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  1. Spare Tire Cover Elastic Has Ossified

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    Holy cow! I didn't know that such things existed. I will have to look into getting one of those. Thanks for the tip.
  2. Spare Tire Cover Elastic Has Ossified

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    You know..... now that you mention it, I did put a couple of extra pounds into the spare so that I would not have to take the cover off so often to check it. I wonder if that is why it was so difficult to get it all the way back on this time. And forget the palm of my hand, I punched it with my...
  3. Spare Tire Cover Elastic Has Ossified

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    Thanks for the info. I have read all the tips and followed them for the last 10 years and managed to get the cover on/off OK. It is only recently that it has become impossible for me to do it. It is a bit chilly up here in the North East, but not as cold as it will get before the Winter is...
  4. Spare Tire Cover Elastic Has Ossified

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    I recently took the spare tire cover off to check the tire pressure. It took me 15 minutes to get it off and a half hour (more) to put it back on... mostly.... I never did get it completely back on. I can't budge it now. I have a 2006 with the elastic spare tire cover, and now that the car is...
  5. Mixing Tire Brands

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    Just a quick follow-up on this topic. I emailed Town Fair Tire, and they explained the connection with brand. "Manufacturers are allowed up to a 7% variance in size when manufacturing tires so tires even made by the same manufacturer but different models may very well be different sizes"...
  6. Mixing Tire Brands

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    I don't do my own tire work, and the big box tire places might be reluctant to put in standard rubber valves. The outrageous $$$ to keep the TPMS system going does seem to be a bit too much for the small value of the feature, especially when 2/3 of the inflation problems are caused the the TPMS...
  7. Mixing Tire Brands

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    Sorry if I confused you. The air leaks were caused by the Toyota OEM stems, which are aluminum and cost $128.74 each plus $45 to swap each out.They are all one unit and must be replaced in their entirety when they fail. So that costs me $173.74 each time one of these things starts to leak. In...
  8. Mixing Tire Brands

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    That is kind of what I thought. I do not know if the tires were identical in all other ways, he only mentioned brand name. It sounded sort of like magic. Now I am a bit concerned about the sensors he put in there. I do not have a manufacturer or brand. They were sensors with rubber stems. The...
  9. Mixing Tire Brands

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    I had a strange experience at the Tire Store yesterday. I had to take it in again to have a TPMS stem replaced. I have had six flats on the 2006 in 8 years, and 4 of them were caused by the [email protected]# aluminum TPMS stems and rusting wheels. But that is a different rant. When I was there, the...
  10. That pesky rear wiper blade!

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    I could not figure out how to edit the original post to update the photo links, so I have repeated the instructions in this post with new links. Sorry about the double post. The first thing you have to do is pry off the cover over the arm attachment in order to tilt the arm back far enough to...
  11. That pesky rear wiper blade!

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    I have not logged on for quite some time now because we have been building a house and moving twice and life as been total chaos for the last year or so. I had assumed that this thread had died long ago, but I guess not. Thanks to all for the kind words about the thread. I looked at the first...
  12. Driving on the spare

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    I just got a flat fixed on my 2006. When the shop fixed the tire, they put it back on the door and left the new spare on the car. I now have a situation with three older tires on the car with one brand new spare, and one of the old tires being used as a spare. I am wondering if I should put the...
  13. Power steering not working.

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    Last Summer I had a similar problem, but not from the cold. The car had been parked in a lot all day and the temperatures were in the 90's. The air inside of the car must have been at 120 or hotter after sitting in the sun all day. I started the car and immediately rolled down the windows to...
  14. Lost my mast

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    Well my only suggestion then would be to try an Easy Out. If you have drilled a hole into the screw already the Easy Out should bite into it and allow you to unscrew it. If you have wrecked the threads inside of the screw mount then I suppose you will have to replace it. I have not done that and...
  15. Lost my mast

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    I was referring to a way to get the antenna screw out of its socket if it has broken off in there, not how to get the fender off. The antenna simply screws into a threaded hole in the mount on the fender. If the screw has broken off in the mount, you should be able to unscrew it and replace the...
  16. 4WD

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    Thanks for the info. I have wondered about that.
  17. 4WD

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    OK. Just to clarify. Here is how I understand it. Every time you start up, it begins in 4 wheel drive and then it goes into on-demand after you get up to speed. When you lock the 4WD, it begins in 4WD until you get up to speed and then it unlocks back to on-demand. They both sound the same to...
  18. Lost my mast

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    So did the screw break off in the fender? Can't you just unscrew it using an easy out? Maybe I am missing a detail here.
  19. How I built my own stubby antenna

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    Well, chopping my OEM antenna in half is not something I want to do because I use it in the Summer.:shock: I did search this site for solutions last Fall and came up with the WalMart antenna, which was the hot item back then. It was a disaster. I will search again. Maybe some better options...
  20. How I built my own stubby antenna

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    I bought one from WalMart last Fall and it rusted into my car. Why would I assume that a 10 dollar Ebay Special be made any better than that? Do you have one? Is it a workable solution? I might just do that if I can be confident that it won't turn to rust like the last one did.
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