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  1. Scott, I have the EXACT same situation you described, and have gone through many a sleepless night because of it. I've got about 70K, car runs beautifully...and no coolant in oil. Talked to numerous mechanics. One thing I've observed is that the coolant level can be a tricky beast. Sometimes you'll check it and it will be several mm above the min...while other days it might be below the min. I've even seen it below the min first thing in the morning, and then ABOVE the min by afternoon...without even starting the car! I think ambient temps and humidity play a role...and on top of that, you might have had some excess air in your system from replacing the tank. It's probably worked itself out, and hence you're a little low. IMHO (or at least what I've learned to do)...is stop worrying about it until you see the coolant light come on. If that ever happens, add more coolant and watch it. IF it comes on a second time, then you can worry. Maybe. Could still be air bleeding off. Check the level once a week max (not every day like you're probably doing currently-like I was)...and don't add any more coolant at this point. For now, keep that engine lid closed and enjoy the car.
  2. I've got the same issue I believe. Were there any other symptoms? Does the car still drive well? How often did you have to top off the coolant? Also, perhaps a silly question to some, but bear with me. If these are 'cracked heads" accounting for this problem, is that something that can be lived with? Or will it continue to get worse? I suppose I'm trying to guage how much time we might have...
  3. Is there a website for them, or a phone number? I can't seem to find that company...
  4. I've got (and have had for some time now) a loud, metal on metal type clatter noise on startup. After trying various 'fixes' (oil weights, etc) I'm still hearing it. The sound lasts for approx ONE second, on COLD starts as the engine does its intial reving to 1-2K rpm upon turning on ignition. (only cold starts). The noise is almost grind-like, but could sound like a chain or clatter... Never hear it after that initial start. Any chance that could be a loose/snapped "Timing chain tensioner"? Brought to dealer, but could not replicate it for them. Also, perhaps more importantly, assuming that is what it is, can I leave it alone...or will it worsen/damage other compenents.
  5. Indy mechanic plugged a nail hole in my rear tire recently...strictly the plug (applied from the outside), no patch. I wasn't pleased when I found that was all that was done, but it seems to be holding out thus far...
  6. C2...so it's just item number "5" for that rear piece?
  7. Anyone know where I can find the part number for piece 5 displayed above? (underside panel rear) Can I order from Sun Coast?
  8. Loren, Do you know where I can find the part numbers for the rear most panels? Specifically, the long skinny panel that extends across the car from just in front of the rear tires? Also, the square panel that intersects that one? Thanks
  9. Thanks Loren. So the suggestion in this thread: http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?s...20&hl=belly was proved inaccurate?
  10. Recently had car on lift, and noticed rear portion of my underbelly panel had cracked off. I'm attempting to fabricate a replacement...and am wondering how far back (toward the engine) the stock 99 underbelly panel extends. I found Loren's posts depicting the MY01 (and onward) panel positions, but apparently they were different before 2001. Can anyone with a 99 snap a couple pics underneath the rear for me, ideally showing the black plastic paneling? Thanks in advance.
  11. Alright guys, I need suggestions... I'm trying to "simply" attach a belly pan under my car, and am looking for thoughts on elevating the car enough to get under there. Since the pan I'm missing the one in the middle of the car, all I need really is a way to get a 10" clearance to slide under there. The engine oil pan rests lower, but I won't be anywhere near there...a few thoughts I had, aside from a lift or jackstands (which I don't really want to mess around with are): 1) driving the back wheels up on three 1" boards? Still not sure that will give me enough clearance though... 2) Pulling the car up onto a curb at an angle, and then squeezing under Not sure either of these will work...Such an easy (yet important) job being impeded only by the difficulty of finding a way to access under there. Even considering just jacking up one side, attaching the pan there, then lowering and jacking up the other side to do the same. I would need to crawl completely under the car to attach the middle however, and I'm not sure how safe that is...
  12. Loren, Under my 99 C2 yesterday, noticed the rear panel of the undertray has cracked/fallen off. I noticed you'd posted on these undertray parts previously for a http://www.renntech.org/forums/index.php?act=ST&f=3&t=3764 Can you help me with the part number for the 99 Carrera? The component I'm after is No. 5 in the second schematic you posted...called "Underside Panel Rear" Thanks in advance Also, how critical do you think that rear panel is?
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