Old Blue gets some more mechanical love

Posted: June 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

A shakedown run to Chicago with the truck revealed that the stalling issue was not in fact completely solved by the new fuel relay switch. It was running really well around town but would stall every half hour or so while on the freeway. I took it to the garage for further diagnosis and they were able to hook it up to the computer.

It returned a code 31, which means that the EGR valve was sticking. They replaced this, and also found a cracked spark plug. (I should have replaced all the plugs myself. If only I had more time!) While it was in the shop, I also had them replace the valve cover gaskets (no more burning oil smell in the cab!) and check the brakes. My friendly mechanic Steve replaced the front worn brake pads and rotors, and also cleaned and repacked the wheel bearings.

This cost quite a bit, so I’ll have to wait until the savings account builds up again before I do the remaining work, including:

  1. Replacing the slider window
  2. Shocks all the way around
  3. Converting or recharging the R12 A/C system (Can’t find a place to refill this!)
  4. Glue on the EFI logo I ordered on Ebay
  5. A cover for the bed
  6. Touch-up on the Duraliner
  7. New mud flaps
  8. New running boards
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