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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,784

    Changed the oil, oil filter, and air filter in the zhp today. Quite literally the heavens opened up and lightening and thunder struck all around. Maybe I should have taken that as a sign and stopped...ah well, too late now!

    Hey, done is done!
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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,701
    sda said:

    stickguy said:

    sda said:

    This one surprised me too. A 2018 VW Passat SE Tech, Reflex Silver, black interior, very clean, fully serviced, 12 mo/12k added to 6/72 VWWarranty, which equates to 57 months and around 65k remaining. For $11k otd , no money out of pocket, I thought it to be a solid buy.

    congrats. So that must have been only around $10K sales price? That is absurdly cheap. I would have bought that on the spot right now for that price. And sounds like it was even at a VW dealer? Unless it has a salvage title, IMO you got a steal.

    Nice cars too. I had one as a loaner when the Jetta was in for service, and rented one in NC once, and they are nice driving cars with a ton of room inside. Gets pretty good mileage too.
    Sorry, I wasn’t clear, that was the otd difference after trading the Accord. The $11k included taxes, doc fee, lic transfer. It was at a very nice VW dealer.
    I told the story to the wife this afternoon (I was talking about cars, she might have been listening!) and it finally dawned on my you must have traded in the Accord as part of this deal

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,701
    Wes, probably goes faster if you have a nice post lift and a full set of pneumatic air tools, and all the specialized equipment possible. Like the pros, or the fancy Youtubers, have!

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,406
    Exactly - it looks like JR is about to rent or buy a shop building.
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,784
    stickguy said:

    Wes, probably goes faster if you have a nice post lift and a full set of pneumatic air tools, and all the specialized equipment possible. Like the pros, or the fancy Youtubers, have!

    This is my version of a lift and air tools. :D
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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,784
    Anyhow, it only took maybe an hour after I arrived home this afternoon. It all went back together without fanfare.

    I noted already that I cleaned up the spindles and added some rust inhibitor....



    Then, I put the hub bolts in, added the backing plate, and bolted the hub in place.




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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,701
    did you remember to replace the bearings while you were in there? B)

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,784
    edited October 2020
    Oh, and this is a, uh, bonus shot? Comparison of the new hub versus the old hub...




    If you look at the rim of the old hub (lower right corner of photo), you can see where I definitely beat the snot out of it to knock it loose. :D
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,669
    @xwesx - nice job! Thanks for sharing the photos and the play by play.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 17,826
    There’s something of a bidding war going on with that 92’ Labaron that was posted a few days ago. I predicted $4k but it’s now closing in on $5k with 2 days to go.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/rJz0BjBz/1992-chrysler-lebaron-gtc-convertible

    As much as I liked those I’d be out at that price.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,784
    edited October 2020
    stickguy said:

    did you remember to replace the bearings while you were in there? B)

    Dang! I KNEW there was something I was missing!!!! lol

    Thankfully, the hub assembly includes the requisite bearings, so no need for pressing this time as I did with the Q7 last year. I actually could not find an option to just purchase the bearings so I could then press them. If I had, though, it would be a much tougher job because there would be no way to accomplish it without pulling the spindle from the car in order to press out the rusted hub assembly.... and then I would need to reuse the rusted parts.
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  • cdnpinheadcdnpinhead Forest Lakes, AZMember Posts: 5,035
    edited October 2020
    xwesx said:

    If you look at the rim of the old hub (lower right corner of photo), you can see where I definitely beat the snot out of it to knock it loose. :D

    You're a man after my own heart. With my MG it was the generator (not alternator, this was before that) bushing. I carried spares and could replace one in well under an hour.

    With my Datsuns it was U-joints -- they all had six (two on the driveshaft and two each on the half axles in those days). In any event my wife's 1600 (that was before they called it the 510) and my 240Z needed regular replacements of the U-joints. I dedicated (scrapped out) a couple of sockets for the pounding out and in of those cps with their needle bearings.

