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  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    andres3 said:

    OK, gave the S4 a wash n' wax with Costco's Meguiar's Wash n' Wax combo wash soap. Just used a tiny bit of elbow grease on the wheels, needs more work and less laziness.




    Looking good if I do say so myself, but I'm a mediocre car detailer/washer. There's some luggage scuffing/scratching on the rear bumper, and a small very thin light "white" scratch on the left rear quarter panel, a couple small touched up with Misano Red paint chips on the hood, and the car is otherwise in great shape. Oh, and the engine bay was detailed by the dealership, which was a nice touch.

    Looks very nice. Enjoy

    I’ve had great results with 3M perfect it 3 stage polishing with their pads for a random orbital. Then top off with a ceramic coating.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,493
    @qbrozen I meant "done" in terms of moving on to the next car as opposed to finished with the repairs! :D
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 14,537
    kyfdx said:



    If they went through the auction, I can almost guarantee the warranty clock was started. It's possible the dealership had to punch them to get an incentive from VW, once the lease programs ended.

    They weren’t titled until October, so you’re only being shorted a month and a bit on the warranty clock.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,521
    Even with the low miles and near-new warranty, it is still nearly 2 MY old. I'd expect a bit more discount than they're advertising - IIRC the MSRP on the example @stickguy linked to was about $34-$35k and average discounts on them new were 4-5k. I'd expect pricing closer to 26-26.5.
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2007 BMW 530xi Touring 6MT (on loan), 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,174
    mjfloyd1 said:


    I’ve had great results with 3M perfect it 3 stage polishing with their pads for a random orbital. Then top off with a ceramic coating.

    That's about two stages more than I care to do! :p

    I mistakenly thought the Tundra wouldn't need a clay bar since it was new. I realized I was wrong as I was rubbing off the residue from the Zaino sealant. I was out of clay bars, bought another set, and have yet to get around to actually giving it a clay bar treatment!
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,808
    I have relatives in NoVa, so if they want to know that blue one down to $24,995 I might need to buy early! Not that far from me. I love the cloth seats, but will take the leather to get the other goodies.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    It is really not that bad with a random orbital. I did it on my wife’s old MB GL350 that had a lot of surface area
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,808
    I clay occasionally. Probably should do it more. beyond that the most ambitious I get is using cleaner/wax. Wax on, wipe off. I think it makes the car come out looking good, shines nice, water beads off, and paint nice and smooth!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAPosts: 7,521
    stickguy said:

    I have relatives in NoVa, so if they want to know that blue one down to $24,995 I might need to buy early! Not that far from me. I love the cloth seats, but will take the leather to get the other goodies.

    Ha - if they let it go for $24,995, I'd buy it and ship it...
    2019 Subaru Outback 3.6R Limited, 2007 BMW 530xi Touring 6MT (on loan), 2004 BMW 330i ZHP 6MT
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,811
    xwesx said:

    @qbrozen I meant "done" in terms of moving on to the next car as opposed to finished with the repairs! :D

    funny to think I haven't even taken it out of town yet. Oh, wait, I did have to go to the next town for inspection.

    I still haven't started it! Something weird is going on. Silly German engineering, I'm sure. I left it on the trickle charger overnight but it was stone cold dead again today. I think, likely, it keeps trying to wake up modules or something and draining faster than the trickle charger could put out. After work tonight, I disconnected the ground from the battery and put the charger to the battery directly. I'll check again tomorrow to see the state of charge. Might need a new battery to the tune of $180.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,811
    Oh, and the Dodge has a new thing. While running out for coffee today, the temp gauge pegged into the red. Huh. Pulled into a parking lot, but before I could get to a spot, the gauge very quickly dropped to normal. OK, must be a false reading because it makes no sense for it to drop that fast. Back on the road, about 2 miles later, I see it quickly climb, then go down, then climb, then go down. Sat at normal the rest of the way home. Out again this evening to pick up my kid and it was carrying on again. Stayed high at one point, which makes me nervous, even suspecting it is a false reading. I pulled over, shut it off, waited a min, then restarted and accelerated. It dropped again quickly after a min or so.

    What I noticed this time is that the heater would blow cool when it was reading hot, then blow hot when reading proper temp. So MAYBE there is air in the system that found its way there when first running the heat for the season. When I had it into the shop, they changed the thermostat and coolant. Maybe they didn't bleed it properly. I'll try that tomorrow.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,243
    Michaell said:

    At the moment, I’m only subscribed to watchjrgo and 100percentjake. Who else are you recommending I follow?

