this may have been a mistake. a $2500 mistake. i probably need to quit watching videos, and i certainly need to stop reading the comment sections. the internet has brought us to this: every idiot and moron in the world can now claim to be an expert, and spout their worthless disinformation, all in the name of selling us useless product.
ok, back to the jeep. the '01 GC has a rep for failed automatic transmissions. this one is fine right now, but the brakes pull to the right and worse, it also has a ticking noise which i associate with a worn valve train. it seems you don't actually adjust the valves on these, you replace sticky lifters, but first you must pull the head. but wait, there's more! it slices! it dices! it could be fragged piston skirts, or rod bearings, or flexplate bolts!
i have a plan. i'm going to run some seafoam and see if that clears the lifters. if that fails, i have options: pull the head and swap in new lifters or pull the oilpan and see what chunks are in the oil. i really think it's valve train, but maybe that's wishful thinking.
or maybe i need to quit watching videos and reading comments. we'll start with the seafoam, and maybe i'll get a stethoscope and see if i can pin the noise down better. a new tool, yeah, that's what i need!
not feeling very optimistic the last couple of days. something about a fool and his money.
Post by desertbikes on Aug 22, 2019 12:22:53 GMT -7
Just cuaght this on my phone. You might reconsider any cleaner type lube on a engine over 120k or so. You may knock loose gunk that was keeping something sealed. Same consideration on radiator if original freeze plugs are in the block. Just saying. Good luck.
Post by desertbikes on Aug 22, 2019 18:40:32 GMT -7
Well, I haven't seen or heard the truck so... I'm just saying I probably wouldn't. Oil change sounds good. Stick a magnet in the drain pan or sieve the old oil & see what if any metal is there. Or sawdust With that many miles I'd be surprised if you didn't have a lifter tick or 2. Nothing to really worry about if that's all it is. Hydraulic lifters are annoying but not critical. Just don't rev it anywhere near whatever the red line is for that engine & it'll probably be okay.Of course the brakes should be at the top of the list of fix-its.
Post by desertbikes on Aug 22, 2019 18:44:40 GMT -7
Oh - and unless that's full time FWD, don't engage the front hubs unless you're in dirt. Never on dry pavement. And check the u-joints up there too. 4 wheel drive can be great but twice as much stuff to fail - 6 more u-joints for one thing.
yeah, brakes. oil change. that i can do. i've never worked on a 4wd, so there's mystery there. i've seen people say to just drive it, no big deal but there are so many opinions out there i can't sort them. thanks.
hmm, calipers. ATE? or akebono? pull the wheel to see, put the wheel back on to get the parts, then pull the wheel again to install. fun.
Post by desertbikes on Aug 24, 2019 9:16:17 GMT -7
Here's the way I look at it - I put a new $1,800 auto trans in my '96 F-250 4x4 last year. Got 203,000 miles out of the first one. So someone says, "gosh that's a lot of money to put in a 23 year old truck!" And I say, A new truck with all the same features is about $75,000. A 2019 off lease with 50K miles is just under $50,000. Unless you're making enough money that you can deduct the entire cost of a $75,000 vehicle, it doesn't make sense. Besides, my Tonka truck-looking '96 has become cool again, if not quite a classic.
If that $2500 Jeep turns into a $6000 4x4 that you can trust not to leave you stranded somewhere, it's worth every penny.
no, i'm not making that much money. you guys are right. i hate it when that happens.
yesterday before the rain i put new lift struts on the hood and rear hatch. now the hood will stay up. today i'll try for the oil change and front brakes. first i have to figure out what calipers they used on it.
Don't they sell manuals for cars? That would seem to be a wise first investment
a haynes manual was my first purchase. i've done the oil change. when i got to the parts counter they asked "do you have ATE or akebono pads?" and of course i didn't know. but the rims are open enough that i can see the pads in there. they're the ones with the "T" or "hammerhead" ends. i think spark plugs are coming up next.
Don't they sell manuals for cars? That would seem to be a wise first investment
I made much of my living because men don't won't read ANY manuals. Well, maybe if it's in the can but even then the eyes glaze over after a couple of sentences.
