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post #511 of 537 Old 04-07-2019, 03:33 AM Thread Starter
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Well the wife kept me busy from the 3rd until yesterday. On the 3rd she tackled me and dragged me kicking and screaming to our son's and daughter-in-law's home 80 miles away for a surprise birthday party for me. The excuse was that they needed help on our son's car. We arrive there and they had the entire front yard decorated with a birthday wishes to poppa. I try and get some pictures from the wife as I got all wishy washy over it.

On the 4th the wife again dragged me out and we went to Portland to see family friends and spent the 2 days in Portland and got back yesterday. All I wanted to do was hit the antique shops around the area and we were busy catching up with our friends. We got home late night on Friday.

Finally on Saturday we finally had a day off with the stuff and I went to antique stores and a few pawn shops. I did not buy anything but I had a good time and I got out of my wife's hair for 6 hours.

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Sounds like a great week! Happy birthday, Michael!

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Thanks I appreciate that. Today we are out and about after mass.

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Rambo decided he just had to burn off excess energy this afternoon after a car ride with the wife and me.

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The 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 is finally done with all the major repairs and maintenance. 4 new ball joints and a alignment and that truck drives sweet. It still drives like a box car but at least it does not drift in the lanes anymore and tracks straight. I drove it for a hour today in mixed driving from city streets to freeway speeds up to 70 MPH after the repairs and it did much better.

I also replace the secondary seal on the front doors as there is a revised seal that does not get torn by the leading edge of the doors. The seal is called a secondary seal but I call it a rain seal as the seal goes on the body and it stops the rain from entering from over the doors. With the old seal I was getting a whistle sound in the passenger compartment and that was stopped. I located the sound and when I looked the seal was torn and it had a the sound as it went over the drivers door and then travel to the back end of the seal behind the left rear door. With the forward end sealed off no more sound.
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I rotated the tires on the Dodge Ram 2400 today and adjusted the air pressures to factory recommended pressures. My wife decided she wanted to go to a liquidators so we took off and the truck drives nice. I did notice n=one issue on the way home as Wally the chicken has a hitch hiking brother. Oh well he does like the cup holder in the truck so he can stay there for all I care.

I am going to take the truck to the tire center in the next week or so. I want to locate a factory chrome wheel from the junkyard and have them to mount a new tire with a balance and use this as the spare tire. The OEM spare tire is 15 years old and I do not trust it as far I can throw it.
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The 2004 Dodge Ram 2500 is finally done with all the major repairs and maintenance. 4 new ball joints and a alignment and that truck drives sweet. It still drives like a box car but at least it does not drift in the lanes anymore and tracks straight. I drove it for a hour today in mixed driving from city streets to freeway speeds up to 70 MPH after the repairs and it did much better.

I also replace the secondary seal on the front doors as there is a revised seal that does not get torn by the leading edge of the doors. The seal is called a secondary seal but I call it a rain seal as the seal goes on the body and it stops the rain from entering from over the doors. With the old seal I was getting a whistle sound in the passenger compartment and that was stopped. I located the sound and when I looked the seal was torn and it had a the sound as it went over the drivers door and then travel to the back end of the seal behind the left rear door. With the forward end sealed off no more sound.
i need to do that to my wife's 2000 cummins Dodge. it is squirrely.

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I want to locate a factory chrome wheel from the junkyard and have them to mount a new tire with a balance and use this as the spare tire. The OEM spare tire is 15 years old and I do not trust it as far I can throw it.
I got a flat a year or two ago, AAA refused to use my factory spare, claimed that the rusty rim would cause a blowout and they'd be responsible. I never heard of such a ridiculous thing in my life.

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I got a flat a year or two ago, AAA refused to use my factory spare, claimed that the rusty rim would cause a blowout and they'd be responsible. I never heard of such a ridiculous thing in my life.

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Yep the lawyers got in this and messed it up. I just want a matching wheel as the spare is a plain steel wheel with a BF Goodrich OEM original tire. After 15 years of sitting under the truck it has some surface rust on it but the biggest thing is the age of the tire. I seen to many times the spare being old is OK if you keep the speed down but folks still think that they can do freeway speed on them. A fifteen year old tire will probably might get you to the next service center but no further.

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Random thought alert.

