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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #580 on: October 25, 2020, 08:19:22 PM »
Next question will be, now that I have my own vehicle should I get premium gas? Lol
I would need to know which car you bought.  ;)
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #581 on: October 25, 2020, 08:21:50 PM »
I would need to know which car you bought.  ;)
Lol, saying good.

 But you would be surprised how many people have luxury cars which requires premium, or rather the manufacturer recommends it and they cheap out on the gas.

 I wonder if there was any surveys done with two the same vehicles using two different graded gasoline, and what the outcome was?
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #582 on: October 25, 2020, 08:25:59 PM »
Lol, saying good.

 But you would be surprised how many people have luxury cars which requires premium, or rather the manufacturer recommends it and they cheap out on the gas.

 I wonder if there was any surveys done with two the same vehicles using two different graded gasoline, and what the outcome was?
There is a lot of info out there on cars where the manufacturer recommends to use premium.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #583 on: October 25, 2020, 09:04:38 PM »
Now that I have my own car (not a lease), should I be getting the more expensive oil changes?
No, just have it done at a reputable mechanic, not those chain oil change places that are just trying to rip you off. My mechanic charges $25.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #584 on: October 25, 2020, 09:09:56 PM »
No, just have it done at a reputable mechanic, not those chain oil change places that are just trying to rip you off. My mechanic charges $25.
Chain places are ok. Just make sure you check they put the oil plug back in and the filter on. Also that they are both tight.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #585 on: October 25, 2020, 09:12:06 PM »
Chain places are ok. Just make sure you check they put the oil plug back in and the filter on. Also that they are both tight.
I guess, I just don't like using them.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #586 on: October 25, 2020, 10:49:37 PM »
Thanks for all the information!

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #587 on: November 01, 2020, 03:16:58 PM »
At high speeds on a Sienna I am getting a traction control warning when accelerating (you may have gotten such an alert when your in a skid on ice). I seem to have full control though, can this be false? Bad sensors etc

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #588 on: November 01, 2020, 03:23:52 PM »
At high speeds on a Sienna I am getting a traction control warning when accelerating (you may have gotten such an alert when your in a skid on ice). I seem to have full control though, can this be false? Bad sensors etc
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #589 on: November 01, 2020, 03:33:24 PM »
At high speeds on a Sienna I am getting a traction control warning when accelerating (you may have gotten such an alert when your in a skid on ice). I seem to have full control though, can this be false? Bad sensors etc
How are your tires?
ETA: There are wheel sensor that usually are for both traction and ABS.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #590 on: November 01, 2020, 04:50:58 PM »
How are your tires?
ETA: There are wheel sensor that usually are for both traction and ABS.
Tires are good. This is even on dry roadway.

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #591 on: November 21, 2020, 10:35:02 PM »
According to Consumer Reports the Toyota sienna's reliability rating Is not so great anymore.
Any mechanics on here that can confirm?

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #592 on: November 30, 2020, 09:21:28 PM »
Anyone here know about tires?

Living in YYZ, I just got new winter tires as it's my first winter with my current car. My all seasons were 225/45/R17 and based on my mechanic's advice I went down to 195/65/R15 which have the same exact diameter. Thing is that my steering now feels much less accurate, especially at highway speed- it's a struggle to keep it going straight, the steering just seems to wander and it feels very unstable overall.

Is this due to the new tire size? The 2" drop in wheel size? The 1.2" drop in tire width? (From 8.9" down to 7.7")

Any suggestions?

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #593 on: December 27, 2020, 12:03:59 AM »
Hit a row of unmarked speed bumps at like 40-50. Didnít bottom out. What are the chances I messed up something in my car? Ď18 Avalon.
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« Reply #594 on: December 27, 2020, 01:11:52 AM »
Hit a row of unmarked speed bumps at like 40-50. Didnít bottom out. What are the chances I messed up something in my car? Ď18 Avalon.
There's a slight chance, but if you don't hear it or feel anything wrong. I wouldn't worry.
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #595 on: December 27, 2020, 01:15:13 AM »
Anyone here know about tires?

Living in YYZ, I just got new winter tires as it's my first winter with my current car. My all seasons were 225/45/R17 and based on my mechanic's advice I went down to 195/65/R15 which have the same exact diameter. Thing is that my steering now feels much less accurate, especially at highway speed- it's a struggle to keep it going straight, the steering just seems to wander and it feels very unstable overall.

Is this due to the new tire size? The 2" drop in wheel size? The 1.2" drop in tire width? (From 8.9" down to 7.7")

Any suggestions?
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #596 on: December 29, 2020, 10:46:54 AM »
Anywhere on Brooklyn/Flatbush that I can get free air?
The gas station i usually go to is under construction, any ideas?

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #597 on: January 03, 2021, 04:16:52 AM »
The gas station i usually go to is under construction, any ideas?
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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #598 on: January 06, 2021, 10:20:06 AM »
It seems like I spend so much on plugging up holes or replacing tires here in lkwd ( a lot of nails around!).

Are there tires that are better equipped or meant to withstand nail punctures etc....?

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Re: Car Repairs Master Thread
« Reply #599 on: January 06, 2021, 10:57:15 AM »
It seems like I spend so much on plugging up holes or replacing tires here in lkwd ( a lot of nails around!).

Are there tires that are better equipped or meant to withstand nail punctures etc....?

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