    Good times.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,784


    With my Datsuns it was U-joints -- they all had six (two on the driveshaft and two each on the half axles in those days). In any event my wife's 1600 (that was before they called it the 510) and my 240Z needed regular replacements of the U-joints. I dedicated (scrapped out) a couple of sockets for the pounding out and in of those cps with their needle bearings.

    Oh, that would be SO much fun! /sarcasm-off

    My plow truck eats U-joints (and the associated shafts, unfortunately) on a somewhat regular basis. One of the projects this summer was replacing the passenger side front u-joint and both axle shafts. It gets expensive to do that year after year!
    2018 Subaru Crosstrek, 2014 Audi Q7 TDI, 2013 Subaru Forester, 1969 Chevrolet C20, 1969 Ford Econoline 100, 1976 Ford F250
  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 182,952
    Watching Road House for like the 127th time.

    I still cringe when they destroy the 560SEC at the end.

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,008
    If you like wagons this scene hurts too.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,701

    There’s something of a bidding war going on with that 92’ Labaron that was posted a few days ago. I predicted $4k but it’s now closing in on $5k with 2 days to go.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/rJz0BjBz/1992-chrysler-lebaron-gtc-convertible

    As much as I liked those I’d be out at that price.

    same here.

    I was also following this one (another of the Wichita YouTube boys did a video on this). Interesting, but shocked it sold so high.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/3Rqpa1am/1993-toyota-previa

    Hoovie freed up some cash flow on this one.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9e0x0Wk8/2000-bmw-m-coupe

    and finally, I really kinda liked this one. Seems like a good value for what you get.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/rb0AwMwL/2001-chevrolet-corvette-coupe

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 17,826
    Michaell said:

    Watching Road House for like the 127th time.

    I still cringe when they destroy the 560SEC at the end.

    What? No love for the ‘65 Riviera that gets trashed?




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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 17,826
    stickguy said:

    There’s something of a bidding war going on with that 92’ Labaron that was posted a few days ago. I predicted $4k but it’s now closing in on $5k with 2 days to go.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/rJz0BjBz/1992-chrysler-lebaron-gtc-convertible

    As much as I liked those I’d be out at that price.

    same here.

    I was also following this one (another of the Wichita YouTube boys did a video on this). Interesting, but shocked it sold so high.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/3Rqpa1am/1993-toyota-previa

    Hoovie freed up some cash flow on this one.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/9e0x0Wk8/2000-bmw-m-coupe

    and finally, I really kinda liked this one. Seems like a good value for what you get.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/rb0AwMwL/2001-chevrolet-corvette-coupe
    That C5 Corvette seems like a good price. I’ve seen lower mile (30k) examples near me listed for around $20k.

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTMember Posts: 14,669
    Have you guys seen this 45K mile Automatic Prelude on Cars & Bids? It was at $4,200 yesterday AM.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/3vyYzW4R/2000-honda-prelude

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 187,579
    Michaell said:

    Watching Road House for like the 127th time.

    I still cringe when they destroy the 560SEC at the end.

    I cringe through the whole movie...

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  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,237
    xwesx said:

    Oh, and this is a, uh, bonus shot? Comparison of the new hub versus the old hub...




    If you look at the rim of the old hub (lower right corner of photo), you can see where I definitely beat the snot out of it to knock it loose. :D

    Great job, I enjoyed your pics of the progress. I’m sure your wife is pleased.

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  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,237
    xwesx said:


    With my Datsuns it was U-joints -- they all had six (two on the driveshaft and two each on the half axles in those days). In any event my wife's 1600 (that was before they called it the 510) and my 240Z needed regular replacements of the U-joints. I dedicated (scrapped out) a couple of sockets for the pounding out and in of those cps with their needle bearings.

    Oh, that would be SO much fun! /sarcasm-off

    My plow truck eats U-joints (and the associated shafts, unfortunately) on a somewhat regular basis. One of the projects this summer was replacing the passenger side front u-joint and both axle shafts. It gets expensive to do that year after year!
    Does it go turn U joints because of the stress/load put on them by plowing?

