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  1. 1968

    Do Grease Zerts Even Work?

    Synthetic! I haven't lost a trailer bearing in almost 20 years since switching. I've been using Mobil1, easily sourced from fleet farm. Asmoil has some interesting industrial greases too. One especially tenacious grease resists "pound out" very well. If there is an area not getting grease, another zerk wouldn't hurt. I would consider working the pivots in between a few greasings to really work it in and flush out junk.
  2. 1968

    Recovery Gear

  3. 1968

    Uggh, Lug nuts

    Too many variables. Impact strength, airflow setting and wear factors, air pressure variance, lubrication habits, and of course the operator. It's very easy to exceed what the stick is rated for. Not break the lugs next time tight, but maybe a free brake pulsation 2-3 months down the road after the rotor is distorted and runout turns into thickness variation. I always use a size smaller with the impact turned all the way down and frequently have less than a 1/8 of a turn left to go. I will even tailor how heavy I pull the trigger and ALWAYS follow up with a torque wrench. Left hand lugs was an old Mopar trick. Knowing about them does date you!
  4. 1968

    Uggh, Lug nuts

    Might want to have a talk with that tire shop, and have them properly reinstall all the other lug nuts before you have to. Plus, if any break they can fix them now. If any brake pulsation occurred after overtightening, that's one more thing to talk about. I also worry about stress factors on the studs. Once a bolt is stretched, it's done. About the only way to check for that is to get an OE stud and compare lengths. Cheater bar force likely means they were at least 3-4 times overtightened, maybe more. But, if you have uncapped nuts on an uncapped wheel allowing corrosion, it's on you. Torque sticks are better than nothing but really should only be used to snug them down, then finish with a torque wrench.
  5. 1968

    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..
  6. 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!
  7. 1968

    Hail Damage Car

    A salvage title will usually void any warranties still in effect..
  8. 1968

    Automotive odds and ends (part 1)

    Wow, your fast. Subie engine on it's way out and the snow hasn't melted yet!
  9. Sounds like it's a little late but, Indelco Plastics in St. Louis Park has lots of hdpe sheet in stock. https://www.indelco.com/c-2443-high-density-polyethylene-sheet-rod.aspx
  10. 1968

    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?
  11. 1968

    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???
  12. 1968

    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.
  13. 1968

    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 car-part.com
  14. 1968

    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..
  15. 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.