Knocked out another suspension install today. We have seen this a ton before, so just a quick recap 🙂 Old stock shocks ready for replacement. And the new rears in place with lowering springs. And the fronts installed. I was going to do front control arm bushings as well, but both arms have been replaced recently, so there isn’t a need. A few other small things to fix on the car, then off to alignment!

After the Boxster was done, the next patient was put on the table. This guy also had a horrible howl from the front end. With 197k miles on the clock, I was really worried it might be something in the differential. After stripping off the brake caliper and rotor, I was able to spin the front hub, but with all the 4wd stuff also turning, I wasn’t 100% positive. There was definitely a crunchy hang up in the system somewhere. …

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Had this little Boxster in the shop last week for a stuck O2 sensor and some howling in the front end when driving. The O2 sensors on these can be a little bugger to get off sometimes, but often it just takes a little tool selection to find something that works. The stubborn O2 sensor is up there, along with a couple of broken exhaust manifold studs. Pretty common on these old 986’s. After getting the O2 sensor replaced, then …

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Had this little TT come into the shop this week for a downpipe replacement and instrument cluster repair. As you can see, something is not right. Actually there are a lot of things not right, including non working LCD screens and non functioning gauges. A fairly common issue on these Audis. So out comes the cluster to be sent out for repair. My hands aren’t steady enough to solder these clusters, it takes a really fine touch, so I’ll let …

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Had this MB C280 come into the shop for a broken trunk spring attachment and a pair of floppy mirrors. The trunk spring was actually easy, the welded tab the spring attaches to broke off, but there was another area for attachment that worked just fine. I had to disassemble the rear trunk, remove the spring, install the spring in the new location, mounting it in the orientation that it will not come off, then reattach the other end. No …

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Had this 993C2S come in this week for a bit of an odd project. In the past on my radar/laser shifter installs, I have talked about how I do not mount the LED’s and control knobs that came with the kits because I hate molesting dashes. Radar units have a finite lifespan before they are outdated technology. Currently, that is about 5-7 years. After that, they are obsolete, and relying in them can get you a big ticket. The problem …

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With the craptastic 20″ of snow we got in about 2 days, the shop has slowed down a little on the daily business. It has given us a little time to catch up on some big longer term projects, and make some progress on the LSX at home. I went back and forth on what to do for bump steer with the lowered cross member and lowered car in general. After reviewing a few options, I decided to go with …

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We had this nice little Jaguar come into the shop this week on the flatbed. Another shop in town has had it for awhile, and determined the engine had zero compression and a timing chain was broken or something odd like that. We went to the trouble to shove it in the back of the shop as we figured the head would have to come off. Once we did that, we decided to check it over. We pulled the oil …

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ALL REMAINING TIRES FROM THIS OVERSTOCK HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE TIRE RECYCLER. Ok, our used street tire supply is getting out of hand. $25 a tire cash moneys. Most are tires that were just too good still to throw away, I would guess most have 30-40% left in them, which could be run out on the street, or scrubbed off at the track. Sold as is, first to show up at the shop takes them. 17″ Michelin Pilot Sport: …

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