only 88k and its already falling apart? yikes, sounds like lack of regular maintenance and abuse
I don't race the car or treat it harshly. It does see mainly stop-n-go city driving, though, which is its own brand of torture.
Roads around here (Houston area) have potholes galore, many of them are practically invisible and you don't know you're about to hit one, then bam, cringe, curse a little and try to remember those spots for future avoidance. Some roads are just horrible down the length of them.
But geez, it's a car, and I have to get from A to B.
I've been busy rebuilding the front suspension, and was about to move on to the rear when this latest event happened -- never could find the subframe bushings, and as I recall from reading that thread long ago, no source of non-delrins was confirmed.
Also, the fuel pump grinds like it's about to fail any day now. The morons/scammers at a shop where I took it years ago for a CEL never fixed the CEL prob -- which was merely a dirty MAF -- but they set about replacing various things, including the perfectly good original fuel pump which didn't make a sound. Now I have this POS back there that I have to drop the tank to get at, among other "work" of theirs that I had to ultimately correct.
I bought a new turbine pump a while back which was to go on the car.
I replaced the odometer gears in 2012. No, I didn't make it a habit of clearing the trip meter while in motion, so they weren't abused.
I've repaired the power windows (#[email protected]
$*! urethane plugs!!!! how I loathe thee) and they're shot again. The passenger side won't budge. Nobody uses that window, it's just a craptastic design. Oh, and the driver's side motor gear is slipping inside of its collar this time, so swapping plugs won't fix it, I'd have to replace the assembly or drill and tap in a roll pin to hold them together. Nobody ever stood on or hung onto the windows, so I'm not sure how they got themselves abused (gremlins?).
the PI intake swap is simple and easy on a 96, and if you need a manifold
The POS all-plastic manifold was replaced with the Ford metal crossover version in 2005, around the time I evacuated from Hurricane Rita's path. Imagine my predicament had that thing cracked and bled out during the 30-hour-straight evacuation (only 135 miles to the relative's house, that's how jammed the roads were!).
A Ford stealership did the swap. I hate to think I have new probs with an $800 manifold, but could be.
skinny fine-wire spark plugs this system will burn off those fine-wires
These are older Bosch platinums and I think their cores are more substantial than the fine wire ones I've seen of late. They haven't given me trouble since I installed them some years ago (this car sees around 5k/year of use). I'll take you folks' word on the newer fine wire ones, as I have no experience with those. But the Bosch plugs *I* have aren't the problem, whatever is causing 2 of them to be fouled with oil is.
otherwise what sort of trans work dose it need? is it the shudder? could use a MercV oil and filter change.
The first complete Mercon V swap was done years ago. The shudder returned. It also occasionally behaves like the TC solenoid (at least) is acting up (jumping/lunging). It did that pretty badly at one point, but then straightened itself up; the shudder remained. Lately, the shift points are delayed as well.
I had bought Motorcraft brand Mercon V fluid for another changeout before this latest symptom happened.
I know.. everybody says yank the valve body, replace the accumulators, must.. do.. J-mod
, blah blah. I suppose I actually should replace the solenoid(s) at least, and if I do that, the accumulators as well. But J-mod? I dunno, it's a DD and the granny-shift doesn't bother me. But.. BUT.. it also prolongs the tranny's life! Great, but I was never looking to get 18 more years out of this vehicle, which is how long the original, non-J-modded one has lasted.
I just hate the thought of doing all that work and then find out that the thing needed (or will soon need) a complete rebuild.
This is more money that could go toward a new vehicle.
AC is toast? like it leaked out?
Yeah, it was huge loss of refrigerant. My leak wand indicated the source is the high side port. Fortunately, I didn't find leaks elsewhere, not that it completely rules out leaks elsewhere. I didn't pressure test the evap or condenser cores, for example. If only the ports, the fix is simple enough.
I had planned on buying a new vac pump (my old one isn't up to the task), scales and a r134a cylinder for the job. Even if it got more involved, it wouldn't be my first rebuild, but I don't have those tools to call my own atm.
However, from a purely economical standpoint, if
the next new vehicle I end up with will be r1234yf, why spend money on r134a stuff now?
As for regular maintenance, not much one can do for a closed system, except things like making sure the condenser/radiator fins aren't blocked.
As for engine maintenance, she gets her oil (always been Pennzoil & she's never seen a synthetic), with a nice Fram TG2 every time. Some people would rake me over the coals for using Fram, but the TG is a decent filter.
But, yeah, she's kind of swarming from what I
would call normal DD use.
If I knew for certain the engine wasn't in trouble, I'd be a lot more interested in fixing her other probs.
Indeed, I like the body profile better than most of the new styles. I always wanted add a ground effects kit (though I can't say I care much for the available/usual kits), lowering, wider tires, rear disc conversion, custom wheels, custom interior, and get a premium paint job. When done right, these cars can look awesome.
Alas, her issues (and mine) keep me too busy to think about such frivolities.