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Recent content by DarrinStephens

  1. What did you do to your Regal today?

    I took her out and autocrossed her. I came in fourth in the Novice class. I got beaten by an M3, a Miata, and a Focus ST. I feel really good about my finish. How do you place fourth in a car that's not really competitive in its class. I drove every run like I didn't need the car for the 577 mile...
  2. What did you do to your Regal today?

    I didn't do it. One of the guys at the shop took off the panel under the dash, crawled up under there, and lubed the hell out of everything that pivots on the pedal. Daniel, the guy who did the work, is one of my autocross buddies. I need to thank him the next time I see him.
  3. What did you do to your Regal today?

    I picked her up from the body shop. Hail damage repaired, new front bumper, lots of nuts removed from the rocker panels, squeaky clutch pedal fixed, new brake pads and rotors turned, both rear hubs replaced, and painted signal green pinstripes.
  4. What did you do to your Regal today?

    Yesterday, after work, I went to the body shop in Dallas where my hail damage is being repaired. The shop owner is a friend of mine and we were texting back and forth Sunday. I mentioned that I needed to do the brakes and rear hubs after I get the car back. He said, "Why don't you come over to...
  5. Timing Chain Tensioner Swap

    You have to support the engine with a jack. I used a board between the jack and the oil pan to keep from damaging the pan. After you get the belt and the front motor mount off, you have to jack the motor up and down to get the various bolts where you can get to them. It's a tight work area, but...
  6. Timing Chain Tensioner Swap

    Mine was making the same sound and I replaced the chains, guides, and tensioners just before 79k miles. Mine turned out to be the balancer chain guide that the tensioner presses against. I've seen posts by others with exactly that same break in the LHU engine. I believe guide failures are much...
  7. Regal...same platform as Saab 9-3?

    The Regal is more closely related to the Saab 9-5. The 9-3 is an Epsilon I platform car. The 9-5 and the Regal are Epsilon II platform cars. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_Epsilon_platform
  8. Picked up a 2012 Regal GS manual trans with under 30k miles....

    Just over a year ago, after a long online search for a GS 6MT in a color I liked, I flew to Marietta, Georgia to buy mine and drove her home to Texas. Our cars are almost identical. Mine had 63k miles on it when I bought it. Almost 98k now.
  9. More GS problems- new loud noise under acceleration/vibration

    I decided not to do the water pump when I replaced mine. It just seemed like a lot of work to replace a part that might last the life of the car. I found that the balancer shaft chain guide that is pressed by the tensioner was broken. I replaced all the chains, tensioners and guides. I also...
  10. More GS problems- new loud noise under acceleration/vibration

    Mine is a 2012 with 87k miles. I plan on replacing both chains, the balancer shaft pulleys, all the guides, both tensioners, and the water pump when I do mine.
  11. Cell phone mounting ideas

    I tried a gooseneck mount that plugged into the cigarette lighter plug, but didn't like the holder with it, then switched to this WizGear magnetic mount. With the phone on it, I cant see a few of the buttons, like Favs and defrost, but it works well. I keep the phone charging with a 6" USB cord...
  12. Well lit trunk

    The set I bought is no longer available on eBay, but it was am error free 11 pc kit for the Opel Insignia + Sports Tourer Sedan. This is the set I bought for the vanity mirrors and used for extra lighting in the trunk...
  13. Well lit trunk

    I decided Endora needed a little more light in her trunk. When I replaced all the interior lights with LEDs, I bought a ten-pack of the bulbs for the vanity lights. I only used four for the vanity lights. I used the wire from an old desktop microphone. I soldered the wire directly to the ends of...
  14. Buick Regal Picture Thread

    This is Endora. I flew to Georgia and picked her up last week and drove her home to Fort Worth. She's a stock 2012 Regal GS with a manual transmission, 20-inch-wheels, and navigation. The front tires were pretty worn out, so I put a set of Firestone Firehawk Indy 500s on her.
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