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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #30 on: August 08, 2017, 09:09:54 PM »
Follow up on the purge solenoid: filled the gas tank today and started the car without incident.  Still no large leak code.  That seems to have done the trick.  Time will tell if it fails again because of a saturated canister, but for now I'm happy.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2017, 08:21:54 PM »
Follow up on the purge solenoid: filled the gas tank today and started the car without incident.  Still no large leak code.  That seems to have done the trick.  Time will tell if it fails again because of a saturated canister, but for now I'm happy.

Another good reason not to top off your tank
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #32 on: August 09, 2017, 09:14:39 PM »
Follow up on the purge solenoid: filled the gas tank today and started the car without incident.  Still no large leak code.  That seems to have done the trick.  Time will tell if it fails again because of a saturated canister, but for now I'm happy.

Another good reason not to top off your tank

Yeah, I never top off for that reason.  But the car and canister are now 11 years old...
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #33 on: August 09, 2017, 09:23:56 PM »
Follow up on the purge solenoid: filled the gas tank today and started the car without incident.  Still no large leak code.  That seems to have done the trick.  Time will tell if it fails again because of a saturated canister, but for now I'm happy.

Another good reason not to top off your tank

Yeah, I never top off for that reason.  But the car and canister are now 11 years old...

Me too. I quit topping off about a year ago for that same reason.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #34 on: August 18, 2017, 07:41:29 PM »
Curious, how many tools and car supplies do you carry in your car?
I have socket set, hydraulic jack (hate those jacks with the car), blanket, wrenches, four way lug wrench, tire patch kit, air pump, fuses, screwdrivers, pliers,  vice grips, and rubber hammer. Also carry extra oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, and anti-freeze.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #35 on: August 18, 2017, 08:32:19 PM »
What no duct tape?
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #36 on: August 18, 2017, 09:28:15 PM »
I carry the following:

1. A small tool kit containing interchangeable screw/socket driver, locking pliers, etc.
2. 20' 6AWG jumper cables
3. Assorted fuses
4. My full-sized spare tire, tire iron, and the jack.
5. Tire gauge and 12-volt DC compressor
6. Flares

I also belong to AAA.

In the winter I keep a blanket and some extra warm clothes in my car.

ETA: when my sister bought her first car, I bought her a set of heavy-duty jumper cables.  She called me up last month to tell me it was the best gift she'd ever gotten. Yep, she'd left her lights on.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #37 on: August 19, 2017, 06:48:15 AM »
Yes I have a set of Jumper cables too. . . Forgot to mention that. Used to keep a booster pack in the car as well but it died and never bothered to replace it.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #38 on: August 19, 2017, 08:34:01 AM »
Yes I have a set of Jumper cables too. . . Forgot to mention that. Used to keep a booster pack in the car as well but it died and never bothered to replace it.

I find that there's always someone willing to give a boost as long as you've got the cables.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #39 on: August 19, 2017, 11:36:29 AM »
Yes I have a set of Jumper cables too. . . Forgot to mention that. Used to keep a booster pack in the car as well but it died and never bothered to replace it.

I find that there's always someone willing to give a boost as long as you've got the cables.

Jumper cables should be standard equipment when you buy a car. Like a spare tire.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #40 on: August 19, 2017, 01:17:52 PM »


Jumper cables should be standard equipment when you buy a car. Like a spare tire.

The last 3 cars I've bought didn't have spare tires, but they did come with 'run flat' tires. So I wasn't too upset, although maybe I should be.

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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #41 on: August 30, 2017, 04:57:12 PM »
Have to replace the rear windshield wiper on my car.  The nut cracked broke the arm at the base.  Hardest part is going to be getting what's left of the nut off the spline; it's corroded on there pretty well.  I've got penetrating oil on it right now, and I picked up a special wiper pull tool in case it's necessary in the end.  OEM arm and cover from ECS Tuning will be cheaper than aftermarket from the parts store, and they'd have to order it anyway.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #42 on: August 30, 2017, 05:00:59 PM »
Have to replace the rear windshield wiper on my car.  The nut cracked broke the arm at the base.  Hardest part is going to be getting what's left of the nut off the spline; it's corroded on there pretty well.  I've got penetrating oil on it right now, and I picked up a special wiper pull tool in case it's necessary in the end.  OEM arm and cover from ECS Tuning will be cheaper than aftermarket from the parts store, and they'd have to order it anyway.

Try heat on it. Might help.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #43 on: August 30, 2017, 05:13:17 PM »
I was changing my brake fluid in my truck. I have a power bleeder and it works great. Well I was trying to loosen the bleeder screw on the caliper(Disc brakes on all 4 wheels) and like always the bastards were frozen. I got them all unfrozen except the left rear. Well I snapped the bleeder off. I got an easy out but it wouldn't budge. I tried to put heat and penetrating oil on it. No luck. So I took the caliper off and put it in a vise and got a bigger easy-out and was finally able to break it loose. Replaced the bleeder screw and put some anti-seize on the bleeder and put it back together. I figured since I had the brake apart and the brakes were getting close I figured I might as well change the brakes. That wasn't to bad. Disc brakes are so much easier to change then drum. I hope next time I have to do this I don't have this much of an issue.
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Re: The Car Maintenance and Repair Thread
« Reply #44 on: August 30, 2017, 05:16:25 PM »
Have to replace the rear windshield wiper on my car.  The nut cracked broke the arm at the base.  Hardest part is going to be getting what's left of the nut off the spline; it's corroded on there pretty well.  I've got penetrating oil on it right now, and I picked up a special wiper pull tool in case it's necessary in the end.  OEM arm and cover from ECS Tuning will be cheaper than aftermarket from the parts store, and they'd have to order it anyway.

Try heat on it. Might help.

I will if I have to, but I'm worried about the rubber parts nearby and that contact the drive shaft.
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