Aaaannnddd... ETS Fail! On the way to IPD, the ETS light came on and the car went into limp home mode. It may not be totally the rebuilt throttle body's fault though; since the Methanol controller saw fit to dump 1 gallon of meth through the engine in less than 60 miles. The controller is in default now, since the tank is empty, so it will have to be inspected before I replace the ETB. The caravan I was with were very supportive and stayed with me until we found a place to leave the car for the night local to were if broke down. I then continued on to IPD as a passenger in Steve's Saffy. Had a great time at IPD, though I spent the whole time wishing my car was there. Next day, Gregg gave me a ride back to the car. When I got there, I fired it up just for giggles (on Gregg's suggestion). And, It did start up, but ran very rough. But, instead of almost choking itself to death after the first few minutes like ETS issues do, it stabilized and idled well enough for me to think I could get it home. So I did just that; drove it home very slowly. Never went over 3 grand, and tried to stay under 60mph. It coughed a few times, and I though it would go into limp home mode again; but it made it the whole 60 miles back. What I've learned: Rebuilding the original throttle body may be a waste of time and money. I think it will be best to buy a completely remanufactured one from XeMODeX now. It may be expensive, but from the testimonies I heard at IPD, it's worth it. Placed an Order for one this morning in fact. I knew the throttle body issue was the 2000's Achilles heal when I bought it; but I did it anyway, knowing I'd be gambling with the "not if but when" timeline. Still love the 2k though.
Threw it all back together last night so I could drive it to a wrenching party at Phil's. Failed to attach the ground, so the car died when I got there; and I apparently didn't seat the Down pipe properly, as it had a loud leak (total #ricerlife rollin). Kinda what you get for trying to get it drive-able at 1am... A bit surprised that I hooked all the vacuum lines up properly thou... Fixed the ground strap there, going to fix the down pipe tomorrow. Also took a bit of time to re-wrap the vinyl around the window on the new to me rear pass. door. Now it looks proper.
I'll keep that in mind if I need to replace the Snabb again. I had already bought the replacement and installed it yesterday. The turbo is back in as well. Well, at least it's mounted. Picking up some crush washers today to finish that part of the job. I am also replacing the rear camshaft seal, since it is leaking a bit. And, looking into the VVT related issues at while I'm there.
I removed the glass from My door (with power), then removed the door. I then installed the 'new' door and removed the glass from it (with power), then replaced my glass into the new door. I probably can be done without power, but it makes it so much easier. I noticed that for the past few weeks there has been an exhaust leak that has been getting noticeably worse every time I drove the car. I checked the downpipe connection, the turbo-to-exhaust; all were tight and showing no sign of a leak. I figured it was most likely coming from the manifold area. So, I finally had the time today to do something about it. I disconnected the down-pipe, then removed the intake, turbo and exhaust manifold. Inspection of the gasket revealed that both the #1 and #5 ports had blown though the Snabb gasket; but, its not the gasket's fault. It looks like I damaged the gasket when installing it (there were obvious folds in the gasket at the #1 port where it had been misaligned when installing, and #5 was just missing a small section, about 1/2"). A few of the manifold bolts were in bad shape, so I am going to buy some replacements and install a new Snabb gasket and re-install everything mid week sometime.
I do not currently have any watches, as I really do not like having things on my wrist. But, I am thinking of trying to break this aversion with purchasing a Slow Watch; specifically the Slow Jo 06 38mm style. Anyone have any experience with these? Are they worth the price?
Took a bit of time today to clean up the massive puddle of transmission fluid in the parking garage that the car has left over the past 6 months. The garage owner stopped by while I was cleaning it and said "Thanks for doing that." I said, "I made the mess, I'm gonna clean it up; but I waited until the damn thing stopped leaking." He said, "I was going to say something eventually, but I'm glad you took care of it before I had to."
Afterwards, I installed the rear Pass. door I bought off a parts car a few weeks ago. Fit like a glove, but the glass was tinted the wrong color/film. I removed the old glass from the old door, then removed the door, installed the new door, removed the glass from that door, then installed the old glass. Now I need to re-vinyl the window frame to match the rest of the car:
There is a deep scratch in the upper middle of the door. It's not so bad that it can't be buffed down, then vinyled over when I get around to the full body wrap. It does look much better than the giant dent on the lower half of the door.
All right, went out to check for leaks today, and it was bone dry! Fist time since the M66 was installed 8ish months ago. lol
Reviewing the paperwork from the shop; it turns out they didn't just pull the Pass. axle and the bevel gear, they pulled the whole damn transmission out of the car, cracked it open, resealed it, and replace all 4 seals on the output shafts (both sides). They reported that they found that on the Drivers side, the rubber was fine on the seal, but the spring was damaged, so they replaced it. And the seal I replaced a few months ago on the Pass side was all chewed up again on the outside; just like when I found the old one. They also noticed that the second smaller seal on that side was missing entirely, as well as an o-ring that goes in there. I also watched them seal the BG to the trans with sealant while they reassembled everything; something I know I did not do. Kinda looks like I have to go back to the first shop that cracked it open to install the Quaife LSD and give them a talkin' to.
I'm going to keep watching this for a couple weeks, since it was such a problem for so long. But, with this done, there is nothing stopping the car for hitting the Dyno...
A new issue has come up, that if the car sits for more than 5 days, the battery dies. I just replaced the battery a few months ago with a Optima Yellow Top, so it looks like I have a power drain to track down...
Bought a rear passenger door of a 00 V70R that is being parted out locally today. I also picked up the carpet from the same car. The door is to replace the current one that my wife put a giant dent in when she was pulling out of our parking spots (haven't you secretively wondered why all the pics of the car from the Driver's side?). It's a big dent across the lower half of the door. The donor car is the same year, model and even color code; so, WIN! Carpet is the same color as well, albeit in better condition than mine, so double WIN!! This will fix the melted carpet issue from the heater core fail.
So, the car has been in a tranny shop for a week while they track down and repair the leaking pass. side of the M66. They did just that, and that part of the job is good to go... but, when they were down there, they pinched the coolant line that leads to the oil cooler with the Bevel gear while removing it, causing a small pin hole to open up. They called and said what had happened, then told me they ordered a new hose, and replaced it. I asked, "You guys do know that the coolant is Evan's Waterless, right?" Silence on the other end... I continued, "and that it is reuseable, you just collect it, and filter it while putting it back in." I hear, "Oh fuck..." Then I say "So, that stuff is $45 a gallon, and cannot be purchased locally. You have to order it." The guy said hold on; is gone for about 5 minutes; returns to say "Yeah, they threw it out. We will have to order some to replace it. Totally our bad on this." I'm just hoping no one tried to add any regular coolant in it, or the whole thing is fucked. He said no, it's still int he air and they haven't brought it down to fill it yet. The Tech has no idea how much was drained either. Luckaly, I keep a gallon in the back of the car for emergencies; but more than that probably was drained out. Man, talk about fixing one thing only to screw up another...
I also recommend the Porterfield R4-S for street use, and some autocross. But, I switch to the R-4 compound version for autocross/Track use. The R-4 compound pads do squeal... like, a lot... like, people walking on the sidewalk staring at you, a lot... So, if you use them for autocross, make sure you swap them out afterwards. As said before, the R4-S are high temp, grip like mad, and very low dust pads.