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Discussion in 'General Explorations!!' started by LENT45, October 8, 2002.

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    1. LENT45

      LENT45 New Member

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      I have not seen any threads on "Quick - Temporary" repairs. You know, your either on the trail or stuck in the bad part of town. Besides calling AAA to come and pick you up, I would like to know what you did to get going again. ["McGuiver stories"] Who knows, you might read something that could help you.

      :usa: -L- :usa:
       
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      This is a good idea for a thread. So I'll start with a recent mild one. I had a problem with my overload spring rotating and hanging up on my gas tank. No matter how tigh I made the u bolts they still twisted. I couldn't wrap wire around it because there was still a lot of trail to go. So I took a bull ring I had in my kit and slid it over the end of the single spring. Taking care to keep the handle end of the pin up and on the outside of the remaining leaf pack. I then wired it on by wiring it back to the axle. It worked for 15 miles of moderate wheeling. Also a long time ago, after tearing the sidewall on a tire, we filled it with rags and drove about 5 miles on it.
       
    4. james t

      james t moderation Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      most offroaders will know this one- if you ever unseat a tire while wheeling, spray the inside with starter fluid. then, spray the bead area with fluid and light a match. it will reseat tire in .0005 seconds.....

      this is what I did. if you do it, and you blow up, then you did it wrong and you are stupid. i dont recomend anyone doing this that doesnt know how.
       
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      Lost my rear end. Jacked it up. Unbolted axles at the hubs and pulled out about 6". Removed drive shaft and u joints. pulled out rear pumpkin. Reattatched axels. Put down seats and threw every thing in the back. drove it home as a front wheel drive. Not my awd 5L but a different 4x.
       
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      An old trick for a ruptured gas tank is to rub a bar of soap into the hole, it will swell and harden, sealing the hole.
       
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      I carry a pair of panty hose just incase the belt breaks. I have used this before and it got me about 20 miles before it broke.
      Kurt
       
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      Doug I'm Awesome! Moderator Emeritus

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      I wish that worked when my belt tensioner broke. Fortunantly a friend of mine had a trailer.
       
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      Yeah, yeah, we know why you carry a pair of panty hose!

      Just in case, ;)

      :D :D :D
       
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      I had this happen to me, but it was not in my X. My previous car was a mazda 626. I was on my way back from Nashville with about 20miles to go. All of a sudden it started to cough bad, my power just seemed to fall off very fast. I freaked! 3am tired as sh#t, rainy, cold, just one hell of a nite. Anyway, I pulled off to the side, grabbed my car key light and popped the hood. I looked for about 15 min pulling on wires with no luck. Pissed off now I got back in the car dried off my glasses, said a few explictives, and pounded the dash. Then it hit me... I did not look at the air cleaner! Went back outside and started to looking again. What I found was the rubber on the intake air hose had rotted out just about 3 inches before it went to the intake..... Ok, I will get to what I did.....
      --I just so happen to have a couple of zip ties under all my crap in the trunk. but I had nothing of real use to wrap around the intake hose. I took out my note book and wrapped about 20-30 sheets of paper around the hose. Then took the zip ties and tied it off. It looked like crap, but I got home.
      >I traded it in on my X a week later<
      -- Just a side note,,,, What made me want to post this is that on my 95X it has the round airfilter with a long rubber intake hose, similar to my mazda. If you all think about it.... Thow you some zipties and small peice of rubber inner-tube' in your glove box... you just might need it.....

      --lent--
       
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      I keep thinking that this would be funny if documented in flowchart form:

      Is tire off bead? > no > keep driving
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      Yes
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      Stop driving > Spray inside tire w/ starter fluid > Spray bead w/ starter fluid > Light with match
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      Did you blow up? > yes > You're an idiot -- wait for paramedics
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      You're a genius -- Get back in and drive home


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      Ahhh, if only they showed us these realworld applications in math class, I might've paid more attention :D :D :D
       
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      I work with a company where you are supposed to flowchart everything you do. (All processes). This is used as a tool to help document everything for ISO-9000.

      They even have a flowchart for making coffee. :D

      Sorry to go off topic, I can't come up with any useful "McGuyver" ideas right now.
       
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      you still have to air the tire up.
       
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      Egg whites and pepper to clog a leaking radiator.
       
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      Why not just carry a spare belt?

      A friend of mine broke a tie rod while wheeling by himself. He placed a few open-end wrenches along side the tie rod, wrapped this all in a lot of 14g wire (he had a spool in his car) and tied it all together with large wire ties. While he didn't make it off the trail this way, he did manage to make it a quarter mile to a flat spot where he could park without blocking the trail.
       
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      I thought that the mini explosion from the starter fluid would take care of this.....

      I guess that means I'm an idiot :smoke: :D
       

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