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Old 07-03-2021, 05:36 PM   #6841
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I took it on a 500 miles trip with a chainsaw in the trunk. On the way back, I noticed that straight-line highway tracking had degraded and there was a new, slight, straight-line vibration. My best guess is that the driver’s outer CV joint failed. It was stiff before I installed it last September and I suspect there was insufficient grease. Any acceleration-while-cornering produced more vibration than it had before this trip.
I ordered a Duralast Gold and a Dorman boot kit. I will look to see if this axle has enough grease, IF it is not too stiff right out of the box.
https://imgur.com/a/315ECaf
The outboard CV looks like the grease is way too stiff and there is way too little of it (but, what do I know??).
I am going to put MEISTERSATZ CV grease into the outboard CV joint and hope for the best.
https://imgur.com/a/tsXVkTL
The problem is, this CV joint fits the definition of “stiff” as outlined in the Factory Service Manual under the heading, “Driveline Vibrations.”
If I am missingsomething, someone please clue me in

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Old 07-04-2021, 05:51 PM   #6842
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Painted the door pillar trim black this past week. I’m pretty sure this piece was originally supposed to have some amount of gloss to it if the back side is anything to go by. Used some basic Rustoleum primer and gloss black paint. I didn’t clear it cause I was feeling kind of lazy, so hopefully I don’t find a bunch of little chips developing in the paint over the next week.
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Old 07-05-2021, 08:41 PM   #6843
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A/C flush and fill on both 02 SL2s, new tires for one.
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Old 07-05-2021, 08:48 PM   #6844
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Replaced the air bag/computer module that fits under the dash board. Thanks to cgg17 for sending it. Now driving with a functioning air bag system for protection.
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Old 07-07-2021, 09:05 PM   #6845
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Torque wrench check on all four wheels after getting two new tires and a rotation at Town Fair Tire (New England area tire chain store) over a week ago. Good thing I did because the driver's side rear wheel had two loose lugnuts. One rotated over 540 degrees before hitting the wheel.

This just reaffirms the validity of my do-it-yourself attitude.
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Old 07-19-2021, 06:10 PM   #6846
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My 1998 SC2 5-speed Red Hot is still running GREAT!!

10w-30 Rotella Diesel Oil + ext length oil filters

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Old 07-19-2021, 08:47 PM   #6847
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A much much needed throttle body cleaning thanks to the vids of Richpin. Feels smoother already. Currently at 132,500 and approaching my 3 year anniversary of ownership.
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Old 07-20-2021, 02:23 PM   #6848
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Got an alignment done after changing both wheel bearings - I actually had to bring it to two different shops. The first guy broke the alignment machine and the second shop got it correct.

They both suggested camber bolts but were unaware that the lower strut bolt is adjustable.

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Old 07-20-2021, 05:11 PM   #6849
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^^^^
I like your early 90's geartooth wheels on your 99 wagon. Well done!
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Old 07-20-2021, 06:15 PM   #6850
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My exhaust heat shield fell off (again) and my go to fix for that problem a hose clamp. Worked pretty well on 2 other spots but this one wasn’t quite able to stop it from rattling. Cut of a chunk that I wasn’t able to hold up with a hose clamp and now the rattle it gone.

My center exhaust mount also broke off…I don’t have an easy way of fixing that so I’ll probably just leave it as is and hope nothing worse comes from it.
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Old 07-20-2021, 08:05 PM   #6851
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My exhaust heat shield fell off (again) and my go to fix for that problem a hose clamp. Worked pretty well on 2 other spots but this one wasn’t quite able to stop it from rattling. Cut of a chunk that I wasn’t able to hold up with a hose clamp and now the rattle it gone.

My center exhaust mount also broke off…I don’t have an easy way of fixing that so I’ll probably just leave it as is and hope nothing worse comes from it.
Get the exhaust hanger fixed as it will stress your mid-pipe and it will eventually crack. An exhaust shop will weld a new one on in a few minutes. I wouldn't be surprised if they sent you out the door with no bill.
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Old 07-22-2021, 10:12 AM   #6852
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Hanger fixed per trottida recommendation. Your bill estimate was only off by $10
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Old 07-22-2021, 11:35 AM   #6853
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Hanger fixed per trottida recommendation. Your bill estimate was only off by $10
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Brought it down to the local tire shop to have 2 valve stems swapped out. For some reason, they put 2 long stems with 2 short stems when I got new tires a few years ago. Only noticed when I got some red valve stem caps and 2 where poking out way to far.

I never like going to this tire shop cause they always seem to screw up at least 1 thing up every time I go. I had a feeling they would do this for free though so I went anyway. The streak of bad experiences continues because this time they almost lost one of my new valve stem caps, and completely forgot to put the lug nuts on the front passenger side wheel before sending me off…You can probably imagine how that went.

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Getting ready to install a Cardone remanufactured O.E. driver’s side axle
This axle seems smooth and there is no trace of backlash.
Voiding any warranty, I checked the amount of grease:
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Fixed the AC in the 95. Ended up just leaky valve cores in the low and high side. Added dye just in case.
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Old 08-05-2021, 12:38 PM   #6857
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Getting ready to install a Cardone remanufactured O.E. driver’s side axle
This axle seems smooth and there is no trace of backlash.
Voiding any warranty, I checked the amount of grease:
https://imgur.com/a/ud4mVad
Today, I installed the 60-1271 axle, after adding more CV grease to the outer and inner boots. Time will tell if that was wise.
Axle Installed: https://imgur.com/a/txxMMYx
The axle that I removed was an aftermarket axle and it failed by becoming loose at the inner CV joint, located next to the transmission. The outer CV joint seemed fine.
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Old 08-15-2021, 11:23 AM   #6859
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I had a cracked coil spring on the front driver side strut so I replaced both struts upfront.

The front passenger side wheel bearing was showing signs of wear and the hub was in rough shape so I pressed in a new bearing and a new hub.

Also changed the fuel filter
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The cradle subframe is pretty rotted right under the stabilizer bushing for some reason, so I made a reinforcing plate




didn't weld it because the mounting holes still seem sound, torqued to 103 ft-lbs, at least the bushing isn't slowly sinking into the frame anymore.

Also packed anti-seize lubricant between the plate to see if it will help keep the subframe from rotting more.
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