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by ewetho
Thu Jun 17, 2010 7:35 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: KYB question
Replies: 2
Views: 580

Due to the fact some had rear bars and basically the same strut the make only one part for a neon (SRT4 is different) with the mounts. Don't lower a Monroe strut..... The valving is also in the casing on monroe and when you lower all the soft stuff is gone . You actually have to shorten the struts r...
by ewetho
Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:33 pm
Forum: Engine
Topic: Used Oil Analysis
Replies: 67
Views: 5921

Neons having no Variable Valve timing and now chains on and on with basically just a basic motor are very easy on oil. If 7K is one year one your ride and you have that much TBN left you should be fine going to 1 year/7.5K. Really not an issue with such a fine oil as PP.
by ewetho
Fri Jun 04, 2010 12:08 am
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: springs question
Replies: 16
Views: 1719

Just wait to do the job once. But if you can get SRT struts as the will handle the higher rate springs a little better. Eibach will be a split rate front heavier and the rear much lighter like stock and tend to understeer a bit by design but the teins will be EVEN rates both F&R and will be much mor...
by ewetho
Thu Jun 03, 2010 11:59 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Handling gurus...need alignment suggestions
Replies: 37
Views: 2921

The do not soften with age really either. The fun thing about setup of the car is driver tendancy based as well. Do you trail brake or brake then turn. All this will determine ideal spring rate and waht not for the car. OLD school is to brake and then turn a front driver. This generally entailed set...
by ewetho
Sun May 30, 2010 10:27 pm
Forum: Engine
Topic: Accel Silver Tip spark plugs
Replies: 12
Views: 2915

Actually the plugs have a resistor for radio noise suppression. Most plugs that is 5-6000 Ohms. Champion seem to run in 8-9000 Ohm range. The small points in Iridium and Platinum plugs will allow for a lower potential to arc over lowering the change for a misfire in a marginal ignition system. Ours ...
by ewetho
Sun May 30, 2010 10:20 pm
Forum: Engine
Topic: Rough idle/stalling with AC...
Replies: 6
Views: 1036

Could possibly be an over stressed alternator failing but would probably guess the AC compressor is failing. With the engine off you should be able to turn the compressor by hand hand if not it is failing and is your problem. IF that is OK then possibly a shorting clutch but unfortunately guess comp...
by ewetho
Sun May 30, 2010 10:16 pm
Forum: General 2nd Gen Discussion
Topic: IMPORT/ EMPORT QUESTIONS
Replies: 65
Views: 10861

The biggest concern I would have is the front windshield. Is it the safety glass like Europe long used that still shatters like a side window or have they migrated into a laminate window like the US.

Also you might have to have the PCM reprogrammed to US specs too.
by ewetho
Sat May 29, 2010 3:28 pm
Forum: Parts/Product Reviews
Topic: Sylvania Silverstar Lightbulbs
Replies: 61
Views: 19286

When you first get them they are awesome. However save an old regular bulb and swap it back in next to the silver star in about four months and see if you can still tell a difference. After that exact experience twice I no longer will pay for the fancy bulbs. Sorry. I always seemes to loose one abou...
by ewetho
Sat May 29, 2010 3:20 pm
Forum: Parts/Product Reviews
Topic: Prothane motor mount inserts
Replies: 10
Views: 1934

I have a set of Black Race mount insterts I installed @ 30-35K and just did my timing belt @ 118K and my mounts are still just fine. However I noted that the unit seemed to slam the Tranny side "Hard" and I found the Tranny insert for my Manual and while only of a "Street" durometer it was definitel...
by ewetho
Sat May 29, 2010 9:50 am
Forum: Engine
Topic: Accel Silver Tip spark plugs
Replies: 12
Views: 2915

