Bobby MSME

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  1. The intercooler mounted on bumper looks like it belonged there! Very cool!! Too bad MN requires front license plates. Here in FL we don't, and that makes front end look clean.
  2. Short trips in cold weather will kill cars faster than Secretariat on a fast track
  3. 2011 HHR seems to be a really good car made by GM, since my wife has been unable to break it after 7 years and roughly 60k miles of digital driving. Still has original brakes, battery and tires! (digital driving = foot is always on either gas or brake pedal, no coasting ever)
  4. If synthetic oil turns black after 3000 miles, it can mean that one or more cylinders are mal-functioning due to bad valves or messed up spark plug firing. JMHO.
  5. Best luck with your project!
  6. Men tend to change oil and girl friends more frequently than necessary compared to women changing oil and boy friends. Just an observation! After 57 years of driving car, here is what learned about oil changes. It depends on your driving habits and health of your engine. oil which looks fairly clear on the dipstick and does not have a burned smell has more life left. Motor oil has 2 main functions, lubricate piston rings and remove some heat. Those 2 qualities are retained by oil if it passes the visual and smell test. If you make lot of short trip, your engine will collect more water condensation and that can can cause rust inside the engine. Oil has additives to fight rust, and those properties can wear out with age of oil. We have a HHR with a 4 banger engine and since last oil change in April 2017 with semi-synthetic, we have driven 11,000 miles, all highway mostly. Oil still looks great and should be good for another 6 months or 8000 miles based on how we use it. OTOH my 2017 Spark does all in town driving, and I will change oil by 6 months or 5000 miles whichever comes first.
  7. I am using the standard gas from gas stations which says 10% ethanol mix. My 16 month old 2017 Spark LS with CVT is running very quiet, and while idling, it is hard to hear the engine.
  8. a triple yes! Do not fix what ain't broke. Keep in back of your mind, all those recommended maintenance items are skewed towards extra margin of safety. Because not every one treats their cars well. If the engine oil looks good, don't rush to change it. It is good for a reason, that you have driven carefully. If tranny fluid is not leaking, leave it alone. Any good filter will do good job of trapping harmful particles. If coolant fluid looks good without any hint of brown rusty look, you can ride more with it. This was a lesson I learned the hard way. I simply got nervous when the car turn 9 years of age, and had a coolant change done. That messed up the engine. The fluid still was looking clear rosy red. Probably good for 3-4 years more! Because I had only 55k miles on a garage kept car.
  9. Looking at owner's manual for my 2017 Spark LS, there is no fluid change specified/necessary for the CVT under normal operating conditions. Under severe operating conditions, owner's manual recommends changing transmission fluid every 45,000 miles. "Severe" applies if any of following applies: . Mainly driven in heavy city traffic in hot weather. . Mainly driven in hilly or mountainous terrain. . Frequently towing a trailer. . Used for high speed or competitive driving. . Used for taxi, police, or delivery service.
  10. Did ya get a kit or had it done at the dealer? If it was a kit what was aprox cost? TIA.
  11. I totally believe about the Benz. Any model of any year can produce some problems. Even multi-million dollar space ships have blown up on occasion. Then there is this story about a Rolls owner whose 20 year old car's tranny broke down while on vacation, and he called the company for help. Rolls Royce flew in a mechanic with a new tranny to his vacation town and the car was back in business. Several weeks went by and the car owner had not received the repair bill. So he called Rolls Royce asking how much he owed for the repairs. He received the following reply from the company.."Dear Sir, there must be some mistake in your inquiry because our cars never break down. Please consider this matter closed."
  12. I sort of realized it, but the subject matter never gets old!
  13. I have not measured the spare tire in my 2017 Spark LS, but I think it is same size as other tires on car, and it fits neatly at bottom of trunk.
  14. It is just not the imported models which the dealer mechanics can mis-diagnose. I can write a book on all the screw-ups by dealer mechanics with wrong diagnosis on all my several new bought GM cars since 1964. Being a degreed mechanical engineer, many times I was able to study and diagnose the problem myself, and then to their credit, the dealer mechanic did fixed the problem correctly, after I told them what the problem actually was. Just over a year ago, I had a simple coolant change ordered at the dealer, and next day I had check engine light come on which never had that happen in 9 years and 55,000 miles of driving and the car ran as smooth as a purring kitten before the coolant change. After the coolant change the car was running rough idle with a check engine light with fault indicating misfire in cylinder #1. Since it would be difficult to prove the dealer's tech messed it up, most likely by leaving an air bubble in the cooling system and making the car run 10 degrees hotter than was normal during previous 9 years. That burned up exhaust valves in my American made Pontiac G5. Since the car was 9 years old with original tires, brakes, battery, muffler, etc, I traded it in instead of spending $2700 on repair estimate, and was offered $3000 for trade in. Lesson learned: Avoid routine maintenance at dealer after warranty has expired. Better to find a good independent shop for brakes, tires, batteries, coolant changes etc. Only routine maintenance I will do at dealer in future is oil changes. That procedure is difficult to screw up, and the dealer has correct oil & filter.
  15. One of the most venerable posters on this forum (retiredoldgearhead) has well over 100,000 miles on his car with few serious issues, and he has said that he does not baby the car. But keep in mind, this is one of the cheapest cars on the market, so can not expect durability of a Benz or Rollsroyce or even a Buick. And there will be a few lemons produced at this price of Spark.
  16. I seldom opt for anything non-standard, but I have to admit, those tires and wheels do look upscale, like a grand touring car!
  17. Your hypothesis is correct. Size matters when it comes to brake pads. Expensive sporty cars like the Corvette has massive sized pads in relation to curb weight of car. However why change original brake pads before they wear out? I would keep using them until showing signs of obvious wear. Just give yourself enough distance to stop the car.
  18. When a "used" car is bought, you never know how it was driven, and how it was maintained.
  19. That was a great price! Did yo have a trade-in, or other discounts? Or was this car discounted because it is previous year's model?
  20. That would be normal only if driving on Chicago's Kennedy or Dan Ryan expressways during evening rush hour
  21. I had cars which stalled at traffic lights, then started again fine using the starter. But that was before computer controlled cars, and the reasons were either a clogged fuel filter (numerous occurrences) , or coolant leaking into cylinder due to bad main gasket (only one occurrence). But first follow leads posted by OldGearhead.
  22. Hi Chevy beat... If battery is more than 5 years old, it is possible it will charge OK, but if left idle for a week, will not hold the charge very well. If the error codes did not re-appear after clearing, chalk it down to intermittent mis-behavior by some component. So long as car is running good now, do not worry too much about it. When the fault code shows up again and stays on, only then the dealer or other shop can do something about it. In the meanwhile, enjoy life without worries.
  23. Here is my humble opinion on CVT oil change...all depends on how hard or easy you are on the gas pedal. If hard, 45,000, if you rarely floor it, I would go 75,000.
  24. Perfect mileage for first oil change with 30% life remains.
  25. If you can pick up a new 2017 at discount, I would go that route. I bought a new one 14 months ago for around $13k. It should be discounted a lot by now? My 2017 CVT runs like a newly oiled clock, granted I do not put on lot of miles. The coolant tank issues are mostly for older models, and even if a replacement becomes necessary for the newer models, cost is not high. Here is my take on the CVT...it is an advance design but seems best for drivers who do not floor the gas pedal often. It's response is instantaneous with little lag, because it is a metal chain driving a metal pulley. It is fun to drive a car which responds so quickly and positively to gas pedal operation. On negative side, I understand dealer mechanics will not take it apart to repair. The car comes with 5 year/60k mile power train warranty.