|Today 12:53 PM|
Congrats on the successful fender swap. Ya know I wish I could bypass that ABS Thing but everything is integrated so if one thing fails it all is affected. This escape is AWD and the simple failure took out ABS and traction control not to mention other secret functions I haven't even seen yet. I think the worst part is you can't bypass anything without affecting other systems. (All computer controlled ya know. I never liked ABS and as far as the AWD that is a pain in the *** anyway. I wish a person could temporarily bypass any failures but of course the manufactures want you to take it to a dealer as they don't want the liability in today's litigation times! I guess this is what I get for not keeping up with technology...
Short story, When I was still working I was the Northwest support IT Coordinator for a fortune 500 company. I was constantly going to classes traveling for training and trying to keep up with the latest in IT Technology. When I took my medical retirement in 2003 I tried keeping up with technology but found the changes to fast and to keep up with and now a days I struggle keeping my own computers running. I could still keep up if I wanted but I really lost my interest to have the latest and greatest technology as it is a constant changing world out there and I have better things to do than to be a slave to computers. Now I am trying to live low tech and all of these gadgets are driving me crazy.....I am with you Matt and sure long for "The good ol days"......
|Today 11:32 AM|
Well, we survived the storm. Looks like the eye went right over us over night/this morning. Power went out early AM, and came back on at about 1130. Looks like the only damage we got was a small downed tree that I will have to cut up. A motel a few miles down the road had the entire roof ripped off, so I think we came out ok. Now, back to your regularly scheduled programming.
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|Today 11:27 AM|
Well, I ran my mouth and was promptly put back in my place by the world. Imagine that. I really don't mind at all... but,
Never wanted to touch one of them aluminum trucks.
But this morning's suprise task was changing a fender on a '20 F350-
Done now, took 3 hours. This was the damage-
Looks like this behind it-
This sucked, cutting the fender off the baffle foam-
Used a table knife for that. Otherwise, I just walked up to it and changed out a fender like I knew what I was doing and fortunately the truck didn't know any better. So it let me. Popping the fender off the headlight clip sight unseen was a leap of faith but made short work of it. I'll be danged.
And I probably will be.
One thing about it... I just bolted it down on the witness marks and shut the hood. Try that with old junk.
|Today 10:43 AM|
* Craftsman Cabinets*
Bought a couple new Craftsman cabinets and got them put into place. I really like the "Proudly Made In The USA". Not to sure about the other part.
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|Today 05:51 AM|
Oh wait, its your wife's ride.
I don't have to deal with any of that honey, this is imperfect... or I'm tired of that, build a house and move me... or the I really should fix that... garbage. Rub, rub.
Sounds like you guys could go without A/C also! Ditch the bullcrap and drive junk. Simple, bliss.
|Today 05:01 AM|
I hear ya, rip. I'm sick of all the plastic in my truck. I'd like to go back to something with a metal dash, even if it has a pad. At least if the pad cracks the gauges don't fall out. This is how my truck sat over the last few days while the glue set. It probably won't hold for long. The clamps have very little pressure applied, just enough to hold the shape. The wood is wedged lightly in place. Now I have to fix the bezel and figure out how to keep in in place since all of the upper clips have broken from both sides. Bezel and dash. I just love plastic.Attachment 457835
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|Yesterday 09:23 PM|
When it rains!!
So I do the brakes on the truck the other day and finish up all is working as supposed to. The next day The wife goes to the store in her 2015 Ford Escape. The wife comes home and says she had an ABS Light come on on the dash and a notice about traction control offline. I check it out and when you step on the brake the ABS Pump fires a couple a times and then all appears to work normal after that.
I do some research and it looks like the Escapes are having trouble with ABS Sensors and it seems there are a lot of ABS Tone Ring Failures. Looks like they were pressed onto a shaft with their inner dimensions slightly smaller that needed and after a period of time they fracture between the teeth and slip out of place. They also seem to have a high failure rate of ABS Sensors.
Well I dig out my ancient early OBDII scan tool and it isn't smart enough to scan ABS Codes so I can't get any usable data to troubleshoot the system or even reset the fault if I fix it. So I call my local NAPA the only parts store in 30 mi. I ask if they can scan a ABS Code and their reply is we can only scan power train faults something about liability when it comes to brakes.. So I cave in and call the dreaded dealership. Well we can get you in in two weeks, (Two Flippin Weeks) So until then NO Escape to drive. I guess it was a good thing I fixed the brakes in the truck as it is now going to have to be pressed back into daily service.
Ya know new cars Piss me off with there on board diagnostics that are propriety and it takes several specialized tools to do anything. I could buy a scan tool but with only the van and escape to work them on I don't think it would be cost effective to buy them. as once I found the problem what kind of specialized tools am I going to need to effect the repair. If the tone ring is bad that requires half shaft removal and replacement and it is something I just don't want to screw with. I would pull and rebuild a full 9" axle and enjoy it. If I have to do one of these 1/2 shafts I am gonna hate it... This makes me feel like selling all this computer driven crap and buy something from the early 70's at least I have the tools and abilities to fix that!!! Gads I hate newer crap....
So not all is lost, I didn't sleep in a holiday Inn Express last night and I saved a bundle!!! Now where did Tom bodette go? Tom said he would leave a light on for me!!
Another crazy day on the coast. Oh for all of you gripping about the heat my average daily temp here on the coast has been a pleasant average of 73 degrees F . I love living here as the climate is very moderate and I can't take heat very well at all. Where I lived before it is typical in the upper 70s to 80s and this time of the year I had to work in the mornings only. Out here on the coast it is nice and kool in the mornings and pleasant all day. contrary to popular belief it does not rain constantly and the sun shines brightly.
I just had to rub it in some....
|Yesterday 08:55 PM|
|Too Many Projects||
I looked thru a hundred pics to find a 5 window like yours. I like the headlights better than the other models...
|Yesterday 08:45 PM|
|Too Many Projects||double post|
|Yesterday 02:42 PM|
Working on headlight pots still. Used the template to cut out a hole for the wire grommet, for the new halogen bulb.
|Yesterday 02:36 PM|
For now, DD just wants to see red with white hood stripes....phew....she didn't mention about cutting the car in half yet, to get more leg room.....that'd be tough over one winter.
|Yesterday 11:54 AM|
Man, I sat on that zinger a long time waiting for the next d'oh post. You don't mess up much.
It has to be kind of exciting getting back to that area of the car. Get your licks in now before DD (as Dave sez) turns the shop into a paint facility.
She did such a good job on that FD card, I wonder what her new stylized vision of the Camino looks like. Fire out open headers and wheelstanding, y'know.
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