    Try Weird Beard. I can relate to his using scrap iron and tree trunks laying around his yard to do repair work.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,650
    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and the Dodge has a new thing. While running out for coffee today, the temp gauge pegged into the red. Huh. Pulled into a parking lot, but before I could get to a spot, the gauge very quickly dropped to normal. OK, must be a false reading because it makes no sense for it to drop that fast. Back on the road, about 2 miles later, I see it quickly climb, then go down, then climb, then go down. Sat at normal the rest of the way home. Out again this evening to pick up my kid and it was carrying on again. Stayed high at one point, which makes me nervous, even suspecting it is a false reading. I pulled over, shut it off, waited a min, then restarted and accelerated. It dropped again quickly after a min or so.

    What I noticed this time is that the heater would blow cool when it was reading hot, then blow hot when reading proper temp. So MAYBE there is air in the system that found its way there when first running the heat for the season. When I had it into the shop, they changed the thermostat and coolant. Maybe they didn't bleed it properly. I'll try that tomorrow.

    Sounds plausible about some air in the system. I’m sure you’ll fix it yourself, but for what you paid for all that work I’d be a little ticked.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,174
    @qbrozen - the coolant thing does sound like an air pocket in the system. Went through something similar when I replaced the cooling system on my E39 540i and was purging air from the system.

    Good strategy on the ML63 battery. How much current does your trickle charger put out?
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,243

    The only place the used car market could go is down after spending 6+ months on the upswing. Carvana and Vroom must be on the verge of taking an absolute bath on all of the cars they overpaid on.

    I’m guessing they aren’t going to sell their inventory at a loss, at least not willingly. So I bet that prices will come down slowly.

    There must be some smart (or at least lucky) planners at my company. They bought 200k units from Hertz at a discount when everybody thought the market was collapsing and then sold them in late summer and fall when prices were sky high. Most dealers did the opposite. They dumped inventory in the spring and then bought at inflated prices into a booming market. Now they’re stuck with all these high priced cars as demand shrinks.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,243
    “ (Some of my co-workers are older retirees with a bad attitude!). “

    No. You don’t say. We have some characters too but the only one I have to fight to get cool cars are younger guys.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 12,326
    edited November 2020
    mjfloyd1 said:

    andres3 said:

    OK, gave the S4 a wash n' wax with Costco's Meguiar's Wash n' Wax combo wash soap. Just used a tiny bit of elbow grease on the wheels, needs more work and less laziness.




    Looking good if I do say so myself, but I'm a mediocre car detailer/washer. There's some luggage scuffing/scratching on the rear bumper, and a small very thin light "white" scratch on the left rear quarter panel, a couple small touched up with Misano Red paint chips on the hood, and the car is otherwise in great shape. Oh, and the engine bay was detailed by the dealership, which was a nice touch.

    Looks very nice. Enjoy

    I’ve had great results with 3M perfect it 3 stage polishing with their pads for a random orbital. Then top off with a ceramic coating.
    Thanks; I plan to!

    Might be past my pay grade to do that. Would need to call "the guy." How much do you charge to be "the guy?"

    Someone in the Audi group generally mused about getting a test drive in the TTS to see what he could do with it on a canyon carving run we were on early Saturday morning. I finally replied back that if he could get me a test drive in a TTRS, I'd let him test drive my TTS to fulfill his wishes.

    The Yokohama A052's are super sticky. They can make a decent driver seem very good n' fast.
    '15 Audi S4 quattro AWD Prestige, '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD 2.0T, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,243
    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and the Dodge has a new thing. While running out for coffee today, the temp gauge pegged into the red. Huh. Pulled into a parking lot, but before I could get to a spot, the gauge very quickly dropped to normal. OK, must be a false reading because it makes no sense for it to drop that fast. Back on the road, about 2 miles later, I see it quickly climb, then go down, then climb, then go down. Sat at normal the rest of the way home. Out again this evening to pick up my kid and it was carrying on again. Stayed high at one point, which makes me nervous, even suspecting it is a false reading. I pulled over, shut it off, waited a min, then restarted and accelerated. It dropped again quickly after a min or so.

