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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by JimVH » Mon Feb 06, 2017 11:08 am

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I spent yesterday and this morning with HockeyBoy tinkering on his '01 F150. We installed some cool LED fog lights, fixed a stereo speaker, and tweaked a bunch of other little stuff that's comes with driving an old truck. Had a blast.

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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by FredS » Thu Apr 13, 2017 7:44 pm

My wife is a genius. . .

I have a particularly vexing issue with the low beam headlamps on daughter #3's '07 Buick Lucerne. She hit a deer a couple years ago and pinched some of the wires so I spliced in some wires where needed. It's worked fine since then so I know my splice job is not the issue. In fact, it's not even getting power to the headlamp fuses so it's something upstream. The shop manager at the dealer is not impressed with my patch work and wants to $448 to replace the entire front harness before they'll even start trouble shooting. This is a "college car" that she'll probably trade in a few months after she joins the working world this summer so I'm not putting a dime more than necessary in to this thing. As MustangII and I have lamented before, new cars use a CAN-bus system that uses micro-controllers and computers to power everything and this car has daytime running lights, and light sensors to automatically control the headlamps so it's a complex system. I'm probably going to bypass all the OEM crap and just wire in a switch (I'll use the existing one if I can) with a new relay and be done with it.

Anyway, I can't find a print edition of a manual for this thing and I've searched high and low on the net for the correct schematics with no luck. I usually buy a Chilton manual for every vehicle in our fleet, but like I said, the one for this car is unavailable through all the usual channels. Mrs FredS suggested I try our local library and I'll be damned if they don't have an online subscription to Chilton and all their manuals are available on the net. So if you're ever in need of such a thing, check your local public library. If they don't have it, try mine (Mid-Continent Public Library). You need a library card, but you can sign up online. If none of that works, pm me and I'll give you my number.

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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by mont974x4 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:49 pm

I was given this with the Mustang I bought this week. ImageImage

The original maintenance folio had the owner card, a handful of registrations and regular maintenance receipts.

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The person I bought it from has talked to every person that has owned the car.


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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by vwdeano » Fri Apr 14, 2017 5:35 am

mont974x4 wrote:
Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:49 pm
I was given this with the Mustang I bought this week. ImageImage

The original maintenance folio had the owner card, a handful of registrations and regular maintenance receipts.

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Re: The gearhead thread.

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vwdeano wrote:
mont974x4 wrote:
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I was given this with the Mustang I bought this week. ImageImage

The original maintenance folio had the owner card, a handful of registrations and regular maintenance receipts.

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GREAT stuff. Love to see stuff like that.
Me too.

I took a couple pics of under the hood. I need to order the turn signal kit for the hood. ImageImage


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Post by mont974x4 » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:52 am

We got the speedo cable changed on my sons pickup.

I replaced the bulbs in the tail lights and repaired a broken brake light wire in the Mustang. It now has tail lights and brake lights.


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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by mont974x4 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:12 pm

New battery in the Expedition. It started but didn't like it. It squeeled like nothing I've heard before. I changed the belt. Same deal. All the pulleys spin free except the ac compressor. Thats an $800 job.


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Post by FredS » Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:55 am

Still working on the Buick Lucerne electrical system. I want to tap in to a power supply that's only hot when the ignition switch is in the 'run' position. Seems simple enough until I read this:
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This vehicles power mode master (PMM) is the body control module (BCM). The ignition switch is a low current switch with multiple discrete ignition switch signals to the PMM for determination of the power mode. The PMM receives the ignition switch signals, and additionally a reference voltage signal from the BCM, through the ignition switch, and back to the BCM. There are redundancies within the PMM system that can allow operation of certain subsystems when there are faults in the ignition switch circuits. Other information such as serial data input from other modules and DTCs is also used to determine what power mode signals and information is transmitted by the PMM. The BCM logic uses all this information to identify the operators desired power mode and activate specific discrete signals, and serial data messages for the operation of many different subsystems as necessary. Other modules which have switched voltage inputs may operate in a default mode if the PMM serial data message does not match what the individual module can see from its own connections.

The PMM will activate relays and other direct outputs of the PMM as needed according to the calculated power mode. Several relays controlled by the BCM are switched ignition voltage outputs the are pass through circuits within the BCM directly from the ignition switch. If these circuits short to ground, the fuse to the ignition switch will open.

Some system functions may operate one time and not the next with a specific fault in the ignition switch circuits depending on the vehicle operating conditions when the fault occurred.
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Post by mont974x4 » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:20 pm

Yesterday I changed the fuel filter on the Mustang. The old one was filled with dirty, brown fuel. I'll drive it a bit and see how it looks. I also noticed the upper radiator hose was collapsed. So, I bled the cooling system. There was good improvement, but it's something to keep an eye on. I suspect I'll need to change the radiator cap, which I might as well do anyways.

I also crawled into the cabin and checked out the heater components. I have no heat/defrost. All the parts look new. I suspect the heater control switch is the issue as the blower doesn't come on.

I've been adding stuff to my wish list as I find the parts. The most recent addition is a new washer fluid reservoir and lines.

I don't have the tools for the A/C compressor replacement on my wife's Expedition. Plus, it is located under the front end of the engine. I'll call around tomorrow for an estimate for replacing it.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

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. . .I've been adding stuff to my wish list as I find the parts. The most recent addition is a new washer fluid reservoir and lines. . .
Is the reservoir the latest addition to your list or to the car? I noticed the after-market plastic reservoir when you first posted pictures. I think a black rubber bag would have been original equipment.
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. . .I've been adding stuff to my wish list as I find the parts. The most recent addition is a new washer fluid reservoir and lines. . .
Is the reservoir the latest addition to your list or to the car? I noticed the after-market plastic reservoir when you first posted pictures. I think a black rubber bag would have been original equipment.
It's the latest to the list.

