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  1. So ever since I got my '95 Cutlass Supreme convertible almost nine months ago, it's had an odd quirk in that it won't trigger the automatic shutoff at the gas pump. The first couple of times I filled the tank, I had a small fuel spill underneath on the passenger side--until today. I was very surprised when I was gassing it up today and the pump shut off! After the first two fueling mishaps, I had worked out a little procedure where I would put 10 gallons of gas in the car when the gauge was just below a quarter tank. Today, I was right at a quarter and the pump shut off just before the nine-gallon mark. When I got back in the car and turned it on, the gauge came up a little above the full mark so it was well and truly full without overflowing. Even better, when I got home there was no gasoline odor, which I usually experience when the tank is full. I'm thinking that when I got the rear struts replaced this week, the technician may have noticed a loose line and put it back in place without saying anything about it. If that's the case, I'm thankful but I'm not going to consider it permanently fixed until I fill up successfully a couple more times.
  2. I've noticed a few times that my '95 CS convertible has what I'd call a sloppy shifter. Sometimes when I put it in what I think is 'D', it's really in '3'. I don't really notice it until I get up to highway speeds (above 45 or 50 mph) and then I notice the engine is revving too high without acceleration to match. I can easily address the issue by giving the shifter a slight nudge forward and I'll instantly feel a little click as it goes into 'D' but the shift lever barely moves and the lighted gear indicator remains in 'D' before and after. The car has 122,000 miles on it and the transmission was rebuilt somewhere around 96,000 miles. Other than that little quirk, which I assume is a worn detent, the transmission works smooth as silk. I try to remember to give the shifter a little nudge whenever I put it into 'D' but I sometimes forget.
  3. Yeah, I got the oil changed in my '95 'vert last week and the guy down in the pit thought he was working on a Pontiac Bonneville--not a Grand Prix but a Bonneville. Business was slow so he came up and we chatted for a couple of minutes. He was in his early-to-mid twenties and thought any car older than a 2000 model was a "survivor". He said he's working on fixing up an "old school" Saturn coupe. As a community college professor, I find the perspective of the younger generation to be an endless source of amusement.
  4. Now that the spring semester is over and I have a few weeks before summer classes begin, I've been turning my attention to getting some things fixed on my '95 vert. After an oil change and a good washing to get the pollen off, I took it yesterday to get some new rear struts installed, which it desperately needed. The difference in the ride is night and day. Of course, as garages will do, they found something else to add to the laundry list. It needs rear brake pads and rotors really badly, so that's next on the list, perhaps along with getting the ABS system working again or maybe not. Looks like the air conditioner will have to wait a bit longer but it will all get done eventually. The good news is I got to see underneath the car for the first time and while there is some rust (the car came from Pennsylvania) it's not as bad as I thought it might be. It's more surface rust than cancerous rot but it still needs to be watched.
  5. So I tried to install the actuator last week and ended up bruising a rib on the center console, trying to contort myself into a position to get at it. I'm thinking I may have to remove the driver's seat to be able to get under the dash but I'm going to let my rib heal up first. What a pain!
  6. My dad bought a '94 3.4 coupe for my nephew about 10 years ago. I thought the rear bucket seats were the coolest feature of the car. I was mildly disappointed that my '95 has a rear bench seat. I doubt I'll ever find a rear bucket seat set--heck, I've only seen one Cutlass Supreme on a junk yard since I've owned my vert--but it would be a cool upgrade.
  7. Sunday evening, on a two-hour drive home from visiting family for Easter, the outside temperature was in the low 50s (got down to 48 by the time I got home) and I noticed I couldn't warm up the passenger side of my 2011 Impala. With the vents set to blow air out of the upper vents and two temperature controls all the way up in the 'hot' position, I could move my hand back and forth between the two sides of the center panel vent and the contrast in temperature could not be more extreme. The driver's side vent was blowing ice cold while the passenger side was blowing blazin' hot air. I eventually closed the two driver's side vents and aimed the passenger side vent my way to get some warmer air. Had this been January instead of April, it could have been a whole lot worse. A couple of years ago, I had to replace the vent door actuator on the far passenger side--the one that opens and closes the door that brings in air from the outside--when it started making the telltale clicking sound that indicates the plastic gears inside the actuator are stripped out. This time, there is no clicking. It just plain doesn't work. I'm assuming the little motor in the actuator just to the right of the steering column has failed. Am I correct in this diagnosis? The part is fairly inexpensive when ordered online (about $10 or so vs. six times that or more from a local parts house or stealership) YouTube videos I've watched show it to be a little bit of a PITA to get to but otherwise a pretty straightforward part swap. It seems these actuators are an achilles heel on this generation Impala and other GM cars that use this particular part. In five years of owning this car, this is the worst that's gone wrong with it so far, so I can't really complain. As the weather continues to warm up, this will be a less pressing issue for the next few months--and less irritating since it's not making that damned clicking noise--but it does need to be addressed. Can anyone confirm that I'm looking in the right direction with this?
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