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Old 01-13-2013, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi there,

I am a relatively new Solstice owner (2008). I purchased it with 8K miles on it last December. I have a mercury repair warranty for the car. Sadly, thus far it has only covered ONE of the breakdowns or repair issues which was the clogged fuel injector.

I am now faced with a small hole in the evaporator hose ($570) and I am told I need to flush my rear differential with synthetic fluid at least once but perhaps twice to eliminate a clunking noise that I hear when the gas pedal is depressed and sometimes with gear changes. The dealer is telling me it will cost me 210 each flush.

I find both of these two problems odd at 20K miles. Does anyone have any suggestions on what questions I should ask, or what I should do? I am not a mechanic. At present I am taking the car to a Buick dealer in Florida. Anyone know of any honorable and capable mechanics in the Tampa Bay area that I could take it to for second opinions or for repairs?

Many thanks,

Valerie
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:26 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sorry to learn of your problems.

There are a lot on posts on this forum from 07 and 08 on this subject. If you can't find them in a google search, we will point you to them.

There are also a lot of members of this forum and the Sky roadster forum from Fla. I am sure they can offer advice. Check the Sky forum too. Start a thred with the title Looking for help in Tampa and you should get he
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:57 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Do what rob suggested . The help is on its way .
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Old 01-14-2013, 05:46 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Welcome Valerie.

Unfortunately many "aftermarket" warranties pay off worse than Las Vegas.

From what other members have reported, the noise in the differential may or may not be corrected with only a flush - see link below.

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Old 01-14-2013, 11:00 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hey there, I'm a new (used) owner too, a 08 with 32K thousand miles on it. Fortunately, I haven't had the repair jobs you've needed so far. I just plan to keep on changing the oil every 3K and avoid driving in the rain.
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Old 01-14-2013, 01:02 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Here are some Tampa / Florida people from the Sky Forum

Go to the south east section of that forum and you will find a lot of discussion by and about Fla

Southeast - Saturn Sky Forums: Saturn Sky Forum

Here are some members of the Sky forum and links to their public profiles. You can send any or all of them a private message with questions, exchange phone numbers etc.

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This is the link to the Tampa Bay Roadsters threads on this forum. Read through it and then contact any or all of them. Put a post in this section asking for info, or PM individual members.

http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f116/
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Welcome to the Forum! Great advice so far.
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Old 01-14-2013, 02:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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There isn't much you can do about a hole in the evaporator line but the clunk is not going to get fixed by flushing the lube.

Unless your car is a GXP, the clunk you describe sounds like the "normal" clunk that many of our cars experience. Mine has done it since it was new. Since that was 90k miles ago I am pretty confident that it doesn't indicate a "problem". Flushing the axle lube is the prescribed treatment for a grinding that may occur when making sharp turns.
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Thanks, JRinKY, for that information. My baby developed that grinding noise about a year ago and I've worried about it since. I put new tires on her last summer and the tire guy took her for a drive and said the grinding noise was probably the rearend. I told him I had had the rear pinion seal replaced after the recall, but he felt it best that I take it to the dealer for the "repair". I couldn't afford that expensive repair, so I don't drive her as frequently now. However, within the last couple of months, that grinding noise has pretty much disappeared. <HOORAY> I will have the axle lube flushed, though, as soon as I can and hopefully get rid of that noise for good!
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Thanks, JRinKY, for that information. My baby developed that grinding noise about a year ago and I've worried about it since. I put new tires on her last summer and the tire guy took her for a drive and said the grinding noise was probably the rearend. I told him I had had the rear pinion seal replaced after the recall, but he felt it best that I take it to the dealer for the "repair". I couldn't afford that expensive repair, so I don't drive her as frequently now. However, within the last couple of months, that grinding noise has pretty much disappeared. <HOORAY> I will have the axle lube flushed, though, as soon as I can and hopefully get rid of that noise for good!
Look up "clutch packs" for grinding issues with the LSD on slow, tight turns.

in google, something like site:solsticeforum.com clutch packs

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Old 01-15-2013, 09:47 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Flushing the lube is step one. Make sure the proper additive is used when replacing the lube or the grinding is sure to return.
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Hi there,

I am a relatively new Solstice owner (2008). I purchased it with 8K miles on it last December. I have a mercury repair warranty for the car. Sadly, thus far it has only covered ONE of the breakdowns or repair issues which was the clogged fuel injector.

I am now faced with a small hole in the evaporator hose ($570) and I am told I need to flush my rear differential with synthetic fluid at least once but perhaps twice to eliminate a clunking noise that I hear when the gas pedal is depressed and sometimes with gear changes. The dealer is telling me it will cost me 210 each flush.

I find both of these two problems odd at 20K miles. Does anyone have any suggestions on what questions I should ask, or what I should do? I am not a mechanic. At present I am taking the car to a Buick dealer in Florida. Anyone know of any honorable and capable mechanics in the Tampa Bay area that I could take it to for second opinions or for repairs?

Many thanks,

Valerie
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