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Got tired of my dirty wheels so I swung into a diy pressure wash car wash and cleaned the wheels. I noticed later that one of my fog lights had a crack in it and wonder if it happened when I was spraying while walking from one front wheel to the other.
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Well my car turned 20 this year, and the license plates were original and delaminating so a whopping $34 and 45min at the dmv later it got new plates and finally removed the old dealer plate covers after 20 years of advertising for them.

In so doing it solved a problem I didn't even know existed! For some reason only the two top screws were on the rear plate and every time the trunk closed you'd get a clanging which I didn't even notice anymore, although I wonder if neighbors did in retrospect. I put bottom screws on just for looks and since I am no longer storing a key behind the plate, and low and behold the trunk is nearly silent when closing! Had no idea! I additionally noticed some creaking noises from the springs when opening the trunk, and was very surprised to find that taking two minutes and spraying them with a bit of silicon solved that problem. Never thought I'd enjoy using a dang trunk so much or that problems would be so easy to fix. Why isn't the rest of it like that?
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Replaced front outer tie rods and the rear knuckle outer bearings then had alignment done at Hendrick Motors in Charlotte @213,215 miles. Oh and new General tires installed.I got the rear outer bearing removal/install tool at FCP Euro made the job easy!
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changed front struts and bushings - took care of the front end squeaks and the front end if higher because it now has a bushing
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Replaced what appeared to be the original factory shocks on the front of my 98 wagon tonight with a set of Bilsteins from FCP Euro. Best price and ordered them with free shipping and still got them in three days.

Took a short test drive and the ride is noticeably better. Looking forward to the commute tomorrow to really put it through its paces.

Got a new door check for the driver's door I'll put on the car Saturday. No more "clickety-click" when opening and closing the door.

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Did my driver's door door check last night. Easy. No more "clickety-click" while opening or closing the door.

The inner door panel had been loose at the bottom, which I attributed to most likely a couple of missing plastic rivets. Imagine my surprise when I removed the door panel to find that ALL of the plastic plates that are glued to the inside of the door panel to hold the rivets were broken loose from the door! Every one of them were just hanging on the door panel by the plastic rivets!

So the door panel come inside. I mixed up one of the largest batches of JB Weld I've ever used and proceeded to glue all of the plates back in place. Fortunately, the original hot glue the factory used was still in place and offered a template of sorts for the fitment of the plates.

It's now Saturday morning, so I'll go out and reinstall the inner door panel with the glued plates and new plastic rivets. Then I'll have a nice tight door panel.

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Replaced fuel filler cap.

Tip: Unbolting the fuel filler door will make removing/attaching cap "leash" easier. 10mm socket + extension.
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on a related note, good idea to lubricate the little pin that locks the door closed.

1st fuel stop of a road trip last year had me wondering how the heck to fuel without damaging the door... thankfully, a little gas station wd40 eventually persuaded it to move.
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on a related note, good idea to lubricate the little pin that locks the door closed.

1st fuel stop of a road trip last year had me wondering how the heck to fuel without damaging the door... thankfully, a little gas station wd40 eventually persuaded it to move.
Door can also be unlocked from inside the trunk (boot )
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ooo! please do tell!

i'm guessing one pulls back the trim to access the fuel filler door lock from behind?
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