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    Dave Z Album

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    Changing serpentine belt on a 4.6

    Relayed this info to my friend and he replied: "If i turn counterclockwise, I would increase the pressure on the belt. I would need to go clockwise to release the tension, pushing the pulley down as my belt runs up and over the pulley. Plus, unless I can really really move that pulley, there...
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    Changing serpentine belt on a 4.6

    So no need to remove any other parts like fans etc?
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    Changing serpentine belt on a 4.6

    Hi all It has been a long time since I have visited as I sold my Explorer a while back. But a friend of mine has a 2004 Mountaineer with the 4.6 v8....he was looking to change his serpentine belt but it appears to him that the shroud and maybe the fan has to come off. Or that the...
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    New Body lift and Tires, more

    If you mean the loer most part, the rocker panel right in front of the wheel well, wlecome to the club. Just about every 92-94 Explorer with factory ground effects I have seen has this in some degree. Before I traded in my 94, I had a moderate case of it. All you can do is cut out the...
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    Need front brake specs

    Hi all... I have sold my Explorer but am working on cleaning out the garage.... I recently bought a Central digital brake rotor gauge on ebay and I am checking some old rotors from my Explorer..... The inspection station told me they were scrap -- I had just had them turned and...
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    It has been fun, y'all....

    Its cool to see another Durango owner hanging out here..... :) DZ
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    It has been fun, y'all....

    Well, the 5.9 in my Durango gets between 10 and 11.5 around town so far......the X was getting about 11-12 From what I have been told, the Hemi gets 1 or 2 mpg more and has 100 more HP and 50 ( or ft-lbs more torque....definately a jump..... But I agree...the HEMI setup is TIGHT in the new...
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    It has been fun, y'all....

    <grin> Yeah, the 04s are kinda ugly IMHO....I waas told by a salesman that he and his cohorts put a new Hemi Ram next to a 5.9 Ram and raced....The 5.9 won.... Plus, I would never buy the first year of a major redesign....too many bugs to work out.... Now, I recently test drove a Nissan...
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    It has been fun, y'all....

    No, the hemi is new for Durangos in 2004.... I have the 5.9 and 3.92 rear end... I dont like the looks of the 04 Diurango...yuck.
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    It has been fun, y'all....

    ....well, I will be trading in my 94 X for an 03 Durango today...... While I have liked and STILL like the Explorer, the looks of it, the ride of it, I have been sinking WAY too much money into repairs on it.....I got about $3,000 in trade, what I owed to the bank.....of course I still have...
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    Selling my Explorer...maybe

    Anyone know what the private party market is for our Explorers?? i have a 94 XLT....99k miles, 4.0 engine with towing package, new 30x9.50 tires, Warn manual front hubsnew drums/rotors/brakes, 1 year old dynomax exhaust, new upper/lower balljoints, front ujoints, nice interior, new radiator...
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    I recharged my Ac But......HELP

    Re: accumulators I couldnt find my AC leak and found this site a little while back....tore out my air box etc to egt to the accumulator at all sides...peeled off the blanket, and nothing....completely clean and new.... Considering the weird and inconvenient spots I am seeing rust on this...
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    POS Ford! Headlight fix!

    "POS" --- perspective (long) <grin> ALthough, like I said, I wouldnt quite call my Explorer a POS yet, with all the repairs *I* have had I am getting close... Folks need to be not quite so sensitive and understand that everyone doesnt enjoy wrenching every weekend or spending money every...
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    POS Ford! Headlight fix!

    I think all 3 have some good ones... My Dodge Dakota goes like a raped ape off road.....she hasnt done much lately, though...she is my pretty little garage queen.... :) I think" the Explorer is number one in its class" has nothing to do with offroad capability and more to do with "itll...
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    5R55W Tranny lubed for life & no dipstick?

    Re: Install a dipstick? I agree on the dipsticks part.... :) I dunno...I am not familiar with this transaxle.....cant seem to locate anywhere a dipstick "should" go.....it is so tight under that hood though I may have missed the spot.....I can barely get to the fill cap. I still dont...
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    5R55W Tranny lubed for life & no dipstick?

    da Malibu Dunno....its a 98 Malibu with the 4cylinder.... I have seen some folks online with problems....but I dunno....the car has 75k on her and runs like a top (knock wood, sprnkle salt over right shoulder).... DZ
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    5R55W Tranny lubed for life & no dipstick?

    My wife's Malibu is set up EXACTLY this same way....The tranny has a fill port (barely accessible) but no freakin dipstick to check levels or anything...makes no sense to me.... They say the tranny fluid is good for 150k miles....ok, so what then?? Trash the tranny and buy a new one...
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    New with a couple suggestions needed.

    chain versus small place I echo the "not a chain" sentiment... The stainless steel muffle for my Dakota was covered under lifetiome warranty...I walked into Meineke with my replacemen tand said "how much to install" and they wanted Over $100!!!! (the old one iwas welded in by THEM when it...
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    stumble on hot restart

    Re: Probably fuel leak down Thanks for the reply.....I do have a fuel pressure gauge....I guess I will check the pressure as you state......thing is, it doesnt always happen...maybe it IS a leaky injector that is sticking sometimes???? Seems like a FPR would be constant....maybe not...
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    stumble on hot restart

    From time to time, I have a rough idle after retsrating hot.....For instance...I drive about 10 miles, park it, come back in 10-15 minutes and when I start her up she stumbles and ALMOST feels like a miss.....After letting it idle or just driving for a bout 30seconds or so it clears up...
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    New with a couple suggestions needed.

