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  1. Thank you all for the suggestions. I ended up trying Pro Seal 61067 and it seems to be holding so far!
  2. Got around to the 30k mile interval so it was time to flush the brake fluid. Followed the procedure as per the FSM. I use an air powered tool that pulls the fluid through back from the master cylinder to flush. I couldn't help but notice that both rear brakes were producing air bubbles no matter how long I was running new fluid through them (rear passenger was more noticeable than rear driver). Both front brakes had zero air bubbles which is I why I'm a little confused! I did not get around to pulling the drums off to inspect for leaks, but is it safe to condemn the wheels cylinders being bad? I'm going to double check with tracing the brakes lines for the rear end but I haven't had any loss of fluid in the master cylinder or on the ground. I think the brake pedal feels normal (quite firm/resistance is present) but I honestly don't know what a "spongy" pedal is like. I know there's an upgrade that can be done with the wheel cylinders as I searched on a couple other threads. Although it's early on a diagnosis, but could someone post a part number just in case? I understand they are relatively inexpensive.
  3. Does anyone have any recommendations for reattactching the rear view mirror mount to the windshield? I just tried Permatex 84101 which is a 5 minute general epoxy and it did not work. Naturally, I made sure both surfaces were extremely clean and grease/oil free. Perhaps someone has had luck with another method/product. Thank You!
  4. Had the same issue on my truck. Dorman makes it. I ordered this one a couple years ago and it worked perfectly! https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000CO93JI/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  5. @Tractorman I am so sorry. I think when I was typing that last message I was too excited as everything seemed normal. The gauge DID NOT go down when the system was pressurized, to spec, in test number one. Held pressure just fine with no loss. Needle held right at 16 PSI and didn't move at all. I will continue to monitor engine coolant to be 100% certain that it is not using any during operation. Thank You all for your help!
  6. Ok all. I did all the tests that are show in the video (they are the same as in the users manual for the tool). Test 1: System held 16 PSI just fine (cold engine and not running) Stopped test just under five minutes. Needle did go down. Test 2: Needle did not immediately rise upon startup (cold engine) Stopped test around 90 seconds. Seemed normal. Test 3: Needle was not vibrating with system pressurized to 16 PSI but was very slowly starting to rise (engine running/cold motor) Ran this test for about 90 seconds. No needle vibrations but the gauge was slowly starting to rise while the engine was running. I shut down the engine. It reached around 17 PSI. Now, the test adapters have a spring in them like a normal radiator cap does but I cannot find out what they are rated for. Shall I do a retest? How high would be too high if I am seeing the gauge rise with the system pressurized to 16 PSI engine running? I did hear a very faint bubbling/gurgling sound when I started test number 1. Sounded like it was near the thermostat housing. No leaks are seen. Could there be air trapped in there?
  7. @Tractorman Thank You very much sir. I ordered a pressure test kit from Mityvac and it will arrive on Sunday. Slowly building up a tool collection so I figured it's worthwhile to have around even if it will not get used very often. I know they're self explanatory but I have never used one before. I'm assuming if there was an external leak one would see bubbles and/or hear air hissing. What about if there's an internal leak? Will I be able to hear anything? I think what I'm trying to say is: What is the process to rule in or out a bad head gasket using this tool. Thank You!
  8. What you stated above seems to be an issue for me. Whenever I pull over to take a look under the hood (truck idling/at operating temp.) the hose is still firm. Not a good sign I take it.
  9. @dripley Oil looks great! Nice and golden. The level on the dipstick has not risen at all. @wil440 Yes...running a 190 thermostat. I will pressure test to be certain. @Tractorman @Haggar Thank you for the explanation! I originally was running the 19 PSI cap that came with the Mishimito radiator but have now switched back to a 16 PSI to see if that had any effect. I let the truck idle for about a minute in the driveway (before going on my test drive) and the upper hose didn't dramatically become firm. Again, I don't know how firm is too firm at operating temperature. It's a pressurized system yes, but how much is normal? It's starting to rub ever so slightly on the black cover that surrounds the APPS sensor. Is it just an old hose? This morning I checked the overflow tank and it went down about a quarter of an inch or so. Upper hose was pliable and "limp" I'd guess you say. I'll do another drive later today. Thank You all!
  10. Well onto the next item to fix...what appears to be a head gasket problem . I'm extremely certain that my issue is in fact a bad H.G. but I took a short video so you all can see what I see. The video was taken right after shutdown on a hot engine. What caught my attention, initially, was the upper radiator hose becoming quite firm upon squeezing it at operating temperature. For what it's worth, I had gotten some air into the system (changed the thermostat and radiator cap/went on a short drive up to operating temperature). I cant imagine these bubbles have anything to do with air being bled out on its' own? I did park the truck nose up and burped the system the best I could prior to my short trip. I pulled over when I saw the dash reading 190 and looked into the overflow tank and didn't see any bubbles? Maybe I didn't look long enough? I've had coolant loss during my ownership of this vehicle (onto year 5 now). I flushed the system back in 2015 and my overflow tank went from the full mark to the add mark in these five years. I don't have any details other than that because that's all I can remember. For example, I cannot pin point a certain date when I noticed a significant loss of coolant. I discovered, in 2020, I had a leaking heater core which I replaced earlier this year (not sure how long that was leaking). Perhaps that had something to do with it as well. At the current moment: Truck does not overheat Thermostat is opening and closing Oil level is normal on the dipstick Radiator and oil caps showed no signs of contamination when changing coolant (Spring 2020) No visible antifreeze leaks Can't see any white smoke out of the tailpipe I have not been driving the truck very much because I don't want to make the problem much worse or get stranded. With that, I can't say unequivocally if the truck has been (lately) using coolant or not. My biggest concerns now are the upper radiator hose being very firm and these bubbles which I now discovered. I can't tell if the lower hose is firm as well because of the spring inside of it. I'm at 156.5K miles on the vehicle. Thanks All!
  11. New charge cable is to the auxiliary battery. I just need to add the extra wire between both negative terminals on the batteries. Should arrive soon.
  12. Now reading .021 at idle with the new charge cable. Thanks for the help all!
  13. @Haggar Great! Thanks! I was under the assumption the brake switch had to be replaced whenever the rod is removed from the pedal. I had my clutch and brake pedals completely removed so I could redo all of the plastic bushings and also clean them up. Now my stop lamp switch isn't working correctly as a result and am sitting on the replacement waiting to go in. Brake lights are constantly lit when I plug the harness in. The switch isn't making contact with the pedal at rest.
  14. I was wondering the same thing...maybe it could go away. It truly is just damp and not pouring in through the firewall or anything crazy. No bubbles in PS reservoir/pedal feels normal. I just did a good flush on my system with my new Blue Top steering box. Fluid was due to be serviced. Long story short, I need to replace my brake light switch and don't want to replace it again if I decide/need to remove the hydroboost. I know the switches are cheap but I'd figured I'd save the money if possible.
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