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DIY: How to Replace the Positive Crankcase Ventilation Valve (PCV) On Your 3rd Gen Prius

If your 3rd gen Prius is approaching or passed the 100,000 mile mark, it’s time to replace the positive crankcase ventilation valve (PCV valve). If your Prius is consuming noticeable amount of motor oil, say 1 quart every 2,000 ~ 3,000 miles, the PCV valve may be clogged with carbon build-up and may need to be changed. It’s definitely a…

DIY: Spark Plugs Replacement On a 3rd Gen Prius

Spark Plugs Replacement on a 3rd Gen Prius My 2012 Prius Four has reached 120,000 miles and symptoms of rough idle, cold start rattle, decreasing fuel efficiency and sporadic loss in power (especially during acceleration), has become almost a once-a-week routine. I figured it is time to replace the spark plugs. I am having major service as recommended by Toyota…

Back to the South Bay!

A lot of things has happened in the past two and a quarter years since we’ve relocated to the Inland Empire. Wife no longer commutes to Orange County to work. In fact, she stopped commuting since Fall of 2015. Her company set her up with a sweet home office set up, saving us tremendously on transportation fares. Despite my daily…

Thoughts on ALIEN: Covenant (mini review)

<nerdiocity> Minor spoiler on ALIEN: Covenant ahead. ALIEN: Covenant royally took a massive dookie on the whole Alien lore, mythos and mystique surrounding the Space Jockey and Xenomorphs we’ve grown to admire and that which have spawned over three decades of wonder, fantastical imagination, arts, creativity, fictions, comics and graphic novels from fans across the globe. I am not sure…

Xentec HID Lights Finally Failed – Xenon Depot Extreme H11 LED Review

So after close to five years of service, my driver side Xentec HID headlight kit has begun to intermittently fail. The bulbs still work perfectly, no clouding or purple tinge, to my surprise. The ballast sporadically emits a high pitch buzzing sound and doesn’t fire up the HID bulb. This appears to occur randomly while the passenger side set up continues to…

The Prepd Pack Lunchbox, Review and Unboxing

Updated April 11, 2017 – see end of article for new information added The Prepd Pack Journey This is an account of the journey of my first crowd funded project. Well, I was not exactly part of the original crowd funding campaigns on either Indiegogo or Kickstarter, but I’ve been eyeing and following the Prepd Lunchbox project since I first learned about it…

Fuel economy of medium Yakima 60″ JetStream vs. small Yakima 50″ CoreBar

I have recently acquired a set of Yakima 50″ CoreBar crossbars for use with my existing Yakima BaseLine towers bare-roof, roof rack set up. My previous set up consisted of Yakima 60″ JetStream on Yakima BaseLine towers. I’ve had the opportunity to test out the two different set ups and their effect on the Prius’ MPG this past few weeks.…

A Tour of Our Completed Nintendo Super Mario-themed Baby Nursery

Our Vision When we found out that my wife was pregnant with our first child, we wasted no time planning and designing our future nursery. Planning out a baby nursery proved to be challenging, especially not knowing the baby’s gender. Nonetheless, we eventually both agreed to a Nintendo theme, particularly Super Mario. We chose a Nintendo Super Mario theme because it briefly…