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  • omarmanomarman Member Posts: 2,701
    sda said:

    xwesx said:

    Oh, and this is a, uh, bonus shot? Comparison of the new hub versus the old hub...




    If you look at the rim of the old hub (lower right corner of photo), you can see where I definitely beat the snot out of it to knock it loose. :D

    Great job, I enjoyed your pics of the progress. I’m sure your wife is pleased.
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  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,237
    edited October 2020
    So far two thumbs up on the Passat. It drives really well and has decent power with that nice turbo thrust early on. It feels faster than it is but still about the same as the Accord which I’m fine with. It tracks straight as an arrow which is a pleasure on the interstate on and on roads where the camber tends to switch back and forth. Road noise, though a little higher than I expected is still quieter than the Accord. Most of the noise seems to be tire related. It has Bridgestone 235/45/18s which are evenly worn and have about 7/32. Bridgestone tires are not my favorite. I’ve had them on several cars as they were Oem and none have lasted longer than 30k. Seats are firm and comfortable, controls logical and easy to use. The stereo is good, at lower to medium high volume the sound is decently full has good depth and sound staging and is a bit better than the Accord. It does seem to distort earlier at higher volumes than the Accord, both have a 6 speaker set up. I do wish it had the Fender system. The VW dealer where I bought it is about 50 miles away so I got some good seat time on my way home. Like most German cars it is a natural on the interstate. Gas mileage seems to be tracking around 30mpg on regular gas. I will try to post pics later. For some reason when I try to upload from my phone they don’t carry over.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,784
    sda said:

    Does it go turn U joints because of the stress/load put on them by plowing?

    I'm not sure. It might just be the limited slip differentials, but I only ever use it on snow. I don't generally put the chains on it anymore so as to allow more wheel slip, yet it still seems to break at least one U-joint per winter.

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  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaMember Posts: 14,784
    sda said:

    Great job, I enjoyed your pics of the progress. I’m sure your wife is pleased.

    I guess I'll find out soon - she's using it for the first time this morning. I'm sure she will say something like, "It's fine." :D

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,008
    sda said:

    So far two thumbs up on the Passat. It drives really well and has decent power with that nice turbo thrust early on. It feels faster than it is but still about the same as the Accord which I’m fine with. It tracks straight as an arrow which is a pleasure on the interstate on and on roads where the camber tends to switch back and forth. Road noise, though a little higher than I expected is still quieter than the Accord. Most of the noise seems to be tire related. It has Bridgestone 245/45/18s which are evenly worn and have about 7/32. Bridgestone tires are not my favorite. I’ve had them on several cars as they were Oem and none have lasted longer than 30k. Seats are firm and comfortable, controls logical and easy to use. The stereo is good, at lower to medium high volume the sound is decently full has good depth and sound staging and is a bit better than the Accord. It does seem to distort earlier at higher volumes than the Accord, both have a 6 speaker set up. I do wish it had the Fender system. The VW dealer where I bought it is about 50 miles away so I got some good seat time on my way home. Like most German cars it is a natural on the interstate. Gas mileage seems to be tracking around 30mpg on regular gas. I will try to post pics later. For some reason when I try to upload from my phone they don’t carry over.

    Are they Bridgestone EL400? I hated those on my Avalon

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 182,952
    kyfdx said:

    Michaell said:

    Watching Road House for like the 127th time.

    I still cringe when they destroy the 560SEC at the end.

    I cringe through the whole movie...
    Actually, my back is turned to the TV. I just listen while answering lease questions.

    Not sure I could concentrate the same if I had something like "Sophie's Choice" on.

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  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,237
    edited October 2020
    xwesx said:

    sda said:

    Great job, I enjoyed your pics of the progress. I’m sure your wife is pleased.

