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Not all bad. Got cortizone shots in both knees and one shoulder yesterday. Now one day later, great improvement. Wife gets one shoulder and we go in together. Scheduled repeat in 3 months.
And I have a very good guy working on my cars. I dropped the Buick off totally unexpected and in 2 hours or so, it is done and he called me back. And they are busy, parking lot full. And I am so thankful that I am very healthy. Wife is doing bit better day by day.
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Going through the Taurus for details today. Up on ramps and the heat shield over the exhaust front to back has had the tab broken where the pop rivet held it. There is a second unused hole close so I drilled a pilot hole near the poprivet is and used a self tapping screw to secure it. Noise gone. Wire brushed some surface rust while under there with a grill cleaning brush. Then sprayed it with Eastwood frame rail rust preventing paint. Ran out of time so I did not finish what I wanted to do today. Planned to drain the coolant and refill. Got the air dam off for planned replace of front struts.


Got the sub frame bolts out one at a time and greased the shanks for future rust issues. Wanted to be sure they were going to work good when I plan to lower the sub frame to do struts. Plan to do the struts in daughter's car port so I can work in any weather, and do it as I can without schedule pressure. Can't block my house drive as there are contractors working on the house and need access.


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OE parts made in US, RA less than $50 per side. OE so left and right to match the sway arm links.
OE ride quality.
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OK no pic of this: mouse nest on top of the filter, area full so could not even see the filter. Pulled all out and used air hose to blow out the area. "Out of sight: Out of mind" not a good idea.

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After 5 months of resting in a carport, ready to go to the daughter for daily driver. 109K 16 years old, no rust, clean, well maintained. Today oil and filter, PS fluid exchange, and washed.
New front struts, rear brakes, new springs & adjusters, cylinders honed and new cups. BK fluid flushed. Still need to check the cabin filter. Only issue, 6 CD changer works sometimes, not others. Battery 5+ years old so expect new one before cold weather.
Getting the Buick back from the daughter.
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Changed oil yesterday, and put the air dam back on. 7800 miles in 125 days, used 1 Q of oil. Kept the small screws in a zip lock but could not find the #6 screws, 3 of them. Bought 4 at Lowes for ~$1.50. When ready to put the dam on found I had put the OE ones back in their holes. Once and a while, I find something. Day late, $1 short. The air dam makes the car warm up faster, stay warm longer between trips. Nice winter time. Checked the fluids, all good.
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Not a bad interval. You using synthetic or just dino oil?
 

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I use Walmart Conventional 10-30 in all my herd. MC filters. Usually change oil 3K-4K miles. Winter and I have had no place to change oil. Finally got access to my garage. I have used the same things on my last 9 Bulls, and 5 Lin Cont. And on and on back. If it ain't broke, no need to fix it.
Actually I use GM filters on my the Buick.
Some previous owner of the Taurus had the pan gasket changed and It does not leak. So I know it possible for a DOHC to NOT leak.
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Sedan: ready for inspection, checked code reader. New HL bulbs, new wiper blades, checked all lights. 185K and running sweet. Rust setting in doglegs.


'03 Sable LS Prem. 105K since the tree fall and total.


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'03 Sable now 190K and rusty and daughter said the driver side wiper arm not moving. She left it at the house and I checked and the nut was barely hand tight. Removed the arm, inspected, and put it back. Clocked it and tightened the nut good. Works nice. Replaced the wiper blades.
Never heard of this happening.
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'03 Sable now 190K and rusty and daughter said the driver side wiper arm not moving. She left it at the house and I checked and the nut was barely hand tight. Removed the arm, inspected, and put it back. Clocked it and tightened the nut good. Works nice. Replaced the wiper blades.
Never heard of this happening.
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When I was a kid, I thought it was neat that wipers could be lifted off the glass. So when the car was being washed, I got carried away with helping out.

Next time the car was driven, there was heavy rain, and the wipers wouldn't budge.

