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Forum: S-Series General 03-05-2020, 06:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,119
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Control Arms Replacement - Tips & Tricks wanted

PB BLaster. I installed new bolts, socket-head ones. From Fastenal. Soaked in synthetic oil.
Forum: S-Series General 03-05-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 727
Posted By MikeNW
Walmart oil

I believe I saw a display of Supertech synthetic oil for about $32, for 12 qt box. Which is relatively cheap.

This might help you S- owners :)
Forum: S-Series General 02-27-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,465
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Timing chain cover

As a part of my cylinder head repairs last year (2x), I can attest that the front cover R&R with the engine in the car is a PITA.
If I still had the car AND had to do this again, I would PULL THE...
Forum: S-Series General 12-20-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By MikeNW
Re: A sad day- Goodbye SL

Well I sold the beloved SL today. Young kid who works on cars, maybe he can fix it.

Cruze diesel sounds like it was made for me :) But we already bought the '16 Forte so price is a bit high for...
Forum: S-Series General 12-16-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By MikeNW
Re: A sad day- Goodbye SL

If I could figure out what's wrong with it, I'd keep it. But the next step would probably be to tear down the engine = $$$$$$$$$. :(
Forum: S-Series General 12-16-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 344
Posted By MikeNW
A sad day- Goodbye SL

After 22.5 years, I am selling my beloved SL.

It will probably be gone today. I fixed the head gasket this summer, but it's leaking oil into coolant again.
I'm not getting much for it, but I...
Forum: General Saturn Discussion 11-18-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 371
Posted By MikeNW
General brake question

So I was installing a new master cylinder and rear wheel cylinders in my 97 SL.

And wondering, brake fluid has several + qualities.

But it also removes paint and is hygroscopic. :no:

So why...
Forum: S-Series General 10-28-2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 289
Posted By MikeNW
Re: 1998 SL Water in Trunk

Not a hard job to fix the unibody seams below rear window, I've done this to my 97SL and my brother in law's 00(?)SC. Just need some patience and a dry day or 2. A hair dryer or heat gun will help...
Forum: Sky General 10-12-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,456
Posted By MikeNW
Sky general Qs

I have been looking at Skys or Solstices, seem to be reasonably priced, just had a few Q though.

Trunk space is very limited with top down?

Is there any storage behind the seats?

Do the...
Forum: S-Series General 10-10-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Stainless Steel muffler, or maybe not....

Yes probably short trips. My 1997 SL has 197,000 miles. But, in the past few years, I have driven maybe 4-5,000 per year. Only 2,000 so far this year, the car set for almost 100 days while I fixed...
Forum: S-Series General 10-08-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Stainless Steel muffler, or maybe not....

Well I guess I'll go with it, since it's at my house.

The factory muffler lasted about 15 years maybe.
Next steel replacement about 3 years.
Next Walker SS replacement about 4 years.

A...
Forum: S-Series General 10-07-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 343
Posted By MikeNW
Stainless Steel muffler, or maybe not....

1997 SL

Just bought a Walker stainless steel muffler off Rock Auto. Made in USA. It's the correct part no. To replace the rotted-out Walker I installed 4 years ago. And it's a southern car :(...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-24-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 857
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Starter Motor Brands and New vs Reman

I have a 97 SL.

Original owner. 197,000 miles.

Just replaced the original starter with dbelectrical one last year(?). Mostly because the new one was relatively affordable. Also it's another...
Forum: S-Series General 09-10-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 164
Posted By MikeNW
Re: New clutch finally installed

Replacing a clutch was the problem I had, which caused me to join this remarkable forum 11 years ago.

I installed a non-Luk clutch then, and it wouldn't work. Removed and checked everything,...
Forum: S-Series General 09-10-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By MikeNW
Re: valve cover vents

The "jar" is a canning jar (jelly jar), suitable for high temps, I've had it there for about 5 years now with no problems.

The hose and jar circuit is air-tight, so no loss of vacuum.

It...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-06-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 330
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Water pump

Yes a long flat tool across 2 bolts while you break the third. Ditto for Gear Wrenches too.

For the crank pulley, I used my HF impact wrench. And sat there holding the trigger for about a minute...
Forum: S-Series General 09-06-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 313
Posted By MikeNW
valve cover vents

(1997 SL)

Why are there two vent hoses from the valve cover?
1 into the air intake
1 is the PCV into the manifold.

They come from the same place?

So, can I put them into a T, into my catch...
Forum: S-Series General 08-31-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 212
Posted By MikeNW
S series spotted!

In a college physics book I have. Copyright 2001.

Apparently, the author thinks S series are good cars to push too :D
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-30-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By MikeNW
Re: Serpentine Pulley Questions

I found the pulley bearings, at NAPA. Cheap. Pressed it into the pulley with a big C clamp.
Forum: S-Series General 08-27-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By MikeNW
Re: TB crud in SOHC cars

I was unclear in the OP. I meant the inside of the TB.

So a catch jar + hoses (which I have) should be on the PCV circuit? Not the other breather hose.
Forum: S-Series General 08-27-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 202
Posted By MikeNW
TB crud in SOHC cars

What is the source of most of the crud on the throttle body.

Is it that vent hose from the valve cover-to-air snorkel.
Or from the PCV hose.
Forum: S-Series General 08-24-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 201
Posted By MikeNW
oil in coolant fixed, but...

1997 SL

I check the coolant bottle every day. I still get a thin film of oil in it, which I suck out and replace with new coolant (maybe a spoonful or 2). But it's not that ugly green milkshake!...
Forum: S-Series General 08-24-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 163
Posted By MikeNW
my piston "soak"

1997 SL
197,000 miles

It burns little oil, if any, probably because I used synthetic for most of its 22 years.

Anyway, While doing the head gasket repair, with the head OFF, I turned the...
Forum: S-Series General 08-19-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By MikeNW
Re: A/C prob

After consideration, I'm buying a suction hose and receiver/dryer online, and taking the whole mess to the local trustworthy and knowledgeable mechanic :yes:
Forum: S-Series General 08-14-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 268
Posted By MikeNW
Re: A/C prob

The hose is attached to a metal pipe that goes into the "block", which bolts to back of the compressor.

The pipe sort of wiggles in its block. Probably not a good thing.

I'm assuming that's...
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