My '66 had the bag. I think in '67 you could get the tank like the one in the picture. The one I have now has some tape on it. I'm assuming it has a small hole and that's how the previous owner handled it.


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Re: The gearhead thread.

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mont974x4 wrote:
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FredS wrote:
mont974x4 wrote:
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. . .I've been adding stuff to my wish list as I find the parts. The most recent addition is a new washer fluid reservoir and lines. . .
Is the reservoir the latest addition to your list or to the car? I noticed the after-market plastic reservoir when you first posted pictures. I think a black rubber bag would have been original equipment.
It's the latest to the list.

My '66 had the bag. I think in '67 you could get the tank like the one in the picture. The one I have now has some tape on it. I'm assuming it has a small hole and that's how the previous owner handled it.


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Post by mont974x4 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:57 am

I called several places around town and $800 is the average quote to replace the AC compressor on my wife's Expedition. It could go up to $1200 if the compressor had a catastrophic failure and sent aluminum bits through the system.

On my sons truck I have replaced the circuit board and still have no dash lights. I'm thinking the wiring harness in the dash is next. At least he works during the day so he can still drive it.

I need the hood turn signal housings for the Mustang to re-install that system. The heat doesn't work so frosty mornings leave it out as an option for me right now. That means my wife and I are down to 1 vehicle for us both to get to town and work.


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Re: The gearhead thread.

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mont974x4 wrote:
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I called several places around town and $800 is the average quote to replace the AC compressor on my wife's Expedition. It could go up to $1200 if the compressor had a catastrophic failure and sent aluminum bits through the system.. . .
You live in Montana for goodness sake. Tell her that she can manage without AC.

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FredS wrote:
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I called several places around town and $800 is the average quote to replace the AC compressor on my wife's Expedition. It could go up to $1200 if the compressor had a catastrophic failure and sent aluminum bits through the system.. . .
You live in Montana for goodness sake. Tell her that she can manage without AC.

Buy the POY.

Trust me, the pipe is more important than marital bliss. Besides, it only gets hot there for a week or two in August and your POY will be a distant memory by the time she's uncomfortable in the car.
She has been ok without A/C for a year. The problem is the compressor is now locked up. That rips up the belt. That stops the alternator. That kills the battery. Plus the other systems dependent on the belt turning. The damn thing starts now, but squeals like a banshee, or Del with a spider up his kilt.


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Post by Jocose » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:20 pm

mont974x4 wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:09 pm
FredS wrote:
mont974x4 wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:57 am
I called several places around town and $800 is the average quote to replace the AC compressor on my wife's Expedition. It could go up to $1200 if the compressor had a catastrophic failure and sent aluminum bits through the system.. . .
You live in Montana for goodness sake. Tell her that she can manage without AC.

Buy the POY.

Trust me, the pipe is more important than marital bliss. Besides, it only gets hot there for a week or two in August and your POY will be a distant memory by the time she's uncomfortable in the car.
She has been ok without A/C for a year. The problem is the compressor is now locked up. That rips up the belt. That stops the alternator. That kills the battery. Plus the other systems dependent on the belt turning. The damn thing starts now, but squeals like a banshee, or Del with a spider up his kilt.


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Sounds like it may be easier to delete the AC, belt and all, especially if she's not had AC for that long but IDK, I deleted the AC on my 1976 Ford F-150 Ranger but things were simpler on those old motors.
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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by mont974x4 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:21 pm

Jocose wrote:
mont974x4 wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:09 pm
FredS wrote:
mont974x4 wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:57 am
I called several places around town and $800 is the average quote to replace the AC compressor on my wife's Expedition. It could go up to $1200 if the compressor had a catastrophic failure and sent aluminum bits through the system.. . .
You live in Montana for goodness sake. Tell her that she can manage without AC.

Buy the POY.

Trust me, the pipe is more important than marital bliss. Besides, it only gets hot there for a week or two in August and your POY will be a distant memory by the time she's uncomfortable in the car.
She has been ok without A/C for a year. The problem is the compressor is now locked up. That rips up the belt. That stops the alternator. That kills the battery. Plus the other systems dependent on the belt turning. The damn thing starts now, but squeals like a banshee, or Del with a spider up his kilt.


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Sounds like it may be easier to delete the AC, belt and all, especially if she's not had AC for that long but IDK, I deleted the AC on my 1976 Ford F-150 Ranger but things were simpler on those old motors.
I was thinking about that last night. I don't know that it's an option on this.


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Re: The gearhead thread.

Post by mont974x4 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:25 pm

mont974x4 wrote:
Jocose wrote:
mont974x4 wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 12:09 pm
FredS wrote:
mont974x4 wrote:
Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:57 am
I called several places around town and $800 is the average quote to replace the AC compressor on my wife's Expedition. It could go up to $1200 if the compressor had a catastrophic failure and sent aluminum bits through the system.. . .
You live in Montana for goodness sake. Tell her that she can manage without AC.

Buy the POY.

Trust me, the pipe is more important than marital bliss. Besides, it only gets hot there for a week or two in August and your POY will be a distant memory by the time she's uncomfortable in the car.
She has been ok without A/C for a year. The problem is the compressor is now locked up. That rips up the belt. That stops the alternator. That kills the battery. Plus the other systems dependent on the belt turning. The damn thing starts now, but squeals like a banshee, or Del with a spider up his kilt.


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Sounds like it may be easier to delete the AC, belt and all, especially if she's not had AC for that long but IDK, I deleted the AC on my 1976 Ford F-150 Ranger but things were simpler on those old motors.
I was thinking about that last night. I don't know that it's an option on this.


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Update: yes it is possible. They make a bypass pulley and uses the original length belt.


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