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    Tires always wearing on outside edge

    I must now reveal that I lied about everything being in spec. The rear right toe was out of spec such a tiny amount that I didn't think I needed to mention it. I replaced all four tires 7,000 miles before getting this most recent alignment. I got this most recent alignment because the new...
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    Tires always wearing on outside edge

    I took my car in for an alignment, and everything was fine. No readings were out of spec. The mechanic told me that the outside edge wear was caused by hard cornering. This makes sense because I do corner hard. I had never heard of hard cornering being a cause of outside tire edge wear, but...
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    Cooling hose spring clamps questions

    I have never used hose pinching pliers or hose pinching clamps, so I was not aware how effective they are or how much they damage hoses. But I did a little research and found that they are safe and effective. I'll get a set of pinching clamps or pinching pliers in order to take the measurements.
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    Cooling hose spring clamps questions

    I want to replace the cooling system and heater hoses on my 2010 Toyota Yaris with 145k miles. The Gates hoses that I bought are thicker than the OEM hoses that are on my car. So the original clamps are too small for the new Gates hoses. I replaced the upper radiator hose with a new Gates...
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    Tires always wearing on outside edge

    My car is a 2010 Toyota Yaris with 140k miles. All four of my tires are balding on their outside edges. I rotate my tires at the Toyota recommended interval which is every 5k miles and keep the tires correctly inflated at 32 psi. I check my tires' inflation twice a month and add pressure if...
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    Need wheel alignment specs

    I measured my wheel alignment as a maintenance procedure but mostly because my tires are wearing heavily on the outside edges. These are the spec ranges that I have gathered from doing some more searching including from this thread: Front toe=.1" to .02", rear toe=-.02" to .15", front camber=...
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    Need wheel alignment specs

    I made a camber tool that consists of two bolts attached to a metal bar to which is attached a digital level gauge. These are the angle measurements I got on all four wheels on my 2010 Yaris two door hatchback: front driver side=88.25 degrees, front passenger side=87.39, rear driver side=89.17...
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    Alignment shop questions

    I have a few questions about alignment shops. Is Firestone Tire the only chain shop that offers lifetime alignments? Firestone Tire does not have a good reputation. I've read that in order for a shop to generate a printout of an alignment the alignment had to have been completed, but I have...
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    Headlight wire burned its connector

    Two wires had damaged insulation near the base of the female connector which I noticed when looking at the wires with a magnifying glass: <img src="https://i.imgur.com/lZlVKD2.jpg" alt="[Linked Image]" class="post-image" style="height:auto!important;max-width:100%!important;"/> I soldered on a...
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    Headlight wire burned its connector

    The low beams on my 1997 Toyota Tercel would not turn on occasionally a few days ago, but the high beams worked every time I turned them on. Also, when the low beams were on the blue high beam light would be on on the dash, or when I turned the low beams on sometimes the blue high beam light...
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    Engine burning oil. What to do?

    Do I do three oil changes with the Marvel Mystery Oil and BG109 or just one change with MMO and BG109?
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    Engine burning oil. What to do?

    Thanks for the replies. I clean and replace the PCV valve regularly. I have replaced the PCV valve two or three times in the time I have monitored the oil burning. I think I have noticed more smoke when I start the car at times recently. There are no oil leaks anywhere. I'll try the Maxlife...
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    Engine burning oil. What to do?

    I have a 1997 Toyota Tercel with 280k original miles. I've been monitoring the number of miles that it burns one quart of 10W-30 conventional oil for a while. The manufacturer's recommended oil is 5W-30, but it burns 5W-30 way too fast. My results have been highly variable, but I still think...
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