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Old 02-24-2009, 08:39 AM
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It'* orange.

I still haven't back flushed it yet, with school and all. After we get the insurance settled out, I'm going to take it to my mechanic friend...

It shifts really hard though, anyone know what might be the problem?
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In the trouble shooting area of tech info there is a transmission trouble shooting guide. Take a look there and see if that helps. If not post again and we will see what we can find.
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For the fuel filter. One trick I use is the penetrating oil soaking combined with vice grips. Turn the filter instead fo the line and the line will usually survive.
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So I *still* haven't back flushed it, it turns out that the coolant hadn't leaked out, although that is on my to do list for tomorrow. I'm also going to change the windshield wipers and rear view mirror.

I'll try the fuel filter trick... friday or saturday maybe? depends on if my mechanic friend has the lift available (maybe not, there is a car with a messed up tranny on it...).

I'm also now planning on picking up a new headlight housing (front left), the metal bulb cover inside of it fell off somehow, so the bulb doesn't stay put.

Last but not least, I need to clean it out, I popped the trunk today (got the key from my bro) and found it empty except for a fork... did I mention this car has been sitting for over two years (yich!).

Ah, the fuel gauge is... funny, I put about 10 gallons in today, and it'* now past the 'F' so... I think eventually I'll change the fuel pump? or could it be something else?

Ah, and the brakes are not as "strong" as I'd like, I push as hard as I can and it doesn't come to a hard stop, might that be solved by bleeding the brakes? or might I need a full brake job...?

This car is SO much more fun than the van
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If the brakes need bleeding the peddle would feel soft and spongy. If the car is not stopping right, I would change the pads. Also inspect the rotors, replace if needed. Inspect the calipers and make sure the piston moves.
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The brakes on the B'villes aren't overly large and therefore work pretty hard for everything they give us. Check your back adjustment. Frequently the backs are doing nothing because they are far out of adjustment.

Bleed forever to flush the lines. I tend to find myself using the Prestone synthetic because the cost isn't much over a dollar more. It it supposed to perform better. And like Dan said..check the pads, super cheap pads give you super crappy performance.

I've done all the above to my car and it turned around nicely. Stops darn well for it'* size and sadly undersized brake pads.
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When I changed my brakes to ceramic I nearly ripped my face off.
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So the brakes seem to have gotten better, or maybe I just got use to them...

But I still have the shifting issues, the transmission trouble shooting guide says I might have high main line pressure, or my reverse band servo piston cushion spring is broken, among other things.

I'm not sure what the reverse band servo piston cushion spring is... but I saw a post on these forums about installing a shift kit, is it in that same general area? Would changing the transmission fluid and filter fix it?

Oh, and my front motor mount is bad, but I can do that...
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So I was at my friend'* shop yesterday, and after a bit of work I had him check something I *thought* were wrong with the car.

Motor mount that I thought was bad is apparently okay, the transmission mount however is a little bad, but I can live with that because...

He noticed the vaccum to the transmission wasn't hooked up , and now it shifts as smooth as a baby'* bottom .

But I ordered a fuel line connector and windshield wiper motor, my windshield wipers are weak sauce!
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Some times it'* the easy stuff. Glad to hear it'* running good again.
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