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Has your Northstar been Timeserted?

Has your Northstar been Timeserted? Please post mileage and answer.   214 members have voted

  1. 1. Has your Northstar been Timeserted? Please post mileage and answer.

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I will make sure to do that! Thanks........ :)


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Yenko, to add to what Scotty said, your car will need Timeserting only if you don't perform regular maintenance on the cooling system. Certainly, there are cars that have needed head gasket replacements earlier than "normal", but for the most part, if you take part in regular maintenance, you shouldn't lose a head gasket. And again, for the most part, the head bolts aren't the cause of head gasket problems...they're a problem when you REMOVE them to change the gasket...at which time you need to use the Timeserts for a proper repair.

So, you probably won't ever need a Timesert repair just because the head bolt threads pulled. You'll need one if you lose a head gasket and remove the head to replace it (how else would you do it). Changing the coolant every 2 years or 24,000 miles is very important. If you don't have records of when it was last changed, do it tomorrow.


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It was changed at 134,000 miles and I currently have 149,000 miles! Maybe this weekend when I get my oil changed! Thanks........ :)


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Cool -- as Scotty stated, it's real easy (and cheap) to just drain and refill every spring or something like that. Dump a tube or two of Bars Leaks Golden Seal into the lower hose when you take it off to drain and you'll be good to go. It'll take you all of about 10 minutes to drain the coolant and clean off the undercarriage afterwards, and you're way overprotected by doing it every season. If the car's earlier history was unknown (when did it come into your family), a coolant change every season would probably be prudent.


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All I know is that in the Maintenance Guide it was marked down at the end of the book that coolant was flushed at 134k miles! I have had the car for like almost a year now!

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All I know is that in the Maintenace Guide it was marked down at the end of the book that coolant was flushed at 134k miles! I have had the car for like almost a year now!

I myself am a little MORE fanatical and while I know every two years is OK, I said every YEAR! :lol:


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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Were do you get your coolent flushed?


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Defending Northstar perf a qtr mile at a time!!!!

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Were do you get your coolent flushed?

Think about doing it yourself, when you are ready we can help you out, it certainly makes the job cheaper.. Mike


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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Were do you get your coolent flushed?

I "get" mine flushed in my garage. A driveway or parking lot also works fine. I changed the water pump at the apartment I used to live in when I lived in Virginia. Don't even need jack stands or ramps.

Tools needed: 10mm wrench, drain pan.

Procedure:

1) Unbolt the lower radiator hose neck from the water pump housing.

2) Let coolant drain.

3) Add three cooling system tabs or a tube or two of Bars Leaks to lower hose.

4) Bolt the lower hose neck back up to the water pump housing.

5) Fill with a 50/50 mix of coolant and distilled water. Use green coolant for '95 and older models. Use Dexcool for '96 and newer.

The procedure should take you about 10 minutes, including letting the coolant drain out.

You can do "extras". For example, the ABS controller is just below the water pump area (at least on my '97), so I take the time to "wrap" that electrical box as best as I can with plastic cling wrap to keep the gross of the water off it. That takes an extra 2 minutes.

Note: if you can get to your radiator petcock, that would be the easiest, cleanest, and most thorough. I don't know why they made them practically inaccessible on these cars, but they did. I can't get to my radiator drain, no how, no way. Unbolting the lower hose will release about a gallon of fluid, give or take, in my experience. That's obviously not the WHOLE system, but if you start changing the coolant at least every 2 years, you'll get lots of new fresh coolant cycling through there.


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'95 STS

Closing in on 130,000 and no head /thread troubles yet. I try to keep up on the maintenance and have faith in the wonderful N*


'95 STS 155,000+

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OH Yea....we are below 11.5% Keep up the VOTING!! Mike


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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I have only 50k miles and it has given me no problem. Les

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OH Yea....we are below 11.4% Keep up the VOTING!! Mike


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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Oh Yea, down to 11.11% HA I love it!


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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Im not sure if it has been done. I bought the car 2 years ago it had 172,000 Kms on it it now has 183,000 Kms on it with no problems.

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Nice car! Love those late model wheels!


Jason(2001 STS, White Diamond)

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We are below 11% folks, keep up the VOTING, THANKS! Mike


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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10.75% folks, THANKS for VOTING, If you have not VOTED PLEASE VOTE! Mike


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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10.53%, about 1 out of 10, I still think we can do better. Keep Voting!

Here an interesting tid bit, since we were at 22.5%, we have gotten 51 NO-TIMESERT and 1 YES TIMESERT..... I think we will end up at 5%, basically saying that 5 out of 100 need it. Those are pretty good odds given the performance we experience. I smile everytime I drive it!


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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Mike,

You are having way too much fun with this poll...

My wife doesn't use them any more :(

So I'm sending you these: :lol::lol:

Enjoy :lol::lol:

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Yes! I am having fun as 22% was being presented as GOSPEL for the failure rate on the NORTHSTAR. I am out there with my pompoms making sure we get a GOOD sample so that we can have an idea of exactly what the failure rate actually is.... Given that this site is a site that owner's come to that are typically having problems I suspect that our failure rate will be higher than the actual... There are however many variables...

Cool I like LAKERS colors!


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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1999 DeVille with 47k. No, not timeserted. However, would like to make it to 100k+ before I start waving pompoms!

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1999 DeVille with 47k. No, not timeserted. However, would like to make it to 100k+ before I start waving pompoms!

Did you vote, don't forget to cast your vote!! Mike


Early on sailors navigated by the stars at night and the North star became the symbol for finding ones way home. Once you know where the Northstar is you can point your ship in the right direction to get home. So the star became a symbol for finding ones way home or more symbolically even finding ones path in life.

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CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT "TIMESERTED" MEANS?

SEABASS

93 STS

NORTHSTAR (76200)

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