Been working a ***** schedule on account of the weather. (oh the joys of being a Millwirght in a pulp mill when it freezes hard!) So this account is a few days late.
Sit back & relax, it's a bit of a story...
Last week when the weather started to hit we ended up with about 7" of snow. Got to drive the XJ in the snow for the first time. Even scored points with the wife by driving her into work. :kiss:
Went against the recommendations of the "powers that be" and drove 60+ miles Saturday to visit my brother & his wife. "If you don't *have to* leave the house, don't"... Yeah, right. XJ running great, and handling everything well.
Saturday night the temp dropped. Woke up Sunday AM to sub-zero temps. :chilly: Got ready to head to work and made it about 5 blocks and noticed the temp well above normal and still blowing cold out the defroster, not good.
Good thing I haven't sold the SAAB yet.
Long story a little shorter, the PO had skimped on antifreeze. Water pump won't move slush.
Got lucky, didn't damage anything. Was out in the 20F weather Tuesday draining and refiling the cooling system.
While running with clear water (trying to flush a little more scale) I noticed my #5 spark plug had a pulse
I've seen a lot of things in my life, never seen a plug move independent of the head.
#5 was less than hand-tight :facepalm: Now I had to add removing all the plugs, checking gap and re-installing to my list of stuff to do in the cold. Tune-up is in the near future, but I didn't have the plugs & wires yet so had to put the old 'uns back in.
Back on the road, all seems well, but I'm wondering what other "special" surprises the PO has left me in this rig.
On a better note, new speakers in rear hatch installed last night.
Valve cover gasket, thermostat, and coolant pressure bottle arrived yesterday, so I've got projects to entertain myself with...