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Old 09-06-2017, 12:57 PM   #5221
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Also, I changed the oil last Saturday and replaced my wiper blades.

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Old 09-06-2017, 02:48 PM   #5222
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Been tackling little jobs to get the SL past the 300,000 mark later this year. Have recently replaced IAT and TPS, new plugs, but ran into issue with replacing ignition wires... .

Bought set of Denso wires (since they were cheap) and found they barely fit on the engine without pulling them as tight as possible. Compared the new #4 wire (Denso) to old one (Belden/NAPA) and found it was nearly two inches shorter!!!

Photo shows old #4 wire in center of picture - nothing in the set comes close in length to what's needed. Cheeses me off when companies cheap out their products to save .15 in materials - and care less turning out crappy products.
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Old 09-10-2017, 09:45 PM   #5223
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After nearly 8 years of ownership, I had to replace a lightbulb, a pretty good run. I went to Wal-Mart and grabbed a 2 pack of Sylvania XTRAVISION 9006 bulbs, good enough, 20 clams. There is no space to safely replace the bulbs without likely damaging them so I took out the 3 mounting bolts. Back in business.
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Old 09-10-2017, 11:23 PM   #5224
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All weeked, Tackled my flex-pipe, put in a V-Band clamp on the front, pulled a downpipe from salvage . The flex-pipe I had ordered blindly from a post on here was a little longer and made it slightly more difficult. Also found out that the pipe diameter increases from 2" to like 2 1/4" before the cat. I had to make the flex end fit inside it, no big deal, just time.

Also replaced my shifter linkage and adjusted the range switch to be always continuous from P-R-N, no matter what I do I can't get it to also read from 3-2 without shifting to N, so that's just how it is, I spent hours to get it where it is now haha... I hate that switch.
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Old 09-11-2017, 03:24 AM   #5225
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I had to park mine, for the next couple of days. It needs a fuel filter and a starter. Got a "Service Engine Soon" light, for Code 45: O2 Sensor voltage high after one minute of engine operation(too rich) while coasting down a 8% grade in Pennsylvania Saturday, as well.

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Old 09-11-2017, 03:49 PM   #5226
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Checked oil at OCI mileage 5,023 miles.


Oil change consisted of 1 quart of Mobil 1 High Mileage 5w-20, 3 quarts of Mobil 1 Vanilla 5w-30 And a 15 ounce bottle of STP High Mileage additive and Bosch Distance Plus D3422 oversize.

Lots of highway driving this OCI and I do lots of engine braking. I just finished off the 5 quart jug of Vanilla M1, so additional 2 quarts. Usage is darn good compared to a few years ago.

Engine is very clean. I ran the car through emissions testing in July and HC was only 15ppm and CO was zero
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Old 09-12-2017, 11:16 AM   #5227
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Daisy-chaimed two inexpensive woofer's to each corresponding rear speaker and mounted them in the most genius way possible I love my Pioneer 4-ways, this adds a bit more low end range and umphh.
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Old 09-15-2017, 04:39 PM   #5228
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Used a can of GUMOUT throttle body cleaner through and installed a fresh air filter
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Old 09-15-2017, 05:01 PM   #5229
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I drove it. Stole it from the kid so I could bring it in for alignment. Drives great now!

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Old 09-15-2017, 05:28 PM   #5230
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Did you get the oil leak fixed? How is the oil consumption?

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Old 09-15-2017, 07:08 PM   #5231
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Not yet - we plan to fix the leak next week. Hard to tell the oil consumption with the leak.

My service wrench light went off. Must be self healing!

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Old 09-15-2017, 07:22 PM   #5232
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Sometimes it is just a slightly dirty connection that vibration fixes.

Oil leak is a problem as initial break-in and low oil level do not mix well.

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Old 09-15-2017, 08:01 PM   #5233
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In 500 miles it has leaked down from way overfull to slightly overfull. We are keeping an eye on it. Not sure if any of that is due to oil consumption rather than leaking.

One of my coworkers has a gen 3 SL2 that needed a head gasket. He has too many projects, is really a Ford man, and said he might donate it next year. I asked him to talk to me first. Kid #2 gets his permit in 5 months and license a year after.

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Old 09-16-2017, 12:38 PM   #5234
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The gen-3 is blessed with a self destructing intake that has exceeded its expiration date, way too many powered options, and funky electronics --a real live maintenance curse on wheels.

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Old 09-16-2017, 03:41 PM   #5235
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Can you put a gen 2 manifold on a gen 3 head? How about a gen 2 head on a gen 3 block?

Sorry for the thread drift...

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Old 09-16-2017, 05:12 PM   #5236
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Can you put a gen 2 manifold on a gen 3 head? <-Some years yes. How about a gen 2 head on a gen 3 block?<-Head and timing cover will fit fine.
Sorry for the thread drift...
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Old 09-16-2017, 11:00 PM   #5237
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Finally got around to replacing my battery cables that I'd been driving around with since last year.

The car had some difficulty in starting when the weather would turn cool and the battery would drain. I had replaced the alternator last year, along with my third battery under warranty but the car would still decide to die... once while coming off the highway.

After trying fdryer's suggestion of cleaning the battery connections with baking soda and water, the car ran great for about two weeks. Eventually I did a more thorough cleaning which made it run without issue for six months (probably because the SL knew the new cables were in the back seat...) until I had trouble starting again on Friday.

Everything went swimmingly until I got to the negative to ground cable by the UHJB. It wasn't an issue removing that nut when I cleaned it earlier, but the weld holding that bolt broke and now I was stuck with a cable that didn't want to leave. So after consulting with my fiancée's dad, the old cable was cut and the new ground was located on a strut tower bolt on the driver's side.

After that, everything else was easy-peasy and the SL started without any hesitation at all. No more headlight dimming or radio display flickering for that car!

Next project-- picking up some Energy Suspension bushings, H&R springs and KYB struts for the SL.

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Old 09-18-2017, 11:46 AM   #5238
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been plagued by a creaky door stop since purchase. After reading about a guy who cured his by putting a piece of rubber in, I undid the 10mm bolt just enough to swing away from the door, sprayed it with a dry lube, and re-tightened. No more creaks, we'll see how long that lasts. Didn't feel like digging out any of my wet lubes/greases

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Gave the top of the dash a good slap when the instrument panel lights failed to come on with the headlights. Instrument lights came on, and the station/time display backlight on the radio that burned out over a year ago came back on too.

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Old 09-24-2017, 07:17 PM   #5240
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Added lock actuators to the front two doors and a remote start/keyless entry system to make them work.

Figured out how to tag the defrost button so that the RS can control it for winter.

Ordered new tires.

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