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Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 06-28-2007, 04:18 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,187
Posted By Lothar
The lube guy says the sludge is sealing the pan. ...

The lube guy says the sludge is sealing the pan. This makes it sound as though there may be small punctures in the pan. Maybe road damage, or the metal just got so thin, rusting from the outside,...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 06-28-2007, 03:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,121
Posted By Lothar
I don't mean to hijack this thread from Fortunot,...

I don't mean to hijack this thread from Fortunot, but it seems to have been dormant enough that I may not be interrupting, and I have a semi-pertinent question that the Haynes manual just doesn't...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 06-27-2007, 03:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 859
Posted By Lothar
Cliffy, my apologies are in order for...

Cliffy, my apologies are in order for accidentally posting the same thread twice. Thanks for your patience.

We have a 2000 Oldsmobile Alero, 2.4L, auto, with 175,000 miles. We were accustomed to...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 06-27-2007, 05:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 859
Posted By Lothar
oops.

oops.
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 08-17-2006, 12:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,006
Posted By Lothar
Thanks all. I eventually paid the fifty bucks...

Thanks all. I eventually paid the fifty bucks and had a pro do it. I still got the job done for less than shop cost, and my poor, patient wife didn't have to listen to me curse any more. Worth...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 08-01-2006, 05:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,006
Posted By Lothar
Alero brakes

My wife drives a 2000 Olds Alero with the 2.4L engine and an auto transmission, about 160K.

I replaced the front calipers and rotors, but couldn't get the pedal to feel normal, even though the new...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 07-28-2006, 05:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,031
Posted By Lothar
Don't forget the torque pump, which is not inside...

Don't forget the torque pump, which is not inside but right next to the torque converter. That's what they sell those fancy rachets for.

Fuel pumps can be in different places---it depends on your...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 07-28-2006, 04:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 899
Posted By Lothar
But it says they patched the engine block of a...

But it says they patched the engine block of a caterpiller with JB weld right there on the tube! :mrgreen:

To be fair, I did once fix a heater core with it.

You're right--this is the time for a...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 07-28-2006, 01:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 899
Posted By Lothar
Block Surface

'92 Cavalier, 2.2L, Auto

Foolishly hopeful question:

Is it possible to pull a cylinder head and get the mating surface on the block resurfaced with the engine inside the car?

Please don't...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 07-20-2006, 06:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,105
Posted By Lothar
Duffshot: You'll find people here very helpful...

Duffshot: You'll find people here very helpful if you go to the "Introduce Yourself" section and introduce yourself. Also, people like to know some details about your car. Read the "Read before...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 07-20-2006, 06:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,751
Posted By Lothar
I've been reduced to using a three jaw puller...

I've been reduced to using a three jaw puller before. Some parts stores loan them out. They're easy to use when you don't have space to really swing a hammer. Some of the more experienced people...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 04-27-2006, 05:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,462
Posted By Lothar
tbaxleyjr , I appreciate the sensible and...

tbaxleyjr ,

I appreciate the sensible and restrained way you guide people into using the forums. There are others who ought to follow your example.
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 04-24-2006, 02:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,460
Posted By Lothar
Thanks for the response. The heater core isn't...

Thanks for the response.

The heater core isn't belching clouds of antifreeze into the car yet, so it will have to wait a week or two until I have time to actually deal with it. I love standing on...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 04-23-2006, 07:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,460
Posted By Lothar
Fluctuating temperature

So: '92 Cavalier, 2.2L, Auto. 208k
After replacing the thermostat along with a radiator to correct overheating last fall, the car ran downright cold. About Christmas time, I got tired of covering...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 01-13-2006, 03:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,121
Posted By Lothar
You'll find people here more helpful if you...

You'll find people here more helpful if you politely go to the "introduce yourself" thread and, well, introduce yourself. Also, read the FAQs, the four threads at the beginning of the maintenance...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 01-13-2006, 03:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,169
Posted By Lothar
VWHobo, you just missed telling us where we can...

VWHobo, you just missed telling us where we can get heads resurfaced for $30 a pair.
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 01-13-2006, 03:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,705
Posted By Lothar
Thanks for your input. The car now has a new...

Thanks for your input. The car now has a new computer and runs fine, though the tech said the #1 injector is on its way out--oddly, the one with the lowest resistance.
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 01-10-2006, 03:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,705
Posted By Lothar
Thanks for the good ideas. I first suspected...

Thanks for the good ideas. I first suspected ignition, too; it acted just like when my old Cavalier has worn-out or wet plug wires, except it didn't get any better as the car warmed up. There is a...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 01-06-2006, 11:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,705
Posted By Lothar
The car has about 150k miles, mostly highway. It...

The car has about 150k miles, mostly highway. It recently started stumbling occassionally on accelleration. The fuel filter is 6 months/10k old, the air filter is good, and the coil-to-plug...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 01-06-2006, 04:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,705
Posted By Lothar
That makes sense. What causes the increased...

That makes sense. What causes the increased resistance in used injectors?
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 01-06-2006, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,705
Posted By Lothar
Injector Resistance

Howdy. I've been lurking and learning for several months, and now I have a question for the wise.

While attempting to diagnose an accelleration stumble in my wife's 2000 Alero (2.4l, auto), I...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 05-20-2005, 02:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,395
Posted By Lothar
Oil the gasket? :doh: Why don't the books tell...

Oil the gasket? :doh: Why don't the books tell you these things? At least the head bolts came pre-treated in their own little plastic bags. The gasket went straight from Napa into the car.

I may...
Forum: General Chat 05-20-2005, 02:58 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,074
Posted By Lothar
Didn't one of the famous '20s or '30s bank...

Didn't one of the famous '20s or '30s bank robbers actually write a letter to Henry Ford praising the power of his V8? A google search suggested it was John Dillinger, but I didn't find a copy of...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 05-19-2005, 01:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,395
Posted By Lothar
By this do you mean that it didn't have any real...

By this do you mean that it didn't have any real effect or that it might have had a bad effect? I confess that I chickened out when it came to using regular sandpaper on the block. Having seen how...
Forum: Repairs & Maintenance 05-19-2005, 01:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,395
Posted By Lothar
No kidding.

No kidding.
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