Archive for the ‘Mechanic’ Category

Amsoil Dealer

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I signed up to become an AMSOIL dealer last week. For those that don’t know they make synthetic oils, greases and fuel additives. The company is very popular in powersports (motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats) and racing – but make products for your regular every day driver too.

I’m going to end up taking most of my repair/maintenance posts to that new blog. Not much to see on there now but you can check out the AMSOIL product lines.

If you are interested in some quality products for your engines/toys get in touch with me.
I can definitely do better on price and product line availability compared to the big box retailers in Mississauga. If you’re local I can cut down on shipping costs by picking up the products at the distribution centre.

2-Cycle Oil Mix

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

I bought 2 packets (44.3mL) of Saber™ Professional Synthetic 100:1 Pre-Mix 2-Cycle Oil (ATP) from Amsoil this year. It’s a synthetic 2-stroke oil and you mix it at a 100:1 ratio for any equipment that requires 40:1. Sounds scary doesn’t it. The synthetic oil lets you mix it much leaner than regular 2-stroke oil. The packet says you can run it in a richer mix as well without plug or spark arrestor fouling so it is more forgiving about the fuel mix.

The only 2-stroke, air cooled piece of equipment I use is an old weed eater which calls for a 40:1 ratio. Last year I ran about 4L of mixed fuel through the machine.
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AMSOIL

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

I signed up as a preferred customer of AMSOIL which is a manufacturer of synthetic motor oils and auto products. By paying a small fee to be a preferred customer you get the wholesaler price on the products.

They have a distribution centre in south Brampton where I can pick up my order to save a bit more money.

Looking to extend the OCI on Lauren’s Vibe with some quality oils to 12,000km/6 months. That will have to be backed by a UOA saying her engine is in good shape and the oil can be extended. My Outlander will get on an extended OCI once the warranty period expires.

I can order for friends and family too so if you see something on their website you want let me know.

Christmas Present Utilization Day

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Today I got to break out both the new meat carving set and pneumatic impact gun.

Carved a block of back bacon with the Classic Wüsthof carving set for breakfast. Then later that afternoon Chris and I put on his wife’s winter tires using a FatMax 1/2″ impact gun that works with my Motomaster twin stack compressor from Canadian Tire. The impact gun cost more than the compressor but the gun needs to be more efficient since it only has a small volume of air that the compressor can provide.

I’m very happy with both!
The big problem of the day was that we found a nail in one of the winter tires going on the car.

Winter Tire Day

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

The Vibe and Outlander got their winter tires rotated on today from the basement.

It’s so much faster in a garage with a lift and all four corners off the ground. Using the scissor jack and cranking them up one at a time sure does slow things down. The lock nuts on my rims were on way tighter than the lugs. The electric impact gun couldn’t get them off so I had to go and get the 2′ breaker bar and break them by hand. All the brake pads look good. I didn’t get into the drums on the Vibe – they should probably be looked at for Lauren’s next oil change. I have a feeling her drums are going to be my next job.

Canadian Tire just recently had a tool commercial with this Stanley FatMax impact gun connected to a dinky recoil spring air hose. I was about to get upset that they were misleading people that they could use their crappy little portable compressor with such a tool but according to the spec’s it looks like it should work with my compressor. Needs 3.3 CFM@90PSI mine puts out 4.1.

It is listed at $170 and out of stock for something I already have an electric tool for. Kind of hard to justify the purchase even if it means one less thing to lug upstairs.

Changing Seasons

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

I had a really good weekend knocking things off my to-do list around the house.

  1. Replaced batteries in smoke detectors, thermostat and the living room clock
  2. Pulled the tomatoes and herbs at the side of the house. Frost got most of them except the parsley.
  3. Planted garlic
  4. Cut the grass for the last time – changed the oil in the mower and put it to bed for the winter with the weed eater
  5. Washed the car
  6. Point trowelled some mortar in where it has washed away from the brick pedestal and set the cap stone again
  7. Woke up the neighbours snow blower from a long summer sleep.

The snow blower was in pretty good shape for sitting outside for the summer. I re-lubed the inner gears/drive selector since it has been rusting up for a while now. Cleaned the spark plug and shot a bit of WD-40 into the cylinder. I tried starting it up with the old gas in but the blower ran really choppy. It seemed like it would run for the bowl of fuel primed but then would stall out when it tried to pull from the tank. A quick drain and fill of fresh fuel and she started right up and ran strong without the choke. Changed the oil once it heated up. Didn’t see any white milky water in the oil this time which is very good.

Still to do some time this week includes the front flower bed clean up, rear tree garden raking out the leaves, hanging the Christmas lights and snow tires on both vehicles before the snow starts falling.

2006 Vibe Oil Change

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

The Vibe came due for another oil change this week. I was out early to do the job armed with the right tools this time.

Luckily I had an extra crush ring on hand since the old one didn’t come off with the drain plug from the oil pan. It just stuck seized to the opening – or so I thought. When I went to put the plug back in after draining it was gone and had fallen into the oil pan with all the used oil. I put a new one on and fished out the old one when the used oil was poured into the jug for recycling.

There seem to be a lot of searches for oil change photos so I took a few locating the parts.
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Mitsubishi Outlander Parts

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

I stopped by Dixie Mitsubishi to see the parts department. Picked up a oil filter (MZ690072) and engine air filter (1500A023 – aka Element Air Cleaner) for my 24,000km service. I also bought a set of mud guards (MZ380525EX) for the coming winter that I’ll have to install in the fall once I can find some primer/adhesion promoter. The parts department also had a rubber WeatherTech trunk liner on the shelf – which I have been eyeing forever — with a slight discount since it was out of the box. These liners/mats never go on sale so I scooped it up.

I thought the oil filter looked really similar to the Pontiac Vibe’s shape and size. So I grabbed the oil wrench and sure enough it fit nicely on the end of the Mitsu oil filter. That’s awesome, one less tool to buy now.

Turned out to be a rather expensive visit. ;)

Outlander AWC

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The owners manual talks a bit about the AWC of the second generation Mitsubishi Outlander. While the owners manual is good for the average user to choose a mode it doesn’t help you fill in the data of what the car is actually doing in those modes. This wikipedia post talks about about how the car achieves the different goals of the driving modes.
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Compressor Too Small For Impact Gun

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I found out that my Motomaster 5-Gallon Twin-stack Air Compressor (#58-7949-6) compressor is too small to run the Mastercraft ½” impact wrench (#58-8413) that comes in the Mastercraft 100-Piece Air Tool Kit (#58-7872-0).

After lugging the beast of a compressor out of the basement plugging it in and hooking up the 50′ 3/8″ hose with 1/4″ quick connects all I could get out of the tool was a steady hiss of air – no impacting as expected on the lugs of the Vibe. I was able to get one nut off after fiddling around with the compressor regulator and cranking up the PSI to the max but the tool specifications say the max is only 90 PSI not the 120 PSI I was trying to feed it to get off the lugs.

Lugs were put on by a tire shop so they were probably at 90 ft/lbs. I torque the lugs to 80 ft/lbs when I change the tires myself on the steelies unless the vehicle says more or less.

Returning to the specs again the air compressor delivers 4.1 scfm @ 90 PSI while the impact wrench requires somewhere around 5.0 scfm according to the tool manual – not the Canadian Tire website.

Dang. I guess I’ll need a garage with a bigger air compressor some day or a better air wrench. ;)
For now the electric impact gun is a lot lighter and easier to use in the driveway.

Never use a gun to torque on your lugs – do it by hand with a proper torque wrench.