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Old 08-03-2014, 04:26 AM   #571
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I'd have tried to go another month with the rejection sticker, as right now I only have to go out to the store once, I am able to plan out the whole months shopping, so I'd have had another hundred to put towards the brand I wanted, but I was a little worried I'd get another ticket, and then I'd have 2 tickets to pay, and still have a rejection sticker, and I'd still need new tires, so I did all Io could do, it does bother me as the worst tires I have ever used are Goodyear Viva 2 Touring tires.
I'll try to get a pic of them tomorrow.
And yeah you have a point, my old tires were right at 6 years, so they were due to be replaced even though they had decent tread on all but the outer edge from my bad alignment.
I don't think there is any way to check to see if they are recalled, I will check the DOT code though.
I think the tire shop I went to would probably keep up on things like tire recalls, but I'd not trust betting my life on it, so if I can ever get enough money I'll replace them, but for now I'm going to use them, and hope for the best.

Tires are dirty from the rain, but this is the tread pattern.
I checked my DOT and the tires say they were made on 7/14, so I guess that means Feb of 2014, unless it really mans July, either way they are pretty new.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:06 AM   #572
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Those tires look pretty good and I know come winter I would want test them out!
Oh look... I see a candy apple Park Ave in Snow! ...
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They should do better than what was on there beforehand, I can only hope they do as well as the PA'* in the video, I'll test them out come winter, but I'll be driving carefully of course.

One of these days I need to get the car up on a lift, and see how my brake lines, and everything else is looking, I worry about rust because of all the chemicals they put on the road around here in the Winter.
My friend just had a 2007 truck, I forget the model, but he had looked over, and all of his brake likes were rusting, and he had a small leak starting, so it is going to cost him 1,500.00 to replace everything because of how much corrosion was mixed with his fluid, it sounds like he got hit with a double whammy, rust on the outside of the lines, and the bolts connecting the lines to the cylinders, and corroded fluid on the inside.
I know I seen a little rust starting on my rear springs, and some other areas, I am hoping it spreads slowly, as I just cannot afford to do anything to it, or get a new car.
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Salt often = Bad News! I have to prepare myself for what is ahead on the PA....
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Even though it looks worse than it is (mainly surface rust) I am going to have to spray everything down with a few cans rust inhibitor first.
Then off to the detail shop for a serious underbody wash in preparation for a Platinum Undercoating......
I will be lucky if I get one more year before the tail pipe & muffler no longer "hangs" in there..not looking too good right now...It never ends...
I will try to get some photos once the undercoating is done..hopefully before/after pics...
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That looks like an expensive undercoating to have done.
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I'd imagine if you got the undercoating done before any rust starts it would be well worth it, a lot cheaper than replacing parts that rust, and worth it in some cases when the sub-frame or control arms rust and break, causing one to lose control, and crash.
I have a friend that had a 97 PA'* sub-frame broke from years of rust eating away at it, and the front end dropped on them, they almost wrecked, luckily it was an older couple and they were not driving too fast.
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I have no quote for a full size sedan underbody wash & undercoat job from them yet.
I assume around $300+. The same 4x4 undercoat was $250 6 years ago it was like new, so no washing was required. Prices may have gone up, my guess maybe even $400? Will see...
The PA was originally from Arizona, so I should have undercoated it when I bought it.
Unfortunately from then & til now, it has needed so much work that this is the first moment of breathing time & realizing that maybe I can get 3 more years out of the beast and may have 225 k miles by then. Right now PA has aprox 104k miles.
I hope that the undercoating does the rust protection trick well. I got a bad feeling about this upcoming winter on the West Coast...Salt City possible for sure.
I will get them to focus on all areas and subframe etc. I want to see them use a 20 gallon pail LOL !
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the older vehicles before 2000ish had some undercoating, after that you are on your own. i had mine done at ziebart, same stuff as above, and they do free resprays and guaranty their work. it was close to 400 but it was worth it to me for a few reasons, it would take me forever with a spray can and rusted parts and panels wouldnt be warranted
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Replaced the wiper motor pulse board module on the Fiero. It appears that there is an old style relay switch (open coil that pulls or pushs the arm between the two contacts) and the arm had gotten weak. Hitting bumps would cause the wipers to swipe once. New Dorman board has a newer mini relay mounted to the board. No more random wiper swipes on sunny days!
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do your head light motors work? i think they are the same as the similar year firebird ones which used relays till like 86, i dont know if there is an update for those though
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