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Nah, anything should work, but the clamps are so cheap that I toss them in when I'm placing larger parts orders. Plus I like the OE stuff; the OE constant-tension clamps come with a little pink clip. You slide it on, position it, and pull the clip off, it's very satisfying .Nice. Is that the only place to get the clamps from, Toyota?
Yeah, the molded OE hoses are expensive...I like molded though, and I replace at the first sign of cracking. I think the booster hose cost me $43, and two small 90-degree EVAP hoses near the airbox were $12-20 each.@insightbrewery , the brake booster hose on my 01 Camry had a similar fate about a year and a half ago and I was shocked when the dealer told me $60 for a new hose so I used fuel line hose of the correct diametre and have not experienced a single problem at all. The only thing I don't have are the 90 degree angles in the hose but I made sure to use enough hose to get a gently curve and have had zero problems and don't anticipate any. As to the clamps I just used regular hose clamps.
On a similar note I will be replacing some of the vacuum lines that go to the EGR valve in that area. Some of the hoses run close to the throttle body/fuel injection system and I noticed that a few of them appear to be double wrapped I am guessing to guard against heat and possible rubbing. I am wondering on the new vacuum hose if I should wrap the corresponding areas with electrical tape to beef them up a little bit. Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks.
This mechanic is not good. Too perfect even a brake hose . I never like the japanese clamps. I like the good ol american chrome screw type. I see your point on the japanese clamps.
Does heat kill batteries like crazy or something? I easily get 10 years out of a battery the one my wagon is 13 years old still good. I don't let the batteries freeze but otherwise don't do anything special I do check the water level.
I drive only one car in the winter, so nothing except the car gets driven daily. The others I keep indoors and check the charge but they hold a charge for months at room temperature.But hey, what do you do to protect your batteries in the dead of winter?
I've taken a ride along from northern B.C. to Alaska incredible drive.My plans before I take the trip through the Yukon to Alaska:
Don't have to have a passport but if you do it saves potential hassle I recommend renewing. Canada Customs is generally very nice but not always.1. At 200K (5K away), do struts (KYB), swaybar endlinks (OE or Proforged), oil pump (got a NOS Aisin), oil pan (stamped layers separated, got aftermarket rando pan), coolant (100K mark, gives me a chance to install the block heater).
2. Renew my passport (not sure if I need it)
Get snow tires, meaning something with heavy tread that does well in moderate to deep snow.3. Plan for trip ("If it's brown, lay down; if it's black, fight back; if it's white, good night" )
4. If everything is a go, get winter tires 100 miles away from where the wintry snowy stuff really starts so I can get used to them again (been years since I lived in Boston). Plan is to use them for trip, then maybe trade them for regular tires on the way back into easy climate