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Car Talk

Posted: Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:46 pm
by Raion-Fox
So yesterday, my girl's 2013 Sonic's cylinder no.3 decided it was too hot and cracked, so I've got a dead rebadged Daewoo in my back yard I have to replace the engine in and then sell off. Clearly, after such a boneheaded event, I've made my girlfriend promise to let ME handle her car choices. She sucks at choosing reliable vehicles. She's getting a used IS300 after I sell this off, since my buddy has one he's gonna sell to us for a good price, and that way we don't need an auto loan.

Other than that, parts for my Miata's AC repair came in. New condenser, drier, compressor and PAG 100 oil with plenty of r134a. Fingers crossed when I get around to installing it.

Outside of that, the Miata needs some rust repair on the right wheel arch, right rocker, right side of the truck (inner arch) and the left rocker, although thats far more solid than the right, and a new front core support since the one in there is tweaked a bit, I straightened it out using the old come along trick, but that's not perfect nor safe lol. I know it's probably gonna cost more than its worth, but its *my* money pit lol.

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:44 am
by Y888099
Raion-Fox wrote:So yesterday, my girl's 2013 Sonic's cylinder no.3 decided it was too hot and cracked


I wonder why it happened. Bad quality oil? :roll:

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 5:29 am
by guardian452
GM's aren't meant to last more than 3 years. This one was on borrowed time.

The only good thing about GM cars is that you can lease them for $39 or $49 / week. Which is honestly not a bad deal if you don't care about cars and don't live in an area that has a good rideshare/carshare program.


But if you go through all the trouble to replace the block why not keep it?

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Fri Apr 21, 2017 10:46 am
by Raion-Fox
>But if you go through all the trouble to replace the block why not keep it?

Because I refuse to work on it after this. The engine bay is tiny and there's no way to detach the engine from the transmission so I have to remove them together. I want to fix the car and make it someone else's problem.

The IS300 I'm buying her after the car is sold is far far more reliable with the legendary JZ engine by Toyota. Unfortunately my girlfriend is smart when it comes to art and fashion, her majors, but she has been forced to admit she was a bonehead buying the car. I actively discouraged her from buying it but she didn't listen.

I have asked her to never buy a car again and not take my opinion seriously. It's costing me the weekend after this, beer and pizza for my helpers and $900 for a replacement shortblock, mounts, headgasket and headboard and a timing belt kit, since I'm changing the engine, why the hell not? Plus machine shop work on the head.

The engine in the Sonic is a terrible design. It is an open deck with very thin aluminium walls, insufficient water jackets, and valves that aren't adjustable easily. You have to replace the entire rocker/tappet assembly.

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Sat Apr 22, 2017 9:00 pm
by guardian452
Well I washed my wife's car. Took the 90 seconds to adjust the trunk lid stoppers so the inner and outer tail lamps actually line up with each other. I've never seen another challenger that has these set properly, even brand new they are waaaay off and nobody cares :/ Could probably do with another slight tweak but it's 90% there.
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Should probably file under "what pointless thing are you doing now" but starting on a prototype wire harness for an electric bus... I guess it counts as car talk. Notice, I got smart and took the hood off the hinges after the *first* time I hit my head. Normally it takes 3 or 4 goose eggs before the hood comes off :lol:
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P.S. see the "bone" creeper? 300% recommended!

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 9:21 am
by vishnu
guardian452 wrote:P.S. see the "bone" creeper? 300% recommended!


Wow you guys have very nice facilities, must be nice to work in such cleanly appointed spaces... :P

Speaking of creepers we have a couple of the Creep-Zit Pro kits, also worthy of the coveted 300 percent recommendation... 8-)

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:49 pm
by guardian452
We call those things fish sticks.

http://www.bonecreeper.com/

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:59 pm
by vince gebardi
guardian452 wrote: I've never seen another challenger that has these set properly, even brand new they are waaaay off and nobody cares :/

They look pretty straight to me ... headlights could use a bit of adjustment tho.

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Re: Car Talk

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 7:48 pm
by guardian452
vince gebardi wrote:...
:lol:

Hi hamei

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:01 pm
by Raion-Fox
Miata did pretty well on my trip to Arlington. It has developed a bad habit of not staying in second gear for some reason but I'll try replacing the mounts this week to fix the problem.

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:19 pm
by vishnu
I had a '71 Challenger once, made the mistake of driving it in the winter and it rusted bad. Driving in Minnesota in the winter means driving through a continual fog of flying salt spray, absolute hell on everything but Deloreans...

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:22 pm
by commodorejohn
Yeah, that's why I didn't get a Volkswagen until I moved out to California. Woulda just been eaten away...

Re: Car Talk

Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2017 8:33 pm
by guardian452
Plastic doesn't rust. Especially Canadian plastic. :P