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Old 12-28-2012, 09:06 PM   #14661
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Replacing all spark plugs and found this on cylinder 1 .. Plug 1 ceramic was cracked and residue inside as you can see from pic....Should I also replace coil 1 or do all six? The rest look very clean.

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:33 AM   #14662
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It's time to head back north. While on vacation I ordered some smoke front turn signals and a shark fin to cover that wart on top of the roof.

I haven't seen spray washes in Michigan yet, with this colored soap. kinda cool, as it changes colors. I didn't read all the fine print as to what the colors meant. My guess, some hippie who use to trip on acid, came up with it.

Anyway, not looking forward to heading home to road salt. Good news my coupe will be going in soon for some bubble rust repair soon.

Still looks good for a Michigan car with almost 2000 miles. (to be fair, spent a few years in Florida, when new.)
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Old 12-29-2012, 06:13 PM   #14663
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Yeah those soaps are cool just know that you shouldn't use those brushes on any car. It'll put more swirl marks in your paint than you want to know.

I finally changed my PS fluid reservoir and refilled/flushed with Dexron III ATF. Steering feels smoother.

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:35 PM   #14664
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Not sure where to look so ill just ask... why is my door lock seem like it doesn't want to turn when its really cold out? Seems like it almost freezes up...

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Old 12-29-2012, 10:54 PM   #14665
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Just received if from US. ZHP Weighted Short Gear Knob 5 speed and alcantara gaiter.
However the boot gaiter was for left hand drive =( .The shape of plastic frame different. Got to modify it a bit.

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Old 12-29-2012, 11:02 PM   #14666
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Nothing for my E46 this time but to my friend's E46. I installed some Angel Eyes for him. So perrrty
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:16 PM   #14667
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Yeah those soaps are cool just know that you shouldn't use those brushes on any car. It'll put more swirl marks in your paint than you want to know.

I finally changed my PS fluid reservoir and refilled/flushed with Dexron III ATF. Steering feels smoother.
Knew I shouldnt have used those brushes...
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:43 AM   #14668
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Installed all the door/side panels and any trim. Then installed front passenger seat. Painted the inside of the headlight matte black and put them together. Started sanding down the kidney grills (huge pain in the butt!!). Reorganized cables in the trunk and installed bass boost knob in the center under arm rest area, where the coin holder flips up.
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Old 12-30-2012, 12:47 PM   #14669
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Got some kid in older Tiburon to "modify" the back of my car...
Not a huge amount of damage, but I still feel pretty bitter about it, especially because guys gf kept saying home much more their car was damaged. Both of them completely failed to acknowledge the fact he did not adjust his driving style to road conditions (heavy snow/slippery road) not to mentioned he probably had some old ass all season tires on the car.

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Old 12-30-2012, 02:08 PM   #14670
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Changed the oil, was a bit overdue :-/. Was pretty windy today too.
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:03 PM   #14671
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That body panel under the tail light is expensive. Make them pay for completely new panels.

Ordered my cooling system components.

Does anyone know why the AT realoem page does not have any part that the ET drain plug screws into. MY transmission cooler connection is leaking so I am replacing everything down there, but I can't find the part that the plug screws into. With the MT ET mounting plate, it is built in.

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Old 12-30-2012, 05:02 PM   #14672
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That body panel under the tail light is expensive. Make them pay for completely new panels.
The exhaust is also bent. That'd piss me off even more.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:23 PM   #14673
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Big day for the 323. New struts/shocks, mounts, end links, tie rods and sway bar bushings installed today. Took me some friends most of the day but I know I could do it again quicker. Car rides much better. Didn't want to get too hard on it cause we forgot to tighten the top strut bolt all the way so the car makes awful racket. Oops. Gotta take care of that tomorrow morning.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #14674
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The exhaust is also bent. That'd piss me off even more.
I'm definitely going to insist on getting all parts needed replacement swapped with new; no way I'm letting them fix it on a cheap

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Old 12-30-2012, 06:27 PM   #14675
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Big day for the 323. New struts/shocks, mounts, end links and sway bar bushings installed today. Took me some friends most of the day but I know I could do it again kick quicker. Car rides much better. Didn't want to get too hard on it cause we forgot to tighten the top strut bolt all the way so the car makes awful racket. Oops. Gotta take care of that tomorrow morning.
Do you mean you forgot to tighten the 22mm single nut on the strut?
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The 3, 14mm strut mount nuts?
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:28 PM   #14676
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The 22mm one on the top of the strut itself.
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:38 PM   #14677
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The 22mm one on the top of the strut itself.
How tight did you torque it, and did you do pull out the whole assembly, or just tightened it from the engine bay?
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:56 PM   #14678
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How tight did you torque it, and did you do pull out the whole assembly, or just tightened it from the engine bay?
We had tightened it before we put it back in the car but once I got down the road and heard the noises I knew that it wasn't enough because you could tell something is loose. If I had a 22mm at my house I would go out and do it now but the biggest socket I have here is a 17mm -_-. I also looked at the top of the strut itself and it's obvious the nut isn't down enough. Oh well, I'll get it taken care of tomorrow.
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Old 12-30-2012, 07:19 PM   #14679
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How can you tell if you seated the expansion tank all the way down?

The coolant leaks a little bit when I unscrew the exp tank cap... Releasing the pressure somehow makes it leak somewhere? Thoughts?
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:39 PM   #14680
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It should click into place with an audible and tactile feedback.
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