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PostSubject: Getting my 85k mile 94 up to snuff    Mon Jun 25, 2018 10:00 pm

I have a 1994 RMW that I am in the process of getting squared away as a daily driver.

What are some common failure points of these cars that I should check/replace as preventative maintenance? Car has 85,000 miles.

I am going to inspect the brakes, tires, and suspension this evening. Just wondering what common failure points should be addressed at this age outside of the usual fluids, tires, brakes, hoses, and belts.

Any $20 parts that are common failure points that should be changed? Are there any ignition parts, sensors, or fuel system parts that are easier to change now instead of later?

Fixed the driver side front window sliders and ran into some issues. The ball stud that clips into the plastic piece that always brakes was MIA! Made a ball stud out of a small machine screw and two nuts. Snapped into place and works perfectly!

The nicest people drive station wagons, so far I have been enjoying my time with the vehicle.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my 85k mile 94 up to snuff    Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:29 pm

A cheap repair that could save you a hastle on a 25 year old car: on the heater hoses you will see a plastic "T" and a plastic reducer. They deteriorate and should be changed.

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PostSubject: Re: Getting my 85k mile 94 up to snuff    Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:23 am

Consider checking the engine vacuum lines for cracks and split fittings.

If you have automatic load leveling, the shock bags may be on the verge of leaking. You can get replacements, but they will require adapters for the OEM lines.

Use caution with the interior door panels. They are notorious for being fragile.

Check for the fuse block post under the hood. If it is zinc, it can cause a fire. Make sure it is copper/brass, and if not, change it to one that is.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my 85k mile 94 up to snuff    Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:17 pm

The guys above already gave you my first answers.

Speaking of load-leveling shocks, there is also a way to use the air compressor to inflate Airlift air bags.

The stock headlights are terrible. You can improve them by getting the headlight wiring kit and the battery cables from Innovative Wiring.

http://innovativewiring.com/?page_id=175
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my 85k mile 94 up to snuff    Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:49 pm

silverfox103 wrote:
A cheap repair that could save you a hastle on a 25 year old car:  on the heater hoses you will see a plastic "T" and a plastic reducer.  They deteriorate and should be changed.

Tom

I will look at this, thank you! The cooling system is on the list of things I want to go after.
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my 85k mile 94 up to snuff    Tue Jun 26, 2018 9:50 pm

Fred Kiehl wrote:
Consider checking the engine vacuum lines for cracks and split fittings.

If you have automatic load leveling, the shock bags may be on the verge of leaking. You can get replacements, but they will require adapters for the OEM lines.

Use caution with the interior door panels. They are notorious for being fragile.

Check for the fuse block post under the hood. If it is zinc, it can cause a fire. Make sure it is copper/brass, and if not, change it to one that is.

Wow thanks, I will check that post asap. I assume visual color will tell me what it is made of? (copper/brass being gold color?)
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PostSubject: Re: Getting my 85k mile 94 up to snuff    Tue Jun 26, 2018 10:18 pm

Do a Google search for Caprice zinc battery post. My photo is hosted on Photobucket, but you can see the image on Google.
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