Owner of a 1993 Century Special with a few problems, mostly cosmetic, but of course engine problem...but hey, for $100, its still money well spent (my insurance with full coverage is frickin GREAT!...)
PROBLEM #1: The radiator fan has not been working since brought...Not the biggest concern because of the damn cold (below 15 degrees Fahrenheit right now) but no sense in pushing towards a total engine rebuild. I've replaced the fan relay on the left hand side near the fuel EVAP canister, but no luck. I asked at least 2 mechanics and they suggested that its more likely the sensor than the fan motor itself (i was ready to swap the whole damn thing out, still am if its Worst Case Scenario here)..
...thing is I cant FIND the damn sensor! I have a subscription of ALLDATA, and I have access to a Chilton paper manual at the library (dont forget folks, your TAXES are paying for that $20 book, better use it, LOL) and the Chilton online manual that I found on here from this site (BIG H/T to Cutlass, you are my HERO for that link), but no luck.
I was told to basically cut the leads to the fan and jump the power to it to see if the motor turns if so its the fan, if not, then the motor. I just figured it would be easier to to the sensor first before cutting and splicing anything unless needed...
So its either the Fan Sensor, The Fan Motor, the Thermostat (?) or the ECM?
Problem #2: I had to replace the Instrument cluster because the servo motor on the speedometer was dead, so no speed gauge (which made driving most days...fun, NOT). On both the original AND the replacement, the fuel gauge seems to jump back n forth a little as much as 2-3 gallon from the actual reading...especially when I'm accelerating or braking. When Idle or car is off it seems perfectly fine. I had also replaced the fuel pump relay (same location as the fan relay from problem #1) and Im praying its not the damn fuel pump.
Could this be a vacuum problem or something simple like a clogged fuel filter or bad O2 sensor or also bad ECM?
Problem #3 Cruise Control is shot. I turn it on, get the green CRUISE light, hit the button on the stalk and NADA, drops speed...sigh
Things is, especially for this car (which was a lot like my old LeBaron 4-Banger) is that a majority of the work I can do myself, which saves me A LOT of $$$ for the stuff i can't do (lack of air tools/experience/safety)...I rather save money on Labor to do this kinda small stuff, and THEN go to the garage to have my brakes & shocks and struts done....and buy new rims & tires......Hell I was even thinking Maaco for rust spot removal and paint job!
OVERALL the car still runs amazingly well! For a 18 year old engine (still the original) with 185k on the clock, it runs well, and i get the added pep of a V6 that runs on regular gas, AND has plenty of room for 4!
....Now, if ONLY GM didn't put that damned Las Vegas pimp-red interior inside, I'd be VERY pleased indeed...LMAO..ah well, Carpet swap will be the next step...!