One Savvy Cavvy, $500 Craigslist car Pt.III

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Fixing some odds and ends that comes with the territory of owning a 22 yr old car.

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The first offender is the power steering reservoir pump. It’s a slow enough leak that I could probably look the other way but I literally had nothing going on today, so I guess I’ll give it the old college try. Who cares if it’s below freezing outside.

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The right one is the offending unit. I could by a remanufactured pump with reservoir for roughly $30 not including the refundable core charge on Rockauto...which is pretty darn cheap.

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Now I figured I can do one better by scavenging a half-way decent one from my local junkyard for pennies on the dollar. I got one from a 2001 Cavalier for $29 out the door. Total savings...$1 + 120,000 miles of wear and tear. I still got it.

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The fuel rail return hard line is my other issue that I plan to lay to rest. It leaks a drop every 2-3 seconds when the car is running...not enough for fiery death but just enough to make my car smelly. I run a tight ship so let’s see what the issue is.

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Turns out it was a pesky O-ring that mutilated itself. Well that’s an easy fix.

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I bought one of those universal Dorman O-ring variety kits for $3, slapped on a new O-ring and buttoned her right up. Fuel leaking won’t be an issue.

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Next on my list is replacing the exhaust manifold gasket.

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You can see how rubbish the original factory one is at this point. Easy swap in and I just feel better afterwards.

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Another day, another dollar I’d say! My work here is done and my car is done puking fluids for the meantime.

As a bonus, here’s photos from the Chicago Auto Show I went to on Sunday:

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