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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. Tnashua

    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    Got parts cleaned up, painted, & installed. :)
    Bled the brakes, but ran out of time to get the wheels back on before I had to go to my second job for a bit.
    I'll try to post some picts somewhere once I get them uploaded. :)
    Looking forward to driving it tomorrow evening!
    Now- If I can just find the time to paint & assemble the new engine for it...
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    I have been able to get the brake hoses unscrewed from the lines in the wheel wells. But it took a lot of soaking. I had other work I was doing on the car, so sprayed the flare nuts a few times a day. I also would put my flare nut wrench on the flare nut, and would smack the wrench sideways with a hammer. This was to help 'shock' the nut. Eventually they agree to unscrew, but I had about a
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    rbailin FEOA Member

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    The thing you have to remember is that even if you finally get the flare nut loose, the nut may still be rusted to the brake line. You end up twisting and breaking the brake line at the nut in the excitement of finally getting the nut free.
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    Tnashua Gearhead / hot rodder with a soft spot for Scorts

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    I have slightly mangled nuts (er- the brake lines rather), but they both finally broke free with many soak sessions & some persuasion from a big pair of vice grips...
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    denisond3 Moderator Staff Member

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    rbailin: For sure, having the flare nuts rusted to the brake lines has sometimes required replacing the length of brake line involved. I have also had to unscrew a rear wheel cylinderfrom the flare nut; to preserve the brake line with the rusted on flare-nut.

    When I can get a flare nut loose and slide it along the line a little, I put antiseize compound (silicone grease and nickel based) onto the line before reassembly.
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    While heading to work this morning in a one lane construction zone on the interstate, the lower radiator hose clamp rusted apart and the hose blew off the radiator...

    I had no choice but to drive .3 of a mile to get out of the construction zone for a spot to pull over. As I got on the shoulder she stalled...

    Thank God for roadside assistance! As I was only 3 miles from my exit I just had them tow it home. I haven't tried to start it since then. I did check the oil and it's not contaminated and looks good.

    I just went and got 2 gallons of coolant and a new clamp. I am SO praying no damage was done!

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    We will be awaiting the news. I think I would start with a cooling system pressure test - and maybe done with a sheet of clean cardboard under the car.

    I have watched a couple of drag-racing shows, where funny cars are brought to the start line, with the engines 'idling' at maybe 1500 or more rpm. Then they run for another 15 seconds generating well over 1000 bhp. And the engines survive! How is that possible?
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    I put on a new clamp and refilled the system. I prayed and turned the key and she started right up Thank God.

    I put the heater on hot and waited for the thermostat to open and topped everything off...
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    Exactly what type of clamp was this?
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    OK, an aftermarket, presumably not stainless steel clamp. Had a mechanic throwaway my vastly superior OE ones, so I got some OE ones at a junkyard.
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    Yeah, I wish I never threw away my OEM one...
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    The ones that I got at the junkyard were mostly off 3rd gens, I think. They work fine on a 2nd gen, even when not replacing the hose.
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    Drove it for the first time in the snow with my 17's on it... Not the greatest winter tires! Looks like I need to find time to swap the 14's back on.
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    I was watching the forecast last night and we're supposed to get some snow twice next week.

    I've been putting off swapping my snows on, but looks like this weekend I'll have to...
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    We had a big snow squall here Saturday, for the first time ever my phone alerted with a "snow squall warning" from the weather service.

    It went from sunny to not being able to see the end of my street in less than 15-20 minutes from the fast snowfall. I took this as a sign to finally swap over to my winter tires and factory wheels...

    I was lucky as it was 46 and sunny today.

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    A lot has been done in the last 2 weeks:
    -got hit in the rear left quarter panel. Car is still drivable.
    -Had to put in washer fluid.
    Rolled over 100k miles today.
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    Pics please!
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    Will do when I get my next break at work.
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