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What did you do to your Ex/Mounty/RBV today?

Discussion in 'Exploring everything under the sun!!' started by Joe Dirt, July 22, 2011.

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      This past weekend, I put eight new spark plugs and new plug wires on the Ex. Solved a cylinder 7 misfire that appears to have been due to an entirely rotten cable.

      PS: Whoever at Ford routed brake lines in front of the spark plugs for cylinders 5 and 6 can eat an entire bag of [censored]. :frustrated:
       
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    3. traveler

      traveler Elite Explorer

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      I put new plugs in my Explorer a few weeks ago. Didn't have any issue reaching them at all. In fact it took longer to jack it up and get the wheels off than it did to change out plugs.
       
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      T'was my first time doing a plug job on an Ex. If I had to do it again, I could probably do it in less time. I did have some trouble with the left bank, though.
       
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      Did you go in through the wheel wells? Can't imagine getting to them from the top.
       
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      Yes, I did. Noooo way in hell to get to them from the top!
       
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      passed smog test yesterday,
      picked up a new oil pressure sender for the 96 EB to replace the defective unit.
       
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      Washed all the dirt off last night then waxed it this morning. Got a little too much AZ pin stripping on it last trip out
       
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      Took mine in last week for an alignment. Inner tire edges wearing. Alignment guy calls, says he can't align it without a alignment kit. That was Friday. Can get the kit Monday. Rescheduled.

      Got it aligned today. Front tire appear straight up and down now. Before, they always looked like / \ somewhat, even with no odd tire wear :dunno: I hope my MPG go up [​IMG]
       
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      Re skinned the steering wheel (cold and wet today) took my time and spent a couple of hours on it. I found that marking every 5 or 6 holes on the back of the cover helped out lining it up. Snatched a crochet hook from the Mrs to pull the laces tight.
       
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      I don't suppose you took pics of that process did you? I need to do mine.
       
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      Sorry I didn't . I found if you stay patient and keep count of the holes it kind of comes together after the first pair of spokes. I had to back out the lace after the first spoke and try again.
       
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      Ok, did you use a kit? where did you get the new cover?
       
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      Wheelskins.com The kit came with complete with needle, lace and good instructions. Cover was some quality leather.
       
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      Ok, thank you
       
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      Replaced a leaking heater hose today. During the process I found my fan blade to be cracked badly.
      Guess that's next on the replacement list.
       
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      Got started on my brake project today. New pads, rotors and calipers both sides in the rear. Ebrake hardware actually looked good and I replaced it on the right hand side just because, well never again because those spring clips are a double dirty word. I cheated and left it be on the drivers side.
      Gave the mityvac hand pump a work out bleeding them and introduced my daughter to two person bleeding just to be double sure the calipers where bled.
      Not as young as I used to be, I'm going to tackle the front brakes later this weekend.
       
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      [​IMG]
      Here's my before and after
      [​IMG]
       
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      Gave the old girl a bath.
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      And it's done, front pads where down to maybe 1/8" got some more quality time with my daughter, she was actually interested enough to hang around asking some sensible questions.
      [​IMG]
      Left my phone in my pocket so my daughter spent some time sorting it out while I was working. both sides shown.
      [​IMG]
       
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      Changed my cooling fan blade today.
      [​IMG]

      [​IMG]

      Also did an oil change.

      all set for vacation trip. :)
       
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      Well yesterday I met a guy who was selling a used ScanGaugeII. He shows me how it worked and I gave him $80 for it. We started talkin and eventually he mentioned his trucks audio system. I said I liked my factory unit but wished the display worked. He said he had a unit that worked and should for. We checked and it was identical to mine. We installed it and he charged me. 20 bucks for the stereo so long as I let him keep my old one. So for $100 I got a scangauge and a working display on my stereo. Great day!

      20170420_105858.jpg
       
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      just returned from a San Diego, Oceanside, SD Wild Animal Park vacation trip.
      Total of 800 miles round trip without a single issue.
       
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