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Old 09-13-2020, 01:45 PM   #6621
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Fixed my loose steering column with replacing the top screw. Followed oldnuc's advice and bought the m6 x1mm x25mm bolts from local hardware store but only the top bolt was loose. Also followed richpins ignition switch cleaning while I was there and cleaned out a lot of brass shavings. Key has no issues going in now.

Next up is finding a junkyard wiper motor and doing a throttle body cleaning.
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Old 09-13-2020, 04:16 PM   #6622
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That sounds pretty rad. Did you document what you did anywhere? Is this your stock Saturn radio from 1993, or from a different vehicle?
Its basically the faceplate and buttons from a 1984-85 Pontiac fiero radio with the guts from a 1990 Cadillac radio. The factory one was just a plain am fm tape player. . i didn't do up anything on what i did to hook it in. This is the 1st trial of this setup. Its set up different than my usual modded setups.
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Old 09-13-2020, 11:29 PM   #6623
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Final put in a new fuel pump over the weekend. I’ve wanted to change it for a while now but just haven’t really gotten around to it. I also didn’t really want to drop the tank since I never have before. It didn’t seem that hard, but I’m also not able to get the car very high off the ground, so I wasn’t sure if I would have enough room.

This is what I was working with for reference


Even with the limited clearance, I was able to get it out. The tank has defiantly been in there for a while. I would assume since the factory, but it also has markings on it that look like they are from a junk yard, so I’m not really sure how long it has been in there. Except for an accident my father had been in back in 2000 with the car, there isn’t really a reason why it would have been changed.

A quick wash and the tank looked a lot better


I had bought a Saturn specific tool off of eBay a few months ago to hopefully make removing the old pump easier. It’s meant to be attached to a half inch breaker bar. (factory service manual recommends 18 inches) mine was so rusted though I wasn’t really getting anywhere with it. I then tried a hammer and screwdriver which also didn’t get very far. After about 20 minutes of switching between the two, I tried putting the Saturn tool on my impact gun. I only gently pulled the trigger and within 3 seconds it removed the lock ring.


I could never really deceive what brand fuel pump I wanted to buy since I wasn’t sure what brand would last. Right when I was about to buy one this Bosh pump showed up on Amazon. It was supposedly the Facory OEM pump and everywhere else I looked before didn’t have it in stock. Even amazon has only had the one since. It doesn’t come with a float though like some others I looked at so I had to swap the old one over to the new housing. I was suprised to see the float said “SAT 97” on it.


The part number on the new one is defiantly a GM part number, and looks a lot like the sticker on the original pump. The number is different though and I can’t find and information online about either of them, so hopefully the new one is an updated version that won’t eventually fail like the old one.


I used my impact and the Saturn fuel pump tool to re install the lock ring. I forgot to buy a new one, so I just wire wheeled the old one and reused it.


The tank was a little tricky lifting back into place, but that was mainly due to the tank straps being bent a little too far back making for a tight fit when trying to bolt it down. A floor lack with a block of wood defiantly helps hold the tank while I wiggled it into place and connected the fuel lines.

It took a little longer to get done than I thought it would, but I’m glad I did it. The car actually starts now every time without having to prime it. The engine would stumble to a start sometimes if it was hot, even with priming the pump, so even if it doesn’t really make much of a difference after starting the car, it still feels a lot smoother overall now

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Old 09-13-2020, 11:44 PM   #6624
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I also “fixed” a broken exhaust heat shield while I noticed while the fuel tank was out. I don’t really have a way of removing the heat shield and replacing it, or a way to fix the old rivets, but I do have stainless steel hose clamps. It may not be an the best fix but I did the same thing to another section 2 years ago and it’s held up fine, so it’s good enough to prevent it from rattling.
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I also “fixed” a broken exhaust heat shield while I noticed while the fuel tank was out. I don’t really have a way of removing the heat shield and replacing it, or a way to fix the old rivets, but I do have stainless steel hose clamps. It may not be an the best fix but I did the same thing to another section 2 years ago and it’s held up fine, so it’s good enough to prevent it from rattling.
That's a pretty nice fix there, it ought to hold up for a little while anyways.
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Old 09-16-2020, 04:49 PM   #6626
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Messed with my hobby car. My troubleshooting analysis is probably blathering B.S.

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400-mile drive.
Car-destroying vibration thru the gas pedal from 60 to 65 mph.

60-65 mph vibration worse with load, as in driving up a grade.

Vibration currently smooths-out above 75 mph, unfortunately, there are no speed limit signs in the state that are above 75 mph.
Vibration is lessened by dropping the front tire pressure to 36 psi hot. Unfortunately, this turned the tire sidewalls slightly brown from highway speeds, but the car tracked well on rain grooves, even while there were stiff cross-winds.

I Suspect:
1. The front tires need to be replaced.
2. The Poly end bushing on the stabilizer bar-to-control arm (last replaced 6/2019)
3. The driver’s axle

A new driver’s axle was last installed 7/2018 and it was a little stiff in the joints.
The FSM lists a stiff CV joint as a possible cause of vibration.
Someone here suggested squeezing the boot to get more grease into the moving parts, which I did before installing the driver’s axle.

On 9/16/2020, the new Cardone. A1 66-1273 driver’s axle arrived and it is “limber” in the CV joints. This is good.


