Originally Posted by Scott Danforth
I have temporarily patched the hole in the bottom where the condensation tube fittings were ground down with JB weld until I get a replacement IC. not happy about the busted plastic in the front or missing lip to the bumper cover.
Check all the joints in the charge tubes for tightness. The force applied could easily have pulled them apart and the factory hose clamps are notoriously poor. Replace them with better clamps.
Check with Redline recyclers in Orlando. They have a lot of parts and can probably find you a good used IC.
noted that the coolant is green. talked to the PO, was a private garage that did the work. not sure why they used non GM coolant. on my list to change shortly.
The Dexcool and other formulations are incompatible. If mixed you will get jelly inside the motor. I would stay with the Green or make sure you flush the hell out of everything with water. You could be creating new problems that you don't need.
passenger air bag module is dead - awaiting parts to arrive at stealership for recall. spent 2 days on the phone with GM, because according to GM, my car has a "branded title", however according to Florida, that is not the case. finally GM and dealer came to agreement for the recall
Is it the airbag module or the seat sensor? The seat sensor is under the recall. The airbag module is in the dash.
TPMS module is dead which is common with '08 cars, however it wont flash - new RKE module planned, however low on the required list. so all 4 TPMS sensors read "--"
The TPMS sensor batteries are at the end of life. They are starting to fail. Make sure that you have good sensors before you work on the RKE module. Amazon has a nice tool that allows you to check the status of each wheel sensor.
changed plugs to a new set of delco 41-108's and gaped to 0.028" about 3 days after getting the car which seamed to help
There have been instances of plugs welding themselves to the heads. I use anti-seize for this reason
car has stock map sensors, so I doubt there is a tune in it. that will have to wait until I get the IC replaced. not sure I need more than a GMPP or Trifecta tune as most of my driving has been bumper-to-bumper grid-lock on 275 in Pinellas county
The GMPP has improved mileage to a measurable extent. Some have seen mileage go from 32 to as high as 40 MPG at steady freeway driving.
rear window is starting to come loose. I have the 3M sealant on order thru amazon. that will wait until we are back from vacation.
Do a rehearsal of the fix before you apply the glue. The easy part is applying the glue to the window, the challenging part is bracing the window against the top while the glue sets. I used a cardboard box pressing against the rear window and held in place by the forward edge of the trunk lid. If you practice this first it makes the job pretty straight forward
trunk latch is intermittent. sometimes the trunk releases, other times I wedge my fingers in the corner of the shut line and try to pry up while pressing the button in the glove box. the other issue is the trunk falls on my head when putting the top up or down. any suggestions?
I had a similar problem. My factory torsion bars were weak. I replaced them with new ones and "adjusted" the clamps under the bumper cover to provide increased tension..
It is not terribly challenging to replace them.
The ultimate solution is to purchase the Opal GT trunk lift cylinder kit. Its designed for the Sky / Opal GT but you can make minor mods that will allow it to fit the Solstice. I put mine on this winter. Pops the trunk right open.
passenger cup holder is broken and center console is cracked.
Here is what you need to know about the cupholder
There are now sources for printed replacement parts for the existing cupholders. Also, you can tune them so they work very well.
put together a tire plug kit to keep in the trunk. not fond of the tire goo as it makes one hell of a mess.
The fix a flat is no doubt a solid mass in the trunk. If it is used it makes the tire unrepairable after about 24 hours and can damage the TPMS sensor. Not using it is a great idea. I carry the pump and CO2 in addition just because.
Read the maintenance checklist. It covers all the items that need to be checked.
1 Pop open the key fobs to verify the integrity of the solder joint to the battery retainer
1 Verify operation of exterior lights
2 Inspect body panels for fit, condition
3 Check TPMS for function and tire pressure
1 Visually inspect engine bay for condition clean as necessary
2 Verify brake fluid level and condition
3 Visually inspect condition of all charge tube clamps.
4 Check air cleaner filter element condition
5 Inspect the PCV valve for proper operation and connection
6 Check tightness of exhaust bolts, mounts
7 Check tightness of turbo shield
8 Inspect turbo oil lines
9 Inspect oil fill level and condition (fuel contamination)
10 Inspect / service battery terminals
11 Inspect / service engine ground terminal
12 Check all fluids. Verify mileage / life are within required values
13 Inspect forward fuse box and terminals for condition
14 Inspect hood / fender latches, lube as necessary
15 Inspect electrical cables for condition
16 Check top side condition of inner fenders
17 Check ECM is properly mounted and condition of connectors
Cockpit and Top
1 Check tightness of top when up and locked. Adjust as necessary (left and right)
2 Query owner about wind noise. Adjust windows if necessary
3 Check condition of door handles, tighten / repair if required
4 Lubricate the sliding portion of top mechanism over the doors to preclude pinching.
5 Visually inspect the slide plate over the doors for tightness and wear. Replace if necessary
6 Check operation of the roof latch, tighten as necessary
7 Visually inspect the windshield to top gasket. Looking for tears, holes etc. Lubricate
8 Check operation of buttress latches, lubricate / adjust as necessary
9 Verify proper operation of convertible top folding mechanism.
10 Verify condition of rear window glass and defroster
11 Treat all rubber seals with di-electric grease
12 Pull the center console and check for cracks. Install support if required.
13 Cycle both cupholders and check operation. Lube as necessary.
14 Check operation of dash trunk release button.
15 Pull the right carpet front and visually inspect BCM area
16 Visually inspect BCM fuses.
17 Cycle driver's seat height adjustment to verify operation. Lube as necessary.
18 Check operation of hood release latch, lube as necessary
19 Check dead pedal for condition
20 Check door hinges for operation, service as necessary
21 Verify condition of door body latches
22 For vertical doors verify fit and adjust. Lubricate
1 Verify trunk latch operation
2 Check trunk operation. Verify condition of torsion bars / hinges
3 Check / service trunk lid hold down rubber feet.
4 Visually inspect trunk pressure release valve
5 Visually inspect flap cables for operation and condition. Adjust / Lube as necessary
6 Visually inspect trunk cable assembly, connectors etc.
7 Visually inspect and lube as necessary buttress latches
8 Check trunk light for operation
9 Check rear trunk drain area. Clean as necessary.
10 Verify operation of trunk forward drains, left and right. Clean as necessary
1 Inspect intercooler drain tube, check for presence of oil, water or contaminates
2 Inspect radiator for blockage, clean as necessary.
3 Inspect the front bumper and "chin" for scuffing or damage
4 Visually inspect inner fenders for rubbing / wear inside rear wheel wells
5 Inspect condition of wheel electrical connections
6 Check break pads / disks for wear
7 Visually inspect shocks for condition / leaks / operation
8 Check wheel hub bolts (three per wheel) for proper torque (or if missing)
9 Inspect the bottom attachment points for fenders and condition of fenders
10 Visually inspect the differential for leaks and condition of mounts
11 Verify condition of wheel bearing condition.
12 Inspect exhaust system for condition and tightness
13 Inspect condition of O2 sensor wiring
14 Check / torque wheels
15 Inspect tires for condition, wear