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Old 01-23-2015, 01:14 PM   #4061
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Today I replaced the clutch hydraulics... only took about 30 minutes or so from start to finish. Last week I bled the system as best as I could and there was some air in the system and I was wondering where the fluid went. After I took the old components off the car, I found out why there was such an issue and why I've been having problems with shifting for a while now. The damper was leaking. With the new components in place, it shifts a whole lot nicer/better than it did, and the friction point is much higher off the floor. Immediately before I replaced the system, that point was about 1-2 inches off the floor and the clutch was dragging a little bit. Now there's no dragging and shifting is just soo nice!

Best $100 I've ever spent on this car!

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Old 01-23-2015, 03:25 PM   #4062
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Added a SCCNA sticker to each rear quarter window and a lupus awareness sticker to the rear.
The other day I noticed mine was peeling up around the edges (paper print 3" circular version purchased from CafePress which I sprayed with Krylon clear from the Walmart Paint department (said on the can that it was compatible with paper). So I've learned that there needs to be found another solution.

StickerRobot versions would call for a minimum of about $250 investment.

So all you Larz Anderson participants that got stickers be aware - maybe some kind of clear plastic adhesive like plastic packaging tape is the possible fix for your remaining stickers.

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Old 01-23-2015, 03:30 PM   #4063
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The other day I noticed mine was peeling up around the edges (paper print 3" circular version purchased from CafePress which I sprayed with Krylon clear from the Walmart Paint department (said on the can that it was compatible with paper). So I've learned that there needs to be found another solution.

StickerRobot versions would call for a minimum of about $250 investment.

So all you Larz Anderson participants that got stickers be aware - maybe some kind of clear plastic adhesive like plastic packaging tape is the possible fix for your remaining stickers.
How long was your sticker on prior to starting to peel?

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Old 01-23-2015, 04:31 PM   #4064
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^^^ since October 25 - I sprayed 4 coats of the Krylon clear on it and all 48 I purchased - I think that a real weatherproof sticker needs to be printed on a plastic substrate. I still have a stack so I will replace it in the spring or sooner.

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Old 01-23-2015, 04:42 PM   #4065
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Took Hikaru out to get some gas. nothing like paying 9.90 to fill her up from half and getting 32 mpg in cold ohio weather. Checked her oil with only a little burning since her oil change

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Old 01-23-2015, 05:12 PM   #4066
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^^^ since October 25 - I sprayed 4 coats of the Krylon clear on it and all 48 I purchased - I think that a real weatherproof sticker needs to be printed on a plastic substrate. I still have a stack so I will replace it in the spring or sooner.
Most likely. I did some research and until we can get some weatherproof stickers I may have to ask my dad what edge sealer they use on the decals of the firetrucks to keep them from peeling up. I checked a few different stores today and none of them had any kind of edge sealer for what we would need.

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Old 01-23-2015, 06:09 PM   #4067
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Spent like 800 between lifetime alignments, struts, strut mounts, camber bolts etc with labor included in that amount

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Old 01-24-2015, 01:41 PM   #4068
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Spent like 800 between lifetime alignments, struts, strut mounts, camber bolts etc with labor included in that amount
jhonky, can I ask where you got your "lifetime alignments" at?

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Old 01-24-2015, 07:52 PM   #4069
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Old Denso plugs out, new Denso plugs in. Fluids and tire pressure check.

One low maintenance car.

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Old 01-25-2015, 06:18 AM   #4070
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This is the work I've done this month on three different cars.

My 1994 SW2: On a 45 mile highway drive the SES light came on. I shorted the pins on the OBD-I connector with a paperclip to read what codes it had in store for me: the (probably original) EGR was stuck partially open. The thing got stuck open permanently when I attempted to clean it so I replaced it with a brand new one.

Over the past month and a half a metallic clicking, and later grinding, noise developed somewhere around the engine. It was intermittent, and when it did show up it was only between 1500 and 2000 rpm. It would happen in park and drive in all gears as long as it was in that rpm range. I couldn't figure out what it was until it got much louder and started expanding its range to 2500+ rpm. I figured it was the belt tensioner going out, so I ordered a Gates tensioner along with a new idler pulley and a 778 belt.

Here's where things get a little interesting.

I had the car on a jack stand with the passenger side front wheel removed and the splash panels pulled out so I could get to work. I tried to relieve tension on the belt, but the tensioner wouldn't budge. Tapping the wrench with a rubber mallet loosened it up, after which it was much too easy to crank the pulley out of the way. This is when I noticed that the lower tensioner mounting bolt was sticking about 3/4 of the way out of the engine. I just sat there for a minute staring at the bolt. In addition, the head of that bolt was nearly smooth.

Luckily, my local Home Depot had some that matched, and the rest of the installation went off without a hitch. The mechanic that replaced the tensioner a few years ago must have destroyed the bolt head, preventing it from being tightened properly and hastening the tensioner's demise. I'm a little upset I didn't notice this until now but I'm happy the problem is fixed.

My sister's 2002 SL2: A little over a month after replacing a leaky water pump at around 102k miles the radiator decided to develop the infamous driver's side crack. I put in a new radiator and did a preemptive thermostat change to fix that problem. My sister is good at making sure the oil is topped up, but that oil was black as tar on the dipstick. She had been driving a lot more than I thought and managed to go almost 7k miles since the last oil change. Needless to say I took care of that right away.

My grandmother's 1996 SC2: Replaced a hemorrhaging valve cover gasket, spark plugs, spark plug wires, coil packs (old ones were out of spec), and the original (but still working) ECTS. After reattaching the original valve cover to the engine the car started throwing a P0204 (injector #4 circuit), which was caused by one of the #4 fuel injector's wires being exposed and grounding against the accelerator cable mount. This post is getting a little long, but you can get the details (including an incredibly dumb mistake of mine that forced me to get a replacement valve cover) here: http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=205463

My dad and my grandmother jokingly said that I should open a garage.

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Old 01-25-2015, 09:49 AM   #4071
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While driving down US-23 near AnnArbor, I was able to "cross it up" over the pavement expansion lumps.
Fun! Hit the lumps at the posted speed of 70 mph and while the front wheels were off the ground I was able to twist the steering wheel to 1:00 and back to 12:00 before the front wheels touched the pavement repeatedly, without the car reacting at all.
Like motocross! Those lumps have been there for years and I just put them to good use.
If the traffic wasn't so heavy I would have gone for 2:00. Maybe at 75mph Yah, that's the ticket

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