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  1. I used to burn a qt every 400 miles with havoline dino since it's so thin but when I switched to the valvoline hm the burn rate decreased to 1,200 miles a qt so it really helped me. Yep private pilot. Congrats and I know you'll really enjoy your first solo flight.
  2. Likely not. You'd either have to roll the windows down and leave the door shut to listen to the radio, or disconnect the wiring harness from the door sensor on the pillar if you want to leave the door open.
  3. Don't have a clue. Check and see. Ebay too.
  4. It's a rapid jack but I don't know about the other questions. You'll just have to check around.
  5. I got my low priced silver colored Mack brand stands a decade ago and they've been nothing but good with no rust ect. Got them at Autozone or Oreilly's. May be better brands now so just check and see what looks best for you. I know you don't have to spend much to get good stands though.
  6. I think Oreilly's. I checked other auto stores and found that one to be the best choice for me, but shop around and get what you think is best. There are others sold with cases.
  7. Get HIR for the driving lights. They're a little brighter without producing more heat. I don't know about the side bulbs.
  8. I use a 2 1/2 ton jack placed 1/3 the distance of both doors behind the front tire(a couple feet back) which lifts the front and rear tires, then I place jack stands under each side and swap front to rear. Saves having to jack the car up 4 times by just having to jack 2 times, once for each side.
  9. I didn't buy that brand from harbor freight since I saw the reviews on it were bad at the time where they were giving people problems quickly. Unfortunately anything good is very expensive and most of the time very heavy too. I just went with a 2 1/2 ton AC Delco for around $60 since it's light enough to carry in the trunk and comes in a carry case. I hate using the slow OEM jack so using this one is much faster and easier. Could save your life being on the side of the road for much less time changing a flat so a texter or drunk won't have as much opportunity to drive into you.
  10. To answer my own question above for anyone wondering how to do this in their 01-02 corolla I disconnected the seat wire harness and connected both wires together which silenced the seat belt dings, then I disconnected the door ajar sensor's wiring harness from the sensor on the door pillar. No more door ajar dings and it also silenced the ignition dings where I can do as I will with the key and I hear nothing. The alarm will sound when motion is detected so the disabled door ajar sensor is irrelevant.
  11. Oil changes ever 3k miles is way too soon if you're burning that much oil since you're basically already adding a new 4qt oil change every 2 months. I recommend valvoline max life synth blend HM oil since I've had good results with it. I have a similar oil burn rate as you with this oil and I just changed it at 7,500 miles and had it analyzed at blackstone labs. They told me it looked just fine where I can wait until 9k miles to change the oil and send them another sample next time. So you can go at least 5k miles before changing the oil & filter. Toyota recommends filling an extra 16oz to keep the oil level from dropping below full as it burns off. I did so then marked the dipstick with a razor blade to show the toyota updated fill level mark on it.
  12. Fish lately oreilly auto parts has been emailing me $5 off coupons for $10 spent. I've been buying 2qts of Valvoline for less total cost than walkmart charges for 2qts. Dang cheap for good oil.
  13. In my experience the oem drums are better. I got some painted ones on Amazon that rusted within 3 weeks so I returned them and spent more money on the oem drums. Months later and still no rust on them so it's worth the extra money. Beforehand I sanded and repainted my original drums with high temp supposed anti rust paint which rusted in a month as well.
  14. I haven't been able to find that supposed updated dipstick after buying two of them online. One for a '01 was identical to what I had in the engine and another for a '03 was too short. The best option I found was filling 16oz past the full mark then scraping a updated full mark on the dipstick where the top level of the oil was on it by using a box cutter but I'm sure a small flat head screwdriver would scrape a mark on it good too.
  15. Yep 16oz past the full mark. Pennzoil high mileage would be a good choice. It's near the thickness of Valvoline I believe. I'd personally just use whichever I could find the cheapest. I've never used ATF to clean the engine so I don't know about that but if they say it helps then I bet it does.
  16. I'd try that Castrol during the summer months since it's the thickest brand of 5w30 high mileage and try Valvoline Maxlife 5w20 high mileage in the cold months since it's a little more thin than Castrol brand. Whatever you do just make sure to keep it topped off 16oz past the fill line on your dipstick.
  17. I'm no longer burning a qt every 400 miles since I've been keeping topped off 16oz above the oem fill point after also switching to a more thick Valvoline Max Life High Mileage 5w30 instead of the thin Havoline 5w30 I was using beforehand. Now I'm burning a qt every 1,200 miles. A big improvement. I usually top off once every two weeks and the excess level never burns down to the fill line that way. So I'm not looking to rebuild the engine soon like I was beforehand. Based on my situation I would recommend using the oil that I do, or 5w20 if you're in cold climate, and keep the oil topped off 16oz above the fill line on the dip stick.
  18. Btw fish I tried to "Like" your post but the site won't allow it. Cites an error saying max likes have been reached.
  19. Ok thanks for the info. The 2015 2door Golf GTI around 210hp should be interesting to try as well. I had been looking at the Subaru Impreza WRX but to me the previous models look better plus overall mileage would be around 21mpg which I wouldn't care for. That's why I was looking at the Jetta GLI since the mileage would be around 28-30mpg since they don't have the 2door golf ready to test drive until later this year, yet the Jetta GLI is still peppy enough where it's actually fun to drive given it's sport suspension but it's not too stiff where it's uncomfortable so overall it's a very well balanced car. Will be interesting to feel how the 2door Golf GTI compares to it.
  20. Fish what years do the vw turbos have oil burn? I've been seriously considering the 2014 Jetta GLI after test driving it. Nice sport suspension to carve corners and 6spd auto with manual tap shift and 220hp for sporty passing, plus the interior is real nice with good ergonomics and a sd card slot for the nice sounding 400wt radio too which is a neat since the songs and menus load faster on them than radios that use usb disks.
  21. Same here fish about the paint. The wheels are only a few months old yet they already look worse than some 10yr old sets I've seen with gashes from balancing machine mishaps, flakes from sockets mashing against the lug holes, and scratches on the front likely from tossing them on the ground, all thanks to the hapless apes who have worked on them.
  22. Are the tools required to test compression heavy enough to dent the top of the fender if rested on it? I have a couple dents after my compression test that weren't there beforehand. I know the mechanic had a load of quarters in his front pocket along with screw driver bits that fell out into my seat without him knowing it which could have caused the dents when leaning over the fenders too.
  23. Consider getting HIR bulbs. They're a little brighter and more white(not blue like HID) without increased heat and they're easy to modify where they fit your oem housings. I just did that and I'm pleased with them much more than the oem bulbs and the Sylvania replacements I had beforehand. I could only see 40ft in front of me at night but now I can see 80ft. I also adjusted the lights higher and have not had people flashing their lights at me either. I used a pair of snips to cut the tabs but it can be done with a dremel or toe nail clippers too. Only takes a couple minutes to cut both bulb tabs to size with the snips. This site shows how to cut them to fit the oem housings.
  24. Microgard is indeed made by Wix and their filters are the same except for having less media. I found that out after I recently tried the Microgard filter with that oil special for the first time and despite having the filter prefilled when I installed it the engine made a bad noise for a couple of seconds when I started it as if the filter were empty but it has not done that anymore and I've had no problems with it at 1,500 miles since. I plan to stay with Wix as I prefer more media. I found K&N filters too but after I researched them I found that they don't filter as good as the Wix. Wix filters 95% of 20 micron sized particles while K&N only filters 93% of 20 micron sized particles. The 2% difference may initially not sound like much but when you consider 7-9gpm can flow through them then that 2% really adds up to a substantial difference real quick.