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1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

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1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

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Re: Newbie owner of a '98 S70 / No mechanical experience / Going for Stage 0?

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I just got AMSoil OE synthetic for $4.5 a qt from my local reseller.
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bmdubya1198 wrote:Walmart is great for oil. Always much cheaper than anywhere else.
Marketing myth.

My Flaps (Advance) is cheaper, faster and going there supports a business that's useful. Lines at Walmart are 10-15 minutes minimum in comparison
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abscate wrote:
bmdubya1198 wrote:Walmart is great for oil. Always much cheaper than anywhere else.
Marketing myth.

My Flaps (Advance) is cheaper, faster and going there supports a business that's useful. Lines at Walmart are 10-15 minutes minimum in comparison
That's a good point.
I usually use the automotive counter to check out at Walmart. It's much quicker unless you have some guy trying to get a better price on his cabin filter installation or something...
'00 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 199k
'03 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 117k
'07 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 174k
'91 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 175k
'92 245 Base White/Beige 249k
'99 BMW 528i
'01 Mountaineer 5.0
Sold-
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 253k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k
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bmdubya1198 wrote:
abscate wrote:
bmdubya1198 wrote:Walmart is great for oil. Always much cheaper than anywhere else.
Marketing myth.

My Flaps (Advance) is cheaper, faster and going there supports a business that's useful. Lines at Walmart are 10-15 minutes minimum in comparison
That's a good point.
I usually use the automotive counter to check out at Walmart. It's much quicker unless you have some guy trying to get a better price on his cabin filter installation or something...
I was trying to get them to warranty their 99 cent hockey pucks as suitable for manual shift bushings - and then get them at BOGO. Sorry I made you wait.... :D

Still smarting from that BMW OXS job last week - but SWMBO reports 27 mpg on her upstate NY highway trip - up from 24 mpg on the X3 E83 M54. Maybe I can get my P2 back.
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Re: Newbie owner of a '98 S70 / No mechanical experience / Going for Stage 0?

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FYI Mobil 1 is $29.99 for 5qts with a free oil filter right now at AutoZone.
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zhenya wrote:FYI Mobil 1 is $29.99 for 5qts with a free oil filter right now at AutoZone.
Not bad at all... but they don't carry Mann filters. I'm very particular!
abscate wrote:I was trying to get them to warranty their 99 cent hockey pucks as suitable for manual shift bushings - and then get them at BOGO. Sorry I made you wait.... :D
:lol:
'00 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 199k
'03 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 117k
'07 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 174k
'91 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 175k
'92 245 Base White/Beige 249k
'99 BMW 528i
'01 Mountaineer 5.0
Sold-
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 253k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k
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Re: Newbie owner of a '98 S70 / No mechanical experience / Going for Stage 0?

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Parts came today, so looks like I'll be having a fun weekend e-brake rebuilding project. Also, just heard a radio add from the local Autozone "Valvoline high mileage synthetic $25 with free filter." Gonna have to make a stop.

On another note, just picked up some wire and waterproof connectors. Going to be extending the wiring harness from my rear O2 sensor so that now I can actually plug it in, and hopefully get rid of the CEL. Then all lights will finally be off!
'98 S70 T5M - 282,000+mi - forever a project
'99 S70 "AWD" - 220,000+mi - part out :cry:
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Re: Newbie owner of a '98 S70 / No mechanical experience / Going for Stage 0?

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I run Valvoline 10w30 synthetic in my car. It seems to be a good choice!
'00 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 199k
'03 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 117k
'07 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 174k
'91 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 175k
'92 245 Base White/Beige 249k
'99 BMW 528i
'01 Mountaineer 5.0
Sold-
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 253k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k
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Re: Newbie owner of a '98 S70 / No mechanical experience / Going for Stage 0?

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It's time for some pictures (to help you help me figure things out.

1.) I feel like this should be plugged into something. Right behind the driver's side headlight.
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2.) Pulled the TCV off of the air box. (Yes, I know I need to clean the air filter.) I'm no expert, but I think there should be a third hose connected to the "blue" end.
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3.) There appears to be some oil staining on top of the turbo.
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4.) Originally, I thought the previous owner just spilled some oil while he was pouring, but there appears to be more oil now. Hoping this is as simple a fix as replacing the seal in the oil filler cap?
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'99 S70 "AWD" - 220,000+mi - part out :cry:
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Re: Newbie owner of a '98 S70 / No mechanical experience / Going for Stage 0?

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WhatAmIDoing wrote: Measured the voltage of the battery with the engine off at 12.5 V. With the engine on ~13.8 V, and read ~13.8 V with all lights, stereo, and A/C on. Could not find the positive terminal on the alternator (kind of buried in there), so need a little more direction on where to find that.
Battery/ground cables, battery, alternator are in great condition, there is no issue here.
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