Alfetta159

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About Alfetta159

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  • Region
    U.S. Pacific Coast
  • Location
    Vacaville, California
  • Current Vehicle
    2014 Spark LS
  1. I was getting panicky because I thought I might have to replace the water pump, but it just turned out to be the coolant reservoir. And frankly the Chilton and Haynes manuals aren't that great. So I'm good for now.
  2. Yep Ray, you're absolutely correct. I ordered a water pump (and serpentine belt because apparently once you take on off you can't reinstall it,) and while I wasn't sure that it was the water pump, I just wanted to be prepared if it was. I started to pull the coolant reservoir to get a better look at the water pump and as I pulled off the top hose, the port just broke off the tank. I stopped there and ordered a tank from AutoZone for $120, but when I tried to install it, the bottom port was too small. It required a narrower hose. So I looked around. Napa and OReilley's had nothing, but RockAuto had an AC/Delco part for $30, and that fit fine. No more leaks, so I returned all of that other stuff to my local AutoZone which btw, doesn't even carry an oil filter for the car in the store, so I might be doing more shopping at RockAuto.
  3. If anyone cares, I do have a leak. I'm honestly not sure if it's the water pump, but I suspect that it is. Anyone change a water pump? Any special tools?
  4. I looked at this a bit more just checking fuses and listening to how the system was performing. I noticed that there was a noticeable change to how the airflow sounded when I would move the temperature knob from hot to cold, so I figured that it might not be the blend door. A few days ago, I got a check engine light. Then a day later, I got a overheat warning light. I quickly slowed down to take the next exit, and the overheat light went off. I got to work and checked the coolant reservoir and sure enough it was empty. I had someone give me a lift to the nearest auto parts store which in this case is a big box home center (hey, they carry premix Dexcool!) and filled it up. And yes, my heater works now. I checked the car w/ my trusty old (really old) OBD scanner and got: P0117: Engine Coolant Temperature (ECT) Sensor Circuit Low Input P0128: Coolant Thermostat (Coolant Temperature Below Thermostat Regulating Temperature) https://www.obd-codes.com So perhaps I have a slow leak somewhere like in my water pump because I don't see any leaks even right after driving it. I'll just keep an eye on my coolant level for now.
  5. Has anyone changed out a heater blend door? I might need to and I was wondering if that was difficult.
  6. Has anyone been able to find a service manual for the 2014 (gas)? I've been looking around and only found a real GM manual for $300. Otherwise, Chilton and Haynes don't appear to print one and I'm a bit leary of the downloadable ones. Has anyone download one of those PDF manuals?