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[#] Wed Nov 15 2006 20:35:11 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Ever considered a Volvo? <grin>

[#] Thu Nov 16 2006 10:29:38 EST from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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I think I was screwing around on Kia's website and saw they have a 4wd sedan, V6, it looked ok.  

In some ways I would love to get a new car, mine is starting to have issues, however my car is paid off, and in pretty good condition.  

Right now I have to find the leak and get it fixed, I would love to figure out what the shuttering is when at a certain RPM and either maintaining speed, or just lightly accelerating.   I need the front brakes looked at again also.   Other than that the car is in great shape. 


It does need to be cleaned out and vacuumed.   

[#] Thu Nov 16 2006 15:30:30 EST from harry @ Haven BBS

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I finally got the rear window's defroster repaired. Just took a bigger hammer - well actually a bigger soldering iron.

Now the next repair is the heater/defroster fan motor. I looked through my Haynes and Chilton's manual and found out it is not too hard.

So I dove in, so to speak, and pulled out the glove box. Behind that was a metal bracket that the glove box mounted on. Had to remove that too. Then there was the fan motor. 3 screws and that's off too. Just one nut connected the squirrel cage fan to the motor.

Now I gotta call around and price out a replacement fan motor. The local Suabru wrecking yard, conveniantly within a mile of my home, offers a used one for $60 with a 30-day warrantee. But Schucks carries a new one for like $67 or $68 with a lifetime warrantee. I gotta call around more and price 'em out at a few more places before I decide where to buy the motor.

At least now I know that I can do the job myself, with the help of the two manuals, that is. :-)

[#] Thu Nov 16 2006 15:33:29 EST from harry @ Haven BBS

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Oh, and all this would not have been possible if my father-in-law had not cleared out a space in the garage for me. He and my mother-in-law have used the garage as a space to store THEIR crap, and as it was, I could NOT pull the car in out of the rain. Now, with their stuff out of the way, I can pull the car in far enough to get out of the rain and do the repair work I need to get done.

In-laws - Sheesh!!

[#] Fri Nov 17 2006 13:52:44 EST from wizard of aahz @ Haven BBS

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<laughs> The Volvo has about 150K miles on it now. I'm doing more long hauls in it and I don't quite trust it anymore. Plus volvo parts and labor is large. It's 8 years old and time for a new car.. Probably not an S60. Too short for me. Will have to keep looking.

[#] Fri Nov 17 2006 22:05:28 EST from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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The Mecury Milan looks interesting, I have been tempted by some of the "high end" Kia cars. 


Anonymous' car is in the shop, it seems that when they put the new power steering pump on they didn't get all the air bled out of the system.  So it has been acting strange.   So they are fixing that for free.  They also found we needed a new Transmision pan and gasket.   That we have to pay for.  Luckly it is pretty cheap.   

[#] Fri Nov 17 2006 23:11:06 EST from harry @ Haven BBS

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I've got ya beat, Aahz. My subaru station wagon is a 1991 and it is very dependable. On extremely rare cases, it will overheat something under the hood and won't start. I mean like it won't even crank the starter motor, and Yes, we've already tried replacing the starter motor. When this happens, we lift the hood and wait 15, 20, maybe 30 minutes for "something" under the hood to cool off, and then it starts just fine. Strange.

Intermittents suck and thermal intermittents seriously suck tidewater.

But the subaru has over 200,000 miles on it and is still going strong. Original engine, but rebuilt the tranny. That cost a pretty penny - it has all the time active 4 wheel drive.

But the tranny repair was my own fault. I did something stupid and it ruined the gears. And No, I am too embarassed to explain what I did. Needless to say, I won't do it again.

Subaru's are very popular for skiers and mountaineers - hikers and rock climbers - of whom we have many here in the Seattle area. One hour's drive East from Seattle and you're in the ski areas. And one hour's drive West and you're at the Pacific ocean beaches. So lots of outdoorsy types.

[#] Sat Nov 18 2006 14:21:25 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Right now I have to find the leak and get it fixed, I would love to
figure out what the shuttering is when at a certain RPM and either
maintaining speed, or just lightly accelerating. I need the front

Sounds like universal joints if you havfe a front-entgine/rear-wheel drive car.

