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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    woke up checked the tire pressure cold and saw they where at 31 and was happy they are not leaking and they all read 31 then took her for a spin and checked them 20 miles latter when i got to my brothers house and they where at 35 warm

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    dug around in my trunk and pulled up a 40 watt realistic (radio shack) 7 bar equalizer/ 40 watt booster amp from the mid 80's. its official- my trunk is way better than a stupid grabber claw machine.

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    The problem with the "screeching" prongs that most systems use is that they can gouge into the rotors. Happened on my Pilot (when the wife drove around for two days before telling me about this awful sound her car was making).

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    My Town Cars have a neat system. The brake light that comes on with the e-brake also comes on when the fluid gets just a little bit low. And when any brake pads get low, enough brake pressure is needed to get the fluid low enough to trip the light. That usually gives me about 2-3k miles before a pad is worn down to the backing plate...


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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Bought the slimmest black steel license plate bracket I could find. Also got the black plastic bolt head covers. Took off the temps and discovered there were only two nut-serts to hold the plate. The plate is so flimsy the whole thing looked warped and Appalachian Engineered so back to the store for a pair of nylon nut inserts and two more 1/4" screws. Funny thing - there are several sizes available and one bin was labelled "All GM 1976 and newer" and beside it "Cadillac rear bumper 2001 and newer". Hmmmm, I would have sworn .... forget it. At $.59 each I bought them both. Put on the new "Farmville" Ohio plate (what moron thought pastel countryside scenes on plates was a good idea?) and saw one edge peeking 1/8" beyond the frame. Too thin to cut with tin snips, too lazy to get out the grinder. Hammered it over, painted the raw edges of the plate black with a Sharpie - problem solved.
    I am not putting the front bracket and plate on until and unless the Law states otherwise - up close and personally.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by thebigjimsho View Post
    My Town Cars have a neat system. The brake light that comes on with the e-brake also comes on when the fluid gets just a little bit low. And when any brake pads get low, enough brake pressure is needed to get the fluid low enough to trip the light. That usually gives me about 2-3k miles before a pad is worn down to the backing plate...
    That's not specific to the Town Car - most cars from many manufacturers have been doing this for a few decades. The volume of fluid required to fill the calipers with the pistons pushed out (due to pad wear) lowers the reservoir level and turns the light on. As soon as the pistons are compressed when installing new pads, the level returns to normal and turns the light out.

    That said, I see nothing wrong with it being done that way and I think GM's (and others) electronic system is more hassle/money than it's worth.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Looked at it again, tried again to set timing, got frustrated.


    I'm getting closer and closer to burning this car to the ground.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Went for a nooner drive - over to Caroline County - two runs to 126 and 120 back to back. No problems, as usual. Then went to Suicide Bridge restaurant (Google it) for fish & chips.

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    Put three spare Cadillac wheels/tires on my uncle's crappy Venture just so he could move the thing. The van sat for six months on flat tires, has a broken sway bar, a stuck caliper, a leak in the power steering, and it fails IL emissions. It's the most decrepit car I've ever seen. I swear, sitting in that Chevy and then sitting in one of my Cadillacs makes you think there were two different General Motors.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stingroo View Post
    Looked at it again, tried again to set timing, got frustrated.


    I'm getting closer and closer to burning this car to the ground.
    Whats going on that you can't get the timing set?

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    I wish I knew. I did everything I was supposed to. This all started with replacing the intake manifold gaskets to stop my oil leak. I then, apparently, messed the timing up so I had to pull the distributor and treat it like an all new engine. Okay, fine. So I:

    Pull distributor
    All eight plug wires and coil wire.
    Disconnect negative battery cable
    Disconnect EST wire between intake and valve cover
    Make sure #1 cylinder is TDC on the compression stroke, set timing to 0
    Place distributor back in making sure it slides into the grooves and seats all the way
    Make sure rotor is pointing at the coil, #1 wire goes here.
    Reattach cap.
    Follow firing order on intake (FSM matches this number) 1 8 4 3 6 5 7 2
    Crank motor without EST plug - no start
    Crank with EST plug - no start.

    Makes NO f*cking sense at all.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Finally sent the Cadillac to the bodyshop, because my last appointments kept getting pushed back (Imagine setting up an appointment two weeks in advance, calling throughout that time, including the evening prior to the appointment date, lending someone one of your other vehicles to drive you back when you drop your car off, arriving the next morning and learning everyone is on vacation)

    Instead, after an interesting series of events involving cement shoes and baseball bats went down in my driveway and I had to move the Lincoln back, I decided to take it for a spin around the neighbourhood (something about needing a plate to legally drive on the highway or some crap like that) and bestowed some fresh tyre patches unto my local suburbs.

    Hopefully the Cadillac comes back home soon.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Pics required of these "patches".

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stingroo View Post
    I wish I knew. I did everything I was supposed to. This all started with replacing the intake manifold gaskets to stop my oil leak. I then, apparently, messed the timing up so I had to pull the distributor and treat it like an all new engine. Okay, fine. So I:

    Pull distributor
    All eight plug wires and coil wire.
    Disconnect negative battery cable
    Disconnect EST wire between intake and valve cover
    Make sure #1 cylinder is TDC on the compression stroke, set timing to 0
    Place distributor back in making sure it slides into the grooves and seats all the way
    Make sure rotor is pointing at the coil, #1 wire goes here.
    Reattach cap.
    Follow firing order on intake (FSM matches this number) 1, 2, 7, 5, 6, 3, 4, 8.
    Crank motor without EST plug - no start
    Crank with EST plug - no start.

    Makes NO f*cking sense at all.
    oh dear lord
    thank you gods of the automobile for electronic ignition

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Shut it, ewe.

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