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Old 01-07-2007, 02:54 PM   #21
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Sandrock, I think I would die if I did not have my hobby shop I just about live there.

I did meet a Bonnie owener when I was there yesterday. He came over to my car and started asking me questions about what I was doing and ect... (he seemed impressed with the blower ) and then I asked him what he was working on. "I'm rebuilding the engine in my 99 Bonneville" His intake went to poop. He has the motor in peices and I am hoping to get pics of it today and if he is there.

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I want to buy brand new cables and relpace them them all
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If you clean them well, and use dielectric grease, all you need to do in SOME cases is replace the boots. If you clean the boots, and they're not melted like mine were, you don't have to buy anything.
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You'd have a couple more there if you hadn't sent some to me.
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I had cleaned my terminals in much the same way, using a fine wire wheel attachment on a Dremel tool to make my cable connections shine and gleam just like in the photos here. But the corrosion had already caked the positive cable throughout the bulk of its length, and I didn't know that. Shining up the connectors made for a better connection but only delayed the inevitable "getting stranded" for a few months. So if your connectors are corroded enough to need this type of cleaning, you might want to take a biopsy of your positive cable and see if it is corroded along its length, and replace it with a new one if needed.

Mine chose to fail in 2002 in the parking lot of a Wallgreens drugstore on my way home from the hospital after having a triple-bypass. We stopped on the way home to buy pain meds, and the car refused to start. This is NOT when you want your car to fail.
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Bugsi, my corosion goes down the cable about 1" from the connector. Maybe next time I am at the shop, I will pull them all apart and soak the entie thing in coke and baking soda.
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I fought the P0171 so long, I merely replaced mine.

Guess what code I had yesterday? Went and tightened the cables.
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