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What Have You Done To Your Bull Lately?

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2 hours ago, Gentz said:

Keeping the fusion?

 

Yes. I have contemplated Ubering and my Fusion would be off limits for that.

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My Sable was making a really irritating knocking/clunking noise recently from the front left corner, which started soon after I had the front strut assemblies and rear shocks replaced. It turns out that one of the front left caliper bolts had worked itself out and the caliper was moving when I drove over bumps. 

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Tire/wheel rotation. Better treads to the sedan, on the left in pic. Two small floor jacks, my trusty clicker ratchet torque wrench = 100#.

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16 hours ago, SHOenough said:

Well, that’s quite a fuck-up. 

 

What are you driving now?

Edited by Brian_05_SEL
Nevermind, just saw your other post on the 4Runner.

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The Sable had to be towed home today. 

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My wife calls me up saying the car is smoking. I ask how badly and didn't seem like fire smoke, so I told her to relax, maybe oil on the car, and I went and saw. I noticed radiator fluid everywhere however on the transmission. 

Get it home, fill it with some water as the tank was empty

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I notice right away it's seeping out the top of this stupid hose (Rant coming up) 

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This damn hose just kept disintegrating each time I touched it. It broke from the upper radiator hose connector, the top, and connecting to the engine block. 

This is the stupidest fucking design I have ever seen for a radiator hose. I am tired of people saying parts for an import generally cost more, when yet I don't really see imports with this multi-hose. What was wrong with a thermostat housing on the engine block? And a single hose connecting to the engine? Fucking $120 part. I think I replaced all my Endeavor's hoses for much less! 

Either way, I am a broke college student, and my work sucks so badly they cut my hours as I am on a contract, and allegedly they didn't approve more hours. So money is tight, holidays suck, and just pissed away money on a new hose + a bottle of radiator fluid. And of course, both PCV hoses all disintegrated as well lol. I felt anything I touched on this car just fell apart under the hood. And just hit 101k miles. 

Plan is to find me a stick shift econo-box (Geo Metro, Civic, Accent, Corolla/Prism, something that'll do 30+ Mpg easily) and give the wife the gas guzzling Mitsubishi, and then try and sell her car. But for now, it's fixed enough to be reliable for a bit more. The rust isn't critical yet. 

Also, if you're in Chicago, Redmon's Towing was awesome with towing the Sable, granted it was all done through my insurance's Roadside assistance, but they were polite and courteous. 

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Jesús Gonzales, that stupid Duratec hose setup makes no logical sense.

I won't lie, I helped someone with a broken one many months ago, just not as bad as that. The main portion wasn't busted, but that little return line that comes off the top did and they were losing coolant. A small straight plastic heater fitting with barbed ends that I had fit snugly in the hole where it broke. A little PlasticWeld and a little time, it set hard. Ran some new coolant hose to it, no problems AFAIK. ;) Not recommended personally, but something tells me that fix would outlast the part given how they fail.

IIRC, the replacement thing is like $120 and most auto parts stores usually stock the Dorman one, which I've heard hasn't held up well for some people in terms of longevity.

 

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I might have tried that, but that hose's plastics were so brittle, that yeah, I did put a Dorman one on as that was only one available. Sadly also expensive.

Does have 101k miles on it. But still could have been avoided with a traditional cooling system design. 

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14 hours ago, TaurusKev said:

The Sable had to be towed home today. 

 

My wife calls me up saying the car is smoking. I ask how badly and didn't seem like fire smoke, so I told her to relax, maybe oil on the car, and I went and saw. I noticed radiator fluid everywhere however on the transmission. 

Get it home, fill it with some water as the tank was empty

 

I notice right away it's seeping out the top of this stupid hose (Rant coming up) 

 

This damn hose just kept disintegrating each time I touched it. It broke from the upper radiator hose connector, the top, and connecting to the engine block. 

This is the stupidest fucking design I have ever seen for a radiator hose. I am tired of people saying parts for an import generally cost more, when yet I don't really see imports with this multi-hose. What was wrong with a thermostat housing on the engine block? And a single hose connecting to the engine? Fucking $120 part. I think I replaced all my Endeavor's hoses for much less! 

Either way, I am a broke college student, and my work sucks so badly they cut my hours as I am on a contract, and allegedly they didn't approve more hours. So money is tight, holidays suck, and just pissed away money on a new hose + a bottle of radiator fluid. And of course, both PCV hoses all disintegrated as well lol. I felt anything I touched on this car just fell apart under the hood. And just hit 101k miles. 

Plan is to find me a stick shift econo-box (Geo Metro, Civic, Accent, Corolla/Prism, something that'll do 30+ Mpg easily) and give the wife the gas guzzling Mitsubishi, and then try and sell her car. But for now, it's fixed enough to be reliable for a bit more. The rust isn't critical yet. 

Also, if you're in Chicago, Redmon's Towing was awesome with towing the Sable, granted it was all done through my insurance's Roadside assistance, but they were polite and courteous. 

I noted per pic, slight leak in mine. = '03. Replaced, ~$30 from RA and ~$5 shipping. My first thought it was the hose below but by looking careful, it was a drip from above. Combined work with doing the ABS/TC module as it was in the same area. Old hose itself looks OK but they have a reputation. The ABS module is a real pain, got one at the JY for $11 from a low miles wreck. Hard to find one with TC. Just got lucky.

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12 hours ago, Kodachrome Wolf said:

Jesús Gonzales, that stupid Duratec hose setup makes no logical sense.

I won't lie, I helped someone with a broken one many months ago, just not as bad as that. The main portion wasn't busted, but that little return line that comes off the top did and they were losing coolant. A small straight plastic heater fitting with barbed ends that I had fit snugly in the hole where it broke. A little PlasticWeld and a little time, it set hard. Ran some new coolant hose to it, no problems AFAIK. ;) Not recommended personally, but something tells me that fix would outlast the part given how they fail.

IIRC, the replacement thing is like $120 and most auto parts stores usually stock the Dorman one, which I've heard hasn't held up well for some people in terms of longevity.

Pic from RA, was $30 now $40 only 5 left. Since I have a second '03, might be best that I get one for that car also.

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I had my mechanic check all of Third Bull's hoses last summer, and I think this is one that he replaced. I know there was a  fair share of polite grumbling about how back assward the assembly was in the Duratec. :angryfire:    I'd rather listen to his grumbling and have a new hose installed than end up somewhere on 81, miles from civilization  with Third Bull smoking. :dangerdriving:  

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