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Old 08-16-2017, 11:59 AM   #40601
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I'd rather show up in a plain silver wheel rather than some gun metal painted wheel that always look like it's covered in brake dust.
They are definitely best in silver. Dark/black is overplayed. plus i'm sure your brakes stay just that much cooler.
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Old 08-16-2017, 07:05 PM   #40602
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Oil change after 7,500mi today with Liqui-Moly 5w-40, along with oil/air filter and belt service - wish I could've gotten the change done sooner, but I've been way too busy in between moving and whatnot to get it done myself.



Desert made the filter really gross after only 10,000mi, old vs new:



Belts looked like they could've failed at any moment



Also tested all the pulleys, all seem to spin normally and have appropriate resistance. Bonus was I got to see some cooling system parts, all of which had roundels stamped on them and Behr radiator is dated to 2013. Gives me a little comfort that cooling system work was taken care of by the PO.



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Old 08-17-2017, 01:53 AM   #40603
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:56 AM   #40604
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:17 AM   #40605
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Having an angel eye conundrum which is furthering my belief that maybe they just donít belong in my car.


Upgraded from CCFL (right) to cotton LED (left). Iím not interested in having them as DRLs. So instead they are wired direct to my side light bulb holders.

They work great, but one of my indicators was on constantly. Obviously the angel eyes are not drawing enough power and the car is doing its thing.

Hereís where it gets weird...

I unplug the angel eye and put my factory sidelight bulb back in to the bulb holder. The indicator is still illuminated. Why?

To get around this, Iíve got the angel eye and the OEM sidelight running off the bulb holder. That draws more power and the indicator is no longer on. So itís fixed. But itís not ideal.

Why would this only happen on one side of the car, and why when I switch back to the OEM bulb does the indicator still stay illuminated?
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Old 08-17-2017, 04:59 AM   #40606
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Ordered two new keys from eBay, had a local locksmith cut them. Spent some time with PA Soft and reading threads in here to find out PA Soft doesn't have the capability to activate the new. I am new with PA Soft and when I saw all the options for the EWS I assumed it would activate a new key to work in the ignition, NOT.

So I ordered an AK-90 after finding threads in here -- now I am waiting on that boat from China....
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Old 08-17-2017, 05:00 AM   #40607
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Ordered two new keys from eBay, had a local locksmith cut them. Spent some time with PA Soft and reading threads in here to find out PA Soft doesn't have the capability to activate the new. I am new with PA Soft and when I saw all the options for the EWS I assumed it would activate a new key to work in the ignition, NOT.

So I ordered an AK-90 after finding threads in here -- now I am waiting on that boat from China....

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Old 08-17-2017, 08:09 AM   #40608
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Oil change after 7,500mi today with Liqui-Moly 5w-40, along with oil/air filter and belt service - wish I could've gotten the change done sooner, but I've been way too busy in between moving and whatnot to get it done myself.



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Also tested all the pulleys, all seem to spin normally and have appropriate resistance. Bonus was I got to see some cooling system parts, all of which had roundels stamped on them and Behr radiator is dated to 2013. Gives me a little comfort that cooling system work was taken care of by the PO.



My alt belt was good. My ac belt was as bad as your best one. Then I noticed the ac pulley had the resistance of outer space. I was wondering what that whine was, LOL.
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Old 08-17-2017, 08:43 AM   #40609
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In preparation of a full rear end bushing refresh, and 330 brake swap... started cleaning up parts.
Sandblasted the rear trailing arm bracket and gave it a lick of paint. Eventually the control arms, trailing arms and subframe will get the same treatment.. in baby blue or keylime.
...no one will ever see my suspension bits but me...
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Old 08-17-2017, 01:09 PM   #40610
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I finally got my airbags replaced at the dealership today. Took about 1 hr 45 minutes and they washed the car (whish they hadn't, now I have to wash it again to get rid of the spots). They also put the top up to wash the car so I had to drive home with the top up because I didn't want to store the top wet.

