Repair and Mods for 1997 Champagne SSEi - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


1992-1999 Series I L27 (1992-1994 SE,SLE, SSE) & Series II L36 (1995-1999 SE, SSE, SLE) and common problems for the Series I and II L67 (all supercharged models 92-99) Including Olds 88's, Olds LSS's and Buick Lesabres Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-12-2007, 01:19 AM   #1
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 120
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
crod101 is on a distinguished road
Default Repair and Mods for 1997 Champagne SSEi

I just bought a 1997 Champagne SSEi for $3,000. It has 90K miles with some minor dents and scratches. The paint is overall good. However, it has some mechanical and electrical problems. They're as follows:
1. Valve Covers are leaking oil. Gaskets need to be replaced. How much time and money? Can I do this at home?
2. Intake Manifold'* leaking oil. Does the supercharger need to be removed? If so, is this a good time to rebuild it?
3. Vent'* blows hot air all the time. Verified A/C Compressor'* working. My mechanic said that it'* the "Blender" under the dash, which needs to be removed. How much time and money?
4. The Instrument Panel'* Information Center Display is intermittent. Can I replace the panel with another one? What about the Odometer? Where'* the mileage stored?
5. I'd like to replace the pulley with a 3.4 inch. Do I need to order a Hub Assembly too? Will this decrease the longevity of the supercharger?
6. Has anyone tried the Thrasher Shift Kit? Is it worth it? Can it be isntalled just by dropping the pan when you change the filter?
crod101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2007, 02:01 AM   #2
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Ames, Iowa
Posts: 3,066
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
bill buttermore is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Repair and Mods for 1997 Champagne SSEi

Quote:
Originally Posted by crod101
I just bought a 1997 Champagne SSEi for $3,000. It has 90K miles with some minor dents and scratches. The paint is overall good. However, it has some mechanical and electrical problems. They're as follows:
1. Valve Covers are leaking oil. Gaskets need to be replaced. How much time and money? Can I do this at home?
2. Intake Manifold'* leaking oil. Does the supercharger need to be removed? If so, is this a good time to rebuild it?
3. Vent'* blows hot air all the time. Verified A/C Compressor'* working. My mechanic said that it'* the "Blender" under the dash, which needs to be removed. How much time and money?
4. The Instrument Panel'* Information Center Display is intermittent. Can I replace the panel with another one? What about the Odometer? Where'* the mileage stored?
5. I'd like to replace the pulley with a 3.4 inch. Do I need to order a Hub Assembly too? Will this decrease the longevity of the supercharger?
6. Has anyone tried the Thrasher Shift Kit? Is it worth it? Can it be isntalled just by dropping the pan when you change the filter?
1. $50, pretty easy to do yourself. Couple of hours. Buy a Chilton'* 28200
2. Change your LIM gaskets for GM aluminum ($75 dealer) , supercharger will have to come off.
......Check Forced induction forum re rebuild.
3. Probably the air mix door actuator - $90 and a couple of hours - search of this forum for "air mix" to find tons of info. Dash does not have to come out.
4. Search archives and/or post question in Everything Electrical & Electronic forum
5. Check Performance and Brainstorming forum
6 Check Performance and Brainstorming forum
bill buttermore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2007, 08:28 AM   #3
DINOSAURUS BOOSTUS

Expert Gearhead
 
BillBoost37's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Enfield, CT
Posts: 41,391
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
BillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of lightBillBoost37 is a glorious beacon of light
Default

Hi and welcome... I've done most of the items you are asking about. If you are mechanically inclined and can follow steps, this should be a piece of cake.

#1. Easy enough to do, since you need intake gaskets...do it at the same time and they will be much more accessible. Time: See #2
#2. The alternator, supercharger, throttle body all come off easy and this is a fairly easy thing to do. Merely a matter of time. On the supercharger, I would suggest changing the oil and the coupler. Time: 8-10 hours if you haven't done it before.
#3. The blender is technically called an "Air Mix Actuator", Bill B meant to say they are about $40 from www.gmpartsdirect.com. Time: ~2 hours.
#4. If the compass is also intermittant, we probably need to look at grounds. In the Techinfo section there are instructions for taking a cluster apart and they are the same for your year. I would take it apart and look for loose connections. The mileage is stored in that information center part of the cluster.
#5. You can get a press on pulley, although if you plan on changing to smaller/different sizes later a Multi Pulley System or MPS is suggested. The other work would need to happen first along with other checks to make sure the engine is ready for this mod.
#6. Unsure about the Thrasher kit. I know the kit Intense-Racing sells is tested and proven here on the forum.

As you are ready to tackle the projects, post it up and we can help you source the best parts for the best prices, tell you the tricks and tips on how to do things. Personally...it takes me about an hour to swap a supercharger, once I learned the tricks.
BillBoost37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2007, 09:24 AM   #4
Junior Member
Posts like a Ricer Type-R
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Posts: 10
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
willwren is on a distinguished road
Default

Let'* talk about the mechanical stuff here and leave the Performance stuff for another topic to keep this on track.
willwren is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2007, 12:49 PM   #5
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Ames, Iowa
Posts: 3,066
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
bill buttermore is on a distinguished road
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by BillBoost37
"Air Mix Actuator", Bill B meant to say they are about $40 from www.gmpartsdirect.com.
Well, actually, Boost, when I did my 97 a couple of years ago, the dealer wanted about $80 for the little stepping motor. I just added $10 as a guess for inflation for the quickest new part available. Mail order is always cheaper than the dealer, but some charge a LOT for shipping and handling and some take a long time to deliver. When I use mail order, I like to use http://www.rockauto.com They list the actuator for $42 (C61 RPO code), but ship for about $5 with no handling fee and normally deliver within a week. The dealer will not likely have one in stock, either, but can usually get one in a couple of days. They can also be had from a junkyard, in which case, expect to pay about $25 - $30. Most guys prefer to replace with a new unit 'cause it is a kind of cramped upside down, feet on the headliner, kind of job. (Some guys remove the front passenger seat to provide room to work.) Not the kind of job you want to be doing again, soon.
bill buttermore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2007, 01:00 PM   #6
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Grand Rapids, Mi
Posts: 5,656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Archon is on a distinguished road
Default

It obviously pays to shop around for this. I needed an actuator for a 2000 GMC Jimmy. By pictures shown here, it looks the same - but, there must be some difference. I ordered it from GMPD, thinking it was likely the best price. A bit over $100, shipped! So, check several sources, and I'd agree on not getting one from the junkyard.
Archon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-14-2007, 10:56 AM   #7
Senior Member
Posts like a 4 Banger
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 120
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
crod101 is on a distinguished road
Default

OK, I'll try to attempt the work myself. Just wanted to make sure about the Instrument Cluster. If I replace it, will I lose the mileage? Where can I get a used one?
crod101 is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Exhaust mods 1997 SSEi tyrael2304 Performance, Brainstorming & Tuning 6 01-16-2014 12:56 AM
1997 SE. Whoraginal Mods and Photography. kmalinich Your Ride: GM Pictures & Videos 4 06-14-2010 10:57 PM
Self Repair vs Auto Repair SHop? Car still at Casino.... nat1ve 1992-1999 2 08-27-2006 04:53 PM
The '93 Champagne SSE CarRamrod Your Ride: GM Pictures & Videos 13 03-07-2004 02:09 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:37 AM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.