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Old 04-14-2007, 10:25 AM   #15
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Oil and Filter change with synthetic evry 5,000 miles.

Service front and rear differentials every 15,000 miles (4WD and Quadrasteer).

Tire rotation every 6,000 miles.

12 ounces of Marvel Mystery Oil (MMO) in every tank of gas.

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Old 04-14-2007, 10:52 AM   #16
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Change the oil on time or early.
Add good temp guages even if already installed. Oil Temp, Trans temp, EGT if turbo charged, real coolant temp guage.
My factory guages are idiot indicators, They only move when the temps get outside preset limits.

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Old 10-22-2007, 08:24 AM   #17
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I always have my Infrared Temperature gun with us all the time.

Checks temperatures of tires, car or trailer hubs, radiator, fluid pans and covers etc. It is one very valuable tool. RayTek MT6 Infrared Temperature Gun: Automotive
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Old 03-03-2008, 07:02 PM   #18
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Cool Keep It Cool

I have done a coolant flush on my truck and used a coolant conditioner from a company called MOC CHEMICAL, and it droped my coolant temp 5-10 degree's and that running down I-90 @70-75mph. they also make tranny flush kit's and other products along that line. they also make evap box cleaner that i have tryed which worked pretty good aswell. you could probably find this stuff at a dealer or at good independent shop.

other then that i keep the oil changed and the chasse greased and fix what needs to be fixed

one other thing that i would suggest is if your vehicle is still under any kind of factory warranty. take it to the dealer for oil changes and other general maintance they might notice a recall and or something that can be fix under warranty, and save you a headach and money later.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:07 PM   #19
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Engine Trans Oil Samples

Run an engine oil and trans oil sample (pull samples at operating temperatures). Mail in for analysis report. First report is your baseline (assuming all is good). Recommended intervals for future samples would be dependent upon type of use (ie. normal/servere). I use Wagner and purchase the kits from them. Reports provide incite to internal trouble looming on the horizon, allowing one time to consider investing $ or bailing out before it's too late. The report (mailed or faxed) is detailed and very useful in my view.

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Old 07-14-2008, 09:11 AM   #20
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I know this is not what you are asking , but I am very lazy. I lease, 5k oil changes only at the dealer, rotate tires the same, new truck every 2 years and treat it like a rental car. Cleaned daily, but run it as hard as needed to get the job done. Nothing else. Well, maybe an air filter.
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Old 08-06-2008, 10:49 AM   #21
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1. Follow a rigorous maintenance schedule with fluid changes at recommended intervals.
2. Install temperature gauges for oil, transmission and rear differential.
3. Use the highest quality synthetic lubricants available.
4. Find a good forum specific to your vehicle and read about what other owners have done to modify the vehicle to improve towing.
5. Install rear suspension stablization e.g., airbags or a system like the Roadmaster Active Suspension.
6. Install high quality trailer mirrors.
7. Install a deep cycle battery/dual battery system.
8. Ensure good cooling characteristics for the engine and drive train. Consider aftermarket additions to provide additional cooling or increased fluid capacity.
9. Run properly rated and inflated tires on the tow vehicle and the trailer. Consider a TPMS, particularly for a single axle trailer.
10. Mount a rear view camera on the back of the tow vehicle (hitch monitoring/hook up) and the back of the trailer (who's tailgating).
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Old 09-02-2008, 09:14 PM   #22
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Mobil 1 oil 5000 miles and a tire rotation. No autozone parts,when/if needed. tire rotation with oil change
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:21 AM   #23
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Old 12-26-2008, 06:02 PM   #24
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All TV's I buy get all fluids changed (except the rear axle) after I buy them used. So I can start a maintence schedule. My schedule is much shorter than typical. Especially the auto tranny!

In addition the auto tranny gets an extra cooler no matter what it had when I bought it. If it is a van I also install an electric rad fan.

Running cool in the SW is a big concern.

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Old 12-27-2008, 11:50 AM   #25
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2005 Front Hitch Installation

This may have been been covered previously for other models and makes of hitches, but here is the skinny on my Draw-Tite Front Hitch installation.

First - my newly acquired 2005 Excursion Limited - 4X4 with 35,000 miles.

Taking off the bumber was no real challange - 2 each 18mm socket frame bolts and 2 each 1/2" socket lower support bolts on each side and it slid forward so I could remove the bulbs and wiring harness from the fog lights.

I then slid the bumper off and moved it to a temporary storage.

The instructions for this Draw-tite hitch from etrailer said that installation time was about 1 1/2 hour - HA! Maybe for two experienced installers working together

- maybe -

but for one first time installer working alone - no way.

Other than the 4 hours it took to put on, the install really went fairly slick.

The front tow bars need to be removed prior to installing the hitch - the opening is not large enough to slip over the tow hooks.

The installation of the hitch bar itself is certainly a one man job - I had no trouble up to this point.

The hitch was shipped as promised (3 day delivery) for a bit under two hundred bucks.

Now, here's where the fun began - the instructions said the fog lights would have to removed - it took a couple of times "on and off" to devise a way to keep the lights.

Below is a shot of the original light mount from the back.

I thought I could just turn the mount around a gain the inch necessary to clear the new front hitch mount. Here is what a simple reversal looked like.

If you notice, there is an offset on the single bolt side of the light mount - I reversed the mount locations (right to left AND front to back), did a test fit, and found a solution.

Here is a back shot with both of the light mounts reversed and bolted in.

Instead of drilling and tapping the bottom (single) mount, I drilled two 1/8" holes in each and buttoned it down with 1/2" long rivets. Here is a shot of the hitch, bumper, and lights installed on the frame mounts.

Notice the difference from the original light position.

One of the advantages of reversing the light mounts is that the lights are now mounted slightly outboard from the original location, this allows for easier access to the hitch receiver area for changing shanks.

I like the design of this particular hitch. I wanted one that would access THROUGH the bumper instead of under it. I think the under bumper type of front hitch has interference problems with the lower front "breaker bar", and, even with the problems I encountered I would go this route again...but...if you could find a shop you trust, and would quote a reasonable rate, I think a "turn-key" installation might be attractive for those of us somewhat mechanically challenged.


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