History of New Parts:
Struts & mounts 7/2018
Driver’s axle 7/2018
Driver’s wheel bearing and hub 1/2019
Control arms 6/2019
Control bar Polyurethane end bushing-to-control arm 6/2019
Tie rods installed by Turn One, rack inspected by Turn One 6/2019
Tie rod ends 6/2019
Passenger’s axle 8/2020
Tires 8/2020
Rotors and brake pads 8/2020

All engine mounts loosened, engine shaken and all mounts retightened 9/2020
The very stiff top engine mount is practically new. The two dog bones are full of 3M WindoWeld. Lower transmission rubber mount is a few years old.

Re-ground the front tires round again 9/15/2020. It could be that they need to be touched-up every 1000 miles or so.

The larger-footprint and lower-density of the Chinese lead alloy balance weight, combined with a soft foam backing, might lead to weird harmonics as the foam compresses and the weights start “communicating” with the wheel.

I plan to replace the driver’s axle and the Polyurethane ends on the control bar ...and go from there.
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Old 09-20-2020, 11:39 AM   #6627
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Follow-up: It was the axle. The Poly end bushings on the control bar are fine, despite using them in the winter.
The inner CV joint went bad, with sloppy backlash. Plenty of grease.
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I wish the inner CV joint looked like the O.E. inner CV joint -More rotational mass to help center the assembly in the differential. That is my guess.

For the front, more tires of the same type are on order I remain hopeful.
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Old 09-20-2020, 11:56 AM   #6628
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Swapped the larger idler pulley onto the belt tensioner yesterday. I was previously using a half inch shorter belt to try and stop the rattling, but it still would idling in gear with the a/c on. The larger pulley seemed to have solved that problem. I had to switch back to the larger OE belt size though. The smaller belt + larger pulley just doesn’t fit.
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:27 PM   #6629
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Wow. I haven't been here in a very long time. My parents have been driving my 98 SL when I'm not home (became an OTR truck driver). They recently informed me he's making funny noises. Head gasket blew. So I've been planning for that.
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Old 09-24-2020, 08:19 AM   #6630
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Changed front brakes on the '98 auto using Centric 12062038 coated rotors and Centric ceramic pads. Also replaced wiper blades, rotated tires and adjusted air pressure. Real quick service from RockAuto, but no magnet this time. Winter is coming soon, so got to be ready.
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Old 09-24-2020, 02:31 PM   #6631
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Real quick service from RockAuto, but no magnet this time.
I've been noticing the magnets are getting hit and miss. I've had several packages without them now.
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Old 09-25-2020, 08:11 AM   #6632
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I haven't posted on this thread in a long time... but then again, I haven't been doing much to my car in a while.
I got a flat tire last week that was patched up at a gas station. Checked my oil yesterday and needed to add almost half a quart (!). I guess I'll be getting an oil change soon.

So, I'd like to remind everyone to: CHECK YOUR OIL OFTEN
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Started cleaning up the black plastic panels/liners that go under and around the car on the front. I removed those pieces over the course of working on various parts of the car this past year, and maybe a few last year. I've got one soaking in some old waste degreaser, but it's not deep enough so I'll hit it with something in a can, most likely. I've got new push-pin retainers to re-install it all.

My driver's side door continually squeaks when I open it and close it because without the wheel well liner it gets dirty fast. I also think maybe these pieces being off the car is costing me a few mpg. I'm only hitting 32 and 33 now, never 35. The only thing I can think of that has changed is aerodynamics.
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My driver's side door continually squeaks when I open it and close it because without the wheel well liner it gets dirty fast.
Is it a creaky sound? Try a little spray lube where the retaining strap bolts on to the door (it's a 10mm head bolt) to troubleshoot and see if it quiets down.

I have a creak there . . . disassembled, tried all kinds of grease, powdered mica, motor oil, even cut a mylar washer (didnt have thin nylon, plastic, or delrin handy) before putting back together. The only thing that has worked for more than a week or two was 3-in-1 light oil.
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Is it a creaky sound? Try a little spray lube where the retaining strap bolts on to the door (it's a 10mm head bolt) to troubleshoot and see if it quiets down.

I have a creak there . . . disassembled, tried all kinds of grease, powdered mica, motor oil, even cut a mylar washer (didnt have thin nylon, plastic, or delrin handy) before putting back together. The only thing that has worked for more than a week or two was 3-in-1 light oil.
I sprayed the whole thing down with something, and it didn't last at all. I'll aim specifically where you say next time.
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Removed the plastic valve cover on the '98 auto sl2 and installed an aluminum cover. The spark plug wires were not replaced because they were installed only 9k miles ago, and they seem to fit the aluminum cover okay.

Also, changed the auto trans filter (Wix). The fluid was changed to Amsoil Torque-Drive at 42k miles, so changing the filter every 30k miles is all I need to do for a long time, if I understand oldnuc's instructions correctly.
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Came out of work to a flat passenger side rear tire. Luckily I had all the tools to plug the nail hole on site and 45 minutes later was on my way home.

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Note:I recently had a few bucks on a The Home Depot gift card and purchased their bright orange ‘Homer’ tool box which enables me to keep a nice array of tools in the wagon with me at all times, day or night, rain or shine.
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Added Redline SI-1 fuel system cleaner with HIGH PEA in it.

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Not so much what I did to my Saturn, but what I did to someone's former Saturn. I took their hitch out.


Not bad for $30. They had the welded wheel supports under the hitch so I got one of their rolling gantrys and yanked it off via the trunk latch bracket.

My red '98 is running like crap. It had a P0303 last week. I cleared it and nothing came back since but definitely feels like it is missing sometimes.
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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.
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