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Old 10-04-2020, 03:40 AM   #6641
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I'm due for an oil change soon. Today I decided to experiment. I pulled the PCV out of the valve cover and put a funnel in the hole and sprayed a few shots of pn 0120 Chemtool. Put the PCV back in the place and drove to a destination. I will do that daily until oil change.
What are you trying to do? I wouldn't think a few shots of anything would do much of anything.
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Old 10-04-2020, 05:31 PM   #6642
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^^^ HIgh Energy Solvent Technology

I do not want to put large quantities in all in one shot as I am still driving around with it. Small doses at a time should be fine.
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Old 10-04-2020, 05:58 PM   #6643
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Removed the throttle body, cleaned and replaced the TPS with a genuine GM 21024706. While I had the space, I removed the ground wires (front and back) on the engine and sanded to remove corrosion. Reinstalled and finished with grease to protect from future corrosion.
Next on list is to remove and clean coils and ICM. First a trip to LKQ and hunt for a nice set of replacements.
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Old 10-06-2020, 12:00 AM   #6644
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Sprayed more Chemtool B-12 in the PCV port and then drove the car. Cleaning out system, each application a small amount drips into the system, most of the product burns off as the engine reaches operating temperature. Oil change soon which may include a piston soak. Next OCI will be very short to flush out residual chemicals. Maybe use a jug of Maxlife 10w-30.
Then change to Mobil 1 5w-30 for the Winter.

Will change valve cover gasket in the near future and will see the carnage of the underside of the valve cover so you all can say you told me so and I will be another cautionary tale

Seriously, right now the engine is running tip top ship shape.

When I do the valve cover I will be replacing the PCV valve grommet as I am sure the Chemtool is seriously abusing it.
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2 Bucket washed Red Hot & she glows like crazy!
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Old 10-09-2020, 08:19 PM   #6646
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Finally yanked out the ac system and put the new belt on still need to do some paint correction and throw some collinite 476 wax on it plus a ton of other stuff
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Old 10-09-2020, 10:38 PM   #6647
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Been pretty busy with work lately and I havenít been able to get as much done as Iíve wanted to as a result. I did get some new hubcaps a few weeks ago and have been working on painting them.

The 96-97 hubcap design is probably the most bland of the OE hubcaps in my opinion so Iíve wanted to replace them for a while now. I also wanted something that I could fairly easily two tone paint, and the 93-95 design worked well for that. I used a metallic silver on the face of the hubcap, and a grey metallic on the recessed areas. A clear coat went over the whole thing to try and help with durability. After drying for a few days I gave them all a wet sand with 1000 grit, then 1500 grit sand paper. They are now shiny, smooth, and now probably the nicest looking paint on the exterior of the car, lol.

Kinda with I did the recessed areas a little darker, but it is nice to have something different to look at
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Old 10-10-2020, 06:17 AM   #6648
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^^^ Nice job, Zeebins!
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Old 10-10-2020, 10:07 PM   #6649
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The old Highmile got 4 brand new BF Goodrich Advantage T/A's.

I have a set on my Cruze too and really like this tire.

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Old 10-11-2020, 10:15 PM   #6650
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Finally got my 95 to idle happy with the turbo and cams. Megasquirt sure is nice when it behaves.....
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Old 10-12-2020, 09:47 PM   #6651
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Drove my Saturn to pick up a new project car: 07 Subaru Forester with 209k on the dash. Might have a head gasket leak but the oem made in japan radiator is the main issue as its cracked. But now my parents want me to get rid of the Saturn and fix up the Subie we will see what happens
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Old 10-14-2020, 06:20 PM   #6652
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Put in 4 Oz of MMO (Marvel Mystery Oil) in 10 gallons
of gas & drove Red Hot my normal 2 hours a day.

This car in INVINCIBLE I say.............
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Old 10-15-2020, 12:59 AM   #6653
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Added 2 ounces Chemtool B12 to each cylinder last night.

Today added 2 ounces Rislone Engine Treatment #100QR to each cylinder.

Got most all the fluid out of the cylinders with Harbor Freight pump, then sopped up more with folded papers. Put the old plugs back in and took a deep breath and started it up after a few cranks. Make sure to press the pedal to the floor or it ain't gonna start.

Drove up on ramps ASAP, lots of chemicals in the oil!

Dumped the oil, leaving the filter in place. Added 3 quarts of Mobil Super and some Rislone and drove to the store.

Tomorrow I am going to change the oil again.

Then, about 250 miles later I will change the oil with Mobil 1. This will be a fresh start with super clean oil.

The soak really cleaned up the piston tops good.
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Old 10-16-2020, 12:05 AM   #6654
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Changed the oil again. The oil was pretty dark due to the piston soak residual and flush. Used Valvoline NextGen HM 10w-30 with a NAPA GOLD 1516.


