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Old 03-13-2012, 04:41 PM
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Since I am on spring break this week I have been able to do some work on my car this week. First thing I did was upload the tune I had been tweaking while away at school and try it out. It runs a whole lot better than it did when I went away to school in January! Made the proper adjustments for dwell for the COPS, changed around the AFR, fuel and spark tables. It still isn't running perfect but I have been able to get in a few good pulls with it the past few days.

Last night I was doing some data-logging, when I heard a little bit of a noise from the rear end. I was close to home so I drove it home. Come to find out the noise I heard was loose lug nuts! (noob mistake #1) When I was getting close to home I started smelling a really bad oil smell. So I coasted the entire way home and pulled it right into the garage. I drove it less than 1.5 miles from where this happened. I looked underneath the car and there was HUGEE puddle of oil underneath the car! I had no idea what was wrong. So I pop the hood, and the motor is bone dry. No oil, but no visible leaks anywhere. I jack it up on the driver side, and when I do out comes even MORE oil. So i look underneath, and sure enough there's no freaking oil plug! I must have not tightened it past finger tight when I was assembling the motor! (noob mistake #2) Luckily there were at least 2 quarts of oil on the garage floor which meant I wasn't driving terribly low for too long. Got a new plug, filled it with oil, started right up with no sounds. Hopefully I didn't do much damage but it is impossible to tell. Got the driveline cleaned up of most of the oil underneath, it was covered!

Looking at this on the bright side,I needed an oil change anyway!

Other than that fiasco I was actually pretty productive on the car. Got some tires on her, manual boost controller, racing beat adjustable end links in the front, and fixed the oil leak in my return line.
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Old 03-13-2012, 04:51 PM
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Ouch man. I've done the lug nuts thing before, but the oil plug is the real sad part. At least it didn't end worse.
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