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16  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Drilling into the closet on: October 20, 2013, 08:08:07 pm
Drill small hole in inconspicuous location near to where you are contemplating and use a stiff wire ( like welding rod, unfluxed kind)  sharpened like ice pick get through the insulation easier, measure, to check the distance to the outer wall and subtract the thickness of the wood and you have a workable number. Most of that paneling is 3/16" luan with a vinyl face.
17  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SMI Brake Assist on: October 16, 2013, 07:37:58 pm
If the brake is coming on with the turn signals there is feedback into the brake light circuit and can be easily remedied with diodes in the turn signal circuits.
18  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: TRANSMISSION FLUID CHANGE???? on: October 14, 2013, 05:15:29 pm
The Ford has a tranny cooler in the radiator, very effective from Scan Guage data.  The highest tranny temp I ever saw on an 85 degree day pulling Cucharas pass with a toad was 205 degrees.  Many a  time in Western Kansas and Oklahoma OAT was hovering at 100, with toad but the tranny temp was the same as engine, i.e., 195 with the AC full on.  

Bye the bye the only reason I purchased the SG was to monitor transmission temperature, it is collected by the computer from a sensor in the trans but the only way to read the data through OBDII is through the data port and after market equipment such as Scan Guage or Ford service computers.

Don't know the truth but I have been told the oil doesn't go south the additive package in transmission fluid does, specifically the part that deals with dissolved oxygen that gets churned into the oil.  Take that for what it's worth.
19  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: SCAN GAUGE II on: September 22, 2013, 12:44:34 pm
I agree with Dittmer, changing the modes of operation is a PITA at best, originally I put mine in to monitor tranny temps and basically used it that way with coolant temp, and using a ratio,  to know when to back off when towing up a hill.  I also used the instantaneous mileage and one other that I don't remember.  That adding fuel and letting SG keep track was an exercise in futlility for me.

FYI on passes in Colorado towing a Suzuki highest I ever saw was 219F and normal around 193F I did slow when it got to 219 and dropped down a gear.
Coolant was ~205 with the 219.
20  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Vvvvvvvvvvibration Noise on: September 22, 2013, 12:31:22 pm
Is it a maybe that the drive shafts are miss timed by the universal joints being 90 out of sync?  Happened to me once on a toad when I put the drive shaft back in wrong after towing.
21  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Problems accessing forum? on: September 06, 2013, 04:10:07 pm
I had the same problem with Garmin software until I spent a week getting rid of Norton packages, then it installed with no problem.  Seems that overtime Norton protection software starts to act like a virus. Took a guru and about 4 hours of his time to rectify.
22  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: July 18, 2013, 04:20:13 pm
Cautionary tale here: I believe that Lowes no longer sells Red Max, some is available on eBay, FWIW.  Don't remember where I read that.
23  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Games with gas pricing on: July 03, 2013, 01:35:36 pm
My car/truck books for an Audi and a Murano and a Frontier say that the computer cannot deal with E85 and probably will not run on it. Two of them say not to try it and drain it.  All three are adamantly against E15 too.

Just for info the "greens" were not the ones against MTBE and substituting grain produced ethanol - can you guess who was for it? Or who is leading the surge for E15?
24  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Whole Lotta Shakin on: July 02, 2013, 11:46:42 am
Toothpicks, glued in will fill holes to use original screws if you find them.  Actually that fix works particularly well on particle board that doesn't have much "bite" in it to hold screws.
25  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Steps and outside door light on: July 01, 2013, 07:27:37 pm
Sounds like a series connection that should not be.
26  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Skin Care for our Cruiser on: June 21, 2013, 08:56:30 pm
Roundy round dirt sprint cars us a liquid dissolved in water, spray on, and left to dry, sure makes getting the mud off easier after and between races.  I have used it on the front of a motorhome during high bug season (those little black ones) and wiping the bugs off with minimum water is a nice touch. Spray bottle before leaving the next day and you are set again.  I used Mudd-Off IIRC.

http://www.smileysracing.com/shopping/?ic=1896


The link is for info only. I don't know tlhem.
27  Main Forum / Tips and Tricks / Re: Thetford Lubricant on: June 20, 2013, 07:56:27 pm
Some silicone sprays are formulated with solvents that will attack plastics. The solvents usually evaporate fairly quickly, but me, I'd stick with same brand.
28  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire Pressure on: June 14, 2013, 02:28:26 pm
Agreed - wear them out in place, replace as pairs or fours, fronts together and 4 rears together (easier on the differential).
29  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Tire blowouts at 25000 miles - Michelin LT 225/75R16. on: May 22, 2013, 05:57:31 pm
Driving on one good dual and one flat, is a sure fire way to insure the good tire blowing out, from being grossly overloaded, even for a short duration. 

Ask me, how I know that?

When the second tire blew from being overloaded for less than ten miles, the dual replaced and a couple hundred miles later it caused more damage than a set of 6 would have cost new, way false economy.

Word to the wise, don't try to limp in or to somewhere else, STOP and change the bad tire.  I never went anywhere after that without road service.
30  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Another season on the road and the inverter is not working on: May 19, 2013, 09:10:38 pm
Greg,

    I was also thinking, and this happened to me on more than one occasion--I thought I was in the "use" position because the red light was on but in essence I had plugged it in and did not put the button in the use position so I was not charging my batteries.  The red light was only on because I was plugged in.


Barry

100% right, cycle the switch at the very least and then check your voltages.
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