Drove over 200 miles today, nice and smooth running steed

Should I change the oil again tomorrow?

Will use Mobil 1 HM + Fram Tough Guard 3600
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Old 10-18-2020, 11:23 PM   #6655
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94 SL2 HCE:

Replaced both rear trailing arms because the right one broke in two. I'm amazed at the lack of rust on this 27 year old car!

Replaced both front stabilizer bar bushings at the control arms. The left one was a bit "wobbly" because of age and some hard engagements in reverse. I have new ball joints to do replacements, but the car doesn't need them. So I'll store them for the future.

I recharged the air-conditioning. Topped up the air in all four tires.

While changing parts, I found a loose left rear hub bearing, so that is in the near future, and I'll be doing new pads, rotors, and caliper bracket hardware on the rear at that time.

It's like a new car!

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Old 10-20-2020, 12:54 AM   #6656
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Today, I replaced the left rear hub bearing. The hub had wallowed around a bit and allowed the rotor to touch the caliper bracket. So, there are a few groves around the rotor's circumference on the outside face. Not bad, and the pad has already worn to match the grooves. So the pad and rotor went back together as is.

Oddly enough, this failed bearing made no noise at all even though the hub moved in-and-out on the spindle about a 1/2 inch. I didn't even know it was bad until I put the car up yesterday to do the trailing arm replacement and moved the tire and felt the slop in it.

THE BACK-STORY:

Nearly 3 years ago, I replaced both rear hub bearings because I had a serious growl on the interstate at speed. After the replacement, I still had the growl. So I replaced the rear tires and the noise stopped. Turned out my noise was from noisy tires that sounded like bearing growl/howl.

SO, I kept the old hub bearings that I pulled off the car at that time.

TODAY, I reinstalled one of the ORIGINAL hub bearings back onto the car that I took off nearly 3 years ago. And guess what. . . . no growl.

So I saved myself that $50 to $$150 that it would have cost to buy a new hub bearing!!!

Between new rear trailing arms and new front sway bar to control arm busings and this replacement bearing, my car rides so smooth, it's like a new car! I even purchased ball joints, but didn't need them, so they're stored with the 2nd hub bearing I removed so long ago.

JUST SO YOU KNOW: The replacement hub bearings I bought nearly 3 years ago are "Detroit Axle" brand bearings (purchased on Amazon). I found out this evening that they have a 10 year warranty, so we'll find out how they stand behind their warranty, and what they'll do about the one that has failed and it's "ruin" of the rotor and pads. I'll keep you informed!

BTW: my ABS light had come on recently, so I was expecting an axle shaft issue, but when I replace that hub bearing, my light went out and the ABS is back to working again. So, I'm betting the light came on when the hub bearing began to fail.

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I put a 5-Year Ceramic Coating on the front clip, including the newer headlights, side marker lights, and the black badge on my 98 Red Hot😊

Polished, decontaminated & Isopropyl/Distilled Water mix, then applied.

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Just a standard oil and filter change today. Mobile 1 Seems to have changed their oil slightly since the last time I bought a 5 quart bottle in March. Itís Advanced High mileage now as opposed to just High mileage. Probably more or less the same though.


I save old Saturn packaging as a little memento, but I have so many of these oil filters I think I can make an exception. Ripping the bottom flaps apart showed the year it was manufactured, and the part numbers for the red and black ink. Never expected to be a specific part number for something as simple as ink.
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Well not today, but in the last week I've replaced it.

The '95 was driven away from the dealers new. We used it for various tasks over the years, even when we had other cars and/or company cars.

A few years back I found some clutch slip going up a long reasonably steep section of highway. Almost 4 years ago now. But I've milked that clutch for that time, knowing it was on the way out. And I had decided several years ago I wasn't going to put any money into the car others than maintenance and such.

With time being valuable to me these days, I just don't feel like doing the clutch. I might find a neighbor to toss one in it to move the car to someone else. Of maybe just get rid of it as is.


But I don't regret the car for a second. We got more than our moneys worth out of it, and it will be sad to see it go.
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With time being valuable to me these days, I just don't feel like doing the clutch. I might find a neighbor to toss one in it to move the car to someone else. Of maybe just get rid of it as is.

But I don't regret the car for a second. We got more than our moneys worth out of it, and it will be sad to see it go.
yeah, I know the feeling

Love the car still, but having a lot of "just dont feel like being under the car to fix it" these days.

We purchased a 2017 Hyundai Elantra and drove it home from CA. Auto trans and a buttload of airbags (knee, curtain, etc). Lowest mpg of the trip, 38mpg and that included 2 hrs of stop and go on the I-5. Rest of the trip was low to mid 40mpg, AC on, and it has more HP/torque. The wife commandeered it so I will still be driving the Saturn, but if the Saturn dies, the Elantra will take on dd duty. Will be junking my '97 SC2 to make space in the drive.
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