I have a complete set of Bonney brand basic hand tools that I bought in the early 1980's. The set included wrenches sockets, screwdrivers, ratchets, torque wrenches, air impact drivers (USA made IR brand), air ratchets USA made IR brand)and a toolbox to store the set of hand tools. As the years went by I bought some Snap-on basic tools as the 3 different sizes of ratchets (1/4", 3/8" and 1/2") and several Snap-on ratcheting screwdrivers.

These tools have done great by me and served me for years. Just today I went and rotated the tires on my truck and used the 30 plus old air impact gun and did the rotation without a incident. Then I got out my old 10-150 ft/lb Bonney torque wrench and torqued the lug nuts to the specified torque by the manufacture.

I was down at the community college getting the torque wrenches certified the 2 weeks ago and the colleges automotive instructor was looking at my old torque wrenches and they were within plus to minus .5 pound for the 1/2", 3 in/lb for the 3/8" drive and 2 in/ib for the 1/4" drive. He was amazed at the tight tolerances these old torque wrenches were as the new electronic ones are sometimes running up to ten percent off. So the latest and greatest stuff might not be what I want as my old clicker style torque wrenches were really better.

I never had many issues with the Bonney tools as I think I only broke a ratchet and 3 sockets in my entire career before I retired last year. I kind of thought that buying the metric sockets and wrenches were being a bit of waste as I worked on aircraft for over 30 years but I just kept the metric stuff at home and boy am I glad I did as I used those a lot at home working a variety of vehicles and they were a good supplement to the tools I kept at home.

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Today I went to a estate auction and I puttered around and found in some of the smaller items a set of John Deere 3/4" drive sockets a ratchet, extension and breaker bar. Everyone who looked in on this just saw a rusty mess and I was sitting there and bid $20.00 and then someone jumped in and I ended up buying the rusty mess for $45.00. I get it home and cleaned up the tools and box and it came out pretty nice.
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I just put two "new" tires on my old plow truck...

My truck rarely gets driven at highway speeds and not for very far or long if I do dare take an interstate anywhere--it has low gearing so I stick to "back roads" and secondary highways in it..its also 35 years old and has some corrosion issues starting on things like spring hangers,so I don't like taking it much over 50 mph if I can help it..

They tires "new" only in one respect--they never touched the ground till I got them..--but had been under a pickup truck's bed for 10+ years ,spare tires that were never taken out from the carrier once,ever !..

These spare tires were on two GM 3/4 ton pickups around 2006 vintage, at a salvage yard...since they never saw UV rays,the rubber was still like new,not all dried out or cracked..
The rims were a different story though!..one was just very rusty,but the other--well,lets just say if whoever owned the truck it was on ever went to use it ,he'd have been bumming..
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One tire is a BF Goodrich and the other is a General brand,both are 245/75/16,but one is an "LT" and the other a "P" rated tire..

I was kind of hesitant to "mix" two different types on the rear axle,but driving the truck you'd never know they weren't identical..

Oh yeah--up front I'm running some pretty worn BF Goodrich TA radial 10 ply rated tires,my plow is heavy,so I like using E rated tires on all fours if possible....truck still rides and handles the same as far as I can tell,despite the front tires being heavier ply rating--but at least all four on the truck are the same size now ,which hasn't always been the case in the past..

These tires are probably the best ones the truck has had on it since I got it in 2003--since I only use it to plow my driveway and make local trips at lower speeds,I never felt it was worth buying brand new tires for it..

I tend to have bad luck with new tires--I run over something and the sidewalls get gashed,or some vandal slashes them,etc..
I have run used tires most of my life,and had very few fail or give any troubles..

I am apprehensive though,that these "new but never used spares" might want to come apart ,so I am not planning to do any high speed driving,towing,or hauling with the truck..it is soon coming off the road anyways,to be taken apart and restored ,its getting to the point its not really roadworthy for any long trips and is in need of many repairs..
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Yeah last year I had never taken out the spare on my 1996 Dodge Ram 2500 V10. I had a flat in the garage (the best possible place to have a flat) and I fired up the air compressor and got the tools out and when I pulled the spare it had 10 pounds of air in it. I air up the spare and put it on but I knew not to drive very far on the spare as it was a 22 plus year old Goodyear tire. I go down to the tire store and the flat tire had a spike that made it unsafe to repair. So I got the one tire replaced by the road hazard warranty free of charge and bought a second tire and had 2 new tires installed on the rear and the near new good tire was mounted and balance and put on the spare wheel. That sparked me to be conscious of the spare and to make sure I looked at the age of the tire. I do a lot of freeway driving and being aware that the newer Ram has a 15 year old spare that had never been dropped down I did drop it and make sure it was ok.

