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Old 07-14-2012, 10:45 AM   #10781
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Attempted for the first time I've done a front brake job on this car. But the pad holder bolts were seized and I couldn't unwrench them by hand, even with a ton of PB Blaster. I'll be heading to the store for air tools today - good excuse for them Having failed at that, I gave her a great washing inside and out. I'll do the brakes tomorrow.
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:52 AM   #10782
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:05 AM   #10783
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:12 AM   #10784
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Need help....Scanned DME etc. errors - HVAC, front and rear load sensor, open circuit error and coincidentally Air flap motor errors......HELP!?
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:15 AM   #10785
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Just installed my new doors

Not gonna lie.. That looks pretty cool.

If they had taken the time and done it right, using the proper hinges and whatnot it would be cool. Who the hell welded those hinges on..
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:33 AM   #10786
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How so? Normally, I'd slip a pipe over the end of the wrench to make a longer lever to get off a frozen bolt, but as you know, it's a bit tight in the wheel well. So, I can't work up enough leverage to unfreeze the bolts. The bottom carrier bolt is especially difficult to work with as it has limited area to spin a wrench around.

So, I thought about air tools. Other suggestions?
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:40 AM   #10787
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How so? Normally, I'd slip a pipe over the end of the wrench to make a longer lever to get off a frozen bolt, but as you know, it's a bit tight in the wheel well. So, I can't work up enough leverage to unfreeze the bolts. The bottom carrier bolt is especially difficult to work with as it has limited area to spin a wrench around.

So, I thought about air tools. Other suggestions?
I had to use a rubber mallet on a wrench to get mine off. Same basic principle of an impact gun..

Make sure you hit it once or twice trying to tighten it so it will break it loose a bit so you won't shear it off right away when you loosen it.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:46 AM   #10788
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How so? Normally, I'd slip a pipe over the end of the wrench to make a longer lever to get off a frozen bolt, but as you know, it's a bit tight in the wheel well. So, I can't work up enough leverage to unfreeze the bolts. The bottom carrier bolt is especially difficult to work with as it has limited area to spin a wrench around.

So, I thought about air tools. Other suggestions?
Alot of people just grab an air gun and go to town and end up stripping and shearing stuff, do it right so you dont do damage
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:52 AM   #10789
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:00 PM   #10790
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I had to use a rubber mallet on a wrench to get mine off. Same basic principle of an impact gun..

Make sure you hit it once or twice trying to tighten it so it will break it loose a bit so you won't shear it off right away when you loosen it.
Yeah I tried a mallet and that didn't make it budge after about 45 minutes of sitting with PB on it.

I'll certainly go easy on the air tools by starting real low. A dab 'll do ya. Last thing I need is a sheered bolt to deal with.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:09 PM   #10791
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:16 PM   #10792
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oil change, cleaned intake filter, and cleaned the MAF.

Just typical maintenance.


I need to paint my calipers, and center hubs black. But i dont know if ill have enough time.
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:42 PM   #10793
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Old 07-14-2012, 01:56 PM   #10794
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:10 PM   #10795
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Old 07-14-2012, 02:16 PM   #10796
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:31 PM   #10798
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called the local parts store for oil change kit.
by the way does anybody have the correct sizes for o-ring replacements on the oil filter cap?
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:32 PM   #10799
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and i just started painting the calipers.
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:34 PM   #10800
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called the local parts store for oil change kit.
by the way does anybody have the correct sizes for o-ring replacements on the oil filter cap?
Yea, don't get that stuff from a parts store, get OEM or OEM equivalent and they should come with a new ring and washer. My Mann filters did
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