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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 10-19-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 122
Posted By cleanflametrap
My recommendation is to keep the tank full at...

My recommendation is to keep the tank full at every opportunity unless you're on a long trip. The practice reduces corrosion from water vapor as well as stress from worry about running out. You can...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-24-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,689
Posted By cleanflametrap
Excellent question. I've had several of those...

Excellent question. I've had several of those differential pressure sensing switches (known as and search on *BFWS: brake failure warning switch) apart in various conditions from unusable to brand...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-24-2020, 06:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By cleanflametrap
Not sure how remote start got into this thread,...

Not sure how remote start got into this thread, but I agree. Had it in my first personal 240; it was a convenience on those cold, cold mornings. Pocket started once. Just imagine if I'd parked it...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-23-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,689
Posted By cleanflametrap
Non ABS 240s Have This Achilles Heel

Same scenario happened to me two weeks ago. Not a new car, either, a daily driver we've passed back and forth within the family since '03: 89 244 with 350K.

The 240s without ABS (75-90 and some...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-17-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By cleanflametrap
Two major issues I've found. One, the wire in...

Two major issues I've found. One, the wire in the door jamb gets worked back and forth so much most of the conductor strands are broken, so it can't carry the current needed to operate the actuator....
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,244
Posted By cleanflametrap
Yes, that is worth looking into. Instead of...

Yes, that is worth looking into. Instead of running a separate wire, which would do nothing to reduce a load presented by the remote starter, why not just disconnect the remote starter from the tach...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-30-2020, 07:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,016
Posted By cleanflametrap
^^ +1 If it is one of the front...

^^

+1

If it is one of the front calipers, when it gets hot enough both circuits will boil, and then the brakes will fail completely as you hit the toll booth or exit ramp. Very dangerous.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-21-2020, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,732
Posted By cleanflametrap
Get yourself the proper line wrenches and follow...

Get yourself the proper line wrenches and follow henry's advice given above.

http://cleanflametrap.com/fuel48.jpg
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-07-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,392
Posted By cleanflametrap
In my experience Tasca will list parts NLA or a...

In my experience Tasca will list parts NLA or a long wait, so if that's the case here, I have a used one in good shape that's yours for the postage from Maryland.
...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-05-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,360
Posted By cleanflametrap
I always forget that possibility. I've seen it,...

I always forget that possibility. I've seen it, when the relay is left hanging by its wiring. The windshield leak follows the wiring into the upside-down relay. Cover should be up, and wiring...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-04-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,360
Posted By cleanflametrap
Yes, that's what I would expect to find if the...

Yes, that's what I would expect to find if the engine management fuse (#6 in the panel) has a bit of corrosion in its circuit path. Look at the fuse and its bronze terminals carefully for signs of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-04-2020, 05:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,288
Posted By cleanflametrap
Yes, yes, Chris-Roy... How stupid of me to...

Yes, yes, Chris-Roy...

How stupid of me to suggest such a thing.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-02-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,288
Posted By cleanflametrap
Could be it isn't the mileage or brand name that...

Could be it isn't the mileage or brand name that kills the cooler integrity as often as the guy turning the wrench on installation. V8 veggie juice? Check that new royal flush in a few weeks for...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-01-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,360
Posted By cleanflametrap
When you can't find the fuse under the hood...

When you can't find the fuse under the hood (91,92,93) it is #6 in the panel inside.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-01-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,288
Posted By cleanflametrap
Treat it to a new radiator Chris.

Treat it to a new radiator Chris.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-30-2020, 07:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,673
Posted By cleanflametrap
Didn't seem that way to me, just sounded like the...

Didn't seem that way to me, just sounded like the same question I've been getting all my life "Why are you taking apart something that isn't broken?" I'm known to do that with products right out of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-30-2020, 06:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,673
Posted By cleanflametrap
Dave's motives might be different, but for me,...

Dave's motives might be different, but for me, the ONLY reason I play with these old cars is to learn something in a very narrow field and possibly pass it on. Haven't been bored since age 14.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-29-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,673
Posted By cleanflametrap
Now you've got me interested. The sun has the...