When I did the inspection the tire appears to be in good shape but the valve stem has checking on it and they did not use a metal valve stem but a rubber one. I have new metal valve stems and I am going to get the used factory chrome wheel on Monday and if it has a tire on it from the junkyard I will be replacing it with a new one to match the tires on the truck. Then it will be made into the spare and put under the truck after I wax the wheel and put on tire treatment.

I do wonder how many folks even check the air pressure of the spare tire as I always do when I do a air pressure check every month. I hate to be unprepared for a flat and would it not suck if you get a flat and are on the side of the road and have to fire up the mini air compressor to fill the tire. I am always on the side of keep the spare filled as I did learn that I actually needed to check it as I forgot to on my older Ram and get the tire replaced in the shortest amount of time when I am on the side of the road. The shortest amount of time on the side of the road the safer you are.

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I will not change a flat on an interstate unless I could pull off the right shoulder ,preferable behind a guard rail...or I'd just limp to the next exit on the rim if I had to, if it wasn't that far ,and wont care if it ruins the tire & rim,its better than getting hit and killed changing a flat in the breakdown lane,which most people now use as a passing lane!..

When I've had a flat on a "town road",I pull over and go to the nearest house,and ask permission to park in their driveway while I change the flat out,its better than getting run over..however,not everyone is willing to let a stranger do that..

I prefer metal valve stems on my truck tires too--rubber ones can get ripped off too easy ,I have had one get broken while plowing before,the cold and snow snapped it off!..
I'll use the rubber ones on a car or my van,but I keep an eye on them,as many are not good quality and fail rapidly..some things made in China aren't that bad,but rubber seems to be something they cant make well--tires,valve stems,and fuel line hoses made there are often very poor quality..



I'm getting to the point changing a flat on my 3/4 ton 8 lug truck is physically challenging enough to put me at risk--the spare tire & rim weigh well over 100 lbs..and the lug nuts come off "stiff" every last thread,by the time you get the tire out of the bed (I never put a spare under the truck,ever!),and get it jacked up with the factory jack and get all the lug nuts off with a 4 way tire iron,I'm ready for the ECU..

I keep my spare in the bed of the truck,with a chain and padlock to keep it from being swiped..I use only fairly bald or weather cracked tires for spares so thieves wont feel its worth stealing too,but if I was going long distances I'd put a better spare in the bed..
I have at least 2 full sets of rims with useable tires for my truck & van..

If I need to haul something in the bed and the tire is in the way,I can chain it to the headache rack ,put it on top of the tool box--or let it hang over the side,my bed is an 8 foot stepside and the tire will fit between the rear fender and cab..been considering making a mount there for it on the passenger side like old GM trucks had it..

I have an old craftsman 3 ton floor jack I leave in the bed under the tool box--its an ingot to lift and carry,but its much easier to pump that up than use the factory crank handle type jack,which often decides to let the truck fall once the tire is off,then your screwed..

I doubt I could get the spare out from under the truck once a rear tire went flat,and who wants to lay under a truck on the highway in the rain ?..stupid place to store a spare in my opinion..

I want to get a battery powered impact to use on the lug nuts,the only drawback to those is the battery will likely be low or dead by the time you got a flat..but cranking the lugs off with a 4 way or ratchet sucks..

The last time I had a flat ,I was within walking distance of my house,I scraped a razor sharp granite curb going around a sharp curve and gashed the sidewall open..by the time I got the truck jacked up,had it lean over and come off the jack (I neglected to chock the front wheels!),and got it jacked up again,no easy chore,I had to jack up the frame first,block it up,then put the jack back under the rear axle ,and put the spare on,I thought I was having a heart attack..

That was when I put the floor jack in the bed--I found it in a free pile of scrap on a curb,it works fine but it had no handle,so I had to make one out of pipe,and I have to turn the gears to release the jack by hand with a wrench..I figure no one will steal it if they see no handle for it..but its HEAVY..
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I will not change a flat on an interstate...
...PERIOD!!!!!

My uncle (a VERY gruff individual, who survived Vietnam and a civilian stabbing episode) taught me this in my teens.

ALWAYS just drive it off a ramp on the rim. I even did this with my RV once. The life you save will be your own!!!

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