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Forum: S-Series Tech 02-24-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,383
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Do I need a new alternator?

Exactly. I'm on my second DB alternator. The first one had a bearing go bad after 3 years. Hey, they cut corners, but not too tight. The local rebuild price was not worth it. I consider it the (very...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-14-2017, 11:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Stuck front rotor..

It is easy to cut off a frozen rotor with an angle grinder. I pounded the snot out of a rotor (on the hub, not the rotor portion) for a good hour and it wouldn't budge. Zip-zap and it's off, no...
Forum: S-Series General 07-06-2016, 12:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,381
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Stuck Rotor pictures - for your amusement

Tried that -- didn't work.

Darren
Forum: S-Series General 07-06-2016, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,381
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Stuck Rotor pictures - for your amusement

Harbor Freight 12 ton has more than enough oomph, and is cheap. Use a vice, hammer, and drift to get the old one out (it'll take far, far longer to rig up the press to push it out). Use the press to...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-11-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 891
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Best HF Press for Saturn Needs

Hand sledge and a suitable drift will remove the old bearing in no time. Less than 5 minutes to completely remove inner, snap ring (pliers), and outer races. The old bearing is obviously junk, so...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-04-2016, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 891
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Best HF Press for Saturn Needs

If you go the press route, 12 tons is more than adequate for things like a wheel bearing. I did a Saturn wheel bearing a few months ago and it slipped into place slicker 'n snail snot. (It's faster...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-29-2016, 09:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Mud in coolant reservoir

Compression test.
Forum: S-Series General 01-19-2016, 10:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Transmission Cable Clip

Thanks! I got what I needed, thanks to all your help!

Darren
Forum: S-Series General 01-16-2016, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,618
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Shifter Cable Retainer Clips

Thanks guys! I found what I need with your help.

Thanks again,

Darren
Forum: S-Series General 01-15-2016, 06:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 384
Posted By dfuerst
Transmission Cable Clip

Hi all. Does anyone know a generic (e.g., Dorman, other GM product) source for the manual transmission cable clips used on the S-series? These are the clips, 2, near the tranny, and *not* the...
Forum: S-Series General 01-09-2016, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 775
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Struts

Sorry, I should have been clear, I am planning to replace the entire strut assembly (i.e., strut plus coil spring). I've gone the other route on a Volvo (strut only) and wound up replacing a busted...
Forum: S-Series General 01-08-2016, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 775
Posted By dfuerst
Struts

Hi All:

Getting time for new front end struts. Looking at Rock Auto, I have the following choices for complete struts:

Unity $51.79
FCS $56.76...
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-18-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 750
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Wheel bearing - brake rotor

Thanks, billr.

Darren
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-16-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 750
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Wheel bearing - brake rotor

That's what I suspected.

Does anyone know if the Harbor Freight 12 ton press is adequate for this job?

Thanks,

Darren
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2015, 08:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 750
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Wheel bearing - brake rotor

HAH!

I like it -- brutally honest, though not necessarily the best.

Darren
Forum: S-Series Tech 09-14-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 750
Posted By dfuerst
Wheel bearing - brake rotor

Hi All:

I'm trying to replace a front wheel bearing but I've run into a problem. It would appear that the brake rotor has rusted solid to the hub and will not release. I've tried pounding the...
Forum: S-Series General 08-12-2015, 11:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 35,713
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Ignition Lock Cylinder or Ignition Switch?

I leave my Saturn around town open and unguarded, sometimes with the key in it. No takers so far, but one can continue to hope...

This is in downtown Detroit, in not so nice neighbourhoods.
...
Forum: S-Series General 03-30-2015, 08:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 669
Posted By dfuerst
Re: 15yr old SLs in salt belt- Which exhaust do they like best OEM, Stainless, or oth

The SS exhaust pipe forward of the flex connector (which had failed) and under the clamp developed pin hole leaks, which didn't thrill me at first, but hey it lasted 15+ years. I figure I'll be lucky...
Forum: S-Series General 03-11-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,984
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Asbestos in OEM shoes?

The back-of-the-envelope calculations are 3/4 of cases of mesothelioma are caused by occupational asbestos exposure (including auto mechanics), and it takes anywhere from 30-50 years to develop the...
Forum: S-Series Tech 12-17-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,487
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Are winter/snow tires necessary? Please advise!

Hell, you can use bald tires on light snow. That's meaningless. It's impossible to get stuck.

You do want winter tires, which have the mountain/snowflake symbol. The cheapest winter tire will...
Forum: S-Series General 11-10-2014, 03:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,391
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Exhaust welding

Thanks for all the help!

Darren
Forum: S-Series General 11-08-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,391
Posted By dfuerst
Exhaust welding

Hi All:

Got a question for those who would know...

I've got a 99 SL1 that's starting to leak exhaust at the flex pipe. I looked at Walker replacements, but the existing exhaust pipe runs...
Forum: S-Series Tech 04-17-2014, 11:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 768
Posted By dfuerst
Re: I know, there are 100's of questions pertaining to this, I've read every one.

Tell me about it. I just did mine, on a 99 SL1, last month. It's not hard, but it's not fun. Crinkle/leak at cylinder 1.

Darren
Forum: S-Series General 03-25-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Questions (Still) on Intake Manifold Gasket

I also did mine a week ago (99 SL1 SOHC). I removed the air intake, TB, EGR, and I rotated the PS pump towards the firewall. I also removed one bolt from the throttle cable bracket so I could...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-30-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 745
Posted By dfuerst
Re: Winter tires for next year?

All-weathers are really no-weathers.

Get (4) snow tires. Even a cheap s***ty set will get *significantly* better traction on snow and ice than the best summer tires. Really. I've driven in snow...
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