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09-24-09, 11:33 AM
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Posted By puter

I did. That's exactly how it went, one by one. I...

I did. That's exactly how it went, one by one. I have 2 identical units and exchanged parts one by one. The circuit breaker could have gone bad from repeated on-off flipping.

Thanks for the...
09-24-09, 11:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 714
Posted By puter

For a homeowner like me, touching the compressor...

For a homeowner like me, touching the compressor (for warmth) would be easier than identifying the compressor sound.

By the way, what is a hard start kit?
09-24-09, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,107
Posted By puter

Is this typical of lightning strike?

AC was working fine. Two days ago I got no cooling. Here are the parts that I had to replace:

condenser fan motor
condenser fan motor cap
compressor cap
240V 20A circuit breaker for the...
10-12-08, 04:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,681
Posted By puter

Since the unit was installed about 10 years ago I...

Since the unit was installed about 10 years ago I haven't added freon. It is unlikely it has too much refrigerant.

Temperature readings were at indoor vents, not at the air handler. I took the...
10-10-08, 01:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,681
Posted By puter

Signs I need more freon?

On the conderser, discharge line is cool (not cold) to touch.
Suction line (thick) is cold to touch. Is this an indication I need to call for a little more freon? I remember discharge line needs to...
07-21-08, 10:50 AM
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Views: 1,670
Posted By puter

Thank you. I don't think there is any paneling...

Thank you. I don't think there is any paneling behind the wall. Furring stip is the only nailing point for the wood siding.

Regarding the trim piece, there is window frame that I can screw t1-11,...
07-20-08, 10:31 AM
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Views: 1,670
Posted By puter

Replacing rotting window trims

Original window trims are rough sewn cedar (2x4). Sidings are T1-11 for upper wall and stucko for lower wall on my 2-story house. The trims are half raised (half buried) from siding.

I replaced...
05-22-08, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 914
Posted By puter

Thanks for the quick reply. Can I put hardiboard...

Thanks for the quick reply. Can I put hardiboard directly on existing siding? If it can be done, I can tackle it with a helper or two.
05-22-08, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 914
Posted By puter

Clueless newbie seeking siding suggestion

I have a 2 story, 1900 sq ft frame house in Florida, built in 1983-1985. 1st story wall is stucco but the 2nd story wall has cedar siding. This is what I need to do something about. Each cedar board...
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Posted By puter

ball joint boot replacement - practical?

How practical is it to replace just the rubber boot of a ball joint or a tie rod end?
Assuming the boot damage is fresh and no grits got inside and the replacement boot is located, how do I fix the...
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Views: 16,258
Posted By puter

Yes, it's Mopar 2.0L 4 cylinders. Since you said...

Yes, it's Mopar 2.0L 4 cylinders. Since you said it's easy, I will study the repair manual one more time. Your post psyched me up :)
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Posted By puter

Thanks for the replies. I will play safe.

Thanks for the replies. I will play safe.
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Posted By puter

OP: I hauled a utility tractor on a dual...

OP:

I hauled a utility tractor on a dual axle trailer with a Ford V6 (small engine) 1/2 ton pickup. The tractor weighed 3800 lbs, trailer 1500, total 5300. The trip was 40 miles on low grade...
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Posted By puter

Thanks for the reply. Yes, now I see how tight...

Thanks for the reply. Yes, now I see how tight the seal is.

I thought about repairing the leak and flipped the pages of my repair manual. I have to remove the valve cover (and everything above...
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Views: 16,258
Posted By puter

engine oil in spark plug well

I have a puddle of oil in one of the spark plug wells. Are spark plug threads in general tight enough to keep oil from leaking into the cylinder? Thanks. (I don't want to repair it if I don't have...
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By puter

Owners of the same model have done it without...

Owners of the same model have done it without removing cat converter. From this I know it for fact that no part is going to come in the way. My question was about the general idea of lifting the...
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Posted By puter

replacing motor mounts

I have a general question about replacing motor mounts. I have a factory repair manual that says catalytic converter needs to be disconnected at the exhaust manifolds (V6 engine) before lifting the...
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Views: 816
Posted By puter

Thanks for the suggestion to keep a donor car. It...

Thanks for the suggestion to keep a donor car. It may not work as well as intended:

Both Plymouth Breezes have always had the same problems. When headgasket blew on one car, the other got the same...
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Views: 816
Posted By puter

I just need to keep one car until next May. I...

I just need to keep one car until next May. I will keep car B. Thanks for your input.

Regarding Car A, my best guess is oil is lost both to burning and leaking (oil pan). I think I can cut down...
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Views: 816
Posted By puter

Which car should I keep?

I have 2 Plymouth Breezes. I want to donate one and keep the other. Which one will give me less trouble?

CAR A -----------------------------CAR B

'98 2.0L 83k miles----------'98 2.0L 75k miles...
Replies: 18
Views: 6,447
Posted By puter

Thank You

The vehicle is not leaking coolant any more. Your first guess, thermostat housing, was the correct diagnosis. Apparently, the rubber gasket for the thermostat aged and lost resiliency, and became the...
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Views: 6,447
Posted By puter

Water pump was replaced when timing belt was...

Water pump was replaced when timing belt was changed about 10k miles ago. I hope it is not the water pump. I will know tomorrow if I fixed the problem.
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Views: 6,447
Posted By puter

I am not 100% sure, but the thermostat housing...

I am not 100% sure, but the thermostat housing appeared to be the leak source. Replaced thermostat and seal. I will know in a few days if I fixed the problem. Thanks.
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Views: 6,447
Posted By puter

No, I haven't been able to locate the leak. The...

No, I haven't been able to locate the leak. The leak apperas to be at the front of the engine (driver's side) where timing belt cover, cylinder head, and engine block are joining together. Thermostat...
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Views: 6,447
Posted By puter

Removed all 4 spark plugs. They have only 3k to...

Removed all 4 spark plugs. They have only 3k to 4k miles. All 4 looked exactly alike, white insulation starting to become brownish/grayish. Nothing unusual.
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