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  • gustafscgustafsc Posts: 361
    Hey, this is cool!!!!

    System crashed yesterday at work, so, stopped by the Library this AM to drop off some discs, and decided to use thier new computers and see what happens.

    It works!!!! :-)

    Guess if I get laid off, or it takes some time to get our system up when the office moves, I can still hang around from time to time.

    Nice new library too, just opened a couple of months ago.

    Skip G.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Yes, I live in the Atlanta area. I have not started to shop around yet. I will wait until march or april to do so. I will probably look into NTB(though my past dealings with them have not been great). How bad are your tires at 22,000 miles?

    Thanks for the responses to my 15"/16" tire questions. But, I still don't understand why the 16"'s won't fit. Explanations anyone?
  • That's the measurement of the opening in the middle of the tire.

    So if you have a 16" tire and a 15" wheel, the hole is too big. So, you have to upsize the wheel/rim to match.
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    Thanks coolchick!!!
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    WELL IT'S ABOUT TIME!!! We have been asking for a new conference area for months!!!!

    Show off!!

    I would like to visit Cali, but I don't know if I could just pick up and move there. It would be a big change. But the weather does make it a tempting factor.
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    CSG Members:
    Please take note of our new conference "Cougar Support Group - Picture Gallery". I would post the link, but it's kinda long and I have no clue to post them like Bonnie and StageLeft (HTML stuff). Just click on "return To Topics List" and you will see it there.

    AKA "Badulah"
  • malibumalibu Posts: 155
    When you do come out this way you will have to stop on the Central Coast, it is beautiful. I have lived here all my life and love it. I decided this weekend, while washing my kitty (in the sun) I am going to take my overtime money from tax season and put the Borla exhaust on...or should I say have it put on. My husband just shakes his head and says "whatever" he knows once I make up my mind it's a done deal. I really love the look, I haven't seen one in person, just on the web site. I know it won't make it any faster, but I love the growl I get now and always turn down the radio while getting on the freeway, so I know I will love the sound. I guess growing up with a dad who raced, all those saturday and sunday mornings at the drag strip did mentally scar me!
  • dasaint1dasaint1 Posts: 230
    I've been real busy at work out for the past month or so and now we've moved to a new conference area. Hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving.

    I've had my Cat since March '00 and haven't had a reason to take it to the dealer, but last week I've experienced a problem with the driver's seat. It seems that the a or spring is loose. The seat is all the way and when I sit on the seat, it sinks all the way down. The button that controls the height adjustment doesn't work anymore. And I don't have the power seats. Has anyone else had this problem?

    And since my dealer has moved to another state (NJ), can I just go to any other dealer near me (preferably in NY)? I'm assuming this repair would be covered by the car's warranty.
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    The Borla won't increase your top speed, but I do believe it will increase horsepower at different points in the power band. You should also install the KKM intake system. The combined mods will give you optimum flow, and work nicely together. Lefty has both and I really like the performance of his Cat. I plan to install the Borla (or a custom made Borla kit), and springs in the spring after I get my ground effects kit installed.

    Glad to hear you are doing well. I was starting to wonder where you went.
  • malibumalibu Posts: 155
    What does the KKM consist of? Is that something the exhaust shop will do also? I have an old boyfriend that has a muffler shop, I was going to see if he would cut me a deal on the installation. I don't want my husband to touch the cat, he has the GTO if he wants to play mechanic and he's way too busy playing contractor right now anyhow.
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    The KKM is a free air intake filter. It's really easy to install. If the guy at the shop is a friend, he should be willing to do it for you. Installation should only take 15-20 minutes. For more info on the KKM check out the CSG site and look in the install guide section, and check out KKM's web site at:
  • krnchkrnch Posts: 127
    Dasaint: Good to hear from you. I believe you should be able to take your car to any Mercury dealership for warranty work. The seat should be covered under warranty. Good luck!
  • burnsmr4burnsmr4 Posts: 318
    Coolant light question -- again

    Did anyone have any answers for my coolant light question from the last conference? switched us before anyone had mentioned anything about the problem. I'd appreciate any help offered.

