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Old 08-23-2019, 07:42 PM   #6121
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Busy few days

Started with a change of oil, transmission fluid, and a brake bleed. Ended the day with a coolant drain and put a coolant flush in with some distilled water.

Let that sit for 2 nights then drained it and put in 3.78 L of pure coolant and topped off with distilled water.

Makes me feel a lot better about the new Saturn. It's running smooth and shifting a lot better.

Probably do the spark plugs and wires next.
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Old 08-24-2019, 01:29 PM   #6122
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Pulled my first valve body today off an SL1 down at the you pull it. Going to test the solenoids tomorrow but at least the connector doesn't have any burnt terminal ends....and it only cost $20. Fingers crossed!
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Old 08-24-2019, 07:09 PM   #6123
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Replaced the trailing arm. Took it off last weekend, put new one on this weekend.

Removal - ran in to the same problem as the guy in the link I posted earlier. I'd bought a cheap Chicago electric impact several years ago, mostly to speed up removing lug nuts. With the rust, it had no effect on the trailing arm bolts,.

Was considering giving up and taking it to a shop like the other guy did, got to mentally comparing shop rates ($130 hour) and likely inflated parts cost (probably $130~150 for the arm) and decided to look at compressors even though it would mean cleaning my garage to make space.

Came across another electric impact by Bauer, supposedly 5x the torque of the Chicago,. Bought that for $90. Hit it several time, bolts loosened up. Was going to run out to the store to buy an arm but it was getting late, decided just have one shipped and save ~ $10~15.

Dorman part had all the coating all worn off the mounting tabs. So I decided to paint the ends with leftover POR15. Sprayed the rust around the mounting area and undersides with rust converted, put on trailing arm.

Had to use a C clamp to pull the knuckle forward enough to get the rear bolt on but other than that, went pretty smoothly.

Wife is happy to have her minivan back.
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Old 08-24-2019, 11:47 PM   #6124
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Old 08-25-2019, 01:11 AM   #6125
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Installed version 2.0 of my 3D printed cell phone holder.

This time with a slot built in for a cheap wireless charger that can be bought at the store 5 Below for just $5

Old version was just stuck on with adhesive velcro, but the adhesive proved to be inadequate in the Florida heat... so this one mounts with 2 screws, it's NOT falling off!


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Old 08-25-2019, 08:48 AM   #6126
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Search for F5 failure. Just a word of caution noticed you are using the lighter to power 2 chargers. The lighter use in this fashion can cause failure of the F5 in the passenger fuse panel and can cause failure of the fuel pump relay 12 volt supply. I cut the 12 volt supply line to lighter and ran a fused line from the under hood fuse/battery to the lighter.

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Old 08-25-2019, 12:16 PM   #6127
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Old 08-25-2019, 01:13 PM   #6128
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Yep, F-5 failure in progress. You may end up searching for a replacement I/P Panel and they are getting rare and expensive. iPhone is a major power pig.
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Old 08-25-2019, 01:52 PM   #6129
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I plan on wiring in a second outlet under the dash that's only on with accessory and using that. Or just using one of the extra USB ports on the back of my Android radio to power it, that would be even easier...
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Old 08-25-2019, 02:12 PM   #6130
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Tested all the solenoids and all were between 5.5 and 6.0 so it looks good. Can anyone post a pic of how the manual valve is supposed to sit in the valve body? Does the plastic tip sit facing towards the front of the car? Thanks!
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Old 08-25-2019, 08:03 PM   #6131
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There is only one way that the small bent metal bar fits into the bigger bar that comes out of the bottom of the valve body. It helps to slide out the bigger bar slightly so that you can insert the small metal bar into the bigger bar. FiremanCV has a video on YouTube for this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwV4TPL3TDg
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There is only one way that the small bent metal bar fits into the bigger bar that comes out of the bottom of the valve body. It helps to slide out the bigger bar slightly so that you can insert the small metal bar into the bigger bar. FiremanCV has a video on YouTube for this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwV4TPL3TDg
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Changed the ECTS on my SC-2, my gauge was reading a little over the first mark, some time went a little higher but not to the middle mark.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:30 AM   #6134
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Those 3D printed accessories are fantastic!

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I agree, but to hear some divorced guys on car forums speak . . .

their wives were only happy if the guy was miserable
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I agree, but to hear some divorced guys on car forums speak . . .

their wives were only happy if the guy was miserable
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!"
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I plan on wiring in a second outlet under the dash that's only on with accessory and using that. Or just using one of the extra USB ports on the back of my Android radio to power it, that would be even easier...
If the radio is powered by a stock circuit then there is a flaw in this thinking. The proper way is to run fused power from the UHJB (or battery) and use a switched relay to control it. Check out how in this post ... http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...69&postcount=8
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I got another Rock Auto magnet. Need something to lure the kid home from college sometime. We noticed he needs new pads and rotors last oil change.


I had grabbed the hardware to mount the jack. So I pulled out the spare. Looks like I get to change another one.


Also noticed a bunch of water on the driver's side.



I punched a #30 hole so it will auto-drain.
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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

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/showthread.php?t=78228

I already have some kind of plug/gasket back there that a wire goes through (circled in your pic), similar to what your pic shows, so my driver side already auto-drains when the water gets above the height of the plug.

Now I wonder if the PO cut the hole or if there is a difference between 2nd and 3rd gens?
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That's the same magnet I got recently. In fact I got two. Which rotors/pads did you get? I bought the $10 Raybestos R series, and some sort of Raybestos pad... I think ordered R-series, but the box said something else.

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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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