Now you've got me interested. The sun has the right mirror a lot warmer than the left one was when I pulled it loose the other day. Hard to imagine breaking that small piece of 3/16" thick glass...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-28-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,673
Posted By cleanflametrap
The mirrors on the car I was pulling apart looked...

The mirrors on the car I was pulling apart looked like they had a coat of enthusiast-grade black paint on them. I wasn't too worried. Just stuck my fingers in there and pulled until it popped loose...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-28-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,673
Posted By cleanflametrap
Dave, I hadn't attempted this until this morning....

Dave, I hadn't attempted this until this morning. I found the mirror very thick, and its backing still firmly attached to it after 37 years. There are four pins that snap into the positioning...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-28-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,217
Posted By cleanflametrap
If neither ECU produces code, but the OBD LED...

If neither ECU produces code, but the OBD LED lights when you push the test button, I believe this is the answer ^^.

I've never tried using the OBD box without the constant battery power to the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-22-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,594
Posted By cleanflametrap
Easiest way to separate the source from the load...

Easiest way to separate the source from the load is to disconnect the linkage at the motor. Then try to move the wipers through their sweep by hand. It should be quite easy to do. If it feels like...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-22-2020, 06:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,264
Posted By cleanflametrap
I wouldn't take the reel apart either, but slit...

I wouldn't take the reel apart either, but slit the plastic pillar cover instead. However in other circumstances, I did have the reel in my hands:

http://cleanflametrap.com/v83belt.html

Maybe...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-17-2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,594
Posted By cleanflametrap
Hi. You've checked everything. Nothing left but...

Hi. You've checked everything. Nothing left but to be sure the motor is getting full battery voltage. http://cleanflametrap.com/wiper.html
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-17-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,781
Posted By cleanflametrap
If you send it somewhere, how will you drive the...

If you send it somewhere, how will you drive the car meanwhile? I'd be happy to try without messing with your wallet, as intermittent troubles are the most challenging and the best learning...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-17-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,781
Posted By cleanflametrap
It may not be cracked solder any longer, but a...

It may not be cracked solder any longer, but a broken wire in the motor. What can happen, if the motor terminals get heated for even a tad too long, is they will melt the polystyrene of which the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-10-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,246
Posted By cleanflametrap
Once again, you give the rest of us courage to...

Once again, you give the rest of us courage to try your magic by explaining it so well.

One unrelated question: What do each of the numbers signify on the Indiana tag? I can't guess. :)
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-07-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,251
Posted By cleanflametrap
You mention "tube stuck" so I wonder what model...

You mention "tube stuck" so I wonder what model car you have. I have some help for 240s, but in case that's your car, I can't see any easy way to avoid going back in besides keeping the gas tank...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-04-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,011
Posted By cleanflametrap
I found uses for about half of them over the...

I found uses for about half of them over the years. Here's where at least six of them went.

http://cleanflametrap.com/align9509.jpg

http://cleanflametrap.com/align9516.jpg

For OP, +1 on...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-02-2020, 07:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,917
Posted By cleanflametrap
Last time I bought the tubing was 2005. ...

Last time I bought the tubing was 2005. McMaster-Carr 5176K24 was $18.86 for 25' then, now $28-something. Same tube and fittings used on the auto trans cooling lines. I did get some fittings too...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 06-01-2020, 12:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,917
Posted By cleanflametrap
Wax on. Wax off. Adorable pics. Any other...

Wax on. Wax off. Adorable pics.

Any other year, we'd be near Lewes sometime in June. Sometimes in Cape May.

Making up lines, I learned (1) you need a decent flaring tool to clamp the tubing,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-31-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,917
Posted By cleanflametrap
For my '79 there was no thought to modify the...

For my '79 there was no thought to modify the original design as is the tradition on TB. That meant getting a coil of 5/16" steel tubing (Bundyweld) and getting practice flaring and bending.
...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-28-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,500
Posted By cleanflametrap
The problem here is a common one of...

