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    Other car care tips for a new owner?

    Sorry Empath and guys. I noticed that the other day that I had quite a few posts on the main page. The forum seemed rather quiet and I have been out of work the past week and guess the two do not mix? Lots of smart people here I wished I lived near or worked with for that matter that I would...
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    Advice needed regarding leave, medical leave and leave of absence

    Basially, because I quit smoking last year, I am unable to withstand pollen, mold and other stuff like I use to. Sinc I quit smoking, my sinus system has become extra sensitive and the rainage caused my voice box to swell up and not work. So, its going to be an on going thing. Plus when talking...
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    Any tips for driving a small car with automatic, getting it to shift right.

    Well, gadget I do understand the power vs speed thing, but why would an electronic controller tranny in a 4 bangger with a higher power band refuse to upshift unless absolutely necessary where as the cargo van did it as needed or even going up a grade? Am I missing something here? Why didnt...
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    Other car care tips for a new owner?

    Good advice, no food, drinks or smoke in my car. I got some off road floor matts that are supposed to hold a gallon of water in them and I hold my key ring in my hand with my key between my finger and thumb. Not sure if I can do seat covers if I have supplemental air bags that blow out the side...
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    Shifting, steering and lugging, manual stick shift advice.

    Playboy, exactly. I think if I take it to 5 or 7 grand before shifting gears it would go right into gear without touching the clutch. It doesnt reach red til 8 grand and it goes past 9, but does not list a 10 on the tach. Empath, take it to 7 grand in first, 5 in second, 5 in third, then shift...
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    Any Scion xa owners?

    True, the xa is gone, will be replaced with the xd, which looks similar. THe xb is going to be redesigned with rounder edges and a 2.5 l engine, 5 speed automatic and some other upgrades. My second choice was the yaris batch back, but my parents could not squeeze inside, plus their walkers. I...
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    Advice needed regarding leave, medical leave and leave of absence

    Well, well, well, who would of thunk my voice would give out? Yup, I was mute for 4 days and could only whisper. I have been out of both jobs for littler over a week now and am still horse sounding and no way can I work 14 hours a day on the phone between the two businesses. I doubt I can for a...
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    Any Scion xa owners?

    Filled up my third time, 38.58 mpg. Just driving the hell out of it with a passenger and some stuff from sams club. Boy was it throatie with all that stuff inthe back.
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    Shifting, steering and lugging, manual stick shift advice.

    Update, ended up taking it to the dealer to take a look at it. They kept it for 5 hours and said nothing was wrong, however they were all difficult to shift and can take a bit of force to get it into gear. Regardless, its notically easier to shift since they returned it to me. Said it was fine...
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    Other car care tips for a new owner?

    Thanks, thats a nice finish. I used rain x brand wax with the small round applicator and did as directed and made small circular rubs to apply it and circular rubs to remove it with terry cloth towels that were washed and rtoated frequently and even switched out as they loaded up with wax. I...
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    Any tips for driving a small car with automatic, getting it to shift right.

    I learned to drive on a dodge neon and drove a yaris rental car the other day and just was driven crazy by the auto transmission. Basically both would sound like you were driving like a bat out of hell from a dead stop, with little throttle presure as it ran through the gears. Once you hit 40...
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    Have you ever felt invisible?

    What was amazing for me as I went from using a blindness cane to walking cane, crutch, walker and finally wheelchair was how people viewed and or respected you or lack their of. The wheelchair you got the least. The other walking instrunments most people helped or did not hinder you. The...
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    My interview for a new job - got offered $10K more than what I asked

    Congrads, seems my thing is call centers and they top out at about 14 bucks an hour, but at least I get 5 hours ot every week if I am interested.
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    World's First: Hydrogen Powered Flashlight!

    When homepower.com was free, I use to read it all the time and the archrives and they would have hydrogen articles quite often. People who would adapt tankless heaters, bbq grills, etc to run on hydrogen. Then generating and storing hydrogen. My favorite was the hydrogen powered rc car. It was...
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    Common Batteries vs. 123s In An Emergency (Something That Comes Up Quite A Bit Here)

    Re: Common Batteries vs. 123s In An Emergency (Something That Comes Up Quite A Bit Here) Ive read this ever since I visited the site about how to avoid cr123 models for fear of not finding batteries during an emergency. Frankly, Ive seen cr123s that go for 8 bucks each on the shelf gather dust...
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    Have you ever felt invisible?

    No disabled people replied to this? Amazing how invisible you can be in a 400 lb electric wheelchair thats 26 inches wide 47 long and the user sits just shy of 5ft with led lights when around other people. Whats equally amazing is how visible you become when you are within inches of someones...
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    Other car care tips for a new owner?

    Yes, I use jack stands with a hydrolic floor jack rated twice what my car weighs. I also try not to crawl any further under the car than needed. I use to be a mechanic and we did not have a lift at the shop I worked in, so first thing was to look for a place to jack, try jacking it, if things...
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    Other car care tips for a new owner?

    Unlike the past few cars Ive own, Ive really done little to nothing to the outside or interior. Most of the stuff I have done is either PM or fine tuning. Then other stuff like brake, clutch adjusting filter and fluid change. Anyway, want to treat my new car right, scion xa. I decline all the...
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    Avoiding 3AA & 3AAA Lights

    Seriously, I just feel its shotty design to use 3 cells and a resistor vs a regulator or chip. Id rather have 4 vs 3 cells and a chip for more run time since a 3 cell light is already too long or big in diameter to use in a standard holster of any type or pocket.
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    Automotive replacement LED bulbs

    I see what you mean, many cars still uses blinking red turn signals that double as stop/parking lights. Looks like I need to find some output ratings before replacing every bulb with them.
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