After 4 months of not having any workspace, I’m finally mostly back. I have some work to do, but the space is worth the wait.
While the Skittle has been a great car, I have never had great luck with the motor mounts. In fact, the primary motor mount and Transmission amount have been filled, the transmission mount nearly completely refabricated. As if that’s not enough, the transmission bell housing has actually broken where the pitch mount bolts to. I know it’s not a race car, unfortunately, It can’t even handle a little over 100hp. With this said, I have decided to add a fourth mount. More info in the captions below.
The preliminary install started much like any other. Check Engine Light is on, plug in my incredibly good priced ElmScan 5 Compact USB OBD-II Scan Tool & OBDWiz Engine Diagnostic Software (423001) from Amazon (affiliate link) to pull the code and see what pops up.
p0455 – evap emmisions system – large leak
p0442 – evap emmissions system – small leak
Ok so now what? After some quick searches, it seems to be caused from a cracked Evap line or a bad gas cap. Well, the gas cap was replaced recently so time to get dirty!
It has probably been about 40,000 to 50,000 miles since replacing the front control arm bushings and with the clunking coming back and general sloppiness in the front of the car I decided to do them again. This time however when looking into pricing, I realized I can get new set of Raybestos Control Arms from Rock Auto for about $100 shipped. A cheaper set could be had for around $65, but after looking into the parts, I decided to go with the Raybestos brand. I’m glad I did, the build quality is pretty good though admittedly I can’t speak for the cheaper brands.
SAAB 900 Intercooler
SAAB 900 intercooler: Can be found on eBay or a pick a part style junkyard.
Tools Needed: Flathead Screwdriver, #10 wrench or socket, Drill, 2 bolts, washers and nuts, small piece of straight metal.