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Old 08-20-2004, 05:38 PM   #11
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It is possible it is power steering, however I am pretty confident that it was oil. It smelled like oil as it burned off. I will take a closer look tonight, but as long as there isn't some commonly expensive cause of it I will gamble... Thank you

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I know my PS pump may be sorta not 100%, and there was some oil on the sides of it when i bought it. Totally different engine, but PS pumps having a slight leak aren't so uncommon.

Is there any Oil behind the supercharger pulley?
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Welcome to the club.

You should be very happy with that car after you have done all the required maintenance that any car with that mileage deserves.

Yes, it has auto ride height air shocks in the rear. This can be adjusted as an assist to enhance traction.
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Yes, it has auto ride height air shocks in the rear. This can be adjusted as an assist to enhance traction.
Forward traction mind you. Some of us like to go in circles too

My biggest thing with looking at an 00 SSEi is the lubing of the steering, or fixing of it.
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My biggest thing with looking at an 00 SSEi is the lubing of the steering, or fixing of it.
My car was built in Jan/00 so you would think that it should have this problem.
It doesn't. Everything feels and sounds fine so far.....
What I would like to get for it is some good quality coil over adjustable front struts to lower and stiffen it just a little.
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Ok so what is this lubing the steering thing?

I didn't have a chance to make an offer on it on Friday and was paintballin all day on Saturday. I am gonna call him today and make him an offer see what he says.

My plans upon purchasing it would be to change the oil, flush the tranny, install a tranny cooler, change the gear oil, change the spark plugs, change the wires and try to figure a CAI system for utilizing a K&N. It already has the K&N drop in filter but I like the big ol 9 inch cone. That is about it. Would there be anything else you guys would reccomend doing?

How difficult are the intake seals to replace?

How do you adjust the shocks for traction? I wouldn't think this would be a big deal since it is front wheel drive, but feel free to educate me.

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Depending on the mileage flushing the tranny may be a bad thing, unless its under warranty.

Also, you may want to throw in a new cabin air filter, check the supercharger oil level and depending on mileage change it.

Just re-read your first post. At 100+ thousand miles, I would NOT flush the tranny. And do NOT add a tranny cooler, at least not right away. DO change the supercharger oil as its quick, and easy.

Drive the car for a bit, and watch how the trans reacts to various driving conditions. You can decide if a tranny cooler is worth it at a later point. The best thing to cool your trans is to install a 180 thermostat which will help both the motor and the trans.
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Why would flushing the tranny be a bad thing? It has 113,000 miles. Unless there is something wrong with the tranny already, I can't see it doing anything bad.

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Over time all the clutch material becomes part of the fluid. If you wait to long to change the tranny fluid (over 35K miles) the fluid can start to fill in holes and act as a mask for tranny problems. As soon as you flush the fluid, all that material goes with it and when you add clean, thinner fluid possibly under higher pressure now that is thinner you can pop seals, and leaks can occur. Without knowing the history of the trans fluid changes thats a big risk to take. Your gears can start slipping within a week or so.
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About the best thing you can do, is drop the trans pan, change the filter and replace the approx 8 quarts of trans fluid. This leaves quite a bit left in the trans thats in the TC and other parts that can thicken up the fluid a bit and not make it so harsh on the trans.
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