It reached somewhere around 59 degrees today here in Pittsburgh, and my wife’s Saturn needed an oil change. The Saturn got washed, I tried to fix the leak in the A pillar, and an oil change.

2004 Saturn Ion
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I took the Saturn Ion’s roof trim piece off above divers door and tried to look where it may be leaking. Looking for an apporpriate glue in the house I tried “tacky glue” along the foam seal and windshield. It ended up being elmers glue I was looking for something like rubber cement gluey and rubbery. I will see how it works next winter because that seems to be when it leaks. I think it has to do with ice freezing and thawing. I don’t know exactly where the water is entering. I also tried to revitalize the foam rubber door strips with some hotel room lotion. I will see if this works... It seems like lotion pulls the dirt and adds moisture. I don’t know where I got this idea about 10 years ago, but I finally tried it.

Next I worked on my car. I bought a new battery, changed the air filter, cleaned the engine bay, and tried to change the spark plugs. I bought the car with 186,000 miles on it. Changed the oil and put 3,000 more miles on it. I spun the car at 4:00 am in the wet with bald tires. No damage to anything, but it was scary. Since then the car has been off the road. I got new wheels since the steelies are super rusty, I also have been trying to do some rust repair. The air filter and plugs thankfully were not factory original, but the plugs look nasty. The crush rings for the spark plugs may be stuck to the head. Hopefully tomorrow I can get some tools to check.

Old vs New Spark Plugs
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Also, on the list of things to do is clear up the headlights. I ran out of clean rags and energy today. Here is a now/current pic.

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2005 Hyundai Elantra passenger side headlight
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2005 Hyundai Elantra driver’s side headlight
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Here is an engine pic with the plastic cover off after trying to clean it.

2005 Hyundai Elantra engine
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I am looking forward to having my own car again. I could not find tons of things toady e.g. the Gojo, WD 40, big flat screwdriver, and extending magnet. That is all for my near noob level wrenching. Lesson learned today if a car may be off the road for a long while disconnect the battery.