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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:01 am    Post subject:  Check & clean out the front fenders! Reply with quote

I started doing some spring cleaning on the SS last week. I noticed some leafs sticking out from behind the sound deadening material in the front fenders, seen from looking between the door into the fender. I removed the material and realized the fender was about 1/3 full of leafs, dirt and sand Shocked

I found the easiest way to clean it out is to remove the wheel well plastic, grab the big pieces and then spray the rest out with a hose. It was equally dirty on both sides of the car.

Just posting as a heads up. I didnt find any rust but between wet dirt and salty winter roads it probably wasnt a bad idea to get it all out.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:18 am    Post subject:  Re: Check & clean out the front fenders! Reply with quote

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I started doing some spring cleaning on the SS last week. I noticed some leafs sticking out from behind the sound deadening material in the front fenders, seen from looking between the door into the fender. I removed the material and realized the fender was about 1/3 full of leafs, dirt and sand Shocked

I found the easiest way to clean it out is to remove the wheel well plastic, grab the big pieces and then spray the rest out with a hose. It was equally dirty on both sides of the car.

Just posting as a heads up. I didnt find any rust but between wet dirt and salty winter roads it probably wasnt a bad idea to get it all out.


Also, pull out the front wheel well liners. You'll find TONS of sand and dirt stuck behind there.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 7:44 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

This was covered a long time ago, but probably should have been bumped every spring by older forum members (like me).

You can make this area easier to clean while washing the car if you cut about 6 inches off of the bottom of the fabric/felt material in there and give it a rinse when you're doing your initial rinse of the car with the hose..

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 11:53 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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This was covered a long time ago, but probably should have been bumped every spring by older forum members (like me).

You can make this area easier to clean while washing the car if you cut about 6 inches off of the bottom of the fabric/felt material in there and give it a rinse when you're doing your initial rinse of the car with the hose..


I figured it may have been mentioned before but I didnt find the thread using the search. I will probably end up cutting the material as you said, what exactly is it there for?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 12:09 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Lingenfelter wrote:
This was covered a long time ago, but probably should have been bumped every spring by older forum members (like me).

You can make this area easier to clean while washing the car if you cut about 6 inches off of the bottom of the fabric/felt material in there and give it a rinse when you're doing your initial rinse of the car with the hose..


I figured it may have been mentioned before but I didnt find the thread using the search. I will probably end up cutting the material as you said, what exactly is it there for?


Can't say for sure. Maybe just makes the area look a little "tidier" for owners who don't realize what's behind it. Mine's been cut for 2 years or so and I don't notice any additional dirt in the sill area of the door frame, but the upper section of the material probably keeps all the sand, grit and leaves from falling onto your door hinges or something.

Edit: never noticed you used to own a 3000GT. I was looking at a Stealth (92 or 94) in that color but I never pulled the trigger. Why'd you get rid of it, if I might ask?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:17 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Edit: never noticed you used to own a 3000GT. I was looking at a Stealth (92 or 94) in that color but I never pulled the trigger. Why'd you get rid of it, if I might ask?


Yeah I've actually owned two. 1995 SL then the 1994 VR4. They rarely broke but when they did it was always something big. Transmission died on the SL, VR4 spun a bearing a month after I bought it. I sold it because it needed a lot of work I didn't feel like dealing with, and I still owed money on it. They are a blast to drive but you need a few grand in the bank constantly, and once they break you will find yourself always waiting for something else to go.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 5:50 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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VR4 spun a bearing a month after I bought it.


Same thing happened to a buddy of mine in college, except he plunked down a few grand for a new motor and kept the thing for 4 or 5 years after that happened.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2012 6:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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VR4 spun a bearing a month after I bought it.


Same thing happened to a buddy of mine in college, except he plunked down a few grand for a new motor and kept the thing for 4 or 5 years after that happened.


Yeah I spent $2400 to import a low mileage motor from Japan and kept the car two more years
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:07 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Thats where all my rust on the front quarter panels came from.
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