Modifications and Repairs
note: goes from newest to oldest now
- Coil -- 5/1/2009
At another attempt to figure out this car's dilemna, replaced the coil... still
runs the same, still heats up and shuts off.
- Battery terminal and battery -- 7/12/2008
Battery would no longer hold a complete charge for more than 24 hours even
if driving vehicle. Terminals corroded, battery leaking from positive
terminal. Cut wires, cleaned corrosion, put new ends on cables. New
wal-mart battery, buttoned up.
- Front brake rotors -- 6/15/2008
Rotors shot. Too warped to machine.
Nephew helped me replace with new ones.
- Rear brakes -- 4/15/2007
Calipers in the back stuck, tore apart the rotors. Had all the brakes
fixed on the back, and an inspection. $500.
- Windshield Replaced --3/2007
Inspection coming up, huge crack in windshield spreading. Full glass
insurance. You do the math.
- New thermostat installed -- 9/8/2005
Had Mike put the thermostat in since the last one popped.
Car still shows ice cold when I'm driving.
Need to make sure he didn't accidentally put the old one back in, or, that
the sensor is just bad. Car still has hot heat.
- Sears to redo alignment -- 9/7/2005
Had them redo the alignment, under warranty (6000 or 6 months). Much
- Transmission Flush/Fill -- 8/25/2005
I had Hoffman full service car wash do a transmission flush on this.
It has not been done since I had the transmission work done Nov. 2003.
- Put new lug nuts on and had wheels rebalanced -- 7/30/2005
Car vibrates at higher speeds. Helped a little, but not much.
- Replace Driver front Power Window -- 7/29/2005
The window motor burned out about February after it froze and stupid me
kept trying to open it. For the last 5 1/2 months I've been manually opening
and closing it. Gary Meier and me helping got this fixed with the motor
and tracks from a different car. Cost for this and next fix for headlight:
- Replace headlight switch -- 7/29/2005
My headlights weren't working right. If I put the brights on, then tried
to switch them off, they'd stay on. The dimmer switch under the dash fried
itself. I smelled it burning about a week before this. I got it from NAPA.
It's the one for a 94 Cadillac, not a Caprice. The Cadillac one is identical
except has an extra positive power contact to allow for flash-to-pass.
- Sears finds ball joint connector to knuckle bad -- 7/1/2005-7/8/2005
What a saga this ended up being. I brought it in for a simple
alignment and find out they won't let me drive the car away for a
safety issue. 8 days without a car and back and forth problems,
incorrect parts, and incompetent staff, I got the car back in good condition
and a much more solid steering. Also talked them down $100. Total cost,
$370. new ABS sensor for driverside also done during this; they broke mine
taking the knuckle out. my cost, $80 + free installation.
- New Tires installed -- 6/30/2005
Ordered 4 Firestone Indy 500's from Tirerack, had Wal Mart put them on. $400
- Fan Motor replaced -- 6/15/2005
Figured out why my car had been overheating. The passenger side "primary"
fan wasn't coming on... likely for many months. I don't know why I
don't realize these things sooner. Replaced the fan, no more overheating.
The car hit a high temp a day it was 90 outside, popped the thermostat so now
it stays open. When I'm driving fast for a while, the temp. needle barely
sits above the "C" (cool) line. With the fan fixed, it isn't moving that
much anymore. I need to replace the thermostat sometime. $105 for both fans.
- Fuel Pump Replaced -- 5/31/2005
Car died in front of my house. I was able to get it going, brought it to
my mechanic's and left it there. He called me and said "it's fine" and I
drove it home.. at least that was my intention. Made it as far as the gas
station. Hit the tank a hundred times, didn't help. Luckily Pete was
home and came down and pushed me back to the mechanic's. Fuel pump was
dead. Dropped the tank, replaced it, put all the other necessary parts
in. Said and done, $660 out of my pocket. Injectors also cleaned
during this repair.
