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Heavy Duty Engine Oil (HDEO) - Diesel Vehicles
03/24/19 12:50 PM
Schaffers 5w 40 not on the list?
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Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) - Gasoline Vehicles
03/24/19 12:47 PM
One part of me says the Corolla and RAV have the same engine, so what's the diff? The other side says to be careful.

The only similarity is they are both four cylinder engines. The Corolla is a 1.8l where the RAV is a 2.5l. They are not the same engine.
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03/24/19 12:46 PM
Originally Posted by dlundblad
I tried giving it up, but the Facebook marketplace is nice. Much better than CL because you actually see who you're dealing with.

As far as updating my status with my location, what I'm doing etc., no thanks.

I don't get Facebook marketplace. It has about 10% of the listed items Craigslist does so the selection is really lame. As far as seeing who you are dealing with....sure you can see their page and photos but what does that tell you? I have done CL extensively for a long time. I generally don't have an issue since I insist on actually "talking" to people on the phone before I bother to go see what they are selling. There are a lot of flakes out there no doubt, that's why I like to use the phone first.
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General and Off Topic
03/24/19 12:46 PM
I pulled weeds in the garden yesterday. Wore earplugs so I didn't have to hear the screaming.
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03/24/19 12:42 PM
Originally Posted by PPWarrior
the RAV will last 500,000 miles, not the forester. Eat your words.
When you buy a new car every 3 years, or even every 6 years, what does it matter? How many people drive their vehicles for 500K miles?
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European and Import Motor Oils
03/24/19 12:38 PM
Originally Posted by dlundblad
To those of you with a BMW out of warranty, does this bother you?

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Used Oil Analysis - Gasoline
03/24/19 12:33 PM
We need a bit more information on your towing. With my towing, I’m pulling 6000 lbs and my engine is running at 3500 rpm. Even with a factory motor oil cooler and a factory auxiliary tranny cooler I suspect the motor oil is heating up past 100 C.

You are starting out with an 8.8 cSt oil. If your oil temp is higher, you might be down at 6 cSt. I would recommend a 5w30 oil.

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Engine Oil Filters
03/24/19 12:28 PM
What bothers me the most is, this filter has been on 10 months. I wonder how long ago it tore? If it tore a month after install, I have been driving the truck for 9 months with substandard filtering.
This is a new to me engine , and I did see some flakes of what looked like carbon in some of the other pleats. Wonder how many flakes went through this filter and recirculated through the engine.
Ford is so worried about dirt going through a dome end bypass valve, but use a manufacturer with a history of poor media quality that tears and leaves you with a full time bypass valve for dirt to go through.
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General and Off Topic
03/24/19 12:27 PM
Originally Posted by 14Accent
Am I crazy for wanting a slight service gesture and $32 back? I won't be using Lyft again, regardless. Yes, I know this can happen with ANY ride sharing app, but the Uber customer service, in my opinion, is much better.

If you go to a restaurant and order a steak and eat it and complain in the end it did not taste exactly right would you refuse to pay for it?

The answer to your question is yes. You are better off taking the bus or own vehicle from here on in.
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Automotive General Topics
03/24/19 12:24 PM

Teslas are fine and well and the gradual move toward electric vehicles is both practical and inevitable. I'd love to have one myself except that its basically necessary to carry a cell phone to operate the car. I gather the cell phone functions as the "electronic key fob". I loathe cell phones!

Aside from my personal nit... Where is all this electricity going to come from? Is the power line distribution network in every established city capable of charging millions of cars all night long? What will the impact be on the electric bill? -Hint, it will skyrocket. We already have a few underground mountain ranges filled with radioactive nuclear waste and we're praying those steel barrels filled with "hot" water wont rust-out for the next 50,000 years (LOL). Are we doing to build more nuclear plants and make that problem exponentially worse? Nuclear fusion has made great strides but the holy grail of "free" energy is at least 30-40 years away from being viable.

Indeed, perfect solutions are far-apart and few in-between but, everyone keeps ooing and ahhhing over full electric vehicles -and are ignoring the big elephant in the room.
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Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) - Gasoline Vehicles
03/24/19 12:22 PM
No, no need to.
Current D1G2 SN+ work just fine.
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Mechanical/Maintenance Forum
03/24/19 12:17 PM
White is easy to match, although I'd paint both mirrors. It's a plastic mirror, he's not painting a fender or the hood. I'd use a can of Krylon fusion for plastic spray paint in white.
EDIT: It appears that paint was discontinued. I'd find a paint stating for use on plastic such as this in white, not the pink as shown.

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Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) - Gasoline Vehicles
03/24/19 12:01 PM
Originally Posted by csandste
Originally Posted by Triple_Se7en

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^................ THIS..............^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

(if both oils meet your engine needs), One only chooses Supertech over Red Line, if he cannot afford Red Line.

