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  • Birthday 12/15/1939

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    2003 Sable LS 2003 Sable LS Wagon, '11BuickLucerne
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    Duratecs Both Sables

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    Charts fire

    House fire last wednesday.Likely totaled. Living in motels, today will be the 5th place in 7 days but likely can stay there for several days. Motel computer and Not Nice to old coot. Removal of saved contens waiting on asbestos inspection report. 6K of water sprayed in attic killed the fire, now that water is in the walls and basement. Good ins cover but takes time. Living in tourust area so motels full. Lots of family and friend support. We will be fine. Sable wagon is our carrier of stuff, daughter is using the Buick. Dog is with a friend. -chart-
  2. Local JY ~5 miles. Went for the splash shield for the Alt on DOHC '03. Number of plastic stuff missing on used car, Pepboys seemed to have tossed any plastic when they worked on this for previous owner. Anyway while going down the row, I spotted these. Lugs were not over tight and 7/32 tread. Alloys very good. Balance weights 0.5 on each side. No dry rot. $30 per, tax included. With 2 '03's all will now have the 5 spoke and the 7 spoke will be gone. And this: pressure check at home, #55 on the first one and pegged my 0-60 gage on the other. Less accurate 0-100 shows #70. Just a peak at how the rest of owner live. -chart-
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    Rear Passenger Window Leak

    Mine all had drains in the bottom of the doors. Must bee they are plugged up. -chart-
  4. OBD-II Monitor Exercised Drive Cycle Procedure Drive Cycle Preparation. overnight cold. 1. Idle vehicle for 15 seconds. 2 Drive at (40 MPH) until ECT is at least (170 F). . 3. Is Inlet Air Temp within (40 to 100 F)? If not stop here. HEGO 4. Cruise at (40 MPH) for Up To 4 minutes. Executes the HEGO monitor. EVAP 5 Cruise at (45 to 65 MPH) for 10 minutes (avoid sharp turns and hills) Gas tank ¼ to ¾ full. Catalyst 6. Drive in stop and go traffic conditions. Include five different constant cruise speeds, ranging from (25 to 45 MPH) over a 10 minute period. Executes the Catalyst Monitor. EGR 7. From a stop, accelerate to (45 MPH) at ½ to ¾ throttle. Repeat 3 times. Executes the EGR Monitor. SEC AIR/CCM (Engine) 8. Bring the vehicle to a stop. Idle with transmission in drive for 2 minutes. Executes the ISC portion of the CCM. CCM (Trans Auto) 9. From a stop and in overdrive, moderately accelerate to (50 MPH) and cruise for at least 15 seconds. Stop vehicle and repeat without overdrive to (40 MPH) cruising for at least 30 seconds. While at (40 MPH), activate overdrive and accelerate to (50 MPH) and cruise for at least 15 seconds. Stop for at least 20 seconds and repeat step 9 five times. Executes the transmission portion of the CCM. Misfire&Fuel Monitors 10. From a stop, accelerate to (65 MPH). Decelerate at closed throttle until (40 MPH) (no brakes). Repeat this 3 times. Allows learning for the misfire monitor. Follow directions for quick make ready for inspection. Most will do fine with normal driving, except EVAP. This one must be done by the book. Trick is the outside air temp in cold weather. You can clear the light with a code reader or pull the negative battery cable for a few minutes. Bat cable will also reset your tranny shifts to default. Code reader reset will only put out the light. -chart-
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    Sable won't start

    That fuse must feed something else beside what is on that diag. No need for 15A and it only feeds a relay coil. Likely something on the same fuse. -chart-
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    Will It Fit?