    I guess I'll find out soon - she's using it for the first time this morning. I'm sure she will say something like, "It's fine." :D

    tjc78 said:

    sda said:

    So far two thumbs up on the Passat. It drives really well and has decent power with that nice turbo thrust early on. It feels faster than it is but still about the same as the Accord which I’m fine with. It tracks straight as an arrow which is a pleasure on the interstate on and on roads where the camber tends to switch back and forth. Road noise, though a little higher than I expected is still quieter than the Accord. Most of the noise seems to be tire related. It has Bridgestone 245/45/18s which are evenly worn and have about 7/32. Bridgestone tires are not my favorite. I’ve had them on several cars as they were Oem and none have lasted longer than 30k. Seats are firm and comfortable, controls logical and easy to use. The stereo is good, at lower to medium high volume the sound is decently full has good depth and sound staging and is a bit better than the Accord. It does seem to distort earlier at higher volumes than the Accord, both have a 6 speaker set up. I do wish it had the Fender system. The VW dealer where I bought it is about 50 miles away so I got some good seat time on my way home. Like most German cars it is a natural on the interstate. Gas mileage seems to be tracking around 30mpg on regular gas. I will try to post pics later. For some reason when I try to upload from my phone they don’t carry over.

    Are they Bridgestone EL400? I hated those on my Avalon
    Potenza RE97AS, actually 235/45/18, not 245, my bad

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  • kyfdxkyfdx Moderator Posts: 187,579
    sda said:

    xwesx said:

    sda said:

    Great job, I enjoyed your pics of the progress. I’m sure your wife is pleased.

    I guess I'll find out soon - she's using it for the first time this morning. I'm sure she will say something like, "It's fine." :D

    tjc78 said:

    sda said:

    So far two thumbs up on the Passat. It drives really well and has decent power with that nice turbo thrust early on. It feels faster than it is but still about the same as the Accord which I’m fine with. It tracks straight as an arrow which is a pleasure on the interstate on and on roads where the camber tends to switch back and forth. Road noise, though a little higher than I expected is still quieter than the Accord. Most of the noise seems to be tire related. It has Bridgestone 245/45/18s which are evenly worn and have about 7/32. Bridgestone tires are not my favorite. I’ve had them on several cars as they were Oem and none have lasted longer than 30k. Seats are firm and comfortable, controls logical and easy to use. The stereo is good, at lower to medium high volume the sound is decently full has good depth and sound staging and is a bit better than the Accord. It does seem to distort earlier at higher volumes than the Accord, both have a 6 speaker set up. I do wish it had the Fender system. The VW dealer where I bought it is about 50 miles away so I got some good seat time on my way home. Like most German cars it is a natural on the interstate. Gas mileage seems to be tracking around 30mpg on regular gas. I will try to post pics later. For some reason when I try to upload from my phone they don’t carry over.

    Are they Bridgestone EL400? I hated those on my Avalon
    Potenza RE97AS, actually 235/45/18, not 245, my bad
    Those are OEM tires on my GTI, as well. Typically crappy OEM. Bridgestone makes some great tires, but these aren’t it. ;)

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,701
    nyccarguy said:

    Have you guys seen this 45K mile Automatic Prelude on Cars & Bids? It was at $4,200 yesterday AM.

    https://carsandbids.com/auctions/3vyYzW4R/2000-honda-prelude

    a slushbox in a Prelude is an automatic rejection.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,701
    that Passat still has the 1.8t motor? Worked well in out 2015 jetta. Plenty of get up and go, and good mileage.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,406
    kyfdx said:

    sda said:

    xwesx said:

    sda said:

    Great job, I enjoyed your pics of the progress. I’m sure your wife is pleased.

    I guess I'll find out soon - she's using it for the first time this morning. I'm sure she will say something like, "It's fine." :D

    tjc78 said:

    sda said:

