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    Brake Caliper Maintenance

    Under hard braking, yes the fronts do the work. But under gentle braking the rears can do all the work, as weight does not have to shift.
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    Thinking about another corolla diesel does 21 mpg

    What is the cost to install rings? This is typically a job that requires many hours of work, but I do not know what labor rates are there. One issue with diesels is, just tossing rings at it may not fix the issue, if the bores are worn out. that's true of anything, but on diesels the...
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    Autism

    From what I understand, it can exist on a spectrum. Severe to mild. So I wonder if some of the uptick is from including those who would never have been diagnosed in prior years. My son tests on the spectrum, but he can and will hold a conversation. It just takes dynamite sometimes. I'm not...
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    Old RV gas mileage

    I wonder if it would do 70? I mean, it might be a 440, but look at what it has to push? Then again, a 440 isn't that hard to hop up. No experience but I'm in the camp that would be shocked if it could do double-digits. Wouldn't an E10 "conversion" just be refreshing the rubber fuel lines and...
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    Any Ham Radio Operators In BITOG?

    I agree, I'd go to qrz. Occasionally I go over there, but I haven't had the radio bug for a few months now. When I was in college in the 90's I was studying electronics, and I had always been intrigued by wireless communication. My timing coincided with Morse requirement being relaxed, so I...
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    Brake Caliper Maintenance

    I do a dry fit and file if necessary. I know rust on the bracket can often be a problem, but I try my darnedest to get that off--but sometimes they just don't feel loose enough. I know that opens up the opportunity to rust, but in my experience, I've seen new from the factory seize up, if...
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    Exhaust flexpipe question

    I took a look another look and I am not sure what that is. It feels solid, so it may actually be a layer of metal. Like if the welding area was at least 2 layers of metal crimped together. I could not feel a crack; when I started the engine, I did not feel any exhaust. You're right, there is...
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    How circuit boards go bad

    Pretty funny. Circuit boards often get washed with deionized water, to clean off flux. Nothing similar to coffee and the like, of course, but it's not the water that does the damage.
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    Which to keep?

    No side airbags on my '99.
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    Brake Caliper Maintenance

    Exactly. That's why sometimes I take what a manufacturer says with a grain of salt. If it can explained, then fine, otherwise, maybe it does not matter (or not matter greatly). That's actually what I've taken to using, per The_Critic's advice--albeit it on Toyota's.
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    Too Slow !!??

    That does seem rather questionable. Maybe if it was 4 lanes wide, something like that, with on/off areas. Shoulders look a bit thin. As a cyclist this does not look like a road I'd care to be on.
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    Brake Caliper Maintenance

    You have to wonder what they are doing different to require something specific--or if it even matters.
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    Do these look like 60K Mile Brake Pads?

    I can get miles like that but they'll be more rusty. The pads look like that on the wife's car at 100k, backing plates look worse--but the shim rusted in half on one of the pads.
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    Tell us about your auto loan...

    Yeah, but you also have to know what to do with results. You can understand exponents and series, but if you have no plans for retirement, or how to retire, knowing the math won't make a difference.
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    Brake Caliper Maintenance

    I get similar miles from brakes. In the spring I break them loose and relube the sliding surfaces. I've taken now to removing the caliper bracket and chucking into a vise, it's just easier to clean under the pad clips (or whatever those SS parts are called). Might as well check to make sure...
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    Who Do You Look Like?

    Growing up my aunts said I looked like the kid in A Christmas Story. I never saw the resemblance. Few years ago I was at Disney and riding one of the later shuttles back to the hotel. Someone asked me if I was Adam Savage (from Mythbusters). I wanted to respond "if I was, do you think I'd be...
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    2019 RAV4 8-speed ATF Change

    Lift pump, or snake a hose down from above. I do both for atf changes on my Tundra. Shove a funnel into pvc hose and push into the hole.
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    Which to keep?

    Galactic aqua mica For the Camry. Edit: Prius has a “magnetic blue” which looks rather teal like and might fit the Bill.
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    Cordless Chainsaw

    Just make sure the wife knows how to use a chainsaw. Wife and I gave an electric saw to her mother. I’m not sure she made it 5 minutes before the trip to the ER. I agree, I’d go with whatever battery brand you already have. To be a bit different, do you have a neighbor with a saw? Even if...
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    Which to keep?

    Ok, I convinced the wife to at least consider the Prius, Prime or not. If it’s got a green color then she’ll consider it. In what has to be one of the oddest things, she informed me of one of her wants on this: it’d be nice if it accommodated a tutu. It’s about 3 or 4’ in diameter and does...
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