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    Nissan MR20DD fuel dilution in oil

    I've been doing nearly every one of the oil changes on our 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport. I never realized just how much fuel could be in the used oil. (This engine turns the oil black in a very short time as well.) I installed a Fumoto valve about 3 months ago when I did an oil/filter change. I was...
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    Mobil 1 EP 5w-30. Awesome oil.

    I have to omit I have not been a Mobil 1 fan. But, after reading up on this extended version oil (from this website) I decided to buy 3 jugs awhile back. I was going to use this oil after my Castrol Edge/Magnetic supply was depleted. Well...in went this oil into my daughter's 2007 Rav 4 V6 (187k...
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    Nissan NS-3 CVT Fluid

    Planning on doing a transmission pan drop & cleaning the magnets on our 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport when the factory warranty expires. (Not planning on replacing the strainer but may replace the small external filter depending on what I see in the pan.) I recently used Idemitsu LTS-LV on my...
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    Tire prices in the future?

    I'm about 1+yr. off from needing (more like wanting) new tires on our 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport. OEM tires are Falken Sincera SN250's. Decent but nothing special IMO. Would like to get a set of Yokohama Ascend LX's or a set of Michelin's. How do you see tire prices in the future? Just...
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    New 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport

    Bought one for the wife to replace her 2005 Ford Focus. Base model 2wd w/alloy wheels. Silver/blk interior. Except for the back-up camera nothing overly technical. Basic car. I/we like simply. When the sales person brought the car out, I was astonished how good it looked both inside and out. I...
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    VW dealer oil filter install

    Yesterday I had to remove the plastic shield under my Golf because I needed to access my transmission pan and drain bolt. I decided I was going to do an oil/filter change. I've never personally changed out the filter myself on this car. I've always had the dealer change out the filter yearly...
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    VW 2012 Golf 2.5. Amsoil Signature or Amsoil OE ?

    Good Day! I'm about to drain and fill once again my transmission fluid in my 2012 Golf 2.5 automatic. (Aisin 6-sp Tipronic) Used Toyota Type I-V fluid last time on two D/F's. (Replaced about 3.2 Qt's each time.) Honestly, I was expecting better, smoother shifts w/this fluid. I'm ready to try...
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    2012 VW Golf 2.5L Spark Plugs

    Just changed out the OEM VW Bosch spark plugs on my 2.5L VW Golf. Not difficult at all. 28k miles and 5 1/2 yrs. of mostly short tripping. I noticed the engine not running as smooth so I decided not to wait any longer. What a difference w/new NGK (6737) PZFR5Q-11's! Fantastic plugs. IMO, much...
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    Transmission Filter/Raised or flat inlet?

    Hi everyone. Just did a AT fluid/filter change on my 2012 Golf 2.5L Base w/the Aisin TF-60SN transmission. (26K and the fluid was dirty w/lots of fine metal shaving on both magnets. Would have done this sooner had I known...) Anyway, changed out the OEM filter w/an Advanced Auto FK-390 kit. This...
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    1999 Mazda Protege Auto whine in D/R @Idle

    I have a wonderful, very pleasurable to drive '99 Protege 1.6L Auto w/104K mi which has a whine in the transmission in D/R at standstill. As soon as the car picks up speed, goes away. (At least I can't hear it.) Has not been my daily driver for the last 6 yrs. (Was my daughter's HS/College car.)...
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    New shoes on the Protege! Sumitomo HTR A/S P01's.

    My daughter's car had an a flat which could not be repaired so I was I was mulling over my options. 2 new tires or 4 new tires? (The Kumho X-Pert Kh20's on the car still had some miles left to go but I was leaning to replacing all rather than 2 new rears of a different thread pattern since the...
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    98' CR-V 235K mi. Replace coil springs?

    Hi everyone. I'm about to replace the struts on my daughters 98' CRV w/235mi. Bought Monroe Senatrac's along w/all new parts to do the job completely. Also, Moog upper/lower control arms and lower ball-joints. The reason I decided to go this route was b/c I just don't believe you can get the...
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    Moving on from Castrol 0w-30 shortly in the Golf.

    Having just changed the oil in three of our family cars using a blend of Valvoline Syn/Conv. 5w-20/30 and Mobil 10w-30 oil, I needed to top off (a slight amount) in one of the cars and I used my Castrol (German made) 0w-30. Compared to the other oils it was like molasses in winter. I have enough...
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    Front rotors/pads for '98 CRV?

    Good afternoon everyone. My daughter's CRV is needing rotors/pads. Went to the Honda dealer and they want $94ea for the rotors. $60 for the pads, which are ceramic. A few people I've asked said go for the Honda pads. I'm thinking I'll get Centric rotors (#12040026) from Rock Auto. $61 Pr. I'm a...
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    Valvoline MST oil used 200 mi. Use in another car?

    Recently had my "free" 2 yr. VW service @ dealer. Valvoline "MST" oil was used (assuming 5w-30). I came to the conclusion after a short period of use (around 200 mi.), that Castrol 0w-30 is a much better oil for my 2.5L. I drained out the Valvoline oil and put in a 5g. jug and planned to use to...
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    Is Valvoline 5w-30 SynPower VW502 Approved Oil?

    I really don't see the need (in my case) running a heavy, super long lasting oil in the 2.5L VW 5-cyclinder engine. I don't do really long OCI and I think a 5w-30 would be ideal. My dealer used MST Valvoline oil (Weight unknown but I'm thinking 5w-30 since it's bought in 55ga. drums?) On...
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    Bad oil filter location for '14 Escape 1.6 Eco

    Went to the Ford Dealer today to have a coolant flush on the wife's Focus and while I was waiting I wandered the lot looking @ new Fords. There was a really nice silver SE Escape 1.6L EcoBoost model for 22.4K. Great front seats. Seemed like a really nice ride. Popped open the hood to see what's...
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    Stiffer ride w/2 ply side wall passenger tires?

    My wife's Focus ZX5 has Cooper CS4's (P195/60/R15) and they are an excellent tire but I've noticed w/these tires the ride is stiffer than the previous General Altimax HP's. The CS4's have 2 ply side walls. The 99' Protege had Pirelli P4's which were a great tire as well but the ride was stiffer...
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    Calcium vs. Magnesium sulfonates in engine oil?

    I was looking over the PQIA report on Synthetic 5w-30 motor oils and the percentage of magnesium used was the highest w/ Castrol Edge (1462) and Mobil 1 (772). The rest used calcium mainly in their additive pack. What I have read on magnesium on PQIA is that: (1) more expensive the calcium, (2)...
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    Opinions on Havoline "Deposit Shield" Conv oil?

    I just picked up (three) 5 qt. 5w-30 jugs @ O'Reilly's for $15.99 (w/Bosch Premium Filter). Saw the PQIA report which is dated Nov 2011. Seems to be a fine oil w/good TBN (8.1) but a high NOACK (15.5/15.1). Has anyone used this oil? Not many reviews on line. (Really was looking for the Chevron...
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