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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. dchawk81

    dchawk81 FEOA Member

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    Yeah compression clamps piss me off. Lol
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    Gabriel Panoussi My approval ratings have droped.

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    replaced o rings on injectors as I suspect a vacuum leak. Took off way more stuff than I needed to just to find out that there really is no easy way to completely remove the rail. I did not need to anyway, on the way out the injectors were stuck to the rail. Since the new rings are on my injectors actually swivel in their stations while connected and mounted.

    Tomorrow is VSS day. Pray for me.
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    God Bless you.

    I did nothing with my 3rd gen today, instead I changed the oil on my other vehicles and rotated some tires.
  4. ShakeZilla19

    ShakeZilla19 My name is ^^^

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    I red lined my 3rd gen today. I hit 52 MPG on my last fill! Pulse glide seems to be a very effective method for MPG.
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    You look out of your house at the roof of your garage and that is when you realize that in all the years you have stared at that roof under that big walnut tree you have never seen bird shit on the roof, then it makes you think roof big no shit, car small gets shit on after every wash. Fucking birds have a vendetta. They work with the trees of course it all makes sense, trees birds, bird shit tree sap.

    Today I made an easy job of removing tree sap by using 91% rubbing alcohol. It works great but be advised all old tree sap will leave a stain behind esp on white paint.

    Not sure what I am going to do with myself once all the repairs have been completed. I like working on this car I may have to break something.
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    Pizzaman5000 FEOA Donator

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    Damn son!
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    DrewsBrews FEOA Donator

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    Hauled a load of wood in the 4x8 trailer. It's the first time I've probably maxed out the rated capacity of the escort. Funny how it pulls that no problem up to 55mph.. but then even pulling the unloaded trailer at full highway speed it starts acting like:


    Throws a tantrum, but eventually the bowl makes it to the sink... erm the trailer makes it to the destination. I guess if I do try to pull a micro camper with the escort I'll stick to the B-roads.
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    The person behind you... were they :mad: red too ? :cautious:;)
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    I saw a Prius pulling an enclosed cargo trailer on the turnpike the other day. I wasn't sure but it looked to be about a 6x10.
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    Yikes that's a little big. Cargo trailers are pretty bad for drag and are pretty heavy for being an empty shell. My trailer probably won't be much better except the roof will be a few feet lower.

    Hybrids don't seem like a good idea for towing near the limits. Sure you have the torque boost of the electric motor, but what do you do when you run out of battery on a long haul?
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  11. dchawk81

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    Yeah even an empty one isn't exactly light. No idea what was in it.

    As far as the battery goes...it's not gonna run out in a hybrid. There's a motor to charge it, hence the name "hybrid."
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    The drawback is the equivalent or worse to being a lead-foot... shorter battery replacement intervals. High amperage draw, the heat it generates, increases battery wear over normal.
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    The Prius was slow but it was getting the job done. You're not gonna tow with it every day, or at least I hope those people weren't making it a regular thing. But it's their car and their fire, not mine.
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    I don't know about the prius system.. Though my father has a hybrid Subaru. It only charges in certain circumstances. Regenerative braking is one of them, however there is efficiency loss so you will never get 100% back from what was used. He has run the battery out before, just depends on the road and how it is driven.
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    replaced a sway bar end link that I have been putting off only to find out surprise that the other side of the link is now broken to need both sides. So tomorrow I will be walking to the autozone fun times.
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    You can safely drive you car to the parts store with a broken endlink.
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    Just keep them greased on the metal bits and you'll avoid this problem for years. Silicone brake grease is safe for all of the rubbers a bushing could be made out of btw, but it's really for convenience in the future, "saving" a $3 part is no big deal lol
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    Use a bottle or two of anti-seize on those nuts and stand-off sleeves. (back when I had a sway-bar LoL) Had to decouple them for some reason I don't recall and the Winter salt brine had basically smelted those parts together. No amount ov heating and quenching with penetrant lubricant would affected them. Finally decided I'd just had to hacksaw them off. Those parts basically looked, and were new.
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    i figure if i ever need to take them off again which i wont it will open if not i will sawzall it, lol
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    When those sleeves rust in place, it will destroy rubber bushings, or if poly, it will ride rough. You want them to be able to slide. Having rusted ones vs new/greased ones is a night and day difference. More grip too.

    I say this because pb blaster etc is not good for rubber OR poly. I had to kick the aerosol habit on suspension stuff. So preventative stuff like a coating of wd-40 or penetrating spray may actually cause more harm than good if near rubber.
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