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Old 18 Sep 2017, 08:48 am
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Got the car back from my Dad. His car sat at the shop over a week and Allstate didn't even bother to come look at it. PT turned over 160,000 miles last night driving it back down to DC. Ran very well, my Dad putting 93 in it probably contributed to that. He also drove over a low curb and ripped the front valance/bumper. Ugh. He rigged it up with some wire, but it looks like it cracked at the seam coming out of the LF wheelwell. More work!

On the bright side, the car ran fine and the oil pressure switch has fixed the issue with the oil light. Hopefully this weekend I can tackle some of my simpler problems. Rear shocks at least.
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Old 18 Sep 2017, 11:10 am
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There should be a carrier bearing at the joint of the inner shaft and the outer axle. If that is gone. You got vibration alright.
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Old 27 Feb 2018, 10:40 am
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Well... still no rear shocks. I have not done anything more to it but drive.

My son was born December 21, 2017, so no sleep and we have been using my wife's car and looking for an SUV as a part timer to drag the extended family around on occasion. Looking for a 3-row Hemi with 4/AWD. Prefer an Aspen, but also looking at Commander and 2Gen Durango.

Car turned 162,000 yesterday on the way to work. Only 2,000 miles since August. Wow, guess driving it 10 miles back and forth to the train station doesn't add up. No new issues, but due to the lack of a parking brake I did lose a tire. Car rolled down the driveway and smacked the curb. Blew out the RR and put a kink in the wheel so it won't hold air, so I am back without a spare. Contemplating getting it straightened because I have a couple of warped extras already + an aluminum 15" spacesaver which is flat and way too small.

I haven't done anything about the vibration. Current ride is all 45mph and below. The only time I feel anything is when making a sharp left turn, there is one coming from the right front which feels related to wheel speed. My cousin starting yapping at me about "death wobble" on his old XJ Cherokee and it sounds like what my car has - will have to look into that. As far as I know, the suspensions are not even remotely similar.
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Old 08 May 2018, 04:02 pm
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Figured I'd keep blogging.

Car seems to be running fairly lousy and last tank was my worst ever. 14 mpg! I guess I spend way too much time idling, but that is still bad. Normal straight city I used to get 17-18 mpg.

I have been saying that something feels wrong and CEL just popped on. P0325 which is the knock sensor. I have to check the wiring and go from there.

I have been having some trouble shifting. It is particularly difficult to go from 2nd to 3rd. You have to be very deliberate, wiggle it around in neutral before you try to shift across the gate. I think that it is the underhood bushings which have been basically gone for years. Guess I should spring the $25 for some booger bushing already.
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Old 09 May 2018, 10:42 am
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CEL is out now, so I guess it is an intermittent thing with the knock sensor. FWIW, I found it with the key dance easily. The code reader verified, but once again, I don't see the issue with the key dance as a preliminary.

Parked next to a white 2G turbo in the metro parking deck this morning. Front bumper looked melted and duct taped at the right headlight, but otherwise a fairly nice car.

UPDATE on the MPG: I am not sure how full the tank was to start, so I will be tracking the next couple of tanks to see where I am at. I have over 100 miles and I'm barely below 3/4 now so maybe that was the issue.
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Old 11 Jun 2018, 09:55 am
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I have done nothing to the car in the last month, but I filled up again and it got 21.75 mpg. I assume that the tank was not full the time before I got 14 and change. The car is running rough, but that was way out of the usual range. It was straight 100% stop and go, city driving the DC metro area, but I do use some hyper-miling techniques - coasting the manual trans to stop lights etc.
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Old 18 Jul 2018, 10:40 am
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Car is currently full of 93 and running great. MPG has been in the 21-24 range. Not sure how long since i changed the oil. Guess I did not document here, but I am probably due. I have the oil, need a filter.

The heater core does not seem to fogging the windshield. Problem seems to go away in the summer. Maybe it is something that contracts in the cold - either the seams or the hose/clamps. Big job that I plan to wait as long as possible on.

As documented in the "what did you do.." thread, I had to change the L taillamp. Blinker and brake lights were fine. Turned out the thing was full enough to use as a fishbowl. Suggestions were made that it is a crack in the back or lack of gaskets, but they appear fine. I think it is separating at the seam. I will monitor. Maybe just drill a couple of holes in the bottom so it can drain out.
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Old 13 Aug 2018, 03:24 pm
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Well, one of the problems I have been ignoring in the hopes it would go away has finally come home to roost. The "angry bird" squeaking which I believe has been going on since 2012 or 2013 finally came to a head. I was under the impression that it was the alternator belt, but...

Last night after I fully packed the car up until I couldn't see out the rear window, with the seats in the garage, put the dog on the front seat and started it up. The was a tremendous pop and my wife said "something came out of your car." It was the v-belt for the p/s and a/c. The car is tough to drive without p/s, nearly impossible to parallel park. Loaded the dog and whatever fit into my wife's car and drove on down. Left the PT in NY again. I will try to sort it on Friday. As long as none of the pulleys is seized it should be a fairly quick job.
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Old 24 Aug 2018, 09:36 am
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Over the weekend I replaced the snapped ps/ac belt. Total time to remove the RF wheel: 45 minutes. Total time to replace belt: 30 seconds. 3 of the 5 wheels were missing the little caps. They came off easy. One of the others was fine. The other survived my breaker bar and my friend's air impact gun. Eventually, while waiting for the compressor to really spool up the air gun, I just threw a pipe on the breaker bar and the cap snapped off. Swapped sockets and it came off. Put some anti-seize on to hopefully prevent this recurring issue.

While it was off, I spun the pulleys. The ac and tensioner spun very easily and smoothly. The ps pulley spun easily but felt a bit grittier. My friend thinks that might just be because of the fluid. I'm not so sure. It made a squeaky noise for years and eventually sounded like the a bearing might be going. The old belt was torn straight across and had a lengthwise cut about 4" away from where it broke. The plastic shield was gone. Not sure where to find a replacement - all the ones in the yard seem gone too.

Test drive no squeaking dead silent. Great success!

Started to drive back to DC on Sunday night and it was raining pretty heavy. Shortly into the trip the squeaking comes back. It has continued on my drives to work. Oh well.

More immediate problem. Around the DE/MD border I had to hit the brakes pretty hard. The car seemed to rotate counterclockwise. I say rotate because it didn't seem like the wheel turned or pulled from my hand. It seemed more like a weight transfer thing. I am guessing suspension related. Maybe the rear. None of the brakes seem hot or sticking and they all seem to work. Anybody have ideas? I have been continuing to drive it back and forth to the train station. Under 40 you would never notice a problem.

I will try to get it up on jackstands this weekend to check, but the family is over 8 guests! EEK. I am not optimistic, but at least we will get to Camden Yards tomorrow. Go Yanks!

Turned over 163,000 on the trip and got 25.6 mpg.
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Old 24 Oct 2018, 08:51 am
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Fixed the taillight again. I washed the car Sunday, got pulled over on Monday for having taillights out. Left side was full of water. Again. Used the leftover bulb from last time. I hope that I still have the receipt for the new ones I bought. I drilled a couple of holes with the dremel to let the water drain out. It seems like the outside is cracked. Someone (@LionPT?) suggested that the last time and I swear it seemed solid. Oh well, another item for the pick and pull list. I would have gone on Saturday, but it was pretty damp over here.
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