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Forum: Sky Red Line 10-16-2011, 02:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,844
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: 2008 Redline

Congrats. Now get the GM state 2 tune and a good exhaust on the thing and enjoy the power.
Forum: Astra Tech 10-12-2011, 07:38 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 34,635
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Engine lack of power with DTCs P0011, P0014, P000A, P000B, P0012, P0015 or engine

Sure, but without a CEL, you'll have to pay for the repair. They can't repair a vehicle that isn't broken and get reimbursed for a warranty claim. If you have the fault, it will set the CEL.
Forum: Community Center 12-16-2009, 09:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,195
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: check engine lite with no codes

You are probably dealing with an enhanced code. If you don't have the appropriate software for your scanner, or if you do have the right kind of scanner but selected generic OBDII codes, enhanced...
Forum: Aura General 11-03-2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,443
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Tool to remove oil filter on ecotec?

The tool is Lisle - 14700

You should be able to buy it at NAPA, Pep Boys or any other place that stocks the Lisle line. At least they can order it for you if it's not in stock.

It's a nice...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-30-2009, 08:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 732
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: '99 SL1 Fuse keeps blowing

The reason the fuse is blowing is there is too much amperage going through the circuit. The diagnostics are fairly complex as you would have to monitor the circuit draw (amps) and hope to catch a...
Forum: S-Series General 10-30-2009, 08:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 15,516
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Service Light (wrench)

The Service, or wrench light, is for anything the manufacturer allows a diagnostic parameter for. This could be anything from a broken lightbulb to a slipping transmission. The MIL, or check...
Forum: S-Series General 10-15-2009, 08:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,502
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: So how much does power steering rob you of fuel economy?

Unless your drive consists of nothing but driving up and down Lombard Street in San Francisco, the fuel economy penalty is fractional. The pump is just freewheeling unloaded when the steering wheel...
Forum: Vue General 09-17-2009, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 5,895
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: 2003 V6 2WD Water Pump

The water pump is not that hard of a job. While you would replace it while replacing the timing belt, it's no great loss doing it as a separate job. Takes about 1.5 hours.

You can do it without...
Forum: Astra Tech 09-10-2009, 04:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,438
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Spark Plug Replacement?

I suppose they might be that much...if you bought them at the Saturn parts counter and paid full retail. The spec plug is Bosch FQR8LEU2 and you should be able to find them for well under $20 a set....
Forum: Astra Tech 09-08-2009, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,438
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Spark Plug Replacement?

Follow the owner's manual for service. They are conventional plugs. European cars tend to have more owner involvement in keeping the car on the road -unlike US owners who believe the hood shouldn't...
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-25-2009, 05:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 514
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: tools que

You get what you pay for in any tool, air tools included. I prefer the US-made Ingersol-Rand stuff. If it's fairly light duty, occasional use stuff, you can get by with the cheap China tools,...
Forum: S-Series General 08-18-2009, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 400
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: let's say

Which is why I wrote: "...Or around 10k miles."
Forum: S-Series Mods 08-18-2009, 06:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,151
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: nitrous

Your buddy should have explained why so you would have some context for the practice. The more power an engine makes, the more heat it generates. The top piston ring is directly exposed to this...
Forum: S-Series General 08-18-2009, 06:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 400
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: let's say

You can change just the filter. You will lose only the amount of oil in the filter. The filter is above the oil level in the sump.

But you're working under a false premise. The filter's useful...
Forum: Vue General 08-14-2009, 11:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,257
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Help! P0420 code Freeze frame data included.

It becomes an urgent repair once the cat becomes clogged and the engine performance drops off dramatically. That may never happen so you could go on until the wheels fall off if you can live with...
Forum: Vue General 08-14-2009, 08:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,257
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Help! P0420 code Freeze frame data included.

None of that freeze frame data is useful in diagnosing the P0420. All it shows me is the engine was up to temp, at idle, and your short term fuel trims are close to zero (where they should be). You...
Forum: Vue General 08-12-2009, 10:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,790
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: cvt belt

I wouldn't be too hasty to judge on the Russian-made CVT belts. Remember, Russia has some of the finest engineers and scientists working in alternative industries with the downturn in the defense...
Forum: S-Series General 08-12-2009, 10:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,520
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Synthetic or regular oil

A wiser statement will never be made in an oil thread.
Forum: Astra General 08-06-2009, 06:59 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,564
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Switched to high octane, LOST 7 mpg

I had a similar result when switching from regular to premium. My intent was to address a spark knock issue. I purchased the Astra in June 08 and drove it for a couple of months using regular...
Forum: Ion General 06-08-2009, 03:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,115
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: VTi Owners Really Screwed Now

I'll bet there is a lot of crying at the firm. Class action suits are the biggest money makers in the legal profession.
Forum: S-Series Tech 06-08-2009, 03:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 719
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: For crying out loud...it's P-E-D-A-L

Do you mean the break petal? Does vacume control it? Can you put a guage on it?
Forum: Aura General 06-05-2009, 03:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,479
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Oil life monitor

I would not make that a practice with a vehicle under warranty. Even though I use Mobil 1, I still make sure to change oil within the OLM (around 6k miles and six months for me) and document such on...
Forum: Aura General 06-04-2009, 12:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,479
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: Oil life monitor

We've never had an oil question. Should prove interesting. The OLM does not know what type of oil is in the crankcase. It's only using an algorithm computing cold starts, run time, engine temp,...
Forum: S-Series Tech 06-04-2009, 08:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,122
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: How bad is overfilling power steering fluid?

The fluid expands when it heats up. It can create a mess in the engine bay when it overflows the reservoir, but it won't damage the PS system. I'd suck out the overfill to keep it from puking.
Forum: S-Series Mods 06-04-2009, 04:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 744
Posted By Gerry Proctor
Re: deck plate

A deck plate is used in the boring and honing process. It is not retained beyond that. A machine shop would own them (for various engine designs). What the plate does is simulate the distortions...
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