- Emergency Brake Repair -- 4/25/2005
On Feb 11 I brought my car to Valvoline Instant Oil Change to get an
inspection. They failed me for the emergency brake, which I had removed
because it was locking up and didn't work. Also, a tail light out and
a cornerning light. In any event, they removed the expired sticker so now
I was driving with no sticker. The '85 was also expired which didn't help
either. I had no NY legal car. Ordered 2 brake repair kits (I assumed one
for each side, the kit includes both sides) $364 total. Another $160 on top
of that for the labor to install it. Inspection passes. I test it, and
it won't unlock. The brake cables are still bad. Ugh *hits self in head*
- Front Brakes -- 3/20/2005
Had a guy redo my front brake pads, cost me $25 for the pads, $60 for the
- Belt Tensioner and cobb-job on Tranny Cooler lines -- 8/25/2004
Not sure if this was caused by the power steering pump or just a
tensioner pulley assembly that was going south. The tensioner pushed down,
stayed down, and cut into the tranny cooler line. I cut the line and put
fuel line over it with 2 clamps on each side. Temporary fix.
- Coolant Temp Sensor -- 7/15/2004
Overheating problems. Figured I'd try that, didn't help. Also did the
thermostat which helped stabilize the lower end, but at idle and sitting
still gets too hot.
- Replace Axle shafts -- 7/13/2004
Ugh. $671.16. This was the passenger side.
- Summit Airbag / Spring Kit -- 6/26/2004
This is a cool add-on. Its basically the poor-man's version of air shocks for the rear of the car.
An air spigot is hidden behind the
license plate. Air bags inside the springs blow up and raise the car. Got to test it on the big trip taken
just after they were installed. Had 1000 lbs of soda in the trunk, and you could not tell from the outside!
Man though, driving it, the car felt a LOT different!
I got this from Summit Racing, the part # is AIR-60755.
It cost $73.44 shipped. And good-old Midas installed it for way
more than I car to mention here!
- Replace Axle shaft -- 6/26/2004
Before the big trip, replace driver side axle shaft. Install airbag supports
onto the back shocks/springs.
- Rear end -- 6/15/2004
"Complete Rearend Overhaul" - $1111.61
- Flow Restricter -- 12/5/2003
$15 part. Steak Knife. Clamp. Performed surgery on my car's water pump
to heater core hose at 1:00am in a church parkinglot. All better, for now ;)
- Transmission Rebuild -- 11/25/2003
Yay. $2150 later (+250 for 36k warranty) and my car is as good as new.
Long story, short version. Rapid City, South Dakota AAMCO got me back on
the road. On my way home from my cross-country trip, everything turned
into neutral. 100 miles flat-bed through snow and ice, 4 days in a hotel
over weekend and during repair Monday and Tuesday. Home in time for
- Lots Of Stuff -- 11/15/2003
Manifold Gasket Replace
Flash-to-pass Light Mod Added
Wired in Rear-View Mirror Lights to door wiring
New rims and tires
Transmission Pan Seal replace
Replaced Power Steering Pump (still bad)
Replace broken door arm rest on pass. rear
Norm Landry's Seat Slider Kit for driver seat
Soldered inside of instrument cluster (still flickers, not nearly as badly)
Installed New Transmission cooler lines
Installed new front springs and shocks
Installed 2 new o2 sensors
Installed new optispark
New Oil Level Sensor (mine was leaking through)
Installed New Fuel Filter
Fixed Window Switch (plastic broke off on driver window switch)
Fixed trunk lamp
Installed engine oil cooler lines
Lube up passenger side spot light
Installed pass. side wheel well flap
10/21/2003 -- transmission seal/drain, new rotors, pads, rear pass. caliper replaced
09/15/2003 -- rear springs replaced. awaiting to do fronts
07/24/2003 -- starter sticks, rebuild junk, fixed/replaced
07/18/2003 -- power steering pump replaced again
07/02/2003 -- starter dead, replaced
04/23/2003 -- radiator replaced, primary fan replaced
01/10/2003 -- transmission rebuilt / torque converter replaced due to shaft split
10/18/2002 -- waterpump replaced / egr replaced
10/2002 -- centerlink tie rod
09/2002 -- new a/c delco decent battery
- Power Steering Pump replaced -- 09/25/2002
Not more than 2 hours after I replaced the A/C compressor the first time,
the power steering pump goes "clunk" and makes a grinding noise.. doh!
