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  1. A vacuum sounds like a good plan to me. I looked for the drain and wondered how I'd get a blow gun into the top to clear it out. I figured that I would not want any stuff getting pushed back into the HVAC unit. Just to be sure I'm looking at the right part, the drain is just behind the accumulator in the fire wall. Yes? Can the accumulator be removed from it's bracket and gently slid out of the way to gain access to the drain? My hands are fairly small but I doubt I can get much down there behind it. I did get a recharge can from the parts store the other day but now we're in a cold snap
  2. LiveOak, Mold would kinda make sense actually. I'll check to see that the pan drain is open and free flowing. If the mold is infesting the evaporator, is there a way to clean without taking the evaporator out? I gather you are saying that it is possible for R-134 to leak out slowly over time and not leak out completely. Is that right? Seems counter intuitive but I will admit to being an HVAC newb! I think I'll make sure that the cowl area is free of debris and the drain is clear then grab a can of that recharge stuff this weekend and give that a shot. Even if it only gets me throu
  3. Update time! I finally got a chance to get some different A/C gauges and take some pressure readings. With the compressor off I read about 30 PSI in both ports. With the compressor on I got about 65 PSI in both ports. According to the FSM that means that the system is low on refrigerant or empty. I'm leaning toward low because it can still create ice on the line going to the evaporator. That tells me there is at least some R-134 left in there. Does it make sense that the evaporator would be leaking but that the R-134 would not be all gone? That really doesn't make sense to me. The R-13
  4. I'll be getting back to work on my truck in a couple of weeks. I need to finish replacing my deck before it starts to rain again. I'd rather be a mechanic but sometimes I need to be a carpenter! I'll post back when I have more information. Thanks guys!
  5. I appreciate your willingness but, yeah, we"re about a 12 hour drive apart. That's a long way to go! =) I agree, there's gotta be something left in the lines otherwise, how could there be any cold anywhere? I think I'll try to get a different set of gauges to see if I can get anything that way.
  6. Hey gang! I'm having issues with the A/C system in my truck. This may take a while and make a long post but I think the context and symptoms may help the diagnosis. About a year ago when I'd turn the A/C on there would be a light smell coming out of the vents. It smelled to me like poplar leaves in the fall after they come down mostly dried up. SWMBO though it reminded her of old books bound in the 1950s and stored together in a closed room. It didn't linger long, maybe a minute or two would clear it out and all would be well. A/C performance was good at this point. I was thinking that maybe I
  7. Hey gang! I'm having issues with the A/C system in my truck. This may take a while and make a long post but I think the context and symptoms may help the diagnosis. About a year ago when I'd turn the A/C on there would be a light smell coming out of the vents. It smelled to me like poplar leaves in the fall after they come down mostly dried up. SWMBO though it reminded her of old books bound in the 1950s and stored together in a closed room. It didn't linger long, maybe a minute or two would clear it out and all would be well. A/C performance was good at this point. I was thinking that maybe
  8. It sucks that you are going thru this with your truck. When I logged in today your post was at the top of the heap and scared the crap outta me. Here's why: Brutus is down!! That got may attention then made me laugh because that's what my kid's named my truck right after we got it on account of the rather less than smooth ride. When I saw the headline the first thing that flashed thru my mind was "Holy crap! My truck is dead?" Oh, wait. Whew! In any case, I'm done post whoring now. Carry on! LOL
  9. mopartechnician, What does the Lucas Trans Fix do for the transmission? I'll be checking into the governor solenoid and pressure transducer soon. I need to swap those out in order to get rid of the dreaded 1-2 shuttle shift...
  10. I don't claim to be an expert but as I see it you have 2 possibilities here. Either the output seal on the OD unit is leaking or the input seal on the T case is doing it. Either way, it's not too bad a fix. The T-case is kinda awkward but not super heavy. 2 dudes can pull it out and put it back in without a whole lot of fuss. The OD unit can be pulled off the trans and repaired on the bench, it's not a very large piece. You may be able to replace the seal with it still under the truck, I'm not sure. Good luck!
  11. On the topic of caliper rebuilding, How difficult should it be to push the piston through the seal into the caliper bore? I admit that I took apart the suspect unit I returned to NAPA. Just for the fun of satisfying my scientific and mechanical curiosity. It took a lot of air pressure to pop it out. Once out I found a few bits of seal in the bore. With the seal out of the way, the piston slid through smoothly. When I tried to reassemble it that's when things went kooky. I ended up using an H frame press to get the damn thing back in there. Is this normal? If not, I think I might know why
  12. Caliper maintenance in on 30 to 50 k puts me out about 4 or 5 years. Is that too long to wait? I was thinking about flushing new fluid through annually just to be safe. it's so cheap that a rebuilt caliper to replace a bad one will buy several quarts of the stuff. Oh, one last thing. I see all over that you should use brake fluid from a sealed container only. Does that mean that the cap was screwed on while it was in storage or only cans with the little foil seal stuck on top? Essentially, how sealed is sealed? Western Oregon is a wet place. I want to be sure my stored fluid is still OK t
  13. Hey all! This post my fall into the category of post whoring but I'd like to risk that in the hopes that it may help somebody else out when trying to decide what to do with their 47/48RE when it needs a bit of help. I want to be very clear here, the transmission in my truck had just a hair over 100k on it when I was contemplating this. I also know how it was driven since I know the PO of the truck. He didn't flog on it and took it in for service at the dealer every 25k just like clockwork. I felt very confident that it was in reasonably sound shape. I was experiencing TC clutch loc
  14. Ah! That's the problem! I was un-checking the "Remember Me" box because I use a shared computer most of the time. I'll leave it alone and just remember to log out. Thanks so much! This site is the best!
  15. A quick update is in order. I got to really dig into things this weekend; after bleeding the heck out of the front brake circuit I got all of the old fluid out and probably wasted a good bit of new stuff. But at least I know it's good and fresh in there! I verified that the calipers do slide easily on the guide sleeves once the pads aren't there or at least the piston is retracted to leave some space. I tracked down my problem to a suspected hanging piston in the right side caliper. NAPA swapped me for a different one and I seem to be good to go now. No more dragging brakes! Woohoo!
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