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B1S1 O2 sensor was intermittently throwing a code. Finally got the right tool and got it out (needed a cheater bar to get enough torque).

We’ll see if B2S1 decides to throw a fit here soon. Planning to dump the car in March and get something else if the market isn’t too terrible by then.
 
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New Wix oil filter, full synthetic Oil change, topped off any other fluids, and was told I’m going to need a passenger side outer tie rod end and a front crankshaft seal. I just replace the tie rod ends 28 months / 31,000 miles ago.


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'03 Sable wagon. I did new rotors due to rust on old ones, but could not retract the piston. It still worked, pk bk still worked but no chance to turn it. dust boot gone. So I reused the old pads while ordering calipers for both sides.
Larger job is releasing the parking brake cable so the cable can be attached to the caliper lever. I used a torch to heat the nut and get it to turn on the threaded rod, then blaster on the threads.
Vic grip pliers do the rest, just slow work.
Bleeding done and brakes work fine, parking brake is good.
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After a long and ugly year, I'm back to taking care of Third Bull as it deserves. Going in for complete detailing tomorrow. I've taken care of maintenance, but it needs more than the occasional run thru the car wash.
(While everyone else was getting Covid, I got cancer, so that knocked the spark out of life for a while. I'm well now, and have finally retired. Time to do some road trips before winter sets in.)
 

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After a long and ugly year, I'm back to taking care of Third Bull as it deserves. Going in for complete detailing tomorrow. I've taken care of maintenance, but it needs more than the occasional run thru the car wash.
(While everyone else was getting Covid, I got cancer, so that knocked the spark out of life for a while. I'm well now, and have finally retired. Time to do some road trips before winter sets in.)
Glad to hear you’re well now. If one of those road trips brings you up to Connecticut yell and I’ll buy lunch. I’m vaxxed and get booster in 2 weeks.


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'03 Sable wagon. I did new rotors due to rust on old ones, but could not retract the piston. It still worked, pk bk still worked but no chance to turn it. dust boot gone. So I reused the old pads while ordering calipers for both sides.
Larger job is releasing the parking brake cable so the cable can be attached to the caliper lever. I used a torch to heat the nut and get it to turn on the threaded rod, then blaster on the threads.
Vic grip pliers do the rest, just slow work.
Bleeding done and brakes work fine, parking brake is good.
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Now, all rotors new, pads new or slightly used. Oil changed. Ready for winter. 166K miles. Wagon ready to haul.
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After a long and ugly year, I'm back to taking care of Third Bull as it deserves. Going in for complete detailing tomorrow. I've taken care of maintenance, but it needs more than the occasional run thru the car wash.
(While everyone else was getting Covid, I got cancer, so that knocked the spark out of life for a while. I'm well now, and have finally retired. Time to do some road trips before winter sets in.)
Third Bull didn't look this good when I bought it back in 2009 !
 

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They clean up really well. I am jealous on how rust free and clean the body is.
I had a rocker panel rust out a few years ago, and now have a small spot I have to repair this week. Otherwise I've been very lucky in the rust department.
 
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2nd rear strut removal in 2 years complete on the 03 SEL Went with PRT taxi version this time around (only taxi version rock auto had). Good build quality and regained about 1.5" of rear ride height. Definitely more firm but that's what I wanted so it doesn't sag when I toss in bags of mulch, etc. The total job was much easier since it had only been 2 years and not 16yrs of rust at the first swap in 2019.
 

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Did a suck and fill of transmission fluid. Interval was 3 years and 12.6k miles. Got out 7 quarts so put 7 quarts back in. Transmission was quieter and stronger afterwards.

Have also done 2 suck and fills of power steering reservoir. Same time and mileage interval as transmission fluid. Very surprised at the improvement in lightness and smoothness after just the first suck and fill which was only about ~25% of system capacity.
 
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Did a suck and fill of transmission fluid. Interval was 3 years and 12.6k miles. Got out 7 quarts so put 7 quarts back in. Transmission was quieter and stronger afterwards.

Have also done 2 suck and fills of power steering reservoir. Same time and mileage interval as transmission fluid. Very surprised at the improvement in lightness and smoothness after just the first suck and fill which was only about ~25% of system capacity.
Pic my setup. Have 3 Bulls in my herd, '03, '03, '05. I can get this done in less than half hour. Factory says filter at 150K on G-4's. I only have one over that. Did a pan at 80K on used buy, pan was clean and I did the filter but likely did not need it. I also do PS at the same time. I do different jug with brake fluid at the same tine. I still have a vacuum pump but now use a Mighty Vac. Do not pull high vacuum on the fluid. Just make it foam.
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Got delivery of many parts for my engine rebuild this coming spring-summer. NOS Ford sensors, timing chain, timing gear set, cam synchronizer, gasket set, oil pump, and neutral safety switch from my favorite eBay seller as his usual great low prices. Bought a standard camshaft which seems to be out of stock most all places. That is ominous. Also had delivered a good standard crank which only needs a polish which I will do as I await spring. Short block will come out at that time and while being rebuilt the torque converter and oil input shaft will be replaced. I'll reassemble the short block once machine work is done. Been three years since rod knock and decided the rest of the car is way too nice to junk and besides no engine has ever beat me and I am not starting now.
 

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Got delivery of many parts for my engine rebuild this coming spring-summer. NOS Ford sensors, timing chain, timing gear set, cam synchronizer, gasket set, oil pump, and neutral safety switch from my favorite eBay seller as his usual great low prices. Bought a standard camshaft which seems to be out of stock most all places. That is ominous. Also had delivered a good standard crank which only needs a polish which I will do as I await spring. Short block will come out at that time and while being rebuilt the torque converter and oil input shaft will be replaced. I'll reassemble the short block once machine work is done. Been three years since rod knock and decided the rest of the car is way too nice to junk and besides no engine has ever beat me and I am not starting now.
I've noticed that parts availability for the Vulcan has finally started to decline in the last two years. Especially engine parts, like cylinder heads. Now your only real option for some things is going to be a junkyard. There's at least still decent availability for replacement items, but even those are often on "closeout".
 

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Realized that I haven’t gone anywhere since coming home New Year’s morning. Went out today, after 8 inches or so of snow yesterday, and it wouldn’t start. Typical cold battery and just making the clicking noises. Friend showed up, put the cables on, and it started right away. Driving around a bit now to juice up the battery. It’s less than a year old so I have no worries there.


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Installed an Amazon Echo Auto that lets you use Alexa in the car. It connects very quickly to my phone and the 8 microphones work very well.

So far it works well in the cubby hole and I drilled a hole to route it's wires out the back.

It's overall performance in terms of hearing me correctly and the speed of response really removes the temptation to do things directly on the phone since it works so well hands free. My previous bluetooth device had a hit and miss microphone and Google Assistant directly on my old phone was also not reliable.

It's on sale for $20 right now.

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