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  1. how much oil reduction are we talking about? when an old engine is under stress it tends to burn a little bit more oil. if you dont burn oil in your regular driving there is no need to go thicker since you will be compromising in fuel. when it starts burning oil when during your regular commute start changing the grade. for modern day engines 104km is very low and your engie should be fine for another 100km.
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    Plus And Minus About Honda Crv 2000

    we have two 99 CRVs in our household and i know everything about them......they are great vehicle but you have to pick one that's been well maintained. few common problems in these: Door Locks: door lock actuators kinda get stuck and needs replacement (may be in SL it shouldn't be an issue since locks act up cold months) Transmission: if not maintained they are known to give problems (always use honda Z or DW 1 ATF) Differential: if not maintained well it starts acting up whole car starts vibrating when making a U-turn (most times old Diff fluid is replaced problem gets fixed, use only Honda DUAL pump Fluid) Center Clock always burns out sway bar links and rack and pinion as some bushings and they goes out frequently Valve cover gaskets start leaking every 50k miles may be its the fluctuation of weather where i live but in SL i assume it shouldn't be a problem.
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    Merry Christmas To All

    Merry Christmas! I took Christmas sprit to the streets!
  4. i use to work for a Dealership that had three brands under one roof (Ford, Subaru, Nissan). special cars that i have driven at work: 12 Ford Mustang GT500 driven whopping 100 yards @10mph 12 Nissan GTR driven whopping 100 yards @10mph 12 STI driven 100yards @25mph SUBARU BRZ driven4 miles. @80mph FORD FOCUS ELECTIC 10miles. Friends/Relatives cars that i have test driven: 06 CL500 06 Range Rover Sport 05 Lexus LS430 11 BMW M3 78 Corvette 98 Hummer HI (sat on the back seat on a 10mile trip) if i want to list other cars my list will never end because i love to drive/try/borrow other peoples cars.
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    Diy Painting Your Valve Cover

    yep its a 93 MR2 and we had it for almost two years now. Thank you guys! i love working on cars and doing it the right way might take few minutes longer but results will stay years longer. I don't trust my vehicle with hands of others that's why my car sees a garage only when it needs tires.
  6. yesterday i painted my valve cover and the whole deal is in the link below.
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    Advices On Restoring A Subaru Legacy Gen1

    Plan your budget and over estimate your costs so you would have good rough idea. on restoration projects you always run in to extra parts replacements. remember this car sat for a long time -you need to get a new ECU for the new engine, -suspension parts -steering parts -any modifications that you might have to do to make everything fit your engine -any repairs on the new engine (do your research, some Subaru engines have head gasket problems and you need to take the engine out to swap them, so if the engine has close to 100k I would just put new set of gaskets) Good luck with your project!!!! post pics of your progress. I would do this kind of project in a heartbeat.
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    Power Steering Oil Leaks Help

    First I would check where its leaking from. start looking for leaks from the reservoir, pressure line, Return line, power steering pump and the steering. im not a fan of "fix in a bottle" products its nothing like fixing it in a proper way. There are two types of products out there one that thickens the power steering fluid that it would stop the leak and the other is a chemical that expands the rubber. personally I wouldn't do use "fix in a bottle" products.
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    Ek3 Civic Cold Starting Cvt Transmission

    honda need to hire a better engneers to design there transmissions. I just love their engines but some transmissions are nighmares no matter how well you maintain or how you easy you drive it. My past experiences 05 Civic Hybrid CVT: bad starter clutch 05 Honda odyssey: bad tranny 00 Acura TL: bad tranny if you own a honda always use genuine honda ATF and change it earlier than factory recomendation.
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    How Many Cars Are Too Many

    we had 8 cars and 10 bikes in our household and my brother moved with his toys and my dad dad reduced his . i am reducing my collection as well since i tend to spend money on buying cars/ motorcycle and spend money maintaining them. when it gets to a point it gets too much of a stress and takes the fun out of it. when you have too many projects you cant finish any.
  11. i have done ATF full exchanges at home every 20k-30k miles. My car is currently at 140k miles and still shifts seamlessly. i have towed a 18 foot boat, a ford expedition, motorcycles, trees....what ever life throws at me with my 98 toy Avalon.
  12. Thank you! i live in the states and i bought it from a parts store. i cant remember the brand but i go with the blue once since they are little stronger.
  13. i just finished doing my valve cover gasket and decided to record it. it was easy and i was surprised to see clean internals on an engine that has 170k miles (273km).
  14. lmao it was super tight.
  15. Thank you for the tip Don. Items you need: Valve Cover Gasket set, RTV sealant, brake/carb cleaner (or any solvent), paper towels or rags, 10mm, 14mm Sockets with a ratchet, screw driver or pry bar, pliers to remove vac hose clamps, Things that could go wrong: if the spark plug wires are very old there is a chance that you could damage and needs replacement, check the condition of the PCV valve and the timing Belt, if your engine has a valve noise its a good time to adjust the valves as well,
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    Engine Oil

