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    Ford Ranger 4.0 SOHC?

    We are considering purchasing a 2002 Ranger with the V6 4.0L SOHC, 4x4, 5-speed. Can anyone tell me about the quality and reliability of this power train? I've read a few things about timing chain rattle on the SOHC, how can I check for that? The vehicle in question was a lease vehicle...
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    View under the valve cover 180k 1992 Accord

    I did a valve adjustment recently and took some pictures with the valve cover off. This engine has been run on Castrol GTX 5w-30 since I bought it off of my parents at 140k. Prior to that I don't have records of every oil change and some were done with 10w-30. After purchasing the car I ran...
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    92 Accord 5k Castrol GTX 5w-30

    It has been 10,000 miles since my <a href="http://www.bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Main=83504&Number=1081415#Post1081415" target="_blank">previous analysis</a>. My trusty Honda Accord now has 174,000 miles. The duty cycle for this interval is different from the...
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    Toro 8-32 with 8HP Briggs, using oil

    I bought a house and with it a Toro 8-32, I think from 1990. The engine is a 8HP Briggs & Stratton. I mow probably about an acre - maybe an hour and a bit total time. During this period the engine seems to burn oil - about 4 ounces based on the fact that the lower end of the dipstick range...
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    "Knock" and "squeaaish" suspension noises

    In my 1992 Honda Accord DX with 171,100 miles I have these two suspension noises: 1) A "knock" or "clunk" sound that occurs sometimes, but not all the time, when going over bumps. I live in the Boston area, so there are a *lot* of bumps. I'd say it happens more in the cold. 2) Also when...
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    Off throttle backfire/popping/burble?

    In my Honda (1992 Accord DX 5-speed) I've noticed recently that there is a pronounced slight popping from the exhaust when I lift my foot off the throttle. Not continuously, but just when my foot lifts. A bit over a month ago my exhaust fell off on the Mass Pike :) It separated just before...
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    Rhythmic squeak/tick from front wheel when cold

    My 1992 Accord DX (5-speed) just started having this problem: It started as a rhythmic tick proportional to wheel speed. Clearly coming from the left front wheel. Sounded just like a rock in the tire, but it didn't go away as quickly as I would expect. Eventually it did go away and I figured...
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    92 Accord 5.5k Castrol GTX 5w-30

    I just received the results from Blackstone. This is my first oil analysis on this vehicle. Vehicle background: 1992 Accord DX 2.2L 4 cylinder, 5 speed. 162,000 miles on it currently, oil changed out at 5.5k after 4.5 months. Oil has been Castrol GTX 5w-30, NAPA Gold filter. Mix of...
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    Rough morning starts after spark plug change

    I changed out the spark plugs in my 1992 Honda Accord with identical new plugs. The plugs should have been correctly gapped per the setting under the hood, although this is the first time I've gapped plugs so they may be off. I didn't check the gap on the old ones I took out. Since replacing...
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    Diagnosing CV Joint noises?

    I have a 1992 Honda Accord 5-Speed. Lately during sharp left or right turns under power I get a "clunk clunk clunk clunk" or "click click click click" noise. I think this indicates an issue with the CV joints. There is no unusual driveline noise during straight ahead travel, turns without...
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    Oil filter recycling?

    My WIX/NAPA filters from Fleet filter just arrived... I am very pleased <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> They have a recycling symbol on the side. But, in the past I have tried to return my used oil filters along with used oil to Pep Boys and they have refused it. Does...
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    2500 mi Auto-RX Rinse Phase?

    I am currently about 200 miles from the end of my first Auto-RX rinse phase (1992 Honda Accord). Next weekend I'll be taking a trip and I'm trying to decide whether to try and change the oil myself (or, if I cannot find the time at a quick change place... I'd really prefer not to). The trip...
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    1992 Honda Accord DX 5-Speed Oil

    I have recently purchased a 1992 Accord DX 5-Speed with 145k miles. The car and engine are in good shape, though second gear engagement is occaisionally a bit rough, especially when the vehicle is cold. As far as I know, the maintenance records do not indicate the transmission oil ever being...
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    1992 Honda Accord DX

    I have recently purchased a 1992 Honda Accord DX from my parents. The vehicle currently has 145K miles, and has been relatively well cared for during its life. I think it has mostly received 5w-30 and 10w-30 dino oil at 3000-7500 mile intervals. My guess is mostly my parents were hitting the...
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    3.3L Dodge recommendations

    I have a 1994 Dodge Grand Caravan with the 3.3L V6 engine in it. The van has 167k miles on it right now, and it is beginning to burn around a quart and a half every 3000mi change period. 5w-30 is recommended in the owner's manual. Recently I've used Quaker State Higher Mileage 10w-30...
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