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by Edsel II
Fri May 23, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: A/C compressor oil leak - chance to save it?
Replies: 14
Views: 5795

Re: A/C compressor oil leak - chance to save it?

That's compressor oil, same problem I had. My fear was that if enough oil leaked out, the compressor parts would start grinding and send metal debris through the system. When the leak got bad, I pulled the fuse for the compressor until I could have it replaced.
by Edsel II
Thu May 22, 2014 5:01 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: A/C compressor oil leak - chance to save it?
Replies: 14
Views: 5795

Re: A/C compressor oil leak - chance to save it?

Hi guys,

Just to clarify, my compressor wasn't leaking refrigerant as far as I could tell, it was leaking compressor oil. Maybe they both could leak out of the same place, but the oil was leaking from a joint in the compressor casing. I had the compressor replaced and it's been working fine since.
by Edsel II
Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Cooling System Flush
Replies: 11
Views: 1358

Re: Cooling System Flush

I didn't use any flush - just Prestone and distilled water, and mixed them to a 50/50 solution. I typically get the car warm, and unscrew the radiator drain, then keep a hose going into the coolant reservoir, and when only clean water comes out, let it drain and refill with the new stuff.
by Edsel II
Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Uh Oh...
Replies: 1
Views: 591

Re: Uh Oh...

Well, got home and turned the key on. The message center read "check engine / check transmission" and the engine light was on. Hooked up my code scanner, and it said "no codes found". I tapped the erase button on the scanner, and the light and message center warning turned off. My wife and I went on...
by Edsel II
Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Uh Oh...
Replies: 1
Views: 591

Uh Oh...

Not looking forward to this... my wife just called, on her way to work. She says the check engine and check transmission lights just came on.... I last drove the car a few hundred miles over the weekend and it acted fine. Just rolled 90k miles. Recently, I did a dump and refill of the trans fluid (I...
by Edsel II
Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: How to spend a weekend... or musings on gaskets and plugs
Replies: 0
Views: 392

How to spend a weekend... or musings on gaskets and plugs

Well, my previous post about sticking some RTV sealant outside the oil pan, as can be expected, didn't quite hold, and it started leaking again. Car just rolled 90k miles, and with the oil pan leaking, the front valve cover around the water pump leaking as well, and the spark plugs getting close to ...
by Edsel II
Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:58 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Serious oil pan leak
Replies: 2
Views: 523

Re: Serious oil pan leak

Well, that didn't work. Oil pan is still leaking around my RTV patches. Doing some research, and figuring out where the oil is seeping out of the oil pan, it looks like the leak is on both sides where the oil pan crosses a "T" joint between the pan, the block, and the timing chain cover. The factory...
by Edsel II
Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:44 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?
Replies: 15
Views: 4829

Re: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?

A word of warning... I had the same thought. Bought a compressor and a receiver/dryer. Once I did more digging, I realized that removing the compressor is a huge chore. I ended up finding a shop through a friend that did the install and charge for $500. Originally they quoted me $300 until he took a...
by Edsel II
Wed Feb 19, 2014 3:50 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?
Replies: 15
Views: 4829

Re: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?

I wouldn't wait until your a/c stops working - if your compressor oil runs dry, when it stops working there's a good chance that it will send debris through your entire a/c system, which will cost a lot more than replacing the compressor and the receiver/drier. When my a/c leak got really bad, I pul...
by Edsel II
Wed Feb 19, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?
Replies: 15
Views: 4829

Re: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?

Yeah.. cleaning the throttle body is on my "every 30k" list, along with trans fluid, coolant, steering fluid and fuel filter. Looking at the oil pan gasket, looks like the pre-cat exhaust pipe that runs under the pan looks fairly easy to remove, giving full access to the pan. Hope that with the valv...
by Edsel II
Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:46 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?
Replies: 15
Views: 4829

Re: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?

Thanks for the advice, guys. I haven't changed my plugs yet. Have the plugs on the way, along with a set of valve cover gaskets. Also, my silicone glue patch job on the oil pan isn't holding, so I'll be changing that gasket as well. Ugh.
by Edsel II
Fri Feb 14, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?
Replies: 15
Views: 4829

Re: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?

Thanks for the reply! If you hit any snags that I should know about pulling your manifold for your plug change, please let me know, and good luck!
by Edsel II
Thu Feb 13, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: suspenstion noise in front in
Replies: 7
Views: 1235

Re: suspenstion noise in front in

I've got all kinds of noise in my front suspension - rattling on bumps, a squeaky bushing on the right side that acts up if it's cold... I've replaced the struts, strut mounts, sway bar end links, checked that everything is tight, and nothing will make it go away. As long as the wheels don't fall of...
by Edsel II
Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:26 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?
Replies: 15
Views: 4829

Intake manifold removal for spark plugs - need gaskets?

Hi all, Chasing down an oil leak with the oil pan on my '05 500, I noticed that the valve cover gaskets are leaking a bit as well. I'll be at 90k soon, so I'm thinking of changing the spark plugs when I hit 90k, and while I've got the intake manifold off, changing the valve cover gaskets. Question f...
by Edsel II
Tue Feb 11, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Serious oil pan leak
Replies: 2
Views: 523

Re: Serious oil pan leak

Well, this might have been too easy, but... Looking at the two-inch area between the block and the oil pan where the oil looked like it was coming out, I tried a "Hail Mary". I cleaned off the area and ran a bead of hi-temp RTV along the joint. After my wife drove the car for a day, I checked it out...
by Edsel II
Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:59 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Serious oil pan leak
Replies: 2
Views: 523

Serious oil pan leak

Hi all, Changing the oil on the '05 500 at 87k, and noticed the bottom of the engine coated in oil. Cleaned it all off, drove for a day, and it looks like there's a pretty bad leak at the oil pan at the front corner of the pan on the firewall side of the engine. There's a sending unit, I think the o...
by Edsel II
Mon Dec 16, 2013 5:21 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: charging system issue
Replies: 9
Views: 2293

Re: charging system issue

Toddlepard, when you say removing the alternator is tricky... how tricky? I might be looking at a bad one on my car...

Thanks!
by Edsel II
Thu Dec 05, 2013 7:30 pm
Forum: Maintenance / Care / TSB's / Recalls
Topic: Ford and blue Loctite
Replies: 1
Views: 631

Re: Ford and blue Loctite

I've done my rear brakes a few times now, and never put more Loctite on the caliper screws. They haven't backed out at all. You should be fine!
by Edsel II
Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:56 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: ac compressor
Replies: 2
Views: 616

Re: ac compressor

If you use the defrost, the compressor will try to kick on. When mine went, I just pulled the fuse for the compressor Under the hood, you can easily find which one with a web search. No worries about it trying to kick on, and when I replaced it, I plugged the fuse back in.
by Edsel II
Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:54 pm
Forum: Under the Hood
Topic: Humming; hub bearing or something else?
Replies: 3
Views: 642

Re: Humming; hub bearing or something else?

When one of my rears was going, I made my wife drive at speed on the freeway. From the back seat, I folded down one side of the seat and stuck my head in the trunk. Feeling both rear shock towers, one was vibrating a bit, and the humming sound was coming from that side. Easy to see that was the bad ...