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Old 04 Feb 2014, 11:12 pm
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I'm going to a self-service garage to use a lift/tools for LCAs and Rad Fan replacement. All going well that should not kill 4 hours. (Unless I am rustier than I think.... and/or the eternal infernal unexpected problem arises.)

If I have some time left what would be good extras to throw at a 2007 Touring with 94K miles? Obviously not a timing belt, but maybe a Trans filter and fluid change?

I will also be eyeballing the rest of the suspension and brakes to see what if anything they need (No obvious symptoms).

Other ideas for good use of the time?
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Old 05 Feb 2014, 12:00 am
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I'd think check the CV axles and see if there's any wheel bearing issues. Also, engine mounts. I hear that the lower torque strut is notorious for going kablooie.

Although, if it HAS gone kablooie, you probably would notice that the car THUDS into Drive 9 out of 10 times. That's what our '03 Touring did.

I got a video to prove it to the mechanic who replaced it for us. The third movement you'll see is where the thudding into drive came from.

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Old 05 Feb 2014, 01:39 am
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I will also be eyeballing the rest of the suspension and brakes to see what if anything they need (No obvious symptoms).
Definately check the bushings on your front stabilizer bar & end links,bellcrank & watts links,and also rear stabilizer bar(if equipped?),maybe even your bump stops(while your there!).........With 94k on the odometer,I'm betting they need replacing,if they're still the original ones.
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Definately check the bushings on your front stabilizer bar & end links,bellcrank & watts links,and also rear stabilizer bar(if equipped?),maybe even your bump stops(while your there!).........With 94k on the odometer,I'm betting they need replacing,if they're still the original ones.
I have seen these with 200k on them and still solid. Must be other factors when people have these go bad.
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My thought would be to service the transmission. Or that's what I would do.
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I have seen these with 200k on them and still solid. Must be other factors when people have these go bad.
That's why I said maybe...While it's on a lift,just take 2 seconds for a look-see.
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All good ideas, and to add, if you do the tranny remember to leave 4 bolts 'hanging' when you break loose the pan. And wear full goggles as one drop of atf can spoil the progress. My first suggestion would be to do a complete visual inspection of the entire underneath. This 'luxury' doesn't happen very often! A great time to check the exhaust, rubber bushings, rust on lines, wires hanging, etc. A spray can of medium oil and a jar of grease with a brush may extend the life of stuff. Tie rod ends too. E brake cables.

Given a choice without being rushed, I would rather do a brake job on a lift [and do the tranny on ramps].
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Old 08 Feb 2014, 10:13 pm
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Got my time in.... the winner ended up being front brakes. They were paper thin, LOL. Ohh well, best laid plans of mice and men, eh?

All told, 5 hours and I got both LCAs in (No more knocka-knocka YAY!), I also replaced the lower torque strut, Rad Fan and front brakes/new rotors.

I'll need to schedule another day for oil change, tranny "full empty"/filter/fill and a few other odd items.

The pulley shield is beat to crap, would a junkyard be the best source to find one?

Ohh and I broke my damn oil dipstick handle getting the fan out... grrr.
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Oh my, you did your own brakes???

Nitro will be so upset....
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Oh my, you did your own brakes???

Nitro will be so upset....
Didn't he tell you that he is bringing his PT to me for a free 100 point safety inspection. If I find anything wrong I am going to repair it for free he just needs to buy the parts and wine!
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