    So far two thumbs up on the Passat. It drives really well and has decent power with that nice turbo thrust early on. It feels faster than it is but still about the same as the Accord which I’m fine with. It tracks straight as an arrow which is a pleasure on the interstate on and on roads where the camber tends to switch back and forth. Road noise, though a little higher than I expected is still quieter than the Accord. Most of the noise seems to be tire related. It has Bridgestone 245/45/18s which are evenly worn and have about 7/32. Bridgestone tires are not my favorite. I’ve had them on several cars as they were Oem and none have lasted longer than 30k. Seats are firm and comfortable, controls logical and easy to use. The stereo is good, at lower to medium high volume the sound is decently full has good depth and sound staging and is a bit better than the Accord. It does seem to distort earlier at higher volumes than the Accord, both have a 6 speaker set up. I do wish it had the Fender system. The VW dealer where I bought it is about 50 miles away so I got some good seat time on my way home. Like most German cars it is a natural on the interstate. Gas mileage seems to be tracking around 30mpg on regular gas. I will try to post pics later. For some reason when I try to upload from my phone they don’t carry over.

    Are they Bridgestone EL400? I hated those on my Avalon
    Potenza RE97AS, actually 235/45/18, not 245, my bad
    Those are OEM tires on my GTI, as well. Typically crappy OEM. Bridgestone makes some great tires, but these aren’t it. ;)

    I’m getting new shoes on Wednesday!
    Might as well, while they're in there replacing the clutch.
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    Those Breld clutches seem to live short lives 😂
  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,406
    I was still having an awful smell in the Tundra and noticed it was especially pungent when the HVAC first turned on. I decided to pull the cabin air filter and found this:



    The black stuff is insulation from somewhere in the truck, I think. Some of this junk fell into the blower motor and I wasn't able to get it out from the top with a Shop Vac. Blower motor made an awful racket afterwards, so I pulled that.



    It's running and smelling better now. Apparently, the HVAC intake duct doesn't have any sort of mesh guard on Tundras or a lot of other Toyotas and this is a common problem. I'm looking into what can be done to create a better seal.
  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,237
    stickguy said:

    that Passat still has the 1.8t motor? Worked well in out 2015 jetta. Plenty of get up and go, and good mileage.

    It’s the newer 2.0t, 174 hp, 184 tq. From what I’ve read it isn’t any quicker than the 1.8t.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 17,826
    corvette said:

    I was still having an awful smell in the Tundra and noticed it was especially pungent when the HVAC first turned on. I decided to pull the cabin air filter and found this:



    The black stuff is insulation from somewhere in the truck, I think. Some of this junk fell into the blower motor and I wasn't able to get it out from the top with a Shop Vac. Blower motor made an awful racket afterwards, so I pulled that.



    It's running and smelling better now. Apparently, the HVAC intake duct doesn't have any sort of mesh guard on Tundras or a lot of other Toyotas and this is a common problem. I'm looking into what can be done to create a better seal.

    How about gluing a piece of window screen over the opening? One of those pieces of junk is so big it looked like a bird.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,406

    corvette said:

    I was still having an awful smell in the Tundra and noticed it was especially pungent when the HVAC first turned on. I decided to pull the cabin air filter and found this:



    The black stuff is insulation from somewhere in the truck, I think. Some of this junk fell into the blower motor and I wasn't able to get it out from the top with a Shop Vac. Blower motor made an awful racket afterwards, so I pulled that.



    It's running and smelling better now. Apparently, the HVAC intake duct doesn't have any sort of mesh guard on Tundras or a lot of other Toyotas and this is a common problem. I'm looking into what can be done to create a better seal.

    How about gluing a piece of window screen over the opening? One of those pieces of junk is so big it looked like a bird.
    One of the DIY solutions is to cover the air inlet with gutter guard. Involves drilling into the sheet metal behind the cowl. I'm thinking I will stop parking it in the garage and consider doing the gutter guard if it happens again.

    I never saw the carcass of the critter that was in there. The Shop Vac sucked it up rather quickly! :D
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 41,701
    it's a lease. Just let the next owner clean it out if it needs it again!

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  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,237
    edited October 2020
    I thought I attached pics, but no. I haven’t had this issue until about 3 weeks ago. Not sure what has changed.

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesMember Posts: 8,406
    sda said:

    I thought I attached pics, but no. I haven’t had this issue until about 3 weeks ago. Not sure what has changed.

