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    Redesigned PC/Gaming Rig

    Case: EVGA DG-85 Storage: 1TB HDD + 128GB SSD MB: ASUS Sabertooth Z97 Mark I RAM: 16GB (2x8GB) 1866MHz Overclocked to ~1900Mhz CPU: Intel i7 4790K (4.0Ghz) Overclocked to 4.5Ghz (Cooler: Corsair H55) GPU: EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 FTW (Hybrid Cooler + EVGA Powerlink for cable management) PSU: Seasonic 850W
  2. So, as some of you may know I have a Northstar engine. Today my car was dead, I haven't driven it in a few days and it was sitting in single digit temps all day on Friday. I wasn't surprised, seeing as I still have the f*cking factory battery in the car. (I'm too cheap to buy another one, its like $150+) I jumped it, and as expected the car was idling high because the battery was so low. After a minute of so steam started to rise from the engine block. Smells like coolant (Oh shit). I just let it happen. I watched it with the hood open. I then turned the car off and restarted it to reset the idle back to normal. At this point it started to steam less and less as the temp gauge climbs. It reaches the 200F mark and the steam is gone and everything is hunky-dory. Let the car sit for about 10 more minutes and the temp gauge stayed right on the 200F mark. So like, is this an early sign of a HG failure? I mean the car has almost 190k on it and this is the first time I've noticed this. The car yells at me for low coolant about once a month and I just top off. So I always knew coolant was leaking or burning somewhere, but I assumed it was like leaky freeze plugs or something. (I read the freeze plugs on the NS can weep overtime)
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    The Official Football Thread

    Yeah, and gave Dallas the NFC East title!
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    Smells like propane or natural gas

    The tranny thing I found I think someone was having the problem or similar on an Acadia. If it's inside and outside I think we can safely rule out a dead animal or something inside the system. Have you popped the hood and looked for any obvious signs of gasous leaking/burning, especially around areas that could easily get into the dash/HVAC? Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk
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    Steam from block on cold start.

    I'll look into it. I wonder if a dye kit will have a bad reaction with the ever so finicky DEX-COOL in the system lol Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk
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    Smells like propane or natural gas

    Does the smell come on if you were to run the blower's with the car off? Maybe try other settings? (Recirculation, external) Does it only come out of certain vents (Windshield, feet, ect) or all of them? That might help you isolate it from being something within the system as opposed to the system drawing the smell from an external source. I just did a some searching and you may also want to check the transmission. Apparently in some cases, burning tranny fluid can have a "propane" smell. Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk
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    Smells like propane or natural gas

    It could totally be a dead animal. Dead stuff has a distinct smell and its not a sulfur smell. There have been times when I've mistaken a rotting mouse carcass that my cat dragged in to be a propane leak. I remember one time walking into my kitchen thinking that the stove was on, but not ignited, only to find a dead mouse under the counter. This is the time of year where all sorts of critters will find their ways into your car. I just had to clean a mouse nest out of the flywheel bellhousing of my tractor. I have no idea how the hell they manage to get into that area. Its amazing.
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    The Official Football Thread

    Possible, but the Giants are in the 5th Seed and Cowgirls and Pats are in the 1st.
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    The Official Football Thread

    Pats vs Cowboys
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    Steam from block on cold start.

    I actually took the cap off at 100F on the gauge. No hissing. Oil looked fine. Temps never go over 200F and I drive to and from school on the highway on a weekly basis. Sent from my S60 using Tapatalk
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    Steam from block on cold start.

    Didn't check the pressure under the cap. I'm too scared to open it up unless the engine is cool. I had a tractor radiator blow up in my face this summer and I makes me uncomfortable lol. I check the oil. Dunked the dipstick twice and looked into the oil filler at the timing chain, looks like oil that has about 70% life left (According to the DIC since I reset on last oil change). The temp gauge has never moved over 200F or done anything crazy. It climbs steadily and stays put like It should. I did notice coolant leaking a few times, but if my memory serves me it was under the reservoir area and not actually the engine. Not sure, I'll have to get a test kit for sure though.
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    Steam from block on cold start.

    I'll have to do a more thorough investigation, but I've never encountered pressure in the reservoir. How exactly could I check that? Squeeze the coolant tubes? Take the cap off while running before it gets up to temp?? I suppose I could get one of those kits that tests for exhaust contaminate in the coolant. I also took the oil filler cap off when the engine was running for no real reason and the oil that was being slung around on the timing chain looked like normal oil. I've heard if there is exhaust in the coolant than the temperature gauge can get wonky because an air bubble can pass over the sensor and give a false reading.
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    New guy

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    car wont start. HELP!

    Looks like that picture he posted showed a wire grounding out/shorting. Lemme guess. You wrapped in in electrical tape?
  15. There is a drip in the passenger side whenever the A/C is on in my GXP. I have no idea what the HVAC system behind the dash looks like, but I assume there is a condensation drainage tube that runs behind there. I have a feel its been plugged up somehow. Has anyone had any experience with getting back there on these G-platforms? Its it a relatively DIY task getting back there or is it a complete pain in the ass?
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    Havoc's '48 Farmall "Progression"

    Well as most of you know, I bought a 1948 Farmall A. As the winter months approach I start doing less activities with the Phoenix and I'm going to start getting the tractor ready for winter service. I thought it would be a fun idea to make a sort of "Progression Thread" for it because it will be occupying most of my time and you guys are the only ones that I think will appreciate the work I'm gonna have to do to this tractor. I know this is a car enthusiast forum, but hey, its classic American Iron, just being utilized in a different manner Besides, its red, like the Pontiac Arrowhead. >http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dl5vat48Bk Mods, feel free to move this topic to the correct section if necessary.
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    Havoc's '48 Farmall "Progression"

    Box of Canadian Secrets
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    Happy Thanksgiving

    I survived Black Friday shopping!!!!
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    Where is art thou Havoc

    I'm glad my Northstar is too. Also, great. Now that I've been pulled back in, this is going to be another site I'm going to be lurking on during class. I'm ruined
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    Where is art thou Havoc

    Wee-woooooo. I didn't think anyone cared I was MIA. I've been busy with work/school and I feel disconnected from the car community. Although my Bonneville has been bending me over (keep it in your pants notallthere) lately so I could probably use some advice. Also weird: I only saw this post because I got an email from Tapatalk at 11am this morning with this thread title. Even thought it was started in June.
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    Dying under load

    Hey all. I can't get the Phoenix to move on anything higher than idle. In Park/Neutral I can step on the gas all day and it'll be happy to rev, but in Drive if I try to step on the gas it wants to die. Transmission load problem? The Transmission leaked all the fluid out over the last few months so I had to bring it back to the proper level. Ran and drove fine the day I did that (Saturday), but yesterday (Monday) it was doing as described. Only other thing I did that Saturday was change the oil/filter, but like I said, she ran top on Saturday.
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    Merry Freakin Christmas and a Happy Nude Rear.

  23. So I'm trying to run down the P0174 code that the Bonneville is throwing at me. System Too Lean (Bank 2). I'm thinking I have a dirty MAFS. I just read that there was a GM service memo put out to technicians about heavily pre-oiled aircleaners causing MAFS fouling. This makes sense considering this issue came up after I installed that oily K&N filter lol. Anyone have any tips for cleaning it? I know I have to be extremely careful with the filaments and not to use any heavy solvents. I have a can of CRC MAFS cleaner, I've also heard that q-tips and rubbing alcohol works too.
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