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Old 07-14-2000, 02:27 PM   #1
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Okay with me being so stressed out from working my two jobs I decided to take the last three days off(including today as #3) from job #2 (my dads business). With all the extra time to take a break I decided to devote alot of the time to fixin' up my SVX which has been slightly neglected. On July 6 I replaced the wipers and blades. Easy fix. Did the glass with Rain-X. Easy but a little time consuming. Works great. Today I replaced my air filter with a new one. Instead of replacing it with the same restrictive stock filter I switched to a K&N drop in filter. It cost $50.00 but will last forever because it can be cleaned instead of needing to be thrown out when dirty. I unclamped the for hooks on the air box, took the old filter out and put the new one in. Snapped the hooks back on. As simple as it gets when working on a SVX. The K&N filter not only sounds a lil' better but it gives the engine a much better "kick" in acceleration. It's almost as if the car had asthma before the K&N filter. I'm very pleased with the difference. After doing that I changed my oil. Nothing to it other than figuring out how to get the needed groung clearance to work undernieth the car. Got that done w/o any problems Next task was the fuel filter. Took a couple minutes to change once again w/o any problems. I am so content with the job I did today My next thing will be spark plugs. I'm a little intimidated with those because they are so unaccessable. I'll just have to take my time I guess

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Old 07-14-2000, 03:55 PM   #2
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I see you finally got to the fuel filter change. Not hard at all was it? The spark plugs might be a different story. Let us know how it goes. I want to do mine sometime soon but just have not had the time.
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Old 07-14-2000, 04:09 PM   #3
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Good job on the car maintenance. It's always rewarding to get the time to do that kind of stuff.

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Old 07-16-2000, 07:41 PM   #4
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Hey Never2phat. Next time you get some time off you wanna come up to Dillsburg and change my fuel filter? Got it months ago. Went to change it and the damn filter line has a split in it. It's been sitting in my garage ever since. If you're lucky I'll even let you change my plugs for me!!!
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Old 07-17-2000, 08:28 AM   #5
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Never2phat-
I somehow missed the conclusion to your fuel oil incident. If you are doing minor maintenance items like this, you must have had the major stuff all taken care of. Is that right?

Sorry to hear that.
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Old 07-17-2000, 04:12 PM   #6
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I wish I only had little things to still take care off on my car but alas no. I am in the middle of a law suit with Richfood because they decided that they would not pay for the damages when they saw how much it would cost to fix I am working on the little things to make me feel better because I have been so frustrated and needed something to do. I'm going to have to replace the tires out of my own pocket soon because they are way beyond help and will not last much longer. I've decided on Yokohama AVS db decibels. A great tire from what I have read and heard from others. I'll let you know the outcome as soon as I do

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Old 07-17-2000, 04:21 PM   #7
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How bad is the split in your line?!?!? I may be able to get a new line for you,need be, from my friend who is the service manager at Cumberland Valley Motors. I'll get in touch with him this week. As for the spark plugs..... I'll have to pass on that one until I get my own done Maybe if they're not to hard to change we can set up a mini mini meet between the two of us and we can do them.

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Old 07-17-2000, 08:55 PM   #8
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Oh it's not split horribly. It just looks like the last time that the filter was changed the previous owner used a pair of pliers to do it and it didn't work out well. I'm just afraid that taking it off will ruin it. Besides, I'm still a little angry with Al (not his fault but he's the only guy I talk to at CVM... everyone else has their heads up some Bimmer owners butt). My tranny went in December so Al transfered me over to the parts dept to order a rebuilt. They said they'd place the order but couldn't give me a definate time on how long it would take. A couple weeks later I called. They said it wasn't in yet and said they'd call when it came in 3 months after the initial order. I called again. This time the guy sounded quite irritated and said that it was ordered but who knows how long it'll take. Finally I called back in early May this time I asked for Al. He tells me after 5 months of driving with no 4th and an occasional 4th that they don't make a rebuit for 95s and newer. My only complaint was why the %*&@ wouldn't they have told me this the first, second or third time I called??? Al wasn't the biggest help on that one. I'm sure I'll be fine by the time I need to go back. As for the spark plugs I just went over 103k so its time for me. I'm quite intimidated by the lack of space though. My old Impreza was much easier to get to although it wasn't a day at the park. What I really need to do ASAP is change my brake fluid. Al told me it needed done when I bought the car with 90k but I just haven't gotten around to that one either. Any experience with bleeding your brakes? Little things just kept popping up every time I got close.
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Old 07-18-2000, 12:45 AM   #9
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Red,

I'm sorry to hear about your luck with "big Al" and CVM He used to work at the bar I am currently working at. If I ever have a question or a problem and I need to call CVM I always ask for Big Al. Big Al and CVM have always been there when I needed anything for my SVX. I guess it helps to know people sometimes!!!

As for the spark plugs.... I've been trying to put them off as long as possible because of the lack of space. I really, really, really do not feel like taking the front rims/tires off to access the rear plugs On my previous cars('85 Audi 5000 and '89 SAAB 9000 CD Turbo) the spark plugs were right on top and easy to access. The toughest part about changing the plugs on the SAAB was that it had a cover plate to keep out dirt that had to come off first. That only involved removing four screws. I just turned 69k miles yesterday Not bad seeing how it is my "daily driver". If you go by the 12k a year theory I should have well over 72k miles. Still, I should have changed the spark plugs over 9k miles ago--- oops.

