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Forum: S-Series General 04-13-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 135
Posted By trottida
Re: Best tires?

I'm a fan of the General Altimax RT 43s too. Great tire at a reasonable cost
Forum: S-Series General 04-13-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 13,869
Posted By trottida
Re: and so it begins....

Yes, I have one of those however if I'm going to a yard I would need something battery powered. A sawsall would be tough to get in there. I guess I should shop for a cordless angle grinder if you...
Forum: S-Series General 04-12-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 13,869
Posted By trottida
Re: and so it begins....

I was thinking about buying a welder for my son-in-law who would likely use it more than I. He's a newly minted mechanic for a Ford dealership but aspires to open his own shop some day. Anyways, I...
Forum: S-Series General 04-12-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 13,869
Posted By trottida
Re: and so it begins....

So summer tires are on and the SL2 is all cleaned up from the winter abuse. It hasn't really been driven much in the last year given the circumstances.

I took a peak under the car to see what the...
Forum: S-Series General 03-29-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 123
Posted By trottida
Re: SL2 Front Stabilizer Bar Size

The OEM bars for SOHC and DOHC have different diameters however they use the same OEM sway bar bushing and control arm bushings. The DOHC (like your SL2) has the larger diameter.

OEM part numbers...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-25-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 606
Posted By trottida
Re: cutting a hockey puck

Just bend them back with a pair of vise grips. If you have a pair of sheet metal vice grips that would work even better.
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Forum: S-Series General 03-23-2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 218
Posted By trottida
Re: Instant heater?

Waiex beat me to the punch. Refrain from plugging things into the cigarette lighter socket. The car's circuitry was designed before electronic gadgetry came into fashion. You will burn up the pins...
Forum: S-Series General 03-23-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 218
Posted By trottida
Re: Instant heater?

You're in Las Vegas! How cold does it get? I can't imagine you see the temperatures we see here in the north mid winter.

HVAC heat comes from warm engine coolant circulating through the heater...
Forum: S-Series Tech 03-22-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By trottida
Re: Where to tap into 12v under hood 95sc2

Positive terminal post at the UHJB near the strut tower. Don't try tapping into the IPJB circuits as they are not sufficient and you'll end up burning the pins out in your fuse box. Lookup F5 issue...
Forum: S-Series General 03-19-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 244
Posted By trottida
Re: Swapping fenders and paint #

In 98 I believe you could also get the pearl white. I've seen them in the 98 Sedans but not sure about the coupes. Pearl white was that same used on the 94 Homecoming SL2.
Forum: S-Series General 03-03-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 374
Posted By trottida
Re: Cooling system problem?

Yes the thermostat is the likely suspect here. They do wear over time and they fail open. It should stay closed until about 188 degrees at which time it cracks open. At 195 it will be fully open. ...
Forum: S-Series Tech 02-26-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 284
Posted By trottida
Re: 1999 SC1 Heater Problem

That's not how I understand it to work. The thermostat is engineered to stay closed until the coolant reaches the crack open point (185 or 188). So there would be no flow into the radiator for some...
Forum: S-Series General 02-18-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 13,869
Posted By trottida
Re: and so it begins....

Got lucky. Found a wiper arm at my local pick n pull for $11 and it is installed. Had to clear off about 2 feet of compacted snow accumulation on the donor SL1.

Also picked up some seat rails...
Forum: S-Series General 02-16-2021, 11:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 342
Posted By trottida
Re: 556,016 mile junkyard SL1

I see what’s going on now. The console is pulled up at the back from its usual position. Makes the shifter look short. It caught my eye as not being normal and that’s because it was not.
Forum: S-Series General 02-16-2021, 10:04 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 13,869
Posted By trottida
Re: and so it begins....

Here’s a photo of said broken part.



http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=60733&stc=1&d=1613527419
Forum: S-Series General 02-16-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 2,136
Views: 338,662
Posted By trottida
Re: Saturn Craigslist Deal of the Day!

Be wary of the motor mount situation. The 91's were a unique year as far as motor mounts go. I don't think they make them aftermarket too.
Forum: S-Series General 02-16-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 13,869
Posted By trottida
Re: and so it begins....

Gah! Broke the passenger wiper arm today at the base. I've always marveled at others wondering how exactly do you break a wiper arm.

Well, let me tell you it is not that hard. I removed it...
Forum: S-Series General 02-16-2021, 09:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 342
Posted By trottida
Re: 556,016 mile junkyard SL1

What is going on with that center console. I don't remember that from my 92 SL2 or 93 SW2. Was that SL or SL1 thing only?
...
Forum: S-Series General 02-11-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,581
Posted By trottida
Re: S series are getting harder and harder to find

GEN2 only had a PCM. GEN3 has both a PCM and BCM and the cruise control lives in the BCM.
Forum: S-Series General 02-08-2021, 09:24 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 13,869
Posted By trottida
Re: and so it begins....

The valve cover gasket replacement went well. Here is a photo of the internals; this engine has about 247K km's on it. The link will take you to google photos where you can zoom in if you want to...
Forum: S-Series General 02-03-2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 13,869
Posted By trottida
Re: and so it begins....

Well, the radiator cracked and hemorrhaged at the usual location on the 99 SL2. I picked up a Spectra Premium from the FLAPS and will install it on the weekend. Cleared out the garage and tucked...
Forum: S-Series Tech 01-27-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 402
Posted By trottida
Re: My latest problem

The threads in the battery are usually softer than the bolt threads and are prone to stripping out. If you can visibly see that the bolt is compromised then I would look to changing those out. If...
Forum: S-Series General 01-25-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 2,136
Views: 338,662
Posted By trottida
Re: Saturn Craigslist Deal of the Day!

Not Craigslist but definitely a "deal of the day". Someone buy these so I don't stock pile. I bought one 2 years ago and figure I'm good for another 8 years or so.
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Forum: S-Series General 01-25-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 386
Posted By trottida
Re: Seat track issue

Just to finish off this thread. The affect of losing the bearings from the seat track is that the seat now rocks. Not a problem for me but noted as a complaint from my 17 year old daughter. I...
Forum: S-Series General 01-25-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 6,805
Views: 2,344,311
Posted By trottida
Re: What did you do to your S-Series today...

The Red Hot's came with a white cluster gauge as per the clip below. To the best of my knowledge the only silver gauge cluster came in the 10th Anniversary Edition which is indicative the Silver...
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