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Troubleshot an iffy battery, this afternoon, before heading to work. Daughter had come in at 7am, and notified her mother and I that she couldn't start the Cruze, so she took her mother's MB. Good thing that my wife has been working from home since this COVID BS started. County maintenance is going to be messing up my street tomorrow (Thurs), so I may have to park a block and a half away, tonight when I get home. I'm taking Friday OFF, may have to replace the battery before I leave for San Diego, for the weekend. Getting more and more angry with the car. Thinking about trading it in for some other sap out there to deal with.
 

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Troubleshot an iffy battery, this afternoon, before heading to work. Daughter had come in at 7am, and notified her mother and I that she couldn't start the Cruze, so she took her mother's MB. Good thing that my wife has been working from home since this COVID BS started. County maintenance is going to be messing up my street tomorrow (Thurs), so I may have to park a block and a half away, tonight when I get home. I'm taking Friday OFF, may have to replace the battery before I leave for San Diego, for the weekend. Getting more and more angry with the car. Thinking about trading it in for some other sap out there to deal with.
Just in case you have not seen these yet:

TSB #14311
Service Bulletin - NHTSA SB-10057574-8899
Extra stuff:
How-To: Installation of the Big 3 Cruze Kit
Clean the Terminals
Cruze Battery Upgrade Options
 

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Last week I finally removed and replaced my center console. I had broken the tab that holds the lid shut. Unfortunately you need to completely replace the thing to fix it. good thing though, the interior is really clean now. I took way to many pictures, so if I can remember what I was thinking when I took them, maybe I can write up a decent How-To:

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Quick detailed it before making the four hour drive up North. Did a full clean/detail of the interior a couple days ago.

So of course it got rained on two hours after cleaning it...three times...sigh.



 

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Troubleshot an iffy battery, this afternoon, before heading to work. Daughter had come in at 7am, and notified her mother and I that she couldn't start the Cruze, so she took her mother's MB. Good thing that my wife has been working from home since this COVID BS started. County maintenance is going to be messing up my street tomorrow (Thurs), so I may have to park a block and a half away, tonight when I get home. I'm taking Friday OFF, may have to replace the battery before I leave for San Diego, for the weekend. Getting more and more angry with the car. Thinking about trading it in for some other sap out there to deal with.
Had some other things come up that postponed my trip to San Diego until next weekend. Saturday morning, I replaced said battery, it was down to 8.3DCV when I checked it. Quickest battery replacement, counting purchase and core return, I've ever done, and my son did most of the work (teaching moment). Saturday afternoon, we traded our Cruze in for a '20 Civic. Daughter is already wanting to "Star Wars Sticker it up."
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Well, it's not what I did to it yesterday, but what I thought someone else did to it.

My wife and I were sitting out on the porch at a winery talking with one of the people who works inside the tasting room when I heard the distinctive sound of a 2.0L LUZ start up and idling - I thought someone was stealing our car...until I remembered we were literally sitting next to ours - it was another Cruze Diesel...My wife and I were both incredibly surprised to see another one - always such a rarity!

Now, what the car has done to itself is apparently worn through the RR pad and rotor to the point where it makes a lot of noise when you're on the brakes moderately...and then continues to make noises when off the brake at lower speed. It could be stuck, but I haven't felt a difference in heat on the wheel between the two rear wheels, so it may just be the inner pad is worn far enough to be making constant noise. Problem is: we're on vacation until next Monday (and have been up here since Saturday), and doing quite a bit of driving around (and then still ~250 miles back home), so I can't get to it until we get back home...
 
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Finally gave in, old manifold was still seeping oil from somewhere on the pcv fix kit and I have tried to fix it 3 times, ordered a dorman and slapped it on. Seems to be of great quality!

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Drove my Cruze, than drove it some more. Packed my stuff and left Texas for a 6100 mile road trip from Texas to Alaska via West Virginia. Stopped in Arkansas and changed the oil along the way. Trip went well, but had a few minor snags along the way. First off, after a fuel up in Minnesota, I got the "Service Power Steering/Service Stabilitrak/Service Traction control" messages. Also noticed Torque wasn't connecting to the car, so I unplugged the OBDLink and plugged it back in. That fixed the problem, but it pop up a couple more times, so I think the OBDLink was getting kicked and knocked loose. The other minor hiccup was that the gold part of my front bowtie fell off in North Dakota. Got home, unloaded the car, finally took the Yakima rack off, and ran it through the car wash.
 
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Finally gave in, old manifold was still seeping oil from somewhere on the pcv fix kit and I have tried to fix it 3 times, ordered a dorman and slapped it on. Seems to be of great quality!
You kept the kit I hope. Eventually the Dorman will fail as well.
 

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Drove my Cruze, than drove it some more. Packed my stuff and left Texas for a 6100 mile road trip from Texas to Alaska via West Virginia. Stopped in Arkansas and changed the oil along the way. Trip went well, but had a few minor snags along the way. First off, after a fuel up in Minnesota, I got the "Service Power Steering/Service Stabilitrak/Service Traction control" messages. Also noticed Torque wasn't connecting to the car, so I unplugged the OBDLink and plugged it back in. Had that error pop up a couple more times, so I think it was getting kicked and knocked loose. The other minor hiccup was that the gold part of my front bowtie fell off in North Dakota. Got home, unloaded the car, finally took the Yakima rack off, and ran it through the car wash.
That was a hellacious trip. What prompted that?
 

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You kept the kit I hope. Eventually the Dorman will fail as well.
I did. I’m pretty confident it will last quite awhile. Probably longer than I own the car.
 

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Drove my Cruze, than drove it some more. Packed my stuff and left Texas for a 6100 mile road trip from Texas to Alaska via West Virginia. Stopped in Arkansas and changed the oil along the way. Trip went well, but had a few minor snags along the way. First off, after a fuel up in Minnesota, I got the "Service Power Steering/Service Stabilitrak/Service Traction control" messages. Also noticed Torque wasn't connecting to the car, so I unplugged the OBDLink and plugged it back in. Had that error pop up a couple more times, so I think it was getting kicked and knocked loose. The other minor hiccup was that the gold part of my front bowtie fell off in North Dakota. Got home, unloaded the car, finally took the Yakima rack off, and ran it through the car wash.
It sucks getting any type of check engine light or warnings on road trips when you're far from home but at least it didn't leave you stranded. That's a long road trip
 

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You missed a photo op!?
Yup - I was too confused and by the time I realized it was a second diesel (when I saw the wheels), it was driving out of the lot.
 
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