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    Beware of the P0500 Speed sensor melt down

    If you are not familiar with this check engine code on your MK, I just had it. With just over 90K on the car, I thought I would get a new speed sensor since that is what the P0500 code refers to and as I ordered a new Motorcraft sensor at Rock Auto, the Cart came up with a needed "sensor plug...
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    Derale Oil Filter relocation DISAPPOINTMENT!

    Well, I updated my relocation How Too article since I had a leak...again. Hoping to swap in a Trans Dapt head was even a BIGGER disapointment! But there is a fix to every problem and I outlined the fix to the most desirable solution. You can read about it at the end of the original article...
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    Whats the Mouse fix?

    Normally I keep the 97 in the Garage where there are no mice but about 2 weeks ago I left the car out one night and the next day, I spotted the dreaded paper shreds on the floor and in the glove box, a nearly new pack of mentos pretty much nibbled to nothing. Along with that, there were alot of...
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    820S vs D3410 & hot deal heads up.

    Most of the time a person can expect the "get what you pay" for to be the rule rather than the exception. The FL-820S seems to all ways be hailed as THE oil filter to be used as the standard of quality & price. I listen then look for evidence to prove that. I happen to like Bosch stuff for...
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    Trump's Victory Dance......

    Remember to turn on the volume on the screen shot. Win or loose, this is well done.
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    Got fed up with the punny console storage

    Do you like the ridiculous storage space in the console? I bet most of you have forgotten whats way down in the bottom of that narrow n deep excuse of a storage contortion! So... I added a very extensive reconfiguring. I removed the worthless dual cup holder, grafted the cup top to the rest of...
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    New heater problem....

    Well, the AC no longer mixes heat to hold set temp in the car. A year ago I posted the blend door fix and rod mod and those are working fine, moving the lower blend door back & forth with the settings The heater core pipes are hot and I flushed them just to make sure there was no blockage. One...
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    Frustrated, I put in Subaru Cup Holders!

    When I bought my car the carpet was heavily stained down the back of the console carpet on both sides. A testament to the absolutely idiotic design of the Gen 2 cup holders. Absolutely worthless. So as much as I hated the idea of cutting up the Dash's smooth lines, My last out of state trip...
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    Trunk sound matt insulation vs 2.5 Dual Exht. drone

    We all have a different idea of what our cars should sound like since its a split between motor head madness and fall asleep Lincoln quiet. I had posted a how to on modifying your intake into a cold air intake with dual intake ports and that clearly broke the OEM silence barrier. The car had...
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    My dread of a Trans Shop has been realized!!! J-mod

    I finally had to take the 97 into a local trans shop because it was seeping oil out of the bell housing. The owner said he could do the J-mod as long as I gave him what and where to drill. I picked the car up yesterday and the J-mod work appears to be shifting much better. That bad news came as...
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    Whats the purpose of this engine oil drain plug?

    I'm doing my second engine oil change and want to put a drain valve type plug in the pan. Problem is, I'v never seen a drain plug like the one in this 97. It has a black plastic/rubber outer plug in it with a spring loaded ported inner shank that is caped off. Is this Ford's idea of some kind of...
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    Is the rear glass antena base convertable to 11 meter band width?

    Just wondering out load here to see if anyone looked into what can be done with that base to make it functional. I have a couple of CB's laying around and wonder if the base is modulated for a specific cell frequency or straight up co ax direct?
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    Any folks running the Transgo SK AODE?

    Some times too much time spent reading the varied transgo posts just confuses the issue. So, any one running the T76165E in their Gen2? The lazy 1-2 shifts are starting to bug me. Im not going to do this my self. No lift = fogetaboutit. Seems a trans shop would be more willing to do a name...
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    Please identify this switch....

    On my 97 there is a push button switch on the fender next to the Air filter box. Since the car has no under the hood illumination, What does that switch do? Closing the hood activates it or opens some circuit.
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    A Tire story

    Im wondering if any one here has had a similar issue as this with H rated tires. I bought a set of my favorite tires from Tire Rack And had a shop put them on the car. They are OEM size General Altimax RT43 H speed rated. Tire Rack didn't have the T rated tires that I'v bought several times in...
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    The Dumbest things found done to your "new to you" MKVIII

    With most of these cars being purchased with high miles and multiple owners, you never know what you will find when you get a chance to take a good look at it at home. Heres what I found. My test drive found a slipping trans when you first start to go from a stop. When I brought that up to the...
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    The dreaded Defrost only air flow problem.

    I'm finally getting around to fixing all the small issues on this 97 and this one needs seasoned in put. I have the shop manual with the extensive trouble shooting procedures but there is an issue the manual does not address. Every thing works and lights up as it should aside from the air flow...
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    Retired in TN

    It took me a while to decide on what I would like to think is my last car. It was time to do something for my self & wife in the road cruiser category since both kids are now out of the house and my 05 Odyssey van is getting tired, and me of it! The runner up was a C5 Corvette but it was...
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    whats up with the ABS pump control

    I was doing wheel control arm replacements & to coil springs on my new to me 97 and when I pulled the left fender pan over to tie up the old air line, I saw the ABS motor wire insulation coverings completely melted away. I ordered a brand new unit on Ebay from Sparks auto and they sent me a used...
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