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    Upcoming transmission work - Toyota Truck

    My 1995 T100 is exhibiting symptoms of failing solenoids in the A340E transmission. After 468k miles, it doesn't surprise me. Specifically, of the three solenoids the first gear and OD lockup ones are failing. Symptoms included not shifting to low at a stop, the "OD Off" light flashing on the...
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    06 Focus - replaced engine mount -quiet!

    Symptoms - rattling throughout the dash plastic on startup, worse when cold. New mount went in last night. It's like a lot of things you live with over time and don't realize how bad it is until it's replaced. Rubber isolator collapsed and with mount to frame contact throughout. Bought mine from...
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    Sentra driveability/hot restart issues solved!

    I've been working on this car off and on for about three weeks now. It's my son's 96 Sentra with the GA16DE engine. High idle (around 1500 RPM), surging when driving, and failure to restart after 10 to 15 minutes of heat soak after shutoff. But, let it cool off for an hour or two and it would...
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    96 Sentra idle/hot restart issues

    Good Morning Guys, Son's car. 96 Sentra with auto trans. 4cyl - I believe this is the B14 engine. 165k miles. From cold start: The idle sits at approx. 1400 rpm all the time. When giving it gas going down the road, it runs pretty well, but when letting off the gas to coast, the idle will surge...
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    Ford's loss on the Edsel

    I've been reading recently about the Edsel debacle. Here's a fun fact: Ford lost $400 million dollars total on the entire Edsel experience. For perspective, that's between 3 and 4 billion in today's money. One wonders how they were able to absorb that and remain solvent. From what I've learned...
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    Worst Car Lists

    Just this morning read one of those ubiquitous "Top 10 worst cars ever" lists. How worst is defined varies widely across the list. Examples I can remember from the list: Dodge LaFemme - Attempting to create a market where none existed. A Dodge Lancer with features tailored to what was perceived...
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    Cleaning/Regreasing/Rebooting CV joint 2.0 - tips

    The axle shaft for the 2006 Focus is ready to install Saturday. The clean/regrease/reboot process is successful. Some things I learned to maybe be of help to others thinking about doing this. Wear disposable gloves!: * The CV joint consist of really four different parts - a central six sided...
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    Cleaning/Regreasing/Rebooting CV joint

    Backstory first. Replaced passenger side axle shaft in the SO's '06 Focus (80k miles) about 3 months ago. Not because of symptoms but I noticed a small amount of discharged grease and a cracked boot. A couple of weeks ago, a noise began which I traced to the intermediate bearing on the axle that...
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    Things I've learned from wrenching

    I've been working on cars since the early 1970's. My own and those of my family and friends. Repairs have run the spectrum from oil changes to head gaskets to pulling engines to replace internal components. In 40 odd years I've learned some things: *Keep organized. Make notes, take pictures...
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    Replaced cracked flexplate 95 Toyota T100

    95 T100 2wd. 3.4 V6 with A340e auto trans. 462k miles. My truck had been making a rhythmic tapping noise at idle. It only happened at idle and only when warmed up. I first though it was a rod knocking but on further listening, it was coming from the trans bellhousing. Due to health issues, I...
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    Resolving driveability issues - 97 Tbird w/4.6

    134k miles. It never really has run smoothly since I got it a few months ago. Rain would make things worse. PLUS the big one was the OD shift on the trans would "hunt" back and forth on the slightest incline making it a shuddery mess to drive. New plugs (Autolite platinums), new plug wires (Napa...
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    97 Thunderbird 4.6 missing/rough running fixed

    Sunday, I exit the highway and at the next stop sign, the car was chugging and missing. It was a coil pack. In 97, Ford was using two coil packs - with two coils in each pack. Each coil fired two cylinders - one on the compression stroke and the companion cylinder (waste spark) on the exhaust...
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    One of the most hateful repairs I've ever done

    1997 Thunderbird - 4.6 Modular I've read that the 4.6 SOHC is a great motor. I'm sure it is, but given enough time, they all seem to develop an oil leak around the oil filter adapter. It's a casting on the driver's side of the engine block down low in the front. The gasket is a composite with...
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    Money spent purchasing bikes - Am I atypical?

    I bought my first new bike in 1977 - a Suzuki GS400X - Suzuki's budget version of the GS400. Drum front brake, no centerstand, no electric starter, no digital gear indicator. Cost - $995.00. Next new bike was a 1978 Honda CX500. Cost - $1850.00. Fast forward 30+ years and now I buy used. Bought...
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    Long 14mm bolts - where to find?

    I'm going to be changing the flexplate in my T100 truck Sunday. It recently developed a crack with accompanying noise. It was because of high mileage as I've seen on Toyota forums. So, I need to separate engine from trans. It's a 3.4 V6 2wd with the A340 automatic. My plan is to pull the upper...
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    2006 Ford Focus - Quick Struts available?

    Looking to replace the front struts and rear shocks on my 2006 Focus. Quick struts seem to be a good choice since I'm not exactly a fan of compressing springs. Does anyone know if I can find quick struts for this application? I see them listed for earlier modely years but don't see anything...
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    Recommend a spray lubricant/corrosion inhibitor

    I'm trying to protect air actuators on a conveyor line at my job from urine. Let me explain: I'm a biomed engineer at a large lab that processes blood and urine samples. The sample tubes travel a converyor line into robot cells to be decapped, picked and placed in instrument racks. An actuator...
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