    What I noticed this time is that the heater would blow cool when it was reading hot, then blow hot when reading proper temp. So MAYBE there is air in the system that found its way there when first running the heat for the season. When I had it into the shop, they changed the thermostat and coolant. Maybe they didn't bleed it properly. I'll try that tomorrow.

    I was going to suggest a stuck thermostat. Only other thing would be a blown head gasket but that doesn’t come and go.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,811
    edited November 2020
    corvette said:

    @qbrozen - the coolant thing does sound like an air pocket in the system. Went through something similar when I replaced the cooling system on my E39 540i and was purging air from the system.

    Good strategy on the ML63 battery. How much current does your trickle charger put out?

    2A

    I just put a new one on my wishlist. Mine is a Craftsman 2A/10A/50A, probably 15 yrs old now and not very reliable.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAPosts: 12,326
    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and the Dodge has a new thing. While running out for coffee today, the temp gauge pegged into the red. Huh. Pulled into a parking lot, but before I could get to a spot, the gauge very quickly dropped to normal. OK, must be a false reading because it makes no sense for it to drop that fast. Back on the road, about 2 miles later, I see it quickly climb, then go down, then climb, then go down. Sat at normal the rest of the way home. Out again this evening to pick up my kid and it was carrying on again. Stayed high at one point, which makes me nervous, even suspecting it is a false reading. I pulled over, shut it off, waited a min, then restarted and accelerated. It dropped again quickly after a min or so.

    What I noticed this time is that the heater would blow cool when it was reading hot, then blow hot when reading proper temp. So MAYBE there is air in the system that found its way there when first running the heat for the season. When I had it into the shop, they changed the thermostat and coolant. Maybe they didn't bleed it properly. I'll try that tomorrow.

    The only time something similar has happened to me I was in a Dodge too, and it was from the coolant getting low, which was from the head gaskets going bad. I had a hard time believing the temp gauge could rocket up and down too.
    '15 Audi S4 quattro AWD Prestige, '16 Audi TTS quattro AWD 2.0T, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion AWD 2.0T
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,811
    tjc78 said:

    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and the Dodge has a new thing. While running out for coffee today, the temp gauge pegged into the red. Huh. Pulled into a parking lot, but before I could get to a spot, the gauge very quickly dropped to normal. OK, must be a false reading because it makes no sense for it to drop that fast. Back on the road, about 2 miles later, I see it quickly climb, then go down, then climb, then go down. Sat at normal the rest of the way home. Out again this evening to pick up my kid and it was carrying on again. Stayed high at one point, which makes me nervous, even suspecting it is a false reading. I pulled over, shut it off, waited a min, then restarted and accelerated. It dropped again quickly after a min or so.

    What I noticed this time is that the heater would blow cool when it was reading hot, then blow hot when reading proper temp. So MAYBE there is air in the system that found its way there when first running the heat for the season. When I had it into the shop, they changed the thermostat and coolant. Maybe they didn't bleed it properly. I'll try that tomorrow.

    Sounds plausible about some air in the system. I’m sure you’ll fix it yourself, but for what you paid for all that work I’d be a little ticked.
    I am, but certainly not going to take it back there.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,493
    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and the Dodge has a new thing. While running out for coffee today, the temp gauge pegged into the red. Huh. Pulled into a parking lot, but before I could get to a spot, the gauge very quickly dropped to normal. OK, must be a false reading because it makes no sense for it to drop that fast. Back on the road, about 2 miles later, I see it quickly climb, then go down, then climb, then go down. Sat at normal the rest of the way home. Out again this evening to pick up my kid and it was carrying on again. Stayed high at one point, which makes me nervous, even suspecting it is a false reading. I pulled over, shut it off, waited a min, then restarted and accelerated. It dropped again quickly after a min or so.

    What I noticed this time is that the heater would blow cool when it was reading hot, then blow hot when reading proper temp. So MAYBE there is air in the system that found its way there when first running the heat for the season. When I had it into the shop, they changed the thermostat and coolant. Maybe they didn't bleed it properly. I'll try that tomorrow.

    Hmm.... it could be a couple of things. Air bubble might be the worst option, as it could mean a head gasket concern. More likely is a failing water pump. If the impeller is spinning on the shaft, it will not circulate coolant for a moment or two and the temperature inside the engine can quickly spike, plus the internal heat would definitely blow cool as well. As soon as it regains circulation, everything will quickly return to expected with the influx of cooled liquid from the radiator.
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 14,493
    Many years ago, I had a failing water pump that exhibited similar symptoms in terms of craziness on the temp gauge. In retrospect, I should have taken it more seriously because a couple weeks into the occasional flickerings, I was driving home at around 0100 on a Sunday morning, -30F, and it just quit and stayed quit. At that point, it was very clear that the engine WAS overheating, I had no heat in the cabin, and there was not a soul on the road anywhere.

