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Author Topic: When is it time to give it up?  (Read 2358 times)
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Bigshark
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« on: September 18, 2016, 09:49:12 PM »

I LOVE my 2005 Tek.  My hands are dirty from replacing the power steering pump (thanks a bunch to  Oreilly for stocking the replacement with the reservoir) I've done the upper intake manifold plugs and wires, fuel pressure regulator, brakes, MAP, MAF, and O2 sensors in the past year.  Still need to do shocks and struts.  I LOVE my Aztek but when is it time to let her go?  I should also say it's my lovely wife's ride primarily and just about the only small suv that can swallow a 14ft tandem kayak nicely.  

I'm going to miss this car when she's gone.............
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« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2016, 03:38:35 AM »

When is it time? 

From what I've seen when I was looking to replace mine with a newer (lower milage) one, apparently never!

People seem to hang onto their Azteks forever.  The last time I looked I couldn't find one that had less than 190K miles.  Most of the ones listed were in the mid to high 200's. 

SO, I decided to hang onto mine for a while longer (only has 120K on it right now).

For those struts and shocks...

Struts - at the time I didn't have a spring compressor, so I bought Monroe QuickStruts for the front.   They come as a complete assembly with new springs, upper spring seat, etc.  Hardest part was getting the lower strut bolts out (have some new ones on standby before you start the job).  I believe I had to remove the wiper system to get access to the three top nuts.   Even then, it wasn't easy getting to them.  I think I bought a long handled ratcheting tool and that really helped.

The rear shocks were an easy quick change.

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2016, 05:17:33 AM »

Yeah, the problem with power steering on the Tek is very familiar to me either. I also had to spend some time replacing the pump, as the coolant element went bad. Plus, one hose had to be replaced either and finally I ended up completely changing liquid in the system after the color went brown.... So yes, when it's got certain mileage there, you keep getting more and more problems with it, and teh suspension is not the worst thing, I should admit. Grin
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