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Community Lounge, Introductions and General Discussion Discussion, What did you do to your car today? in General Discussion; Originally Posted by CadillacLuke24 Drained out the old oil, ditched the Carquest filter, and removed the old oil level sensor. ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by CadillacLuke24
    Drained out the old oil, ditched the Carquest filter, and removed the old oil level sensor. The float at the end was gone. When I pulled it out I literally said "Well there's your problem right there!"

    On with a new Purolator Gold filter, prefilled with Quaker State DEFY 10W-30. Gooped the gasket up real nice with some oil, and cranked it on nice and snug with my polish oil wrench

    Slipped the new oil level sensor in, had to fiddle with it, but I got it in ok.

    Filled 'er up with the remaining 7 quarts of Defy. Fired her up, no leaks, purrs like a kitten. Roars like a lion at WOT

    Luke likes. A LOT. I CAN NOW CHANGE MY OWN OIL!!

    Of course, since I did this in Wyoming, I got my hands all oily because of the....

    DAMN WYOMING WIND!!

    But I met the neighbor of the family friend. Cool dude, and he's about as enamored with his Mini Cooper as I am my Cadillac.

    Life is good.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, almsot forgot mah Walmart trip later. Recycled mah oil and old filter, and they ditched my old sensor as well.

    I got an oil drain pan that had a decent hole at the top, but it wasn't quite big enough for the wayward wind and its resultant oil trails. The side drain leaked, so the tech at the TLE helped me find a better one.

    He was actually a really helpful guy, suggested MMO, which is good, but when he started saying he wouldn't put Penzoil or QS in a lawnmower, hehehe I was being nice on the outside but in my head I was thinking OIL WAR!!!!!!

    All's well that ends well!
    I feel your pain about the wind Luke! Once I was changing the oil outside on one of my jeeps, and it started getting windy as hell, but I wanted to do it outside. Well I waited for a break in the wind and started loosening that drain plug like a mad man so I could let the oil drain into the bucket before the wind picked up. Well, soon as I got the plug off, and there was a nice solid stream of oil, the wind thru one HUGE gust at me and covered myself with oil. My face, clothes, everything. Needless to say I was pissed. But that was one well played move by Mother Nature. Had to give her that. If she were a real person, she'd been there laughing her arse off!

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    Put first coat of helmsman on the sides of the console yesterday. Will be putting on second coat this afternoon. Top boards are finished
    I'm also planning out the layout for the console.

    During the trip to the body shop yesterday, I forgot to let it warm up. Good thing its only a .2 mile each way trip. The engine wasn't happy. It sputtered and stumbled at low rpms. It stumbled while turning and I gave it more gas annd I managed to chirp the tires
    Drive back was much better. Let the car warm up for 2 minutes and it ran smooth as glass. The 350 was very happy to be idling down the street. Went to pull out of an alley and waited to let a couple in a ram pull out from the QT across the street (since my cadillac blocks the whole street when pulling out). The wife in the pass seat had her face against the window to look at my car (with a big smile on her face) and the husband was looking over her to get a look at the old caddy that sounded like a race car. It also turned alot of heads while driving down the street. Everyone I passed was looking at the car with a smile on their face (probably thinking how ridiculous a caddy with a hopped up engine in it is.) I told my mechanic and he says "well its not every day you see an 80s fleetwood with what sounds like an old dirt track car engine under the hood...going bhom bhom bhom bhom as it goes down the street."