Turned out that playing with the wipers had caused both nuts to work loose. :eek:
 

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^ Chart, if it loosens again, slip a thin lock washer under the nut and/or a dab of med. blue loc-tite.
 

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When I was a kid, I thought it was neat that wipers could be lifted off the glass. So when the car was being washed, I got carried away with helping out.

Next time the car was driven, there was heavy rain, and the wipers wouldn't budge.

Turned out that playing with the wipers had caused both nuts to work loose. :eek:
"When I was a kid" cars had one wiper and it was vacuum operated. Fast down hill, non to very slow up hill. The idea of a vacuum storage can had not been invented. Good old days: NOT!
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'03 Sable now 190K and rusty and daughter said the driver side wiper arm not moving. She left it at the house and I checked and the nut was barely hand tight. Removed the arm, inspected, and put it back. Clocked it and tightened the nut good. Works nice. Replaced the wiper blades.
Never heard of this happening.
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The wagon is about half way to the end.
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'03 Sable now 190K and rusty and daughter said the driver side wiper arm not moving. She left it at the house and I checked and the nut was barely hand tight. Removed the arm, inspected, and put it back. Clocked it and tightened the nut good. Works nice. Replaced the wiper blades.
Never heard of this happening.
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I had that happen with my Torrent about a month after the windshield was replaced. They didn't tighten the nuts and on the way to work one morning in a torrential downpour the drivers side wiper stopped working. Talk about an 'exciting' drive in.....
 

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After 5 months of resting in a carport, ready to go to the daughter for daily driver. 109K 16 years old, no rust, clean, well maintained. Today oil and filter, PS fluid exchange, and washed.
New front struts, rear brakes, new springs & adjusters, cylinders honed and new cups. BK fluid flushed. Still need to check the cabin filter. Only issue, 6 CD changer works sometimes, not others. Battery 5+ years old so expect new one before cold weather.
Getting the Buick back from the daughter.
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Put the JY CD changer in, worked fine. Old one shuffled the discs but did not play. JY 2.2 miles away. 40% off today. Spring sale.
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No salvage yard around me has sales on parts. Down to one 2006 Taurus which will probably go latter this summer due to body rot. I have a brand new set of Michelin X tires from Sam's club mounted on rims from my 2001 with only 1000 miles on them. I need to thin out my extra parts.
 

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New Michelins on the Taurus, and put clear coat on the center caps. Oil changed, all fluid OK.
Goes back to my daughter tonight and I get my wagon back.
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Got my wagon back from my daughter yesterday. She got the Taurus. So for maybe 4 weeks she had 4 different drivers in the wagon, and hauling stuff from a house, to another house and lots to the dump. Today I cleaned the seat belts. Likely last time since I bought it 5 years ago. I used household ammonia on a old dish cloth and wiped them down with plenty of ammonia. Gloves of course. Much cleaner. Ammonia will not hurt plastic or fabric. Just a gas dissolved in water. It evaporates and leaves nothing behind. Not to use on leather but works on plastic parts.When real dry I will use pate wax on them.
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Pulled the door panel and did two projects. Convert to better sound, and grease the "X" in the window power lift. Used Silicone/Lithium grease and small stiff brush to get it in good. Scraping sound nearly gone after couple exercises. My Sables and this Bull are "plug and play". Not sure about others.
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I run the windows down in the front when I start up in the sun. Air out the hot air then back them up for A/C. I do not think the windows have been used by the previous owner. My wagon windows run very quiet. I greased them when I put the MACH system in that car back 5 years ago. My favorite grease for this is somewhere since the fire. CV joint grease. I may have to order some of that.
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Maybe need Bull #10. Grandson needs a car to do his intern work in another state. First look on the market and find this. Not ready but just checking the market health. And on that list of for sale, one could get a Bull with 190K for a few bills less. But I buy with $$ cash and drive it home.
Lots of value for the $ in old Bulls.
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