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What did you do to your 3rd gen today??

Discussion in '3rd Gen 1997-2002 2.0L SOHC' started by ndlm8888, Aug 2, 2013.

  1. Gamer92

    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Where did you buy them?
  2. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    First one, that I bought over a year ago, was from Amazon. This one I just got came from Rockauto. Exact same "SKF" part even though on RA it was listed as a "National" brand. Paided nearly double for the RA one... So, now I have 2 paper weights that are exactly the same. Better off trying to resell them at the RA price, because I am not paying $15 to ship a $30 part back. When I could, eventually, sell both for $30.
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    I'd have paid $50 for the amount of hassle it will save me.

    I just wish I had thought to call LAST week. :-/

    But yeah it's the nickel.

    This is the same welder who made my winch adapter for the tow dolly. I provided the U bolts, and bolts, he provided the plate. He measured, cut, and welded that for $20 as well.

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    Gamer92 FEOA Donator

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    Wouldn't hurt to explain the situation to rockauto and maybe they'll either refund your money without shipping it back, or pay for shipping. It's happened to me and other on here before.
  5. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I already talked to them they want me to ship the part or no refund.
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    RockAuto is pretty good with prices but shitty with returns.

    Warranty claims seem to be the only things they're smooth with. My defective TC went out yesterday, arrived today, and the replacement arrives tomorrow. At no extra cost to me. But that was warranty.

    I've tried to return different things...even when it was their fault they wanted me to pay to return it and take a restocking fee on top of that yet.

    Yet most parts are sooooo cheap. So I continue my love-hate with that place.
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    BTW the new new torque converter came today and fits like a glove. No problem seating into place, no wobble, no scratchiness when turning.

    The first one was most certainly defective.
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    It's already starting to come loose. I heard it doesn't stick well to the old foam. I'd suggest scraping the old foam off and using a thick material. But honestly I don't know for sure what will hold up over time.
  9. ar154all

    ar154all The Police never think its as funny as I did.

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    parked it. its gonna sit a while.
    I need to determine if it is worth fixing... or get another one...
    I am gonna drive the Escape for a while...
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    dchawk81 FEOA Member

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    What's up with it?
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    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    Have the trans in. Went pretty smooth, still need to install other the other essential parts.
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    Finally got my block and tab cleaned of JB Weld. Going to try to get it nickel welded tomorrow. I'd like to install the motor on Sunday.
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    My girlfriend bought her first car yesterday...guess what car? That's right ;) Green 98' Escort sedan....167k miles. really good condition...rides smooth as fuck...Only problem is that there's a oil leak from the valve cover, but that's easy..hopefully ;) So far I've convinced my buddy to buy his ZX2, and now my girlfriend and her 'scort..They like my car so much they got their own...That to me means a lot, like that my car is impressive for a 16 year old car a lot of people point and laugh at :)
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    Valve covers are super easy. There's nothing in the way.
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    Well knowing the luck me and my buddy have with his ZX2, what you think is easy can turn into a dreadful nightmare real quick. Reading some of your previous posts, I think you know the feel :p But yeah I said that only because of my experience with his car...I'm sure getting a new gasket on her valve cover and making sure it's all snug will be like a 15 minute job, but you never know...I could strip those bolts or something for all I know ;)
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    ZX2 is DOHC isn't it? If so, different motor.

    It's not really a 15 minute job. Mine took an hour or so. Cleaning the head and the cover are the time consuming parts.

    Valve cover bolts aren't that tight. If you strip those you probably shouldn't be allowed near scissors either.

    The head gasket is a different story. I got my junker head off without issue but I broke one of my sister's. Didn't strip any though. Just snapped it.
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    Yeah, it is a different motor, but a valve cover is just that, a cover. Only difference I believe is the shape really between the two. Valve cover gaskets are surprisingly expensive for this thing...
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    I think the DOHC has two valve covers doesn't it? My DOHC Contour did. It was kind of a pain since the one sat under the firewall and both had shit bolted to them.
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    No it has just one. Right on top like ours. V6 and V8 (I guess any V motors...)motors have 2 valve covers though. Was your DOCH Contour either of those? I don't think having 2 valve covers on a inline 4 would make much sense, even if it was DOHC.

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