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SoNic

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  1. Dash trim getting dislodged from under the vents - this is not a Taurus, but I had seen the problem on many cars. If I push it back in, it comes out, like it is "shorter" than what it used to be. What can be done?
  2. Well I decided to post here again... Just to say that I didn't have to do anything else to my 2001 Sable Wagon but an oil change. It just keeps driving me to and from work on one hour long commute, 20 minutes being in stop and go. Knock on wood.
  3. Careful with those speed traps, use Waze. On a 70mph limit, at 79mph you get a free pass, for 81 you can get a reckless.
  4. Just don't give "jumps" to people and don't try to jump your car either if you have drained your alternator. Jumping can damage the older-style regulators. Empty alternators can damage the rectifiers.
  5. I did too the rears shocks and front struts on my wagon. It was like a new car, especially the front not scraping over the smallest bumps in the road. I am sorry I didn't go Gas-A-Just on rear, I matched the fronts... Strut-Plus has Excel-G shocks: SR4009/4010 and 344434.
  6. Tires will dry-rot even if not driven, so the "miles" question has to relate to the time too. Like how many miles you drive per year... Don't expect a tire to last more than 10 years (some manufacturers insist on 6 year limit), even when you drive it just 1000 miles on every year.
  7. Replaced the transmission pan with a drain-able one on my Ford Explorer.
  8. I was rushing and didn't think to take the bolt out and check the thread size (metric probably). A bolt with Allen hex would be protruding only just a few 1/16 out! Not easy to find but not impossible either. I think. Now I have to wait for 30k miles or so.
  9. At the end, when he pulls it out from the bay, the engine dies in the parking lot. Clutch too tight or driver error? PS: And no, I don't think they are aware that are filmed. And anyway it doesn't matter, the consent is required to be published on Youtube. Or to film in private spaces.There is no need for consent only when files are for your personal use only and filmed in public spaces (as a dash cam on public road). As I said, don't know what the rules are in NC, but if one of the guys sees this on youtube and complains, it can be taken down.
  10. The title of the movie says "Vehcile" . Also, I hope you got permission from those people to post this, not sure what NC laws say about it.
  11. That's how mine was looking anyway with the old weak springs. You have paid to make it look like that? Joking, your spring rates hopefully are strong enough not to bottom-out like I was.
  12. That's why you change first the front struts with new KYB ones, like I did BTW, right now they are running a $40 rebate (for two complete assemblies): https://www.kyb.com/40-for-4/
  13. I know, but the side won't drain completely. Might be enough if you plan to take also the bolts out after that, but... Dorman didn't do it that way. I don't plan to replace the filter at every drain. But I will drain more often than now.
  14. Stupid Ford, always hated to drain the transmission pan. I have a big round oil catcher and still have oil everywhere on the driveway. Why they didn't put a drain plug like Hyundai or Mitsubishi? I have changed the pan with one made by Dorman - it was on sale on Amazon for $29.99. I know that the bolt drops down some 1/2" but I am tired of this garbage. Don't need to replace the filter at every drain, if I do it more often than 60k miles like I do now. And even if I take the 19 bolts out after drain, at least I don't have to deal with the transmission fluid waterfall!
  15. That pattern looks like is for EU cars, not for US (DOT). https://www.retrofitlab.com/blog/dot-vs-ece-beam-pattern/
  16. I have fixed some random stalls and limp-mode on my Sonata (no CEL) - changed the Throttle Position Sensor ($25 part).
  17. The EGR suction (vacuum) test is what I would do first too. Lean can mean any vacuum leak past the MAF sensor. You could listen for suction noises. Another long shot it can be a damaged DPFE sensor (melted diaphragm), leaving a lot of exhaust gases being sucked back into intake.
  18. When you are out of arguments, then resort to insults. Very intellectual...
  19. Fixed it. Since the last time, the codes came back. I decided to clean the MAF sensor and when I removed the air filter box, the whole thing came off - filter cover and MAF. The collar that was around the air hose past the MAF was lose. Probably that's where the un-metered air was coming from, I knew already it was a very small leak. Now, I don't know if that collar got loose by itself or I forgot to tighten it at some point. Well... that's all.
  20. Haha, I can see in my mind a 30-40 year old mom redlining a 350HP beast....
  21. IMO that's a different animal - 3.5L, low boost most of the time... Almost didn't need to have a turbo for most of the people driving habits. A non-boosted 3.5 makes 288HP, versus 350HP boosted. Both those values (for top power) are not really reached on daily driving, not when they move just a Taurus (even new gen). I am thinking more of the smaller 1.5-1.6L constantly "pushed" to act like my Duratec 3.0L (max 200HP), almost double from what they normally would do (100-120HP). Think about increased load (pressure) on top of those cylinders, on connecting pins, on crank bearings... B
  22. Europe is full of smoking turbos. You saw only the Volvos here, the ones pre-China made, and they still suck. They are not made for city stop-and-go traffic, a solid V6 is more durable. My former Duratec retired at 200K because of transmission, the engine was still going strong. The fact the Ford ecoboosts are better is not so amazing. They are not that old yet.
  23. And that's why I will never get a turbo...
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