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Hi guys & gals, just found this spot on the net. Love forums and helping out others with what little knowledge I have about cars. Mine has 165k miles on it, pretty much stock. I put a K&N air filter in it, new black chrome housed headlights, new cat and standard exhaust about 15k mile ago, new brake pads and rotors up front 5k miles ago, new head unit, and a set of fog lights just this past weekend. Been my commuter car for 2 years now. Looking to tinker with it and possible improve it a little. Thanks to a deer, I got the whole front end fixed up in Nov. '08. New hood, resurfaced bumper cover, header panel, radiator, AC (but still not working right) and repainted parts.

So big question, what should I do first (or next as the case may be? Mine has the sloppy shifting I've seen a little about on here. When I brake hard the car stalled once. Not sure why. I do need to replace my fuel filter, just can't seem to get to it easily. I just put Castrol High Mileage and a can of Restore in too this past weekend. Have read good things about it so thought I'd give it a try.

Its the LS automatic trans. 1.9 SOHC. Got about 29 mpg on 4.6 fillup, but not sure if I tripped it right after last fill up. Usually get about 30 roughly. Any thoughts would be great.
 

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if your car is a 98 with the original engine, then it is a 2.0L SOHC SPI, not the 1.9L.
 

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So I'm kind of new to this place and haven't head of SPI.. that is that exactly? Here's a few pics of the car.





And my other toy.


Have a '94 GMC 1500 too I'll show when I get the pic upped.

Info for my car:

1998 Tracer LS Overview
1,988 cc 2 liters 4 in-line front transverse engine with 84.8 mm bore, 88 mm stroke, 9.2 compression ratio, cast iron block, light alloy head, overhead cam and two valves per cylinder
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy EPA highway (l/100km): 6.4
Multi-point injection fuel system
48 liter fuel tank
Power: 82 kW , 110 HP @ 5,000 rpm; 125 ft lb , 169 Nm @ 3,750 rpm
 

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Ahh.. yes it is an SPI. I couldn't figure out what it stood for. Now I know. It's right on the valve cover. When they repaired the front bumper they couldn't find the emblem again. If I fill it in it would require a repaint. Not sure I want to do that. Was hoping I might come across one to replace it sometime. Know any leads? I don't think our JY has any tracers in it. I went looking for a hood and he had none. But I do think it would be fun to go yard hunting from reading all the posts.
 

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I like the silver mesh in your front bumper it looks good. I will probably be going to the junkyard sometime soon I could look for an emblem for you if you'd like.
 

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98escortkid said:
I will probably be going to the junkyard sometime soon I could look for an emblem for you if you'd like.
That would be cool if you could. The yard by me said they were crushing these cars like crazy when the price of steel was high and shipping them to China for scrap. So not a lot around me right now. Not that many yards unless there's some I don't know about. I have my original emblem, but it got messed up by the deer and was broken anyways.

That mesh is just gutter guard from Lowes and drilled small holes and zip tied to the bumper inside. I like the results :) Under $10 DIY. Have a lot of guard left too.
 
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