    Engine Flushes are not necessary if you change your oil on time with good quality oil. Benefits of doing an engine flush is they clean your engine and it will let engine oil provide proper lubrication since it cleans up passages. Cons are detergents in the flushes are not rubber parts friendly (seals, gaskets etc). if you haven't done an engine flush for a long time and you believe there is a lot of contamination flush can be a disaster because everything get loosen up and clog up the oil pick up screen.
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    Water Leak From Tail Lights

    this is a problem that was common in lots of hondas and toyotas in certain years. check whether you have a access hole or you have to remove the whole lense to replace bulbs. if you dont have to remove the whole tail light assembly to change the bulbs i would use silicone RTV and seal between the body and the lense. other wise you can buy a rubber gasket materiel that you can cut to fit and place between the lense and the body. make sure the trunk sure the spare wheel area is not filled with water. if its filled with water there is a rubber plug that you can remove to empty it.
  18. Other than in SL colour do not make a difference in used cars. why not buy a a colour that you like instead of buying coloure that liked by others. that's what causes price differences.
  19. Im not sure with your specific engine but few other manufactures having issues with GDI engines. GDI is great technology but it leads to heavy carbon build up due to no gasoline going through the valves. Lexus GS350, Audi 2.0.....and few more engines have these problems.
  20. Getting your car ready for a long trip: I have an 98 Toyota Avalon with 140k miles (224km)and i have driven my car to Canada two times and Florida one time from Washington DC, USA. when i drove to FL i pushed my car speeds upwards of 125Mph (200kmh) and i have proved over and over that any car can travel any distance without any problems if you are well planned and prepare you car. here is a guide if you are driving to ......lets say Jaffna to Galle. Things you Need: Tool Kit, Jack, gallon of water/coolant, jumper cables, portable air compressor, tire patch kit, extra set of headlight bulbs, Liter of oil if you regularly don't loose oil if you loose oil take more, assortment set of fuses, Torch, glass cleaner Things to check: The Rubbers- Fan belts, timing belt (remove the timing cover and inspect), vaccume hoses, Radiator hoses, power steering hoses, ATF cooler lines if its a Auto trans, Tires (thread, and abnormal wear paters), CV Join boots, Rack and pinion Boots, Tie rod end rubber parts, Sway bar bushing, way bar links, lower control arm bushing, Wipers Check For plays: lift each wheel up move side to side and up to bottom and check for plays.pay attention to Wheel bearing, tie rod, ball joints. Leaks: look through the engine and check for Engine Oil, ATF, Coolant, Power Steering leaks, windshield washer fluid Maintenance items- Change oil and Filter, Inspect and change Air Filter, Check/ Change Coolant, Change Fuell Filter, check replace ATF and Differential Fluid, inspect spark plugs and wires, CHECK THE SPARE TIRE FILL IT UP WITH AIR, Electrical: Check all the lights, Check operation of Wipers, Windshield Washer, Check the Alternator output with and w/o loads, Clean all the Glasses and mirriors, wash the radiator fins if there is any dirt or leaves, clean your headlights During the trip tip i lost one liter every 1000miles (1600km) i guess heavy load and high speeds did that because my engine don't loose oil at all. So check all the fluids while you are on the trip. Please try not to speed! http://goo.gl/maps/Qckye
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    Road Trip Check List

    thank you guys for your input.
  22. This job is done in a 1998 Toyota Avalon you can use this as a basic guide on any vehicle that you work on. Things your need, Jack, Brakes, Rotors, Brake cleaner, C-clamp, Socket set, Grease, Disk brake Quiet spray or paste, Gloves and Beer 1. Pull the Hand Brakes, Block the rear Wheel, Loosen lug Nuts, Lift the Car using a Jack, Support it with safety jack stands, Remove the wheel 2. Remove two 14mm Caliper bolts (i like to turn the wheel towards me so i have more room to work). Do not let the Caliper hang off of the rubber hose. Place it somewhere or use a bungee cord keep the weight off from the hose. After removing the caliper remove the Brake pads off of the bracket. 3. Remove the Caliper Bracket by removing two 17mm bolts
  23. Guys i have to make a Correction. Use silicone base grease on you caliper pins.
  24. 5yr 60k bumper to bumper and 10 year 100k powertrain. Two more things i forgot to mention..... front dome light stop working (not the bulb something electrical) and when u turn off the wipers sometimes they will stop right in the middle.
  25. my uncle owns has a Kia sorento and when we work in europe he took it there and drove to few European countries. after 50k miles its in the Home soil and still runs pretty well. so far all the things that have gone wrong with the car is very minimal and all of them were covered under warranty . Things have gone wrong so far is: Temp gauge Stopped working, and the temp selector stopped working in the climate control (it wouldn't go back to cold after using heat during Winter)