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Cam added a topic in Engine & DrivetrainMetallic grinding / ticking noise when turning rightHi guys.
My 03 350 started making this sort of ticking / metallic grinding noise on the left side whenever I turn right with a bit of gusto (so I assume it's related to the weight transferring to the left hand side during the turn). I can't tell if it's coming from the front or rear wheel, but it doesn't seem to do it when driving straight, turning left or when turning right slowly or gently. I can't feel anything through the steering or any shuddering through the body when it's happening. It's a noise only, and a quite pronounced one at that. And ideas?
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Cam added a topic in I.C.ETo PAC or not to PAC - tried bothHi everyone.
Long time no post - I'm living in Mackay at the moment and so my Z rarely comes out of the garage.
When i replaced my factory headunit with an aftermarket model I did some reading and and noticed that there were a lot of recommendations for the PAC unit and a lot of people saying that it wasnt needed as long as the replacement unit had RCA outputs at 4V. Being the cheapskate that I am, I found an RCA wiring loom and facia adaptor package on ebay for a bargain price and decided to go down that road.
It worked. Sure i might have had to hack up the back of the facia adaptor with a steak knife to make it fit and sure I swore a lot trying to get everything back in the way it came out but it worked and at the time, i called it a win.
Months passed and It just never seemed to sound as good as the factory unit did. I thought i was imagining it but there seemed to be far more distortion and far less 'punch' than i remember. It wasnt as loud either but since i am more about the quality i turned a blind eye to that. I tried tweaking every setting that there was to tweak and was just never quite satified with the sound quality.
Today, my PAC ROEM-NIS2 arrived. I wanted to give it a go. I wanted to know if it was any better.
I'm a perfectionist and i like getting all the wiring properly bound and bundled and routed so that there is a zero chance of anything failing in the future, so it took me a good few hours. The PAC unit isnt exactly small and there is almost no free space behind that dash as it is, so I ended up re routing the stock audio loom to the space under that white box that the aircon controls plug into, installing the PAC there and the running the wires from the PAC back up to the rear of the headunit behind the white box.
What an improvement!
After having used both i can say to anyone wondering that there is just no competition between the PAC interface and just a regular RCA loom. Definitely buy the PAC. Totally different sound. The punch is back!
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Cam added a topic in I.C.EManual control of factory ampHi guys.
just curious as to whether anyone has tried running a line level lead from the the 'sub out' socket of an aftermarket head unit direct to the factory bose subwoofer amp thereby allowing the subwoofer output to be increased at the head unit without increasing the bass from the cabin speakers? The new head unit looks great in the dash but In order to milk the factory amps and speakers of everything they can give, I was thinking of running a 100-200hz high pass filter on the cabin speakers to stop them distorting but this will choke the sub since this is where it gets its pickup from usually. If the sub amp can get its pickup direct from the head unit this should solve that issue. I know it would make sense to just replace everything but I'm genuinely not upset with the performance of the factory speakers - They just start distorting at much lower levels than I would expect.
i have 3 months off as of last week so I'm ready for a few little projects - might give it a go.
ahem...does anyone know which wires at the sub amp are the audio in???
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Cam added a topic in Engine & DrivetrainSludge In intake behind throttle bodyGday all.
last night when I had the throttle body off so I could replace the left cam position sensor I noticed that there was a lot of black sludge in there. I should have taken a picture but I was in a hurry and forgot. Seemed mostly on the floor of the pipe and looked like crusty dried oil. The throttle body itself was pretty clean by comparison (save for a little bit of a rusty watermark on the lower edge of the butterfly plate).
any thoughts? It runs and idles nicely but as the car is new to me I can't say whether or not there is a loss of power but it doesn't feel like anything is wrong...
id run some upper engine cleaner through it but there is just something I find frightening about spraying any liquids into my intake even though I'd have no hesitation to do it on my Jimny, which is basically unkillable.
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Cam added a topic in IntroductionsHi from far north qldGday folks.
Had my roadster for a coupe of months or so now. Have been absorbing your wisdom since then but i came out of hiding and joined earlier this evening after having a bit of success with my bluetooth obd2 and live data on my tablet with the old consult-only port, and thought id share (might be old info I'm not great with forum searching..)
Ive so far replaced the vinyl convertible top, rear rotors, passenger side window motor, done some leather repairs on the seats (and dyed them black) and got the subwoofer amp working again temporarily by jamming up that dodgy relay.
Still on the to-do list include the cam angle sensors (please please please let this work im so over this P0345 bullshit - parts on the way), actually replacing that subwoofer amp relay, replacing the factory head unit (parts on the way), properly cleaning out or replacing those seat motor switches (only work sometimes) and maybe the clutch in the long term (i would like a little more grab when i get a bit violent with my clutch - it seems to slip if i drop it a bit too hard).
I recently bought a second car just for fun (04 suzuki jimny) but it has now become my daily driver (A: because ive grown tired of breaking down and B: because its easier to drive around town and C: im not paranoid about parking it in any of the sketchy places that make up 90% of Mackay) so i can afford to waste a bit of time stuffing around. The local mechanics were very quick to wipe their hands of anything electrical (but are all to happy to replace anything i want replaced for a horrendously exorbitant fee) and the local parts stores have absolutely nothing in stock for this car as it is not a toyota landcruiser, holden commodore or hyundai getz, so it looks like i might be relying on these forums and ebay quite a bit.
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