[DML] Re: Production date, TABs, coolant leak and hood grooves
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[DML] Re: Production date, TABs, coolant leak and hood grooves

I just addressed both of these issues you mentioned on my car.

I replaced ALL of the hoses on my car including the entire heater 
circuit. To reach the heater control valve and related hoses I put 
the car on jack stands on approached some of them from under the 
car. The only one that was a total pain in the a$$ was the hose that 
connects to the return pipe under the manifold. It took a lot of 
WD40 and coaxing. I would say that most likely it is your heater 
control valve that is leaking, mine was along with about 4 other 
hoses which prompted me to replace all of the 25 year old hoses. 

The TABs are the bolts that connect the trailing arms to the frame. 
The car needs to be on jack stands (or the rear wheels need to be 
suspended) to replace them. Once the wheels are raised you can 
loosen the bolts and spin them with a wrench. Observe the trailing 
arm while doing so and if it moves up and down the bolt is bent and 
should be replaced. Replacement is easy of you have a 5 speed and do 
not live in the rust belt. Just be sure to count the alignment shims 
before removing the bolts and have a alignment done when you are 
finished. Oh, and you need to torque the bolts to 55lbs WITH the 
weight of the car on the suspension. I simply backed onto some rams 
to tighten the bolts. 

All this said, there are a lot of people with more experience and 
ability than I who lurk this group, they will undoubtedly chime in. 
Also check the archives for more info. Have fun!


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