Had some time to work and check the vehicle. Haven't done much, but it's a work in progress.
1. Replaced the sway bar bushings (Moog)
2. Replaced end links (Scitoo - your typical random named China brand).
3. Replaced the EGR due to code (friend ordered it from Rockauto a while back and the box contained a brand new OEM one)
4. Replaced PCV value
Need to do (or planning to do)
1. Will keep factory trailing arms and replace the bushings with urethane ones
2. Have an Aisin timing belt kit here that I'll do when I get more cash to replace coolant hoses with OEM and pick up some 50/50
3. Install a trailer hitch
4. Replace door weatherstripping (so much wind noise!) (hard to find in the US, but apparently the UAE has a decent supply of weatherstripping)
5. Waiting on rear hatch bumpers to come in so I can replace those (it's closed, but door rattles and triggers open door light on dash constantly)
6. Gonna purchase an OEM gas cap (currently has a Stant one on there that feels like it doesn't fit correctly)
7. Replace the fuel filter and hose (it may have been changed 2x since since 1997)
I'll use the cheap end links until they wear out. The vehicle will only be used occasionally... as in maybe 1x-2x a month. Basically my Home Depot vehicle, errand runner, and occasional vehicle tower
Might have been cheaper to get good ones to start out with, but eh, whats done is done.
I wanted to ask since I'm writing a novel anyway, how would I get a door open if the child safety has been turned on and the exterior handle doesn't work? Out of all 5 doors, only 1 is closed. My friend thinks it's seized which I doubt. Car has never been in an accident minus my friend backing up in to a carport post lightly. Is is possible to remove the door panel when closed? Never run into a scenario like this. It's the door behind the front passenger. Right rear passenger? If the handle is broken I'd like to change it and if the child safety is on, then I'd like to remove it.
Also if the vehicle is locked, then the factory alarm will occasionally go off. I'm not sure how it works, but I think the rear hatch not closing properly is the culprit hence why I'm buying the hatch door bumpers. I'll troubleshoot, but if anyone has any ideas it would be appreciated.