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Old 07-29-2008, 08:15 AM
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Welcome brian213!

Our newest chapter member - from Palmdale!

Thanks for getting on board with the chapter, Brian.

Tell us a little about what you are driving!
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Thanks!

I got my 1995 F-350 long bed crew cab XLT with a big rack on top back in 2003. I got it almost 250000 miles on it. It's got a bit more than that now.

I got it for pulling a 20' toy hauler from Glendale to Willow Springs and back as my Mazda B4000 didn't seem to be enjoying the trip much at all.

I once (back in 2003 or 2004) hit the center divider on the 14 South with it. It didn't like that and needed a new steering gear box. I finally replaced the fender and front bumper this year...it looks much better. I have also replaced the windscreen and hood hinges since the tow truck driver didn't latch the hood.

I get pretty crappy mileage while pulling the trailer...it should be that heavy (may be, I haven't weighed it and just added rear AirLift 5000 bags in the back for it). I get about 12mpg calculated...that's a quarter of a tank one way to the race track about 30 miles away. Ugh.

The turbo and exhaust are stock. I want to gut the cat. and put a straight pipe on.

The truck usually has a hard time starting in the winter (it gets below 32F here). Plugging it in usually solves that. I just got a new glow plug relay and need to install that.

It also hiccups sometimes at a light, and sometimes just shuts off at a light. I bought a new camshaft position sensor for that and need to install it as well.

I have replaced the A/C compressor since it seized on me...it's HOT out here and I drove for almost 2 years without one running. Mass amounts of heat come into the cab from somewhere. I'd like to figure that out.

My driver's door seems to make a noise at speed. I figure since the truck is more than 12 years old it's complaining about the door seal...not sure yet.

My cruise control stopped working about 2-3 years ago and I'd like to get that going again.

The lighter socket has stopped working a while ago. No fuses are blown. Maybe when I get under the dash for some of these other things I can figure that out.

Last thing for now, at a light I must put it in neutral due to the fact that it creeps while in gear with the clutch in. It's often hard to get it into first and reverse. I found a web page talking about this issue and bought the bushing, a washer and C-clip to attempt a more permanent to fix this. I wonder if that is why it creeps and is hard to get in gear. I don't know if the pedal has always gone as low as it does since the truck had a lot of miles on it when I got it...but if it is too low, that web page says this is the fix for it.

Enough for now.

Thanks for the welcome and wish me luck this weekend!

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That motor's just getting broken in!!

If I'm not mistaken, there is a recall on the cruise-control that your truck should be eligible for. Trucks have burned up due to a short in the wiring, so you may want to consult a dealership on that.

Good luck - do you race out at Willow every weekend?
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