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    1990 Coupe Deville
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    4.5L OHV V8

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  1. A self-storage auction buyer recently purchased the contents of a unit at Pond Springs Storage in Austin, Texas, for $51 and discovered 500 separate pieces to a 1959 Cadillac under a greasy tarp. In restored condition, the two-door coupe could be valued at more than $50,000, according to MyAustinStorage.com, which owns the facility. He got it for 50 bucks!!!
  2. It was -9F on Monday, and the belt popped off in the cold again. I got a new belt that was an inch shorter ( a 785k6 ) and everythign appears to be working correctly now The correct belt for the 4.5 A/C bypass appears to be a 785k6
  3. Well, well. The belt came off the pulleys today while I was almost home. Quite the surprise to not have power steering any longer I'm not sure if I didn't have everything aligned right, and it worked its way off... or if the belt is slightly too long. When I got home and put the belt back on it came right off again. I got everything lined up correctly and now the belt stays on. I DID notice that my automatic tensioner is almost all the way extended... meaning that there's room for my belt to be shorter. I noticed that there's a 780k6 belt which is 1.5 inches shorter or a 785k6 belt whi
  4. I purchased the belt last night, although I didn't get a $20 credit for some reason. Maybe I already used it, who knows LOL The 79.5" belt is correct for the 1990 4.5 A/C bypass. The belt I got was a 795k6 (79.5" 6 rib) The A/C pulley seems to spin OK when it's cold. There are metal shavings inside the pulley, though. It makes noise and seems to bind a little when the underhood temp increases. I got a bad rattling chain type of sound when I got stuck in traffic once. The last thing I need is a snapped belt and being stranded somewhere, the temps around here have been single digits late
  5. Thanks Jim The car has been converted to 134 already and does not use the old style freon. This was done in 2001/2002 and the freon is low/empty now. The A/C hasn't worked since I bought the car, and I haven't had a car with working A/C for close to 10 years now. I don't think anyone makes a dummy pulley for this, though. I'm also assuming the A/C system has leaks and I don't want to spend the money to fix that. The car only has 63k miles on it. It's seen better days, though. I wouldn't rate it Excellent, more like average or slighly above average. I rescued it from going to the junk y
  6. Do the 89 and 1990 4.5's use the same serpentine belts? I found reference to someone replacing the standard belt with a 79" belt on an 89 4.5 to bypass the A/C pulley. If this will work I think it's the route I will take. I have a $20 credit at auto zone and it would pay for the belt, or most of it anyways. EDIT: AutoZone has a 79.5" belt, 795K6, for $20. I will be trying that out and will report back.
  7. Searching the internet now for options. It looks like my options are: - bypass pulley. Autozone, Napa and Orielly aren't any help, they don't list a bypass pulley for this car. Neither does RockAuto. Autozone said they could see a Dorman brand bypass pulley but have no part number and don't carry it. - shorter belt. I have seen reference to a 79.5" belt that might work??? Any downside to doing this? - used compressor. Might cost around 50 bucks? Any recomendations?
  8. Hi Guys! My A/C pulley is binding up. I can see metal shavings on the pulley. It's time to fix this thing before the belt breaks and ruins something else. I have searched around for a "bypass pulley" with no luck. I can't find one at RockAuto or at the parts stores. I've searched around a little and I've seen mention of simply removing the A/C altogether and using a shorter belt. It SOUNDS like there were three versions: -no A/C, no P/S -P/S, no A/C -A/C and P/S (I have A/C and power steering) Is that right?? Is it possible to simply remove the A/C and run a shorter belt for P/S n
  9. I think you need to fix the security issue before the car will start. I have written a tutorial on how to fix it that you can find here If you have any questions or need help, I or another member can help.
  10. That's what I did in my 1995 STS with a tape player. I bought a $5 tape adaptor off Ebay or Amazon, and I hooked it up to my ipod mp3 player.
  11. If the manuals don't sell here, I'd try ebay.
  12. I've had good luck with Mothers spray on foam tire and wheel cleaner, it comes in a red spray bottle. That and a sponge got my white walls really white, but I have Michelin or something and not Vogue. Magic Eraser also works well. These are my first white wall tires and I havent tried any other products on them yet.
  13. in my (limited) experience, the passkey problem will either get worse and worse until it doesn't work anymore, or it will disappear for a long time until you're suddenly stranded. I've had both happen to me On my old 95 STS It showed up one day, didn't show up for another almost two years, and then I was stranded at a buddy's house.
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