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#106 larrybl ONLINE  

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Posted January 06, 2013 - 07:27 PM

I replaced the lower seal, water pump and timing belt and tensioner on my 1995 Camery, I was a little worried, but it was rather easy once I got the harmonic pully bolt off. I watched a youtube and saw how easy that was. I then watched a youtube on the 2003 Dodge Intrepid and immediately thought "forget doing this". Yes, the water pump is behind the lower timing chains, and another problem with this engine is severe sludge build up and timing chain failures due to antifreeze leaking from the pump. I think I caught this in time. 



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Posted January 06, 2013 - 08:21 PM

The caravan I worked on had a weird problem. The accessory drive belt came apart a and one of the ribbons of the belt wrapped around the crank shaft and finally got wound up in the timing belt resulting in failure. So on top of taking everything apart I had to unravel belt fragments from everything. IT was a huge mess. By the time I buttoned it back up I was ready to set it on fire.



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Posted January 06, 2013 - 08:47 PM

They've all forgotten Keep It Simple Stupid. Even in the late sixties when I worked at a Lincoln dealership the common complaint was "made in Detroit by idiots". My 1965 Nova Wagon was simple and is still my favorite car. A full tuneup took took 35 minutes and cost under $20 in 1975. Changing the clutch took 2 & 3/4 hours.



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Posted January 06, 2013 - 09:02 PM

I miss the Dodge Slant Six, that was one bullet proof engine!, My 1995 Camery has a slant 4, almost as easy to work on, and so far holding up well.



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Posted January 06, 2013 - 09:52 PM

After nearly having a cardio episode one time trying to change the oil in my Wife's Caravan, I will gladly pay someone else to do it.  I found out the next model year, the engineers put the drain plug where you can get to it without it bein 6' in the air... Morons.



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Posted January 06, 2013 - 10:43 PM

Well, as for the car talk, (may need to start a new thread for this subject) here is the video I watched.  I consider my self fairly mechnically inclined and have a good assortment of tools. The deterent here was the lack of a "garage" to shelter from the weather, and lack of some specialized tools. The other issue was the need for all the gaskets and other things that should be replaced on the journey into this engine ( I would never expect that I would need valve pan gaskets for a water pump replacement). At least I got a 1 year waranty with this repair.



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Posted January 09, 2013 - 08:19 PM

Well back to the subject. I was thinking about not refreshing RED's paint, but now I think I have to. The tins are off any how and Sears is having a close out on this . http://www.craftsman....9&blockType=L9

I just ordered one for RED, Hulk II has a black one that really looks good, and I think Red will look good with this.

Was $179.00, now $29.00, Couldn't get around the $16.99 shipping, but a deal none the less.

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 06:43 AM

That's a good price. Wish it was black, I'd go for it then. It's just a bit too shiny for me.


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Posted January 10, 2013 - 06:50 AM

Wow! What a great price for your guard ! Is something like that cleared over the chrome or will it need to be waxed to keep from pitting ? Al

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Posted January 10, 2013 - 08:05 PM

That's a good price. Wish it was black, I'd go for it then. It's just a bit too shiny for me.

 

That is easily fixed, I had the same thought. Will see how it looks on Red Crome, and if I don't like, I have plenty Gloss Black available.



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Posted January 10, 2013 - 08:07 PM

Wow! What a great price for your guard ! Is something like that cleared over the chrome or will it need to be waxed to keep from pitting ? Al

 

Won't know till I get it, but they are buying them up over at the other site. 2 at a time to get free shipping. Decided to grab one before Sears ran out. These are no longer made.



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Posted January 10, 2013 - 08:21 PM

Just ordered one. The shipping is free if you do a store pickup. Sine it costs me about $4 to get to sears I think that is more than a good deal.


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Posted January 10, 2013 - 08:42 PM

Just ordered one. The shipping is free if you do a store pickup. Sine it costs me about $4 to get to sears I think that is more than a good deal.

 

I tried to get store delivery to three different stores, wouldn't give me the option for store pick-up at any of them. :(



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Posted January 15, 2013 - 09:01 PM

Bumper is in Yaa, and now I am trying to figure out how to mount this BIG HONKIN Led array I came across to it. 

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Posted January 15, 2013 - 09:50 PM

Zip ties and duct tape

 

 

 

 

Wont that thing attract every bug in Texas?


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