Courtesy vehicle inspection report said "no additional repairs needed at this time".
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I finally got my airbags replaced at the dealership today. Took about 1 hr 45 minutes and they washed the car (wish they hadn't, now I have to wash it again to get rid of the spots). They also put the top up to wash the car so I had to drive home with the top up because I didn't want to store the top wet.

Courtesy vehicle inspection report said "no additional repairs needed at this time".

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Old 08-20-2017, 10:49 AM   #40612
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New Guibo, polyurethane transmission mounts and fuel filter.
Outside chance the new filter will help with my unpredictable power delivery...


And, started to replace the rear shocks. A very involved process on a touring. Made some custom tower plates with studs so I'll never have to take apart the interior again.
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Old 08-20-2017, 11:58 AM   #40613
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My lock pin fell into the door cavity a couple of months ago. Finally decided to find it. Presumed it would be a five minute job. Of course, it took way longer.

Every time I put the door card back on, and secured all the clips/screws, the pin fell inside the door again. Third attempt, I just did it from the outside, shining a light through the tiny grommet hole and peering into the larger hole.
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:29 PM   #40614
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They work great, but one of my indicators was on constantly. Obviously the angel eyes are not drawing enough power and the car is doing its thing.

Hereís where it gets weird...

I unplug the angel eye and put my factory sidelight bulb back in to the bulb holder. The indicator is still illuminated. Why?

To get around this, Iíve got the angel eye and the OEM sidelight running off the bulb holder. That draws more power and the indicator is no longer on. So itís fixed. But itís not ideal.

Why would this only happen on one side of the car, and why when I switch back to the OEM bulb does the indicator still stay illuminated?
Are you aware if you turn off the car, with the blinker (side signal) activated, the signal light remains on (not blinking). Drove me bonkers the first time it happened, after owning the car for 3 years.
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:33 PM   #40615
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Are you aware if you turn off the car, with the blinker (side signal) activated, the signal light remains on (not blinking). Drove me bonkers the first time it happened, after owning the car for 3 years.


Hahah, yeah. I did think it was that for a while, but I double-checked. Iíve never met anyone who uses parking lights!

This issue kinda resolved itself... I got the same bulb error on the other sidelight a day later. Guess it just took a while for it to register.
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Old 08-20-2017, 06:01 PM   #40616
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Four new tires mounted, balanced, and installed today. The tires that were on it when we bought it last month had great tread, but all four were cupped for the first inch or so on the inside tread of all the tires. The front tires were cupped slightly more than the rear tires. Old tires were 225/50/r16 and we just bought four new 205/55/r16. Have to get it into the shop soon for an alignment. Not sure what made them cup. Struts look good with no leaking, so perhaps the alignment shop can shed some light on the reason behind the cupping.
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Old 08-20-2017, 08:56 PM   #40617
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Just changed the transmission fluid and filter along with a new pan gasket on my GM trans. Old fluid was dark after 100k miles and the pan gasket was seeping but the magnet was surprisingly clean. Had the normal metallic paste but no shavings or metal bits in the pan.

I used Redline D4 ATF and the tranny is shifting much smoother. I didn't have issues before but I notice how much better it is after. The spotless clean trans pan with new bolts really makes me smile looking at the underside of the car now. It's the little things.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:52 AM   #40618
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Are you aware if you turn off the car, with the blinker (side signal) activated, the signal light remains on (not blinking). Drove me bonkers the first time it happened, after owning the car for 3 years.
Pretty neat feature... i guess they say its for european streets where space is limited and you want to warn people driving down the street that you are exiting your car or getting into it.
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:49 PM   #40619
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Pretty neat feature... i guess they say its for european streets where space is limited and you want to warn people driving down the street that you are exiting your car or getting into it.
Back when I discovered this, I was told its so you can park your car overnight and people will be able to see your car and therefore less likely to hit it. Either way, yes nice feature! Too bad I lost it after changing LCM's
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^maybe. i don't know though... that can't be good for the battery especially with power hungry filament bulbs. also things like trees, trash cans dont have lights. i'd rather alert someone to my body getting out of the car vs the car just sitting there. that's what insurance is for.
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