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    Older trucks and the little stuff you might not think needs attention

    My new (to me) daily driver 01 F350 isn't really all that old, but the dash lights were pretty crappy when I got it. The one over the tach was burned out, the one over the oil pressure and volt gauge was very tired, and the others weren't much to write home about either.

    So I bought what ended up being about $10 in 194LL bulbs and tore into it tonight. Holy Smokes what a difference!

    Next up is replacing the chalked out headlights with some new ones in the more cooler '05 style. The problem is my lenses came with the bulbs and the bulbs don't fit my harness. I found one H13 plug last night, but my signal needs a different plug too and those might be harder to come by. Still need to chop up the header to make the reflectors fit too, but that shouldn't take long. I didn't want to do that in the dark (so I installed my dvd player instead ).

    This is what I'm doing to the headlights: http://www.riffraffdiesel.com/conten...structions.pdf

    I just have the regular chromey ones, I don't care for the Harley black outlines. Should be a nice improvement once I get it done. The one-piece looks a lot better to me. The ones it came with look cobbled with all the different edges that don't quite line up right.

    Speaking of cobbled - when I pulled the passenger light assembly off, I found a jerry rigged connection between the factory harness and the signal light; complete with a zip tie holding two butchered connectors together. The joys of buying used stuff... Never know when you'll find a surprise.
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    Those connectors get brittle over 15 years. A zip tie at least kept the light on.
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    I can only imagine how many vehicles have never had a transmission flush, or check the rear-end grease level, or even pull the driveshaft to check U-joints and grease the splines.
    And, don't forget to change out your vehicle cabin air filter after the pollen season is over.
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    Belts & hoses should be replaced or at least looked at closely on older vehicle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Berger View Post

    And, don't forget to change out your vehicle cabin air filter after the pollen season is over.
    Or maybe before. Forgot about my Subaru having one. Decided to get a new one. Here's what I found on the old one after 130K miles:

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    One thing I find lacking with maintenance on older vehicles are the doors - hinges, latches, and weather seal. I cringe when so many times you hear someone open their door and it squeaks/grinds. And the weather seal never seems to get any attention. At least a couple times a year when I am doing the plastic parts on my truck with 303 I make sure I do all the door seals.
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    Bought an 03 F250 in October.

    Replaced both front hub assys
    Flushed and replaced power steering fluid
    Pulled driveshaft, lubed slip joint, checked u-joints
    New brakes and rotors all around
    Freed up and replaced all caliper pins and boots (several pins were locked up)
    Replaced 1 caliper that would occasionally lock up
    Freed up parking brake assys
    Replaced master cylinder
    Changed differential fluid
    New ujoints in front axle
    Replaced lock-out hubs
    Replaced rear leaf springs
    New shocks all around
    New tires
    New plugs and COPs
    Replaced steering stabilizer

    BTW, get under the rear and check the bed supports - most have rust damage.

    Still have a few things to do this spring.

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    Shocks and rear end u-bolts for the leaf springs I took off my 96 Silverado

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    Quote Originally Posted by gbnpp05 View Post
    Shocks and rear end u-bolts for the leaf springs I took off my 96 Silverado

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    Just hit them with a wire brush and some paint..


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    Quote Originally Posted by Milharri View Post
    Just hit them with a wire brush and some paint..


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    The wire brush probably would have done them in. A couple of them sounded like a gun going off when I tried to loosen them and they snapped in two.
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