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Scuba9898

What Have You Done To Your Other Vehicle Lately?

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Loaned out my 02 Cavalier and it came back broke :wacko:.

1 new tensioner and s-belt later, we are rolling again. Re-rebuilt the passenger drum in the rear. (not sure why it was grabbing, but it's not anymore). Still need to replace two studs and run a new wire for ABS. Not in a huge hurry, it's the spare car...

More fun to come with the Villager. Will be attacking the front end this weekend. Got a wicked pull to the right and a bit of a shimmy. Much as I like to Hokey-Pokey, I could do without it while I'm driving.

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Turns out the Villager had a tire coming apart. Couple of new tires and an alignment. Need to reseal/rebuild the rear brakes, stop a gasket leak on the trans and replace a leaky radiator. But, hey, apart from fluids everywhere, Its golden!

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I just ordered 6 new COPs for the Escape...I'm done with replacing one at a time. As soon as I'd replace one, another one would go bad.

INSTALLED the 6 new COPs on the coldest morning of the winter season... man I'm smart.

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INSTALLED the 6 new COPs on the coldest morning of the winter season... man I'm smart.

What is that, like 40°F in SC? :lol:

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What is that, like 40°F in SC? :lol:

37 when I was working outside this AM. Did not enjoy it.

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It was 25 degrees in Greenville this morning. That just ain't right.

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30's and 40's is cold?

i would bet your guys's blood would freeze up here... those temps below 0, and with a wind chill... Minnesota winters FTL...

i love hearing you guys bellyache about the cold, its funnylaugh.gif

just messing with yall, so dont take it personal.

Im getting next to new LX headlights for my car, courtesy of Scuba, Sally is getting an oil change and tires rotated, the truck got a winter wash, and my sisters car is now on its last leg.

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I lived about 20 miles north of Glasgow, MT for several years....my first winter there, the temp was 50 below zero for a week. Nothing would start, even with an engine block heater. Twenty to 30 below was almost normal for most winters.

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I bet you northern guys complain about the temp when it's 80 to 90 outside :P

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I bet you northern guys complain about the temp when it's 80 to 90 outside :P

I don't, but that's because I ain't from IL originally :P

It's great, IL toughened me up with coldness. But my strength from NC heat gives me the superior working power of being in 100°F+ temperatures, great for attics.

But when it's 40°, I love it rather than 5°

Best temperature to work on cars is around 70° and low humidity.

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Best temperature to work on cars is around 70° and low humidity.

AKA California.

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well yeah! 80+, lol for those of us with non amenitied leather seats (no heated/AC'd), yeah we piss and moan about roasting nuts on oven hot leather hahaha

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Yeah, I do like it cooler rather than warmer. Just back from a vacation on the Mayan Riviera. The average temperature there was 28°C (82°F). When we left Saskatchewan in January it was -30°C (-22°F). However it was not the heat that was unbearable, it was the 99% relative humidity. As soon as you stepped outside, your shirt (and everything else) was instantly soaked.

Another annoying observation was the fact the sun rose at 05:30 and set at 17:30 (and sunset was almost instantaneous.) Rather disconcerting to someone from the prairies where a sunset can take an hour and a half. Like we have twilight. Even sitting in a hammock on the beach with a cool cerveza did not help.

However, I did notice something unusual. One of the problems on my SVT-WGN (my other vehicle) is my HID headlight goes off. I flip to high beams and then back down to low beams (the HID) and the bulb reignites. I just assumed I purchased a cheap aftermarket kit, and was planning to replace it with a higher quality one. In Mexico one of the vehicles we were riding in was a Peugeot minibus (with HID from the factory.) Our driver was having the same problems as I had; the bulb would go out. He actually stopped at one point and checked his connections. In our situation when we first noticed the problem, we swapped ballasts to no avail.

So my question is, has anyone else found HID bulbs go out unexpectedly? Or is this just a coincidence?

