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About SoNic

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  • Birthday 01/01/1967

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    2001 Mercury Sable Wagon
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    Duratec V6 3.0

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  1. Well, I have a story to share. At around 180k miles I had replace the front wheel bearing hubs on my (previous) 1996 Mercury Sable and at around 170k miles on my 2001 Ford Explorer AWD. On my current 2001 Sable I have 150 miles and they still sound good. Those are nice, easy jobs, few bolts and done. And I figured out that any modern car must have factory sealed hubs like this... Well, nooo! My 2000 Hyundai Sonata doesn't, comes with bearings that need a press to be extracted. A PITA! Well, it's old, no? And it has on the rears sealed hubs at least. My friend's 2003 Toyota Camry doesn't have hubs, just plain bearings! At 140k miles, gone! But he makes fun of my Fords... Honda's? Nope, bearings too. BMW 300 series? Nope. Now my wife REALLY wanted to get a Kia Soul in place of the Sonata. Fine, got a 2011 model, 55k miles. On their forums I found out a guy with 140k miles replacing, you guess, the front bearings. Yep, no easy-peasy factory hubs, a whole PITA again! He paid $500 in SD for the job, surelly here in VA would be like $1K. And again, at least the rears are sealed hubs! I love my Sable! Drive it every day to work (1-1/2 to 2 hours)!
  2. That's true. Except that on my Explorer 5.0L the oil filter removal process leaks oil on the sway bar and some wiring. Win some, lose some...
  3. Those old school inline 6 where beautiful - on any car that had them.
  4. I guess it's a GM, because of the shocks setup on opposite sides of the axle. My Ford has them on the same side, but factory has added a 5th shock from rear differential lateral to the frame to compensate for the leaf spring windup (V8 5.0L).
  5. The Official Dang Near Anything Thread

    My wife wanted a Kia Soul for 7 years now, her 2000 Sonata just won't die at 150k miles (V6 2.5L). So we got a 2011 Soul with 55k miles, 2.0L 4 cylinder engine, no warranty, hoping for the best. KBB price. Changing the spark plugs I found rusty looking deposits and corrosion in the 2nd plug well, and only that one. Aha, that's why the coolant level was low. Cracked head, blown intake gasket? Who knows? I guess I deserve that for caving in to buy a 4 banger...
  6. I used to download the schematics using the http://search.ebscohost.com/ site using the ID rrcc and the... appropriate password. Well, it doesn't work anymore I just bought (for my wife) a Kia Soul 2011 and I would very much like to have some schematics and/or service manuals because I intend to keep that car alive at least 10 years. Anyone knows other sources of free manuals? You can PM me if don't feel like putting it here.
  7. Looks like they are screwed in... dang it.
  8. How do you usually remove those vents? It's a Hyundai, but I assume they are all similar...
  9. I was looking at taking the dash out, it's an extensive job. Is there a recommended glue for this? Maybe I can reach with a long vacuum tube attached to the nozzle - if doesn't solidify too fast?
  10. KYB Monomax on the four corners of my Explorer (AWD V8).
  11. Dash trim getting dislodged from under the vents - this is not a Taurus, but I had seen the problem on many cars. If I push it back in, it comes out, like it is "shorter" than what it used to be. What can be done?
  12. Well I decided to post here again... Just to say that I didn't have to do anything else to my 2001 Sable Wagon but an oil change. It just keeps driving me to and from work on one hour long commute, 20 minutes being in stop and go. Knock on wood.
  13. The Official Dang Near Anything Thread

    Careful with those speed traps, use Waze. On a 70mph limit, at 79mph you get a free pass, for 81 you can get a reckless.
  14. Just don't give "jumps" to people and don't try to jump your car either if you have drained your alternator. Jumping can damage the older-style regulators. Empty alternators can damage the rectifiers.
  15. I did too the rears shocks and front struts on my wagon. It was like a new car, especially the front not scraping over the smallest bumps in the road. I am sorry I didn't go Gas-A-Just on rear, I matched the fronts... Strut-Plus has Excel-G shocks: SR4009/4010 and 344434.