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  1. Dirtman

    2.5L ('98-'01) Cheap fix for cracked oil pan?

    Use JB weld putty. grind the crack out a bit and use JB fuel tank putty. Its immune to damn near every chemical on earth and will dry even if the surface is dirty or wet. I used it to fix a aluminum trans pan once. It was a temporary fix that ended up permanent. I literally applied it as trans...
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    2.3L ('02-'11) Mystery vacuum leak or something...

    Fixed! I think... computers "disired idle RPM" and "actual idle RPM" now match. Unplugging the IAC now causes the RPMs to drop about 150-200 rpms and fuel trims are re-learning. Long term at idle is already down from +15.6 to +9.3 and still adjusting.
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    Bolt in swap

    I ment why go with 3.73 over 4.10... but yes an 8.8 is a direct bolt on replacement for a 7.5 finding one with the factory LSD can be tricky but they are out there.
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    Bolt in swap

    Yes it is quite is easy to swap in another ranger axle with 3.73 gears (doing the whole axle is easier than swapping just the gears). but out of curiosity... good god why?
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    What’s for dinner tonite!

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    General engine diagnostic question

    V6's can easily be converted into 4 cylinders.
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    General engine diagnostic question

    Parts of what follows below were actually painful to write. However, because of the ongoing misinformation campaigns launched by Snoranger and his apple-polishers I feel it is my duty to write this. The points I plan to make in this letter will sound tediously familiar to everyone who wants to...
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    New brake booster - pedal remains soft

    Just throwing this out there. Master cylinders can fail without leaking and loosing fluid. Not saying your master is dead, just saying visible leaks are not the definitive test. They can leak internally where the fluid simply remains in the reservoir instead of being forced down the lines.
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    2.3L ('02-'11) Mystery vacuum leak or something...

    I did a leak down test of the manifold while I have it off and sealed up. I duck taped over the EGR port and lower runners and then farted down the throttle body port. Couldn't smell any leaks. :dunno: PUT THAT IN YOUR SHOP MANUAL FORD!
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    helpful tip about PS pulley removal

    Very sexy.
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    General engine diagnostic question

    I've been hesitating to write this letter because I've been afraid that, if I did, Petroleumjunkie would do everything in his power to make me hide in a closet. But after reading about Petroleumjunkie's bellicose missives, I could hesitate no longer. Before I begin, let me point out that...
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    General engine diagnostic question

    I farted on your car.
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    2.3L ('02-'11) Mystery vacuum leak or something...

    Speaking of the EGR...its one of the things i just looked closely at for a possible vac leak. Im still baffled how it works, the EGR tube runs from the intake to the block but the valve is at the back of the engine. Can't access it without removing the trans but the port runs through the block...
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    2.3L ('02-'11) Mystery vacuum leak or something...

    2.3 duratec makes more power than a 2.9... just pointing that out...
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    Hello

    If you ever want electrical help RonD is the resident expert. Somehow that guys knows every wire color and pinout from memory...
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    General engine diagnostic question

    Nope. Any dodge truck made after 1993 is a rusted useless pile of crap that doesnt not deserve to exist on this planet. The two greatest dodge truck were the 93 canyon sport and the 92 w-350 cummins 12 valve.
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    What did you do to your Ranger today? (Part Deux!)

    Took the intake off for the third time...at least im getting good at it. Got it down to about a 20 minutes. First time took about 2 hours...
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    Hello

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    General engine diagnostic question

    Dodge made some of the most rust proof vehicles in the history of mankind! They just... only did it for like 3 years then gave up and started pre-dipping vehicles in salt at the factory. The mid-late 80s ramchargers and w-series with the snow packages had zinc coated body panels and high nickle...
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    2.3L ('02-'11) Mystery vacuum leak or something...

    Took it apart one last time. Went over the intake with a fine tooth come, sealed the crap out of everything. New oring on the map sensor, epoxied the suspect nipple 100% shut from inside out, new gaskets again, tested the egr tube and tightened the crap out of it, cleaned the head mating surface...


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