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  1. M

    How to reattach parking brake cable

    Thanks 2stroke and gmbroy. This guy is an automatic, so I am cool with letting it ride as is... but it really does reach out and touch my OCD. Ha! The right is already reassembled, but I kept looking at things and today I somehow managed to get some slack. It just kind of happened, so I"m not...
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    How to reattach parking brake cable

    Well, I finally got some slack, but not a lot. The first time some cable and spring separation appeared I got so excited until I saw that I needed another set of hands. Ha! Let go, went and drafted one o' the kids, and never could get the cable and spring to relax again as much as I did the...
  3. M

    How to reattach parking brake cable

    Thanks 2stroke. Makes sense. I got rained out today, but will definitely give this a whirl tomorrow. I tried pulling on the bullet end, but didn't pull too hard for fear of that coming off. I'll try a bit farther upstream, working my way back to the brake.
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    How to reattach parking brake cable

    Thanks gmbroy. Experience is a great teacher. Heh. So I definitely plan on just removing the lever while leaving the cable connected for the right side. I wasn't able to get back to things today, but will over the next couple of days. I'll definitely be back if I have more issues. Thanks again...
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    How to reattach parking brake cable

    Thanks Rick. I've searched myself, but will give your results a look. My issue is that I pulled the drum and shoes off to get to the wheel cylinder. Since I'm replacing the shoes I pulled the cable off the lever. I have the lever on the new shoe now, and I am reassembling the brakes, but I...
  6. M

    How to reattach parking brake cable

    Howdy, It's been a while, and the '93 Explorer is still limping along. A few weeks ago I started leaking lots of brake fluid from the left rear, and after some looking around figured I had a wheel cylinder let go. I've never done a rear/drum brake job, so I was excited to get to work. So far...
  7. M

    Write-up: Chasing a coolant leak (Replace LIM gasket)

    I hope so! 3 months and counting, not a problem. Woohoo!
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    Chasing a coolant leak

    @ JD: The nipples? Not sure I follow. Heh. But yeah, I was leaning towards something in that area (upper heater hose/LIM connection) being amiss. I don't remember it being very crusty when I had everything open, but if tightening clamps doesn't work the next plan is to pull that hose off and get...
  9. M

    Chasing a coolant leak

    Pulled the alternator off, looked around (didn't see anything that jumped out), tightened clamps, and after a couple of days of driving still have a slight coolant leak. I can stick a q-tip down in there and soak it up, so it isn't much, but I still want to get the cause discovered and stopped...
  10. M

    broken throttle body vaccuum line

    I got my replacement for about $40 at rockauto. It was Motorcraft. That was about the same price as the cheaper brands locally (the Motorcraft was almost $70 locally), so I went with it. I was able to use some needle nose pliers to pull that broken white piece out, but I felt like I about tore...
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    broken throttle body vaccuum line

    Yeah, above is a picture of where I broke mine... right at the purge valve. I had to get a new valve. The original line has an elbow piece that attached to the TB. I pulled that off and tossed the rest of the line. I then got a piece of 1/4" fuel hose, clamped one end to the new valve and the...
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    Chasing a coolant leak

    Okay, pulled into the garage and got some light on the subject: it is coolant. So the middle fuel injector on the passenger side is sitting in coolant. Practically laid on the engine to get a better look under the fuel pressure regulator, yup... first fuel injector is sitting in coolant. Third...
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    Chasing a coolant leak

    Bummer. After a couple of days of driving I noticed this morning some fluid down in the fuel injector ports on the passenger side. I'm at work, so I haven't had a chance to investigate closely, but it looks like oil. Probably the valve cover leaking? I don't have those triangular washers for...
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    Write-up: Chasing a coolant leak (Replace LIM gasket)

    I'm a picture man as well. Heh. This list is pretty much yours. I printed it up and added notes as I went along. As much as I like pictures I actually used those times when I needed one as a chance to step away (I'm a big fan of stepping back), refer to your thread and the other I have listed...
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    Write-up: Chasing a coolant leak (Replace LIM gasket)

    Hey, I used a couple of threads to help me with my LIM gasket replacement. I also used the Chilton manual. Each were valuable to me, so I here present my own notes on the job. First, my problem was a coolant leak that appeared to be coming from somewhere behind the AC compressor. The...
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    Chasing a coolant leak

    It lives! I've driven it around nice and easy about 10 miles, no leaks. I know it will take more time and miles to know for sure if this all worked out to stop the leaks, but it lives! Heh, heh. Thanks everyone, especially JD for all the help.
  17. M

    Chasing a coolant leak

    Ha! I totally forgot to plug that back in. I'll correct that and report back in a few hours. Thanks!
  18. M

    Chasing a coolant leak

    I'm not exactly sure what that means, but I think so? It just spins... I pump the gas and nothing happens, it won't turn over. It's like I'm not getting fuel, or fire.
  19. M

    Chasing a coolant leak

    Hello, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. Well, the Explorer is all back together... but she won't start. I have power. When I turn the key I hear all the normal sounds, but it won't turn over. I've checked all electrical connections, spark plug wires, and coil, and everything looks good...
  20. M

    Chasing a coolant leak

    I got too focused, thinking of vacuum hose. I think the writer was referring to fuel line. I'm not sure if it's that small, but I'll look around.
  21. M

    Chasing a coolant leak

    The hose to the canister here is a rubber hose, but the hose that goes to the throttle body is hard plastic. Can that just be replaced by rubber as well? I read where someone wrote that they replaced it with fuel rated hose, but I'm not sure I know what that means. Almost. The valve should...
  22. M

    Chasing a coolant leak

    Cool. The nut torque seemed a little high, but I'm just now learning the feel of things. Heh. I don't recall seeing a sequence for these in either my Hayes or Chilton manuals. I'll double-check. Typically if a sequence isn't provided I go with something similar to what is provided for the LIM.
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    Chasing a coolant leak

    Unfortunately the gasket set came with instructions only for the LIM gaskets. But I think I found what I needed from my Haynes manual. See if this sounds right: Intake manifold bolts/nuts: Step 1: 72 in-lbs (6 ft lbs) Step 2: 144 in-lbs (12 ft lbs) Step 3: 192 in-lbs (16 ft lbs)...
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    Chasing a coolant leak

    Cool. I'll give it a try tomorrow evening. Woohoo! Hey, are there any torque specs for the retainer bolts that hold the fuel rail on, and the nuts that hold the upper manifold on? I couldn't find any, so just tightened them down good. But I was curious.
  25. M

    Chasing a coolant leak

    Thanks! I can find that part much cheaper online... looks like I'm waiting for another part. Heh. Just got a bit too giddy at the thought of starting it up tonight. Sigh!
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