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Old 06-04-2014, 07:28 PM
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ooohh... its puurrday now.


That cable looks like it was for a sound system... its just in a really weird spot.

Check the trunk for signs of screwholes or manipulation for speakers or boxes.

Then, one day when you're really bored, open up the panel underneath the steering wheel.
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Old 06-04-2014, 07:47 PM
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ooohh... its puurrday now.


That cable looks like it was for a sound system... its just in a really weird spot.

Check the trunk for signs of screwholes or manipulation for speakers or boxes.

Then, one day when you're really bored, open up the panel underneath the steering wheel.
Agree. I bet it would reach over to the positive side of the battery if you tried to reach it that way.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:12 PM
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New fuses!

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I left #5 empty simply because the guide on the back of the fuse cover seemed to indicate that it served no purpose... is it standard to leave the socket vacant? Dear P.O. stuck a 25Amp fuse in there as a precaution, I suppose.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:15 PM
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Yes, #5 is vacant on your car.

The red jumper between #13 and #14 isn't typical, however.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:20 PM
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Thanks! I tried (two or three times) to post a lengthy answer to your first response further up the thread... but it got stuck in moderation-purgatory for some reason.

Long story short: the shop that did the trailing arm and the axles threw in an oil change and inspection for free. Not sure what oil they used, so may replace the whole thing soon and migrate to 5W10 Mobil 1 Turbodiesel truck synthetic.

Car hasn't had a valve adjustment done in at least 4 years, so I'm essentially thinking that all of my light smoke/mileage problems will improve (if not be entirely solved) by an adjustment, as well as replacing the leaking fuel lines, fuel filters, and a good injector cleaning.

After that, I'm planning on troubleshooting the vacuum system (suspected source of slight transmission gremlins), replacing the belts and replacing the front shocks (completely shot from years of potholes, I imagine).
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:22 PM
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Will probably eventually get to the timing chain, but apart from that, I don't plan on making any further steps towards restoration: it's a slippery slope, and the car lives in such harsh conditions that I feel like it would be more worthwhile to just enjoy it while it lasts.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:28 PM
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Zerex G-05 is available on Amazon for $14.35/gallon Eligible for Prime shipping
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:31 PM
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Unless you're in a really cold climate, there's really not much benefit from using synthetic in this engine.

Conventional oil will do just fine.... fantastic, even.

And if you have smoke and blowby issues, thats even more reason to use conventional. Shorter oil change intervals.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:34 PM
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The large wire is probably a ground for the now removed sound system.
You need a new main vac line, for sure. Those nipples get brittle and like to break. Vacuum will affect a lot of things; trans, brakes, door locks, engine shut off.
Valve adjustments make a world of difference.
Green coolant should definitely be flushed and replaced with Zerex G-05.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:43 PM
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Unless you're in a really cold climate, there's really not much benefit from using synthetic in this engine.

Conventional oil will do just fine.... fantastic, even.

And if you have smoke and blowby issues, thats even more reason to use conventional. Shorter oil change intervals.
X2 and by your photo in post 12 (street is at elevated level over building foundations), and pothole comments it seems that you are from Chicago IL. I go to synthetic from Nov to March.
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Old 06-04-2014, 08:49 PM
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That odd cable is definitely aftermarket audio. The clear bulge is a fuse holder.
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Old 06-04-2014, 09:19 PM
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It's aftermarket something electrical and higher gauge (higher power). Perhaps a subwoofer? Do the speakers and stereo look upgraded?

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Old 06-05-2014, 08:22 PM
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My guess is for an amplifier. That cable probably goes all the way to the trunk.
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:34 PM
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Hi all,

Thanks for all of the advice and help so far

Some updates: car was driving better and better with time (have put about 400 miles on it since getting her) until this weekend, when she lost power on the highway. The first time, pulled over, re-started the motor and floored the gas in neutral, which seemed to solve the issue. The second time, she started sputtering with very little power. Crawled into a parking space and shut her off. Today, she wouldn't start (cranks, starts briefly, tries to run at low RPM, then dies out again).

Doing some research, it seems like the most likely culprit would be the fuel supply. The fuel filters looked like a good place to start.

So I changed out the primary and spin-on filters, unscrewed the hand-primer to get the fuel primed in and... nothing. No squeaks, no leaks, no pumping--my old-style primer pump seems to be *completely* ineffective. So, as of right now, I'm waiting on a new Bosch primer pump to come in. Hopefully that'll solve the issue, otherwise it's looking like it'll have to get towed to the shop (I don't have the space/resources to empty/clean the fuel tank in order to get to the strainer.)

Fingers crossed! Really hoping to get her back on the road within the next couple of days... otherwise I'll have to cancel my weekend plans and call a tow truck! D:
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:40 PM
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Old pre-filter--looks pretty grimy in there



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