I'm not keeping track. I don't wanna
know. :) With the exception of the radiator, most of the parts
have been fairly cheap maintenance items. Like the temp gauge:
only $18. The coil and module will be $60, but I'll keep the old
ones as spares in the car, since they seem to work fine when
I don't have a huge amount invested in it and all the stuff I've
replaced, with a coupla exceptions are things I'd wanna replace on
a car of that age and mileage (although it has 100k more than the
seller told me...I'm still pissed about that) to make sure it was
Off to the parts store.
On 7/21/2011 10:54 AM, STILLFRANKSFAULT@xxxxxxx wrote:
How much have you invested in this Camaro so far?
Smokey Mt Frank
In a message dated 7/21/2011 12:41:05 P.M. Eastern
Daylight Time, rbuck@xxxxxxxxxxxx
Yesterday I did a buncha
stuff on the Camaro, including running some radiator
flush chemical (sodium citrate) thru the cooling
system, then backflushing it and finding out that my
manual fan switch has to be switched on AFTER
starting the motor. I have no idea why, but it
So yesterday around dusk (9 pm or so) I took it out
for a drive. Temp never got over 160...no
thermostat in it at the moment. But. (As usual,
there's a "but".) I probably drove it 3 times as
long as I'd ever driven it before and, again, it
stayed nice and cool. I decided to turn back and
head home (I was almost to downtown Salt Lake City)
and I made the mistake of turning onto a street
carrying traffic from the minor-league baseball game
that had just ended. Stop and go for at least 15
minutes...and then the motor just shut off.
So I'm stuck in traffic with a dead motor and I turn
the 4-way flashers on. Then I twist the key and the
motor starts. 90 seconds later, it dies again and
won't start. A coupla guys push me and the car into
a parking lot and I call AAA. Great. I can get it
hauled back to my house.
After 30 minutes of waiting (traffic was still real
heavy) and no tow truck, I twist the key and the
thing starts. So I let it run for 5 minutes, shut
it off for a few and try again. Starts right up.
So I called AAA and cancelled the towing request and
drove the thing home. Again, engine temperature
never got over 160.
Diagnosis: Flaky ignition module and/or coil. So
today I'll go get another bottle of radiator flush,
do it again and replace both the coil and module.
Then I'll drive it for a while with the flush
chemical in it, then bring it home (assuming that it
doesn't die on me) backflush the cooling system
again and move on to the next problem, the lack of a
horn (the fuse is good.)
Anyway, I'm very glad I had the AAA card, even
though I didn't need it in the end. It sure helped
with peace of mind, knowing that if I couldn't get
it running again, I'd have a way to get it home.
I can't remember if I sent this photo:
The new hood arrived yesterday and I brought it home
from the trucking depot (that's a story in itself) and
it's ready to be bolted on as soon as I remove the
hood latch mechanism, which is what's keeping it from
seating correctly along the front edge.
Busy, busy, busy. :)