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Old 05-01-2022, 01:11 PM
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fuel pressure test kit & good PTFE tape on the way

After reading the above replies, here are my responses, in part:
  • 1) a cheap fuel pressure test kit, with multiple metric adapters, is on the way, since local HF doesn't have any, and a thicker Teflon tape is coming, too,
  • 3) I still have six cans of carb spray left to further test for leaks,
  • 4) I need a better heat source than a cheap soldering iron to rebuild my smoke tester,
  • 5) I found a VDO MAF on RockAuto, for $160, a lot less than FCPEuro (if I need to get another), and
  • 6) I adjusted my idle speed DOWN about 10 rpm, to 700 in gear, with A/C on, just to try M54 idles smooth anyway, at any rpm

I need to solve this problem soon, since the '04 Chevy 2500HD truck I use has a slight slip in first gear now (but not when tow/haul mode is engaged), so I need to get the X5 reliable if the Lucas Transmission fix doesn't work (again) worked for the same issue 25k miles ago. And...

I'm also about to put my wife's Cobalt in a shop, since it's been sitting a year while I replaced pads, shoes, rotors, adjusted the rear drums, bled all the lines, then replaced the master cylinder, and bled the ABS with my Foxwell, and still have spongy brake feel. I need a pro to look at it, I guess. My wife is rapidly tearing up my HHR Panel, so I need to take it back before she destroys it. And...

It's time again, to refresh the A/C on her '98 GMC pickup that she uses to haul her massive purchases of gardening supplies she consumes each spring & summer. She never drives it until then, and there's always something wrong in the A/C system (refrigerant leak, fan resistor, control panel, fan itself, leak again, rinse & repeat....), so I will be expected to fix it immediately. And...

Did I mention that the brakes on the HHR are now showing more wear from her driving it this past year just around here, than would occur when I was commuting to work daily, thru the worst traffic in Texas, in 35000+ miles per year? She stomps pedals. And...

No. For the reasons shown above, she will not get to drive the X5 until I've gotten senile or incapacitated.
'01 BMW X5-E53 3.0i (born 7/13/01)
topas-blau, Leder-Montana grau,
my new favorite project car

Plus four GM vehicles: 2 Daily Drivers, and 2 modified trucks (for hauling & camping):
3 Chevys:
'09 HHR Panel LS 2.2L,
'08 Cobalt Coupe LS 2.2L,
'04 Silverado 2500HD WT Reg. Cab
+ a '98 GMC Sierra 1500 Ext. Cab

- and 20 others, now gone, that I've had over the last 58 years (not counting the stillborn "1965 ChevyII altered/gasser project")

Last edited by workingonit; 05-01-2022 at 01:13 PM. Reason: mispelling
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