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Change engine oil quickly, safely and correctly for a Subaru

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Did you know if you have your oil changed at a non-dealer garage, they might install the wrong oil filter? Last time I had my Subaru oil changed at a non-dealer garage, they installed a wrong filter because it has the wrong bypass pressure for a Subaru. So it is important that you use a correct filter.

Most of the time going to a dealer for service is more expensive. So in this video I am showing you the easiest way to change your oil in under 20 minutes. You want it to be quick, but also safe. For a Subaru Forester, there is no need to jack up the car, the SUV is high enough, and the oil drain plug is within arm’s reach from the front. If your head is too large or your car’s clearance is too low, watch my other video on how to raise your car safely without a jack:

You need to loosen the drain plug first. If your arm is not strong enough, watch my other video on how to use your foot to loosen it:

I put an oil pan in a box. The box will catch oil splashes and it also lets me adjust the pan under the car more easily. If you don’t have an oil pan, watch this video about how to make a zero cost oil pan:

My oil filter socket fits the correct oil filter from Subaru, but it is too small for the Metrostreet filter. If you don’t have an oil filter wrench, watch my other video on how to remove the filter without purchasing a filter wrench:

Lastly, when you pour oil, there are various ways to do it without using an oil funnel:

Best car battery troubleshooting, correct diagnosis and proper fix with certainty

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What is the difference between a Hydrometer and a load tester? Can epsom salt recondition a battery with sulfation? Depending on what is the problem and what tools you have, there are different ways to resolve your problem. Some of these may work for you, some won’t, this video will explain to you the “why” part, i.e. what are conditions under which the solution will work for you and what are the limitations.

We propose various steps for you to diagnose your car battery problems, and suggest alternative ways to test if you don’t have the best tools.

Diagnose car battery problems & find proper fix, everything you need to know about a battery.

Note, with my old cars, when I did not have a voltage meter, I used the method of disconnecting the battery when the car was running. But now new cars may have more sensitive devices, and since the voltage may spike without battery connected, it may cause some electronics malfunction. So it is safer if you use a voltage meter (if you have one) instead.

We should also remind you that the charge-discharge cycle will shorten the battery life. When your battery passes hydrometer specific gravity test but fails the load test, you have no other option but to perform the charge-discharge cycle. But if it is something other than this condition, don’t cycle unnecessarily.

When you need to replace your battery, if a bigger battery costs the same as the smaller one, you can choose the bigger one even if it is wrong sized, check out my other video on how to replace with the least cost: https://youtu.be/hymGI0ra7gE
A bigger battery may mean either the dimension is bigger or more importantly the weight is higher which means it has more lead.

Another important factor is the price. Big stores such as Costco, Walmart, Home Depot have high volume, and can sell the same quality items at lower price. The smaller stores auto specialty stores such as AutoZone, O’Reilly, Pepboy may give you better service, but higher price for commodity products.

In addition to the weight, sizes, and prices, you should also pay attention to the number of years warranty the battery provides. Note that free replacement is more valuable than the pro-rated “warranty” which may only take about a few bucks off the price of the new one, if you buy it from them again.

Below some samples prices:

Walmart:
$50 ValuePower brand: 12V car battery with 1-year free replacement warranty.
$94 EverStart Maxx brand: An included five-year warranty (three years free replacement and two years prorated) provides peace of mind.

homedepot:
$89 Exide brand. SPRINTER 12 volts Lead Acid 6-Cell 35 Group Size 550 Cold Cranking Amps (BCI) Auto Battery
2-year free replacement
$99 Exide brand. SPRINTER MAX 12 volts Lead Acid 6-Cell 35 Group Size 650 Cold Cranking Amps (BCI) Auto Battery
3-year free replacement

Costco:
$79 Interstate brand: three years free replacement.

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What is Done to Your Car During Yearly Smog Check?


Aren’t you curious about what is done to your car during your yearly smog check? Every year or every other year I have to have a smog check done. In the past when I asked to do video taping, they always refused. Today I found a friendly shop to let me show you how exactly the smog check is done.

There are 2 different smog check procedures, one for cars from year 2000 and earlier, the other one is for newer cars (which is easier). There are 7 steps in your California smog check. They are computerized tests and takes about 20 seconds for each test. If you pass the test, the report then is sent directly to the DMV electronically.

