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Quite a few forums have an on-going thread pinned that allow everyone to post what work they did recently on their rides. I didn't see one here on C&G, so I thought I'd try to start one here.

Post what you did today or during the past weekend... regardless of how tiny of a job. Let us know your victories and disasters.

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I have the Sunfire hanging around the house lately, so I thought I'd put the long needed power window motor in the driver's side door.

first surprise was how difficult it is to get the window out of the door. I had to take the top stops out... and once I got the window out I was horrified to realize that all the clips and guides holding are broken. All the broken parts are long since out of production. I think I have all the pieces gathered from the bottom of the door... going to be using a lot of epoxy.

GM has decided to thwart me at every bend by riveting EVERYTHING to the door. Nice, giant rivets that I can't easily replace and ones that like to spin as you try to drill them out. So after killing all the rivets in the door, I was happy that I only damaged one hole slightly. Luckily the regulator came out of the door easily.

Of course, 6 minutes after the hardware store closes, I realize I don't have bolts to put things back together... and my rivet gun is too small... so I have to prop the window back into the door so the car doesn't get wet if it rains.

After a few hours, I open the new motor box... and surprise... it comes with bolts. Who'da thunk? Since the regulator is spring loaded, I got smart and I put the regulator in my vise to hold the spring in place. Drilled the couple rivets and I had the motor swapped on.

My next step was for advanced users. Since the rivets are generally too big to replace, the regulator came with bolts... but I know that unless I have pixies working with me, there is no way to hold the nuts in place. In the past I used clip nuts... but they are real easy to knock off as you put the regulator in the door. So I put the supplied nuts/bolts on the regulator... and tack welded the nuts to the regulator. Hey, GM, you could have done this for me! Now I can easily bolt the regulator in place...

Tomorrow I need to put the regulator back in... and see about epoxying the plastic bits together.

I'm feeling good that I can get this window adjusted to try to stop some of the leaks.

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I put the removable cup holder unit from my Jeep in the dishwasher and cleaned it this weekend. First time I'd done that in a couple years, lots of dried coffee stains in it.

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I guess we don't have one of these really. Those of us with Project cars post to that.

I fixed the hubcaps of mine that were creaky and clicking ever since the new tires got installed. They didn't tighten the wheel cover locks down enough.

Also took the Toronado to an "All Oldsmobile" car cruise. Got there a little late, but I was the only Toronado there of any year. Lots of well preserved 88s and 98s from the 70's and 80's. Will upload pictures tonight.

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I fixed the hubcaps of mine that were creaky and clicking ever since the new tires got installed. They didn't tighten the wheel cover locks down enough.

Cool. I used to have no end to those noises with wire wheels... used to drive me nuts during the summertime (with the windows down). I used to rotate the covers and put dabs of grease on the tabs... with limited success. I never thought to tighten up the locks. I had the brackets on the wheels and the key, but IIRC, the car doesn't have the actual locking bolts.

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If you're really OCD about it, you can disassemble the hubcap completely (give it a good cleaning when you do) fill the hollow area around the lock bolt with that expanding insulation foam, allow to dry, use a flexible hacksaw blade to cut off any excess, gently drill a hole for the lock bolt to pass through, reassemble. 99.9% of the creaking will be gone.

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If you're really OCD about it, you can disassemble the hubcap completely (give it a good cleaning when you do) fill the hollow area around the lock bolt with that expanding insulation foam, allow to dry, use a flexible hacksaw blade to cut off any excess, gently drill a hole for the lock bolt to pass through, reassemble. 99.9% of the creaking will be gone.

Good idea. Never occurred to me that the noise would come from the center... I thought the edges, as the steel wheel deformed slightly while rolling... as I have had solid hubcaps creaking and groan at the edge. Makes perfect sense though.

I'll have to try it when I have another wire wheeled car in heavy rotation. All my wire wheels sit idle right now.

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Couple of weekends ago I did the plugs & wires on the Malibu...boo V6 engines and FWD!

Back plugs literally took me like 6X longer because of these almost inaccessible clips GM put in to hold the wires.

This week and weekend, I took the side skirts off the Bu and went to town sanding down the rust, priming, painting and clearing all of the stuff.

Certainly not an amazing job but the best you can do with aerosol cans I think!

Next week I'm probably going to work on the right side and if I have time the yearly gas-cap rust because GM doesn't know how to properly drain the rain/water/gas that gets in there!

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The last few weeks the cars have gotten oil changes, tire rotations,and her car got a new serp belt......

