Retired old Gearhead

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  1. 2013 never had a fin antenna...just a straight-up rubber enclosed unit. My rubber enclosed part that sicks up about 6" was sheared off by my garage door..still get same reception.
  2. I would ask the dealer for synthetic first..if not offered for the free changes, mention it is recommended in the manual by GM. If they still insist on free conventional..well..then do it yourself. As Bobby said..keep all receipts..not just for oil..but every service item done by anyone..including the dealer. If there is ever any dispute you will have the paper to back you up..Right?
  3. Nice work..looks good so far.
  4. Nice work keeping within budget...You certainly have my respect for trying this turbo mod..to my knowledge no one, at least on this forum, has tried this. Looks to me like you did your homework...keep us up to date..We are rooting for this to be successful. specially with your low costs so far.
  5. hope it all fits...one step at a time..don't get the ECM reprogram until it all fits and is tested as working OK...nice work!
  6. Indeed it would give better performance and the 6th gear is normally an overdrive ratio. Might not be easy to find one that fits though...
  7. Good choice..get that factory oil out between 600 to 1,000Kmi.
  8. Under 2 bucks at parts store or dealer. I,m sure a dealer will replace at no cost..not warranty.
  9. Nice job Blue! Are you sure the 1.4 engine can handle such a wide 2.5 pipe? Anyway..looks like you are on track to become the first person on this forum to install a turbo. I totally am rooting for you to succeed!!!..Keep us posted..K?
  10. Just have the dealer check it next your in. If the CVT works ok without noise you are probably OK. Manual should have fluid capacities listed near back of manual. Hope this helps...
  11. Might want to install a protective screen for stones, etc when you have determined it all works. You will need an ECM reprogram so find a good shop to do that as a very last step once you are satisfied with a final road test if it all fits and works.
  12. I like your enthusiasm and it looks like it's moving along..thanx for keeping us in the loop..have a successful wkend!..BTW:..Nice work keeping it within your budget!
  13. Or...lots of short trips in the cold northeast winter...Right Bobby?
  14. Yup.I agree 100%..With synthetic I am comfortable with 10-12Kmi or 18 months. Had oil tested on my Rover V8 after 18 months and 10,500Mi..still life left in it..Same for Spark. People tend to change too often..go by appearance as well.
  15. Like the rest on this thread, I wish you the best of luck! Total respect for someone willing to do a project like this. Others have talked about this in the past threads but have never gone thru with it. Take it one step at a time...no helter skelter. Make sure it fits first...Keep us posted.
  16. Yup, me too...I don't think he can use E85 without major engine issues...I'm fairly sure the manual states NOT to use E85.
  17. You cannot add a turbo to the Spark unless you have very deep pockets...compression is too high and it means replacing/re-calibrating the ECM and other sensors..probably cheaper to buy a car with the power you want...the Cruze Turbo fits that bill.
  18. Ethanol blends...around 10%...will keep your engine clean but increasing octane will make no performance difference. Increasing the compression is not an inexpensive project on an already 10:5/1 engine with already very small valve to piston TDC clearance, reprogram, sensor issues with VVT, etc...well, you get my drift here.
  19. Us old guys have mostly observed and learned from 50yrs++ of driving and managing to build up a mental library of issues and resolutions. Most issues, whether a car or computer, etc can be best resolved using process of elimination thus eliminating the 'known good' components leaving the rest as possible causes...Right Bobby?
  20. As Bobby said..severe at 45Kmi..so my suggestion ...just to be safe with the 100Kmi powertrain warranty...might be wise to replace fluid at just before the 100Kmi, but quite honestly, I would personally not ever change it at below 200Kmi.
  21. Thanx for the kind words Bobby...Actually I have very close to 200K on the 2013 Spark..My neighbor has a Benz..2015, I believe and he has one issue after another including a bad tranny leak that the Benz dealer has repeated a fix but it always leaks again after a few weeks. Also has paint flaking off around the logos. I find Buick owners have very few complaints. I have our Pizza driver in a 2013 Spark 4sp-auto tranny with well over 200Kmi..car is driven by a few other pizza drivers so it is always on the road..only a few minor issues. My 2015 Rover has been in the shop more often than the Spark. I do have a good mechanic for non warranty work on cars and my ancient boat. Had his shop do excellent work for the last 25+++ yrs...Most important part of motor vehicle ownership is having a good mechanic on your side.
  22. Using process of elimination, sounds like the belts were the cause of noise since that was resolved by a belt replace. The CVT tranny issue may need a 'reprogram' to resolve the odd shifting issue. Many others have had the 'hesitation' issue while at a stop light and then trying to get up to speed again as well as hesitation while at speed and then suddenly giving gas to increase speed rapidly..say to pas traffic etc. The 2014's had more issues with the CVT than later years. I do believe there were one or two recalls for the CVT..hope that points you to a better understanding of the issue and you could inquire about recalls and a CVT reprogram. The CVT will rarely if at all give an error code.
  23. My best guess would be a bad fuel pump relay located in the fuse box under the hood. My next best guess is the idle controller fuel delivery needs replace or repair-adjustment. Hope this points you in the right direction when talking with the tech at the dealer or try an independent garage you trust.
  24. I'm really curious about the reasons you chose a Spark over another vehicle. OK...I guess I should go first.. We are both retired. We don't do any long road trips as we get discounted air travel (retired from airline). We wanted a small, inexpensive second car to replace my wife's old V8 SUV that could be used for short trips to Miami Beach, around town or the Keys from our home in South Miami. Parking in Miami, in particular Miami Beach, is hard to find so the small Spark fits the little spaces where others don't. The MyLink was a big deal as we can voice activate calls. The car handled well and the firm seats were comfy enough. Similar sized cars with similar features were more much more expensive than the $10.5K cash I paid for a used '13 1LT auto with 2K mi. on it back in Dec.'13. The insurance was cheap, in part due to safety ratings. •Size •Features •Price •Handling •Fuel Economy
  25. Mine was done by by a garage I have used for many years..since he also does my boat he gave me a break on cost. Head was not warped so cost to me was small..under $500. Normally a warped head is replaced and costs range from about $850 to $1,400.