Got an aftermarket one, put it in, didn't bleed it right, but, that shouldn't
matter, should it? Going to get another one.
- A/C Compressor replaced -- 08/18/2002 & 9/25/2002
Within 10 minutes after picking up my car from Stephens, the A/C clutch
starting to not work... It about 3 days time, I fried the clutch completely.
The local shop wanted ~$650 to redo it with a rebuilt compressor. The A/C
was ice cold up until it stopped working, but no one wanted to just replace
the clutch/pulley on the compressor itself. Screw it. Also, at this
point my funds started to wear thin, so, a good friend told me he'd do it
at cost. $50 for the initial shop just to look, and $350 later, I got
my A/C back...
... but, my friend put too much
R134a in and the compressor didn't like it. I let a lot of it out, probably
spent over $50 for R134a and the hose and gauge, and now it seems to be
working fine. I am hoping there wasn't irrepairable damage done to the
compressor with the few "backfire" runs (what I feel it does when there isn't
enough room to expand and compress the freeon which is what I assume is what
was happening to cause that horrendous low-pitched vibration followed by
the compressor disengaging for a couple seconds... once that passed, it
cooled and ran fine). We used the warranty and got another one. Works
So much for saving $200 ;)
- Tranny cooler lines patched up. Brake Job, Rotors spared one more time -- 07/20/2002
Stephen's Garage... took him forever to get the job done, but done
it was and not too shabby. My transmission cooler lines rusted along the
side of the radiator, so I had new lines made and patched into the existing
lines. Yes, I know, I should have just had all new put in, but, this guy
who did the work worked on the Caprice cop cars as long as there has been
a Caprice cop car, so, I put my trust in him.
He also fixed the brakes which started to fail on me. Turns out the brakes
were okay, it was the bridge-thing that rusted off the car. He was able
to resurface the rotors (last time I did the brakes I was told that
was the last time) and all new pads, etc. The car stops very well now.
I had asked him to do the manifold, but he claimed it wasn't that bad...
I can't stand the ticking anymore.. so expect to see that fixed soon.
- EGR Cleaned out, Radiator flushed and cleaned -- 06/16/2002
Paid Gary to work on my car for me, the problem I had is now gone ;)
- Spark Plugs replaced -- 01/28/2002
A good friend of mine, Mike, said he could do the plugs in under an hour.
No one could believe it... so.. I took him up on the offer. I bought
the A/C Delco Platinum tip plugs, and we drove up to his friend's garage in
a snow storm. Got the place warmed up, and he indeed delivered on his
- Fuel Filter replaced -- 01/28/2002
Same day and place
- Plugged Home Base access -- 01/28/2002
Same day and place. Used this horn button thing from Autozone.
Axle bearing replaced! -- 12/13/2001
Flew back to Nebraska on a whim, pretty much. My mechanic told me
it was finished, and I instantly decided I was going to fly out
with 3 days notice. Called in sick at work from Cleveland, OH ;)
Took 14 hours to get to Scottsbluff, picked up the car, drove it for about
200 miles around town to make sure it was okay, then not more than 24
hours after arriving, left. Took my time getting home, making the usual
grocery store stops for mrPibb and the like, stopping only in Illinois at
my aunt's empty house for a shower and shave and hair cut, then continuing
on to New York. Made a stupid choice and took I-86/Rte 17 instead of the
Thruway, tacking on probably at least an extra 120 miles to my trip, but
it was fun.
Made it home in 47 1/2 hours. This was the first time I have
driven across the country and arrived home fully rested. If you didn't know
I had been driving, you wouldn't have even noticed by looking at me that
I had just done it.
