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  • als995als995 Posts: 3
    Where do I find info. on how to buy honda brand engine oil??
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    I was unaware that Honda actually has a brand of engine oil?? Well, if you have a friendly relationship with your dealership service center, you could ask one of the technicians.

    In Town Hall, the best place to ask is in an existing topic about the Civic, where you'll find other owners & enthusiasts who might be able to give you some direction. You can find those topics using the make/model drop-down menus in the gray sidebar at the left, under "Search by vehicle."

    The Honda website also gives recommendations on which oil is best for your vehicle.

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  • The other day I was reading a post on different shops that people had endorsed/recommended. I don't know if it was for AWD or Suburu owners, but I do remember a reference to a good Subaru dealership in Decateur, GA....That's about all I remember about the post....Is there some way you can just put in your name & have the posts you asked about come it. This website is confusing to navigate in if you're new to it. TIA
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    I think for your case I'd go to the Board called "Owner's Clubs" (use the drop down window on the left of this page, labeled "Select a Board") and then scan the topic list for the Subaru Club.

    You might also try "Advanced Search", once you get to the Subaru Club, also found on the left of that page, and do a "text search" on a keyword like "recommended repair shops" or a variation of that.

    Let me know if you don't find what you want.

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  • advirradvirr Posts: 1
    I have a 2001 Alero GLS that I have had pulsating problems at least two times in the past. ( I have 67,000 miles ) I had the front disc pads replaced last August - 19m miles ago. Now I am informed the front inner brake pad is separating from the backing. Is Mr. Goodwrench's brake pads only good for 20m miles as the dealer says? The last set lasted for 47m miles. What gives here? Anyone else out there?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    You're not alone! We have several archived discussions on this problem. Here's the link to one. There are others, which you can find using the keyword search in the gray sidebar at the left.

    You'll find other Alero owners in the Alero topic. You can get there using the make/model drop-down menus in the gray sidebar.

    Let me know if you need other help!

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  • I have found to have good success with replacement mufflers, exhaust pipes, ect. from Napa auto parts. Lifetime waranty on muffler and sometimes even the exhaust pipes! The muffler on my 89 Honda civic is good for about 3-4 years. The original was a one piece, but Napa breaks into 3 pieces, exhaust pipe/muffler/tailpipe. Now just replace what I need. Actually sounds pretty good with holes in the muffler, LOL
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    you TOO can sound like a UPS truck!

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  • lapvnlapvn Posts: 455
    Can you please point me to a forum on how to get my tires as shiny as possible? What products to others use and also their opinion.

    Thanks
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    I think you should post in either of our Waxes and Polishes topics. There's one for "Zaino" products and another for "Store-Bought" products. The people in both topics are very helpful.

    welcome!
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  • mstauffermstauffer Posts: 3
    I had the right rear air bag replaced but still hear a popping noise in the right rear. Could it be the shock? Any suggestions?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    Go to our "Advanced Search" feature and do a text search in the Maintenance and REpair Board using the keywords such as Lincoln, air supsension, etc.

    You can also do a text search on ALL boards but this may take some time. Or you can go to each board one by one and do a text search using the Advanced Search feature.

    I know this subject has come up before and solutions offered, but I can't place the exact area. So do some searching and if nothing comes up let me know please and I'll help you further.

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  • I am looking for a used SUV and I am considering the LC or LX450, but have noticed many with over 150,000 miles, is this too many?

    All of them have been claimed to have been well maintained.

    How many miles should I expect either to go?

    What about timing chain, drive train, etc.?

    Thanks

    CA
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    I think what you have to keep in mind is that at 150,000 miles, ANYTHING can cut loose at ANY time.

    So a 150K mile car is a real crap shoot---might run another 75K, might drop the transmission tomorrow morning at 9 AM, one day after you buy it. You wanna buy a trans for an LX450? I sure don't.

    I have purchased high mileage cars, but I always made it a point to pay WAY BELOW wholesale for them.

    These types of cars are not scarce, so the ONLY reason to buy a high mileage example is to save lots of $$$. Buying high mileage and paying retail or even wholesale is very unsound financial reasoning IMO.

    Proceed at your own risk. Basically, the engineers would place the figure of 150K as a satisfactory conclusion to the car's lifetime, as they designed it. Given that the average age of a car on the road today is roughly 10 years, and that most people put about 12K-15K miles a year on a car, I'd say the engineers prediction of 150K-225K for the life of a car is just about right. At 150K at least 3/4 of the car's life is gone, and it's the best 3/4s, too.

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  • tictac2tictac2 Posts: 12
    Anyone know of a windshield washer fluid that is clear not blue? Or can you direct me where it would be best to ask? I have a white car and the fluid spatters on the hood and the top some. Not a big deal, but the blue really shows on the white.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    Why don't you check in the Zaino wax topic. Those guys would know something like that, I can just feel it.