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However, I did notice something unusual. One of the problems on my SVT-WGN (my other vehicle) is my HID headlight goes off. I flip to high beams and then back down to low beams (the HID) and the bulb reignites. I just assumed I purchased a cheap aftermarket kit, and was planning to replace it with a higher quality one. In Mexico one of the vehicles we were riding in was a Peugeot minibus (with HID from the factory.) Our driver was having the same problems as I had; the bulb would go out. He actually stopped at one point and checked his connections. In our situation when we first noticed the problem, we swapped ballasts to no avail.

So my question is, has anyone else found HID bulbs go out unexpectedly? Or is this just a coincidence?

my VVME kit does that in the sable and my friends DDM kit does that in his Escort... It is really annoying, sometimes it will be only one and others it will be both that go out.

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What is that, like 40°F in SC? :lol:

When I started, it was 27*... took like 1.5 hours to complete the job so it was 33* when I finished.

I just hate working on cars in the bitter cold.

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Working on cars in anything below 50 sucks.

Lemme count...

When I was 16, right before I had my license, it was bitter cold around 0°F, decided to see if my Contour would start, which I did a ton of work to in the summer/fall: Replaced gaskets, timing belt, spark plugs, and a few sensors to make the car right (didn't need to do the head gasket, but 2 mechanics lied about the "overheating issue" (which was a faulty sensor) so I did it rather than spend over $1000 to fix it. Good learning experience nonetheless. Went to start, it sounded like the timing was off, didn't sound like solid compression.

Decided to take it apart, since I was about to get my license soon, checked timing belt, it was perfect. Started going though other systems, all was fine. Neighbor comes over, asked if I changed the spark plugs, and my know-it-all teenage self, "I Just changed them in the summer, haven't even put more than 100 miles on them! They can't be bad! You don't know anything!" But, out of desperation, I took my old spark plugs, threw em in, car fired right up, sounded brand new too... All that work for nothing. Learned 3 things: 1. Don't be a smart ass. 2. Never use Bosch plugs, and 3. Think simple problems first.

Second time I was forced to work in freezing cold, some asshole in Tennessee smashed both my front windows in winter. Thankfully Brian helped me in that freezing snow pulling windows out of a donor car when I got it back up here in IL.

Also, that's one thing I'mma love about having an I4 DOHC again: SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Easy to change spark plugs/coil packs. Probably be a 30 minute job at the most!

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So it was a balmy 44 degrees yesterday. I washed the car at the do-it-yourself and also spent $3 to move the license plate. Chris - I haven't gotten any flak from the po-po I just will be going back to Mass soon and I hate the buck tooth look....

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So it was a balmy 44 degrees yesterday. I washed the car at the do-it-yourself and also spent $3 to move the license plate. Chris - I haven't gotten any flak from the po-po I just will be going back to Mass soon and I hate the buck tooth look....

where did you have it before? windshield? cause when you were here you didnt have it mounted at all.

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where did you have it before? windshield? cause when you were here you didnt have it mounted at all.

I just didn't have it on - since I am not in MA, the MN po-po don't know I need one :)

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Figured out how to shut off the horn chirp when you lock or unlock the doors with the remote. Now it's just a nice quiet light blink :)

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I dug them out and charged the batteries.

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This counts right? biggrin.gif

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How did you move the plate, Mike? Some brackets or something?

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three dollar license plate kit from O'Reilys and zip tied the bracket to the grill.

On a different note, bought NGK spark plugs on Monday - went to change them today and there were only three in the box. Drove back to the store - they had to order me one more, it'll be here tomorrow. Oh well...

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Finally decided to take the ZX2 out to my friends shop. Throwing codes, no power and he has what the proper equipment to do the repairs. Heck with gas prices being what they are I might just get a few bucks for it should I decide to sell it.

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Went for a ride today. I had to turn around at one point by driving off of the road into a cleared grassy area due to thick mud. utf-8BSU1HMDAzOTEtMjAxMjAyMjMtMTY0Ny5qcGc.jpg

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