    I risked ruining the engine by driving a couple miles to a vague acquaintance's house to desperately knock on their door at around 0300. Thankfully, they were home and answered; otherwise, it is very likely I would have froze to death that night! :worried:
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20 Pickup, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250 Pickup
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,174
    qbrozen said:

    corvette said:

    @qbrozen - the coolant thing does sound like an air pocket in the system. Went through something similar when I replaced the cooling system on my E39 540i and was purging air from the system.

    Good strategy on the ML63 battery. How much current does your trickle charger put out?

    2A

    I just put a new one on my wishlist. Mine is a Craftsman 2A/10A/50A, probably 15 yrs old now and not very reliable.
    My Battery Tender is 1.5 amps, and it appears it can't keep up if you have the car's ignition in accessory mode or turned on without the engine running. So, if you have a decent sized drain, very possible it's not charging the battery. I also think it's possible that the car's electronics, once the battery reaches a certain level of discharge, enter some sort of "death spiral" wherein they drain a lot of current until battery voltage reaches a normal level, which will never happen, because they're draining a lot of current. QED.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,808
    these stories are not increasing my desire to get an old car as the spare when I finally get one. At least not one known to be needy. A not too old Civic, that I can handle even with my limited DIY resources!

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • breldbreld Posts: 5,581
    mjfloyd1 said:

    It is really not that bad with a random orbital. I did it on my wife’s old MB GL350 that had a lot of surface area

    I’ve toyed with the idea of getting an orbital, but just continue on polishing and waxing by hand. I don’t even do that too often anymore - which makes sense since my vehicles don’t tend to get old enough to need that attention more than maybe once!

    But the dark color on the new MINI could already use a really good polish and now I’m thinking of getting an orbital again.

    So I take it you’d recommend it? What type do you have?

    2018 X3 M40i - 2020 Supra - 2020 MINI JCW Hardtop - 2020 Leaf

  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    edited December 2020
    I’ve got a Griot’s garage random orbital. I’ve been happy with it.

    Also good are TORQX and Rupes.

    Also check Adam’s car care. They have their own brand.

    @andres3 - I only do my own cars. It gets quite expensive to have someone paint correct and then ceramic coat especially if you get a coating with a multi year warranty.

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 14,507
    mjfloyd1 said:

    I’ve got a Griot’s garage random orbital. I’ve been happy with it.

    Also good are TORQX and Rupes.

    Also check Adam’s car care. They have their own brand.

    @andres3 - I only do my own cars. It gets quite expensive to have someone paint correct and then ceramic coat especially if you get a coating with a multi year warranty.

    +1 On the Griot's Garage Random Orbital.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2017 Pilot Touring AWD, 2019 Tacoma TRD Sport 4WD

  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,174
    I have a Porter Cable. I think it may be the same as Griot’s, but I’m not sure.
  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,650
    edited December 2020
    I have an orbital brand new in the box.... too scared to use it.

    I just do a nice clay and one step product. Good enough for cars that are fairly new.

    I am ashamed to admit, but I don’t think the 17 Enclave ever got a full wax except the hood a few times when it got a little swirled or buffing out a fine scratch.

    S60 has been waxed once since I got it Aug 2019.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • kyfdxkyfdx Posts: 179,901
    I was thinking they were probably punched last Winter, when the lease deals ended.

    Could be a good deal there, though.

    Did you get a good deal? Be sure to come back and share!

    Edmunds Moderator

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,243
    stickguy said:

    I clay occasionally. Probably should do it more. beyond that the most ambitious I get is using cleaner/wax. Wax on, wipe off. I think it makes the car come out looking good, shines nice, water beads off, and paint nice and smooth!

