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  1. You think Hoonk is yelling at you? Seriously?...

    You think Hoonk is yelling at you?

    Seriously?

    The guy is a Volvo mechanic. Fixes these things for a living. If he takes time out of his day to read through your posts (all of them) and...
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    Stop guessing about what it "might" be. Go...

    Stop guessing about what it "might" be.

    Go back and read all the responses to your musings and questions. Hoonk (and me) have given you some simple, real, things to check in this, and other,...
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    9165 Not ECM. CEM. Central Electronic...

    9165

    Not ECM.

    CEM.

    Central Electronic Module.

    Located above Driver’s left ankle. Easy enough to remove. 20 minute job. Remove trim above brake pedal and press on a couple of tabs to...
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    You can't go wrong with Dewalt tools. I own...

    You can't go wrong with Dewalt tools. I own several.
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    Fuel trim maxed out. O2 sensor out of range....

    Fuel trim maxed out. O2 sensor out of range. Stinky exhaust. Doesn’t start or run right.

    I think you’ve got a vacuum leak.

    Cracked or mispositioned pipe or coupling between the MAF and the...
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    In answer to your question: no. You had a weak...

    In answer to your question: no.

    You had a weak or undercharged battery.

    I've left the windows open and listened to the radio (ignition on) during a tire rotation and oil change in my driveway. ...
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    Slow down, you're playing "Parts Darts" now. ...

    Slow down, you're playing "Parts Darts" now. Throwing parts at a problem, hoping one will hit bullseye.

    Gets really expensive....not to mention frustrating.

    If you're really stuck on this -...
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    Through all this - chasing fuel pressure and...

    Through all this - chasing fuel pressure and sensors, did you ever replace the MAF?

    Your symptoms sound more like MAF than anything else. "not enough fuel" was how this thread started...well,...
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    Your issue sounds like it has more to do with...

    Your issue sounds like it has more to do with poor service than synthetic oil.

    That port should have been cleaned when the flame trap was replaced the first time. It gets clogged with carbon as...
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    Cam sensor is on the exhaust cam, on the opposite...

    Cam sensor is on the exhaust cam, on the opposite side of the engine from the timing belt. Bit of a PITA to get to, the upper engine mount has to come off (I think) and the air intake pipe is in the...
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    Hey, a fellow physicist! So, let’s go back to...

    Hey, a fellow physicist!

    So, let’s go back to timeline:

    Engine runs OK.
    Manifold removed to replace alternator.
    Engine runs badly.

    You’ve examined the parts of the car that were...
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    When I’ve had a coil pack fail, the engine runs...

    When I’ve had a coil pack fail, the engine runs like a paint shaker. More throttle=more vibration.

    Sure wouldn’t call it “smooth” or “powerful”.

    So, your problem is intermittent and I think...
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    ECU are expensive...don’t fire up the parts...

    ECU are expensive...don’t fire up the parts cannon just yet (shoot parts at problem, hope to hit target).

    Are you certain that the injector for no.2 is firing properly?

    Since that was...
  14. As a DIY guy, who’s written guides* on how to fix...

    As a DIY guy, who’s written guides* on how to fix this car, let me say this:

    You wrote an unclear post. I couldn’t figure out what problem you were describing.

    You want my help? You want my...
  15. Well done!!

    Well done!!
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    I would think so. It's question of clearance and...

    I would think so. It's question of clearance and ability to swing the wrench under there. I would imagine that if the transmission were still in park, that you wouldn't need the counter hold that I...
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    I ended up replacing blower motors in two P2 cars...

    I ended up replacing blower motors in two P2 cars at about the 12 year, 150,000 mile point.

    Get a good quality unit. Behr works well. This one:
    ...
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    Never been impressed with electric impact...

    Never been impressed with electric impact wrenches. They all used to suck.

    In addition to many others, here's what I've got:...
  19. After filing off the 3mm, and resealing the case,...

    After filing off the 3mm, and resealing the case, mine doesn’t leak a drop, doesn’t even get “damp”.

    The TSB process, including filing, works.

    So, you can fix it completely, as the TSB...
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    Sounds like the MAF to me. Cleaning them has...

    Sounds like the MAF to me. Cleaning them has never worked for me. I just get a new Bosch one from Amazon or FCP.
  21. The adjusting nut sets bearing preload. I...

    The adjusting nut sets bearing preload. I wouldn’t touch it.

    Time to pull it and reseal your angle gear. Not a hard job.

    Do the collar sleeve while you’re in there.

    I did mine a few years...
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    A couple of thoughts: Any good synthetic...

    A couple of thoughts:

    Any good synthetic 75W90 is fine. I like Mobil 1, mostly because it's about $11 for a quart at my local store.

    Get the differential warm (highway drive) before doing...
  23. Deer total cars. Moose total cars and kill...

    Deer total cars.

    Moose total cars and kill the people inside.

    Watch out for Moose!
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    The coolant hoses are more likely culprits than...

    The coolant hoses are more likely culprits than the banjo washers, which are copper and pretty durable. Still, I would clean it up and then look for the "crust" of leaking coolant to be certain of...
  25. Spoken like a city dweller who's yet to have a...

    Spoken like a city dweller who's yet to have a car totaled by a deer.

    Lose a few cars in a collision with them, you'll change your opinion on that particular animal.
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