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    Scratched Transmission Pan Flange

    Bought one of those Dorman painted drain pans for a 6R80. I was so disappointed when I pulled it out and saw two scratches on the flange in the paint that cross the gasket. Looks like an = sign. You can catch your fingernail, may be a bit deeper than paint, maybe just the paint, hard to tell...
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    Leaky 6R80

    Well the title says it all. Serviced about 70K miles ago at a dealer according to records. How can I prevent this from happening? Locktite? I assumed the dealer torqued it right. Also - I bought a new gasket, but my neighbor said they are reusable. Then he saw the leak and said maybe not. What...
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    Worth to rebuild an old opposed twin?

    I have one of those 46 series opposed Briggs, about 20 years old. It ran well (bit of smoke on startup) until it threw a rod (spun top bearing). Both rods broken. Maybe I didn't check the oil, maybe just 20 years of use and it had it. There are very few parts available. Crankshaft has some...
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    Any long term Ford 6.2L peeps?

    I love the truck but wish the mileage could be a bit better. It is an F150 Platinum. Need it for a business purpose for now. Today I tested it in mostly city stop and go, I am in the low 13mpg range. I was Very easy on the gas. I am going to run that FI canister with 50/50 seafoam and gas next...
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    Have Speedperks and discounts - best gear oil at Advance?

    My New to me 11 F150 has a vent tube that goes in the box rail support. Anyway it was full of sand and I pressure washed everything. It is likely water got in. There is no service history either on the gear oil (pretty much everything else was changed at one time or another). It may be...
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    Smelly A/C in F150

    My 11 F150 has a sweet "phenol" type smell when you turn on the A/C. Much more pungent than PAG oil. I am not driving the truck for some repairs (so no A/C moisture) and if I go down everyday and turn the fan on it is there. After about 2 minutes, it is much weaker. I did try some generic...
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    ENA coils from Amazon

    I have a 6.2L F150 and some of the coils are sparking to the head. Since there is a backup sparkplug, no risk of hard misfire but this thing isn't a prius. I believe the boots were bad because dielectric grease helped for a while. Anyway the choices are $80 ea Motorcraft or Denso coils, a set...
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    Fuel tank coatings

    I'm curious, kinda in the market, even if I don't ultimately buy the tank, I wonder which is better/difference. Brand A (cheaper) Galvanized Steel, with silver powerdercoat Brand B (more Expensive) Ni-Terne steel I read painting tanks isn't such a great idea because of expansion, heat etc...
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    Fix or Scrap/Sell

    96 Explorer Gas tank very rusty and leaks. Strap is gone. Probably will replace Fuel Pump even though its good (I'm thinking Spectra Premium, they make the tank too) Need Valve cover gaskets for the OHV (not the most fun job, but doable). Leaves a trail of smoke Parts, I guess under $300. I...
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    Well written article on why ANY trans flush is bad

    (sorry, accidentally cross posted). GM says NO NO NO to any service other than a pan drop. (Unless you feel this is an ulterior motive :lol:) <a href="https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2012/SB-10062497-7690.pdf"...
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    Toyota Transmission pan bolts

    I read that Toyota Trans bolts (6 Speed A750F Tundra/Lexus Sedans/etc) can break the pan bolts by just removing them. They are M6 bolts. Some of the bolts seem exposed to the elements, and some break in blind holes. I bought a filter and now worried to install it. Lexus said it is very rare...
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    Clocking struts properly

    What is the trick to getting coilover struts aligned (or clocked) precisely. For my application they specify 34.7 +-2 degrees. The first diagram is the orientation of the strut bolt flat. If its off even a bit, you have to loosen it up and realign (or force the spring). The diagram is pretty...
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    KYB Strut mounts

    I bought aftermarket front KYB strut mounts for the Lexus (note, these are coilovers, they do not have bearings). I was thinking of OEM but the dealer told me they sell almost none, and they are expensive!. He said they reuse unless the boots are torn (mine aren't torn, but I don't want to be...
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    Toyota banjo crush washer

    The original crush washer on my lexus caliper looks like a one piece (likely aluminum) U shape with 2 washers. It is a hard to find part, cost $14, and crosses to many Toyotas over many years. I asked some dealers and they said everything from their techs just reusing it to buying a pack of...
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    Bad Rear Brakes- Not obvious

    Trying to trace down noise on the Lexus. Find that the rear brakes may be really messed up. A modern AWD car, with one rear wheel on the ground, should at least try to move. Well I noticed the traction control wasn't even trying. Then I thought about the winter. I knew the tires aren't great...
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    Strut leak

    One of my lexus rear struts (well coilover type strut) had a film of oil. Just enough for a dirt coating, the other was clean. The leak was down to the spring seat. which is about an inch above the bottom of the strut.. I read that this is a borderline case for replacement, some leakage is...
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    F150s with the 6.2L

    I also looked around for those. They are around MY 11-12 and usually come with every option. (Platinum Limited). They are beautiful trucks with one of Fords best engines. I couldn't find one under 18k, some had 150K miles. I made offers too. One is selling for 21K and has 150K miles. I can post...
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    06 Explorer v8

    I test drove one and really liked it. My 96 is getting very rusty and I don't want to bother with it anymore. The aftermarket walker SS mufflers rot out every 2 years. Gas tank is rusty and leaks. Lots of tubing replaced. If not for the salt rot it would be fine. Drive was perfect. Shifts well...
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    Tires or Toyota ABS

    My Lexus has tires that came with the car - Uhh... Not a famous brand. Ironman Imove. But I left them because the online ratings are decent. In dry and wet they are fine. They seem pretty hard and have no sipes (like the LTX for example on my explorer) When the snow started falling, I tested...
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    Ford 6.2L

    Looking at a nice 11 limited F150 w/145 k. Asking 20K ish for it.. Anyway.. I read these engines have valve spring issues. Is it just a 1 in a million internet thing? Sometimes it is a quick repair ( i had the issue on the Lincoln DOHC) but it is usually the reason why the engine is trashed...
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