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Fri Nov 21

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 4:45 PM

Re: Wipers!

My problem with dealer service departments is that every one that I have ever used, I will have said at least once "That's not according to the service maintenance manual".


And that never happens at a non-dealer [more]

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 3:57 PM

Re: Wipers!

So a 10 minute job ended up a day of running around, when a direct run to the dealer could have been too easy!

As a consumer, OEM employee, dealer employee and aftermarket repair chain employee, I can confidently say that a dealer is [more]

Wed Nov 12

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 5:48 PM

Re: Tire wear

Suppose Mike does put the new tires on the rear for safety. Should he not rotate them 7500 miles from now? Or should he rotate them and drive with decreased safety the second 7500 instead of the first 7500 after he buys two tires.

I guess
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Sun Nov 9

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 7:50 AM

Re: car salesmen

Nevermind, there is no three day backout on cars, apparently. If there were about half the folks would back out.

If you ordered the car and didn't take delivery yet, you could get out of the deal if you wanted to.

Sorry you [more]

Fri Nov 7

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ToddTruby replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 8:45 AM

Re: Oil in a bottle

Have you heated it?

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 7:25 AM

Re: Tire wear

Certainly a fair interpretation. I hope most people interpret it the same. But you did suggest that anyone, or at least me in particular, whi might ever choose otherwise is just a Darwin award waiting to happen. Oh yes you did too! And that means [more]

Thu Nov 6

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 6:23 AM

Re: Tire wear

It seems obvious to me that some higher-up decided to create a demonstration showcasing the difference in safety between new-tires-on-front and new-tires-on-rear, in order to justify their installation policy.

Thanks for stating the [more]

Sat Nov 1

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ToddTruby replied to the Building / Maintaining a Home board. 3:37 PM

Re: Heat Sin For Heat Pump

I know someone in GA that has a heat exchanger in a lake near the house. The water is cooler than air in the summer and warmer in the winter so heating the house is a little more efficient. I'm not sure how much extra he paid to do it when he had the [more]

Fri Oct 31

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 5:57 PM

Re: Tire wear

Relatively low speed given? You mean they wanted to demonstrate the phenomenon and so they dictated a speed or speed range to the drivers? If the same drivers are fully aware of the particular vehicle's behaviors and the conditions of its tires, [more]

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 5:40 PM

Re: Tire wear

I prefer the front, since loss of steering control is much harder to recover from than loss of traction in the rear.

A common misconception as the article from Tire Rack suggests.

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 10:07 AM

Re: Tire wear

I've driven on the proving grounds track at Michelin in South Carolina. They have identical cars set up with better tires on the front vs. rear and an off ramp type course with water on it. Driving the relatively slow speeds given in the [more]

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 6:48 AM

Re: Tire wear

Buy a new pair, but put them on the rear.


http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tiretech/techpage.jsp?techid=5...

...Intuition suggests that since the front [more]

Wed Oct 29

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 4:58 PM

Re: Snow Tires -- Chinese???

I understand trying to save a buck, but in my opinion, tires are not the place to do that. Buy the best tires that you can afford that are well rated and reviewed and have been on the road a while. Tire Rack has some excellent reviews to get feedback [more]

Wed Oct 22

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ToddTruby replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 8:09 AM

Re: Ebola and death- not OT

Apparently the lease contract on my car is not cancelable upon my death. He would have to sell the car and hope it would be enough to cover the remaining payments.

Your remaining lease payments would be due as it is a contract which [more]

Sat Oct 18

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 9:50 AM

Re: oil change and checkout at Honda dealer

Which services are most urgent and what would be a reasonable cost of each at a local mechanic?

Frankly this is what you should be asking your service advisor before you even leave the dealer. They should be reviewing with you and [more]

Mon Oct 13

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ToddTruby replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 7:14 AM

Re: No Car Seat...No Ticket, Either

Is that also true in newer cars? I thought that passenger seats now have weight sensors, so the force of the airbag is calibrated to the passenger's size.


They are not quite that sophisticated. Typically just two stages [more]

Sun Oct 12

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ToddTruby replied to the Living Below Your Means board. 7:28 AM

Re: No Car Seat...No Ticket, Either

I'm sure there's a special place in hell for me since I sometimes let my 11 year old (who is taller than my mother) ride in the front seat.


I'm not condemning your parenting, but I'd like to correct this common misconception. I [more]

Fri Oct 10

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 2:10 PM

Re: Fair market value

Is she buying a new car from a new car dealer? If so have them appraise the trade and give her that plus the difference in sales tax she would have to pay by not trading (if your state offsets sales tax by trade in value). Maybe another $50 or so [more]

Tue Sep 30

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying and Maintaining a Car board. 4:41 PM

Re: Service Engine Soon

Take it to a Midas or Meineke...not one of the newer fancy ones that do mostly oil changes, but one that has been around a while, a little out of the way, grimy looking. That is where you find the old exhaust guys that know how to custom bend pipe. [more]

Thu Sep 18

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ToddTruby replied to the Buying or Selling a Home board. 4:33 PM

Re: Finding List of HOAs in a Zip

I suspect that's because too many of his clients would just pitch a mailer whereas they're more likely to read the HOA newsletter, attend an HOA mtg, or go to an HOA event.

I completely understand his thought process, but he has to be [more]

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