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Old 08-01-2011, 10:40 PM   #721
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And the question is: will it be done before it snows?
I think the Sat Plant built them a little faster than me

Done soon. Too many other distractions! The hard part is windshield. Once it quits raining inside the car, it will go fast.

Front suspension is on (with new Moog Tie Rod Ends) and torqued (using paint crayon to keep track).

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My rear struts might be toast. The rear of the car "inflated" when it got smacked and is pushing against the springs. Can't be good for the strut inserts.

...and then there is the alignment
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More body work....
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Old 08-02-2011, 02:20 AM   #723
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My Saturn now has a transmission cooler on her, and part of the a/c system is new. Need to finish the rest of it.
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:51 AM   #724
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Also,
did a Roof-On using ~1.75 (10.5oz) tubes of SuperFast Urethane @ $21+tax each
Did not obstruct rain gutters
hey what's that little blue thing with wires sticking out of it? It looks kinda like a distributor
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Old 08-02-2011, 10:35 PM   #725
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hey what's that little blue thing with wires sticking out of it? It looks kinda like a distributor
Nope, it's the....(fighting the urge to call it the "shift thingy") ...shift Control Housing on top of the trans. Replaced it years ago and had blue rustoleum handy.

Dad told me:
The speedo gage backlight blue was that color. The AC engineers called it "Julio blue" after the guy who came up with that color.

Tube sticking out is the vent tube. I thought the vent cap was clogged/stuck, but not so. I thought maybe that was what caused the Trans to leak all over the clutch disk.

Paranoid because:
my ZuZu Trooper's rear axle vent got packed with mud and stuck closed.
Blew out the rear axle drive shaft seal;
wrecked the differential <everything>;
had it repaired at dealer;
Dealer replaced only the bearings ($300);
despite using Moly, Bearings failed again (due to pitted gears);
had to find a junkyard axle;
first axle was wrong ratio (Junkyard guy knew it too!);
found correct junkyard axle;
had to replace all differential bearings;
had to replace wheel bearings and it was a

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Old 08-03-2011, 02:11 AM   #726
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Added half a quart.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:43 PM   #727
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Charged A/C System; Installed front shields and air dam
Installed calipers and new funky Brake Hoses and bled brakes...took me a while to figure out what to do!
Before bending into place

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Old 08-04-2011, 01:20 PM   #728
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Yesterday actually: Took the throttle-body off, cleaned it up really good & sprayed the Mass Airflow Sensor with cleaner(specially made for it). And put it back together. It runs!! lol..

There was alot of buildup on the plate and inside the manifold. I still want to clean the manifold really well. Wondering about the spray you can buy and spray into the body while running to clean out the rest of that gunk.

The car smoked white for a little after the clean. And has an almost insane amount of extra HP!

There is where all my disappearing oil is going i could just guess?! There is too much buildup. It almost seems like the manifold pipes leading from the throttle to the back of the engine has so much gunk it's clogging maybe 2 ports.. i looked in really good it kindof looks like it.

Especially since having swapped the plugs and wires i did notice 2 of the plugs may not have been firing. So if these 2 plugs were not firing...which match up to the 2 pipes from the manifold, maybe the plugs went bad, car wasnt using those ports, and they clogged??

I am just guessing here....but i am pretty decent with deduction.

Also i noticed afterwards that the PCV valve was clicking louder than i have ever noticed...but i took that off and messed with it for a min. as well.
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The car smoked white for a little after the clean. And has an almost insane amount of extra HP!
Did you really notice a significant difference in performance when you cleaned the TB?
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:55 PM   #730
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And has an almost insane amount of extra HP!
I accelerate faster, less hesitant, better pedal, better acceleration @ higher gear & rpm's

Why do you ask?
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:07 PM   #731
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I accelerate faster, less hesitant, better pedal, better acceleration @ higher gear & rpm's

Why do you ask?
Because I'm thinking of cleaning the TB on mine.
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:12 PM   #732
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Because I'm thinking of cleaning the TB on mine.
I have never done anything THAT mechanical on a car. And i am telling you it's really easy. Just follow the how-to video on here. It took me a couple min to get off and a couple to put back on. The hardest part is the actual cleaning it. Which is really easy too! Shouldn't take more than an hour(proper tools on hand).

Don't forget to clean the Mass Airflow Sensor while you have it off...JUST DO IT!
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Old 08-04-2011, 02:16 PM   #733
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I have never done anything THAT mechanical on a car. And i am telling you it's really easy. Just follow the how-to video on here. It took me a couple min to get off and a couple to put back on. The hardest part is the actual cleaning it. Which is really easy too! Shouldn't take more than an hour(proper tools on hand).

Don't forget to clean the Mass Airflow Sensor while you have it off...JUST DO IT!
Yeah, I wasn't concerned with the mechanic skills required. I've replaced the VB, ISN, and water pump on mine. And I watched the richpic video on it. Didn't look too hard. Time is the problem for me!
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:37 PM   #734
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Just applied some Turtle Wax Headlight Restore. Worth every $8.99 pennies i spent on it. They look literally brand new.



I recommend this item.
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Oil/filter change. Delvac 15W-40 and a ToughGuard 3600 filter. I am using diesel oil again lately as it keeps everything very clean. I have noticed no change at all in gas mileage using the 15W oil, but it is summer after all. I'll go back to synthetic in the winter.

This coming weekend I may re-do my front seat belt roller guides. I made them a while back by machining rollers and frames to replace the factory stamped steel plates. Unfortunately I made the extension straps they hang on a bit too long so they rub against my shoulder sometimes. I need to shorten them by about 2". The belts retract extremely smoothly and reliably with the rollers. Plus they look nicer.
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I have been using a 5w-30 Amsoil heavy duty diesel oil. Right viscosity range and works year round.
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Just before dark yesterday...
Windshield perfect install


Almost three (10.5oz) tubes of SuperFast Urethane @ $21+tax each

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Replaced the antenna and base on the 2001 with a pick-and-pull (junkyard) antenna. Much better reception!
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Replaced a howling water pump on my 97 SL1 I have been driving it long enough to know when something starts to fail just by listening.
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I'll be replacing the starter on it tomorrow. Caught the classic starter heat stroke
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