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Just bought a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer

Discussion in 'Stock 1995 - 2001 Explorers' started by wwiding, May 23, 2018.

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      Thanks. If worse comes to worse I'll drill them out. But I don't want to.
       
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      One bolt out! A friend of a friend came over with a butane torch. He told me to take a socket I could sacrifice, just in case. The socket has to be one size smaller than the bolt head. After about ten minutes of heating it up, I pounded the socket on with a hammer. Once the bolt cooled, it popped right out.

      I have tonight and tomorrow off. I'm going to get some sleep and finish the job tonight.
       
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      Tried 7/16? I just did a trans on a V8 and I could've sworn 7/16 worked well for me.
       
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      Good luck there, try other brands of sockets too. They differ by brands, varying tolerances etc. The tight space makes it hard to work there I'm sure.

      I broke a water pump bolt yesterday, and stopped the project to back out and get it done for work today. I had one beginning to strip, and two others that also felt too tight. I need to have days to work on my WP, and a 2nd work vehicle.
       
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      Yeah I tried 7/16. It was too small. I got it all out though!
       
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      Yeah tight spaces suck. I'm tempted to buy an air powered socket wrench. They're not as powerfull as an impact, but they work great in small spaces.
       
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      My brother in law and I got it out. We installed the new one and she started right up. We had to reuse the old bolts for now, but I'll be replacing them in the morning when the hardware store opens. The old starter was not OEM. The wire that goes from the starter solenoid to the starter was rusted clean through. How it even ran for the week it did is beyond me.
       
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      Excellent, well done fixing that. Now it just needs some driving time, and a little TLC.
       
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      Good job, now get out and enjoy your truck, they're certainly enjoyable, and do any TLC as required and you'll have a nice ride.
       
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      Any word on the stay wires to the fuse block?

      Damn I miss working on my 98! I'm on my way back to ATL from NYC right now so hopefully Tuesday I can get on it.
       
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      I'm not even sure what a stay wire is :eek:
       
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      While getting gas today I figured I'd just fill her up. Once she was full, gasoline started pouring out of the car. I think it's just the hose going to the tank though. I'll get a new one at napa Thursday and install it.
       
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      Stray wires....
      like the ones just shoved under the fuse.
       
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      Yep stay = stray when badly typing on the cell phone! LOL
       
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      In the rust belt it can be the metal fill and vent lines that go from the fuel filler cap to the hoses. Salt water tends to get between the rubber hose and the metal pipe(s) and eventually the pipe rusts through. Replacements metal pipes are available on eBay and I'd guess also from RockAuto. The below is on eBay for around $35.

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      I'm going to need to replace the gas tank. There's nothing left for the fuel line to connect too on the tank side, it rusted clean off. Unfortunately this is the only vehicle I have at the minute, so I'm going to have to find a way to make it work for now.
       
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      The lines don’t connect to the tank. The sending unit has the lines incorporated into it, and comes out of the tank as an assembly.
       
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      I'm going to have to order a gas tank. The line from the filler neck is just hanging there since there's nothing for it to connect too. I was going to try to epoxy it, but that isn't really safe.
       
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      @wwiding I would say you could just go get one out a junkyard but in Michigan that's unlikely unless you found one that'd been replaced already. Using epoxy isn't safe anyhow, gas eats most brands or types up and then you're back where you started.
       
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      Yeah I'm going to order a new tank online. It doesn't look to complicated to install.
       
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      It's not, just run low on gas, low as you can without overdoing it, then just go under there, there's the strap and two front bolts. Pretty straight forward.
       
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      Please use a set of jack stands!

      Carry on
       

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