Retired old Gearhead

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About Retired old Gearhead

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    If it can't be fixed, it's broken.

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    U.S. Southern Atlantic
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    '13.Spark.1LT, &'15.Range Rover S.

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  1. My 2013 Spark came with the factory conventional oil. I was told the 'oil life monitor' was calibrated at the factory for conventional oil. I use synthetic and just change it once a year.
  2. Excellent!..Always try before you buy. I recently had a problem with my Cable TV and internet at the same time. I have two different providers for each tv and no internet. It was decided to call my internet provider as both use the common TV cable with a splitter. I was on hold so hung up and tried to see if I could resolve it. I took the splitter out of the equation and hooked the tv and internet modem direct to main cable from wall. Each worked fine without the splitter. Found a spare splitter in toolbox, installed and now they both work with correct speed and all channels. So sometimes it is better to use knowledge and common sense based on elimination before calling for service or replacing a car part...OK...'Nuff said on that... . .
  3. Nice explanation and excellent diagram!
  4. Bobby...Don't go by sound..go by function..try it and see if it still works as expected.
  5. I'd go by 10Kmi for the rotations and one year 10Kmi as well for synthetic oil which you can change to at any time. That way you make one trip for rotation and oil. Synthetic will improve mileage and engine life.
  6. If the lights do not come on all the time and the car runs normally, it is probably a minor issue such as a sensor. I would just drive it and if the car runs abnormally and or the lights stay on...then take it in. Mostly these things are under powertrain warranty if they are causing the car not to run properly. The posts on the longer thread relate mostly to the 2013 spark with a recall and fix regarding the PCV valve failure. This was fixed on the 2014. That's really the best I can come up with without actually driving the car. BTW..check your oil and coolant tank for proper levels..Unlikely that is the cause..but just to rule that out. Often these lights come on with regard to higher than normal emissions due to a dirty sensor and as long as the car idles and runs OK that is likely a temporary issue. Hope that guides you in the right and inexpensive direction...might also be a fouled or bad plug or coil, but that would make the car idle and run rough and is very inexpensive to fix.
  7. I have over 175,000mi on my 2013 4sp-Auto issues and runs like 65Kmi out of the factory front brake pads/rotors. I use synthetic 5w20...never burns more than 1/4qt of oil between 7,500Kmi/18 month changes.
  8. Paint

    May not adhere well after 3 months and is not required. A polishing/buffer rotary tool can fix that.
  9. Ha,ha...excellent video but I think the main issue here is the 6 second lights..I would have totally lost it!!!
  10. Bobby, The drag on the electrical is very low and with the Spark being want to be seen. Most people, when deciding to pass on a single lane highway look for lights coming at them as all cars have them and you could easily be missed in the quick scan of approaching cars and if the resulting accident ever comes to court...well you get my drift...
  11. The colder the ambient outdoor temp...the lower your gas mileage.
  12. Nice looking car. Judging by the tires..looks like about 30-40Kmi on it? Also looks like time for a tire rotation. I have close to 150Kmi on my 2013 4Sp-Auto tranny...I drive it hard and no issues at all. I use synthetic oil and sometimes go 1.5 yrs between changes..I only change the oil when the oil life % reading is at 10%. Burns no noticeable oil between changes. Still get the same gas mileage when it was will probably enjoy this car for some years to come.
  13. Try turning the steering wheel to the right after the key is out.
  14. Have them check the gas peddle control module.
  15. Your dipstick level shows 3/4 of a quart down from full. This is not unusual in a new car engine break-in period of 5Kmi. Keep an eye on your level because once the rings/valves are properly seated during break-in there should be not more than 1/4 qt. used.