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Old 03-22-2020, 10:34 PM   #1
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So the 98 SL2 has been working great these last few months since the crankshaft position sensor was changed three times.

I did "break" the driver's side window about a month ago trying to roll it down on a really cold day to get out of a parking ramp.

It was also in it's first accident a couple of weeks ago - the cousin backed into the read drivers side door in the driveway

How is everyone doing with all of the chaos going on in the world these days?

Still have one job but not getting hours from another and expecting the start of a new job this spring to be delayed.
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Hi Brett,

I'm sorry to hear about your accident and the broken window. I hope the damage from the accident wasn't too bad. Have you found replacement glass for the window?

Things are crazy in the world right now. Stay safe out there and take care of yourself and family!!

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Old 03-24-2020, 11:38 AM   #3
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Hi Charlie -

Thanks for the reply. The "accident" is just a scrape of the back door paint. Can't believe I was able to go almost 22 years without an accident

The window glass isn't broken. Just can no longer roll the window down. Luckily it's stuck closed instead of open for weather and security reasons.
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My '95 was accident free until last year. But then in a matter of 6 months time, within 1/4 mile of work, I got hit twice. Once on the passenger door, bad enough to have the entire door replaced, then got rear ended which punted me forward enough to hit the bumper of the truck in front of me. Minor damage the second time, not enough to worry about.

As for world chaos, things have slowed down at work enough that we will be "part timers" until life returns to somewhat normal. We're in good shape financially, so time with my daughter at home, and hopefully if the weather clears some time to get more done on the outside of the house.
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My car is on the trickle charger. All is well.

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Who needs to buy gas? My cars are all parked.
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Enjoying the $1.59 gas, much less traffic on my 62 mile round trip daily commute.
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^ ^ What?! ^ ^ How? Where? Why? Who? When? Oh how the oil companies are upset........ Regular around here is about $2.29/gal. I'm hesitant to go outside just to get out of the house, change my winter windshield blades for summer ones and run an errand for groceries. With NYC declared the epicenter of COVID-19 after controlled testing, moving around outside can be risky. Let's face it, COVID-19 doesn't discriminate and can be carried by anyone to spread as easily as the worse case scenarios were already imagined by the military and research labs - releasing a germ into the atmosphere and let Mother Nature spread it to every unsuspecting person and animal. It's disheartening when the possibility of spreading COVID-19 can occur just by grocery shopping, filling a tank of gas, buying a cup of coffee from 7-11 or just walking around in public. Even the mail man can inadvertently deliver......

I've already stepped out a few days ago and will again today or tomorrow and assume the risks of exposure no different from anyone else stepping out. I'll try to hole up as necessary to minimize personal exposure.

In the meantime, I can ponder. Will my gas spoil after a week or three? Do I have enough toilet paper to get me thru this pandemic or will I have to beg from a relative nearby? When I time my outings, will the meat shelves be restocked? Will I become a carrier and/or become exposed to COVID-19 from someone? Will the internet go down? Will cell service drop dead? Will this be the way to force everyone into a cashless society by tapping credit cards on designated readers? Is this the new normal? Hopefully, COVID-19 will pass and become a historical note as we pick ourselves up and resume life. I'm wondering and looking forward to a possible vaccine for COVID-19 if and when the smart ones figure it out.
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Enjoying the $1.59 gas, much less traffic on my 62 mile round trip daily commute.
The cheapest I got gas was $1.83 before I stopped working. That was nice since my mileage is down... I'm hoping it's the EGR problem I have although I was getting the code well before I noticed the mileage drop.... about 5-6mpg which I think is a bit much for winter gas. I've been sub-30 on the highway.

I've had some time to watch some really great videos on the EGR, which I have linked in my EGR thread.

It's occurred to me that now may be a good time to tackle my rear brakes.... assuming the weather is decent. It's supposed to rain all weekend, and I'm not sure what next week is supposed to look like.
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Still working 'cause my employer is considered a critical contractor to the DOD.

Anyway, using gasoline and diesel additives, one can successfully store fuels for long term. I had stored fuel that I used it straight in my electric generator a few years ago. The entire region was hit with derecho winds, and like had no incoming line power for 9 full days, because we were the only house on the electric trail which ran for a mile through woods and only supplied us.
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I was laid off from my job on Tuesday of this week. And the additional job I will be starting this spring has been delayed due to the order by the Governor of Minnesota for us all to pretty much stay home for the next two weeks.
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I am still working in nyc everyday, which is a blessing and a curse. We are a one income family, but considered essential. I am following all the protocols to avoid COVID-19
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I was laid off from my job on Tuesday of this week. And the additional job I will be starting this spring has been delayed due to the order by the Governor of Minnesota for us all to pretty much stay home for the next two weeks.
That sucks. Sorry to hear. On the plus side - guessing your Saturn is paid off. Can't tell you how pleased I am not to have to worry about car payments.

Broken driver window mechanism sucks, if you have to pay parking, tolls, etc. Might be the plastic slider, which is not that difficult to replace from what I hear. There are a couple of videos on youtube, and this thread has part number and link to 3D printing info
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BTW - some insurance companies are giving money back to their customers, and some customers are calling their insurance co to let them know their commuting mileage is now zero miles a day. YMMV as to whether that changes your rates or not - my son used to drive 100 miles a day round trip but is now working from home. Calling our insurance co is on the "to do" list.

Also on my to do list, it's a bit early but I may do a week-long piston soak on my car. It's a bit early for an oil change, and need to wait and see if our governor will be able to extend the "stay at home" order or not (needs legislative approval to extend). Will find out today or tomorrow
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Stay safe! I had to drive to Chicago Ohare about 10 days ago. Most of the hwy there was very low traffic, other than semi trucks, and the parking lot at O'hare was more empty than I had ever seen it. Was able to park in the first row at the closest terminal and there were no cars around, no lines at the counters, and no lines at TSA checkpoints. Never seen a large airport that deserted before.
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Also on my to do list, it's a bit early but I may do a week-long piston soak on my car. It's a bit early for an oil change, and need to wait and see if our governor will be able to extend the "stay at home" order or not (needs legislative approval to extend). Will find out today or tomorrow
A week long? Wow. When I tried soaking the pistons, I had one that would go down fast. The rest would drop overnight. I think there was one or two that still had liquid in them. Do you keep refilling, or do yours not drain out completely in that time?


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Essential worker for manufacturing and defense here so still working. I do kind of enjoy the lack of traffic on my 53 mile each way commute though.

Tested a/c and found expansion valve was bad and compressor was making some unhealthy noises. Picked up a used compressor for $40 at the local u pull it place. Appeared to be a very low mile rebuilt unit. New valve and a quick recharge and all is well again.

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Essential worker for manufacturing and defense here so still working. I do kind of enjoy the lack of traffic on my 53 mile each way commute though.
I can understand that.... I loved the days when traffic was light. While working 3rd, about all I get is Saturday morning. When I worked a late 2nd, every night was wonderful on the way home....3am no one was on the road but me.

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I need to see if I can get mine going. I haven't explored it at all.

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