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Old 08-10-2012, 12:13 PM   #171
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I have heard/seen the Fram issues, I only use Mobil 1 synthetic, or Bosch Distance Plus oil filters, I'll see what I can find from either of those.


This the filter I use at work. Prime Guard OF173. The picture above is a cross ref so you can not down your favorite brand.
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I fixed the driver'* side wiper problem on my '03 Malibu...yay, me!
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Old 08-10-2012, 07:15 PM   #173
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I use a strap wrench but the cats are right there
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Yeah if you take all the GM vehicles nowadays the GM trucks are the easiest to get at the oil filter. Try an Enclave/Acadia/Traverse/Outlook. RIGHT under the exhaust manifold on the left bank (front of vehicle). Talk about burning your arm. Then it drains all over the cradle and engine mount and is basically impossible to clean everything off. Don't know how many people come back to our dealer after an oil change complaining of a leak.

Today at work for me? Had a 2006 CTS-V for my first job, rattle in front end, right front sway bar link was out of it. Best part about that was getting to road test it twice. Then had a Vibe for a serpentine belt that had just driven 50 miles for a 0.4 job, that wasn't so fun... then after that I get last nights tow in, 2008 Saturn Outlook AWD with transmission not shifting (I'm the lucky transmission specialist at our dealer). Hop in it, drives fine til 3rd gear (6T75E trans) then it'* like neutral. Ok, typical 3-5-R wave plate broke in a million pieces, but this one is different, it loses line pressure once it gets hot and sets a P0796 PC3 solenoid stuck off for the low reverse/4-5-6 clutch, never saw this one before.... Take it around the block, sure enough no 3rd, get half ways into the parking lot and it wouldn't move in any gear. Let it cool down and get a line pressure gauge on it. After about 3 minutes no line pressure. Rip the tranny out and tear it down. Sure enough, typical 3-5-R wave plate broke in about 3 trillion pieces. This one got into the gearsets and basically destroyed everything except for the final drive.

So I guess Monday I'll order a new transmission for it since it'* more expensive to fix than repair for GM, then cut the drivers floor out of it to repair the **** poor design cradle nut cage that always breaks and weld all that back together.

Oh well, another day in the flat rate GM powertrain warranty world...

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Oh well, another day in the flat rate GM powertrain warranty world...
Another reason why I got out of the field.
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Another reason why I got out of the field.
Yeah no kidding... looking for a way out, the first chance I get I'll be off like a prom dress, believe me!

Love the trade, love fixing cars, but man when you take a car that'* 5 years old and 100,000 miles and pay me warranty rate (basically half of customer pay) the same as a brand new car that'* full of rust, and GM has absolutely sickening warranty rates to begin with, goodbye.

Hard enough to even break even on a brand new car, let alone an old 5 year old Canadian rust bucket that they pay you no more. If I could swear on here right now I'd be out of swear words!!

Enough of that, it'* the weekend, time to relax and continue having a few cold ones.
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Today is the last day of my 3 day weekend. Back to the grind for 5 days, off for 2, on for 5, off for 3, on for 5, off for 2.... oh the agony.
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deer got me yesterday morning on the way to work, the car only got a few scratches around the driver rear the deer and the 4 or 5 cars behind me didnt make out so lucky.

i dont know what it is but ive hit two i live out in the middle of nowhere but both times it was on the way into work in the 4 lane traffic areas
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ill get night pics in a bit


i bought an oil filter today and usually i get stuck with the tiny ones well i was directed to some tall ones, so now i have a tall filter for my truck
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Like the LED'*, but, I'm wondering what color would go good with a tan/beige interior?
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