    I started using Meguire’s Ultimate Fast Finish. Shines as well as the 3 step I used to use, lasts a long time and doesn’t require that I pass out from hard labor.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 17,243
    xwesx said:

    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and the Dodge has a new thing. While running out for coffee today, the temp gauge pegged into the red. Huh. Pulled into a parking lot, but before I could get to a spot, the gauge very quickly dropped to normal. OK, must be a false reading because it makes no sense for it to drop that fast. Back on the road, about 2 miles later, I see it quickly climb, then go down, then climb, then go down. Sat at normal the rest of the way home. Out again this evening to pick up my kid and it was carrying on again. Stayed high at one point, which makes me nervous, even suspecting it is a false reading. I pulled over, shut it off, waited a min, then restarted and accelerated. It dropped again quickly after a min or so.

    What I noticed this time is that the heater would blow cool when it was reading hot, then blow hot when reading proper temp. So MAYBE there is air in the system that found its way there when first running the heat for the season. When I had it into the shop, they changed the thermostat and coolant. Maybe they didn't bleed it properly. I'll try that tomorrow.

    Hmm.... it could be a couple of things. Air bubble might be the worst option, as it could mean a head gasket concern. More likely is a failing water pump. If the impeller is spinning on the shaft, it will not circulate coolant for a moment or two and the temperature inside the engine can quickly spike, plus the internal heat would definitely blow cool as well. As soon as it regains circulation, everything will quickly return to expected with the influx of cooled liquid from the radiator.
    Might even be a quirky gauge. I had an old F-150 that ran hot according to the dash gauge but when we used a hand held infer red thermometer it was normal.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,808
    I started using Mcquires tech wax, and also have their all in one cleaner/wax. Both are easy to use. Can do the whole car putting it on before having to wipe off, and only one product needed. Does not take long to wash, do a quick clay, rinse then cleaner/wax. I try to do it 2x/year (early spring after any winter salt, and late summer after the trip to the beach for vacation and to prepare for winter abuse). The RDX still beads and shines like new, and did not get all salty, so that probably waits until the spring for first wax.

    I do have Griots spray detailer. That works really well for a quick shine. Impressive stuff.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 14,335
    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and the Dodge has a new thing. While running out for coffee today, the temp gauge pegged into the red. Huh. Pulled into a parking lot, but before I could get to a spot, the gauge very quickly dropped to normal. OK, must be a false reading because it makes no sense for it to drop that fast. Back on the road, about 2 miles later, I see it quickly climb, then go down, then climb, then go down. Sat at normal the rest of the way home. Out again this evening to pick up my kid and it was carrying on again. Stayed high at one point, which makes me nervous, even suspecting it is a false reading. I pulled over, shut it off, waited a min, then restarted and accelerated. It dropped again quickly after a min or so.

    What I noticed this time is that the heater would blow cool when it was reading hot, then blow hot when reading proper temp. So MAYBE there is air in the system that found its way there when first running the heat for the season. When I had it into the shop, they changed the thermostat and coolant. Maybe they didn't bleed it properly. I'll try that tomorrow.

    I also think that the air hasn’t been bled out of the system. The M30 sixes I had in my Bavaria and 535is had a bleed screw on the top of the thermostat housing. Even with that it helped to raise the front end of the car to ensure no air pockets remained.
    My next guess would be a flakey gauge.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,808
    JRgo has a fancy (well, looks fancy to me!) vacuum pump coolant tool he uses. I think it helps drain the system, but seems to make quick work of adding coolant back in to an empty system. I think it just mimics the sealed system and pulls the vacuum to suck the coolant in out of a container, and when it is at the full like, you are done. No air issues.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • stickguystickguy Posts: 40,808
    Also, do you have a scan tool? Seems that you can use those real time to watch actual readings (like coolant temp) instead of relying on the gauge. Will at least tell you if that is working correctly.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 28,811
    xwesx said:

    qbrozen said:

    Oh, and the Dodge has a new thing. While running out for coffee today, the temp gauge pegged into the red. Huh. Pulled into a parking lot, but before I could get to a spot, the gauge very quickly dropped to normal. OK, must be a false reading because it makes no sense for it to drop that fast. Back on the road, about 2 miles later, I see it quickly climb, then go down, then climb, then go down. Sat at normal the rest of the way home. Out again this evening to pick up my kid and it was carrying on again. Stayed high at one point, which makes me nervous, even suspecting it is a false reading. I pulled over, shut it off, waited a min, then restarted and accelerated. It dropped again quickly after a min or so.

    What I noticed this time is that the heater would blow cool when it was reading hot, then blow hot when reading proper temp. So MAYBE there is air in the system that found its way there when first running the heat for the season. When I had it into the shop, they changed the thermostat and coolant. Maybe they didn't bleed it properly. I'll try that tomorrow.