    I also noticed theres a few dents in the vinyl top (vinyl got pressed in) from my hood sitting on the roof. I told my mechanic and he said they should pop out when it gets warmer outside (since its not exactly hot out now). If not, he said we'll have to figure something out when it gets warmer (new top?). Theres one in the center above the front windshield that concerns me because the hood release sat there (the top isn't ripped or anything, just pressed in.) I may clean it with a damp rag and put a tiny drop of clear silicone there just in case theres a tiny tiny hole there.
    I also noticed that my headliner is starting to let go in the back....great (headliner has been failing since I bought it, but it is alot more noticable)
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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Quote Originally Posted by truckinman View Post
    I feel your pain about the wind Luke! Once I was changing the oil outside on one of my jeeps, and it started getting windy as hell, but I wanted to do it outside. Well I waited for a break in the wind and started loosening that drain plug like a mad man so I could let the oil drain into the bucket before the wind picked up. Well, soon as I got the plug off, and there was a nice solid stream of oil, the wind thru one HUGE gust at me and covered myself with oil. My face, clothes, everything. Needless to say I was pissed. But that was one well played move by Mother Nature. Had to give her that. If she were a real person, she'd been there laughing her arse off!
    No kidding. The oil started gushin' out and with the wind it headed towards me. I got outta the way cause I was thinkin' OIL SHOWER!

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    Filled up the equinox. 16.5 mpg mostly city (80% city, 20% highway). EPA is 17/ 25 IIRC, so I'm not too far off.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    I have seen the one they call TheBigJimShow.



    MY LIFE IS NOW COMPLETE!

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    Washed three cars...err a 4th...wife's Honda...and changed the thermostat in the forefront del sol...cus it was not getting warm enough. Sure enough, it was stuck open.

    The XLR stayed in the garage mostly clean...err silver and dusty...ok clean...thought about washing it, gave a meaningful glance at the "stocked" refrigerator in the garage, looked back at the car, then back at the refrigerator.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    ^^^ Gosh, gee whiz .... a man with his priorities in hand!

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    Used that turtle wax black box kit for black cars today......OMG amazing sh** right there if your car is black it's a must

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    Quote Originally Posted by CadillacLuke24
    I have seen the one they call TheBigJimShow.



    MY LIFE IS NOW COMPLETE!
    Who is that? The YouTube ghai?

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    I always do my own oil changes. Always outside (Except the Mack and one time the Cadillac...just because I was using the truck pit for it for ridiculousness)

    Never had the wind do that to me. I have done an oil change in the Cadillac though at night with no tools other than a single wrench and a bowl. No jacks, lights, anything. It's First oil change after my ownership of it. That was fun, actually. The greatest, most fun oil changes ever though, only happen in rural cemeteries in PA.

    So wait...was this the first Oil Change you have ever performed, Luke?

    Drove the Pontiac all the way through the Green Swamp area around 1:00 AM, to deliver some spare keys to someone. That was really cool. very tight turns that wound back and forth, with hills rolling up and down.

    Later, I got a call from UNKNOWN and answered it. I was told that they had heard that I was "real good with cars". An individual I had never met wants me to assemble a team and do some work on some funny European cars for him. Turns out he was a business contact/occasionally mildly-casual associate's uncle. She did not tell me she dropped my name and information to him last night. This will be fun.

    Drove the Cadillac later in the day. Regretted not being in my Truck, as I passed a small group of awesome older trucks on the highway, including a gorgeous yellow Peterbuilt.

    Also, drove the Cadillac home with a skeleton in it. That happens every day, but this one was left sitting in the passenger's seat. Kids, never leave keys where people can get them at work.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Not so much what I did to my car today, but I bought some tools for tomorrow's wheel bearing job. 580 ft-lb impact gun from Sears using gift cards from work? Yes please. I also ordered a brand new AC/DC cassette for the tape deck in it. I love eBay.
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    Washed her up real nice, she was a bit filthy, kinda felt bad...

    I swear it won't happen again.
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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Checked the oil for both Betty and Sabrina. Added a quart and a half to Sabrina. Betty's oil level is fine, but she's past due for an oil change, so I'll be doing that soon.

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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Same here i washed three! i'm tired now! Here's some pics




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    Re: What did you do to your car today?

    Replaced the driver's side wheel bearing with no problems. And now I have a partially stripped brake caliper bolt on the passenger side. So that's soaking with PB Blaster while I take a break from it. I'll try the torx-bit trick once the PB gets some soak time.

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