I thought about changing the color of my dash lights by using colored LED's and whatever other tricks there are to change colors.
The write-ups look easy enough.
But you know what, I'm actually a fan of that old stock Ford green color.
Oh geez, I didn't know the other vehicle burned out also.
Let alone that it was a Bronco!
Other than mine, I've only seen one Bronco in Austin in the last several years.
And it was a beater on the side of the road on the way to COTA this past Sunday.
Yeah, so everyone on the Internets says that if your engine dies when you put the Bronco into reverse, then it means your E40D filter "dropped" into the pan.
Well mine didn't do that. Mine died when I came to a stop at a light or something.
But the oil was foamy, so I decided to replace all the oil and put in a new filter.
This was my first-ever auto-tranny adventure
I had to toss my filthy red shirt (previously white) afterwards.
I drained the pan and the torque converter.
At least 14 quarts came out.
I've put 14 quarts back in but it seems a little low.
So I'll add more.
But for now, the mystery stalling is gone!
And knock on wood, I have no more mystery issues with the Bronco!
Still have some U-Joints to replace before I call the maintenance portion of it all done. Then it's chase down interior squeaks & rattles whenever I have free time.
No budget left for exhaust or other cool mods.
I blew all the leftover cash on massive tune-up items and troubleshooting and a few tools. And did 100% of it all myself in my driveway.
I added quart "marks" to this bucket so I knew how much fluid I removed.
Cleaned up the oil pan.
The magnet had a good bit of sludge on it. Got that taken care of.
The oil itself looked pretty decent.
Had just a very slight burn smell to it but still had color!
I put an aftermarket bracket on that "locks" the filter in place
so it won't drop again.
It's nice to have a drain plug in your pan. I added one to my dodge when it was new and used to change fluid/filter every 15k. Cuts down on the mess. Start collecting cardboard to throw under it when you do anything like that, that way you don't have to try to get oil stains outta concrete.
How is Ghost secured in the ttuck.. we where always ordered to use kennels bolted to the truck bed in pick ups. Two reasons. Dog will not become a projectile in an accident.. two wont try to get out on their own for what ever reasons. I know you southern boys like dogs in pick ups but I cringe at the potential disaster of that action.
The roomie has been given 30 days to find a new home for pee-pee boi.
His other, older, drier Frenchie is welcome to stay.
But the one who shits in my everything and pees everywhere except outside, and refuses to learn, has got to go.
Now that they're in good shape, you can use a foam polishing ball and some light polish to keep them nice. Chuck it in to your drill and keep after them when they start to haze. I had to do the rims on my old Tahoe every year as the winters in the NC mountains (grit, brine spray and calcium chloride was put down by the county) destroyed them.
Oh heck yes. The Powerball mini saved me hours of work yesterday!
And I haven't polished the insides of the holes yet.
Going to wait till I have the other two wheels done before I chance ruining the ball on the sharp circle insides.
The two fronts are newer Nitto's while the two rear are old BFG's.
I'll get those replaced in a couple paychecks or so.
Definitely before I go playing offroad.
I cringed and hid my face while putting 45 psi into them.
Too scared to try for the full 65 psi that's written on the sides.
You know, I tried to Google recommendations for this and got swamped with hits that didn't really help.
What PSI would you suggest for 295/75/16's on the street?
I heard that off-road I'd do something like 12-15PSI?
I think 12 might be what my Cousin runs on his Jeep when he goes to the 4x4 parks.
That's what she said.
Or "they said".
They were right, btw.
Tomorrow I start an adventure I'm not looking forward to.
Replacing the steering gear box.
First, because the "remanufactured" steering gear boxes are nothing other than seals having been replaced. So if there is free-play, then that was unlikely addressed in the remu process.
And that's my issue. About two inches of wiggle room in the center of the steering wheel.
I'm getting used to it though. Kinda makes me think of the old movies where the guy driving the car was always wiggling the wheel both ways.
I used to think that was stoopid but now I unnerstand.
Well, I have to use a pitman arm puller to do this job.
And the good one is too expensive to rent.
So I gotta go with the passenger car rated puller.
It's all soaking in PB Blaster right now.
Then tomorrow I do the puller thing.
If that doesn't work, I'll pound on the pitman arm.
If that doesn't work, then I'll squeeze that puller so tight that I think it'll break.
Then I'll leave it as-is overnight and hopefully hear a loud "BANG" overnight when the pitman arm lets loose.
I'm sure I have at least a 4" lift.
Wish I still had cash left over to just cut the pitman arms off.
And then install drop pitmans in their place.
Yep, side-whacking is highly recommended on the Internet.
The really nice puller rental for truck-duty is still pretty expensive.
I'm gonna try and rig it with the lesser one and do the whack-a-mole thing with it. Rentals are free afterwards but that up-front cost is a bitch at the moment. At least if I wanna do it on Wednesday instead of Thursday, which I do.