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    How to convert power vent windows to manual?

    The motors to the rear vent windows on my 2002 Toyota Sienna have been hinky for some time now. Basically I just leave them open during the summer (we don't get a lot of rain in my area) and shut them when winter starts to come around. But this Arrangement is not always satisfactory for a number...
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    Cause of excessive carbon on IAC?

    I had a major tune-up in February of 2020, at 203k miles which involved replacing the coil packs as well as the spark plugs (the ones that came out look good for 65,000 miles on them) and the PCV valve. Of course that doesn't mean that the newer ones couldn't have gotten fouled since then. I can...
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    Cause of excessive carbon on IAC?

    Oil burn has been pretty consistent over the last few years. About 12 oz every 1000 miles. And I have an oil analysis done through Blackstone every 3rd oil change, so about once a year (if that woukd show anything). Just had my oil changed with this IAC job as it was time. I guess I could...
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    Cause of excessive carbon on IAC?

    In late 2015 at 161,735 miles the idle air control valve on my 2002 Toyota Sienna was acting up. So I opted for the cleaning rather than replacement. That lasted for 4 years 9 months or 44,617 miles before it started acting up again this May. So in May of 2020, at 208,226 miles, I had a...
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    Red 7443 lights?

    Actually, based on your post I just re researched it, and apparently they resistor thing apparently only applies to the turn signal thing. So I guess I'll give it a go with the regular bulbs
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    Red 7443 lights?

    Well I was always told you can't unless you wire in (and I forget what you call it) the thing to reduce the current going to the LEDs. I got some Plug and Play LEDs for my rear turn signals. But they caution against putting more than one on the circuit ( like don't put one on the same side for...
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    Red 7443 lights?

    My lens covers for my 2002 Toyota Sienna have become a bit faded and so I thought I could enhance the red color of my running/brake lights with some red bulbs. However, when I go to search for them, the only alternative I see are LEDs, which my car is not set up for. So anybody have a source...
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    Burning oil, City vs Freeway?

    Hi guys. Is there anything about the nature of City Driving vs. Freeway driving that would cause a car to burned more or less oil compared to the other? Meaning, if you drive a thousand miles in the city, with its varying speeds and starting and stopping and you burn 10 oz of oil are you just...
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    Blackstone Lab on YouTube

    If you use Blackstone labs and send your oil to them for analysis you can show them some love by going to YouTube and subscribing to their channel; "Blackstone Laboratory - Slick Talk" <a href="https://youtu.be/k8zrgjRkgrg" target="_blank">https://youtu.be/k8zrgjRkgrg</a>
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    Unresolved brake scraping sound.

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by mk378</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Using too much grease is also a problem. Grease trapped in the bottom of the hole can prevent the pin from moving especially if it has a rubber end. It wasn't clear from the post...
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    Unresolved brake scraping sound.

    In January of 2018 I had front brakes and rotors replaced on my 2002 Sienna. At that time I also have the caliper pins regressed with the proper silicone grease. Left side was very messed with extremely uneven wear on the pads due to dry caliper pins. About a month ago the right wheel started...
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    Oil change - do you remove oil pan?

    No reason to drop the pan if the reason is getting extra oil out. As everybody else has said, pretty much a wasted effort. HOWEVER... If you have a car that's a few years old, or if you buy a used car (actually, especially if you buy a used car), I think it's a good idea to do it as part of a...
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    Late switch to full synthetic?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by Mad_Hatter</div><div class="ubbcode-body">And what's up with the silicon levels in the UOA, you got a poor fit on the air filter housing or something??</div></div> About a week before the oil change I had the major tune...
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    Late switch to full synthetic?

    My 2002 Sienna has nearly 204k miles on it and I got it 70k miles ago in 2012. Ever since I've been running Castrol's GTX High Mileage synthetic blend in it. I use premium filters and try to shoot for oil changes around 5000 miles or a bit less. I just got my most recent oil analysis back from...
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    Question re negative Fram Ultra Synthetic video.

    Thanks everyone for your replies, I thought the guy was pretty off-the-wall freaky. Just feel better having that confirmed.
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    Question re negative Fram Ultra Synthetic video.

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by Farnsworth</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Another way is buy ten Toyota filters from Connicelli Toyota on Ebay shipped for $34.50. Attach a new one each 5k change and don't think about it anymore. <img...
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    Question re negative Fram Ultra Synthetic video.

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by kschachn</div><div class="ubbcode-body">No random person on YouTube is qualified to make this determination. My suggestion is that you ignore anything that idiot says and focus on what is the truth. As an aside what do...
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    Question re negative Fram Ultra Synthetic video.

    So over the last few months on this site and through YouTube cutaway videos and so forth I've heard a lot of good things about the Fram Ultra Synthetic oil filter. Basically saying Fram not only did something right but nearly perfect with it. My car has higher mileage and I use Castrol 5-30...
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    Difference in Valvoline Asian red offerings?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Originally Posted by Sayjac</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Other than one sold at WM (right) and one sold elsewhere, no difference. At one point seemed as if WM might go to left jug label design by online pic, but hasn't happened to this...
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    Difference in Valvoline Asian red offerings?

    Other than about $7 a gallon, can somebody tell me the difference between these two products? ( hopefully attaching the pictures worked) Because I've read the labels, front and back, very carefully on both of them and they both seem to be saying the same thing. And they both are by Valvoline...
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