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Forum: S-Series Tech 09-12-2014, 07:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 788
Posted By acman
Re: '97 SL2 Intermittent Low Idle and Stalling

The first step for low idle and stalling concerns is to clean the throttle body and throttle plate. I prop open the throttle plate with a screwdriver in the linkage and then use a toothbrush and carb...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-10-2014, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 571
Posted By acman
Re: 1995 SL1 N.J. Inspection

High HC is a primarily a result of worn or incorrectly gaped spark plugs, arcing plug wires, a too cool or stuck open thermostat or restricted fuel filter. Other causes include low engine...
Forum: S-Series General 08-31-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 743
Posted By acman
Re: wheel bearing noise

A failed wheel bearing, front or rear, can be quickly identified by jacking up the car and spinning the wheel by hand while placing your fingers on the strut spring coils. A failed bearing will...
Forum: S-Series General 08-08-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 641
Posted By acman
Re: Seriously- How much MPG gain from the 5th gear swap?

My 1997 SL2 experienced a slight gain in mpg after performing the gear swap, and now uses less oil due to a slower running engine. The engine turns about 2000 RPM at 60 mph, and previously turned...
Forum: S-Series General 06-12-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,008
Posted By acman
Re: Here's an interesting news article that many of us will agree with

My 1997 SL2 5-speed has 258K miles and runs great and gets about 38 mpg (it used to get about 42 mpg but has decreased with the introduction of 10% ethanol). Cold A/C, power windows and power door...
Forum: S-Series Tech 06-11-2014, 11:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By acman
Re: Auto to manual

I installed a 1999 automatic transmission DOHC PCM in my 1997 DOHC SL2 5-speed manual after performing the 5th gear swap to restore cruise control operation. The automatic PCM works fine with the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-16-2014, 07:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 217
Posted By acman
Shift Linkage Seepage

1997 SL2 5-Speed manual, 258,000 miles

There is transmission fluid seepage at the shift housing tower located on top of the transmission. The fluid is seeping at the cylindrical metal...
Forum: S-Series General 04-07-2014, 11:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,169
Posted By acman
Oil Drain Plug Gasket Options

I am looking for oil drain plug gasket options for my 1997 SL2.

The no-name ebay drain plug gaskets I purchased did properly seal, but are destroyed after one use. Are the Dorman 65327 any good?...
Forum: S-Series General 12-29-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,078
Posted By acman
Re: Well, i dont know how you guys are getting 30+mpg...

The Stant 195 degree thermostat helps with fuel economy. Probably not much more than the 180 degree version, but it does help. A clean throttle body also will boost the fuel economy -- I prop open...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-31-2013, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,177
Posted By acman
Re: Body Fuse Blows Intermittently – No Crank Results

The driver's door lock actuator power lead had frayed insulation inside the driver's door and was intermittently touching ground (the door frame) causing the 10 amp body fuse to blow. If I remember...
Forum: S-Series Mods 08-19-2013, 07:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,631
Posted By acman
Re: 5th gear swap??

The 5th gear swap would be perfect for you -- spending 90% driving between 70 and 75 mph. The rpms drop about 20% (there are actually two different 5th gear sets available; one set drops rpms about...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-28-2013, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,308
Posted By acman
Re: Smog test near fail

Hi Robert Gary,

When I left the California Smog program the smog machines did not display emissions reading during a smog inspection. The only clue the smog tech had as to whether a vehicle was...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-28-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,308
Posted By acman
Re: Smog test near fail

The California enhanced smog test, performed on a dynamometer, has a "fast past" feature which allows each portion of the tailpipe test to stop as soon as the tailpipe emissions levels are in...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-17-2012, 07:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 5,095
Posted By acman
Driver Side Drive Axle Seal Replacement

I am going to replace the driver’s side axle (transmission output shaft) seal on my 1997 SL2 5-speed manual transmission and am looking for advice on how to drive in the new seal. The new seal is a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-09-2012, 10:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,948
Posted By acman
Re: getting cruise to work 5th gear swap.

I restored the cruise control operation on my 1997 SL2 after a 5th gear swap by installing a 1999 automatic transmission PCM. The Check Engine light, Service Now light and upshift indicator are...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-22-2012, 04:10 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 11,419
Posted By acman
Re: Is synthetic worth it?

I replaced the valve cover on my 1997 SL2 at 230,000 miles. There was no sludge in the cylinder head or on the inside of the valve cover, and I use only dinosaur oil. The engine currently burns about...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-10-2012, 10:01 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 10,671
Posted By acman
Re: Auto to Manual Swap Help!

I installed a 1999 DOHC automatic PCM in my 1997 manual transmission SL2
DOHC to restore the cruise control operation. I lost the cruise control after
swapping out the 5th gear set for a lower...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-02-2012, 06:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,310
Posted By acman
Re: High HC on 92 SL2 and can't pass emissions (have read many threads!)

Even though the catalytic converter was replaced two years ago, it is failing to control HC emissions. When the % oxygen is higher than % CO, it is a clear indication that the converter is not...
Forum: S-Series Tech 07-27-2012, 07:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,454
Posted By acman
Re: Po172

The 2002 Ford Focus has a timing belt. Better get it checked out, soon.
Forum: S-Series Tech 07-12-2012, 05:51 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 671
Posted By acman
Misfire after Composite to Metal Valve Swap Resolved

A misfire was immediately present after replacing the composite valve cover on my 1997 SL2 with a 1995 metal valve cover. A Forum search said that 1995 plug wires needed to be installed. After...
Forum: S-Series Tech 06-15-2012, 08:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 855
Posted By acman
Cruise Control Operation Restored with Automatic PCM

The cruise control on my 1997 SL2 stopped working in 5th gear after installing a 0.643 5th gear set. Installing a 1999 automatic PCM restored cruise control operation in all gears.

Removal of the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-14-2012, 06:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,846
Posted By acman
Re: Failed smog:(

The catalytic converter is weak -- note that O2 is greater than CO in each test. A strong converter will have very low % O2. It uses the O2 in the combustion of CO and HC, something that is only...
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-10-2012, 09:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,342
Posted By acman
Re: Need Compressor O-Ring Part Number and PAG Viscosity

Let me try this again: I need the part numbers for the O-rings at the compressor suction and discharge ports.
Forum: S-Series Tech 05-10-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,342
Posted By acman
Need Compressor O-Ring Part Number and PAG Viscosity

I am going to replace the A/C compressor on my 1997 SL2 and need the part numbers for both the suction and discharge hose fittings where they mount to the A/C compressor. Also, what PAG oil viscosity...
Forum: S-Series General 04-16-2012, 10:33 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,401
Posted By acman
Re: What is your average MPG this year?

1997 SL2, manual trans with MP2 5th gear swap (5th Gear Ratio: 0.643),
fuel type: 87 octane without ethanol. 95% freeway driving at 55 - 60 mph.
Stant 195 degree thermostat. I clean the throttle...
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