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High definition video may help you see all of this better. This video is shot in the 4K UHD setting (if you have 4K TV, you may select this Youtube Setting/Quality).

Please check out other related videos:
The Cheapest Oil Change Using Zero-Cost DIY Tools – in 4K UHD
https://youtu.be/aPYtICiotEc
How to Raise or Lift a Car without Jack without Stand
https://youtu.be/KwJRQKDszyo

4 Ways To Make An Engine Oil Funnel & 2 Ways To Pour Oil
https://youtu.be/ICcqwXPSxmk

Rotate Tires Without Any Special Tools
https://youtu.be/TBpn030_-kU

4 Solutions When Charging Station Won’t Release EV Car


Fears associated with your electric cars? Many people told me: not being able to unplug. Many drivers found they couldn’t unplug their cars after charging had completed. Here I will show you 4 situations that you are not able to unplug from a level 3 quick charger and what you could do.

You may also want to check out other EV related videos:
5 Mistakes Made at Various EV Charging Stations
https://youtu.be/t9InCQslp8E

How do two Blink Quick Charger Ports Share one Charging Station?
https://youtu.be/I8oYrOiYgJ8

EV Charger Experiment Gone Wrong-Emergency Stop Red Button
https://youtu.be/b29_IsqSx5s

Flat Tire-My Most Embarrassing Moments,Unbelievable, I’m Shocked
https://youtu.be/R6j0hDRnWRM

Leaf Lease Lessons Learned
https://youtu.be/AggjfS1M2os

Use Cell Phone With Free Data Plan As GPS
https://youtu.be/44CArktLswk

How To Reset EV Charge Station Error Code 0x0504
https://youtu.be/EwzkSD-6uQY

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EV quick charge station at 447 Great Mall Drive Milpitas, California 95035

EV quick charge station at 447 Great Mall Drive Milpitas, California 95035
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EV quick charge station at Walgreens, 780 East Santa Clara Street San Jose, CA 95112
https://youtu.be/cZoT7ZAjBTA

New EV Charger at Free & Easy, 1180 N Fair Oaks Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94089
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Free Charging at Palo Alto Public Parking, 533 Cowper St, Palo Alto, CA, 94301
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Free Charging at Downtown Alma Garage, 528 High St Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Free Charging at High & Alma Garage, 430 High Street, Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Problem at Walgreens, 200 N Winchester Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050
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Free Charging at 355 Alma St Palo Alto, CA 94306
https://youtu.be/ESfP-uo0kP0

Free Charging at Nissan Dealer, 4855 Stevens Creek Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95051 USA
https://youtu.be/f_HZNe9uK8g

Free Charging at Nissan Sunnyvale, 680 East El Camino Real, Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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EV quick charge station at Whole Foods Market, 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
https://youtu.be/BBSfT-NDGGc

EV quick charge station at Whole Foods Market, 20955 Stevens Creek Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
I really had hard time to unplug at this station. Very embarrassing.
https://youtu.be/BBSfT-NDGGc

EV quick charge station at Santa Clara Public Lib, 2635 Homestead Rd Santa Clara, CA 95051
https://youtu.be/_W82GLT1gnM

EV quick charge station at Free And Easy, 1180 N Fair Oaks Ave Sunnyvale, CA 94089
https://youtu.be/ik-1jF62_60

EV quick charge station at Whole Foods Market, 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos CA 94022
https://youtu.be/eUst8JlGIWk

EV quick charge station at Ohlone College, address: 39399 Cherry Street, Newark, CA, 94560
https://youtu.be/-0ugYiUzunY

How do two Blink Quick Charger Ports Share one Charging Station?
https://youtu.be/I8oYrOiYgJ8

EV Quick Charge Station at Santa Clara Convention Center, California
https://youtu.be/QP2r05s209k

5 Mistakes Made at Various EV Charging Stations
https://youtu.be/t9InCQslp8E

EV Charger Experiment Gone Wrong-Emergency Stop Red Button
https://youtu.be/b29_IsqSx5s

Flat Tire-My Most Embarrassing Moments,Unbelievable, I’m Shocked
https://youtu.be/R6j0hDRnWRM

Leaf Lease Lessons Learned
https://youtu.be/AggjfS1M2os

Use Cell Phone With Free Data Plan As GPS
https://youtu.be/44CArktLswk

How To Reset EV Charge Station Error Code 0x0504
https://youtu.be/EwzkSD-6uQY