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  • conv72conv72 Posts: 1
    My problems are:
    Passengers side floor wet (soaked), trunk was also wet in one spot, and no heat or should I say no blower, then that started working later on in the day for my hubby?? any ideas anyone? I have read about the floor being wet, clean out the evaporator hose... any other ideas for the rest?
    My seal looks good on the trunk also. Thanks, everybody! conv72
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    Ouch! You can talk to other owners in the Pontiac Grand Prix topic, or you can start a new topic on Grand Prix problems here on the Maintenance & Repair board. If you're really looking for answers on the blower problem, you might put "blower - works intermittently" in the subject line so people will know what you're asking about.

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  • Marty684Marty684 Posts: 17
    On my '88 Toyota Supra Hatchback I've noticed some condensation forming within both back tail lights. I don't have any leaking in the trunk when I open the back hatch but if there has been heavy rain some drips into the trunk. Suggestions?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    New tail light lens gaskets should fix you up--or even tightening up the hold down screws for the tail light assembly might help.

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  • rchinnrchinn Posts: 23
    I have a 2000 Camry, 27,000 miles, almost 3 years old. Go ahead and do that 30K tune-up NOW? Also last oil change was 4 months and 2500 miles ago -- can I wait a while for the next oil change?
  • 2k_impala_ls2k_impala_ls Posts: 311
    I created the topic (Collinite - Worlds best auto wax products) and it gets frozen by by kirstie_h HOST. She wants me to post under store bought waxes. This wax is not bought in stores, only mail order. Why can't I create my own topic. I dont want to be lumped together with those mass produced waxes that don't work. This is like having on board for all SUV's, they are all the same right, wrong.
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    rchinn, you might post your question in an active topic like Engine Oil - A slippery subject Part 2, where others are more likely to see your post and respond about your oil issue, or the Toyota Camry topic. Shifty the Host may have an answer when he sees your question.

    2k Impala - I did notice that your topic was not on a store-bought wax, but we already have a couple of topics on waxes and Zaino. This board really can't sustain a different topic for each brand -- the topic list gets too long too quickly, and it also spreads the good conversation too thinly over too many topics.

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  • mark156mark156 Posts: 1,992
    I wasn't sure where I should ask this question so I thought I would try here.

    I have a 1990 Mercedes 500SL that the cruise control has started to do something funny.

    I noticed that when I had the cruise set, it just lost power and wouldn't reset. After a few attempts, it worked but the "accelerate" feature wouldn't work correctly. Last night, it wouldn't work at all after a dozen tries but then it did. When I push the lever up to accelerate it would start climbing then just cut out (turn off).

    So, my question is this, will it be an expensive repair or did something just come loose? The car has 45,000 miles and just had it's regular service.

    Thanks for any info. Mark
  • Marty684Marty684 Posts: 17
    The original hatchback struts (lift supports) on my '88 Toyota Supra fail to keep the hatch in an upright position when it is cold outside. I'm having trouble finding replacements for them. I've check some major manufacturers' websites (e.g. Monroe, Strong Arm, Stabilus) as well as parts sites all to no avail. Any other ideas or tricks of the trade that I can use?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    Mark---post your cruise control question as a regular topic, something like "Mercedes Cruise Control Problem".

    Marty: Do a Google search under "Toyota Parts" and see how that works. Also the dealer should have these, and I don't see why a good independent import auto parts store wouldn't have them. This type of strut doesn't always have to be Toyota specific. If you brought your old strut to the store with you, perhaps you can match something up size and width-wise.

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  • Marty684Marty684 Posts: 17
    Thanks for the help Mr. Shiftright. After sending an email inquiry to the partsamerica.com website they provided me with lift supports manufactured by Motormite that will fit my '88 Toyota Supra.
  • I bought a used 1999 Miata with only 14,500 miles on it last week. I have refueled twice so far, and both times with MPG much less than what I have expected. The first refuel (about 90% highway driving) i got 19.5mpg, the second refuel (mostly city driving) i got 19mpg. Most Miatas get about 24/29 mpg. Here are the facts and data that might help you diagnose my low mpg problem:

    1. It's a manual transmission, but I shift at around 3000 rpm and drive with a light foot.
    2. A/C is always off when I drive.
    3. Tires are properly inflated.
    4. My driving habits are "normal", i.e. I don't race.
    5. Finally, the reason why I think I am getting such poor fuel mileage is because my Miata is modified with a Jackson Racing supercharger and a high-flow fuel pump. Even so, I drive with a very light foot and I was told that the supercharger does not engage unless I depress the gas pedal all the way and if the rpm is really high. But still, i think 19mpg is very poor for such a light weight car.

    Is my mpg number normal? Should I worry?
  • Marty684Marty684 Posts: 17
    I have have an orange colored warning light that has been on constantly for the last few days. This light is supposed to indicate a burned out tail light but all of my lights front and rear, side markers, headlights , brake lights and turn signals are functioning properly. What can be causing this and how do I remedy it?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 44,539
    stickershock---you can't get higher performance without a trade-off on fuel economy. That's just the laws of physics. Probably I'd guess that your system requires modified injectors or a modified engine mapping program that might lay in a richer mixture to keep engine temperatures down and to meet the demands of the supercharger.

    Also, two fill-ups isn't enough to record accurate fuel mileage. You need to be filling up on level ground, preferably at the same pump, with the same brand and grade of gas, for at least a month's worth of gas.

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