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    Toyota Taxis

    Growing up in NYC, 99.9% of cabs were Caprices, Crown Vics, or Town Cars. I know that has changed as those vehicles disappeared from the market. I live in a rural area now and don't travel like I used to. I noticed something remarkable on my trip to Boston a few weeks ago. At least at Logan...
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    Are 'American' cars going extinct?

    <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/07/04/study-finds-american-cars-are-going-extinct/" target="_blank">Link</a> Only 10 vehicles qualified this year for the annual American-Made Index from Cars.com, and just three of them are from domestic brands. The Ford F-150 pickup took the...
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    Notice what's not on this list?

    <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/06/27/11-most-dangerous-sports-your-child-can-play/?intcmp=obnetwork" title="httpwwwfoxnewscomhealth2014062711mostdangeroussportsyourchildcanplayintcmpobnetwork" target="_blank">http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/06/27...ntcmp=obnetwork</a> Keep...
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    What's going on with Amazon's Purolator prices?

    Classic L25288: $7.32 <a href="http://smile.amazon.com/Purolator-L25288-Classic-Filter-Pack/dp/B000C6MMJY" target="_blank">http://smile.amazon.com/Purolator-L25288-Classic-Filter-Pack/dp/B000C6MMJY</a> P1 PL25288: $8.56 <a...
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    Neat video testing jerry cans

    <div class="video-container"><iframe frameborder="0" width="640" height="360" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NVpOnVlmQgs" allowfullscreen></iframe></div> I've done business with Old Grouch before, but I'm otherwise not affiliated with them. Since I'm on their mailing list, I received the...
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    Throttle problems with cruise

    Vehicle is a 2001 Honda CR-V w/ 95k miles. When using the cruise control, if you tap the brake pedal to disengage the cruise, the throttle will not fully release. If you hold the brakes down until you stop, you'll hear the engine running higher than idle - it'll be about 1,200 RPM or so. If...
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    10% Gain In Fuel Economy!

    <a href="http://gmtnation.com/f25/oil-life-meter-9950/" target="_blank">http://gmtnation.com/f25/oil-life-meter-9950/</a> Executive summary: Amsoil dealer claims Amsoil XL improved fuel economy in his Trailblazer by 10% over Mobil 1. When questioned if perhaps other factors were the cause...
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    Automotive Confession

    I find myself attracted to the Jaguar X-Type. It looks like a 3/4 scale XJ. Despite its humble Mondeo underpinnings, I find it to be a nice looking car. I'd consider buying one as a winter beater if thoughts of owning a ~10 year old British car in fly-over country didn't induce facial...
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    Any reason not to buy a Gen2 (08-13) Highlander?

    I'm looking for a family hauler. Not a track car, not a tow vehicle, not a rock climber, not a fuel sipping commuter. I'm having a hard time coming up with anything particularly terrible about the Highlander. I want something that will haul two kids, two adults, two dogs, and weekend luggage...
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    How do you pronounce Valvoline?

    I've heard pronounced so it rhymes with "pine", "sin", and "teen". Is there an official pronunciation for Valvoline?
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    Effect of viscosity on auto trans shift?

    What affect does fluid viscosity have on the shift feel/quality of a modern automatic transmission (torque converter type, not CVT or dual-clutch)? How sensitive are modern transmissions to small changes in viscosity? If possible, assume all else is equal (i.e., friction modifiers and other...
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    0W-20 in a Snow King?

    I have a Troy-Bilt snow blower with a Tecumseh Snow King engine. I'm not sure of the size, I think it's a 5.5hp model as it has a 24" path. I've been running 5W-30 in it since new and I've had it since 2005. Oil has only been changed twice with a little bit of top-off added each year. Engine...
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    Chirp and whine from under hood

    2004 Buick Rainier AWD 5.3L V8 82,500 miles Front and rear diff fluid changed about 10k miles ago with Mobil 1 LS 75W-90 Transfer case fluid changed at 50k and 75k with Auto Trak II P/S fluid replaced 500 miles ago with NAPA house brand P/S fluid Tires inflated to 35 psi, problem occurs with...
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    Idler pulleys, prices all over the map.

    For reference, the vehicle in question is a 2004 Buick Rainier AWD with the 5.3L V8 Looking on Rockauto at idler pulleys, the range of prices has me scratching my head. The low is $6.85 for a Dorman, to $34.79 for an AC Delco. Other options priced between those are Hayden, Gates, Dayco, and...
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    Anyone try Lubegard's new fuel system cleaner?

    <a href="http://www.lubegard.com/pdfs/NewFuel_ProductSheet.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.lubegard.com/pdfs/NewFuel_ProductSheet.pdf</a> They claim it contains PEA.
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    Installing a horizontal filter

    I was taught to fill an oil filter before installing it onto the vehicle when performing an oil change. This works fine on my GM 5.3L as the filter area is easy to access and is vertical. On my 2001 Honda CR-V... not so much. The filter is in a hard-to-reach spot and is horizontal. The best...
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    Who wrote "Motor Oil 106"?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I personally used 0W-20 Mobil 1 in the <span style="font-weight: bold">575 Maranello</span> and for the first oil change I drained the <span style="font-weight: bold">Murcielago’s</span> (OEM) 5W-40 Agip...
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    Recommendations for a Honda CR-V, B20Z Inline 4

    Recommend some oil! 1. 2001 Honda CR-V AWD I4. This is a gasoline 2.0L I4 that does NOT have VTEC. My wife purchased it new when she started college and it currently has 94k miles. 2. US Owner's Manual calls for 4 quarts of 5W-30 SJ to be changed every 3,750 miles under severe service and...
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    Recommendations for a GM 5.3L V8

    Recommend some oil! 1. 2004 Buick Rainier AWD V8. This is the GenIII gasoline 5.3L V8 that does NOT have cylinder deactivation. It has an aluminum block and heads, designation LM4. Purchased with 50k on the odometer, currently has 82k miles. 2. US Owner's Manual calls for 6 quarts of 5W-30...
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    Looking for a "sticky" additive

    I have a non-automotive application that I want to try a "sticky" oil. The current problem is that the current oil applied to the surface (Supertech 10w-30) runs off due to gravity after a while. Grease would stay put, but is unsuitable for this application due to it's propensity to attract...
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