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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:13 pm    Post subject:  Howdy, new member, new owner, in TN Reply with quote

Just bought an '08 from a buddy in KY, he's bringing it down at 7pm today.

Black, cloth, 3500. High miles (for an '08 - 143k).

Looked it over at lunch time yesterday, and spotted a couple of minor things. Rear locks don't work off the switch, and the rear tires are worn (didn't know to check for inner edge wear at that point - will have to check that out this evening). Needs front hubs/bearings, based on the sound of it.

No remotes, and possibly only one key.

Will be prowling for RPO codes later so I can figure what options are on it.

It was time for something a little bigger and more comfortable than the Aveo and the Grand Am.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 12:18 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

welcome.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:26 pm    Post subject:  Hi Reply with quote

Welcome to the NAIOA.

Where about in TN are ya?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 1:46 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 29, 2011 4:12 pm    Post subject:  Re: Hi Reply with quote

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Welcome to the NAIOA.

Where about in TN are ya?



Lebanon, about 30 minutes east of Nashville.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:29 am    Post subject:  Re: Hi Reply with quote

john_d wrote:
tiltrotor22 wrote:
Welcome to the NAIOA.

Where about in TN are ya?



Lebanon, about 30 minutes east of Nashville.


Awesome, Ive been there. Got a friend who used to live there and another in Manchester which is south.
I am from Memphis TN. But I currently live in Amarillo TX.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 1:43 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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tiltrotor22 wrote:
Welcome to the NAIOA.

Where about in TN are ya?



Lebanon, about 30 minutes east of Nashville.


This forum isn't big enough for two middle Tennesseans. Laughing

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 2:18 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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john_d wrote:
tiltrotor22 wrote:
Welcome to the NAIOA.

Where about in TN are ya?



Lebanon, about 30 minutes east of Nashville.


This forum isn't big enough for two middle Tennesseans. Laughing



Woohoo, a reply, so I can reply again. (48 hour limit otherwise...)


Maybe we're far enough apart to co-exist on here for short periods of time. Smile


I got the car and was able to look at it a little closer. And I figured out why the miles are so high, and the price was so reasonable. It's a fleet car, from Minnesota originally. Still seems to be in pretty decent shape though.

Rear tires are definitely worn on the inside edges.

Going to hook up my hptuners to it this weekend and see how it logs, how the PE ratio is set up, timing map, etc. Curious to see what tables are available, especially since it's a flex fuel car.

It has RPO codes 6HM, 7HM, 8MZ, 9MZ which I didn't find in the RPO database, but did find some other references that say they're Computer Sel Susp (one code per corner of the car), which kind of sounds like stability control.

Got a second key, and a pair of remotes, ordered from a place in KY on ebay. Also an owners manual (paper) and service manual (dvd) from a couple of other ebayers.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:12 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

My new axle nut socket set arrived today, and a pair of Timken front hubs, so we'll see if that fixes the noise. (didn't want to guess on the axle nut size, so I got an ATD four socket set with 30, 32, 34, 36mm just in case) Will give me a chance to check out brake pads and some other components a little more closely while I'm in there.

The driver's side wheel does have some noticeable 12:00/6:00 wiggle in it.

Hooked up hptuners to it last night and pulled a copy of the tune. Didn't see too much extra in there for the flex fuel part. Found the rev limits and the mph limit, shift points, etc. Rev limit was a little higher than expected, 6400 if I remember right. PE is conservative, 12.5. Will be curious to check out how the actual afr is tracking, later on, with the wideband.

My wife just got back from Brazil at midnight on Monday night. The car was a surprise for her, and I wasn't sure if she was going to like it or not... I got her to drive it once (later in the day on Tuesday). She went ahead and took the key off the keyring I had it on, and put it on her keyring, so I think that means it's okay. Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 1:48 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:42 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Whew, did the driver's side hub/bearing last night. The axle nut was no problem, and the hub was no problem, but I thought I was never going to get the rotor off the hub. I ended up pounding the back side of it, eventually had to put it in neutral so I could rotate it. I bet I hit that thing 100 times before it finally let go.

Then the back side of the rotor had a bunch of hammer indentations in it, so had to make a run out to get a pair of rotors for it.

On the passenger side, I'm going to take off the hub and rotor as a unit, since I'm putting a new rotor on anyway.... Smile

And putting some antisieze on the hub, where the rotor sits.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 8:47 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

john_d wrote:

It has RPO codes 6HM, 7HM, 8MZ, 9MZ which I didn't find in the RPO database, but did find some other references that say they're Computer Sel Susp (one code per corner of the car), which kind of sounds like stability control.


Those RPOs aren't stability control...

Those RPOs just mean that a computer selected springs with matched spring rates on the assembly line so you have similar handling characteristics at all 4 corners

Every Impala will have those RPO codes (or similar ones) for suspension selection on the line

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Whew, did the driver's side hub/bearing last night. The axle nut was no problem, and the hub was no problem, but I thought I was never going to get the rotor off the hub.


Been there... last time I did my brakes on the Monte Carlo the rotor was seized to the hub. I thought it was going to take nothing short of an act of God to get the damn thing off. How were the hub to knuckle bolts?

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