The car was fine across the US, but now I have to contend with the sirenesque
whine/hum I get from the rear end. That will be taken care of as soon as time
and money allow.
Axle bearing worn out! -- 11/14/2001
At least I made it to my destination! Driving 2000 miles across the
United States, about 1/2 way I started to hear a noise from my rear
driver-side wheel. I kept on going anyway.
When I got to Scottsbluff I tracked down my friend and mechanic Art, who
kindly brought me and my car back to his place where we took off the
back wheel and brakes. That is when he noticed the play in the axle and
immediately told me not to drive the car, and that this is "very bad".
Art was kind enough to take a pic of it for me.
So, I ended up catching a flight back to Albany (yay, 2 stop-overs) and
now have to fly back to get the damn thing sometime in the next month.
New front tires -- 11/12/2001
Great deal from tirerack.com, which incidentally I drove right by on the
way out to Nebraska 11/13. Goodyear Aquatread III's, 70,000 mile tires.
They kick ass in the snow. I need to order 2 more for the back. I still
have the ones from last year on there, and they SUCK now!
ABS fixed -- 11/10/2001
Can't believe I forgot to list this.
Gary Meier, engineering genius, was able to fix the connector on the wire
on the driver-side just under behind the back seat which happens to be an
ABS sensor connector!
New Dash Pad Installed -- 11/10/2001
Can't believe I forgot to list this one too.
Gary found me a nice dash pad with no holes in it, $50! :)
I still have the old one if anyone needs a blue dash pad.
4 new shocks, Monroe's "police/taxi" grade -- 11/11/2001
Cole Muffler installed. No problems with them, I like. I originally
ordered the Bilstein super shocks that everyone recomments, but,
I wigged out and sold them and got these cheaper ones. If I had more money
it wouldn't have been an issue, but as it ended up, I spent over $900 on
that Nebraska trip, not including tires and shocks.
LT4 Knock Module -- 11/01/2001
Great deal thanks to Gary Meier, popped it into the computer,
drove a little to let it relearn the system, then noticed
the slight increase in gas mileage and more "instant kick".
Installed SSpeakerSS -- 10/14/2001
Took out the 9C1 speakers, put in the Impala SS speakers. It's
amazing what a ONE number difference in part # sounds like. The
stock 9C1 speakers are 10 ohms, the Impala SS speakers 8 ohms.
I guess that's enough ;)
Bought fuel bib and Impala SS rear speakers
Purchased the fuel bib and speakers.. have yet to install them :)
SEO 9C1 Wiper arms/blades installed
Thanks to Norm, the Canadian connection -- GM original parts, $11 a piece!
HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!. These wipers are awesome.. they never stop
making contact with the windshield. I was even having problems at
relatively slower speeds, about 45-55. No problem anymore. Thanks Norm!
Replace idler arm with "Moog Problem Solver"
I have always noticed an uneasiness in the steering at higher speeds (above
65) so I figured I'd get in on a relatively cheap and efficient modification.
And yes, it did work. My friend John installed this at Mod Day II. Got the
idler arm from discountautoparts.com
for less than $30 shipped. Is a GREAT mod and would highly recommend it.
Funny thing.. when removing the old idler arm, noticed it was NOT the stock
idler arm. It was too thick to be the stock idler arm.
Replace passenger-side spotlight with same kind as driver side
Someone owed me a favor and let me swap out the newer passenger side
spotlight I had for an older one that matches the one on the driver side :)
Add aftermarket trim/molding to the front doors
Got my hands on some really cheap molding to test on the doors. Problem is,
it isn't reflective so at night you can barely notice it.
I asked some guys at Mod Day how to fix the horn. They said you can't, that
the horns "just go". So, luckily I had the horn out of that 85 I scoured
parts from back in February. I removed the air filter completely to get to
that fender, removed the old horn, and bolted in the oldER one. The brackets
were different so, it's a cob job by definition ;) Then, today I got bored
and took the one that still worked that was from the 94 and spliced off
the horn positive and ran it to the front of the radiator and put the other
horn there. They are all different tones, it's cool. I have yet to lay it
down since I am home in a residential neighborhood on a Sunday afternoon.
