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    Blue/Black Smoke and Popping @ High RPM

    '07 Accord 4cyl w/5mt now has about 175k miles on it. When revving upwards of 5800rpm for more than a brief moment, I begin to hear what sounds like popping in the exhaust, like a carbureted engine would when downshifted, and can see blue/black smoke in the rear view mirror. If I rev quickly...
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    Spark Plugs Binding on Removal

    I am attempting to do a spark plug change on a new to me 2003 Tundra with the 4.7l V8. I was told it has the original copper plugs in it and it now has a little over 100k miles on it. It still runs well but I would like to change the plugs as preventative maintenance. Upon attempting to...
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    Leaf blower bogging

    Hi all, I was out doing some yard work over the weekend and about an 90 minutes and 1 1/2 tanks of fuel into my leaf blowing the engine started to slowly lose power and not want to take any fuel without bogging down until about 10 minutes later it wouldn't run anymore. Upon trying to restart I...
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    2011 Honda Pilot Very Low Oil

    Somewhat out of the blue, my sister called and asked if I would show her how to change the oil on her "new to her" car. Car is a 2011 Honda Pilot with about 90k miles on it. She said the check engine light had come on a little over a week ago and hadn't turned off on its own, and that her OLM...
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    Ran out of 50:1 fuel mix

    I was working on my spring cleanup the other day with my handheld 2 stroke Husqvarna leaf blower and ran out of fuel, only to find that I did not have the extra bottle of 50:1 oil mix in the garage I thought I did. With rain soon to come and no time to run to the hardware store, I mixed about a...
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    LT Oil Temps

    I have a Cub XT series riding mower with the Kohler 22hp V-Twin engine. Decided to pull out the mower to pull my gravel drag, as the winter has been pretty tough on our driveway. After working for about 45 minutes or so, I decided to use my IR temp gun to take a temp at the oil filter. Oil...
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    Stuck Thermostat?

    Hi All, My '07 Accord 4cyl threw a p0128 code last week indicating "Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature." I hooked up my scan gauge and and on a 20f day, with about a 2 minute idle before leaving the house, the coolant temp was up to about 175f within about 5 minutes or...
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    Cold Engine RPM vs Load

    Hi All, I recently moved to an area where I have about 1/4 mile drive from my house to the "Main" road, which is about a 7* grade with a speed limit of 50mph, however most traffic averages closer to 60mph. Pulling out going down the hill is no problem, but when I have to turn and head up hill...
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    '15 Avalon 0w20/5w30 mix and OCI

    Hi All, We recently acquired a new (used) Toyota Avalon. The car has about 92k miles on it now (about 4k miles since purchased) and it is showing a maintenance required soon msg on the dash. FWIW, this is primarily my Wife's car, and sees a lot of around town driving (about 80%) with a 45...
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    Oil for '84 Caddy w/HT-4100

    I recently inherited an '84 Cadillac Biarritz convertible and was wondering what oil you would recommend for the HT-4100 engine, which I am told has "flat tappet" lifters and requires an oil with a decent dose of zddp. I was told that the car was run on 10w-30 conventional with an STP zddp...
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    New Kohler 7000 Series 1st OC

    Hi Guys, Recently acquired a new rider with a 22hp Kohler 7000 series motor. Will be doing the 1st OC soon @ about 5hrs, but might be 7 depending on how much time I have before the next mow. Manual says to use 10w30 and recommends conventional for the first 50hrs to seat the rings, so I was...
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