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Recent content by Patrologia


  1. Are brake line anchor points important?

    I’m working on the rear brakes on my ‘04 Edge 4WD. The right side was pretty toasted: wheel cylinder shot, brake line itself pretty rusty, etc. Long story short, I’ve replaced the line with Ni-Cop, but the bracket that anchored the original line is gone. Total rust, it crumbled away still...
  2. Which Drums should I buy

    I’m ending up going this route. Kept reading bad things about the fit of aftermarket drums unless you spend bigger money than this truck needs, and finally found a parts store with a guy who knew how to machine drums. (First place said the guy who does rotors doesn’t know how to do drums. The...
  3. Which Drums should I buy

    I just noticed that somehow I'd ended up in the parts catalog of somebody in TX instead of local. Probably clicked on an ad somewhere along the line, so I expect the local price will be mid 60s, like the MSRP and Uncle Gump's example. So, any other opinions on how any of the others compare? I...
  4. Which Drums should I buy

    I'm not really looking for a performance upgrade, just normal driving and normal braking. Pretty much everything in my drums needs to be replaced, and I figure at that point, I might as well replace the drums themselves too, especially with as much rust as is on them. For whatever reason, it...
  5. Here’s you chance to warn me about the 2006 Explorer

    Thanks for that info, definitely not the warning I expected. As for the AWD advice, I think I agree with you on every point. I only stated AWD because my understanding is that AWD was the only option on the V8 other than RWD, and let's face it, RWD in Milwaukee Wisconsin is not something I want...
  6. Here’s you chance to warn me about the 2006 Explorer

    I’m considering buying an Explorer, and leaning towards the 4.6, and prefer 2006 or later based on what I’ve read about the 6 speed transmission being better. I have heard though, that the ‘06 model itself had issues. Is this accurate? Should I only look at 2007 and later? What issues did the...
  7. Help me pick an oil, should I/how should I switch to synthetic

    Paleontologists all over the world rushing to make objections to the ethics of grinding up dinosaur bones...
  8. Help me pick an oil, should I/how should I switch to synthetic

    Thanks for this advice, I will do this. I don't actually have the manual, but I looked at a pdf of it and believe that it specs 5w20 for the 3.0, and 5w30 for the 4.0 only, and I didn't see anything stating synthetic for either. Did I miss something (entirely possible), or was it just a...
  9. Help me pick an oil, should I/how should I switch to synthetic

    I’m driving an ‘04 with the 3.0 Vulcan, and I do not know it’s history. I don’t see any evidence of any significant leaks (well, not oil leaks anyway...). It has about 160k on it. The truck doesn’t get driven all that much, definitely not a daily driver, so oil change intervals will probably be...
  10. Rebuilding front suspension, seeking advice and recommendations

    I like cheap, I just am leery of going too cheap. I have now seen complaints about the Detroit stuff, and wonder if anyone has any suggestions on what would be a better kit, or what components to order separately (still keeping budgetary concerns in mind). Clearly, it doesn't need to be $100...
  11. Rebuilding front suspension, seeking advice and recommendations

    I recently acquired a 2004 "Edge" and am starting on the process of catching it up on some deferred maintenance. Many of the suspension items (1 upper and both lower ball joints, one tie rod end) need to be replaced. I've seen some 10 pc or more kits that come with most of what anybody would...
  12. ABS sensor cable is cut

    Thanks, I’ll definitely check to be sure there’s enough play to allow for steering. I think it may look shorter than it is because of the way I was holding the wires.
  13. ABS sensor cable is cut

    New to the forum, and new to my Ranger. I knew it had an ABS light when I bought it but wasn’t extremely concerned since the brakes work fine for normal braking. Doing some other work yesterday I saw what I assume is the reason for my ABS issue: So my question is this. Would there be any...


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