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  1. Fabulous50s

    Inexplicable Coolant Loss

    Any kind of coolant leak is found with a long term (a day or 2) pressure test. Remove spark plugs if the pressure drops and you don't see leaks externally. Look into the cylinders with a bore scope if necessary for coolant. Check the oil for any froth, which would be coolant in it. If it...
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    Oil Filter w/ 5w-50 in 460 EFI

    A rich running carbed engines needs a tune.... now fuel washing is another issue. But to say a 460 is dirty when it had a carburetor is a misnomer. What difference is a 460 from a GM 350 or 454 with a carb? None.
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    Oil Filter w/ 5w-50 in 460 EFI

    The orange RTV indicates that someone has been into the Dana 80 before. When I was in high school I worked at a service station that did light duty mechanic work. They used that red RTV on everything. What a mess! Red (high temp) is for high temp applications, like exhaust Gaskets and the like...
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    Oil Filter w/ 5w-50 in 460 EFI

    I've been a mechanic for 20 years. I don't own a 385 series BBF. However I do own a 352 FE, which is the predecessor to the 385 series. All big blocks are similar, they don't spin super fast, and in stock form (heads) they generally don't breathe well above 5,000 RPM, they don't need to...
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    Almost burned by "mobile programmer"

    This is amazing to me. As an ASE master myself, that is part of making things go. Solving problems, and doing all the crap work everyone in a shop has to do, ie. tires, alignments, brakes, cleaning up after yourself, etc.
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    Almost burned by "mobile programmer"

    Yeah, got to be an IT guy to wrench these days. I find it is poor engineering to make things like this....
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    Oil Filter w/ 5w-50 in 460 EFI

    Every rear diff I've done, and it's been a few....I've used copious amounts of brake cleaner sprayed on everything for cleanup. I always use Permatex ultra black to reseal the cover, not a gasket. But if you have a gasket, then go for it! Personally.....not legally. I'd remove the whole...
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    Maybe Pennzoil Ultra Platinum burning off more than most other brands via getting into the combustion cylinder is a good sign

    I think you meant to write " no way".... like I meant to type. Yes I know how to Google, I was just inquiring about a statement made here.
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    Maybe Pennzoil Ultra Platinum burning off more than most other brands via getting into the combustion cylinder is a good sign

    I am in now way trying to start anything, buy I have always been under the impression that Amsoil was the Godfather of of synthetic oils. Please inform me! I'm now very curious!
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    Oil Filter w/ 5w-50 in 460 EFI

    How many miles do you expect to go on this thing between OCI? I'm guessing it sees 1,000 or less a year? The Ford Lima 385 series (429/460) has been around ince 1968. Torque monsters. Nothing particularly dirty about them. Does your EFI motor home have EGR and a HUGE catalytic converter...
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    Maybe Pennzoil Ultra Platinum burning off more than most other brands via getting into the combustion cylinder is a good sign

    It was -20F when this happened to my wife. She called me and was about 6 miles from home. It was so cold I didn't want to tow it home. I pulled injector plugs until I found the offending cylinder. I drove it home on 3 cyl which is why #2 looks wet. It was just whhosing away for the slow ride...
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    Maybe Pennzoil Ultra Platinum burning off more than most other brands via getting into the combustion cylinder is a good sign

    My wife's 2010 Honda CR-V 2.4 after burning a quart of 5w-40 T6 in 800 miles for the last 3 years. Carbon held the valve open, and it burned. I put a new valve in it. Soaked all 4 cylinders with sea foam while waiting for Gaskets and the valve to arrive. Changed oil after engine reassembly and...
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    Dodge 3.6 rocker arms

    Melling may actually be the OE supplier. I have a pentastar in my promaster 2500. Some go 500k and some don't make it to 100k. It really is poor quality. Other manufacturers have been using roller rockers for 30 years and have little to no failures. It seems the needle bearings are inferior...
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    Help me understand winter ratings

    Auto correct made "fine" into June.....lol
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    Help me understand winter ratings

    This started June and didn't make any valve noise. 5w-30 Penz platinum. I run wally world ST synthetic 10w-30 in my wife's car and it starred that morning as well. Both vehicles stay outside and don't have engine heaters.
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    how much oil do you keep on hand?

    We recently had a NAPA go out of business.... I bought the shelf of oil, including the shelf itself. It's all nicely bunked in my shed, can't see much of it or else I'd post a pic. At least 75qts of everything from RP, to T4, and so.e NAPA branded 5qt jugs of dino. Don't know what I'm going to...
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    Small block Ford pushrod engine 1/2 quart overfill

    With that deep sump, there should be no issues at all. Overfilling only becomes a real issue when the running oil level is high enough to get into the crankshaft counter weights. Then it gets frothy etc. Always makes my heart swell when I see a V8 coupled to a manual. I cannot drive a slushbox!
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    New AC R-1234yf - Is toppin off smart?

    I know of several 30+ year old cars still blowing cold air on R12. Refrigerant slowly passing through rubber hoses us a real thing, however there are exceptions which defy all logic. 1234yf is not the best Refrigerant, just like 410a isn't either, higher operating pressures etc. If you...
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    Proper wire location for MSD Ignition

    Set the engine to #1 TDC. Where the rotor points is #1 and then just go with the fireing order from there. You can move anything around to make room for vacuum can etc.
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