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  1. After Market Remote Start

    The aftermarket systems and more importantly the installations frequently cause problems. To install one to OE quality takes half to a full day which doesn't happen for $99.95. I only uninstall them when the car won't start at all. Last one was easy, just pull the fuses at the remote start so the battery didn't die within 3-4 days from parasitic draw. Usually it's remove the tumbleweed in the dash..
  2. How about off lake performance? I've been running winter tires the last 3 years. There's no going back once you've experienced them. It has yet to happen, but just like 4wd, I'm sure snow tires can get you more stuck than all seasons. Thanks to my wife, I have made up a condition I call snow tire rage. What is wrong with all these other people on the road??? I also told her to check the rear view before any quick stops when it's slick. General Altimax Arctic's are hard to beat for the money. The Nokian WRG3's mentioned above do pretty good, but a dedicated winter tire will do better. I know a deliver guy who ran the generals all year on a Chev HHR. He would get 2 new tires/rotate every 50k, in the fall. Come fall the fronts were done, rears still great. New pair on the back, back's to the front, good until next fall!
  3. Hail Damage Car

    A salvage title will usually void any warranties still in effect..
  4. Automotive odds and ends (part 1)

    Wow, your fast. Subie engine on it's way out and the snow hasn't melted yet!
  5. Sounds like it's a little late but, Indelco Plastics in St. Louis Park has lots of hdpe sheet in stock.
  6. Toyota Settles...

    What about **Dot's role involving massive corrosion? How did GM avoid a costly recall over brake lines that struggle to make it more than 10 years? If cars are now dissolving at record speed, how is the environment being affected?
  7. Towing Capacity.

    Nissan much? I did say if equipped with a cvt. That must be known for sure before any substantial towing takes place. I can always tell if it has a cvt from just driving it. Does it shift as nice as my 1971 Scorpion Stinger did???
  8. Truck Tire Recomendations

    Easy one. Cooper AT/W's. All year, all terrain, winter rated. These tires rock in the winter. Not a full blown snow tire, but hard to tell the difference.
  9. Headlight Quality

    None of the aftermarket housings are likely anywhere near as good as OE. I've run in to some weird beam patterns on the cheapies along with poor fit/finish and adjusters that break immediately. Used frequently have seized adjusters. As far as worth it for a 98 Buick, that's your call. Good vision ranks up there with good brakes and tires! I no longer call LKQ. They are almost as much or more than aftermarket or even OE for my last few searches! The best place to search used is
  10. Towing Capacity.

    Some CVT trannies aren't up to the task of towing, if yours is equipped with one. Looks like only the GT came with a geared trans? An auxiliary cooler might be in order either way. Check the manual for capacities..
  11. Was involved with some excavation near Mcgregor last weekend. When we hit clay, started to hit lots of blue stones. We might not have even noticed the boulders if the bucket hadn't scraped a side of them, because they were all seriously locked up in clay. The clumps with rocks inside were slightly harder. The trophy is a jumbled up 5 inch rock with some of the same blue color of the 10 and 20 inch boulders. There's a few others with same and similar coloring but drastically different characteristics. One was mottled, another very grainy that sparkled all over in the sun, some layered. The boulders look to have a little quartz and some rusty veins.
  12. Alternator in an escape

    It's just the new normal. All kinds of previously half hour tasks are a half day(or more) now..
  13. need new truck tires

    Treadwear would be probably a little less, but Cooper has an all terrain/winter(AT/W). It's much like an AT-3 but with a much more winter tread design, that can still be run year round. My Expedition just got a set. They made my burb with barely worn Continentals seem pathetic on that really slippery Monday we had a few weeks ago. These would likely be a lot cheaper than the Goodyears. $77 a piece less on my Expedition.. Won't knock Michelins, but high treadwear always comes at the cost of traction. That applies to any tires. You could spend years with poor winter traction depending on the tire. If you ever experience winter tires, you probably won't go back. Price/ traction are my two highest priorities. And not made in PRC..
  14. Tires at Walmart?

    Big box stores can be hard to compete with. But, make sure you are comparing the exact same tire. Big buyers can sometimes dictate how the tire is made, in order to get/give that low low price. The only example I have is once I spotted the very distinct BF Goodrich T/A KO tread pattern that I liked at the time. They were authentic BF's at a much lower price than I expected. If I remember right they were branded T/A but no KO which are much more subtle sidewall letters to notice/or not, real easy. Then I noticed they had only two ply sidewalls. I'm sure some missed the large print and thought they got a killer deal. On the same wavelength, anyone surprised to see Duracells for the new remote control, only to find out they are Chinese "OEM" Duracells?
  15. 2 new tires on a fwd car

    I was a skeptic as well. Acceleration, steering, stopping seemed more important. Then, last winter, I did just 2 tires on the wifes car due to time constraints. She spun out the next day just taking a casual right turn. Did the other 2 asap! The old rears were not skins either. Some peoples rotates require 2 new tires every time...