I realize that it has been a while since my last update but life has taken turns and they haven’t been in the Sentra as much. I did manage to get the new window regulator in and it works great although a little stiffer than the old one but I’m sure that will free up with more use.
The brakes on the front of the care were not that bad really. One pad was worn considerably but everything else looked good. I was only able to bleed out one of the front calipers as the bleeder on the other one was frozen and I wasn’t going to risk breaking it so I left it alone. At least I know one line has new fluid in it and the reservoir has clean fluid as well. The bigger task of taking apart the rear brakes has been put on hold until I can get another good day to to work on them instead of my house.
I have gone over the carburetor several times and all of the vacuum lines and I cannot see why the throttle is sticking. It won’t do it until after the engine has warmed up and there isn’t anything visibly blocking it so I gather that it is something inside that is hampering its natural movement. When the throttle is closed normally, the throttle cable is tight in the groove but when it sticks, the cable is loose as it is trying to push the throttle closed but can’t get it there. I have found that if I pull up on the accelerator with my foot, it gives just enough to push the throttle closed but once I give it gas, it sticks open again.
Another new thing that concerns me is that there is now a considerable amount of oil leaking from the rear of the engine that didn’t before the head gasket repair. My only guess is that the valve cover gasket is not seated correctly but it could also be a problem at the junction of the oil filter / pump at the engine block but without a hoist, I cannot get in there myself to look at it clearly.
I’m going to try and get the Sentra over to my mechanic this week so he can look at it and see what needs to be done. At worst I will need a new carburetor but I think the rebuild kit is still available but I hope it doesn’t come to that.
At the moment I am debating on having him installing the new brakes and hardware. There are many other things that I need installed as well but I had better do something because winter is coming and I prefer to drive this car on the ice and snow than my other car.