As good as I am at doing my own work I have never ventured to do any of my own brake work. You'll have to call me a chicken on that one

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Old 07-18-2000, 01:05 PM   #10
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Oh I don't blame Al at all. In fact he was quite polite about it. I'm just still angry that no one knew told me they couldn't get a 95 rebuilt. I've taken my 3 Subaru's there because of Al even though I knew I could've taken them elsewhere for less money the service he provides 99% of the time is #1 in the area. Yeah I'm quite fearful of doing my brakes on my own but figured if you had done yours before then maybe with a little help I could drain and bleed them properly. I just replaced all 4 pads. Not hard at all except with duel front pistons it does take a little more time. So you have to take both front wheels off to change the plugs huh? I'm definately not doing that. So just curious what bar do you work at down there? Blondie's?
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Old 07-18-2000, 03:55 PM   #11
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Actually I have read that you can do it without taking the tires off but it is even more of a tight fit than the other four plugs Taking the tires off alows you to use the access holes in the wheel wells to get to the rear two plugs a lil' easier. I work at "The Vault" over on North second and Pine in Harrisburg. Wed. - Sat. You should come in sometime. I'll buy ya a beer or whatever your choice is

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Old 07-19-2000, 11:01 AM   #12
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The Vault huh? Haven't been there in a couple of years. I'm much more of a Zembie's or Shady McGraddies kind of guy. Sit and sip my Guiness. Maybe I'll pop in one of these days though. That is before the LCB lowers hammers in the death nail. That's just sad.
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Old 07-19-2000, 09:56 PM   #13
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Actually, I changed my spark plugs without removing either the tires, or the access plugs.
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Old 07-20-2000, 12:26 AM   #14
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Aaaaaaaaaaaagh!!!!! I can not believe everyone still thinks we are closing. The LCB/LCE basically lost their own court case. They had 45 days after the trial to render a decision and never did -- by doing so they forfited their legal right to close the bar. We would have won hands down anyway. The trial itself was rather "amusing". The judge was about 80 years old and fell asleep several times. The prosecuter was 8 1/2 months pregnant and did not want to be there. They had no case to present and the Patriot News Paper made a mockery of them. We had the support of alot of police officers, one well known detective, and the former police chief of Harrisburg. Other than their support we also had a petition signed by alot of the well known people in Harrisburg as well as all our patrons saying there was(and still is) no reason to close the Vault. The whole thing was a witch hunt set off by the Mayor(big idiot) because he does not feel that we fit into his grand scheme of what he wants the downtown to be. It is known by EVERYONE in Harrisburg that he hates us even though he has never been in!!!!

While I do not care for Zembies I do go to Shady McGraddies with a bunch of my Irish friends every once in awhile. I may be 75% Polish but that other 25% is Irish all the way

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Old 07-20-2000, 12:55 AM   #15
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The thumbs down was for the witch hunt you were speaking off. Dillsburg's one and only bar is on that list too. It makes no sense. When you call the cops to take care of a problem a report is filed then that is used as evidence that the place should be closed down. Just insane if you ask me. Reed's still pissed off that Dewey's has died and that he still has to go all the way to Philly to go to a gay bar when Stallions is just up the road from him.
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Old 07-20-2000, 01:55 AM   #16
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Arejay,

Hey, you changed your name for over here. Glad to see you came over from Yahoo How hard was it to change the plugs w/o taking the tires off???

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Old 07-20-2000, 02:16 AM   #17
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Red,

ROTFLMAO That was tooooooo funny. I forgot about your bar in Dillsburg being on the list. I heard they(big wigs whoever they are) want Dillsburg to be "dry" and that was why they were going after that establishment. As for the mayor having to go to philly for his "amusement"... LOL LOL LOL. That is so true. He used to pick up alot of guys at Dewey's. Several of the servers that used to work there told us over at the Vault(we're all good friends) that he basically had a small budget to buy drinks for guys in their early twenties. Now that they are closed I guess he will just have to travel to philly like you said because he does not want to be seen at Stallions, The Strawberry, Neptune's or Mary G's. No wonder he has that bitter look to him. He probably is not gettin' any

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Old 07-20-2000, 06:42 AM   #18
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Hey Brian,
Had to change my name to get on. I'm also registered as aredubjay, but, it won't let me in -- even had to use a different e-mail address.

It isn't that difficult to change the plugs without removing the tires and access plugs. You just have to be patient. The worst is the driver's rear plug. It's a bear. The rest are relatively easy. Next time, though, I will not only remove the air box, but the bracket that holds it. That would've made things much easier. After about 4 hours (it was my first time and I was being careful), and several "Bowling Words" I accomplished my task.
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Old 07-20-2000, 09:00 AM   #19
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Yeah, you may also want to hold off on the "celebration beers" until after you're done!

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Old 07-20-2000, 09:18 AM   #20
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You will abso-frickin-lootly wanna hold off on the celebretory brewskys 'til afterwards! Unless you wanna end up with torn boots, busted knuckles and slurring your "Bowling Words."
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Old 07-20-2000, 10:07 AM   #21
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Don't you mean shots with beer chasers?
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