bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
1/4/21 8:05 a.m.

So this is the wife's car. HAd it for a little over 2 months now, purchased with 87k miles on it. Apparently these have OLM as at 4500 miles since we purchased it the screen says CHANGE ME! OK, not quite but close enough. I'd also gotten new spark plugs for it as it's at 91k miles and a fresh can of Seafoam. Also had a new shift boot as the one in the car had a burn hole. 

This is, quite possibly, the easiest to work on vehicle mechanically I've ever had. Oil filter and drain plug are 8" apart. Easily fits the same pan at the same time. Spark plugs are easy to reach, and theres a perfect tool tray they call a cowl. After running 2/3 of a can of seafoam through the PCV hose, I let it sit for 5 minutes. Poured the rest into the fuel tank. Fired it up and damn did it smoke. Took 5 miles of harsh driving to get all the smoke out and after that it run silky smooth (for a 4-pot) and a tick quieter. Spark plugs took 15 minutes total and to be honest there was no real need as the Iridium NGK's that came from the factory were perfectly fine. Oil change was another nice surprise. Other than Gorilla hands that over tightened the crap out of the filter, everything else was done and over. I am a little surprised that it only takes 3.5 quarts of oil, but it's a NA 1.6 engine so does it really need more than that?

I am fairly certain it took longer to hang the new lights than to do all the work. So far the wife is averaging 34mpg on her daily commute since we brought it home. I have a feeling this car will be a gas, tires and oil machine.

One thing left to do is to replace the passenger mirror indicator. The one on the car is broken but being LED it still works. This looks to be a PITA more than the other stuff. The low beams seem pretty weak, so I might try some LEDs in the projector housings (seriously Hyundai/Kia, stop putting halogen bulbs in projectors they suck).

sleepyhead the buffalo
sleepyhead the buffalo Mod Squad
1/4/21 11:00 a.m.

Moved to builds/project cars

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
7/13/21 12:38 p.m.

Well, it's been over 6 months. Car now has 99,807+/- miles on it and it's had oil changes and the aforementioned maintenance when we bought it. Today the wife was driving and the tach went and stayed to zero. It's been hard to start occasionally with long cranking. She got it to my work, I went out and sure enough P0335 crank sensor code. Cleared the codes, cylced the key and it started right up and I sent her home. New cranks sensor gets installed tonight.

EDIT: I like these maintenance threads. I realized we have put 13k miles on in 6 months with nothing more than oil changes and gas. 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
7/13/21 6:23 p.m.

Well that was a ridiculously easy job. 11 minutes including finding the Jack, stands and jacking it up. 

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
7/30/21 8:48 a.m.

I'm figuring out these little GDI engines do not like cheap 87 octane, high ambient temps and high load. The wife filled up at Sam's with 87 like always, then drove to Bloomington with the AC on, around there and back up through the hilly parts of the state in 93* temps. Car tripped the CEL for knock sensor. I had a very similar issue with my '13 recently when it was 92* after a Sam's fill up on cheap gas. 

So for now I have her filling it back up with some shell 93 and monitoring. The plugs showed no signs of detonation so I think we are still safe.... just outside the acceptable range of comfort for the engine.

bobzilla
bobzilla MegaDork
7/31/21 6:03 a.m.

finally got tint (on both) yesterday. Makes it much more enjoyable. 

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