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    Dealer financing "buy rate" or "finance reserve"

    Possibly looking for a (new) used car for our daughter and plan to get pre-approved through our credit union so I called them today to ask a few questions... I brought up the topic of how dealers run approvals for buyers and, for example, bank "A" says 4.5% but the finance manager tells the...
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    Switched outlet wiring

    I've been replacing the outlets in our house with commercial-duty, Decora-style and ran across this one (see attached image) that happens to be the first switched outlet I'm replacing. What has thrown me off is the white wire connected to the HOT side. In a switched outlet, apparently this isn't...
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    "Alerts" stop notifying after a period of time ?

    Does the "Alert" notification system with this software stop updating or notifying after some period of time ? When I visit here, I always check post/thread updates that I've participated in using this system and then I look for new (to me) topics to read. I will see updated threads in the forum...
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    Dryer repair

    Our clothes dryer recently started acting up and any diagnosis tips are appreciated ! At this point, we can't run it on "normal" (hot) heat setting with full / normal loads. By normal heat, it's got (3) options: Air fluff (no heat at all), Delicate (warm), and Normal (hot). The dryer vent is...
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    Gates fan control module - opened/returned ?

    I ordered this fan control module from Rockauto and it finally arrived today. The white Gates box has a sticker/label that wraps from the top to the side and "seals" the box closed. When I got it, that sticker had been cut already.... The part itself looks in mint condition except for a possible...
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    Goodyear Assurance vs Conti Purecontacts ?

    Looking at new tires for my wife's '14 Fusion (235/50-17) and have seemed to narrow it down to Goodyear Assurance Maxlife and Conti PureContact LS. Discount Tire has them for the same price, $145/ea, but the Goodyear does have a $50 rebate and $75 rebate (mail-in, says they can be combined). At...
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    Tool for stubborn wiring connectors ?

    What do people use for un-clipping stubborn wiring connectors on vehicles ? I've seen people use regular pliers but if you put just a little too much force on them, you're likely to crack the connector. Others use those long-nose pliers typically with curved ends or tips. Are there tools more...
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    Different appearance of sub-forum titles

    A few sub-forum titles appear differently than most, that is, most are in a bold font while a few are not bold font (Industrial Off Topic and Coolant Analysis). Anyone else see this ? Why is it like this ? It shouldn't be related to read or unread as the non-bold sub-forums are ones I've...
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    Sway bar replacement (Honda)

    Our son bought a replacement sway bar for his '12 Accord V6 and the replacement looks pretty straightforward. I did tell him to buy replacement end-links just in case they get damaged while trying to remove (rust belt). I've seen some instructions regarding the final tightening of the pieces and...
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    Flare wrenches

    I'd like to buy a set of 'good' flare wrenches (related thread on brake lines to this) and am looking for some comments.... I know for certain I need 8mm and 10mm and need to confirm, but I want to say the bleeder screws on the Fusion are 7mm. I can get combinations with 7 x 8 mm, 9 x 11 mm, and...
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    Replacement vapor canister vent valve

    My car is throwing a P0455 code and one of the culprits is the canister vent valve. Not interested in paying $120+ for an OEM part but the alternatives look like $20-25 versions from off-brand vendors or $60-70 from SMP or Dorman. I've used a variety of SMP parts on different cars in the past...
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    Loosen a "crusty" brake line fitting

    Our son bought stainless steel brake lines for his car that he and I replaced earlier this week. Well, we replaced (3) of the (4). All of them seemed to have some dirt build-up in the fitting but we got three of them cracked loose and everything replaced fine. Using a flare wrench too, by the...
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    Tire rotation on AWD

    My car is AWD and since I've owned it, I've rotated the tires or had Discount Tire rotate them, and we both do the same rear-to-front, criss-cross, etc rotation. A few months ago, I was paying more attention to the tire section in the manual (and confirmed that the FSM says the same), that they...
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    Painted calipers - brake cleaner

    I've contemplated painting the brake calipers on my car, either black or a 'cast iron' (silver, grey, etc) color - something relatively subtle, not red or yellow or anything like that ! When people do this, how do you deal with using a product like Brakleen when doing brake work ? I've already...
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    Washer repair ?

    ** After typing everything below, I just found our original receipt - we bought it at Lowes in Nov 2014 (pathetic that it only lasted 5 years). I rarely ever buy them but in this case, I did buy a 5-year protection plan. Just got off the phone and a repair person is coming out in a couple days...
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    Recent layout change - wraps username when OP

    About two weeks ago, I noticed that the column where a poster's username and other details changed slightly. It looked different enough that I knew something changed but I can't say what. Anyway, one aspect of this change that wasn't done "properly" (well, I suppose that's opinion) is when a...
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    Rubber strip glue ?

    What kind of "glue" is best for the rubber strip shown in the attached image ?
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    New battery - tester says "bad"

    So yesterday I turned my car "on" but not started in order to put it into neutral and roll to a clear spot in our driveway so I could wash it. I ended up leaving it "on" - headlights, climate control fan, radio, etc - and killed the battery. Put my Schumaker (8A) charger on it and for ~2 hours...
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    Crush washers

    We've had a few Honda vehicles over the years and for crush washers, I'd either change it each time or I'd flip it and re-use it once. Never had a problem and didn't feel the need to be cheap by not buying them. So, our son just recently bought his own Honda ('12 Accord, EX-L, V6) that was...
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    Snap On ratchet re-build ?

    I have a single 3/8" Snap On ratchet that I got from my Dad that seems to be in need of repair. The square drive rocks around making it "sloppy". I've read that their warranty covers the tool, not the (original) owner. Is that true or do the sales reps not ask questions ? The part # on it is...
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