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Jun
19
comment Any recommendations on vehicle maintenance software for the DIYer?
ah! I edited my question to reflect this.
Jun
19
comment Maintenance on used car with unknown history
I would add power steering fluid to this. And for #2 "radiator fluid" (or engine coolant) I have read that you should not mix green and red antifreeze, although this is for my 1995 Toyota Land Cruiser - not sure how much this applies to other vehicles.
Jun
19
comment Good template for keeping maintenance records?
This is helpful. I was also able to find an excel spreadsheet template somewhere online, but it's really geared toward regular maintenance and doesn't handle adding aftermarket, etc parts into the mix. Thanks for the ideas. I'm also looking at software (windows or local based apps only) but think I'll post a separate question for that.
Jun
8
comment Do I need to torque my spark plugs?
hmm... shouldn't you read the torque specs from the engine manufacturer though? I imagine they could differ between engines. The threads in the engine are what you are really interested in protecting.
Jun
7
comment Free online databases?
agreed - I have a Toyota Land Cruiser and find ih8mud.com very helpful, but they certainly don't have information about Volvos over there. Also I think this site is intended to address some aspect of what you are asking.
Jun
7
comment How do I select the right oil for my car?
your answer is contradictory - you say "Your engine will last longer if you use synthetic" and in the next paragraph "Provided you change your oil on schedule, you won't be doing anything wrong by buying conventional oil." My understanding aligns with your latter quote that mineral (conventional) oil is fine as long as it is changed often enough. With that said I just purchased a 95 land cruiser and will be using Mobile1 0W40 (fully synthetic) - and yes it's expensive at $9 per quart (and i need 8 of them per oil change!).
Jun
7
comment Good template for keeping maintenance records?
Because this is just for my family's vehicles I cannot really justify the $40 per month entry fee. Thanks for the link though and it should be helpful to others looking for this type of information.
Jun
4
comment What is the best overall ODB2 scan tool?
I am also in the market for an OBD II reader and have come to the same conclusion that a PC based solution is the way to go because of all the added features you get, and the unlimited possibilities based on what software is written for it. I have also come across a couple of open source projects at sourceforge but unsure of how well they work.