[#] Sun Nov 19 2006 08:05:48 EST from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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I think it might be the transmission. The Impala (2000) is a front wheel drive/front-engine car.

[#] Mon Nov 20 2006 12:34:16 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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Eh, could be anything then. From electronic transmission and torque converter to CV joints. Have you eliminated CV joints? They're the modern replacement for Universal Joints as we use to have in driveshafts. "CV" is "Constant Velocity".

A U-joint whips around the circle as one axis hits the high point. Smoothly rotating one end doesn't result in a smooth rotation of the output end. It cogs and that's real annoying in front wheel drive.

CV joints do not exhibit that behavior but are more complex and fail more often. Jack up your car, block the frame so it won't fall, then slide under the middle. Grasp one wheel and rock it back and forth about 180 degrees while feeling the inner end of the half-shaft. Shouldn't be much play, maybe 15 degrees. Then try the other.

I doubt that half-shafts are your problem but at least get that possibility out of the way.

Does your tachometer give you any information? Is the engine surging? Any noise?

[#] Mon Nov 20 2006 14:15:13 EST from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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The engine does surge, you can feel the car surging, and the tach goes from 2100 RPM to 2500 RPM then back down to 1900RPM, then up.  Give it a bit more gas, and she is fine.  Take your foot off the gas and it stops also.  


No noise that I can figure out, I have turned off the radio to try to listen.   

[#] Mon Nov 20 2006 15:02:49 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Might be electronic, not mechanical, from those indications. Try removing the positive battery cable for an hour then reconnect. Yeah, you'll lose the radio presets and clock time but that also resets the electronic defaults.

It might take up to 15 minutes of driving to calculate new computer parameters but if this impacts the condition you might have a lead on the problem.

Normally the torque converter won't allow that range of rpm if properly locked up, ie: in final gear over 45/50mph.

[#] Mon Nov 27 2006 17:02:00 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I was just reading about the $18 billion in financing that Ford is aiming to get. The number definitely boggled the mind. With car companies merging, having their credit ratings go in the toilet, huge worker layoffs and plan closings, you've got to wonder about the industry.. That and the fact that I'm looking to buy a new car has this on my mind.

[#] Mon Nov 27 2006 20:40:31 EST from curly surmudgeon @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Was pondering just that recently. Saw an antique auto meet her with a Studebaker in it. All the mergers have wiped out entire nameplates such as Packard, Rambler, DeSoto, Plymouth, Oldsmobile, Kaiser, Henry J, REO, Stutz, etc.

Now the "big 3" are on the ropes because the Asian Tigers are eating our lunch. American Auto Industry has an umbearable legacy, their massive retirement plans. Watch Ford, then GM and Chrysler-Daimler, escape their retirement obligations through bankruptcy.

While Toyota, Honda and Hyundai gain even greater market share at the expense of our owh auto industry. And they're doing so on our terms, in our country, with our workers.

[#] Mon Nov 27 2006 21:07:56 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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What's worse is the unions aren't giving an inch.... They're only going to hurt themselves in the long run.

[#] Mon Nov 27 2006 21:22:18 EST from Grey Elf @ Uncensored

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All par for the course on our march to becoming a completely financial
service industry nation.

[#] Mon Nov 27 2006 22:40:08 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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What is happening to the Airline industry is about to unfold in the Auto industry. Worst of all is that the retirement debt is being sold back to the U.S. Goverment as a Social Security debt obligation bond. A bond that's guaranteed to go sour.

[#] Wed Nov 29 2006 00:53:20 EST from harry @ Haven BBS

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I'll stick with my Subaru's.

I just wish that Subaru had a hybrid offering.

And I was saddened to hear that the new B9 Tribeca was panned.

Oh well.

[#] Wed Nov 29 2006 08:39:50 EST from nadia @ Uncensored

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i loved new york magazine's comment about the naming of the aforementioned vehicle, it was something like: because nothing evokes driving pleasure like canal street

[#] Wed Nov 29 2006 22:26:15 EST from Animal @ Uncensored

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Dodge FTW!

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