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Subject: [DML] Digest Number 712
Date: Thursday, September 20, 2001 11:55 AM

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There are 6 messages in this issue.

Topics in this digest:

1. Coolant Y- pipe problem

2. Re: Hello all, from a new member!

3. Oil Drain Plug ( New )

4. Re: Steering Problem

5. Re: Where is this valve??

6. Re: Where is this valve??

Message: 1
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 06:12:30 -0000
Subject: Coolant Y- pipe problem

Hello, everyone I need some ideas on how to fix this if possiable.
I wanted to change the o-rings on the coolant Y-pipe under the intake 
manifold. One nut broke and the other's head is stripped really bad. 
I can't get a socket or vise grips on it. anyone have any ideas that 
may help.



Message: 2
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 08:54:09 -0000
Subject: Re: Hello all, from a new member!

--- In dmcnews_at_dml_y..., RJRavalli_at_dml_A... wrote:
> Mark, just curious, but what has led you to decide to take your 
Delorean out of storage?  Anything specific?
> Welcome to the list!
> Richard

Finding others on the web still interested in the DMC gives me 
renewed enthusiasm in my love for the car.  My company leaves me 
little time needed for this, but finding the DML has really centered 
my interest and given my desire a jump start.




Message: 3
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 13:39:19 -0000
Subject: Oil Drain Plug ( New )

Group, I thought I would let everyone know that I now have a new oil 
drain plug that doesn't require a special tool. It has an external 
17mm head that uses a standard 17mm wrench or you can use a cresent 
wrench or some of the newer tools. You can see it on my web site 
under hardware or engine parts.
John Hervey


Message: 4
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 14:42:25 -0000
Subject: Re: Steering Problem

Inspect the front lower control arms. It is common if recovery hooks 
were attached to move or lift the car to the lower contol arms that 
they bend. If they are bent it would make the steering hard and they 
would not move up and down depending on how badly they are bent. The 
bad news is they are hard to obtain. Maybe they can be straighted out.
This is the main reason the car needs to be flatbeded but if the car 
is pulled onto the flatbed by the lower control arms the damage is 
done. On some forgein cars there are big stickers underneath 
indicating where to attach or not attach the recovery hooks. Maybe 
this would be a good idea for the Delorean vendors to produce?
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews_at_dml_y..., "Jack Singer" <jsinger_at_dml_i...> wrote:
> Has anyone changed out the Steering Column Universal Joint?
> It looks as if mine is bad since steering is almost impossible.  I 
had the
> car towed on a dolly and it seems to have affected the steering.
> It looks easy in the book, however, I have said that in the past and 
a week
> later I am still on the project...
> If anyone has done it, please let me know what to watch out for.
> Jack 5823 & 2418


Message: 5
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 14:48:54 -0000
Subject: Re: Where is this valve??

The valve I think you are refering to is located UNDER the air intake 
plenum. It is very difficult to see and impossible to reach without 
removing the plenum. If it is not hooked up or is hooked up wrong, 
while you are under the plenum replace all cooling system hoses and 
David Teitelbaum
vin 10757

--- In dmcnews_at_dml_y..., "Eric" <ericp_at_dml_t...> wrote:
> Folks, I need help (or at least someone to tell me I'm not totally 
> insane!)
> I'm following the instructions of the seasoned D owners here o this 
> group. Trying to troubleshoot some problems, I was checking all of 
> the vacuum lines - following the chart in the engine compartment and 
> the pictures in the tech. manual.
> I found out that the vacuum lines do not all go where they are 
> supposed to. I'm trying to find the Thermal Control Valve (which 
> should be just to the right of the air intake plate assembly)...
> I can't find it. Moreover - the hoses that should lead to it, do 
> (this is why I went searching for it; I believe I have a spark 
> advance problem).
> Am I looking in the wrong place? Is it not exactly where the picture 
> specifies? Is it possible that it could have been removed - (and 
> would the engine even run at all ??? which it does.) 
> I know how this sounds, I'm really not that dense...but I just don't 
> see it.  Any guidance or experience would be appreciated.
> Thanks
> Eric
> Vin# 5557
> delorean_at_dml_t...


Message: 6
Date: Thu, 20 Sep 2001 11:16:26 EDT
Subject: Re: Where is this valve??


if you have small hands, the thermal control valve is located deep under the 
air induction manifold and air meter assembly.  you will never be able to see 
it without removing those parts, you can't even see it from below the car.  
you will have to take your hand and feel around for it.  it is really right 
where the picture shows it to be.  there should be three hoses coming off of 
it right in a row.  i was able to find mine by holding a vacuum hose and 
following it down until i found where it went down there.  i'm a pretty small 
guy so i can get my hand under there and i can feel all three hoses connected 
to the valve.

perhaps some 'mechanic' couldn't find the thermal control valve so he just 
hooked hoses up to other vacuum hoses?  my advice to you would be to locate 
the thermal control valve - if you can't, find another owner in the area who 
is able to get his hand down there to verify its presence.  you don't have 
any non-stock engine modifications, do you?  if you don't, i would go ahead 
and get all new hoses and route them the way they should be.  obviously the 
thermal control hoses are the hardest.  but be careful - if your car runs 
now, there's a good chance it won't run when you done because in order to get 
the car to run the way it is now (if it really is messed up), they probably 
had to play with some other things.  if you don't know what you are doing, 
have a seasoned D owner help you out.  

1982 DeLorean DMC-12 VIN#11596
Fargo, ND 58102

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