The problem here is a common one of misunderstanding. What you read was one person's observation with a DC meter of unknown make or response to an AC voltage, not a specification. Unfortunately...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-28-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,351
Posted By cleanflametrap
intention switch

At first I thought "talk to text typo" but then when I saw who posted, the word suddenly became more meaningful than ignition switch, as each of the four positions does represent a separate intention...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-27-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,254
Posted By cleanflametrap
You don't need to do any more with fuel delivery...

You don't need to do any more with fuel delivery given you can watch the rail pressure hold when the issue arises.

Guess my next check would be to watch the O2 sensor looking for that lean...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-27-2020, 08:12 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 33,115
Posted By cleanflametrap
Worked for me Dave. :)

Worked for me Dave. :)
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-27-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,135
Posted By cleanflametrap
Scroll down to where it says "The return hose, on...

Scroll down to where it says "The return hose, on the early cars, is rubber covered nylon." http://cleanflametrap.com/transferPump.htm
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-25-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,254
Posted By cleanflametrap
What is the fuel pressure at the rail?

What is the fuel pressure at the rail?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-23-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,312
Posted By cleanflametrap
What are they for? By your description, they are...

What are they for? By your description, they are there to please the PO in her pursuit of distinctive lighting.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-23-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,312
Posted By cleanflametrap
Yes, the BFWS is easy to fry if the taillight...

Yes, the BFWS is easy to fry if the taillight circuit is mistakenly wired to brake light, fog light, or backup light bulbs. Should be only 8W worth of bulb on each side for tail lights (running...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-23-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,811
Posted By cleanflametrap
Mine measure 19" from the ground, when up high...

Mine measure 19" from the ground, when up high enough to slip the bell housing out on top of a transmission jack.

http://cleanflametrap.com/rms292.jpg
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-21-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,096
Posted By cleanflametrap
If this happened to me, I think I'd rather go to...

If this happened to me, I think I'd rather go to the trouble of reverse-connecting a motorcycle or lawn tractor battery through a 10-Amp fuse to the load side of the fuse panel (with the blower fuse...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-21-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,780
Posted By cleanflametrap
http://cleanflametrap.com/cool3164.jpg ...

http://cleanflametrap.com/cool3164.jpg

http://cleanflametrap.com/cool3161.jpg
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-20-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,189
Posted By cleanflametrap
Just omit the second step in making the double...

Just omit the second step in making the double flare.

http://cleanflametrap.com/bundyweld08.jpg

I would probably just cut the pipe and insert a compression splice, which would add about an inch...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-19-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,731
Posted By cleanflametrap
This frustrated me enough one time to eliminate...

This frustrated me enough one time to eliminate the connector. A previous sensor replacement (mea culpa) left the connector essentially at the bottom of a drip loop, and became a suspect when the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-17-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,384
Posted By cleanflametrap
Yes. At Walmart for a couple dollars. I suggest...

Yes. At Walmart for a couple dollars. I suggest getting the incandescent one, not the LED one. Look to see your new cable is delivering power to the junction block through the smaller wire, which,...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-13-2020, 04:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,456
Posted By cleanflametrap
I'm just looking at the end of this thread out of...

I'm just looking at the end of this thread out of curiosity how a question about on board diagnostics on a car without them could have grown to two pages. Please forgive me if something I haven't...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-11-2020, 02:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,147
Posted By cleanflametrap
Whether you fix it before you can measure the...

Whether you fix it before you can measure the fuel pressure or not, I think you'll be much more confident having the ability in the future. As billkaz suggests, an air leak past the AMM is your most...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-11-2020, 06:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,147
Posted By cleanflametrap
I'm puzzled. You list hundreds of dollars in new...

I'm puzzled. You list hundreds of dollars in new parts tried and still don't have a pressure gauge. I wouldn't have any clue how to solve your trouble without one.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 05-06-2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 12,994
Posted By cleanflametrap
ZVOLV + perseverance = success :)

ZVOLV + perseverance = success :)
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