    Watch for fuel seepeage from the top of the fuel tank...it could be your steel fuel line(s) itno the fuel pump about to pop.... It happened to me on vacation this past september. $450 in tows and $450 in repairs. And, as you have read, the tranny -- mine died at 70k miles on vacation 3...
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    Take your Ex for a drive

    Yeah, its pretty nice... We did the drive when we were evacuated from teh OBX in September and didnt want to completely scrap our vacation.... Nice ride......would have been BEAUTIFUL on my motorcycle.... :) DZ
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    My quest for 30 MPG - Ford Explorer Gas Mileage Tips

    2x4 vs 4x4 Weight. Lots of added weight.
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    Gas Mileage..help

    I was faced with the same issue, except for work. I now get 40 mpg......I parked my Explorer and commute on my Honda Shadow.... <grin> I know thats not what you are looking for, but thebest you will do is maybe 1-2 mpg with hopups.... Drive very gently and maybe a tad more, but come...
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    My quest for 30 MPG - Ford Explorer Gas Mileage Tips

    ..... Ok. Maybe the question really is: is ANYONE else getting this kind of mileage? Surely he isnt the only one with this engine/truck/driving habits combination. The "mods" made arent anything out of the ordinary.... And if there are others getting 30mpg, then what is the point...
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    My quest for 30 MPG - Ford Explorer Gas Mileage Tips

    All of these "mods" are typical to what is on mine.... The lowering/air damn probably helps some with aerodynamics....and would be worth a mpg or two.... But come on. ......there is more to this. There HAS to be. It HAS to be a 2wd Explorer, for one. A K&N is worth MAYBE a mile or...
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    My quest for 30 MPG - Ford Explorer Gas Mileage Tips

    I am assuming your X is a 2 wheel drive, right?? I guess seeing that, it could get better than 14.....My bro in law had a 96 2wd Ranger with a tiny 4 cylinder that got something like 24 mpg.....same frame, less body weight, smaller engine.....he never got anywhere NEAR 30..... Just one...
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    Thank You

    yeah, I have to agree 150%. I have had many tribulations with my Explorer in the 4.5 years I have owned her and been on this board.... But this forum makes it easier to swallow usually....at least some commiseration...<grin> Seriously though, I have saved countless $$$ with the info I...
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    POS Ford! Headlight fix!

    ...... Yeah, I agree...this is a GREAT forum...lots of great info... Honestly, had the forum not been around, I would have spent even MORE on my Explorer than I have.... As an aside, I dont personally think Chadb was bashing anything....He simply expressed his opinion that his Explorer...
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    POS Ford! Headlight fix!

    AMEN Thats what *I* am saying! I love my Explorer too....but just like an expensive woman, there comes a point when ya wonder if what you are putting in is worth what you are getting in return..... <grin> So, the decision is, stick with the problems that you know or trade for a whole new...
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    POS Ford! Headlight fix!

    hmmmmm...I guess I'll bite. <grin> I dont know know if this was directed at me or the other guy, but look.it boils down to this. You say you have 200k and no major repairs. The way I figure it is: 1) You drive all highway miles........much easier to rack up high miles in short time...
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    All of a sudden! Blowing white smoke and sucking gallons of gas???

    Re: You guys are forgetting something... I am now wondering if I should replace my currently working FPR with 100k miles on it to avoid this avalanche of problems... DZ
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    POS Ford! Headlight fix!

    SOme rambling re: "POS" I have to say that I have not owned a TON of vehicles..... -1981 Plymouth Horizon -- Not fast but OMG! You could beat the crap out of this car and it took it like a champ....got rid of her in 1990 or so......had some engine computer issues when I first got her....no...
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    Shock Replacement

    Shocking details When the lower front shock mount bolt(s) break (and with a 91 they most likely will if you live anywhere where salt is used on the roads, even with soaking with PB Blaster...ask me how I know), dont panic like I did and run it to the dealer. Turns out this is VERY common...
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    POS Ford! Headlight fix!

    I can feel the pain. <grin> He is probably just feeling the strees of repairs. I sometimes feel the same about my 94. I really like the truck, but in the 4.5 years I have owned it, it has needed an inordinate amount of repairs IMHO. Of course, ANY 8-10 year old truck will need repairs...
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    Ford Extended Warranties

    20/20 You are right... While I didnt get ANYTHING from the extended warranty on the Malibu we bought or the tranny warranty I got on the X 's rebuilt tranny, my Dakota's warranty was paid for at least once by the coverage it provided... No, I am a believer....for $1000 yoiu get X years of...
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    Ford Extended Warranties

    I feel your pain. Years ago, when my Dakota had an extended warranty, I fought tooth and nail for repairs........True, if you let them do all the talking, they will screw you. I have been contemplating whether I can afford to dump my X for a new truck due to too many repair bills....but...
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    Condenser :DIY?

    I plan on calling one local (small guy) AC shop and see what they say.... I would have to assume that since the rad has to come out and such I would be looking at about 3 hrs of labor or so at least.......probably closer to 5 by the time the dryer and condesner come into play.... It looks...
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    Slip Yoke thump & bump Fixed!!!

    ? Just wondering...would it be possible to grease the slip joint connection just by removing the boot on one end?? Or is dropping the shaft absolutely needed???
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