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Forum: S-Series General 11-18-2017, 02:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 835
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: 31 psi FRONT, 28 psi REAR

During a state inspection, the mechanic lowered my tire pressures to the 32 (front) /28 (rear), specified by the door sticker.

Drove like it was mired in molasses...

I reinflated them to 44 psi...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-13-2017, 10:57 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 627
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Drum to Disc Parts

The one extra thing you will need is a disc brake piston tool...

https://www.autozone.com/test-scan-and-specialty-tools/brake-tool/oem-rear-disc-brake-cube-for-use-with-3-8-in-drive-tool/2363_0_0...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-13-2017, 02:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 627
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Drum to Disc Parts

Pads and rotors, EBC

S1KR1207, around $70

http://www.autoanything.com/brakes/ebc-brake-kits
Forum: S-Series General 11-13-2017, 02:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 485
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Need a battery

I have had good luck with Duralast Golds...

There is no need for a AGM (advanced glass mat) battery...

Look on retailmenot dot com for discount codes...

Advanced Auto usually has very good...
Forum: S-Series Tech 11-10-2017, 02:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 627
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Drum to Disc Parts

For brake cables look on Rock Auto dot com, for 97-98, same model, AC Delo parts.

For brake rotors, and pads, or shoes and drums, look at EBC brakes...
Go to the second half of the catalog, and...
Forum: S-Series General 11-04-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 336
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Suggestions on oil

Oil filter, regular Fram 3614 or
Purolator 14612, three and a half inches long..

Oversized, Fram 3600 or
Purolator 14610, nearly five inches long...
Forum: S-Series General 11-04-2017, 12:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 336
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Suggestions on Oil

Any full synthetic 5W-30 works,
If itís really cold, use a 0W-30.
A 10W-30 full synthetic can be used in hot climates...

To keep from burning oil, use Shell Rotella T5 in 10W-30 during the...
Forum: S-Series General 11-02-2017, 09:49 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 835
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: 31 psi FRONT, 28 psi REAR

Original tires on most of the Saturn S Series were S or T rated, 35 psi max.

Today's tires are "H" or "V" rated, and 44 or 51 psi max.

Put the OEM recommended pressure in, they drive terrible....
Forum: S-Series General 10-20-2017, 06:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 550
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: switching oil ?

I would use Shell Rotella T5 in 10W-30, good stout cheap semi synthetic, with lots of detergents.

A gallon can be bought for $10 - $15 with a little looking around...

$5 rebate until December...
Forum: S-Series General 10-19-2017, 11:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 363
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: To much oil?

Four quarts with the OEM short Fram 3614 filter,

Four and a half with the longer Fram 3600/Purolaror 20195...
Forum: S-Series Tech 10-13-2017, 10:45 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,239
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Possible fuel filter issue

The fuel filter can also be found at Napa Auto...

https://www.napaonline.com/en/p/FIL3731
Forum: S-Series General 09-06-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 2,616
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Spark plug ceramic tip broken in engine

For the 97 Saturn SL, use BKR4ESA-11
or my choice
BK4E-11, 5424, the V-power plugs (improved copper core design)

One heat range colder is BKR5E-11 for the SOHC,
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-30-2017, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 271
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Best value in headlights

Replace your high beams, 9005, with 9011 bulbs.
1700 lumans to 2350...

Low beams are a problem, the 9006 has silver paint on the tip.
9012 does not..
1000 lumans (9006) verses 1870 (9012)
...
Forum: S-Series General 08-28-2017, 11:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,296
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: 2001 Sl1 with 210K miles cross country trip prep

32 is a little soft, but it all depends on your comfort level, and whether you have any loose fillings or teeth...

I always inflate hard, no one in the car but me and sometimes the cat...
Forum: S-Series General 08-28-2017, 07:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,296
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: 2001 Sl1 with 210K miles cross country trip prep

Look carefully at your tires...

If they say "Max Inflation 35 psi", then 30 psi front and 26 psi rear works.
If they say "Max Inflation 44 psi, iI would put in 35-37 front, 35 rear...

Original...
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-28-2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 445
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: 98 SL fouling spark plugs.

First, I would use Shell Rotella T6 in 5W-40, with an oversized (Fram 3600 / Purolator 20195) filter.

The slightly thicker oil will help, and the detergents will get some of the gunk out.
...
Forum: S-Series General 08-22-2017, 05:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 392
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Possible '01 Bumblebee at San Jose Pick-n-Pull

Another possible special edition / bumblebee

http://row52.com/Vehicle/Index/1G8ZR12721Z103103
Forum: S-Series General 08-18-2017, 09:11 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 150
Posted By mattwithcats
Gen 3 fog / traction switch..

Any hints / advice on how to remove the fog / traction switch on a Gen 3?

Two tabs on the side, should I try from underneath the dash?

Many thanks,

First part in a fog light install....
Forum: S-Series General 08-11-2017, 02:12 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 6,922
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: New to Saturn

When I sleep in a car, I use an electric throw (small electric blanket), and an inverter...

I have also cooked with a quart and a half slow cooker...
Forum: S-Series Tech 08-05-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,563
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Oil Consumption / Burn (Looking for a Band-Aid)

Diesel oil is used to unclog the piston rings.
It has a lot of detergents...

The latest formula, CK-4, has a little less additives, verses the CJ-4, to keep from poisoning the diesel particulate...
Forum: S-Series Tech 07-25-2017, 07:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,563
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: Oil Consumption / Burn (Looking for a Band-Aid)

I would try using either Shell Rotella T6 in 5W-40
Or
Chevron Delo in 15W-30
Both are moderately heavy diesel oils...

The 15W-30 I would not run in winter...
Forum: S-Series General 07-17-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 817
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: MANUAL trasmission fluid Dex 3?

Valvoline is weird,

Red jug is Dexron VI, blue quart is Dexron VI, too,

Blue jug is Dexron III, red quart is Dexron III...

Usually...
...
Forum: S-Series General 07-16-2017, 03:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 846
Posted By mattwithcats
15W-30, diesel oil...

15W-30 diesel oil...
http://www.chevronlubricants.com/en_US/products/products/Delo_400_SD_SAE_15W-30.html

I also see a 0W-30, and a 5W-30, diesel oil, but these look to be unobtainium in the US,...
Forum: S-Series General 07-11-2017, 09:08 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,370
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: What vehicle to buy after an S-Series?

Three Smart Fortwo EV's at my local Smart dealer, all under $10K
60-70 mile range...
Another two nearby, also under $10K...

Lots of used EV's around for cheap, and new ones qualify for Federal...
Forum: S-Series General 07-11-2017, 02:29 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 1,370
Posted By mattwithcats
Re: What vehicle to buy after an S-Series?

My Dad has a Cruze, 2012 with 1.4 turbo...

First set of tires I put 225/50R17's on, larger..

Gets only 32-33 MPG, 37 psi in the tires...

A/C is weak, fan on 4 (high) is super noisy, you...
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