Month: June 2015

Fuel Pump

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Yesterday, the car would not start. I checked the relay for the fuel pump, and it was fine, as were all of the fuses. I cleaned the air filter in exaggerated hopes that it was not the fuel pump. However, deep down, I knew that when I turned the key to “on” and I didn’t hear the pump pressurize, that the pump was dead.

I had them replace the inline filter as well. $717 and several hours later, I was back on the road.


Road Trip – Storm Chase 2015

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I took the P71 on a road trip storm chasing across Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, adding around 3000 miles to the car. It did pretty well, though I have a few observations:

1. Sometimes, the car will not start unless you giggle the shifter. I think that the sensor that determines if the car is in park or neutral may not work completely.

2. After an all-day drive, the shift between first gear and second seems a bit jerky. It only occurs when we’ve been on the road for 10+ hours, so I’ll keep an eye on it. I’ll probably have the fluid replaced soon.

3. Not having an odometer is kind of a nuisance for finding out gas mileage, though I think the display is just dim, rather than intermittent, as it came on every single night.

Otherwise, the car ran perfectly, and performed really well in near storms. I liked being able to pull out into storm chaser convergences (where there are lots of storm chasers trying to see the storm) and have enough low-end torque to accelerate quickly. The air conditioner was quite nice compared to the Malibu’s, and the extra room made packing up each day really simple.

I added three photos to the “Places” section as well.

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