I gotta laugh at some of your comments. I can honestly relate to most of them. You really leave no stone unturned do you! Thanks so much for all the help you've offered.
The only thing I watch for IF I change brands on an old engine is to stay away from high detergent. It seems to wash away everything that's holding the motor together, and within a month, it begins to smoke because it's cleaned all the varnish from off the seals and the rings and anything else that's suppose to keep oil where it's suppose to be.
I do have one project coming up though I really don't want to tackle, and that's possibly removing the heater core. I just read through all the removal instructions in the manual and the last line says, "you're in for a ---- load of work". LL
Of course it has to have air conditioning on it too, so I think before I go to all that trouble, I'm going to hook up a garden hose to the heater core inlet and see what kind of flow comes from the outlet pipe. Not getting much heat and I've already changed the thermostat and checked all the hoses for soft/collapsed spots and they all seem ok.
Last fall I mixed up a batch of muriatic acid with water, about half and half and let it sit in the heater core for an hour and flushed it out and found that it was clean, and yet, still only half the heat it should be putting out. I even checked to make sure the doors were all closing and opening prperly, and they were, so now I've got a tarp closing off the front part of the van from the back which makes it bearable anyways in the winter.
Sure as ----, I'll finally get the heater working and the van will quit. Murphy's Law, I hate him! LL
Thanks again for all your help. I hope you get paid by some means for helping people like me who don't pay, and should.
I'm old, limited income and Christmas is coming and tons of kids to buy presents for, and no wife to help. LL
Wednesday, December 1st, 2010 AT 5:46 AM