I have a feeling it will not sound pretty, but oh well. :) At least now it
will be a consistent sound and not just the high horn with the low coming
in and out like it was. That was annoying!
Fix air vent right side of center
Have had a replacement part since March and finally got the chance
to install it, thanks to all the great guys who showed up to UNYISSO's first
official event, MOD DAY at John Wutzer's house July 21st. (see old UNYISSO.com in the photos section).
Nick Campbell helped me remove the lower dash to get to the panel that
the vent piece needed to be installed in -- it has to be installed from the
back of the panel.
Remove VZ2 Speed Limiter Program and change some PCM settings
Bryan Herter reprogrammed my PCM at the Englishtown Dragway event that
me and 11 other UNYISSO members caravaned down to. Changes included removing
the 130 MPH speed limiter (VZ2), dropping the fan temps 10°, removing the
"stock GM program that makes the engine run too rich", and increase the line
pressure in the transmission. That one I am skeptical on and may have him
change back at the next event August 25th.
Replace passenger-side muffler.
The good olde Mark Gottenberg brand new mufflers are finally on their way
out... only 2 years and 46,000 miles later :-) Apparently NOT the best
brand or calibur! The guy at Cole Muffler said the driverside one was
following quickly behind...
Replace passenger-side rear blinker light.
Simple light bulb replacement.
Replace Winter Wiper Blades with Normal "Car And Driver" ones
With what I have left on my Target card, bought their cheap-o wiper blades
to replace the worn out winter ones.
Blinking lights in trunk. -- 05/25/2001
The relay wiring box that it needs is not there. But, little did I know
that a "$25 SEO Relay" is nothing more than just an ordinary
$1.50 blinker relay! Thanks James Kern for that suggestion!
Replace license-plate light bulb
Thanks Ken Faro for pointing that one out, and for giving me a bulb too!
Done in the parkinglot of the Mt. Ivy diner in Pomona, NY :)
Fix rear Driver-Side Window
Identical problem as with the other window with the plastic track-guide
cracking. Luckily for me
John Wutzer was at a mod-day for the Long Island Super Sport
club and had performed 10 of these repairs. So, when I showed up to his
house he said "want me to fix your window?" to which I replied "Hell
$5 part. Would cost $250 at a dealership cause they'd
replace the whole track assembly and not just the simple little plastic
Replace rear-passenger side Door Arm Rest
I went to the junk yard to pick up the front seats out of the 85 I have so
diligently parted out, and the rail got caught on the door and put a HUGE
scratch down it. I had since gone back and snagged an identical door
arm rest from one of the Albany County Sheriff cars that was there. The
piece was sitting in the back window waiting for me :)
Steve put it on while I Rain-X'd his car for him
Replace Harmonic Balancer
Ordered the balancer, had my friend John install it for me at Craig's
shop. Put it on....
... SAME PROBLEM. :(
The belts still squawked as loud as before, even with cleaning all the
So, the problem of the vibration is NOT being caused by the balancer but
either the hub that the balancer is attached to, or worse-case scenario,
the block in the engine is cracked.
Put a brand-new GM belt on and no belt noise, so I leave it at that.
Older driver-side Spotlight fix
I was driving through zero degree temperatures with 50 MPH winds
in rural Nebraska in December. The windchill was fifty below and the snow
was blowing all over the place perpendicular to the interstate. It's a lot
of fun trying to drive above 50 MPH with snow slamming into the side of
your car and the steering wheel at a 45 degree angle :-) Anyway, I really
needed more light to see the reflectors (since I couldn't see anything else
on the road) and did my best to try and move the spotlight up. Of course,
I didn't realize it was frozen internally, and I ended up busting the
line that connects to the light for turning it.
