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Old 04-08-2019, 05:15 PM   #1
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Trick to cleaning license plate

I didn't have much luck searching Google on tips to cleaning the license plate from exhaust carbon. Granted....99% of the cars on the road don't have a centered exhaust output.

Soaked it in water for an hour while I washed the car, dishwasher detergent (I used Joy), and a steel wool pad. See for yourself!

And yes it's a lot of carbon - it burns oil and I hadn't cleaned it in a very long time.

Before and After

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Nice job on getting the plate clean.

Does your car blow a lot of smoke out when you start it after it's been sitting for a bit?

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Old 04-08-2019, 05:44 PM   #3
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Nice job on getting the plate clean.

Does your car blow a lot of smoke out when you start it after it's been sitting for a bit?

Just burns it as the car runs. It wasn't too bad (1 quart per 5000 miles) until the AOS blew at around 85k miles. Ever since it's been 5+ quarts per 5000 miles. But car still runs great aside from that...now at 115k.
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Just burns it as the car runs. It wasn't too bad (1 quart per 5000 miles) until the AOS blew at around 85k miles. Ever since it's been 5+ quarts per 5000 miles. But car still runs great aside from that...now at 115k.
I'd get the AOS replaced asap.
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I'd get the AOS replaced asap.
Haha no I did replace the AOS at 85k when it blew. Then again immediately because I thought it was a bad AOS with the oil consumption. It consumed the oil despite 2 new AOS's.
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And the IMS bearing
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Wax it should only need water next time
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you sure you didn't damage motor when AOS blew? that kind of an increase in oil consumption points to much more serious issues.
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you sure you didn't damage motor when AOS blew? that kind of an increase in oil consumption points to much more serious issues.
Hard to say but I did shut it down immediately when it blew. And ran for just a couple seconds at home. I did compression and leak down tests months later and the numbers were fine (don't recall actual numbers).

I don't worry too much about it as I'm not going to do an engine rebuild/repair that costs half or 3/4 of the value of the car.
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I seem to recall one of the pros (maybe Jake) mentioning a while back that he was seeing a lot of new stock AOSs crap right out of the box.
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