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20 minutes ago, Larry said:

Suspect the heater core's clogged.  Don't know any way to check that.  

 

 

best way is to disconnect the two hoses to it under the hood and run water from hose thru it...people mixing coolants can create a jelly substance

you can check the heater hoses after it warms up to see if both are about the same temp if disconnecting hoses is not desired.

 

while you are at it look along the hose for a cutoff valve(some had them back then)

 

there is a separate blend door for hot/ cold than the defrost /vent

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I went to a tire shop yesterday and the guy recommended and raved about Ironman tires. The price is darn cheap, though I'm not familiar with this brand. Anyone with any experience with these tires? I'm thinking of buying a set for my truck.

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BTW, using a garden hose on the heater core fixed the problem. 
 

Didn't even take much pressure. Disconnected one hose (I have no clue which one is supply or return) from the front of the engine block. (Picked the one that was easiest to reach). Just stuck the hose up against it. And water immediately started gushing out of the fitting on the engine. Put the hose back on, now I got heat. 
 

Thought it would take a lot more than that to blast out an obstruction. But hey, easy fix. 

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When we have rains of significant proportion, my windshield wipers will randomly do one and a half motions in the off mode.  I will be driving down the street after big rains, when it's not raining anymore, and my windshield wipers will suddenly freak out.  Water in the computer?  

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3 hours ago, d0ublestr0ker0ll said:

When we have rains of significant proportion, my windshield wipers will randomly do one and a half motions in the off mode.  I will be driving down the street after big rains, when it's not raining anymore, and my windshield wipers will suddenly freak out.  Water in the computer?  

 

Probably the multifunction switch on the column, usually spraying it with wd-40(where the arm goes into the column) and moving the the controls will stop it, but it could be moisture on the motor pulse board..

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Takata recall of 10M inflators could be last of air bag saga

 

DETROIT (AP) — Takata is recalling 10 million more front air bag inflators sold to 14 different automakers because they can explode with too much force and hurl shrapnel.

 

The recall is the last one the bankrupt company agreed to in a 2015 settlement with the U.S. safety regulators. It could bring to a close the largest series of automotive recalls in U.S. history.

 

The 10 million inflators are part of the approximately 70 million in the U.S. that Takata was to recall as part of the agreement with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Vehicles made by Audi, BMW, Honda, Daimler Vans, Fiat Chrysler, Ferrari, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen are affected.

 

Automakers will determine what models are affected and launch their own recalls. Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Mazda already have made announcements.

 

The recalled inflators were used to replace dangerous ones made by Takata until a permanent remedy could be developed.

 

Takata used ammonium nitrate to create a small explosion to inflate air bags. The chemical can deteriorate over time when exposed to high heat and humidity and burn too fast, blowing apart a metal canister and hurling shrapnel.

 

Permanent replacements don’t use ammonium nitrate.

 

At least 25 people have been killed worldwide and hundreds injured by Takata inflators. About 100 million inflators are being recalled across the globe.

 

Click on the link for the full article

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