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Old 11-19-2012, 05:34 PM   #13881
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Installed new front tierods
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My Harbor Freight 2 Ton Aluminum floor jack performed perfectly with my ECS jack pad adapter. 5 pumps to full height is false, but it doesn't take many. I lifted the car with ease and confidence today.

Also, these 3 Ton Aluminum Jack stands were great. They work well with our jack pads when you have the seat perpendicular length wise to the length of the car. I'll be buying another 2 for my transmission service.

I discovered what I think is a VANOS rattle also today. That is the source of my rattling, not a pulley. VANOS is the only thing that rattles right? It's coming from the intake area, and if the DISA rattles too, it could be that.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:43 PM   #13882
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Finished my oil pan gasket with Drewdown last night. Checked it for leaks today and it looks clean. We also found the cause for it leaking before (or at least we think). The front right oil pan bolt that goes into the timing case was stripped by the PO (the threads in the timing case were stripped, not the bolt). That's right where the oil was weeping from. So we did our best to seal it all up. What a of a job it is to replace that gasket. I'm glad it's done and I hope it stays leak free.

Next big project is the diff bushings.
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:45 PM   #13883
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Just got her coded, blinking lights for the alarm, euro hazards, DRL off and all that...installing brakes on thursday
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Old 11-19-2012, 05:55 PM   #13884
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Just got her coded, blinking lights for the alarm, euro hazards, DRL off and all that...installing brakes on thursday
What are euro hazards?
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:03 PM   #13885
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^ pulsing hazards rather than the standard blinking ones
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:03 PM   #13886
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Finished my oil pan gasket with Drewdown last night. Checked it for leaks today and it looks clean. We also found the cause for it leaking before (or at least we think). The front right oil pan bolt that goes into the timing case was stripped by the PO (the threads in the timing case were stripped, not the bolt). That's right where the oil was weeping from. So we did our best to seal it all up. What a of a job it is to replace that gasket. I'm glad it's done and I hope it stays leak free.

Next big project is the diff bushings.
Did you address the OPN while you had the pan off? I know it's not a big issue on the 2.5 but doesn't hurt to have it welded or even apply some red Loctite.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:15 PM   #13887
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^ pulsing hazards rather than the standard blinking ones
Aaaah cool
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:20 PM   #13888
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Did you address the OPN while you had the pan off? I know it's not a big issue on the 2.5 but doesn't hurt to have it welded or even apply some red Loctite.
No. We talked about options and whether or not we should do something but when it came down to it, everything was tight and we didn't want to mess with what wasn't broken. It's so rare on 2.5s and I don't track my car and I don't overly beat on it that I figured it'd be ok.
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:30 PM   #13889
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No. We talked about options and whether or not we should do something but when it came down to it, everything was tight and we didn't want to mess with what wasn't broken. It's so rare on 2.5s and I don't track my car and I don't overly beat on it that I figured it'd be ok.
Fair enough. Have yet to see any cases of OPN failure on 2.5s so you should be fine.

I want to address it but I just can't justify all the labour involved especially since I don't auto-x/track the car
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Old 11-19-2012, 06:33 PM   #13890
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Fair enough. Have yet to see any cases of OPN failure on 2.5s so you should be fine.

I want to address it but I just can't justify all the labour involved especially since I don't auto-x/track the car
It took us two days. We figured it was between 10-12 hours with two people working I've never had a job on the car that I've been so happy to be done with. It's a huge undertaking.
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:02 PM   #13891
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:15 PM   #13892
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aaaah cool
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:24 PM   #13893
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This on Thursday
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:29 PM   #13894
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^ pulsing hazards rather than the standard blinking ones
like this?

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Old 11-19-2012, 07:35 PM   #13895
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:40 PM   #13896
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Old 11-19-2012, 07:47 PM   #13897
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I took my DISA out to inspect it for rattling. The flap had a lot of play in it. I shook the unit and the metal pin just fell out onto the floor. I'm glad I found it loose that way instead of it getting sucked into the intake. I snapped off the flap and re-installed it. No more rattle, though I think I can hear the injectors now? Anyway, I gotta buy a new DISA before I travel back to Auburn on Saturday.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:10 PM   #13898
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I took my DISA out to inspect it for rattling. The flap had a lot of play in it. I shook the unit and the metal pin just fell out onto the floor. I'm glad I found it loose that way instead of it getting sucked into the intake. I snapped off the flap and re-installed it. No more rattle, though I think I can hear the injectors now? Anyway, I gotta buy a new DISA before I travel back to Auburn on Saturday.
If you can wait, order one from Germanautosolutions.com it's 85$ I think. Mine came the other day. Look into it, it's very well made and supposedly won't break ever again. It's metal not plastic.
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Old 11-19-2012, 08:42 PM   #13899
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If you can wait, order one from Germanautosolutions.com it's 85$ I think. Mine came the other day. Look into it, it's very well made and supposedly won't break ever again. It's metal not plastic.
Any way you can post the installation instructions? I want to see if it's worth it. I really want to do it tomorrow, so I might just pay $220 at the dealer for a new DISA. Even BMAParts is $191, so I'll pay the extra to have the part immediately.

Nevermind, I found them on the GAS site. That's pretty simple. I think I'm gonna buy a new DISA and then do this as an upgrade later. My current DISA is very dirty anyway.

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Old 11-19-2012, 08:47 PM   #13900
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You should get the rebuild than the new one from the dealer
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