Now let look at this logically. Is silver a really good conductor sure. So is copper. Now if you put a fresh set of copper is Champion or NGK and you have no misfires and fuel economy is good then compare that to the other plug. Is the iridium better milage or solving a misfire condition? If nothing...
by ewetho
Sat May 29, 2010 9:37 am
Forum: General 2nd Gen Discussion
Topic: Acceleration Problem
Replies: 23
Views: 2403

Make sure to heat up the engine and exhaust a bit before changing an O2 sensor. It does not need to be hot but at least get it up over a hundred really helps. Remember to check your MAP sensor connector too as this is your PRIMARY sensor in the system. It overrides TPS and O2 and even the IAC. Heck ...
by ewetho
Thu May 27, 2010 10:42 pm
Forum: General 2nd Gen Discussion
Topic: Acceleration Problem
Replies: 23
Views: 2403

Also check for microfretting corrosion on the MAP sensor as this is the main sensor. Basically take the connector on and off several times to clean the connection. Do this with TPS, IAC, and O2 sensors as well. This is just to make sure you have clean signals for your PCM to process from your sensor...
by ewetho
Mon May 24, 2010 12:32 am
Forum: Engine
Topic: power steering fluid
Replies: 51
Views: 4554

There have been many issues with fluid. My 04 has been flushed a time or two with ATF+4. Done well. We have had the engineers call for Friction Modifier from the rear end to halp on some Fords. Also seen BG Fluid (clear or red same stuff just Red has dye to look like ATF) make some noisy pumps prett...
by ewetho
Mon May 24, 2010 12:25 am
Forum: Engine
Topic: Motor Mount washer size.... Can anyone help me out?
Replies: 10
Views: 1152

I just had mine off while doing the timing belt yesterday and mine are exactly the same. Take the bolt and make sure it fits that side and get one about 2" or so and you should be great.
by ewetho
Sun May 23, 2010 9:46 pm
Forum: Engine
Topic: PCI Mechanical Timing Belt Tensioner..
Replies: 11
Views: 2558

Sounds like you are not getting the belt around the three gears snugly and then when you stretch the belt into place the crank is turning. Work on that and then if you still consistently turn it move the crank a bit to see it it aligns for you then when you do it.
by ewetho
Sun May 23, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Engine
Topic: Piston Slap/Lifter Knock
Replies: 4
Views: 1049

Nice fix! Isn't that engine mount plate fun to get out? Some evidence in the other direction: When I did my first rebuild, the piston slap actually appeared 3 months later on a brand new tensioner/Tbelt/Wpump. It did fix this diesiling sound that was coming from the waterpump/tensioner area though....
by ewetho
Sat May 22, 2010 9:48 pm
Forum: Engine
Topic: Piston Slap/Lifter Knock
Replies: 4
Views: 1049

Piston Slap/Lifter Knock

I was getting thins dreaded knock more and more lately more when cold but getting more frequent even when warm. Would last for about 30 secs or more and then all would be good. Was still easily getting 30+ miles per gallon even with a touch of heat in the AM. Well at ~119K miles I finally got around...
by ewetho
Sat May 22, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: HT Engine
Topic: How To: Timing belt and Water pump replacement
Replies: 48
Views: 14444

Hey just did mine (2004 SE MT) at 1179XX miles and it went great. The only thing that did not work was the bolt at the bottom of the tensioner plate/engine mount etc.... would not clear the body even with the car hoisted off the jack. the mount and tensioner plate would hit and would not drop low en...
by ewetho
Sat May 22, 2010 8:52 am
Forum: General 2nd Gen Discussion
Topic: Fuel Capacity
Replies: 60
Views: 6468

Yeah base cluster does not have a light. The reason you don't want to run on fumes is the fuel cools the pump. No fuel the pump overheats and wears out faster. Topping off is bad because you can get fuel into the charcoal canister instead of vapor and ruin it. Not good for emissions. I have one time...
by ewetho
Sun Jan 17, 2010 5:25 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: wheel shake.. i dont know what to d
Replies: 21
Views: 2938

Front end check is in order. Bushing condition as well. Also the Hunter 9700 is a great tool in good hands but will not catch all and requires a good operator. I have found tires that pass the Road Force Balance on a Hunter 9700 to Ford Spec (18 lbs road force runout not 25 lbs) and still had issues...
by ewetho
Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:15 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Prothane Vs. Energy bushing set
Replies: 28
Views: 3215

The SRT boys liked the ES stuff for the front lower control arm bushings due to the design being more like a spherical bearing and under extreme loads they were lasting longer.

