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  1. Crankshaft pulley/Balancer

    General Solstice Discussion
    FYI, the shop manual calls for using a universal harmonic balancer puller. In this case, that means your hands! No place to thread one on and it comes off easily after a slight wiggle or two. Thanks, 2Kwk4U!
  2. Serpentine belt change procedure/ how to?

    General Tech, Solstice GXP Specific
    You are stronger than me! I could barely budge the tensioner using the square hole. But, thos gave me the idea to put a large Allen wrench in the hole for the pulley bolt. That provided a lot more leverage and made it fairly easy.
  3. Headlamp Replacement

    General Tech, Platform Common Issues & Solutions
    Wow, thanks! I got the red tab bit but the green lever was not obvious.
  4. Turbo upgrade discussion

    General Solstice Discussion
    To chime in on the clutch, it really should not be going at 27k unless severely abused (which can be thins other than vigorous driving). I have 90k on my car and autocross - meaning a number of hot launches. So, the stock clutch is great.
  5. Convertible top autopsy

    General Solstice Discussion
    Wow! I bet the engineer who designed this was excited when it really worked! I am also a little lost in knowing what I am looking at but get the drift. I am not sure what the tension cables do - doesn't the top sit on a rigid frame?
  6. Replacement differential

    General Solstice Discussion
    I was noticing the bit about having to shorten the axles with the Caddy diff. You are correct about the different Kappa ratios.
  7. Replacement differential

    General Solstice Discussion
    That post is from 2008 - is it still valid?
  8. Replacement differential

    General Solstice Discussion
    So, has anyone else tried this - https://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/f30/06-07-cadillac-cts-v-3-73-posi-rear-end-sale-direct-bolt-solstice-sky-69403/? Not simple, but if no diffs are available.....
  9. Cracked Brake Reservoir Cap, Moisture >%4..

    General Tech, Platform Common Issues & Solutions
    Mine broke earlier this year in the same way. Because its a European part, none of the auto parts stores sell anything but the entire master cylinder assembly. They were as amazed as I was about this. I was able to order just the cap through the dealer with the usual back order and wait. Missed...
  10. Trunk alignment

    General Solstice Discussion
    Re-aligning the trunk lid did the trick. Had to adjust both the hinges and one of the bump stops. Boy, getting to the rear hinge bolt was a bear. Not only is it hard to see and reach but there is a bar that made it near impossible to use my standard 13mm wrench. It was only when I finally...
  11. How Long Did Your Turbo Last?

    General Tech, Solstice GXP Specific
    It seized at the NASSM in the Poconos when out on the race track. I do not think the track was the issue but instead that it had a bad bearing to begin with. Somewhere here is a post about a vacuum cleaner noise I would get from the turbo at startup, starting at somewhere around 5-8k miles...
  12. How Long Did Your Turbo Last?

    General Tech, Solstice GXP Specific
    Mine lasted 55,000 miles.
  13. Trunk alignment

    General Solstice Discussion
    Thanks, Dave! This is good timing as my trunk lid is no longer willing to open when the top is down - I have to hold the trunk button and pry it open. The torsion bars are not broken. It works fine when the top is up, although it has gotten hard to latch down the buttresses - the pins are...
  14. Valve noise - Don't want to be a nervous nellie but.....

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    Ah, listen to the mechanic, not the service guy. A bolt for the bracket holding the turbo to the engine worked its way loose and fell out. Bracket is fine. Turbo was replaced after NASSM in the Poconos (2014?) but hard to talk about a bolt being poorly torqued if it held for 3 years. So it goes...
  15. Valve noise - Don't want to be a nervous nellie but.....

    General Solstice Discussion
    Broken turbo bracket.
  16. Valve noise - Don't want to be a nervous nellie but.....

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    I know nothing at this point. As I was fishing for answers yesterday all over the internet I decided to me a nervous nellie and schedule an appointment. If it is something, most or all of the possibilities are nontrivial. It goes in Tuesday.
  17. Valve noise - Don't want to be a nervous nellie but.....

    General Solstice Discussion
    Good idea. Shouldn't I get a light, though, if its oil pressure?
  18. Valve noise - Don't want to be a nervous nellie but.....

    General Solstice Discussion
    I have an 09 GXP with the GMPP tune and no engine cover to mute noises. I have owned it the entire 83,000, so I am used to its odd sounds like the fuel pump tap, etc. In the past few weeks however, I have been worried about a loud rattle coming from the upper engine at start-up. It has gone...
  19. Campaign to Initiate NHTSA Investigation into Kappa Passenger Presence Sensor Failure

    General Tech, Platform Common Issues & Solutions
    That, and their refusal to honor the recall agreement and reimburse us for previous repairs until a new solution has been put in place means that this is the las GM car I will ever buy.
  20. DDMWorks Fender Well Kit won' stay on?

    Mods - Interior/Exterior Functional/Appearance
    Mine worked well for a while and then fell off and were lost. So I ordered new ones and could not get them to stay on. When I saw DDM at a NASSM, they said some fender liners were thicker than others and they would not fit so well. As for gluing, well duh, why didnt I think of that?!? I wonder...
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