Steve, you're right. The rig IS 18 years old! Guess I should be more
tolerant. After all, Merle Haggard sang, "I wish a Ford and a Chevy,
would still last 10 years... like they should."
That metal throttle linkage clip I used IS a better idea though. I don't
expect it to fail any time soon.
the dash in my 91 dakota is starting to crack.
recently i had to replace one of the plastic retainers on a windshield wiper
mechanism. i think i may just call mopar and give them a piece of my mind.
if they had built these parts out of metal they would have been all rusty
and i could be having to grind them off or drill them out before i replaced
maybe i'll just go buy a six ohh powerstroke ford instead. my dodge trucks
are not breaking often enough to keep me busy. i did have to change the oil
on the 97 ram today and decided to grease the front end while i was at it.
the only plastic part i encountered in this adventure was the washer on the
oil drain plug and it hasn't broken yet but i am waiting for it to so i can
gripe about it. ;-)
1. I was cranky and it was too early.
2. The truck IS 16 years old.
3. I was able to get the door apart very easily and do the repair.
4. When my friend said, "John, you can only polish a turd so much" he
was mainly referring to me beating out a dent on a vehicle with a very
bad looking paint job.
5. The paint is bad because my friend never EVER washed the truck in the
whole time he owned it, TTBOMK. When you do that, and the truck sits out
in the Oregon rain all the time, the paint is bound to go bad.
The truck starts and the motor runs well. Only real problem is that the
motor races a little for some reason when I coast down the hill with my
foot off the gas, or roll backwards, again in neutral and with my foot
off the gas. I talked on the phone to a Lithia Dodge service tech today
and he said that he's never heard of such a problem in over 20 years of
working on Dodges. Said that I should clean my throttle body, but I see
it as some kind of sensor related issue.
I've run some injector cleaner through it and my friend did so
regularly. This helps, but of course taking the TB apart and cleaning it
is probably a good idea.
And I *did* wash it, but the paint is so course in places that it
shredded my cotton wash pad and left lint all over the rig. No biggie
though, I found a can of acrylic enamel at the local NAPA. It matches
the Colorado Red color almost exactly. Will be sanding the bad spots
down, rattle can primering them and then touching them up with that can
of red AE. If that doesn't work (and I'm very good at rattle can
painting) then I'll get a spray gun, some paint and spray the truck myself.
Now THAT'S how to "polish a turd"!
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