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Old 08-27-2019, 12:05 PM   #6141
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I have been wondering for a long time - is it because I live in California that I have ALOT less complications with my Saturn? or because I have my mechanic LOOK for possible problems?

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Probably both.... if you're out of the cold and salt, that's huge!

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Old 08-27-2019, 12:59 PM   #6142
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Probably both.... if you're out of the cold and salt, that's huge!
+1

Was just commenting the other day about how our two previous minivans' engines and transmissions were doing fine (at ~220k and ~240k) but their bodies or other critical parts had succumbed to rust.

Rust is slowly killing my SC2, too

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Old 08-27-2019, 01:12 PM   #6143
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Wow, don't think I've ever seen a spare like that.
#30 auto drain will work, but pulling the rear quarter panel and re-sealing the seams can be done in in an afternoon
My '99 spare was the same. I'll buy a new compact spare from Tire Rack and put it on myself with motorcycle tools.

I had that quarter panel off for the Great Fuel Filter disaster. No real desire to pull it again. I'd rathe finish the airplane. The #30 hole took about 4 seconds.

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Old 08-27-2019, 01:31 PM   #6144
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My '99 spare was the same. I'll buy a new compact spare from Tire Rack and put it on myself with motorcycle tools.
I didn't think they were available... that's why I let the scrappers have mine.

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Old 08-27-2019, 03:15 PM   #6145
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The last page or two of this thread:
http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=60735

Here is the link. Not exactly the same size but close enough.

https://m.tirerack.com/tires/tires.j...170924131058:s

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Old 08-27-2019, 03:45 PM   #6146
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That is why they are divorced

Selfishness is the route to most personal problems to me and if the wife was only happy when the husband was miserable - that's selfishness in my opinion.

To me it actually goes both way - "Happy Husband, Happy Life!"
Yep, a guy on another car forum put it best, IMO - a good marriage is when both spouses truly believe, "Your happiness is essential to my happiness"

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Old 08-27-2019, 03:50 PM   #6147
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I had that quarter panel off for the Great Fuel Filter disaster. No real desire to pull it again. I'd rathe finish the airplane. The #30 hole took about 4 seconds.
Yep, I've been tempted a few times to pull out the drill myself
My driver side has been leaking again.

But we have a lot of small bugs, not sure what they are. Really small and thin.

They can get in through the window screens. Hardly seen any this year but last year, did not open the windows much at night because of them.

I'm closing in on 150k miles on what I assume is the original fuel filter so I'm dreading the eventual replacement. Surprisingly, the bolts didn't look too bad when I was down there last weekend. Then again, maybe I lucked out the PO replaced it at 100k on schedule. I should take a closer look

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Old 08-27-2019, 04:14 PM   #6148
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Today I replaced the spark plug wires.

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Old 09-02-2019, 04:32 PM   #6149
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Replaced the stabilizer bar bushings...19 years of rust made it really tough. Ended up removing the entire sway bar. Rides smooth now!

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Old 09-02-2019, 10:30 PM   #6150
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Tackled the headliner today. I did not expect to do it in one day but luck was on my side. JoAnn Fabric store: 2 1/4 yards of beige headliner material $35.00. Staples: can of 3M no.77 Spray Adhesive $20.00. I silicone caulked around the screws coming into the cabin from the roof because on heavy rains the two rear corner areas of the old headliner would get wet. Also spray glued heavy duty plastic from a construction weight garbage bag the rear section of the upper surface in case water comes in again to hopefully divert any future wetness to run down the inner pillars. The dome light tabs were snapped so I used automotive tape and 3M plastic Command/Velcro in place of the broken clips. Fingers crossed.

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1). Lay the headliner fabric on the headliner with minimal 2 overhang.

2.) place short 2x4 across middle (acting as a weight to keep the fabric in position) and drape the back half of fabric over 2x4 and the front half of the fabric.

3). Begin to spray glue about a foot tall section of the exposed headliner and bring the fabric down into the glue covered section pressing the fabric into the valleys of the headliner. Spray glue another foot down and continue working the fabric into the glue and contours to the edge of the headliner.

4). After completing the back half remove the 2x4 and fold the unglued front fabric back over the glued down back half exposing the front half of the headliner for spray gluing.

5). Continue gluing and when completing the front edge, cut a good inch of excess beyond the edge for folding over after spray gluing the other side at the leading edge.

6). Trim all other edges and holes flush to their edges.

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Old 09-03-2019, 01:04 PM   #6151
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Nice work on the headliner!

Did not realize the wagons had two dome lights, but makes sense
(I guess one is technically a "trunk" light)

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Old 09-04-2019, 09:28 AM   #6152
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...The dome light tabs were snapped so I used automotive tape and 3M plastic Command/Velcro in place of the broken clips. Fingers crossed...
This method is what worked best for me. You can use any velcro if it is glued on or try the stick-on industrial strength velcro, which I used. I will reglue the velcro in the future, if needed. I do not use the single clip to help secure the light either.

Secure the backplate to the velcro, which is on a plate at the roof (replace that piece of velcro if missing), then press the domelight into place after matching the locations of its velcro.



back of the plate that helps holds the domelight in -

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Old 09-04-2019, 10:23 AM   #6153
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This method is what worked best for me. You can use any velcro if it is glued on or try the stick-on industrial strength velcro, which I used. I will reglue the velcro in the future, if needed. I do not use the single clip to help secure the light either.

Secure the backplate to the velcro, which is on a plate at the roof (replace that piece of velcro if missing), then press the domelight into place after matching the locations of its velcro.
Good idea, mine its been dangling for about a year, the ones I picked up at the Junk Yard the clips breaks when trying to installing it, so I just gave up.

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Old 09-05-2019, 01:12 AM   #6155
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Due to prep work done, the fenders were all that were completed yesterday (the roof and hood were done during a prior visit). The doors will be done on Monday and the photo does not do the work justice either (palm trees were reflecting off the rear fenders).



It appears it will take a few more appointments than I realized. The owner is being very picky regarding his work and took the time to really prep the surface of my Saturn as he knew I preferred quality over speed or cost.

Here is a closer look at the challenge the owner undertook. The fenders basically looked like the trunk prior to wrapping.



I am definitely pleased with how my Saturn is turning out.

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Old 09-05-2019, 08:07 AM   #6156
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Cool! Would be interesting to know what the prep work is. I'd like to either wrap or paint my SC2 someday. Paint I've done before.

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I filled up the SC2, 32.1 MPG. Decided to swap the intake temperature back to the heated one. Initially it read 150F, but cooled down a little bit.


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Today I gave the Old Girl a bath. Clear coat still holding up!

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