Master metal craftsman Gary Meier to the rescue! He knows how to
take these lights apart and replace the internal parts. Cost, $30.
I need to take the passenger side spot out now and lube that one up before
the same thing happens to that one.
Replace right 02 sensor (and left one while I was at it)
Found out why the car had been sputtering around and eventually throwing the
Check Engine light. I noticed the car would drive terribly, then shake, then
the check engine light would come on and then the car would drive fine.
After about 5 minutes it would happen again. My friend and I deduced that
a sensor was throwing out false data and then the computer would throw the
car into "default basic driving mode". He also mentioned that the exhaust
will smell like rotten eggs if it's an 02 sensor, and smelled
both sides... the right side wreeked! Pete, you nailed it!!
Driving down to my friend's house
with the code scanner was interesting. 50 miles with 5 gallons of gas, doh!
Anyway, my friend Gary scanned the codes, and sure enough
Code 63: R Oxygen Sensor Or Circuit
Code 64: R Oxygen Sensor Too Lean
Pete nailed it. I got 2 oxygen sensors for a great price from my buds at PAW,
and had my mechanic in Ballston Spa install them for me. Car is fine now :)
Tighten Transmission Cooler line again! --02/23/2001
Transmission began slipping and I thought I was doomed. After much
testing and checking, found the tranny cooler line was coming off.. again.
Had it fixed once, remember? ;) Tightened the line, dumped 3 quarts of
tranny fluid in, and the car is fine. I'll have them professionaly fixed
Replace passenger-side visor. --02/15/2001
Just a cosmetic fix, the visor that came with the car had a rip in it.
Found a junked cop car at a junk yard that actually had the visor still
in it. Grabbed it for $5 :-)
Change fuel filter. --02/15/2001
Was having problems with the car sputtering. Process of elimination
determined fuel problem, so as a precaution changed the fuel filter.
Good maintanence item, but I think this was the beginning of the O2
sensor saying bye-bye.
Put On Snow tires. --12/16/2000
Traded in my Motorola Talk-Abouts for $170 in Sears credit, and used it
to buy their cheapest snow tires for the rear of the 9C1. Also installed
those Anco Winter windshield wipers.
6J6 rear window lights rewired correctly -- 12/14/2000
Light-bar's push-pull switch is used to activate/deactivate as needed.
Switched into the push-pull switch up front that WAS used to run the police
lights/light bar. The switch is NOW hooked into the positive
line running into the relay box. I used an extension cord, running it along
the driverside under the trim. Spliced the red positive running into the
relay box and likewise spliced into the push-pull switch. Works PERFECTLY!
Resurface brake rotors and replace brake pads.--9/28/2000
Major pulsating going on when braking, depending on speed. Finally
brought car in in September when I received a $500 credit limit increase
on my visa. Turns out rear brakes were frozen (probably rust as usual) and
the fronts were handling all the stopping, hence warping the hell out of
them. Take apart rear brake assembly, "unfreeze",
resurfaced / cut rotors, install new heavy duty brake pads. My ABS light
still is on because I need to replace the speed sensor in the rear.
LAME Sears Flat Tire Repair -- August 2000
You'd think I would have learned by now not to go to Sears for car repairs,
but since I am poor and have a Sears credit card, I always show up there
for some reason :) I went to have a hole in my front passenger-side tire
patched. It had been leaking since February and finally wouldn't hold
air anymore. So, I go there, they charge me $15, and within 12 hours the
tire is flat again. What is even funnier is that the nail was STILL
in the tire! Dumb asses...
So, I go to Wal-Mart the next day, buy a $3 bottle of fix-a-flat,
and the tire is fine. Still is fine as of November 1, 2000, lots of
miles later. Sears is INCOMPETENT!
Replace driverside front speaker.--12/21/1999
Killed two birds with one stone. Bought a cheap-o $10 speaker from Radio
Shack. You know how the size of the front speakers is weird; they were
the only one's who had a cheap 6X9 speaker. Wal-Mart came in second with a
Of course when you think about it, the speakers that come with
the car are cheap to begin with ;)
Fix driver-door window switch cluster.--12/21/1999
The window switch broke for the driver-window in the 4-switch assembly.
