Budtee

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    Construction Management - Semi Retired
    Winters in South Texas
  1. When I replaced the gasket on my 85 Turbo Lebaron, I was advised to use the Felpro gasket, run a tap into the block to clean out the threads and use new head bolts. I did this and ran the car for 8 years without a problem. I unbolted the manifolds and pushed them back but it was difficult and I think Turbo Kane's method is probably better.
  2. Congrats! You will enjoy it. You will find that this forum is invaluable. You will be able to get help from the members as I have. I have an 89 that I bought 2 years ago and I have gotten help on many occasions. Mine is a low mileage car but it is 27 years old and I have done a lot of work on it and there is more to be done. ENJOY
  3. Thank you! Reaper1's instructions couldn't have been better. I was able to clean the throttle body easily. The forum came through again! I installed NGK plugs as my local Advance did not have Champions in stock. Easy to change if I see deterioration performance. Cleaning the throttle body and replacing the plugs has made it run better.
  4. What brand of plug did you use?
  5. I have an 89 8v. I started to clean the throttle body and found there are many hoses and mounting studs that hold the air box very firmly in place. What is the best way to get access to the throttle body? Also, I plan to change the spark plugs. It has the original RN 12 YC champions in it now. (10,800 miles) Should I replace them with the same champion plugs or is there a better plug?
  6. OK - Thanks! I will check the bolts on the steering rack and then put in a new inner tie rod end.
  7. I have a 1989 8v TC with 10K miles. It feels to me to have some play in the steering. I replaced the struts and looked over the steering at the time. The only thing I saw was a little play in the inner tie rod. Maybe about 1/16". Is there any adjustment in the steering rack? I would appreciate any input on this.
  8. I got a kit from Rock Auto that included everything. I installed it and test drove it in November. Big improvement. I will not drive it until Spring when I get it aligned. Part Number Part Type Price EA Core EA Quantity Total 1989 CHRYSLER TC MASERATI 2.2L 135cid L4 Turbocharged SOHC MONROE KITSMB276 Strut & Mount Kit $ 106.79 - 1 $ 106.79 MONROE 63622 [Kit Component] Strut Bellow $ 9.33 $ 0.00 2 - MONROE 901908 [Kit Component] Strut Mount $ 12.71 $ 0.00 2 - MONROE 72589 [Kit Component] Strut $ 31.36 $ 0.00 2 - Shipping Ground $ 17.30 Order Total $ 124.
  9. I took it apart, again, and removed the motor and the paddle switch to look at the actuation tabs for the switch and the plastic arm that actuates the paddle. Since I wasn't sure how to proceed, I put it back together using the old paddle switch, AND IT WORKED FINE. The plastic arm that actuates the paddle switch is held on with a rivet and it was turned slightly. Don't know if that was the problem.
  10. I tried rapping and wiggling and checking connections. No change. I definitely only have the plastic canned relay. The wiring looks like it was modified. I took some tape off and found what looks like a factory splice of two wires to one. Do all TC's have a second relay? I was under the impression that the GM trunk pull down was the same. I will probably try the old paddle switch to see if that helps. Attached are pictures of the mechanism.
  11. Garnet and Gold: I got the paddle switch from Amazon. I still have the box with the part number on it. AC Delco 16629927. Digger: I will take it apart again today or tomorrow. I am almost sure that there is only one plastic canned relay. I will take pictures. Will also check the connections.wiggle the harness and rap the plastic canned relay.
  12. I have owned my 89 TC for 1-1/2 years. The top pull down mechanism was working OK when I got it in the Fall and in the Spring when I took the hard top off. Since then I have not been able to get it to work. (It is a 10,000 mile vehicle which has always been stored inside and has no rust or evidence of water leakage.) I replaced the plastic housing and gear that was cracked and the paddle switch as well. Now, when I press the "up" button the latch cycles up and down continuously until I release the button. The "down button" does nothing. (I checked the switch and even tried hooking it to the tonneau cover switch which is identical.) Today I removed the entire mechanism. With it plugged in and the top mechanism laying in the bottom of the recess where the top goes, the up button makes the mechanism go up and, when released, it stops. The down button then functions. When I tried to put the mechanism back in (with the plug in) I noticed a spark when the mechanism touched the stud where it mounts. I then took a jumper wire from a ground and when I touched the mechanism I saw a spark, The only things I have not replaced are the motor, which seems OK or the relay near the paddle switch. Any help would be appreciated.
  13. I have read in previous posts that GM trunk pull-down device is the same as our top pull down device. Does the trunk pull down use the same relay? I have replaced the plastic hosing on top of the motor and the paddle switch and still have problems. I am presently in Texas (car is in PA) and there are a lot of salvage yards and some allow you to take the parts off. Thought I might try to get one before heading home.
  14. Yes - bumpers, bellows, mounts and struts.
  15. I got a kit from Rock Auto that included everything. I installed it and test drove it in November. Big improvement. I will not drive it until Spring when I get it aligned. Part Number Part Type Price EA Core EA Quantity Total 1989 CHRYSLER TC MASERATI 2.2L 135cid L4 Turbocharged SOHC MONROE KITSMB276 Strut & Mount Kit $ 106.79 - 1 $ 106.79 MONROE 63622 [Kit Component] Strut Bellow $ 9.33 $ 0.00 2 - MONROE 901908 [Kit Component] Strut Mount $ 12.71 $ 0.00 2 - MONROE 72589 [Kit Component] Strut $ 31.36 $ 0.00 2 - Shipping Ground $ 17.30 Order Total $ 124.