used-car reconditioning

John S. Lagnese jlagnese at
Tue Apr 17 20:33:32 EDT 2007

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Eric Huppert" <ehuppert at>
To: <quattro at>
Sent: Tuesday, April 17, 2007 10:22 AM
Subject: used-car reconditioning

> Kent,
> Got married on Saturday, so my archive browsing and responses are a little
> behind! Apologize if I duplicate other responses!
> Nice list, looks pretty good.
> While you're doing the door jamb wires (I've found it best to pull window
> frame, undo wiring, then take door off) would suggest a good lube on door
> internal mechanicals and close inspection of lock assy! Lock assys are 
> prone
> to breakage, replacement cyl assys are cheap enough and are modified,
> requires some additional clearance on one of the ball sockets. Also, trunk
> cyl assys are know to seize up. Either tons of lube, or remove the spring
> loaded detent ball. Also lube up window tracks, etc. And good to do stereo
> stuff whilst door is apart.
> BIGGIE! Ground connections. Clean all engine to chassis ground points and
> cables, and ECU to chassis/intake manifold . PITA to get at ground points
> below the ABS, inside the rail, but can be done. I also added a engine to
> firewall ground strap.
> Motor mounts and trans mounts. Drivers side motor mounts get fried over
> time, trans mounts usually get pentosin/and or oil soaked.
> Performance: Would suggest a strut or tower bar support. (Not going down
> that debate trail) Alignments are a issue with these cars, and lowering
> springs will make it worse. Adj camber plates will ease the pain, but they
> don't really stop the towers from further collapsing!
> Remove shifter boot, clean and lube shifter. Also, check linkage as the 
> ball
> sockets get funky!
> Bottom line is (as most of us know) takes quite a bit to sort these cars
> out! I'm of the mind set that doing the job right, good parts, patience, 
> and
> quality work means that I'm not doing it again! (In theory that is!)
> enough for now!
> Eric
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