Got one out of a '94 from a junk yard in Glens Falls, NY for $35. Took
door apart to replace switch, even though it wasn't totally necessary to
take the door panel off.. because...
Hook up ash-tray light.--12/21/1999
Cops pulled the light bulb and assembly out. Simple hook up.
Replace driver-side rear blinker light. -- Dec 1999
Simple light bulb replacement.
Removed 1K5 1st gear lockout on transmission. -- Dec 1999
Car can now be manually shifted into 1st gear.
Trunk lights rewired minus blinking relay. -- Dec 1999
The red lights in the trunk now come on when you open the trunk. Normally
on the police vehicles, these lights would flash back and forth. The relay
was not present in the car when I got it. Simple wiring into existing
trunk light circuit.
Replace seals/gaskets in oil pan. -- Dec 1999
Car was leaking oil from the pan. My mechanic determined it was
the seal on the pan and replaced it. Est. cost $100
6J6 rear window lights modified -- Dec 1999
Light-bar's push-pull switch is used to activate/deactivate as needed.
Switched into the push-pull switch up front that WAS used to run the police
lights/light bar. The switch is hooked into the negative ground of the
relays. Works for the most part, with the exception of braking and blinker
simultaneously. Unpredictable blink patterns result.
NOTE: Rewired the correct way (to the positive) 12/15/2000
Light in dash behind headlights switch. ($1.50 part from Radio Shack).
-- Dec 1999
Had to remove dash to get to switch assembly. Of course Chevy says you have
to replace the whole switch for $70. Wired in like a Christmas lightbulb.
Back passenger door lock assembly replacement (cost $65).
-- Dec 1999
The back door lock assembly was all messed up; the door wouldn't close all
the time. To get the door to close I would have to lock it manually first.
Tail light bulb replacement for pass. side back wrap-around light.
-- Dec 1999
Simple light bulb replacement.
Install new radio. (On sale at Sears $100).--11/15/1999
Remove GM standard AM/FM Stereo radio for non-expensive JVC Tape deck.
Wiring harness installed very easily. Dash kit did not, however.
Had to sand down the mounting bolts for the dash kit to almost nothing to
get the radio to fit in. Looks okay, not perfect, as expected.
Trunk light works now (just needed new bulb). -- Nov 1999
Found the original bulb while cleaning out the trunk. Worked fine. Cops
must have hanked it out.
Got dome light cover for ticket-writing light. (cost $4.50, new light
would be $30). -- Nov 1999
Light didn't have the light cover on it when I got the car.
Moved passenger seat back to stock location. -- Nov 1999
(unbolt seat, take special rails off. bolt back in).
Tightened e-brake cable so it doesn't sink. -- Nov 1999
Emergency brake wouldn't go all the way up so the e-brake light would stay
on. I had put a rubber band around it when I first got the car
(spring is in cable so my mechanic tightened the cable and that held it up).
NOTE: This only lasted until the next 2 times I used the e-brake!!!
I need to replace the e-brake cable now.
Removed 7Y6 dome light door jamb inoperable. -- Nov 1999
Lights now come on when doors open.
(Just had to hook the wires up, they were disconnected and wrapped in
electrical tape -- just like everyone said they'd be).
Passenger side rear-window fixed, plastic guide for window-track replaced.
(cost $12, replacement window track assembly would have been $250).
One of the plastic guides broke off and the window wouldn't go up correctly.
One side would go up and the other would stay down... not good!
My mechanic found the same plastic clip from an entirely different car part.
The mounting bracket on the front sway bar driver side (as always) came
off. ($90) --Nov 1999
The threads in the frame rusted and the bolt couldn't grip.
Had to weld the hole shut, and tap a new hole. Same thing happened to the
passenger side bolt for the sway bar once the driver-side was fixed, but
luckily there is a nice hole in the frame that we slid a nut into :-)
Fix driver-side parking brake drum - seized up. ($90).
