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Old 12-12-2021, 08:51 AM
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So yesterday's adventure in the White Witch Chronicles....

Came out to go to work and had a black eye (L. Headlight) so, yeah it's 0400 and I'm not "feeling" it for anything but a cursory check.

Coming home I start hearing a flexing noise while driving, and guess what that Witch had done.... killed another F'ing ball joint.

So today was ball joint replacement and new socket on the headlight due to an arc killing the previous one.

On the plus side I got the wife her Christmas present and got it wrapped, she'll be so surprised!!



I am planning on new fluid and filter change for the transmission anytime after Christmas as I'm sure the wife won't be bothering me for awhile.....


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So yesterday's adventure in the White Witch Chronicles....

Came out to go to work and had a black eye (L. Headlight) so, yeah it's 0400 and I'm not "feeling" it for anything but a cursory check.

Coming home I start hearing a flexing noise while driving, and guess what that Witch had done.... killed another F'ing ball joint.

So today was ball joint replacement and new socket on the headlight due to an arc killing the previous one.

On the plus side I got the wife her Christmas present and got it wrapped, she'll be so surprised!!



I am planning on new fluid and filter change for the transmission anytime after Christmas as I'm sure the wife won't be bothering me for awhile.....


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Old 12-13-2021, 06:35 PM
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You sure like living dangerously don't you?

I was gonna say the same thing! The man is treading on dangerous ground...



I changed my plugs yesterday, and checked my coils -- they have a 2005 build date. I went through my maintenance log from the PO and they were replaced under warranty at that time. Instead of replacing all of them, I ordered a brand new one from FCP Euro to keep in the car should one end up failing. I think this was a recommendation from crystalworks, and a very good one.



Then my better half called to tell me that she listened to the radio for an hour and the car wouldn't start. Sounds like she killed the battery. It is about four years old and has been drained several times. So I am going to head out and get a new one tonight. I was probably pushing it at that age anyways. This car will be seeing road-trip duty for the holidays, and will be the primary family car until our Mazda is fixed (fender bender) so it'll be money well spent.



I also received all of the new power steering hoses (every one) as well as an OFHG and the GAS DISA valve rebuild kit. I will be starting on that project on Saturday.



We also got our first real snow this weekend, which made me happy that I invested in a set of Blizzaks last year. Winter is coming late but we should be getting even more this week.
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Old 12-13-2021, 07:04 PM
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I was gonna say the same thing! The man is treading on dangerous ground...



I changed my plugs yesterday, and checked my coils -- they have a 2005 build date. I went through my maintenance log from the PO and they were replaced under warranty at that time. Instead of replacing all of them, I ordered a brand new one from FCP Euro to keep in the car should one end up failing. I think this was a recommendation from crystalworks, and a very good one.



Then my better half called to tell me that she listened to the radio for an hour and the car wouldn't start. Sounds like she killed the battery. It is about four years old and has been drained several times. So I am going to head out and get a new one tonight. I was probably pushing it at that age anyways. This car will be seeing road-trip duty for the holidays, and will be the primary family car until our Mazda is fixed (fender bender) so it'll be money well spent.



I also received all of the new power steering hoses (every one) as well as an OFHG and the GAS DISA valve rebuild kit. I will be starting on that project on Saturday.



We also got our first real snow this weekend, which made me happy that I invested in a set of Blizzaks last year. Winter is coming late but we should be getting even more this week.
When I had a coil go south on me a few years ago I said screw it and replaced them all. I figured at nearly 200,000 miles if one was croaking, the rest wouldn't be far behind.
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Old 12-13-2021, 08:44 PM
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When I had a coil go south on me a few years ago I said screw it and replaced them all. I figured at nearly 200,000 miles if one was croaking, the rest wouldn't be far behind.

That's my opinion too, but rather than shelling out a few hundred for all six, I am just going to carry one around in case one fails, so I don't get stranded, and then replace all the rest of them later.
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Old 12-13-2021, 08:54 PM
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The spare one idea Is good. Similarly for fuel pump.
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Old 12-13-2021, 09:21 PM
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That's my opinion too, but rather than shelling out a few hundred for all six, I am just going to carry one around in case one fails, so I don't get stranded, and then replace all the rest of them later.
That's a good plan too.
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I ended up with a nice Interstate AGM H7 battery from Costco for $176. Anyone else use AGM? I haven't had one in a long time but I had a good experience many years ago.
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I never have used an AGM battery in any of my daily drivers or my backups, but I have used one in my old restomod '69 C-10, then another in my '66 Chevelle ( while it was still streetable, before having to use dual batteries with the big block drag race engines). I also tried a Gel battery, but fried it recharging between rounds.

I found that STD lead acid batteries were better when no alternator was used, and dual batteries were quik-charged several times a race day.

But, currently I've been using an Optima Yellowtop AGM in my home-built trailer for 12v power off grid since 2012. I charge it constantly whenever at home in the garage, or when camping at state parks, using a desulfating maintainer. Good battery.

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