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Old 06-28-2015, 11:02 AM   #4381
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The car is drastically more quiet. However, with all the revving to burp the coolant and to "test" the exhaust, I lost a quart of oil. It's not appearing in the cylinders (clean spark plugs) or the oil (just replaced and it was clean) so unless it's recirculating into the intake, it's probably leaking somewhere. My first guess is filter.
You can check for leaks around the valve cover gasket and try to reduce oil induction through the PCV system by using a fixed-orifice PCV valve, but given that this car fell into your hands without a working lower exhaust, the likeliest explanation is high oil consumption due to stuck oil rings. 5W-30 oil was still new technology at the time, so the engines for these cars were designed with drainback grooves (not holes) in order to slow down drainback and reduce the risk of metal-to-metal contact due to oil film strength failures. Oil therefore tends to stay close to the oil control rings, where it heats up and over time cokes up the rings. Once this happens they can no longer scrape oil off the cylinder walls efficiently and oil consumption goes up progressively.

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Old 06-29-2015, 05:56 AM   #4382
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Silicone greased the shifter. Smeared the olde silicone grease on the weatherstriping for the doors and trunk.


Checked the F5 connection for melting. None found.

Iíve used the cigarette lighter to charge (one at a time), a cell phone, Ď97 ThinkPad, boot warmer and video camera. The car has crank windows if that makes any difference.

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Old 06-29-2015, 09:06 AM   #4383
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You can check for leaks around the valve cover gasket and try to reduce oil induction through the PCV system by using a fixed-orifice PCV valve, but given that this car fell into your hands without a working lower exhaust, the likeliest explanation is high oil consumption due to stuck oil rings. 5W-30 oil was still new technology at the time, so the engines for these cars were designed with drainback grooves (not holes) in order to slow down drainback and reduce the risk of metal-to-metal contact due to oil film strength failures. Oil therefore tends to stay close to the oil control rings, where it heats up and over time cokes up the rings. Once this happens they can no longer scrape oil off the cylinder walls efficiently and oil consumption goes up progressively.
I bet that's contributing to the oil in the exhaust. Luckily, I actually found the main oil problem yesterday!

Above the alternator but below the valve cover gasket, there's a spot near the front (belt-side) of the engine where oil *streams* out under load. It then drips onto the alternator bracket, down to the oil filter, and from there onto the belts and everywhere.

This is right around the timing chain gasket, which was put on with a ton of RTV. I'm pretty sure that's my main problem!

I only had to destroy a parking spot to find it. Fortunately, said spot was at a mechanical community college, so they lent me oil dry to clean up the mess.
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Old 06-29-2015, 04:18 PM   #4384
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Had an awesome day Saturday with a runner-up in the Electronics(Box) Gamblers Race and won enough $$ to get me to the next ADRA Points Meet. Lost round one of the No Box race by being sound asleep at the tree LOL. Sunday we qualified #1 in Sport Compact and wound up in 2nd place, only went one round in Sportsman class but the guys I usually have to battle for points went out in the first round so I dodged a bullet there. All in all a good weekend money and points wise.

Off to Raceway Park, Prince Edward Island this Friday for round 2 of the ADRA points series - 1/8 mile this time where my car is normally more consistent so I've got high hopes for some of those Sport/Compact and Sportsman class points. Bottom photo taken just after I made a remark about a 17 second Saturn picking on 7 second Dragsters and 8 second Super/Pro cars like a mosquito on an elephant's ass. Made the race director laugh.....



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Old 07-02-2015, 10:16 AM   #4385
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Installed new front struts in 1995 SL1.
Went to pick and pull and found a left front inside door panel [$8.50] and a hubcap [$3.00] and a new thermostat and housing $5.00] plus misc odds and ends [push pin connectors, hubcap lugs, a few lug nuts, and an IAT connector]for the 1995.

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Old 07-02-2015, 07:13 PM   #4386
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The 1994 SW2 got some love this week.

I replaced the starter, CPS, changed the oil, and sucked out some old power steering fluid with a turkey baster before replacing it with Mobil 1. The old starter was starting to act up when the engine was warm, and I replaced the CPS since I was down there already.

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Old 07-02-2015, 08:14 PM   #4387
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Finally got to change my NOISY Slapping Belt Tensioner W/ New Belt both from Rockauto. Bought the Gates Item. Hopefully i'll NEVER have to do it again but if i do I'll invest in a Serpentine belt tool....Not lots of room!!

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Old 07-03-2015, 07:25 PM   #4388
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Painted a clean spare set of drums with POR 15.
To make it easier to wire-wheel, scrape and paint, I used spare front knuckles & hubs for a mandrel.

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Old 07-03-2015, 11:44 PM   #4389
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Painted a clean spare set of drums with POR 15.
To make it easier to wire-wheel, scrape and paint, I used spare front knuckles & hubs for a mandrel.
Hah!

I got some cheap BFG Sport Comp-2s and pressure washed and POR-15'd my steel wheels. Good stuff!
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