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PostSubject: new member   Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:17 pm

Hello riv experts
I'm new to this forum - have a 95 riv which I have owned for 4 years - but have not been driving it much. I was letting my kids use it thru high school - now they are in college and I get to drive it. I am now of the opinion that this was waaay too nice a car for my boys to be driving - and waaay too fast. Anyway, after reviewing your forum topics, I just changed the plugs, wires, valve cover gaskets (oil leaks), changed the vacuum lines (cruise control wasn't working all the time)., and installed new tires. Car is running very well, but I get the can rattling noise intermittently at idle - looks as though it it may need a s/c coupler? Was going to change the s/c oil - ordered on line per your past thread advice. Anyway, thanks for this forum - a ton of useful info - I have found your website very helpful, and it has really fired me up about the riv. Ya know, in the past I have done mild restorations on 60's era cars, but I am more spun up about working on the riv (and drivin it) than anything else i have owned, in no small part due to this forum. I'll post some pics soon. Thanks! Al
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PostSubject: Re: new member   Fri Dec 10, 2010 9:53 pm

Cool! Welcome to the forum!

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PostSubject: Re: new member   Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:24 pm

Welcome!

Yep...S/C coupler is prolly bad. Fairly easy fix. Glad you found us.
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PostSubject: Re: new member   Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:03 pm

Welcome aboard! Yeah my coupler sounds like rocks and marbles rattlin around at idle. def coupler. cool link on you tube of a change. real simple. will try to find the link for ya.
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PostSubject: Re: new member   Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:06 pm

Welcome, Al. Glad to hear you're driving the Riv again!

Craig, if you find the YouTube link, can you please post it in the coupler write-up link? Thx.

Link: SC Coupler Replacement

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PostSubject: Re: new member   Sat Dec 11, 2010 2:30 pm

I will find it and post it shortly. Im headed out to fix some windnoise on my drivers door. Just used the buick know how link. Awesome videos. Def post link right after. Thx again to everyone here that is serious about there rivs!
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PostSubject: Re: new member   Sat Dec 11, 2010 3:57 pm

awlaylan wrote:
Hello riv experts
I'm new to this forum - have a 95 riv which I have owned for 4 years - but have not been driving it much. I was letting my kids use it thru high school - now they are in college and I get to drive it. I am now of the opinion that this was waaay too nice a car for my boys to be driving - and waaay too fast. Anyway, after reviewing your forum topics, I just changed the plugs, wires, valve cover gaskets (oil leaks), changed the vacuum lines (cruise control wasn't working all the time)., and installed new tires. Car is running very well, but I get the can rattling noise intermittently at idle - looks as though it it may need a s/c coupler? Was going to change the s/c oil - ordered on line per your past thread advice. Anyway, thanks for this forum - a ton of useful info - I have found your website very helpful, and it has really fired me up about the riv. Ya know, in the past I have done mild restorations on 60's era cars, but I am more spun up about working on the riv (and drivin it) than anything else i have owned, in no small part due to this forum. I'll post some pics soon. Thanks! Al

About that coupler - it's important to fix b/c the rattle is pretty loud, loud enough to mask other problems. For instance if the water pump is going bad, the s/c rattle will drown out that noise. The S/C coupler, however, will run bad for quite a while before it fails. Is an easy but stinky fix. Might want to get some engine cleaner like Gunk or a spray detergent like Purple Power, Simple Green, or such to clean up the spillage when done instead of letting it smoke off, it stinks that bad. Reason for the stink: S/C fluid is whale oil, and after it's been in s/c service for any heat cycles it makes spoiled fish in a can smell like honeysuckle...

Welcome aboard.

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PostSubject: Re: new member   Sat Dec 11, 2010 7:21 pm


Welcome sir smile
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PostSubject: Re: new member   Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:32 am

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PostSubject: Re: new member   Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:33 am

Above is the video for coupler change. Trying to add to write ups now.
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PostSubject: Re: new member   Sun Dec 12, 2010 8:22 pm

knuckled1 wrote:
Above is the video for coupler change. Trying to add to write ups now.

Link's down for some reason.


IIRC there is a write up on the coupler change but I can't find it ATM.

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PostSubject: Re: new member   Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:33 pm

Hello members, I'm new to the forum as well as Riv ownership. I recently picked up a wounded '97 SC Riv which I've yet to actually drive due in large part because it currently has no brakes. Based on my experience with other vehicles I've owned everything seem to indicate it needed a new MC, in addition it has a sagging rear end. So yesterday I installed a new MC and the highly recommended (this site) Monroe max replacement air shocks, much to my chagrin however, neither changed things. Needless to say I've yet to drive it, which as you might imagine is quite frustrating. The sagging rear end is something I believe is due to a worn out compressor, as I've never heard the compressor as indicated in many of the post I've read! It is the braking issue that has me puzzled in large part because while I now know why it has no brakes( leaking fluid) it's the location of the leak, which appears to be underneath the area below the radiator? Keeping in mind that first of all, I've not owned many FWD vehicles, and I haven't had occassion to view much of the car's underside to get a idea how things are layed out on the undercarriage. In addition I'm in Buffalo, NY at present which is another story entirely. I need some help on this, I didn't discover the fluid leak until after 11pm last night, no lift, no garage, so I packed it in after only a cursory glance at the fluid pouring out at a rather rapid rate. Can someone tell me if there are simply brake lines in that area or a component such as the ABS unit etc., in addition where is the P.S. reservoir on these cars? Thanks in advance for any and all help, love the forum, which is actually responsible in large part for my ownership of a Riv!
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PostSubject: Re: new member   Mon Dec 13, 2010 1:08 am

I think you need to check the ABS valve body, it's not too far from the radiator. If bad find a used (junkyard) one they are common across many GM cars and mad expensive new.

I think some phone calls will scare you up a replacement compressor, might want to pull yours and go to a pick n pull and get a replacment off another GM car with the air shocks (there are a bunch of them including many of the minivans). However, the RIv's mounting is unique so odds are you'll end up getting a good used one and stripping it for parts to fix the one for the Riv.

PS reservoir is under the PS fill cap.

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