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Old 06-08-2018, 07:37 AM
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Originally Posted by 01__Excursion View Post
You were once able to buy charge cans of 134A with oil included in retail stores. They may or may not still be avail.
Have your shop add more leak dye while you're in there.
what i was thinking too, some just kept topping off with 134a+oil, only reason i could think of, no wonder the performance sucked

i think he usually puts in dye anyway, but will double check.
 
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Old 06-08-2018, 07:40 AM
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How were the 2 hoses branching off the lower hose going to the oil filter where they touch the cross member? I recall mine being 1/2 worn thru.

i cut up the old hose and slipped it over the new so at least there is a lot more material/ sacrificial material
 
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Old 06-08-2018, 08:42 AM
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Wow, Sean. I just looked at mine and they don't touch. There were no rub marks on my old one. I did the hose changes as part of preventative 100,000 mile service/checkup.


As far as the comb. I have two types. One for dirty quick and very light straightening, and another for when I want it to end up perfect.

I got the quick and crude one at Home Depot. The links below are the ones I have.

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Old 06-08-2018, 08:47 AM
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i cut up the old hose and slipped it over the new so at least there is a lot more material/ sacrificial material

Thx, I did some similar protection when I put in the new hose also, but I see even that protection wearing thin.

Thx Bion for the link.
 
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Old 06-08-2018, 09:21 AM
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Shoutout to Discount tires direct.. I placed my order at 1230 yesterday, and my tires showed up at 0900 today.

Originally Posted by 01__Excursion View Post
You were once able to buy charge cans of 134A with oil included in retail stores. They may or may not still be avail.
Have your shop add more leak dye while you're in there.
Last I saw, you could buy refill cans with dye and with oil. Not sure if you can still get the ones with dye and oil anymore.
 
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Old 06-09-2018, 01:03 AM
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It seems to not stop. The truck hit 100k miles, and it is being petulant. It wants a whole bunch of new stuff. If you saw my post above, you know I just gave it some maintenance. Well, I guess it was not satisfied with just that, and it wants even more. Now the fuel pump has said it's last goodbye.

So, I naturally ordered a fuel pump from Rockauto. (Delphi FG0824) Of course, I can't just drop the tank and leave it at that. NOOOOOO WAY. I have a new hitch sitting in the garage that I might as well install at the same time, along with a new OEM plug and bracket with harness. I bought these back in 2011 and have had them sitting around as spares ever since. And, while I'm at it, I decided that the fuel filler line was getting kind of corroded so it would be good to replace that, too. So I ordered one from Rockauto.. Not to leave well enough alone, and being a masochist, I'll sand and paint the tank shield at the same time.

Sometimes it just makes sense to do all of the jobs at once to save time and work. But you see, Zombie crusher knows that if it had a bad fuel pump, it would get me off my butt and end up doing all these wonderful things. That truck has a very mercenary personality. I think that it has been taking lessons from my wife.....
 
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Old 06-09-2018, 08:21 PM
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So, I spent some time on the EX today. Cleaned up the mess from removing the oil cooler yesterday...and of course, it rained so although I was on a creeper, my pant legs were soaked. This oil cooler job is not fun. Its a complete mess and as it turns out, only half my leak issue.

The other half is the dipstick adapter. I know it held oil for many years and many miles but I still think its a horrible design. Thanks Ford. Anyway, I cleaned up the area a bit and after the fun I had with the cooler, I decided to give a turn to see how much I could tighten it....without ruining it. Got about a half turn. We'll see if it holds out for a while. I know the o'ring inside is done and I actually found one, on a Saturday. Got a new dipstick tube and o'ring as well. Anyway, I was surfing the web for fixes and found vids of people using a bore brush to hold the inner part, changing the oring and adding a gasket. I also found the Driven Diesel aluminum part. Anyone here use one? Seems a bit pricey ($300) but pulling the oil pan is 8-1100 clams at a shop.

Anyway, putting the coolant back in tomorrow and going to hose off the under-guts. I'll monitor leakage and maybe look into having my machinist make something.

Have a good Sunday!
 
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Old 06-09-2018, 10:42 PM
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I did 85% of this today!! Blower motor was acting funny last year on the way back from TX, so I figured I would do some maintenance. This job is a complete pain...Started at 12 and did not finish, but I have grape ape hands so was a little tough for me to get access to some of the bolts. Also my 2003 is a little different for access so caused some issues. Just gotta get the bottom 2, blower motor and the connections and then on to the next project. Radiator, hoses, and intercooler are waiting in the garage. Big shout out to the members that led to the making of this video!!

 
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I'm planning to change oil tomorrow. Had to move it last night to get the motorhome moved.

 
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So, I spent some time on the EX today. Cleaned up the mess from removing the oil cooler yesterday...and of course, it rained so although I was on a creeper, my pant legs were soaked. This oil cooler job is not fun. Its a complete mess and as it turns out, only half my leak issue.

The other half is the dipstick adapter. I know it held oil for many years and many miles but I still think its a horrible design. Thanks Ford. Anyway, I cleaned up the area a bit and after the fun I had with the cooler, I decided to give a turn to see how much I could tighten it....without ruining it. Got about a half turn. We'll see if it holds out for a while. I know the o'ring inside is done and I actually found one, on a Saturday. Got a new dipstick tube and o'ring as well. Anyway, I was surfing the web for fixes and found vids of people using a bore brush to hold the inner part, changing the oring and adding a gasket. I also found the Driven Diesel aluminum part. Anyone here use one? Seems a bit pricey ($300) but pulling the oil pan is 8-1100 clams at a shop.

Anyway, putting the coolant back in tomorrow and going to hose off the under-guts. I'll monitor leakage and maybe look into having my machinist make something.

Have a good Sunday!
Maybe I should have looked at it closer when I had it out of our work truck, that sob better not start leaking! It does have a good coat of por-15 all over it now so it might be sealed for life. lol

I have seen people stick a wire in threw the dipstick hole to hold everything up while they work. I personally would probably hold up the assembly, undo the nut, brake clean everything (with drain plug out), then blow it all out with compressed air, RTV (the good gray stuff) it and put the nut back on.

Its whats used on the pan seal, not much different with the dipstick.

 
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New trailer hitch, transmission filter/flush before our camping trip next weekend. The hitch was a giant PITA due to the shear bolts!
 
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I did 85% of this today!! Blower motor was acting funny last year on the way back from TX, so I figured I would do some maintenance. This job is a complete pain...Started at 12 and did not finish, but I have grape ape hands so was a little tough for me to get access to some of the bolts. Also my 2003 is a little different for access so caused some issues. Just gotta get the bottom 2, blower motor and the connections and then on to the next project. Radiator, hoses, and intercooler are waiting in the garage. Big shout out to the members that led to the making of this video!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqFf7tP7Nfw
gonna have to remember that one. if i had know about it i would have done it while the system was disconnected and my accumulator was out...

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Well, yesterday did a quick clean-up under the hood. Have never done it before....but it wasn't that bad. I painted the wiper arms and cowl pieces a couple weeks ago.


I also got a product called "Forever Black" that I hoped would work on the running boards. It doesn't. Back to the drawing board with that. I want to find something better than applying a dressing all the time.
 
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Yesterday was my 1st chance at going over the Ex since back from paint. Took me all day to clean it up proper. Today, her 1st time out on the new asphalt.
Now to get the work-truck clean so it can get rained on....
 

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