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Decided to put some tips and pics here from time to time to share my learnings.

Maybe like passing it along since much of it I got from others.

Owners Guide on the Web.

https://www.fleet.ford.com/maintenance/owners_manuals/default.asp

Now, just to show how dumb this old coot is about cars. (at times)

I have had '01 Sable LS for 8 years when I added the '03 Sable LS.

Few things different so I put the Owners Guid in the bathroom and read it bit at a time.

Read about fog lights. OK, I have owned the '01 for 8 years and did not know it had fog lights. And would not have known how to turn them on.

Now I use them all the time at night.

Really makes a difference.

Happy motoring.

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Bonus: Your headlights produce a fresh, minty scent.

I save used bolts/nuts and also have a variety of metric automotive quality from Surplus City, buy by the pound long ago.   Helps when I loose something, or when I need to fix some damaged threads

Today's Project See pic, someone's lame fix. I have had the car 8 years and it is not my fix. It is heated and Silver Frost so little chance at the JY. Need to find some screws and I will have it

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Curise control. What if it does not work, or all buttons do not work all the time.

Pic shows the Off On button off the car and apart.

Relatively easy to pry out of the wheel, easy to take apart with torx driver shown.

The contacts may be dirty or maybe spilled drink in the button, maybe just does not make contace.

Mine did not work in "off" but others worked. What if it was the "on" button?

Since mine was just the "off" I suspected the switch. I got another at the JY and it worked fine.

Then checked with ohm meter and the off pair of leads showed nothing.

I cleaned this one up and it works fine by the meter. Spare part now.

I would clean the gold contacts with a clean pencil eraser and then swab wit alcohol

If it had cola or coffee in it, I would soak it in household ammonia. It will not hurt electronics.

By soak, I mean a few minutes and brush with art brush to dislodge the crud.

Happy cruising.

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Another tip you might want to add:

Toothpaste can do wonders on fogged up headlights, it is a mild abrasive and will remove the hazing.

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Another tip you might want to add:

Toothpaste can do wonders on fogged up headlights, it is a mild abrasive and will remove the hazing.

Bonus: Your headlights produce a fresh, minty scent.

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Today, check, double check your parts. If they are not exactly right return them. Make a statement.

See pic. Always inspect and check gap on plugs. Adjusting gap on platinums is risky.

If they are not gapped right, take them back. (example)

The first set of XP104 were fine.

Then this.

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EGR codes 400-402 are a common issue with Taurus/Sables, both engines.

Mine was 402 and came up about every 2 to 4 weeks. I dodged that and reset it and timed it to get arouond the inspection by timing the inspection when I had no pending code.

This for about 7 years until I heard about the DPFE. I had replaced the EGR valve but made no difference. They seldom fail.

There are two styles of DPFE sensors in the attached pics. One is un mounted and just sits on the hoses.

One is mounted near the drivers side on the cylinder head.

Mine was the un-mounted style.

I got a DPFE from the JY and have not had a code for over a year now.

Just sharing my experience.

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Hey Chart, do you have any tips on cleaning the IAC?

Of course I have IAC cleaning made easy.

In the pic is a JY one for Lin Cont from a well used car. Cost me about $3 or so. It was stuck in that I could not move the piston with a tooth pick.

I used Q-Tips and naptha to get the oily part out but that left the black solids in there.

I then used household ammonia and Q-Tips to get the solids out. I oiled the two locations shown by the arrows.

The lower one in particular is a brass guide for the shaft.

After that the piston and shaft were free and moved easily.

I put that on my '02 Lin Cont as the one on it was sticky and I got idle variations of too slow or too fast.

Works like a charm, and been that way for about 4 months.

I have not cleaned the one that came off yet but I still know where it is.

Ammonia is a wonderful cleaner used with some care.

I attached a pic of antique clock movement that had oil hardened in the bearings and was stuck in place.

Pic was where I dipped it half way in a tub of ammonia for 20 minutes. Then did the other half after taking the pic.

Clock was oiled and has been running couple of years now. Pic tells it's one tale. Ammonia is a gas dissolved in water so it leaves no residue.

Happy cleaning.

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Cleaning Sludge

See pics, this is a JY throttle body with the TPS removed. I took it with the TPS but what I wanted was the TPS but it is quite hard to remove on the engine.

Anyway I cleaned it up and put the TPS back on and it is on my '03 Sable DOHC now.

Point is, I cleaned it with acetone. I really do not like spary cleaners here.

The shaft runs on ball bearings. Spray solvents may not be good for them.

I used a old tooth brush dipped in acetone and brushed the parts and wiped them with a rag.

Thus I did not flood the bearings with solvent.

Acetone evaporates quickly and is ******* the hands.

FYI.

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Another tip you might want to add:

Toothpaste can do wonders on fogged up headlights, it is a mild abrasive and will remove the hazing.

it can also damage them too

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Hey Chart. Thanks for the tips on cleaning the IAC. Can I use anything else besides Naptha. I found a gallon size at Lowes, but I don't want to spend $12 for something I need maybe 1/8th of a cup of...

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Hey Chart. Thanks for the tips on cleaning the IAC. Can I use anything else besides Naptha. I found a gallon size at Lowes, but I don't want to spend $12 for something I need maybe 1/8th of a cup of...

Kerosene or mineral spirits are close but do not evaporate so quickly.

I get naptha at Wal-Mart by the quart and use it often.

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Headlamp leaks.

Most have seen or had a wet headlamp inside.

Here is my fix.

See pic. Easy to take hl off the car. I left the sockets and covers in place.

Drilled the hole in the out of the way location.