If it ever stops raining like every day, the cars will get a good wash and wax too...and a touch more interior cleaning as well....

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My IS300 has had a dead battery the last three months, and I finally replaced it with a new Costco battery a couple of weeks ago. I gave the car a wash on Saturday.

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Wednesday morning I changed the air filter on the G6, added summer windshield washer fluid to the almost empty resevoir, and took it in for an oil change before going in to work. Envoy needs an oil change and air filter replacement soon too. Both vehicles were washed the Saturday before I left on vacation (5/21) and still look clean, but both are in need of a full detail wash/claybar/waxing and interior treatment soon too.

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Got the IS300 smogged today. The technician put a small greasy smudge on the door panel, so I cleaned that and applied some Lexol to the driver's seat.

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Yesterday was a productive day. In addition to getting that mower I...

Had the Intrepid's rear rotors inspected and grinded down the dust shields so they wouldn't rub. Much quieter now.

Had the a/c system evacuated and recharged in the Prizm. Colder now, yay!

Had the Mercury's A/C system recharged with good old R32 that my neighbor's friend had. A/C system works now, but it appears it needs a compressor clutch.

Helped winch the race car onto the neighbor's trailer.

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Took apart the suspension forks, and installed new fork oil seals and oil. Bolted on a pair of new signal lights.

Drilled open the carburetor housing to expose the pilot screw, to richen things up a little.

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Geez... spent another afternoon fixing and adjusting the window in the Sunfire convertible. I was able to glue the remaining broken unobtainium clips and was able to pull the from track and install the up limiter and put it back in. Got the window pretty well adjusted... but now I realize the rear window is not clocked properly and needs to come out slightly.

So I pull the rear seat out and the rear interior panel. The rear windows go down automatically as part of the top operation, so its a real Rube Goldberg device to adjust. I got some adjustment dialed in... and even clocked the window slightly... but its a bear to adjust the linkage... I think I might need an extra set of hands to adjust it right.

Everything tightened, but no interior panels on the driver's side, I was shocked how quiet the car is. Turns out there was a lot of rattles hiding in that door. Not much whistle, either. Guess the next test is to see how must leakage happens in the rain.

In any case, its been leaking a lot less since I fixed the window motor and also fixed the convertible strap. If I can settle for the current adjustment, I can start patching and reforming the missing bits of weatherstripping.

Convertibles are a real PITA.

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Fixed the turn signal cancel feature on a friend's Ford van... also fixed the cigarette lighter.

Then I finally got my transmission! Local 4T65e with 54K miles for $450 + $50 core. I'm loving the low mileage. Of course doing the 214 pound dead lift to move it around is a real PITA... now I'm putting a wheel dolly to use as a tranny cart. I think I can start doing the swap in a couple weeks.

Bad news... while checking out the tranny, it looks like my ABS brake lines have gotten as bad as Northstar's LSS ones. I'm debating replacing them all since I will have most of the stuff near them removed.

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Few days late...

I replaced the headlight housings on the CR-V. The headlight restoration kits weren't cutting it anymore. It took years off the visual age of the car.

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Drew that looks awesome, your right talk about taking years off when you have those yellowed covered headlights.

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Well that was "fun" Bushings were pretty shot actually, had to adjust the rack with one wheel disconnected to get the tie rods to cline up correctly again. Have to wait until Friday to get the alignment redone >:/

Since I had them apart, I repainted the strut brace and cowl bolts and screws.

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Stopped and got gas on the way to work...only 400 more miles to accumulate before the Jeep hits the big 150k milestone...went through the car wash last weekend, probably going to take it in for an oil change and service soon, go get the interior detailed. Taking the last two weeks of the year off, catch up on sleep and car/house tasks...

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Never got to the wheel hubs... ONLY after I was on the verge of pulling the old hub did the strut demonstrate that something is severely amiss in the top of the strut. *everything* gets returned to Autozone, and a big order will be placed to RockAuto... I'll probably get the parts just in time to do struts and hubs (the car lost a lug stud and the existing hubs seem to have 173K on them) in more sub-30 degree temps. Yay!

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51 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Got a LOF this morning.  Nice people at a new dealership I tried.

Sorry but LOF???? do you mean loss of frame and if so on what? This is a very cryptic post to me. :unsure:

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16 minutes ago, dfelt said:

Sorry but LOF???? do you mean loss of frame and if so on what? This is a very cryptic post to me. :unsure:

LOF = lube, oil, and oil filter in old school parlance.  That's how they code the invoice at writing up the order.

