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    Would you refill/recycle motor oil containers if service was available?

    We love our oil changes, and we get our clothes dirty when doing same.... If the major oil refinery motor oil products could be obtained at your local auto parts stores in 10 litre / quart containers that you would bring back for refilling, would you support? would you support if there was no...
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    Weirdness when checking oil on dipstick, but all better now.

    I traded in my 2013 Maxima on a ex-daily rental 2019 Infiniti QX60 last July. The selling dealer did a pre-delivery oil change with semi-synthetic 0W20 of unknown brand, and a Fram PH6607 - no matter because I changed out the oil and filter within 150km to my choice of Penn Plat 0W20 and a Wix...
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    Happy & Safe Thanksgiving for the Canadian BITOG's

    Wishing you a nice and safe weekend, take some time to reflect on the positives in your life! Add an extra dollup of Whipping Cream on the pumpkin pie from me!
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    Comparison of two Mahle oil filters, OC 711 vs OC 575

    The reason for this post is that I have 2 Mahle OC 711 filters left over from when I had my 2013 Nissan Maxima with the VQ35DE engine. The 2019 Infiniti QX60 I have now takes - if you 100% trust the folks (herren) at Mahle, the OC 575 filter. The OC 711 is the same diameter, same M20 x 1.5...
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    Teach me the routine for new TPMS ??

    I'm going to need new snow tires for next winter, yes, thinking about cold horrible Winter when it's +32C right now. I have in the past not bothered with installing any TPMS sensors on the set of snows, just letting the yellow light on the dash glare at me from November to April. I know from...
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    Pine Tree Sap Removal ??

    Hi there, tried to search this already, but now I ask formally: Oldest son has a 2016 Kia Forte 5 in black. He's not a car guy. Has been working and parking his car near & and at times under the branches of a tall pine tree. Huge gobs of sap on front bumper and hood. I tried WD40, brake...
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    2017 Cadillac CTS 3.6 or Lexus GS350?

    Just toying with the idea of getting a new-to-me car in the next 1-2 years, this would replace my 2013 Maxima. I like both the 2017-18 Cadillac CTS 3.6 with AWD and the 2017-18 Lexus GS 350 AWD. Both are available in the used, CPO markets near me. Lexus will be at least 10-15% more money than...
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    Nissan Maxima CVT Filter C&P

    Hello, I changed the CVT fluid in my 2013 Maxima, and did the external CVT filter as well. The Nissan filter assembly is # 31726 - 1XEOA. These photos show the original CVT filter that is plumbed to the radiator cooler, it is accessed by removal of the plastic splash panel at the drivers...
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    Ford sent me a refund cheque!

    Last fall I had to have rear suspension work done on the 2009 Flex, the scope included replacement of the 2 lateral toe links as well both upper control arms plus the usual alignment, $1469 CAD. Then about 3 days later, I received a recall notice from Ford Canada advising that they would offer...
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    Goof ole Pat Goss again? Intake secondary butterfly maintenance

    I've watched Motorweek since the early years, still an entertaining show but I have some doubts about Mr. Goss of late. He's now recommending that for cars equipped with a secondary intake butterfly system, either actuated by vacuum or mechanical linkage, that these tend to seize within their...
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    No shocker, but a rip-off story...

    Last week we had a snow storm, it caught our Ford Flex without the snow tires mounted..totally my fault. Youngest son slid on a low speed turn and hit a curb, no damage to the alloy rim, but the wheel hub is now making a resonant humming at 80 km/hr of more. Normally I would repair myself...
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    Front control arms - 2009 Ford Flex FWD

    Hello, Hopefully someone here can offer some assistance! Looking for left and right lower control arm assemblies for my 2009 Ford Flex with Front Wheel Drive. I'd have lots of good options if the car had AWD, but no. So I am wondering a couple of questions: 1. AC Delco has part 45D1916 and...
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    Mahle OC711 from Nissan VQ35DE

    My first C&P ever! sorry for the roughness...hack saw for this one. These are pretty tiny filters, they fit a bunch of Japanese brands, and some OPE engines. The filter came from my 2013 Maxima, was in use for 6500km with Pennzoil Platinum 5W30. Ignore any metal debris from the hack saw. I...
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    Pros and cons of Electronic Parking Brakes?

    I want to know what the consensus is for this new technology, not just the " well anything more complicated than a cable and lever is bad" responses. I would say that there are some benefits and some negatives. I always use my pb, it's a habit from having grown up in a hilly city - Vancouver...
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    karcher k2 pressure washer..damaged

    Hi, I have a 5 year old Karcher K2.26 pressure washer, it's light duty at 1600 psi max. Last year it started surging, with less than original pressure delivery. I did my investigation and feel that the HP cylinder head should be replaced. I took apart the unit and got the cylinder head off...
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    Preventative repair - 2009 Ford Flex water pump

    Back in May I did the waterpump on the 2009 Flex, this was a preventative maintenance project, the internet being full of sad stories about failure of the Ford 3.5L V6 water pump, so I decided to tackle the job when the time suited me, versus how Mr. Murphy schedules this type of work. The Flex...
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    Waterpump for Ford 3.5V6

    Hi, In the Spring I will do the waterpump on our 2009 Ford Flex with the normally aspirated 3.5L V6. This will be a pro-active replacement, the waterpumps in this engine have shown enough evidence of failure that leads to coolant contamination of the oil, if it doesn't show leakage from weep...
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    Can display show engine hours?

    Hi, Saw a post here recently that suggested that some cars support being able to have the dash display show total engine hours. I thought this might be interesting to see if the ODBII was logging this and could be prompted by some trick of turning the lights on and off 7.314 times in 20...
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    Now I start using Torque Wrench for oil changes

    Last weekend I did an oil change on my 2013 Maxima. PP 5W30 and Mahle OC711 filter. When I removed the drain plug, I was surprized at how little torque was required to loosen the bolt. It was not dripping, but I was not impressed with the doofus (me) who 'tightened' this down 6 months ago...
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    Interesting event with Automatic Emergency Braking

    My sister in Vancouver has a 2017 Nissan Rogue, with all the bells and whistles. She was driving on some roads in Vancouver area and had to drive over some steel plates on road for construction. The car made all the warnings of emergency obstacle event, stopped the car. Sister was perplexed...
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