sprucegoose

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About sprucegoose

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  • Birthday 11/08/1960

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  • Car Model and Year
    2003 Seville SLS
  • Engine
    Northstar 4.6L V8 (LD8/L37)

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  • Gender
    Male
  • Location
    Cedarburg, WI
  • Interests
    Auto mechanics
    snowmobiling
    hunting/shooting
    photography

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  1. Agreed, its the nature of the beast though... Big ol' Northstar in there doesn't leave much room for access of much else! Yes, technician confirmed with dye coming out of the evap drain.
  2. Thank goodness for long needle-nose pliers to pull those guys out! Strangest arrangement ever, with the 3 pieces interlocking as you slide them in. Next to no room to work under there by the gas pedal of course.
  3. Heres a pic of the dirty filter pack I took out!
  4. Just an update of sorts on this... The display still come/goes, seems real random. Sure is nice when it works though! LOL The bigger issue is now I've found I have a leaking AC Evaporator Core, and it will only hold a charge for a couple weeks at best... Of course you have to literally pull the entire dash, console and steering column to replace. I think I'm going to just live with it, at least for the rest of this summer, which is pretty tolerable here in WI.. I should have figured this was where my leak was coming from when I went to change the cabin filter and the thing was just polluted with black gunk, leaves and road grime! Having that packed in there for all those years probably rotted out the AC Core. The evaporator drain hose got plugged twice on me and a lot of black globs where coming out of that tube when I popped it open. Flooded the carpet in the interior both times... Smelled just wonderful of course!
  5. I feel for you, my last two Eldorados had this issue and it was kind of annoying. It especially drove my wife nuts as she has a sensitive nose... the wisps of smoke coming from under the hood a the traffic light stops was bad at times! I looked into trying to re-seal that case half seal (thats were mine was leaking) and theres no easy external way. Just have to pull the motor and split the case. One thing I was contemplating back then was to make some sort of sheetmetal diverter flange, (maybe attach to block with JB weld or something) to direct the oil from dripping on that cross-pipe. At least it wouldn't burn then... My 03 SLS has some slight seepage, but thankfully seems to be coming from up top I noticed the valve cover gaskets need replacing when I changed the plugs out last week. 2 sockets in the head actually had pools of oil around the plugs! I think that shouldn't be too hard to do, just no time to get at it yet.
  6. Have a problem that just popped up this week with Betty White... (2003 SLS) She decided she doesn't need me to know exactly what temp my AC is set to, or anything about the climate for that matter! I had it go out temporarily on my way home from work last week, but it came back on the next time I started it. All seems functional yet though... There is one history code (RIM U1255) which is regarding lost communications with PCM, so think it may be related? Now it hasn't displayed anything for the last few days. Can anyone tell me if they've seen this issue or where to begin troubleshooting? I can start tearing into the console there, but don't want to if its not necessary of course... Thanks in advance for any advice!
  7. Just a word of advice... Don't bring a shiny, sweet looking caddy when your trying to sell you old Audi! LOL I did get it sold yesterday, but it was a big distraction with two different back-back prospects when I had parked my SLS "Betty White" behind the Audi on the street. Both groups spent a lot of time looking and commenting on the beauty of my new ride! Thank goodness the new recipient, (a 17 yr old girl) wasn't deterred from her interest in the A-4 and she will be taking it home tomorrow! Actually the Audi is in super nice shape as well, and many commented they'd never seen a car look so clean with 250K mi. on it! I know that was a huge selling point, along with all the records and receipt that the previous owner and me both kept on this vehicle. Its reassuring when you are buying to see the maintenance was done properly and that you can look back to see when it needs to be accomplished next. Betty is running great, couldn't be happier with that purchase! So happy I went the extra miles to get this one, and fortunate to find a super clean Caddy again!
  8. last one, tail shot...
  9. here's an interior you could eat off of... Not that I'd let you though! LOL
  10. Nice clean, powerful Northstar!
  11. heres the rear qtr shot
  12. Sorry it took so long! Here's a couple pics from the original ad and a couple I took when I got her back to the hacienda...
  13. Wow! There's a good example of why I truly love this site! You guys are the best, what a wealth of knowledge! I think I'll likely do the same Kevin... I can't see tearing into it right now. My wife would lock me outa the house! She says I already spend too much time working on the cars! LOL I need to get moving on the Firebird project again too! 😄
  14. Yup, just one code and all else is well! The pearl white beauty is in the garage! Been so busy with work today I couldn't get any pics, and the front is plastered with bugs form the late-night arrival last evening. What a great ride though! So smooth and really comfortable seats. Cant say I love the console cover though, a little stiff for my liking and the stitching rubs against your arm at times... I think I will just drive it for a while and see how this trans code thing pans out. As I said, I lived with it in the Sprucegoose... I did note I got 24.5 mpg on the 190 mile trip home last night, most of that was at about 72-80mph with a few good WOT exercises to let her breathe! What a beautiful family we bought this from also! The guy was just so sincere and pleasant to talk to... He gave me lots of extra new items also, filters, belts, wiper blades! His wife and young son came out to meet us also. The scariest part of the eve was when my wife and I were on the test drive and this fool pulled from a T-intersection right out in front of me in a big pickup! It was all I could do to not pile into him at 50mph! Man those brakes and my quick reaction saved me, thank you God! I will try and post a couple pics I got from the original ad (I found it on craigslist) tomorrow if possible. Getting late here and 4:30 am comes quick! Excited for the first trip to work, should make my 120 mi. per day commute much more comfortable and enjoyable!