    Pic attachment has been broken on the mobile website for me for years now. :@
  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 14,992

    corvette said:

    I was still having an awful smell in the Tundra and noticed it was especially pungent when the HVAC first turned on. I decided to pull the cabin air filter and found this:



    The black stuff is insulation from somewhere in the truck, I think. Some of this junk fell into the blower motor and I wasn't able to get it out from the top with a Shop Vac. Blower motor made an awful racket afterwards, so I pulled that.



    It's running and smelling better now. Apparently, the HVAC intake duct doesn't have any sort of mesh guard on Tundras or a lot of other Toyotas and this is a common problem. I'm looking into what can be done to create a better seal.

    How about gluing a piece of window screen over the opening? One of those pieces of junk is so big it looked like a bird.
    My '68 Cutlass uses some wire mesh over the opening in the cowl used for cabin ventilation. It is coarser and more robust than standard window screening but finer than some of the heavier-duty wire mesh I've seen. The individual openings in the mesh are perhaps 1/8" or 3/16". I have seen similar bulk material at hardware stores. On the Cutlass, the factory put down a bead of some sort of sealer around the perimeter and then used some short large-headed screws to secure it around the outside edge.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6, 1968 Oldsmobile Cutlass S Holiday Coupe

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Member Posts: 25,632
    Hardware stores have a plastic version of hardware (metal) screen with about 1/4" openings that can be cut and pressure fit into openings, held by the pressure against the edges or you could use construction adhesive to tack the edges against the surroundings.

    2014 Malibu 2LT, 2015 Cruze 2LT,

  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 29,097
    T&C is finally in for service today and assessment of the electrical gremlins. I have a Pacifica rental. I see now why my wife poo-poo’d it when she went to test drive it a couple of yrs ago. While it is nice enough inside, and seems tighter and quieter, it is too tightly sprung. Not just a little, but to the point of being outright annoying. And it doesn’t help in the handling dept. it still leans like a small sailboat in a tropical storm. So her T&C feels far more planted and more comfortable on the highway. If I wanted a more car-like experience, then the Pac would be a good choice, I suppose. But, then again, I’d just get a car or wagon instead. Not sure what we’d do if we needed a new 3-row vehicle. I suppose we’d wind up with a Japanese or Korean minivan or go back to a larger SUV.

    ‘21 Camaro LT1, '07 ML63, '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c, '14 Town&Country Limited. 54-car history and counting!

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,008
    One thing I really love about our Enclave is it rides really nicely without being overly floaty. I figure if I have to drive a vehicle like that I want it to be as comfortable as possible. The Michelin tires and laminated glass also make it super quiet.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 5,726
    No dice on fixing the axle boot today. I have an early production 2015 model and the only way to get the correct part is through VW. The part he got didn't fit, apparently they did some kind of change in April of 2015 and he can't get the necessary part from VW till tomorrow. Work the next couple of days, so bringing it back on Thursday morning and will use Lyft to get home and back again later in the day. A slight hassle but hey, no one ever said life was fair! Surprisingly, he said the brakes were all fine but will ask him again when I drop it off. Said everything else looked good and that I seem to keep the vehicle in pristine condition. Said he can tell I take care of it...and I do.
    So it will be a bit more than is original quote but I blame that on VW, not him. Fix it and hope that nothing else goes wrong. Will hit 65K probably tomorrow and glad I've decided to keep it for at least another year. The logical decision and the less costly also. Just hoping that the new 2021 GTI is as good as it's gong to look!

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,008
    Anyone have any seat time in an XT6? It is kind of an oddball in the GM line. It is bigger than the Acadia or XT5 (same wheelbase) but a little smaller than the Enclave and Traverse.

    Reviews aren't spectacular but I like the looks and based on a quick look the MF's look mighty attractive along with $2000 GM loyalty.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • au1994au1994 GAMember Posts: 2,083
    No seat time but I’m with you. I love the way it looks and saw a white one in person at lacrosse this weekend. Definitely sharp and worth a look if they lease well.

    2008 Toyota Land Cruiser White over Tan
    2017 BMW X1 Jet Black over Mocha

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