That's like someone asking us..... Do I want Graeters Coconut Almond Ice Cream or Krogers Vanilla Ice Milk tonight?

Since your engine will last til the car dies around it with either oil, the question is would you rather save or blow the money. I'll never use Red Line nor will my athletic shoes cost $150. Do have plenty of money in my geezerhood, though.

If you believe Supertech buyers here, then so do I.
I have read the labels of Supertech bottles that do not include reducing deposit formations. Yet, all the big name brands do claim to keep those deposits under control.

I've read enough member comments here that say their vehicles began smoking at cold startups and continue smoking at takeoffs, as they age.

Anyone that believes Supertech is relatively the same as Red Line, needs their head examined.
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Automotive Electrical
03/24/19 11:45 AM
Originally Posted by rooflessVW
Go to the dealer and ask for a bulb.

You know, they'd even put it in for you!

This seems like the simplest thing to overcomplicate.

Sure, but I don't feel like selling a pint of blood just to get a bulb replaced. That's not a warranty item and the dealer labor rate is probably higher than I want to think about. Besides, I want to learn about this car as I have all my others.
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03/24/19 11:40 AM
Subaru has no more issues than any other make. Buy it and enjoy it.
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Tires & Wheels
03/24/19 11:39 AM
I used to say, "Ah, the tires'll be okay with once a year rotation, or maybe every 18 months." Somehow I was replacing tires on the Park Avenue every year. Then, with the Regal, I took advantage of the local dealer's oil change/ rotation specials. The Michelins that came on the car lasted 60K miles. So I continued with the every 6 months oil change and rotation routine.

Now, with the BMW, OCs are specified every 10K miles, but that makes me nervous. I haven't decided, but will probably do 5K changes and get the tires rotated then. Fairly cheap insurance.
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Product Rebates, Sales and Promotions
03/24/19 11:29 AM
New concept
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Passenger Car Motor Oil (PCMO) - Gasoline Vehicles
03/24/19 11:19 AM
Yes … used to run 5w20 PG in our Fusion Hybrid … but no longer at Walmart here …
That 2.0L has +/- 110k now … so about to try M1 EP 5w30 to use some stash …
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Engine Oil Filters
03/24/19 11:18 AM
Interesting comparison, both Champ Labs. The one on the right uses the older Champ style round sealing gasket that used to be found on equivalent filters like previous STP S-2808 shown. The one the left is using the new 9688 sealing gasket design and common Champ blue button bypass they've used on many filters.

The new sealing gasket that extends to the outer diameter of the filter is their newest design for the 9688/3593a. The ST9688 shown is new hybrid design, ecore type cage with metal endcaps and separate blue button dome bypass. Older one had the narrow round sealing gasket and construction same as pictured S2808.

Looks like Champ trying to standardize some filter parts use, like baseplate and bypass among different tier filters. I see the new sealing gasket design as an improvement over older narrow one. As noted, it would appear manufacture dates explain the differences.

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Motorcycles and Motorcycle Lubrication
03/24/19 11:04 AM
He was almost the Ed Roth of the custom motorcycle world for a while - - I REALLY Hated some of his creations - but he WAS talented
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03/24/19 10:58 AM
Seems like a decent deal.

I'd drive it although I never cared for the look of these compared to the previous generation. Front and side view is okay, but that pointy trunk.... ewww.
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Tractor Fluids
03/24/19 10:53 AM
Originally Posted by SilverFusion2010
Normally I’d agree with you but the manual I looked up is way out of date. CI-4 or better and 10w-30 or 15w-40 depending on operating temps.

Yes, very out of date indeed. So out of date in fact, I didn't know if they required a special oil to meet warranty requirements when I first bought mine.
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Tool Time
03/24/19 10:34 AM
Originally Posted by dlundblad
Mine came in the other day too. Packed by the same person that did Trav's order.

Yea JES packed mine too.
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Mechanical/Maintenance Forum
03/24/19 10:32 AM
Thanks everyone.

Much appreciated.
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03/24/19 10:30 AM
While my now sold van wasn’t a Chevy or GMC, it was a great tow vehicle. I had a short wheelbase 2010 Ford E350 Super Duty with a rare (I’ve heard) problem-free 5.4 V8. I don’t remember the rear end gearing, but my brother replaced the rusty factory tow hitch with a brand new heavyweight one. I used it to drive down to Freeway Ford one Saturday to recover my 2010 Ford Crown Victoria that wasn’t licensed. Not a problem... towed that big car back without even breathing hard. I’m thinking of rounding up another 2010 or later E350 for towing... (I sold it to an electrician for his fleet, ironically after he swore off Chevy vans) 😜. My Ram truck is my primary tow rig right now.
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