[V8] Report from the Front: no surprises

Ed Kellock ekellock at gmail.com
Wed May 7 09:08:37 PDT 2008

I believe the oil pressure gauge is an anomoly in the instrument
cluster circuit board assembly.


On 5/7/08, Roger Woodbury <rmwoodbury at roadrunner.com> wrote:
> Well I just got back from the wrench with the new V8.  NO real surprises.
> We made a list of the things that will need to be corrected, and will begin
> the process next week.  The issues are those mostly expected in a V8 with
> 62,000 miles.
> We pulled the left side cam cover and found that the belt has NOT been
> changed.  Everything inside is original, although the belt is in fine
> condition and will last another ten thousand miles or more most likely.  We
> will do the timing belt service first, next week.
> The left side valve cover gasket is leaking and the right side far less so.
> Corrected next week.
> The oil pressure sender is funky...or else there is something else funky in
> the oil pressure line.  The gauge goes all the way to the right and stays
> there when the key is turned, regardless of whether the engine is running or
> not. I noticed this for the first time when I started up this morning,
> having not driven the car more than a mile or two since I got back here with
> it on Saturday.
> The right front outer universal cover is torn, and we will replace it, the
> front brakes, sway bar bushings, tie rods and tires in the fall.  Along with
> an alignment, the car will be ready then for winter.
> It is clear that there will be a need for some brake lines at some point as
> corrosion is present on most of them, normal for a car that has seen some
> winter driving in its life.  Not severe enough to worry about at this point,
> but I'll bet that at around 30,000 miles of use this process will begin,
> assuming that I drive the car through the winter exclusively.
> So, all in all, not bad.  The car looks great, and for the price plus these
> relatively small items, the car will be set for another 60K with only
> routine maintenance.
> My wife thinks the car looks good on me.  That helps.
> Roger
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