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Forum: S-Series General 09-19-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 804
Posted By TomM96
Re: Need help, can I drive whatever this thing is that broke?

Those trailing arm links seem to suffer failure on our cars... more than one might expect.

Good they're available. I see PartGeek is still selling some TRW front control arms (they're made in...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-19-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 740
Posted By TomM96
Re: Valve Body Mystery Connector Leak

Thanks for reporting back -- glad they rectified issue; interesting source of problem, too bad an expensive 'fix'.
My '97 TAAT worked fine through 230kMi !

> 'Fluid was leaking past the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-08-2018, 10:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 597
Posted By TomM96
Re: 2001 SW2 manual: starter won't engage - no solenoid click

My '97 SW had miserable, languid starting characteristics until i renewed the ignition switch. The Gen3 switches aren't supposed to be an issue.

One test to jump out the IgSw... would be apply B+...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-08-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 308
Posted By TomM96
Re: Radio Reception Intermittently Poor When Cold

My '97SW also had annoying variance in its reception...
never sorted it out.
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-08-2018, 09:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 618
Posted By TomM96
Re: Car sat for 6 months....precautions before start?

& if it were on a commercial street near Brooklyn/Queens border, it might suffer the embarrassment of having the cylinder head removed, for use elsewhere ...

Question for onlinebiker--
In the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-08-2018, 09:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By TomM96
Re: Front strut mounting bracket


NateDawg, you did real nice job!

Yes, a new subframe will be required. The open slit would accept water; the spacial derangement would affect at least the alignment.

It's an...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-07-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 367
Posted By TomM96
Re: Front strut mounting bracket

> " I can't buy a steering knuckle anywhere new "

Car mfgrs generally provide replacements for consumable aspects of their retail creations.
Steering knuckles are 'FORGED', one of the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-06-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,280
Posted By TomM96
Re: Heater hose replacements

Radiator hoses in the 60s routinely wore out, swelled and cracked at attachments.

The newer EPDM material is vastly superior, and appear to last indefinitely. I replaced the two radiator hoses at...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-06-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 630
Posted By TomM96
Re: 2001 Saturn SC2 revs dropping at idle - engine stall

If you're running the original alternator:
(1) congrats!
(II) The brushes in it are probably worn and making intermittent contact with the rotating field, thus limiting output below required level....
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-06-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 299
Posted By TomM96
Re: Interesting notes about the control arms I just recieved

I bought TRW arms about three years ago. they were made in Taiwan.

Following the financial crash SOOO many suppliers died & were absorbed by other outfits... that the component stream is just...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-06-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 355
Posted By TomM96
Re: looks like im going to keep it for a while

I'm guessing in St Louis you get occasional road salt.

So, put car on lift and coat engine-cradle/subframe with Por15 or good paint; maybe also paint the fender/fascia stiffener brackets, etc.
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-06-2018, 02:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 740
Posted By TomM96
Re: Valve Body Mystery Connector Leak


What type ATF are you running?

When i used the Valvoline Red (which Lower Viscosity than OEM), my connector weeped a little. OldNuc advises that thinner fluid runs hotter...

Forum: S-Series General 09-05-2018, 10:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 352
Posted By TomM96
Re: Advice on purchase

Don't expect the engine to last.

Check body rust from below thoroughly-- Any investment of parts/components, or time/troubleshooting... will be wasted if the body is not intact.

It could easily...
Forum: S-Series General 09-05-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By TomM96
Re: Blower motor issue

also maybe check out:

(1) blower motor resistor
(2) blower motor/'heater fan' relay (if it exists)

It is possible that the brushes in the motor are worn, so contact with armature is failing......
Forum: S-Series General 08-28-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 498
Posted By TomM96
Re: Chevron Delo 15W-30...

Thanks for response, FDryer...

>' I'm curious as to your reasons for choosing 0w40. '

It was a mistake.
I intend to use 5-30 or 5-40 (winter);
and 5-40 or 10-40 (summer).
* *
Forum: S-Series General 08-27-2018, 10:05 PM
Replies: 1,835
Views: 299,252
Posted By TomM96
Re: Saturn Craigslist Deal of the Day!

Sooo , another car, not Craigslist, but:

1997 Saturn S-Series SW1 Contact Seller
Mileage 120,667 For Sale by DEALER
Color Blue ...
Forum: S-Series General 08-27-2018, 09:35 PM
Replies: 1,835
Views: 299,252
Posted By TomM96
Re: Saturn Craigslist Deal of the Day!

Zeebins is overachieving-

Thanks for the tip from the Kiwi on the Vette-forum , concerning the code reader....
Forum: S-Series General 08-27-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 426
Posted By TomM96
Re: Headlights Chime no longer working

Dunno what year car Lionfish is navigating, but...

As the door hinges Wear, the door's aft section (which communicates with the Door Ajar switch) moves vertically in addition to swing...
Forum: S-Series General 08-27-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 536
Posted By TomM96
Re: Interesting Story, Bad Rep for Us

A few years back an acquaintance expired at age 89. He went to the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy; worked shipboard as an operating engineer on oil tankers... then re-trained for operating...
Forum: S-Series General 08-27-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 498
Posted By TomM96
Re: Chevron Delo 15W-30...


If specifying viscosity, check out the Rotella T6 SatNight mentions in post #3;

Or @ Walmart:
Chevron Delo 400 XSP Synthetic 5W40 Motor Oil, 1 gal. / ChevronWalmart # 550141692 ...
Forum: S-Series General 08-14-2018, 10:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By TomM96
Re: exhaust systems for S Series, advice

Chaos --

Thanks for the tip about the HiTemp POR15....
I'll give that a try!

My recently acquired 2000SW was owned by a POR 15 Fanatic !
The rocker panel tops, and a bit of the underside,...
Forum: S-Series General 08-14-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 340
Posted By TomM96
Happy Re: exhaust systems for S Series, advice

>> (MacGyver) " The OEM exhaust was T409 stainless which is a good balance between life and cost. A new T409 exhaust system will last at least 10 years. If you want to go all out, you can look for...
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-14-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 306
Posted By TomM96
Re: Power Steering Noise/Dying while stopped

>Looks like my 5th power steering replacement,....

I've Never replaced one. My '97 had 230kMi , no leaks/weeps, or noise.

What i suggest is notice this advice from a 1970s book concerning...
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-14-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 12,013
Posted By TomM96
Re: KREEN Added to Oil Reduced the Oil Burning in my SC2.

Thanks for the Update, Pitcher!

That's clearly a successful treatment.
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-14-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 381
Posted By TomM96
Re: How to check oil pressure relief valve?

Every engine manual i've read suggests renewing those at rebuild time.

The procedure seems iffy, and i always declined.

Good Work, Online !
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