04-15-2015, 12:29 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
Time to put 'er down... send her off to the farm
On my 2007 Reno with manual transmission:
TLDR: Coolant overflow bottle venting, head gasket blown, possible transmission slave cylinder failure imminent, new O2 sensor not responding.
For quite a while now, I've had issues with coolant boiling over and venting from the overflow bottle. I suspect this was from an inexperienced technician who overtightened the cap, expecting it to "click" like a gas cap. I think this caused the system to lose pressure.
It what may or may not be related, the head gasket blew. Mechanic in a bottle (Blue Devil Head Gasket sealer) seems to have stemmed the flow, since there is no more blue smoke, and a recent oil change reported no indications of coolant in the oil. This was after a significant amount of coolant venting from the overflow bottle (enough to see from under the hood and condense on the window).
I've replaced various manual transmission components (slave cylinder under warranty), and a second time for $1300, rather than be stranded 1700 miles from home. I'm now losing brake fluid (not visibly, but the reservoir runs low, and the brake warning light comes on if not properly monitored). This happens every 4 months or so.
I've replaced the O2 sensor after getting an intermittent MIL code for a low voltage on the sensor that sits in the exhaust manifold. The issue did not resolve, and now I also see errors indicating that there is no response at all from the sensor. I've tried chasing the wiring harness to check for a burned or shorted wire, but didn't see anything.
Errors - P0134 - O2 Sensor Circuit No Activity Detected and
P0131 - O2 Sensor Circuit Low Voltage
Is there anything practical that can be done to save it, or is it best to cut my losses and find a mechanic who's looking for a project car?
Also, at some point an oil change tech forgot to replace my spark plug/valve cover cover (the part that displays the engine displacement and looks like this: http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/9PMAAOSw8cNUT8QL/$_12.JPG
Would anyone have a spare or be able to suggest a used spot beyond eBay or a scrap yard in a state that doesn't have much in the of Suzuki parts?
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Last edited by kc-guy; 04-15-2015 at 12:40 AM.