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16 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

LOF = lube, oil, and oil filter in old school parlance.  That's how they code the invoice at writing up the order.

WOW, be used in your area as I never have seen that or heard of that in Seattle. But then here they just say Oil Change or OC. Interesting :scratchchin: LOF 

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8 hours ago, dfelt said:

WOW, be used in your area as I never have seen that or heard of that in Seattle. But then here they just say Oil Change or OC. Interesting :scratchchin: LOF 

I actually heard of that shortcut jargon first in SoCal, though not in O.C.  In "Los An" itself.

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Yesterday, the car received a new transmission fitting where the line comes in (or out) to being cooled.  There was a small leak that had been there for a while. 

No more drips.  Keeping my fingers crossed.  I like a clean concrete parking apron.

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On 9/25/2013 at 12:32 PM, Robert Hall said:

Filled up with gas this morning

Put two new tires, an alignment and a full synthetic oil change into it yesterday. 

3 hours ago, ccap41 said:

Let's see a picture! 

I second this!

 

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Wasn't today, but last week I got an oil change plus state inspection and emissions inspection, and no repairs needed for $180 total at dealer prices.  Not too shabby for a 10 year old German car.  (granted I did replace the front brakes and an air strut this summer)

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No state inspection here either and my oil change will be about $30 and that's actually probably what I'll do on Thanksgiving because we'll have a nice weather day, about 55 degrees. 

10 hours ago, balthazar said:

Mmmm- no inspection fee 'cause: no inspection. :D
Oil change is about $75 for 10 qrts and a big filter (I do 'em).

What do you mean when you say "big filter"? Do you use another filter with the same threads and gasket that's just larger? If so, why? 

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No- I 'grew up' on smaller, car-sized filters. AC PF47s and such- about the size of a balled fist. This is about a 1 qrt filter, WIX 7202. Not sure offhand what my recommended change interval is, I only get a 'change oil soon' message if it runs that long, but that's only happened once (when I didn't reset it). I change it around every 6000 miles. With 10 qrts & a 1 qrt filter, it should be a nice long interval.
EDIT :: just looked it up: recommendation is 10,000 miles.

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2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

 

What do you mean when you say "big filter"? Do you use another filter with the same threads and gasket that's just larger? If so, why? 

I use a bigger size filter.  The OEM size filter is kind of small for the engine size and amount of oil. I realize that manufacturer probably engineered engine and filter with that size in mind but I change oil about every 10k miles (a lot of highway driving) and I think a little more surface area in the filter for extra cleaning is not going to hurt.

Plus, the extra size filter I use in my car is the OEM size in my wife's car that has same engine displacement.

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Got the guys in the mechanical shop to change the earl in the Compass.  Turned over 32k miles this week.  Ordered my oil, engine and air filters from NAPA but they sent the wrong air filter.  Mine wasn't too dirty, so I sent it back.  6 quarts of 0-20 synthetic.  This Fiat Jeep takes the thinnest earl of any vehicle I've ever ownt.

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Albert's dad isn't allowed to drive anymore, so we'll be taking his Cruze until we decide what we're doing.  Albert and I either drive together to work or he takes the bus, so a second daily driver isn't super important for now. If he gets a new job he is going for, that will change things.

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20 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

Albert's dad isn't allowed to drive anymore, so we'll be taking his Cruze until we decide what we're doing.  Albert and I either drive together to work or he takes the bus, so a second daily driver isn't super important for now. If he gets a new job he is going for, that will change things.

Which one would you keep as a second car, Cruze or Encore?

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It got a L-O-F at the dealer.  It's the car's birthday.

They also washed it for me, free of charge.  This way, I can wax it.

I celebrated with food yesterday ... an annual ritual, if you will.  I went to the nearby location of a famed Brazilian steakhouse for their Sunday lunch buffet and where the meat/poultry/sausage/lamb keep coming.  I went at about 2 p.m.  I came home and laid in bed unable to do anything after that sort of a meal.  The salad bar is an incredible meal in and of itself ... and that preceded the arrival of the meat/poultry/sausage/lamb.

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Less than 18 months ago, I put a new Bosche AGM battery in the Toronado.  Yesterday it wouldn't start... stone dead.  No biggie, I can back it out of the garage on gravity power and jump it.   Wouldn't take a jump.  Pull the battery and have it tested.  It fails the test and starts leaking something on their battery machine.