    Request for moderator

    Can you folks give a conference a few days warning before switching us to a new conference? If anyone asks a question a few posts before the switch (like me), others may skip over the question and head for the new conference. Like being cut off in the middle of a sentence.

  • gustafscgustafsc Posts: 361
    Common problem w/Cougars. The fix is a little more fluid in the tank. The level sensor is a little too sensitive and parking on a slope will trip it off.

    There is a tech bulletin out and it's covered under warranty.

    I had the problem too, and thanks to our happy little group here, knew what to do.

    Sorry it took so long for you to get this answer.

    Skip G.
  • badulahbadulah Posts: 961
    I have experienced the coolant light problem in the past. Here is what happens: When starting your car on a slight incline the coolant light comes on. Although the coolant tank my appear to be full, because of the slope of the pavement, the sensor thinks the tank is low and the light comes on. The only way to correct this problem once the light comes on is to pull on to level pavement and restart the car. In order to prevent it from happening at all, you need to fill the coolant tank slightly above the "full" mark. I know this quirk occurs in 1999 models, but it may have been corrected in the more recent 2000 and 2001 models.

    In reference to your comment about creating new topics:
    I will pass your message on to Bonnie Rick. She
    is the Club Conferences host, but I don't believe
    she is in the topic very often.
  • Sorry for the disruption...No one has requested notice before...I'll do my best to give warning from now on!

    Bonnie Rick
    Conferences Manager, Town Hall
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I also have experienced the "coolant light problem" only one time. As badulah said, just pull over and restart the car and the light should go off. I did put coolant in too just over the full mark. Eventhough, the level was almost already at the full line.

    Where is MWS? Is he still around?
  • burnsmr4burnsmr4 Posts: 318
    Hey folks,

    Thanks for the information on the coolant light.

    I added some coolant and water above the MAX line (which was hard to find when looking around the MIN line), and I've parked on an incline. I'll find out in the morning if it worked.

    Thanks also to Bonnie for acknowledging my request.

    One quick thing -- I was asking about Valvoline synthetic power steering fluid earlier. I called the tech line today, and the fellow said that mixing regular fluid with the synthetic fluid won't harm the car. Badulah, did you happen to turn up any more information?


    P.S. -- BMW lights suck too! I watched a fellow with a brand new black 2001 BMW 325ci (convertible) change out his parking lamp modules with BMW replacement clear lenses (might have been aftermarket). Apparently, their parts fit like ca-ca too :-)
  • fish8fish8 Posts: 2,282
    I am not sure if I answered your question on where I will buy my tires. By the way, I am from Atlanta(Powder Springs/near Marietta). I will probably go to NTB and some other local shops and comparison shop. I know I will not get Firestones again, but I am not sure what others to consider. Any suggestions( I have 15" tires by the way)? Actually, my parents said they would get me new tires as part of my Christmas present. So, price, to a certain extent, is not an issue. Though, since my car is a lease and the lease will be up in a little over 2 years, I don't want to spend too much money on the best tires. I am hopeing that the new tires will improve the ride and muffle some of the rattles and noises in my car. I hope that is not too much to ask!! ;-)
  • dgeminidgemini Posts: 161
    If you want your tires to last do not buy Pep Boys Ultra Z tires!

    Don't get me wrong, they handle great and are worth the many. However, they have a wear rating of 300AA, and I have about 6000 miles on the front tires and I have already worn away about half the tread! I know I drive fast but HALF THE TREAD IN 6000 MILES!

    Has anyone else had a similar experience using tires with a 300 wear rating? I really don't want to bad mouth these great handling AND affordable tires unfairly.

    I got about 30,000 miles out of my Firehawks, If I do not get at least 20,000 miles out of these tires I will be dissapointed.
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