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Old 09-03-2018, 07:40 AM
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I love to read success stories by good mechanics. I'm guessing the ATF caused the smoking and may have done something to the 02 sensors?
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Old 09-03-2018, 10:35 AM
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Yes to both and after the o2 sensor died the pcm went full rich also adding to the smoke. What I am surprised about is that the pcm did not look at the fuel mapping, all the other inputs and the downstream o2 sensor and then disregard the front sensor. This car is probably too old for that kind of fuel logic. That is what I did, I have always said you have to be smarter than the computer to repair it.
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Old 09-03-2018, 06:45 PM
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That's why I don't fool with them, Andy! LOL
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:14 AM
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I transfered and registered the silver/blue L200 automatic car today and drove it to work. I am making a mental note on what else it needs to be a reliable car for the next owner. I noticed that when I use the turn indicators the daytime running lights go off and the flash to pass brights come on. This is how these multifunction switches fail on these cars, the spring for the dimmer function gets weak and the lever becomes floppy. It even let out some magic smoke on the way home tonight! I ordered a genuine GM switch from Rock Auto.

Sway bar links are also another weak point on these cars. I am going to drive this car for a while while waiting for the title to arrive. I will also use this time to make some needed repairs to my stick shift car. I ordered KYB struts and some Moog problem solver sway bar links for my stick shift car. I also have some adjustable lower rear control arms coming so I can get the car aligned. I will put the new stuff on my stick shift car and transfer the good used switch and links to the automatic car.

More to come as time goes on.....
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:32 AM
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Got any good full car pics to show us?
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Old 09-05-2018, 12:41 AM
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I will have to take some. It is cleaning up nicely, there is damage to the rear bumper cover that I will need to deal with. The rest of the car is pretty.clean, there are a couple small dents with no paint damage. One I can get behind and maybe make look a little better but the other is in the door above the window and is a double panel. It has gray cloth interior, light colored carpet is difficult to keep clean. Probably some Walmart carpeted floor mats will help.
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