Ease of install goes to Prothane by far!!!
by ewetho
Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:12 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Lower drop?
Replies: 1
Views: 500

Some recommended the shorter bumpstops others did not. I'd just leave it. Ride height is primarily just a function of the springs so with the same spring you should be about the same. The Prothane Bushings ROCK!!! When you set the big bushings on the strut rod make sure your suspension is loaded. If...
by ewetho
Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:07 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Crash and burn?!?! Best front bar to match progress 22 rear?
Replies: 20
Views: 2078

Well to much understeer at the limit now. That said I REALLY like the feel of the front bar, but should have went with the adjustable 24mm rear one. I wouldn't want to go any smaller than the 26 on the front. Knowing what I know now the progress 27frt/24 rear would be real nice. This is WAY better ...
by ewetho
Sun Sep 13, 2009 12:25 pm
Forum: General 2nd Gen Discussion
Topic: Difference between P.S. caps
Replies: 12
Views: 1386

I remember reading about those as I wanted a yellow one for some reason and apparently there was a TSB to change those out for a noise issue IIRC to an updated black one and then just let it go.
by ewetho
Wed Aug 12, 2009 11:34 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: Ok, so we've got problems...
Replies: 14
Views: 1648

Back a few years (like the early 80's) they used to run FWD cars with no front bar for racing and tighten the crap outof the back. Let the front flex. It can work. Takes a bit of driving change to make it work but is manageable. Get out of a Camaro and then into that and you may have an issue. I run...
by ewetho
Wed Jul 01, 2009 12:25 am
Forum: General 2nd Gen Discussion
Topic: Road Debris Owns Me.
Replies: 41
Views: 3761

Remind me of my lowered '71 Super Beetle (4" drop) and driving home I was following a school bus and all the sudden a piston from a Big Rig Diesel on the road. Yup I used my under carriage as a launch platform and got air hitting that one. Luckily my extended oil sump out back managed to clear it wh...
by ewetho
Wed Jun 24, 2009 11:26 pm
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: bushings
Replies: 13
Views: 958

The ES bushings have one benefit in that the front control arm bushings (rear bushing) are more like a spherical bearing. The turbo guys tend to say they last longer too.

My Prothane kit is at about 60K and fantastic.
by ewetho
Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:59 pm
Forum: General 2nd Gen Discussion
Topic: engine mount insert...
Replies: 9
Views: 1277

Mine had the vibration from HELL too. But believe it or not I got the Trans mount insert from Vitor (i believe it was) and it actually made it MUCH MUCH better. It seems to over load the left side trans mount until it is reinforced too. Makes a huge difference!!!! If you have MM inserts it is a must...
by ewetho
Thu Jun 11, 2009 8:20 pm
Forum: General 2nd Gen Discussion
Topic: 440 neon inside, 1gn
Replies: 10
Views: 1114

Have a friend who had stuffed the 440 Wedge with all the Mopar goodies with 727 Torque Flight line lock and all that in a 73 notchback Mustang.

Yup he just got a copy of the posting..... He'll love it.
by ewetho
Wed Jun 03, 2009 1:17 am
Forum: Suspension, Steering & Brakes
Topic: noobish suspension question.........
Replies: 3
Views: 619

Upgrading from rubber bushings to polyurethane isn't expensive at all. They will have a much firmer feel and last forever. People here love Prothane but there aren't great reviews for the Energy Suspension stuff. Either brand is great. Prothane is a little easier to install but the SRT boys found t...

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