The car had a terrible noise and vibration from the back driver side wheel
that came and went... it finally stayed. Sounded like when you drive over
rumble strips in the highway, and felt like it too. Loud screeching noise.
The brake was stuck in place apparently, or was trying to move or something.
My mechanic took the wheels and discs off, sandblasted the brake pads
(part that contacts the wheel, not the brakes!), removed the workings to the
parking break, sandblasted them and coated everything with a copper
substance that prevents moving parts from seizing, and put everything back
on. Also tightened up the discs a little. There is some wear on the
bracket that holds them so occasionally I got a rattling noise. That has
New Serpentine Belt (~$35)--October 1999
The belt that came with the car apparently was just waiting to snap. My
mechanic got to see it off while working on the tranny and oil coolers
and noticed the holes in it... it was massively shredded. Thank goodness
he did notice! It also explained the loud whooshing sound coming from the
belt that belt dressing and adjustment wouldn't relieve.
Reflare transmission cooler lines --October 1999
I was on my way to my girlfriend's apartment to stay the night when I noticed
that my car was appearing to slip out of gear. Nonetheless I made it there
and parked outside her apartment. The next morning I leave for work and
get about 2 blocks before drive became neutral. I walked from there to
my office and called AAA and they came with a flatbed and brought
the car to my mechanic's. He checked the car out and immediately noticed
the transmission fluid line into the cooler had come off and spilled all
the tranny fluid out. It was a mess on the road in front of my girlfriend's
house, and when I went home later I noticed the nice bold trail right from
the front of my house till about 5 blocks from hers!
Luckily no damage was done to the transmission. My mechanic flared the ends
of the cooler lines and reattached them with better clamps.
Apparently the coldness of the night combined with the starting pressure in
the line caused it to snap off. It has been okay since... so far :)
Floor Mats. Cheap Wal-Mart $24 blue floor mats. --08/15/1999
Car has rubber floor. These floor mats match the car and are adequate for
Highly Recommended: RainX windows at least once a month.
New windshield wiper arms and blades installed. --08/15/1999
Nothing major, average brand.
No-name Wal-Mart brand blades now installed.
Console. Very nice cheap ($24 at Wal-Mart) --08/15/1999
Console fits perfectly between the bucket seats.
And even better, "made in Arlington, TX" :-)
NOTE: Wal-Mart no longer carries this product in blue :-(
Stuff to do:
Harmonic Balancer / Pulley wobbling NOT cause of balancer.
This is so annoying cause it makes the belt vibrate and make a very loud
annoying chirp-ish noise. Next option is to change the hub.
Replace E Brake Cable.
Doesn't spring back anymore, and brake doesn't work anyway, so...
Fix Emergency Brake.
The cable not getting enough tension...
It's about time... 206k
Fix dent in back.
Remember "the bitch kick incident"?
Tighten up driver-side front seat.
Found out it is a plastic bushing between the seat and the seat-frame that
is broken. The seat now tends to move a bit when jerked. Mostly the back
support section.. wiggles when you move it. It isn't tight like the
passenger-side seat support is. Possibility of being welded?
Will have Norm Landry work his magic on it.
Stuff that didn't work:
Passenger side Spotlight move.
My passenger spot is one year newer than the old one, and from the looks of
how it is on you can tell it was put in later, and not a factory-job.
Obviously a quick fix to a broken spotlight. The light sticks out a little
further than it should, which causes it not to sit flush on the windshield
when folded down. It also creates a draft from the small pocket where air
can flow around it.
The ring that keeps the light in place is welded and cannot be moved.
I wanted my mechanic to move the spotlight into the car more so it would sit
flush on the windshield like the driver side one..... and when he went to
loosen the bolt on the spotlight, it broke --- RUST!
As usual, this car is a New York piece of s*** rust bucket.....
LONG LIVE THE CHEVY CAPRICE!!!!!! :-)