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Forum: S-Series Tech 07-31-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,157
Posted By ssewall
Re: Coil spring brand suggestions?

and then, a year and a half later...

The rub was being caused by uneven ride height. The moog spring/kyb strut combo is a little bit higher than factory, at least on gen-3s. This against the...
Forum: S-Series General 09-22-2014, 07:34 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,205
Posted By ssewall
Re: Phase-out of R-134a

My GE CFLs are going on 9 years. No, they weren't 99 cents each. You get what you pay for. A good option for frequent on/off spots is the soft-white halogen bulbs they make now. They handle...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-09-2014, 11:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 718
Posted By ssewall
Re: Dorman oil pan yes or no

That's just sloppy. 90% of cars and light trucks are 1 of 4 socket sizes and it takes 5 seconds to remove a drain plug.
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-26-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By ssewall
Re: Purpose of piston soak?

It's an attempt to get some of this off of your pistons and rings:
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-13-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 704
Posted By ssewall
Re: Help for replacing water pump

If you have a low torque impact a wobble extension (extension with a narrow end so the socket can wobble a bit, parts stores have them) makes removing those bolts the easiest part of the job.
Forum: S-Series General 08-06-2014, 11:15 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,736
Posted By ssewall
Re: What Did You Put In Your S-Series Wagon, Sedan or Coupe Today?

A couple weeks ago, PT wood:

2 2x10x10
1 2x8x10
1 2x6x10
1 2x4x10
2 1x8x10

and some stainless decking screws :)
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-06-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 476
Posted By ssewall
Re: Time to bury the SC1?!

How's the battery and alternator?
Forum: S-Series General 08-05-2014, 09:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,054
Posted By ssewall
Re: What oil do you run and why

Amsoil HDD or Signature since 65k with 7k OCI as an attempt to mitigate the coked rings issue. Approaching 100k and burning no oil.
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-05-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,172
Posted By ssewall
Re: How to clean axle/spline before putting it in transmission?

The hub side isn't sealed or constantly lubricated so it will rust regardless. I just wire brushed mine and greased it very slightly, no problems to speak of.
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-05-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,172
Posted By ssewall
Re: How to clean axle/spline before putting it in transmission?

The reman axle I used lasted 1 year, avoid them.

My local JY keeps things that can rust in bins indoors, so the inner shaft was spotless. No idea why they would think it's ok to store something...
Forum: S-Series General 08-05-2014, 06:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 768
Posted By ssewall
Re: Look out.. Female coming through!

Do you mean the plastic looms that keep the wires separate? Because it's somewhat important that the wires don't touch each other, that's why the looms are there.
Forum: S-Series Tech 07-26-2014, 07:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 613
Posted By ssewall
Re: Pre-emptive Water Pump R&R?

The main argument for not replacing as a preventative measure is aftermarket water pumps for the S in general seem to have a higher than normal defective part rate.

Still going strong on my Bosch...
Forum: S-Series Tech 07-17-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,032
Posted By ssewall
Re: 97 Saturn Rattle/Noise Coming from Engine

For the record the belt removal technique is perfectly safe so long as you don't go over 2 min, it's unlikely you will even need 1. There are a couple of things that can transfer vibration into the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 07-17-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,901
Posted By ssewall
Re: broken coil spring

Known problem with 3rd gens (like mine). If you need to remove the strut for some reason it's a worthy preventative measure to replace the springs or the entire strut assembly.
Forum: S-Series Tech 06-23-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 845
Posted By ssewall
Re: water pump on borrowed time

FWIW I'm 5k on the bosch pump now. No slow leak out of the weep hole or anything like that. Only oddity was it made this whining sound occasionally the first couple hundred miles.
Forum: S-Series General 06-18-2014, 03:23 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,688
Posted By ssewall
Re: Ugh gf put diesel in the saturn

Considering .25% of cars in the US are diesel, I'm not surprised people accidentally fill them with gas. "Check if it's a diesel" isn't really engrained in the mind of the average automotive...
Forum: S-Series Mods 04-05-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,018
Posted By ssewall
Re: Guys did I ruin my car? What do you think?

Don't like body kit and I have no idea what your plastidip job looks like from that pic.
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-22-2014, 04:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 990
Posted By ssewall
Re: Big problem. Open loop

Check plug wire order

Cylinders from left to right:
1 2 3 4
4 1 2 3
^ to coils from left to right
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-22-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,670
Posted By ssewall
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-22-2014, 12:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,450
Posted By ssewall
Re: 2002 Saturn Sl1 Mechanic rip off?

You're not totally clear here. 700 including AC compressor replacement or did that turn out to be fine?

The only thing I see outrageous is the $350 radiator. Under certain conditions the msrp is...
Forum: S-Series General 03-20-2014, 09:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,953
Posted By ssewall
Re: Coolant leak how serious?

I don't think they ever shipped without dexcool from the factory. My 02 came with it, replete with the use dexcool or your car will implode into a small cube warning.
Forum: S-Series General 03-19-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,106
Posted By ssewall
Re: 'Loaded' Struts $170 each, are they serious ?

The bounce test isn't effective for these cars; my car passed the test with completely dead struts, and I'm not the first to experience this. The symptoms I had were the car would sway a bit over an...
Forum: S-Series General 03-09-2014, 11:39 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,765
Posted By ssewall
Re: Failed emissions-rings, guides, price?

A legitimately rebuilt engine in a car that's otherwise well taken care of should last a while. A replacement 150k mile used car every emissions cycle might not be as economical.
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-08-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,137
Posted By ssewall
Re: Can't get the struts in

How far off is it? It should almost but not quite clear the outer cv joint. A 3-4 foot piece of iron pipe over the end of the prybar will get you some extra leverage.

If you compress the spring...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-13-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,147
Posted By ssewall
Re: Valve Cover Gasket Replacement '97 SL1

The gasket adhesive is just there to help hold the gasket in place, you need RTV on those two joints whether you use it or not.
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