    I have hauled 4x8 sheets plywood and drywall. It only fits between the widest part of the opening so only a few sheets will go in. The hatch will not close. I use rope from the rack to the hitch and back to keep the hatch partly closed. But: there is a hardboard product that looks like 4' wide but it is a inch or so over. it will not go in. Best of luck with that.
  8. As with any car I get, I want to know any use of oil or coolant. Been 1,200 miles since my oil/filter change. In my garage, cold, I check and note about 1/16" above the top dimple. I check along the way and see no change but at this miles I took the pic. Maybe down 1/16" so no future worries unless I see a drip under and since in the garage with cardboard under I should see that. Coolant was not to the full line when I bought the car last Jan, I topped it off. But failed to note if it was hot or cold. It is recovery tank and not pressure tank so I can add hot or cold. Now note, hot right on Full, cold down about 1/8th inch. Recovery tank can evaporate since no seal cap. And for this old coot, I fail to see the need for a pressure tank anyway. I have had several, never had a leak, but 2 caps fail, one full on dump of the tank. Buick uses the pressure cap right on a riser on the engine. Different concept for coolant pressure. When I got this from the Buick garage service, and home, the oil was way overfilled, maybe 5/8" over and a bit dark. I tried to drain out a Quart in a container but messed up and lost too much so I just changed it, and put in the spec 4.0 Q with filter. Oil change range decided by the car computer. History looks like ~4500 miles. My trips are short, average 13 miles per day, average speed ~25 mph. And as a side note: the wife decided she would not drive it any more. She is now out in the '03 Wagon for the first time. Buick as most newer sedans have poor visibility all around. When I switch to the wagon, easy to see the huge difference in visibility.
  9. There comes a time to let it go. Unsafe at any speed. -chart-
  10. Thanks. My '01, '03, '03wagon all came with 7 spoke but they are different. Some polished face on the spokes, others painted. Center caps different. All my 7 spoke wheel corroded and one leaked around the valve stem. Others just leaked around the bead, even when treated. These JY wheels are really nice for no corrosion. There were 2 more in the yard like the fronts but not quite as nice as these fronts. New Mics X-Tour on the front wheels yesterday. Should last the life of the car.
  11. Volts seem good. I would redo the grounds as a routine maint. See pic, this is the ground strap from the engine to the body at the cowl, PCM ground below and corroded. Note, they bolt the power strap over paint, and it corrodes. I sanded the paint off, scrubbed the corrosion off the terminals and put electric joint compound on them. Fixed an wandering idle speed. The TPS showed erratic volts on the ground/return post. It goes direct back to the terminal in the picture. Engine off it was steady, once started the ground terminal had variable volts vs the body. -chart-
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    Done with Ford

    Ford stock: while this is happening the S&P500 is up ~45%. Somebody there has to do something. I am not a fan of Ford or any other company. I buy what fits my family needs. I have 2 Sables '03. Sedan daughter and her son drive 7 days a week and it works for them. My wagon is my hauler. Family car is '11 Buick Lucerne. Buick has column shift which is our needs for seat belt fastening. When my Sable sedan gets too far down the road, rust or high miles, I will go south for another like kind. Low miles no rust will cost $$ but it meets family needs. Cheap reliable transport. -chart-
  13. Got my JY wheels on. Rears nearly new GY tires, fronts brand x and worn out. Will get new tires on them real soon. And I noticed after I got the last 2, they do not match the rears. Both 5 spoke as easily seen but they are different for whatever reason. Anyone care to post what they are. Now I have 6 spare wheels/tires and 4 are going to recycling early next month. So my wagon will stay with 7 spoke wheels and the sedan will stay with the 5 spoke ones. I need to clean off the bottom of the doors. I put rust proofing inside the doors through the drain holes last fall. Some leaked out and made them black on the bottoms. It wipes off with mineral spirits. -chart-
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    Front camber?

    My experience with MOOG as in the pic. they are on top of each other, dowel to align the left, bottom aligned with a square and they you can see in the center where the MOOG rubs the sub frame, arrow and note. It rubs hard and I ordered a AC from RA and it fits like the OE. I only replaced the right side so the bad part was only one side issue. I also have a pic of the binding of the MOOG on the sub frame opening if anyone is interested. -chart-
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    4g Alternator noise after rebuild

    A single bad diode will make a "whine" high pitch mostly at idle. Higher rpm the whine gets above the hearing range. Small decrease in maximum output. -chart-
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