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Did my yearly front end brake job on the 07 durango today only to find out that the rears were contributing to all the racket too. Seems quite frequent, but concidering all the miles that I put on this thing in one year, I guess its not all that bad.

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The only trouble is if either of you try showing down on the street no one will think you're racing, just attempting to briskly accelerate.

Work day today for the '97. The brake shudder came back, so I went ahead and decided to see if replacing the brake hardware will eliminate it. Parts fixed/replaced: New calipers on both si

More mods! Found the part number for the OEM black Charger emblem, so I did a swap. Yes yes, I could have plastidipped it, but this was just as cheap, and won't peel over time.

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I guess I am gonna be checking the cruise control cable on our 2003 escape since ford messed up that recall, I do not remember if our 03 was originally included in any sort of throttle recall to begin with. I hate how the media blows it up and makes ford look like they don't care. That news story of that girl who died driving her escape back in January. Yes, it is a tragedy and I feel terrible that she lost her life, but she was a beginning driver and they even said that it was the first time she drove that particular car. Drivers these days just aren't prepared for any sort of complication with their car, anyone could crash and die on a freeway if they have a tire blow out and react wrong at 70mph. An experienced driver may have had time to shift to neutral and avoid that kind of disaster, especially with the time she had before she crashed. Either way Ford is gonna get a bad name for themselves with all the throttle problems that people are claiming. Failing to have dealers pull previously repaired cars back in after the recall update was a fatal error.

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Devin.

Okay...?

Edit: Ohh, I see what you did now. Yeah, already plan to do it.

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in fact, without the fogs there, and the bars blacked out, it almost looks like the new caravan fascia

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10 Year Maint package.

Do Tomorrow if it does not rain.

From RockAuto and combined with a rear cailper semi-loaded for the Sable '01.

Tomorrow also if weather is OK.

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Straight piped the jeep, got a new radiator , fixed the rust on the wheels and painted them, and finally cleaned it. First free time in a long time to play around with modding it.

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10 Year Maint package.

Do Tomorrow if it does not rain.

From RockAuto and combined with a rear cailper semi-loaded for the Sable '01.

Tomorrow also if weather is OK.

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Pic of existing filter, according to records, installed by the Lincoln dealer, along with the cabin air filter which was not changed. The car was driven maybe a thousand miles a year for it's last few years before I bought it.

I checked the cabin filter and blew it out with compressed air and ordered a new one along with the engine filter.

Filter in the pic is not dirty, but looks to me like poor workmanship in putting it in. It is not an easy drop in job. It is horizontal, in a hole, and the filter will fall out of it's ledge if you are not careful.

Just my experience, if you want it done right: " do it yourself" and check your work twice.

When I bought my '03 Sable used (repro) and checked it out, the hose clamps on the accordian were loose. The air filter was new and someone failed to tighten them.

I picked up a U-Haul truck for someone and it was horrible sounding and the A/C did not work. I raised the hood and the inlet air hose to the throttle body was tied up with a string, and the A/C belt was hainging around the brake booster.

Un-finished work.

Oh well, I still have to do the fuel filter on the Lin and it should be ready for the road.

Trip soon.

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2002 Explorer went in to get new tires mounted, alignment done. New rear brakes since explorer rear brakes are a pain to work on due to rusting issues. Squeaking over bumps is gone with a nice lube job of the sway bar bushings. :D

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White stuff is a little grease left over from mechanic, need to clean rim where old wheel weight was.

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Well the rear diff on the cop car blew at about 4am this morning. And by 8pm it was back on the road with a completely new rear axle assembly. That includes the hour to get it, the hour for supper, and not starting until noon haha.

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Old axle out

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Damage, the locker didn't work either...

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New Junkyard axle. Has 3k miles less than the car does, but this one is nice and tight and the locker still works. Cost 250 bucks. We knew this was coming though, it has made noise since we got the car, the chopped off exhaust during the test drive masked the sound though... Car just broke 150k about a week ago. Next up is the trans that started slipping about a week after we got it...