    Hmm.... it could be a couple of things. Air bubble might be the worst option, as it could mean a head gasket concern. More likely is a failing water pump. If the impeller is spinning on the shaft, it will not circulate coolant for a moment or two and the temperature inside the engine can quickly spike, plus the internal heat would definitely blow cool as well. As soon as it regains circulation, everything will quickly return to expected with the influx of cooled liquid from the radiator.
    Agreed. That also crossed my mind. Tough to diagnose without removing it, though. I did just replace the belt and tensioner this weekend. Could be coincidence.

    '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited; '18 BMW X2. 53-car history and counting!

  • fintailfintail Posts: 52,628
    A friend has one of those, which replaced another - it conked out after several years, and Griot's replaced it for free. The Griot's HQ is in Tacoma, with a flagship store - detail geeks can max out their credit cards. I like their spray wax for the fintail, which seems more "natural" than others, and works better on old paint. I am into the spray detailers and waxes for the modern car too, but have mostly Meguiars, as sometimes it is a real deal on Amazon, in gallon sized containers. Modern car gets a bi-weekly or weekly wipe with it, fintail gets a quick wipe before every drive.

    I have a Ryobi random orbital, which works with their interchangeable battery packs. It was much cheaper than other cordless models, as I also have a little Ryobi hand vacuum to use the same batteries.

    At a MBCA event a few years ago, I won one of the Griot's wheeled car wash carts like in the pic above - I have no place to really wash a car, so I use it for car towel storage. It was filled with supplies, like a large car drying microfiber, supplies, etc. Nice prize.

    nyccarguy said:



    +1 On the Griot's Garage Random Orbital.

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyPosts: 11,650
    20% off sale at Griots... Ending today!

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  • breldbreld Posts: 5,581
    tjc78 said:

    20% off sale at Griots... Ending today!

    I'm on their site right now! Unfortunately, the 20% off is just for their liquid products (which I will use to stock up on some items) - not sure if their orbital ever goes on sale.

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  • graphicguygraphicguy Edmunds Poster EmeritusPosts: 12,790
    mjfloyd1 said:

    andres3 said:

    OK, gave the S4 a wash n' wax with Costco's Meguiar's Wash n' Wax combo wash soap. Just used a tiny bit of elbow grease on the wheels, needs more work and less laziness.




    Looking good if I do say so myself, but I'm a mediocre car detailer/washer. There's some luggage scuffing/scratching on the rear bumper, and a small very thin light "white" scratch on the left rear quarter panel, a couple small touched up with Misano Red paint chips on the hood, and the car is otherwise in great shape. Oh, and the engine bay was detailed by the dealership, which was a nice touch.

    Looks very nice. Enjoy

    I’ve had great results with 3M perfect it 3 stage polishing with their pads for a random orbital. Then top off with a ceramic coating.
    I like 3M Pefectit to clean up light to medium swirls. Also good for light scratches. Tried a ceramic once (can’t remember the brand). That was a whole lot of work for not much (if any) more durability over Zaino. Maybe there are different types of ceramics, some better than others.
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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 8,174
    Supposedly, one of the other benefits of the ceramic coatings is that dirt does not adhere as well to the finish, compared to conventional sealants, so it stays looking clean longer.
  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    corvette said:

    I have a Porter Cable. I think it may be the same as Griot’s, but I’m not sure.

    I too believe that the Griots is just a rebadged Porter cable random orbital
  • mjfloyd1mjfloyd1 Posts: 1,217
    breld said:

    Found that a local auto parts store carries the Griots Orbital and they have a 20% off online coupon that works.

    Guess I’m getting an early Christmas gift.

    Oh my, what have I started...
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCPosts: 3,943
    My wife bought me a cordless (18v) orbital buffer for Father’s Day some years ago. I used it once and found it unwieldy to use. It was returned to the box and hasn’t been used since. I was very appreciative of her thoughtfulness. Maybe I should give it another try. I still wax the manual way. Apply with a terry cloth wax applicator, buff off with one of my retired cotton tee shirts. If there is black plastic or something I really don’t want to get wax on I use masking tape to guard against sloppiness.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 14,537
    I noticed that Meguiars offers a random orbit buffing/polishing attachment meant to be used with a corded drill that has a speed range of 1200-2500rpm. At a little over $60Cdn it sounds like an intriguing option if it is any good.

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