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Yesterday, 08:06 PM
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Posted By pdupler

Or pull the electric plug for the A/C pressure...

Or pull the electric plug for the A/C pressure switch which on the XJ8 is on the pipe directly above the compressor going to the condenser. The compressor won't come on if it thinks there's less...
Yesterday, 07:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 184
Posted By pdupler

I did the secondaries within a few days after I...

I did the secondaries within a few days after I bought my xj8 about 8 years ago and just recently did the primaries after the engine started to leak oil from basically everywhere. The secondaries...
06-15-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By pdupler

Welcome neighbor. Seems a shame to only get to...

Welcome neighbor. Seems a shame to only get to enjoy it a few months after such a long wait but I've heard the same sort of story a few times when my Corvette friends show up in the spring with a...
06-13-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 691
Posted By pdupler

I thought for a while maybe it was a Fort Worth...

I thought for a while maybe it was a Fort Worth thing to spread a half an inch thick of asphalt over an old cattle trail and put up a street sign with some congressman's daughter's name on it. Here...
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06-12-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,242
Posted By pdupler

Uh oh, now you've triggered my soap box. I've...

Uh oh, now you've triggered my soap box. I've been so disappointed with work lights. I've bought several different modern LED, florescent and even halogen work lights and none hold a candle to a...
06-09-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 598
Posted By pdupler

What's happening with automatic transmissions...

What's happening with automatic transmissions being towed is that without the engine turning, the hydraulic pump is not circulating the fluid through the transmission oil cooler and bearings. The...
06-09-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 656
Posted By pdupler

Indeed, I've gotten to where I don't ever go...

Indeed, I've gotten to where I don't ever go shopping anymore. Its amazing there's millions of square feet of retail space all around me and nobody ever carries the product that I want, especially...
06-09-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By pdupler

I wondered if my gauge set had failed on me...

I wondered if my gauge set had failed on me somehow but I'm not really sure of procedures to test it. The gauges themselves seem to read correct pressure but there's valves and stuff inside the...
06-08-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By pdupler

Well before I spend any more money, I removed the...

Well before I spend any more money, I removed the compressor to inspect it. It seems to be working. Or at least I can put my thumb over the ports and it'll make good suction or pressure while...
06-08-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 656
Posted By pdupler

I wouldn't get anything rated under 2 or 3 amps....

I wouldn't get anything rated under 2 or 3 amps. I learned the hard way that if something goes wrong with the electrical system that causes a drain, like a solenoid that stays powered up or...
06-07-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 458
Posted By pdupler

Welcome neighbor. Looks like a nice one. When I...

Welcome neighbor. Looks like a nice one. When I was in college at UT, I spent weekends wasting time and burning gasoline all over the hill country in a Mercury Capri RS. You've got some great...
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06-06-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,240
Posted By pdupler

I'm glad there is at least ONE engineer who...

I'm glad there is at least ONE engineer who actually does car repairs on his own. Just about every repair I have ever had to tackle I wind up cursing the engineer who designed it. Not because it...
06-03-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 989
Posted By pdupler

Yes, everyone has to start somewhere. But I...

Yes, everyone has to start somewhere. But I recommend you diagnose the electrical fault and get it running before you start pulling stuff apart. Best practice is to get everything working first,...
06-02-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By pdupler

Well, sadly, having the adapter didn't help. ...

Well, sadly, having the adapter didn't help. Still won't draw refrigerant and showing pretty much equal pressure on both high and low side. Wish I knew more about the A/C system as I hate to jump...
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06-02-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,528
Posted By pdupler

Thanks but I bought a new one in 1991. It was a...

Thanks but I bought a new one in 1991. It was a 4.0L, standard cab, bright red and I put big knobby tires on it, brush guards, lights, the works. So already crossed the Ranger off my list. Really...
06-02-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By pdupler

At least we have a key to get in but I'd be...

At least we have a key to get in but I'd be afraid to ever take off the little cover. In my experience with modern cars where everything snaps together like a plastic model for children ages 3 to 8,...
06-02-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By pdupler

You may have something. My hobby is old cars...

You may have something. My hobby is old cars (R12) and I've rarely had to charge my modern daily drivers. I had bought a case of R134 more than ten years ago and used my last can last summer so I...
06-01-2019, 07:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By pdupler

Well known design flaw. And once you bend the...

Well known design flaw. And once you bend the little tabs, they're weakened and it won't be long before you start getting random "dumb key not found" errors. At least temporary cure is to make a...
06-01-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 352
Posted By pdupler

AC Compressor

So I've just reassembled the XJ8 after having the engine out to fix a multitude of oil leaks not the least of which was the infamous galley plug on the back of the block. Everything works now EXCEPT...
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06-01-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,528
Posted By pdupler

I'm up to 21 since 1985 but only nine were used...

I'm up to 21 since 1985 but only nine were used as daily drivers. Still have five of them. But the question made me think as I've got a very long wish list of cars I would like to experience before...
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05-31-2019, 12:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,242
Posted By pdupler

I would encourage everyone to make an inventory...

I would encourage everyone to make an inventory of your tools and keep it updated. A good friend of mine had all of his tools stolen from his home garage, an entire roll-a-way tool cabinet. He filed...
Forum: XJS ( X27 )
05-31-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,024
Posted By pdupler

Also, make sure that you are yourself familiar...

Also, make sure that you are yourself familiar with the proper tie downs for your particular car. About ten years ago I had to call for a flatbed for my 69 Corvette (also the fuel pump, I don't know...
Forum: XJS ( X27 )
05-30-2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 2,024
Posted By pdupler

I don't know about Europe, but I do have AAA. ...

I don't know about Europe, but I do have AAA. About 20 years ago, I was headed from Fort Worth to Las Vegas for a Toyota Supra owners event. Car was heavily modified including a brand new high...
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05-26-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,240
Posted By pdupler

Sorry Doug, not intending to disparage that...

Sorry Doug, not intending to disparage that people pay for services, its what the economy is largely based on. I do pay for some car repairs because there's occasionally just not enough time to do...
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05-26-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 4,240
Posted By pdupler

The most puzzling thing to me is why anyone would...

The most puzzling thing to me is why anyone would join a health club. People pay for a membership so they can pedal a bicycle to nowhere, meanwhile at the very same time, their car is at a shop...
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