendons after a couple months (and I didn’t know why) and then cause...
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    Any idea what this would cost?

    Walked around my car while I was filling it up this morning, found this little gem (courtesy of god knows who/what in some parking lot). I figure...pointless dent repair expert? Or autobody shop? Any idea what a PDR guy would charge for something like this? It’s about 3 inches long and easily...
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    Ever run into the old, I only need it to last 6 more months, crowd?

    We have a 2008 Cadillac CTS AWD in the shop. Just came in for brakes. The usual, just do the minimum, we’re only keeping it till the end of winter. Been telling us that for five years now. Well, the rear brakes have nothing left. Like, we couldn’t find the brake pad...it was eventually found...
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    2011 Mercedes ML350 tranny fluid

    Aside from OE fluid (which I believe is somewhere around $26 dollars a quart), anyone have any suggestions or experience with these things? My wife’s vehicle is now at 95,000 miles, time to do a transmission service...probably should have done it sooner. It‘s the 7 speed. Not real familiar...
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    The furthest you’ve driven, straight on through

    I’m talking no hotel to sleep/rest/let the car rest. I guess you could include someone taking the wheel for you for a while. But no rest for that vehicle aside from stopping for gas or bathroom break. Mine was New Hampshire to Baltimore. I guess 7 hours? Maybe 500 miles? I‘ve done a drive to...
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    Older car daily drivers

    Just wondering, anyone out there have a big commute they do in an older vehicle? I’m talking 10 plus years old, doing whatever is necessary to keep that daily commuter going. I did it once with a 1999 Honda Accord - thing had over 250,000 miles on it before I thought...well, I’d hate to break...
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    Best options for a good fuel economy pickup truck

    I currently drive a high end luxury V8 vehicle that takes super and gets me 26.5 mpg, which is pretty good. I do a lot of highway driving and I'm very easy on the gas pedal. The problem is I've kind of started to realize that I really could use a truck, but I don't want to commute in something...
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    Molybdenum

    Can someone explain to me what the phenomenon of molybdenum is? I dream about the stuff now. I asked for it for Christmas. Every time I walk by someone using a sodium additive oil - instead of a molybdenum one - I laugh and snicker...point out that they're using an inferior product and they are...
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    Oil replenish?

    So my car takes 9.1 quarts of oil. After going through a few oil changes I find myself with three extra quarts laying around (that's what happens when your car uses nine quarts, you always have an extra quart when you buy two five quart jugs). I generally use Mobil 1 synthetic and I usually...
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    Worst you've seen oil changes/car maintenance

    I always kind of appreciate this stuff (not sure if that's the right word)...amazed is more like it. I've seen a woman go 15,000 miles on conventional - her first oil change on her Kia lease. When I told her she shouldn't do that she smiled and said, whoops, I shouldn't? Well it's a lease...
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    Oil life monitors

    Can anyone tell me specifically the criteria that goes into various formulations, for different car brands? Maybe there already is a thread for this...maybe people don't really know specifically what each car company does? All I know/heard is that GM is supposedly reliable, then again I've...
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    Direct injection and timing chain tough on oil?

    It's something I've heard a lot lately...that direct injection engines are tough on oil. Is that because the high fuel pressure pushes fuel past the rings, diluting the oil? Do these engines run "dirtier" than a conventionally injected engine? What's the problem? And do timing chains shear...
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    Oil color

    All I ever read is...oil color doesn't mean anything. Yet every time I see a car come in that has gone past what that car's oil change interval is supposed to be...or what that particular oil can handle...the oil looks black as night. So I think oil "color" is a term people are throwing around...
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    Mixing Mobil 1 0w20 with 5w30

    My car is starting to use a little bit of oil between changes and my owner's manual says I can use either 0w20, 5w20 or 5w30 (in extreme situations). Well I decided I'd try to "thicken" the oil up a bit and mix the 0w20 with the 5w30 to see if it would reduce some consumption. Any problems with...
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