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Appreciate the info. It is supposed to rain this weekend, so good time to get dirty! Thanks

I am wondering if I need to get one of these cam tools to use when I replace the UDP? Don't see it mentioned in any of the posts on that subject...

Photo Album / Re: Alright finally detailed the 944
« on: April 12, 2009, 07:51:31 PM »
What kind of wax? No swirls...after your done, run some cold water on it! Hardens the wax and gets the wax dust off
Come on over and you can do my car too!!  Haha, just kiddin' nothing like a clean polished red hot car. Looks great!!

Problems, Parts and Diagnosis. / Re: Longest mtx life?
« on: April 09, 2009, 06:50:50 PM »
98' - 131K...original tranny and clutch, driven hard, rev'd high, and no complaints.

Sensor was so easy, I let the neighbors kid (12 yr old) do it. Good training for future Z'ers. The stupid service engine light is still on, so I'll do a little cruise to see if it goes away. The remaining code came up different when I just put it out on Google today. It mentioned an over advanced cam gear? So I am now wondering if the new timing belt installed by Ford, is causing this? I blew it on a trip and had to let the dealer in the closest town perform the repair?
Thanks to all for the support!!!

Problems, Parts and Diagnosis. / Re: Longest mtx life?
« on: April 07, 2009, 06:47:39 PM »
I know this is an old post, but my manual '98 has 130k, no troubles, no maintenace done at all...kind of scared to change the mud.

Finally found a place to check the codes. Two were displayed as an issue. First was P03440 which said was a camshaft position sensor A-bank 1; the other was P1381 showing a manufacturer control ignition system or misfire(?). The cam sensor was a $18.00 part, looks like a magnet pickup. Now I just need to stick my head under the hood and find where they hide it. The other is/was a mystery.
Ford wanted to charge me $70.00 to check. I live in the middle of nowhere and drove the 40 miles to AutoZone for the free check. They just take your licence and let you do DIY.
So the part will go in and see if it helps this old ZX2, and we'll all learn something!

It's off to the parts store to see what the codes be continued!!

Drag Racing / Re: for those who missed it.
« on: March 27, 2009, 06:49:02 PM »
First time I saw that, but friggin' cool! Would not mind doing a couple of passes in it myself...glad it was still up on the site. Thanks

It sounds like the occasional sputter just happens, and it is only at low deceleration through town, so I'll keep the pedal pegged and not worry about it. Next will clean the MAF, being careful as recommended, and see what happens.
I had heard that you needed to do the alternator pulley if you change the crank pulley (sorry, not up on the new ackronyms, UDP, ODP) so glad for that tip.
The damn "service engine soon" light stays on and has come on and off over the years, but usually a couple of cans of fuel system cleaner and it goes out. Not this time, so when I find someone with a code checker, I'll see what shakes out from that.
All of you have been a great help, and I have passed what I've done to a guy at work who showed up with an 2003-ZX2. His is a slush box, as I call automatics, but I won't hold it against him (he does get to have cruise). Anyway, more damn snow expected in WI so enjoy your Z's...Cheers!!!

Ironmark, thanks for the support! The deceleration thing I can work on...but the projects have helped to make the ride more fun. I took out the upper resonator and next will be a cold air for the intake. I also put in S/R springs and struts from ZXTuner, 9mm wires, and also considering a 25% crank pulley next. Have you done the pulley thing yet, and if so, your thoughts? Again thanks...

New fuel filter installed, and was surprised it was so easy with the fancy clips that Ford uses!
The performance with the removal of the jug was worth every scratch encountered during it's removal. The pickup getting on the highway was quick.
Next is snipping the governor wire and see what this car really has, and then the upper resonator.
to be continued...

Took out the "Milk Jug" tonite after reading that it is a useless piece. Air filter still looks new. Will replace fuel filter next as it almost feels like a starving situation...any other tips to improve will be welcome!

Manual, "cool" package

My '98 ZX2 is a great car! I am having a heck of a time trying to find out what is causing a slight skip/bucking in the car when it is warmed up and going slow through town at 20-30mph. If it is under low load, and at the above rpm I feel this happening. If I keep the rpm's higher, it doesn't happen? Any ideas on items to investigate? New timing belt recently, plugs, running 9mm wires. 130K miles and still going strong...

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