Not really classic, it'* a 1991.
I've been lurking for a while around here and I love to hear all the great things to do with this engine. The 3800 has just turned 134000 miles. I've had the car for about 7 months now and am pretty happy with it.
I really enjoy the power I have. It seems like any gear I'm in, and rpm, just put my foot down and it will just ROAR. I can keep up with traffic doing less than 2000 RPMs. The damn thing still chirps the tires at 10mph.
When I bought the car it needed a new O2 sensor and a cam-position magnet. Now its running so SMOOTH. As well as being powerful, its also the most reliable car I've ever owned.
I need help though.
1. Is it normal for these cars to get a little hot? You see, it'* getting to be over 100 degrees here and I'm normally driving around town; when using my A/C it will travel above normal operating temp unless I turn off the A/C or even turn on the heater. It has never over heated though. Problem is solved if it'* cloudy or night time, though. I recently replaced the water pump and thermostat and have ample amounts of coolant in both the radiator and resovior.
2. Before winter is over I need to replace my break pads and resurface my rotors (4 wheel disc breaks WTF!!) The local O'Reilys has life time warentee pads!
-What size torx bit is needed for the mounting bolt on the caliper?
- Any particualr area to inspect on the caliper for our type of cars besides the boot?
-How to I retract the piston on the rear calipers? By hand? I've heard on Honda'* that you have to twist it and push to get the job done.
-I want to go full synthetic for the tranny fluid. Any body done it? Recommend it?
-I'm using cheap high-milage 10w-30 oil right now, but changing it every 1500-2000 miles. I would like to go with a synthetic blend? Anyone else do that?
here'* some pics:
"The Ranch" (Where my 170 Horses live).
The Console: 2
The Buick'* back end: