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Replacing Rear Left Turn Signal Lamp

It is my second time to change the bulb of my MiniVan. I still can find my post which described how it did on my blog.

Last time it is 3057LL, Sylvania Long Life Lamps. Clear bulbs.

I went to Walmart and found 3057A LL, it is also Long Life Lamps, but, with yellow, or amber glass bulbs.

3057all-lamps

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Using Esso Extra Privileges to save your gas

Gas price is still high. I checked it on VancouverGasPrices.com and saw the gas price of ESSO nearby is 126.9.

Now, ESSO has a new program, ESSO EXTRA Privileges. With it, we can save money.

Here is a privileges card I received yesterday. The front shown 5 cents per litre. This card has discount, which can reduce the price by 5 cents per litre, no matter which gas you choose.  This reward card hold 200L gas for savings. So, it is $10.00 in total.

When I add gas at ESSO gas station, with my speedpass, I collect ESSO points.  To redeem these points, I have a lot of choices, from chips to Red Bull. But, I prefer to redeem a privileges card.

esso-extra-privileges

https://www.essoextra.com

 

Costco Michelin Defender Tire

It is time to change my snow tires to all-season tires. My old, original all-season tires are almost 9 years old. So I choose to buy a new set of four tires.

As a Costco member, I went to Costco Burnaby store tire department. The staff recommend Michelin Defender.

mi_defender_ci2_l

My old tire size is 215/70 R16. He said the Michelin Defender is 225/65 R16. It is OK to install the new set on the old rims.

 

Oh, there is a rebate $17.50 per tire. So the price is $159.99 per tire.

159.99X4 = $639.96

Installation fee $60

Environment fee $20

Rebates -$70.00

Subtotal = $649.96

Taxes $78.00

Total cost: $727.96

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Benefits of Nitrogen Tire Inflation

First of all, What is Nitrogen?

Nitrogen is an inert, dry gas. It’s non-combustible, non-flammable, and non-corrosive. In other words, Nitrogen is as safe as air when used in a tire.

Benefits: when a tire’s inflation pressure is stablized at the manufacturer’s operating specification.

  • Vehicle handling
  • Fuel efficiency
  • Tire life

I will give details of these benefits.

The Nitrogen which added into Tire is N2. The main part of the air we breathe. The air we breathe is made up of:

78% Nitrogen

21% Oxygen

The rest 1% are other gasses in very small amounts.

Nitrogen-3D-vdW

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Could be last AirCare inspection

I did the AirCare vehicle inspection this Monday.  It is required by my auto-insurance renewal letter.

As we living in BC, ICBC is the only insurance company we can purchase basic auto insurance. We can buy excess third party liability or umbrella policy from other company. ICBC also issue driver license, vehicle registration, etc. It is a Crown company.

Based on the information I got, it is the last year of AirCare program.

The AirCare Program will end after December 31, 2014.

Until that  time, ALL eligible 2007-and-older modlel year vehicles will require and AirCare test prior to their 2014 re-licensing. My car is 2005 Pontiac Montana SV6. So This is the second time it took the AirCare Inspection. The first time is 2012, when it is 7 years old.

This is my AirCare report:

2014-aircare

The final result is PASS. Then, I can renewal my insurance and  re-license with this report. If fail, extra cost for repairing will be needed and re-inspect the care.

 

The current testing contract with Envirotest Canada to provide light-duty vehicle emissions testing in this region runs until December 31, 2014. The Province has announced that light-duty vehicles will no longer require emissions testing after this date.

 

Electric Vehicle Charging device on Brentwood Mall

I saw the new device in the parking lot of Brentwood Mall. It looks like below.
Electric Vehicle Charging Station. New type of energy. Clean energy. CO2 free energy.
It is used to charge Electric Vehicle. If it is a mini-van, 5 to 8 hours of standard charging, 3-4 hours of fast charging. It is the length of time to full charging the mini-van.
chargingpoint

I took the picture and googled it.
Leviton is the solution provider. The real company running this service is ChargePoint.

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Replace rear turn signal bulb of Montana SV6

It is the first time that I replace rear turn signal of Pontiac Montana SV6. I am not a handy man. I just like to play computer only.
OK. The situation is right rear turn signal issue. It is not working. If I send it to car dealer to fix it, it may cost $50.
How to DIY replace it? Which lamp is it to replace?
I do not want to give my whole story. Only valuable information is worth to record here.
1) Tool.
T screw driver. It is T-30, you need it.
T-30-screw-driver

2) Lamp
The original one is WAGNER 3057KX bulb.
I bought a Sylvania Long Life Lamps 3057LL. Two lamps a pack.
It is about $3.50 at Walmart.
3057-long-life-lamps

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Tips to clean Pontiac Remote Control

I wrote the post about how to replace the battery of Pontiac Remote.
Here are pictures of them and my own tips to clean it.
Picture one.
pontiac-remote-open

If you can see the red circle part, it is a small gap. This is the place to insert thin flat-head screwdriver.
Picture two.
pontiac-remote-opened

When opened the car remote, it is clear to see the battery.

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How to Replace the Battery in a Pontiac Remote Control

I have a Pontiac SV6 mini van. I found the remote control sometimes not work. I try to replace the battery of it.
The number on the back of remote control is GM/L:15100811.
The front looks like below.

pontiac-remote

The battery type is CR2032. Very popular, you can find it in any stores.
The steps to replace the battery in a Pontiac Remote Control
1) Insert a small knife or thin flat-head screwdriver between the remote halves, directly underneath the slot for your key ring. It is actually the part I circled it in red above.

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