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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #15 on: August 02, 2017, 07:17:45 PM »
My impression is that all of the major brand synthetics are about the same, and all significantly outperform conventional mortor oil. Everything I've seen online saying Amsoil was better coukd ultimately be traced back to Amsoil or Amsoil dealers.

Like you, I have a slight oil leak. As such, it does not really benefit me to use synthetics.
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« Reply #16 on: August 02, 2017, 09:37:32 PM »
I have a 1927 Chevy pick-up truck that is running rough. I think the timing is off but it's to spec with the manual.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2017, 05:55:56 AM »
I Plastidipped the grille on my FJ Cruiser, flat black with a graphite pearl metallizer. It's silver, so it looks much better with a dark grille

I also just bought some fog lights off ebay, I just have to figure out the wiring, I want them to turn on using the switch for the rear fog lights.

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« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2017, 11:22:08 AM »
Oh, and I'm waiting to hear back from VW about my warranty claim for rust-through.  I've got a rotted fender and one that's starting to rot, plus a left rocker panel that's nearly perforated.  We'll see how much of it they'll cover.

The corrosion warranty is 12 years/unlimited mileage.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2017, 03:05:25 PM »
Oh, and I'm waiting to hear back from VW about my warranty claim for rust-through.  I've got a rotted fender and one that's starting to rot, plus a left rocker panel that's nearly perforated.  We'll see how much of it they'll cover.

The corrosion warranty is 12 years/unlimited mileage.

Bet you that they did not have New England in mind  ;D
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2017, 03:17:00 PM »
Oh, and I'm waiting to hear back from VW about my warranty claim for rust-through.  I've got a rotted fender and one that's starting to rot, plus a left rocker panel that's nearly perforated.  We'll see how much of it they'll cover.

The corrosion warranty is 12 years/unlimited mileage.

Bet you that they did not have New England in mind  ;D

No, probably not.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #21 on: August 04, 2017, 09:20:09 AM »
I used to do most of our vehicle maintenance. About two years ago we moved from a country home into the city. (For various reasons) One of the compromises included loosing my nice big shop and automotive bay.  Honestly I was ready to get out of the business. I had enough skill to take advantage of the financial savings but was never very passionate about the work.

For many years I would find used cars with scary sounding problem, buy them cheaply, then repair them into good working order. Have not had a vehicle payment  since 1997 in this fashion and always had reliable vehicles on the cheap.

I think my biggest success was buying a 1999 suburban in 2004 for $1500 because the engine "blew up". Ended up behind a blown manifold gasket. Replaced some sketchy looking plug wires and fan switch to make her good as new. Drove it until last year and put nearly 250,00 miles on it. Sold it for $1000 still in pretty good shape.

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #22 on: August 04, 2017, 11:30:02 PM »
Don't happen to know anything about the ABS system on a 1997 Ford Escort do you?
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« Reply #23 on: August 05, 2017, 02:00:45 PM »
Don't happen to know anything about the ABS system on a 1997 Ford Escort do you?

When I get into computer-controlled stuff, I feel like I've moved beyond what I can do at home.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #24 on: August 05, 2017, 02:27:03 PM »
Don't happen to know anything about the ABS system on a 1997 Ford Escort do you?

When I get into computer-controlled stuff, I feel like I've moved beyond what I can do at home.

I ordered a Haynes (Got is for less than $4 online) and should be able to determine if it is doable.
Funny thing is that my Mustang, which is newer, does not have ABS.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #25 on: August 05, 2017, 02:36:10 PM »
I have a subscription to AlldataDIY which gives me access to tech specs, parts diagrams, and procedures..
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #26 on: August 05, 2017, 02:43:44 PM »
I have a subscription to AlldataDIY which gives me access to tech specs, parts diagrams, and procedures..

$30 a year / $50 for five years is a little steep for me at the moment. As well, with multiple vehicles, would hurt.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #27 on: August 05, 2017, 02:51:13 PM »
I have a subscription to AlldataDIY which gives me access to tech specs, parts diagrams, and procedures..

$30 a year / $50 for five years is a little steep for me at the moment. As well, with multiple vehicles, would hurt.

Oh, I didn't pay that.  I think I got three years for $29.  They have promotions from time to time for new users, and if you let it expire they start throwing discounts at you.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #28 on: August 05, 2017, 02:52:55 PM »
Oh, I didn't pay that.  I think I got three years for $29.  They have promotions from time to time for new users, and if you let it expire they start throwing discounts at you.

If you find a link to a promotion I can use, PM it to me?
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #29 on: August 05, 2017, 02:53:43 PM »
Oh, I didn't pay that.  I think I got three years for $29.  They have promotions from time to time for new users, and if you let it expire they start throwing discounts at you.

If you find a link to a promotion I can use, PM it to me?

If I get something in my E-mail, I will.
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