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Captain...or Skully

Dec 7, 2012 - 08:58pm PT
Yeah. Double dog Dare.

Social climber
joshua tree
Dec 7, 2012 - 09:17pm PT
Hey HG
NM Cool! Isnt it awesome to drive around and sightsee through states.
I wish I was down there right now I'd love to see some red dirt.
I'm awfully bored of the same ol pale tan dirt here. I'm in need of a road trip.
Anyway, if you can make it to Josh, I can fix ur van lickedy-split.
Jus send me a pm to let me know.
Best Wishes!

Trad climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 10:57pm PT
I'm a huge fan of the 77-91 Econoline.

Hopefully you are running the good old straight 6 300.

I can tell you for a fact that the thermostat goes at 5.6 in the parking lot of your choice with a leatherman and a rusty adjustable wrench.

Road tripping is so much better when your brights are operated with your bored left foot.

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Dec 8, 2012 - 12:40am PT
Jeremy - I happen to be in your town tonight, if you live where your profile says. If you'd like we can meet, so I can tell you to bite me in person.


try and not be an ass Jeremy
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Dec 8, 2012 - 12:58am PT
Buy, I sure took a lot of criticism for correctly diagnosing the problem, and suggesting the cheapest solution, in conjunction with the mechanics who actually touched the car.

Don't know that I want to go through this again.

Terry, others who have suggested a little more knowlege of the beast being a good thing seems reasonable. It helps to have some concept of a problem, even if you are taking the beast to a pro.

One book you might consider:


I don't know this particular one, but this series is aimed at the novice, and is written by a woman.

(by the way, I don't think you are a dummie, just a novice)

Good luck in your travels.

Social climber
The internet
Dec 8, 2012 - 11:41am PT
All of those "general" repair books are a waste of paper.

Chilton and Haynes are only slightly better. However, what happens when you look and realize they didn't document your particular model and year? Suddenly the book has zero value. They're still too general.

The factory tech manual is the only way to go. They're super expensive for some vehicles (Subaru), not written as well as you'd like for others (Mercedes), but most are excellent and highly detailed. They are what the engineers at the factory use to tell the dealer about how to fix your vehicle.

The next best is alldatadiy.com. Of particular value here is the cost and labor estimates.
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