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Truth. Of course driving slowly when it’s a thaw and moon is bright ? Lessons learned. A long time ago a runaway horse jumped out of. Field onto the hood of my ‘64 Chev and walked away !!! It was in Quebec. Some 1896 law saying horse owners are responsible for their animals paid the repair lol
It wasn't so much the speed, but the timing. There was nothing and then all of sudden right by my license plate (glint from it's eye) was a Racoon sprinting acrross the road, hit the brakes and BAM!!!! Too late little fella.
 

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Just a little cosmetic thing. The PO had a very minor carpark collision. The grille had a 1" long crack, and the lower mount slot 'rod' was broken off the headlight moulding. So I drilled that to take a carbon rod to which I've glued a short length of rubber hose that'll fit the grille slot easily. That's ready to epoxy in. The crack, I've drilled a 1/8" hole at the end of it to stop the crack going further, countersunk it and I've found 'in stock' a little solid aluminium rivet that fitted perfectly, polished the end of it and Cyano'd it in. (Jeez I'd hate to think of the cost of a new grille!!!) 2000 9-3.
 

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Replaced the PCV oil trap - what a nightmare job! Ended up taking off the intake manifold, the new one would not fit from underneath... 6 hours... And a piece of the old trap in the sump...
 

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Opened the bonnet... oil splashes all over the back of the engine... realised that the oil filler funnel wasn't properly sealed to the tube going down to the sump (I had taken it out a couple of days ago when I replaced the oil trap, see my other sob story...)
The o-ring I had quickly stuck on was too loose and wasn't sealing. Replaced o-ring with fatter one, all OK.
 

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My son has been using my 9-5 Aero Wagon, he told me today that the front brakes were grinding. I took the car, stopped at the parts place, picked up a set of pads and rotors. 49 minutes later the car was back on the ground and I was cleaning up.

It kind of sucks that the dealer had my car about a month ago to replace a wheel bearing on the right front and didn't tell me that the pads were paper thin. (mileage difference about 2000) It's not like they didn't have to take the caliper off to get the hub off to go press in the new bearing. I only had them do the bearing because it was the middle of feb and it was cold out. They could have said "hey, your front pads are almost gone" and I would have done them and not have had to do the rotors. They will hear about this.
 
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