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Old 01-12-2020, 02:22 PM   #6421
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I mean the metal plate under the balljoint where the zerk is mounted to.
Oh wow, so it's coming apart. That can't be good.
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Old 01-13-2020, 01:24 PM   #6422
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ho hum... oil change, washer fluid top off, check all other fluids, check lights, vacuum floors, air up tires.

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Old 01-17-2020, 12:08 PM   #6423
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My long time mechanic came over to replace the original rear sway links and had me help him.



The NAPA replacement links were so much beefier and the car drives even better than after the front control arms and tie rods were replaced.

Now I get to look for something else to replace.

P.S. I sprayed the electrical connections to the horn 9 days ago with no results, so I ordered a new horn. I get into the car yesterday and the horn works. Explain that to me.
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Old 01-17-2020, 12:52 PM   #6424
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My long time mechanic came over to replace the original rear sway links and had me help him.



The NAPA replacement links were so much beefier and the car drives even better than after the front control arms and tie rods were replaced.

Now I get to look for something else to replace.

P.S. I sprayed the electrical connections to the horn 9 days ago with no results, so I ordered a new horn. I get into the car yesterday and the horn works. Explain that to me.
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Old 01-17-2020, 02:03 PM   #6425
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It's like my ex brother in law.


It works when it feels like it....
LOL!

At least I will now have a backup horn for when it actually decides to stop working altogether.
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Old 01-18-2020, 12:17 PM   #6426
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We got snow overnight, so when I went out to shovel my way to the car this morning, I sprayed the door seals with silicone.... the driver's side any way, front and back.

I wonder if the over spray will fade any plastic... I had some interior parts on my truck fade after I sprayed it. Must be something in this brand I bought. The Saturn is already faded in areas, so I'm not super worried about it.

I also checked the voltage at the battery when running and not..... 12.6v when not running, and 14.36v when running. Grounding at the head actually was higher than at the battery at 14.4v.
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Old 01-22-2020, 08:01 PM   #6427
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I received some inner and outer tie rods, an inner tie rod end tool and a couple of Motorcraft filters from RockAuto last week.
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Old 01-23-2020, 01:42 AM   #6428
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I received some inner and outer tie rods, an inner tie rod end tool and a couple of Motorcraft filters from RockAuto last week.
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Old 01-23-2020, 10:43 PM   #6429
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In last month:

One new fuel pump set up, went with the Delphi, 9 yr old assisted in the driveway, lucked out and had like a 50 deg. day.

#965 reman wiper motor? Lost track of how many I've swapped, Appears I got a good one this time. Next will be new now that they are available, but not of course when I actually need one to get the car back on the road in winter. 9 yr old also assited in the driveway, this time in the snow...............
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Old 01-24-2020, 12:58 PM   #6430
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:41 PM   #6431
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Picked up a leather wheel from a 96 this morning at the junkyard. Installed it this afternoon. Feels a lot nicer than the plastic one.

There was also a nice 2002 SL2 manual with a black interior I havenít seen before . They write the date and reason for junking on the side of the cars at this yard. Was just a brought in on the 21st and the reason was ďDriven inĒ. Wish I knew the story behind it.
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Old 01-25-2020, 08:01 AM   #6432
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One new fuel pump set up, went with the Delphi, 9 yr old assisted in the driveway, lucked out and had like a 50 deg. day.

#965 reman wiper motor? Lost track of how many I've swapped, Appears I got a good one this time. Next will be new now that they are available, but not of course when I actually need one to get the car back on the road in winter. 9 yr old also assited in the driveway, this time in the snow...............
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Old 01-29-2020, 03:26 PM   #6433
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Itís nice to be able to post here again. I had my doubts about it coming back but Iím glad I was wrong.

Iíve been slowly converting the bulbs to LED when I feel like putting money into in. All the rear bulbs have been converted as well as the front side markers, PRND32 light, and the cup holders. Today I decided to do the HVAC bulbs. I took the whole thing out of the car to make working with it easier. When I looking at it inside I discovered that there was a 3rd bulb hole molded into the plastic that is unused. I have a second HVAC unit from a 99 and that one has it too.
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I was curious how much it would actually light up with a bulb in it and the answer to that is not very much.

Bulb only in right
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Bulb only in left
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I think itís kinda weird that Saturn molded a bulb hole just for it to go unused but I had one theory and my dad had another. Mine was that they thought they originally thought they would need more light than just 2 bulbs but 2 ended up being fine. My dad thinks they had originally designed a different faceplate that would have needed all 3 bulbs, but ended up using the one we have now instead that only needed 2.

No one probably really cares about an unused bulb hole but I thought it was kinda interesting, lol.
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Old 01-29-2020, 04:53 PM   #6434
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Changed all the mounts, tensioner pulley, knock sensor, and valve body electrical connector gasket.

Next project: Front and rear suspension (still good but going out slowly), JBL concert speakers to replace the stock ones, maybe brakes?
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Old 01-29-2020, 07:30 PM   #6435
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In early December on the way to work one day, every single gear shift resulted in a violent slam. There were no apparent problems the day before. Forward and reverse. Once in gear the car drove just fine, so I dropped it down to 2nd for one last slam before turning around and limping it home.

I suspected it was the line pressure solenoid in the valve body, and sure enough a resistance test at the connector on the top showed it was wildly out of spec. I popped the valve body open and tested the solenoid directly. This time it read fine. I decided to pull it out and test it again: out of spec, but a different value than before. It turned out the connection between the leads and the coil was sketchy and the ohm reading would change depending on how much pressure I put on the leads. The bad solenoid was also the odd one out - it was definitely a different design from the others. It must have been a replacement since I got this valve body from Special Forces several years ago. I ended up replacing all of the solenoids with the ones from another valve body I have sitting around since they all measured almost exactly the same. I swear the transmission is shifting smoother than it ever has before, but it could be just the placebo effect.

A couple of weekends ago I changed my oil with the AmazonBasics 5W-30 full synthetic instead of my usual Chevron 5W-30 conventional from Costco. I'll be keeping a close eye on the oil burn rate (~1200 mi/qt), but so far so good.
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No one probably really cares about an unused bulb hole but I thought it was kinda interesting, lol.
Neat! Like when I found the CAT OVER TEMP warning light socket on teh back of my '98
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Or KingRex finding a "LOW TIRE PRESS" in his 95

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Finally changed the oil and installed the new GM plug.... I used Supertech synthetic this time.

I have a Fram synthetic filter, but used a cheap Champion Labs filter since I plan to change the oil again when it gets warm.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:30 AM   #6438
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Bought two new Blizak tires in the wider 195 width so that I can run front tire pressure closer to the Saturn factory door sticker recommend pressure.
I supplied new ebay steel wheels
After the tires were mounted, I noticed one wheel had a lump It never occurred to me that a new wheel could be bent

So, I bought another ebay steel wheel from the same people and I will keep the bent one for a spare. Maybe all it needs is a 5-pound sledge hammer.
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I've been having my car vinyl wrapped, piece by piece and I was finally able to get the driver side doors and all handles done. It took a little over 4 hours just to do those doors due to the prep work the technician did. Hopefully I am able to get the passenger side doors done in a couple weeks.





The bumpers, rain gutters and top of the spoiler will be the last to complete.
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