They didn't have any Bosche AGM batteries in my size to replace it with under warranty, so I ended up with a Champion AGM and a trickle charger for $0 out of pocket. He was saying that older trickle chargers don't work well on AGM batteries, so that's why he got me the new one. 

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Cleaned the windows and RainX them before the rain started tonight. Into a Winter Storm Warning with 20" of snow expected in the mountains. Tomorrow is going to be a Pow Pow Day on the slopes and me having to work. :( 

Supposed to warm up next week as we go into an extended dry spell. Planning to wash and clean all the auto's.

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10 hours ago, dfelt said:

Cleaned the windows and RainX them before the rain started tonight. Into a Winter Storm Warning with 20" of snow expected in the mountains. Tomorrow is going to be a Pow Pow Day on the slopes and me having to work. :( 

Supposed to warm up next week as we go into an extended dry spell. Planning to wash and clean all the auto's.

^^ I think we're finally done with winter here. going to be in the 60s the rest of this week. 

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1 minute ago, Drew Dowdell said:

^^ I think we're finally done with winter here. going to be in the 60s the rest of this week. 

Soon I hope....forecast says back to 30s and snow showers for the weekend here. 

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I finally did it.  I took the sled in and got the transmission fluid changed via recirculating flush.  It's been done old school style 2 times prior to this.

It's the first time doing this.  Prior to this, I had always serviced my transmissions by having them change the fluid and the filter by dropping the pan, which meant leaving some fluid in there.

So, within 50 or so miles, the shifts are less perceptible and shift points even seem to be 1 to 2 mph lower under the same light throttle.  I don't mind this.

However, is it possible that a menu priced transmission service would cause the shift points to change a little?  How could that be?

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So my Chevrolet Trailblazer SS came with the Bose head unit and Bose amp with Bose Speakers. Last summer the XM satellite stopped working and as much as I tried to work with XM to get them to hard reset the signal to my head unit it just stopped working. So I canceled my service. :( 

Low and behold, the next morning the preview XM station started working again and then later in the day stopped, so no radio anywhere via XM for me. This spring the rear speakers started to on and off have a electronic buzz and wine and it would come and go, so I figure my speakers were dying.

Over the weekend, I came out from running an errand and turned the auto on, got in to go and all I had even though the volume was at zero, a screech from the rear speakers.

So I stopped by Car Toys here and they took a look and told me my capacitors were dying in the Bose system, common issue and seems to play out on the web as I am at 157,000 miles on the SS and it seems to be when the audio system dies.

I looked online for a new head unit, $1,500, new amp $400 plus tax and shipping, I was looking at 2K for the same thing and not even new. Both were refurb as there seems to not be any new units left.

So back to Car Toys https://www.cartoys.com/ and I ended up with a Head unit and backup camera.

Head Unit is Pioneer AVH-2550NEX 6.8 Inch DVD Receiver with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

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Backup Camera is Quinn Acoustics QC670 Automotive License Plate Frame Rearview Backup Camera with Night Vision

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Have to say that the large touch screen is really nice, Android Auto rocks and the backup camera is great for tight parking in garages in the city or places where your normal shoulder checks and mirrors cannot help.

System sounds great as I still have the bose speakers, but over all cannot be happy and was only $1,400 including the connection harness that allows all the normal GM steering wheel controls to work.

YEA! :metal: 

Just realized the picture is fuzzy of the Head unit, will take an updated clear picture when I get home tonight.

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Here is what the screen looks like on at night and a picture of the HD with night vision backup camera. Have to say they have come a long way in quality as my sons 2017 Jeep GC camera is not this good. Love having all the natural GM steering wheel controls plus the touch screen.

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1 hour ago, balthazar said:

Trailblazer is pretty short, with a vertical rear fascia. I would think familiarity with such a configuration would render a backup camera superfluous. I back 237" into parking spots with no camera all the time.

99% of the time I do not use it, but have found a backup camera when parking in  garages in Seattle make it a life saver of getting in close to the walls without hitting it.

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I don't parallel park or back into spaces, but I find the camera quite useful in backing out of my driveway (I've spotted random joggers in the dark on the sidewalk w/ the camera, etc),  backing out of parking spaces (esp. when I have bigger vehicles on each side of me).... with the small rear and side windows and thick pillars I have plenty of blind spots.

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45 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

 backing out of parking spaces (esp. when I have bigger vehicles on each side of me).... with the small rear and side windows and thick pillars I have plenty of blind spots.

This is when I've found them the most useful. 

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