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Forum: S-Series Tech 12-04-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By billr
Re: Name that Part!

McMaster may be most practical for those small O-rings, but an industrial bearing-supply place (in most big/medium cities) may also sell them retail.
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-02-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By billr
Re: Code P0446 is pending but emission readiness was all complete (green)

Those of us responding simply don't know the specific requirements of WA. I think "all green" means it will be OK, but am just guessing. Your best bet is to go into a smog station and ask. You...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-01-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 272
Posted By billr
Re: Code P0446 is pending but emission readiness was all complete (green)

Ha, I just saw this after replying to your other post. I think you are OK if the "readiness" is all green; a pending code won't matter. I'm no smog-lawyer, though, let's see what others have...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-01-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By billr
Re: 2001 Saturn SL2 - P0446 - no fuel pressure

Can you try that scanner on a different car? That "0" for the evap pressure may be real. Either because the evap system is bad, or because pressure/vacuum on the system isn't always applied and you...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-01-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By billr
Re: 2001 Saturn SL2 - P0446 - no fuel pressure

Actually, there is a "fuel pressure sensor", but it probably isn't the one the scanner is looking for.

The P0446 code refers to pressure in the (fuel) evaporative-emissions systems, where the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-30-2018, 12:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 532
Posted By billr
Re: Solder or crimp?

Use some common sense here. Soldering is plenty conductive enough for this purpose, and has proven so for over 100 years on all kinds of electric/electronic circuits. Have you ever seen an...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-28-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 532
Posted By billr
Re: Solder or crimp?

Yeah, I was going to throw that out, but wasn't sure it still applied. When I worked in aircraft over-haul many years ago they were transitioning from solder to crimp for connectors because of wire...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-28-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 532
Posted By billr
Re: Solder or crimp?

Ha, I can't resist getting into this fray! Crimp is actually more reliable, but only if you have a quality tool and terminals. As pointed out, that can get more expensive than most DIYers will put...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-27-2018, 11:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 289
Posted By billr
Re: No start

Are we "doubly removed" from this, trying to help you help your brother? We need to have somebody at the car actually trying some of the things we suggest. If this is really his project, how about...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-27-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 391
Posted By billr
Re: 99 sc1 ignition module wiring

Add the stronger spring-pin to the spider-gear shaft (search for "diff pin" here).
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-26-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 289
Posted By billr
Re: No start

"Soon as jumper cables hit the terminal fan is on...... Battery is dead after a few months of sitting."

That still has me confused. If the fan is on whenever power is connected to the battery...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-26-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 289
Posted By billr
Re: No start

I think the OP is saying the engine fan is always on, key-on or key-off makes no difference.
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-26-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 569
Posted By billr
Re: Couple of issues to deal with

"Stopping power" is usually limited by tires and road conditions, not the pad composition. Some pad types may last longer, especially in more demanding conditions like lots of hills or racing, but...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-26-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,540
Posted By billr
Re: hard starting 2001 SL1

OK, I also use an MT-2500, on OBD1, and know it will show a lot of parameters you seem to be guessing about. I can see cranking rpm, initial PW, spark timing and much more; all constantly from the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-26-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 289
Posted By billr
Re: No start

OK, let me ask again to confirm: the engine fan runs all the time when the battery is connected; is that correct? If correct, then there is no wonder the battery runs down, and it probably...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-26-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 925
Posted By billr
Re: '94 SL2 manual trans, electrical help needed

Yeah, on the first start the idle wan't quite normal. After the second start it seems pretty normal already. Our weather is tame, so I suppose not much re-learn is needed.
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-26-2018, 12:42 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 925
Posted By billr
Re: '94 SL2 manual trans, electrical help needed

Okay, hopefully this will be the end now. I put in a "refurbished" PCM and all is fine now, but I haven't driven it much yet. I bench-tested the replacement before putting it in. The 5V comes up...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-26-2018, 12:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 289
Posted By billr
Re: No start

"Also when the positive is put on the battery the radatior fan turn on..."

Hmm, let's talk about that for a bit. That engine fan is controlled only by the PCM. A bad starter, ICM, or IAC is not...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-26-2018, 12:21 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 2,540
Posted By billr
Re: hard starting 2001 SL1

Consider getting better scanner, one that reads more of the live-data. Knowing what the initial (cranking) injector PW and IAC steps are set to may get you out of the weeds here. I am the one that...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-24-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 395
Posted By billr
Re: Broken Bolt Help

If there was a mismatch, I don't think the VC would fit at all; the gasket surfaces wouldn't match up and the screws couldn't even be installed.

PS: measure the length of the VC screws. Those are...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-21-2018, 01:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 754
Posted By billr
Re: 02 SL2--Lower Control Arm/Ball Joint: Seized Bolt

I peeked at the HF stuff, that $3.29 arbor is what you will need to use their disks with the 3/8" hole. Get the 40-grit disks.

One more tip:

Don't be surprised (or worried) if your grinder...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-19-2018, 11:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 754
Posted By billr
Re: 02 SL2--Lower Control Arm/Ball Joint: Seized Bolt

A few die-grinder tips:

The very cheap 3" x 1/16" disks from Harbor Freight have proven to work well and be more durable than many name-brands I have used over the years. The only bad thing is...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-18-2018, 12:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 610
Posted By billr
Re: Axle replacement gone south

Why is this so hard for people to understand? The TRE is not stuck in the knuckle! The OP has put it back there just as a "holding fixture. The TRE female thread seems to be stuck on the male...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-17-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 610
Posted By billr
Re: Axle replacement gone south

It has already been asked, but I will also: has that jam-nut been loosened? I would expect to see a distinct gap between it and the TRE. Even if it is slightly loose, a bigger gap may give you a...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-17-2018, 12:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 610
Posted By billr
Re: Axle replacement gone south

That's not the one giving you trouble now, though, is it? My perception is the problem now is the thread on the end of the tie-rod, just above the pointing finger-tip in the photo.
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