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Either got an oil leak on Blue Bird, or she's burning oil :(

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Either got an oil leak on Blue Bird, or she's burning oil :(

Its a 95 -- valve stem seals are badly designed.

Add 1/3rd of a quart of ATF and report back in 2 weeks.

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Eeek, well, if you say it will work... I'll try it... Never heard that before :ph34r: :ph34r:

On another note, finally started up on taking Blue Bird over to get quotes for fixing the body up. Mind you the frame is actually in wonderful condition. My grandmother was sold on the undercoating, which for the most part did a great job. It has surface rust, but everything is 100% in tact. I plan on going under there this fall with POR-15 and some undercoatings to help preserve the frame itself.

Well, Sterling Auto Body, which has done wonderful work repainting stuff for me (Door handle, Aussie Mirrors, SHO Rockers...) The pros said they don't touch cars with rust! So... I asked why, "Well, takes too much time, and really, rusted cars aren't worth fixing." Says who? I know my T-Bird isn't gonna ever go up in value, but to me it's more. People restore cars all the time... Who would have thought a 1960's Ford Galaxie would be anything?

I have another body shop in mind... In Wisconsin, where they'll do great work for cheap if you pay cash only. So maybe one of these days I'll call em to check, then drive up for an estimate so I can have a base figure of what to save up for.

Also it's kind of nice today, I wonder if I should do my door hinges... Sick of my door sagging so much :P

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Eeek, well, if you say it will work... I'll try it... Never heard that before :ph34r: :ph34r:

You may have to add a little with each oil change, but the transmission lubricants work their way into the rubber valve stem seals and bring them back (somewhat).

Its going to use a little oil, but shouldn't be THAT much oil.

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You may have to add a little with each oil change, but the transmission lubricants work their way into the rubber valve stem seals and bring them back (somewhat).

Its going to use a little oil, but shouldn't be THAT much oil.

Valve seals will cause a plume of blue smoke on startup that does not last long. But only after sitting for a while and the oil bypassed the seals on the intake valves.

After a short time the cat will burn the oil smoke away, so it only shows on startup while the cat is cold.

Spark plugs will show which cylinder is leaking, as it may not be all of them.

It will show as heavy gray deposits which will in time make it misfire under load.

(only the shadow knows)

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PI Heads would fix that too, right? New heads with valves...? Be cool if I could take the 5.4L in my Econoline... :lol:

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Valve seals will cause a plume of blue smoke on startup that does not last long. But only after sitting for a while and the oil bypassed the seals on the intake valves.

After a short time the cat will burn the oil smoke away, so it only shows on startup while the cat is cold.

Spark plugs will show which cylinder is leaking, as it may not be all of them.

It will show as heavy gray deposits which will in time make it misfire under load.

(only the shadow knows)

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I've never seen the Bird smoke. But to be fair... I changed the oil around 74k, and I am at 75900 Miles now. Been in there since the Fall. Only reason I noticed is my Check Gauge light flashed at me, and before I could tell which gauge was low, it was back to normal. Was 1 and a half qts low :(

Been getting lazy on checking fluids. Then again been lazy about everything with this nasty heat. machausta, come here and help me do my door hinges :P

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Well, added the ATF Mercon/Dextron III into my engine... Better not be joking on me :lol:

Also finally installed my Washer Fluid bottle with Low Fluid sensor. Pain in the dick. Also, gonna need to re-run new front passenger brake line, and perhaps new power steering fluid lines within the next year. :ph34r:

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Kev you need to work a deal like I did, they had no problem fixing my rust and they did a pretty good job considering what they were working with.

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Got a pair of NOS fog lamps for the Escort. Have to cut out the section of the bumper cover to install them. The Tracer had the option, and had removable filler plates for the lights. The Escort had the holes just for looks, the fillers are molded in place on it.

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