Programmers are usually different tho. Haynes seems to be all I see at the retail parts houses these days. Wonder what happened to Chiltons? They were the auto manual kings in the 70s - 80s. I had a few back then that were so detailed & big & heavy you could kill a bear with one.
chiltons are still out there, i think it depends on what parts store you shop at. re the men reading manuals thing, i've noticed my attention span is shorter than it used to be. might be from aging or misspent yoot, or maybe i've just not had to pay attention much in the last decade and got out of the habit. i'm hoping it's the latter. got the front pads in. ATE, not akebono. pads on the right were nearly new, some wear but not much. pads on the right nearly worn out, due for replacement, also some grunge on the slider pins, i think the caliper was sticking. replaced both sides & cleaned and lubed (silicone, not grease) the slider pins. got a couple pics, will post them soon.
Post by desertbikes on Aug 25, 2019 20:00:15 GMT -7
Not turning the rotors? Might also flush the lines. Might not all be brake fluid or wrong type. Either could swell a caliper seal & make it stick or line obstruction. Maybe a cylinder honing kit or rebuilt calipers are in order.
You have full power on the booster? And if you hold the pedal down with the engine running, does it slowly depress to the floor?
About old guy attention span - we already know everything so we're easily bored. That's my story & I'm sticking to it.
lurker: oh, good, i thought i was the only one here, talking to myself.
Aug 6, 2020 8:20:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: No doubt. I'm still in the north country among to pines. Crappy verizon signal but lucky I have anything. My usual spot was taken so while voice & test work OK, data is spotty.
Aug 5, 2020 4:29:47 GMT -7
gonefishin: to hot to type
Aug 4, 2020 19:49:34 GMT -7
lurker: i order something in maybe once a month. heck, it's usually related to firearms and i tell you guys all about it.
Jul 29, 2020 9:18:12 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yup at least 90% of the time. However I get at least 2 or 3 items per week via USPS so I have a higher probability of failures they're responsible for creating. On-Trac is the leader of lost or damaged goods so USPS isn't the worst.
Jul 29, 2020 8:39:58 GMT -7
lurker: it's been my experience that the problem is not the USPS so much as the people outside USPS at the start of the process. regular mail takes a week at most to cross the country, more like 3 or 4 days, but fulfillment and customs can take weeks.
Jul 28, 2020 13:08:09 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yes. I had forgotten about the high tech USPS labs. In March they stated with confidence, after pain staking genetic surface testing that, the mail was "probably okay to handle". The also CDC advised that wearing masks wasn't useful. Yup. High tech.
Jul 28, 2020 4:08:59 GMT -7
lurker: maybe they were testing it for you? mighty considerate, those USPS people.
Jul 27, 2020 6:29:12 GMT -7
lurker: updated in polytech thread. arrival expected tomorrow. i'm so gullible.
Jul 27, 2020 6:26:40 GMT -7
desertbikes: My personal record for longest ship time is 5 months. A PCP air/water filter shipped from Shanghai in Feb. I finally got it last month. It had been in the US since March. USPS had no explanation
Jul 27, 2020 4:39:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: Ta da! With USPS it may still take a tour thu TX & OKC before it gets to you
Jul 26, 2020 7:21:50 GMT -7
lurker: hooray! it exists! it's on its way! it's in ...minnesota? some time next week, i hope.
Jul 25, 2020 4:33:22 GMT -7
desertbikes: If you print postage yourself with a tracking #, it's not scanned at the PO where it's dropped off unless it's 1st class or "overnight". Same if it's a home pickup. 3day flat rate box only gets a origination & destination scan. It's nuts.
Jul 24, 2020 4:59:39 GMT -7
desertbikes: Besides the old trick of printing a shipping label to make it appear a thing has shipped, the USPS may only scan at the destination PO for delivery.
Jul 24, 2020 4:50:59 GMT -7
lurker: ordered a small item on the 13th from colorado for poly, $25. on the 16th they claimed they shipped, but really only assigned tracking #. today 22nd they say it has actually shipped, but tracking doesn't reflect that. not happy with e-commerce.
Jul 22, 2020 14:05:09 GMT -7
lurker: sci-fi, history and anthro are all mind-openers. math? zoom, over my head. maybe see if there's a library in the next town?
Jul 21, 2020 10:41:45 GMT -7
desertbikes: Also a few hundred lbs of process control instrumentation & PLC manuals. Maybe 25 years worth. While the internal instrumentation electronics have changed over time, the theory of operation & system placement have not.
Jul 20, 2020 7:53:05 GMT -7
desertbikes: I'll have to take a look. Most are in boxes that haven't been opened in years. Lots of scifi, some horror, history, anthropology, electronics & math.
Jul 20, 2020 5:06:31 GMT -7