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    Acceptable battery draw

    What is acceptable? Our ‘03 CRV will drain the battery after a week or so. I don’t know how long it takes, but 2 weeks will do It, after that it’s low enough it won’t crank. Today I hooked up a Fluke and I measured 60mA just sitting there. I started pulling fuses and fuse #9, a 10A for...
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    Which to keep?

    I think my wife is ready to move on from her car. 10 years is a good run around here, plus she never really liked it. She likes it less now that it feels worn out. '99 Camry versus '11 Camry. Which should I keep for myself? Which costs more to fix for anticipated repairs? Which is harder...
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    LCA Bushings

    How do these look? I am thinking they have a few more years left, but the car feels loose on the highway, needing random (but small) corrections. Not noticeable on backroads, only on the highway at speed. Wife says that seems to be the norm for this car now, to feel loose and "not new"...
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    O2 sensor replacement

    My Tundra tossed a P0031 code yesterday; this appears to be upstream drivers side. Should I be doing both upstream sensors? [It's a V8 and it has 4 O2 sensors, two on each side, with each side having a separate catalyst.] I'm guessing downstream can be left alone until they toss a code. I...
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    Timing belt

    Thinking about doing the timing belt on my car. It's nearly due after 4 years / 81k, might as well tackle it while it's still parked. It's rated for 90k. Was thinking about a TBK kit so as to get the Aisin water pump, but I'm not sure if NPW makes ok water pumps? I found a similar kit that...
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    Swaybar bushings

    How loose should they be? Wife's Camry has had a rattle for a few years now, and it's gotten bad enough to annoy me whenever I drive it. Today I pulled the wheel and put a jack under the knuckle; I don't feel any play in the swaybar link (I know that's a common source of noise, but it just...
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    Locktite for wood?

    I had to replace some hinges on the cabinets in the kitchen; ever since, they seem to loosen up. Is there a Locktite that I could use here? I don't want to epoxy them in place, for fear of needing to replace yet again someday. Something that would prevent it from backing out on its own but...
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    Anyone rethinking auto decisions?

    So, pre-pandemic I was driving around 32k/year, sometimes more. 22k was commuting into the office, as I live 54 miles from work. In the last 11 months I've been in about 6 times. I built a home office and the more I work from home, the more I think I could live with this--maybe go in once a...
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    2003 CRV rear brake pads

    Looking to go somewhat cheap here--this car is going a timid teen driver who likely won't have a license for another year, and even then it won't get much more than backroads driving for a few years, at a few thousand miles per year. By the time he's in college it well may be worn out (or...
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    Quad Runs rich suddenly?

    So my 4 wheeler gets used to push snow at the moment. Ran fine one weekend, parked it. It snowed again and so I went to go move some heavy slush and it wouldn't run--kept bogging down, would not do more than idle. Checked the plug and it was black--replaced it maybe a year ago, it's got like...
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    How come the a/c doesn't work in winter?

    Took the oldest out on the road for the first time, just on the back roads. For some reason the car felt much warmer after every on-coming car passed us by, had to keep turning down the heat afterwards. After one mishap involving a snowbank and forgetting which is the brake pedal, I found out...
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    What is this suspension part?

    On the rear suspension of an '03 CRV. It's just there--it'll rotate, move, etc. No idea what it does. Appears to be along for the ride. Maybe a dampener of some sort? Pics that I can get, not very good, sorry: I did some looking around, and this link has what I think is the part... of...
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    Hankook Dynapro ATM in snow?

    For the first time in a long time, I'm thinking of *not* putting snows onto the vehicles for winter. I'm WFH until spring, and who knows if the kids will be in-school for the duration--and of course, when it snows, they don't go to school. The truck has a set of ATM's, cannot find the date...
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    Camry vs Corolla

    Wife has been doing some window shopping. Her car just passed 9 years and isn't new anymore. No plans to get rid of, but, as we all know: you can be the world's best driver, and that won't stop someone else from destroying your car. Or from having a repair that just isn't economically...
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    P1457 on a Honda

    Our '03 CRV threw a couple of codes a while ago; I misread the P1457 as an O2 sensor error (apparently it is on BMW's but not Honda--how that works I don't get, they're supposed to be standardized, no?). Apparently it's an evap code. So the last time it set the code I went to check the gas...
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    O2 sensor

    So the 2003 CRV set the money light yesterday, checked it today. Found the following: -quickly warms up to about 85C but then doesn't seem like it wants to warm up more, 5 minute warmup (to 84C), driving around for 5 minutes or so at 30-40mph. 86C on a short hill, cooled down to 83, was...
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    Lawn mower question

    So I picked up a well-used riding mower, 13hp OHV B&S engine. Came with a dead battery, no surprise there. While looking it over I went to remove the dipstick, just to see what would happen--the seller indicated it wouldn't run that way, and sure enough, it bogged down. I overlooked that...
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    Oil spill cleanup

    So last month was the debacle with the Tundra spilling oil all over the concrete garage floor--this weekend was the Camry's turn. I failed to seat the o-ring properly in the canister, immediately drove outside, let it idle while filling out the log book--then got out to find the expanding...
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    Nest in fuse box?

    Vacuumed out what I could, but there's still a pile of stuff underneath. Should I toss in mothballs or something? The cover was loose and I must have left it loose after replacing a fuse a month ago or whatever--maybe a critter was able to get in from some other way, who knows. There was all...
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    Strut mount

    I believe there is a bearing at the top of the strut, I think it allows the strut to rotate during turning (never took one apart to see what it looks like). Our new-to-us CRV had a strut replaced by the dealer, but I think the other side has a bad bearing--there is a rattle. Why the dealer...
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