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Captain...or Skully

climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 04:15pm PT
Hagerty made a solid, valid point. You need more mechanical knowledge if you're gonna be a Road warrior, Ms. Terrie.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Oceanside
Dec 7, 2012 - 04:19pm PT
I believe in following the OEM design intent 99.9% of the time, therefore I don't think you need an overflow tank unless it originally had one and it was removed.

Generally good advice, but the lack of an overflow reservoir has long been a problem on cars. I remember my father putting one on his new 1967 Malibu, chronic overheater.

I checked and the 1990 Econoline did not come with one. I would add one. Having it allows you to more easily monitor coolant levels, since you can just look at the reservoir, even while the engine is hot, to see if the vehicle is losing coolant. Another symptom you can glean from the overflow is a leak in the coolant system. If the system is not sealed it will not pull water back out of the reservoir as the engine cools down.
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Dec 7, 2012 - 04:28pm PT
Go buy the thermostat, gasket and another jug of coolant and just have it with you in case of emergency in a place (or time) where a decent part is not available. Suggest the next NAPA.

If you are going to J-Tree (?), eventually you are likely to meet someone who might be willing to barter belays or cooking for the work.

+1 for the fact that this could be really simple and done in 5 mins, or 1 frozen bolt could turn it into an epic.

Also - just to be clear - you said your guage is reading high. This means your thermostat has been damaged. There is no other likely cause.
Juan Maderita

Trad climber
"OBcean" San Diego, CA
Dec 7, 2012 - 05:58pm PT
Happie, it seems that our crew here on ST are glad to help out with advice. You can help make it easier for us. A suggestion for the next time you have mechanical problems:
1. Clearly identify the make, model, year, engine, transmission, EFI vs. carbureted, etc., in the original post.
2. Keep it to facts and on topic. Start a separate thread for personal issues.

Jeremy

Social climber
Albuquerque, NM
Dec 7, 2012 - 06:25pm PT
Or stop posting threads that NEVER have anything to do with climbing....EVER.

Bandwith is tight in these parts.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 7, 2012 - 07:08pm PT
hey there say, happiergirrrl... where are you pulling into, as your:
'i'm here! ' spot..?

hope that somewhere there will take you our for a VICTORY meal, :))

you SURE earned it! as to yourself and winning the ol'
'race to stay afloat' :)


getting my three cheers and more, ready for when you cross the
finish line--course, you MAY just want to go to SLEEP then...perhap
all our cheering would wake you up, ;)
we could keep it at a whisper, ;)


we are all rooting so deeply for you, as you know,
:)
Vegasclimber

Trad climber
Las Vegas, NV.
Dec 7, 2012 - 08:10pm PT
Glad to hear the problem has been fixed for now, and that your pup is doing better.

I'm not sure how much longer you will be traveling before you get to JT, but if you are coming through Vegas I'd be happy to change the thermostat out for you, if you haven't already taken care of it by then.

We will be taking a trip to Josh next month at some point, if you are there by then let's meet up.
happiegrrrl

Trad climber
www.climbaddictdesigns.com
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 7, 2012 - 08:12pm PT
JLP - Noted, and thanks for all your help(eidt - Will pick up those items tomorrow before I continue on)

Juan Madiera - Thank you too. I do apologize for getting personal stuff mixed in. I know not everyone has time, nor desire, to wade through, and especially in something like this where good auto experience is a niche and you want to help with that area you specialize in.

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.
ruppell

climber
Dec 7, 2012 - 08:24pm 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.


BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. Classic.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Dec 7, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
Jeremy, be a gentleman and meet Terrie (and Teddy) tonight, and buy her a drink (non-alcoholic). But none of that mudpile 'climbing' stuff, eh?
Captain...or Skully

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

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!
treez

Trad climber
99827
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.
locker

Social climber
state of Kumbaya...
Dec 8, 2012 - 12:08am PT


"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."
...

A couple of good lines...

LOL!!!...

10b4me

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.


hahaha.

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:

http://www.amazon.com/Auto-Repair-Dummies-Deanna-Sclar/dp/076459902X

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.
JLP

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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