Used my mouth and blew into the hole and pressurized the envelope.

Listened and heard the leaking area of the seal.

Cleaned that line with a tooth brush and ammonia, and dried. (hair dryer)

Put silicone calk all along the crack area and let setup for a few hours.

Removed the lamp sockets and covers.

Put the envelope in the oven with the oven light on for heat overnight to dry out.

Siliconed the drilled hole.

No More Wet Lamp.

Just sharing.

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for what it is worth. You cannot pull a vacuum on the bulb. It has a vent that allows air in but not out.

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Subscribed! i LIKE this dude!!

thanks for the great tips chart! Ill be using them!

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Headlamp Polishing

I got some ideas from a pro used car dealer. (his wife cuts my hair and does my wife's hair)

He used regular polish like he uses on cars to make them look good for sale.

Same buffer that he uses on the car paint.

Mine were horrible over a year ago on the '01 Sable. We, in the deep rust belt get sand blasted from sand with the salt all winter.

I bought the 3M kit at walmart but did not need the coarsest sand, took the headlamps off the car and cleaned them up.

By acutal measure at 8 feet from my garage door, I got 30% more light per my lightmeter. (kind of old school thing)

Anyway this spring I went over them with a quick one round using auto polish. After they cleaned my street of remaing sand.

Then used Nu Finish on the lamps to rid them of any remaining polish and make them look really good.

Maybe 15 minutes per car. Did my '03 while at it.

The 3M polishing head can be cleaned and used over and over. It works really nice.

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Today's Project

See pic, someone's lame fix.

I have had the car 8 years and it is not my fix.

It is heated and Silver Frost so little chance at the JY.

Need to find some screws and I will have it back together today.

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Oil Change

I have 3 Ford products, all use the same oil filter but all have different drain plug sizes.

I used a paint marker and put the drain plug sizes on the filter wrench so I know what to do.

I have a nice funnel that just fits the oil fillers and I keep it in a ziplock with some paper towels to keep it neat.

DOHC in my Sables used 5.5 Q but the lin says 6.0.

None of mine come out right per the dipstick.

For this Lin, I put in 5Q and run it and park it in the flat of my drive. Check it and it is below the low line by about eight inch.

Add One Q and do the same and it is half way in the crosshatch area. I took a fine file and marked the 6Q line.

One could argue about whether it should be to the full line or 6.0 as per the book but for me, 6.0 and that is that.

For what it is worth, Motorcraft 820S filter from WalMart at $3.97 and 5-20 regular oil from walmart brand.

For my part, you can pay more but I would have no way of knowing it does anything for me.

And an aside note. Old coot friend told me he went to Firestone store for oil change on his "local driver car" still under warrenty. They told him he needed the premium Synthetic or his warrenty would be void.

He left and called his car dealer and they told him regular oil is recommended for his car.

My opinion. If you are driving at sub zero much, or over 100F or towing a trailer, you might consider the high priced stuff.

For my 2 daily drivers, I change oil and filter spring and fall. I am a month late on both this time.

For the one my daughter drives to work and such, I do 3K miles.

And while at the oil change thing, I lube the door latches and hinge pins, and hood latch.

Check the belt, and other fluids.

Others have opinions and I just gave mine.

I have had 7 Taurus/Sables, 5 Lin Cont, 3 LTD/Marquis, 1 G. Marquis, and 1 Fairmont.

No oil related engine issues. If It ain't broke no need to "FIX" it.

Like the government.

If it ain't broke, they "fix" it and then it is broken.

If it is broke, they do not know how to fix it.

Thus, everything eventually is broke.

Happy maintenance.

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Garage Sales

I go to sales that are within my local subdivision.

Today's haul.

$1.00 for each.

I will convert this tourch to a vacuum leak tester.

I have one with snap lighter for reuglar use.

The coffee maker, is exactly what I use and they last about 2 years. Hard to find.

Wheeeee!

Big finance. Wife bought nothing. :wub:

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$1 each? You cannot even do that well at the thrift store/Goodwill store. Nice!

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Got a call this pm from a guy with a Ford product, maybe 7 years old and well over 100K and he said his A/C seemed to not have good air flow, but the fan seemed to be running hard.

And the light came on.

Cabin Air Filter.

I asked if he had ever changed the filter and he asked if it had one.

OK most likely, and even if not, the air inlet screen would be covered with leaves, pine needles and junk by now.

Anyway, good time to think about the cabin air filter in the hot weather. The A/C used a higher blower than most heating days.

I am sure we could have a contest for the nasty filter pics but I would loose that one for sure.

Just a thought.

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Car Wax test.

Know this is not what wax is for, but it does tell a story.

You can decide what it is worth.

I have this iron part which is of no value but I am using it for a test. (other side but not for this topic.)

I sanded the face shiny, the inner ring is the face and rusty around is a step.

Then used NuFinish on one side, and Mothers Cal Gold on the opposite side.

I scribed the ID on each side so I do not forget.dry.gif

Outside on a table behind the shop for 2 nights, no rain, just morning dew.

Pic tells the story.

NuFinish beads water, but then what. It is not a wax. That is what it says.

OK just sharing my experiment. Put it back outside for a few more nights.

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I've never been tempted ot use NuFinish...now I know I never will.

NuFinish is really easy to use, But: "no pain no gain" I guess.

May be like Rainex on the windows, it makes water bead up.

I used Mothers Cal Gold on my '01 Sable headlamps. I will wait on that one as my '03 Sable has nothing on them.

It should not cause any issues as that is little different than paint.

The lights look really good since using the wax on them.

Just playing around and curious old coot here.

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