Monday, September 3, 2012

1989 Ford F150 Oil Pressure Meter 1

Has anyone tried to convert the F150 panel meter from the glorified idiot switch that it is?  Today it is:

But if we put a sensor in, it could be:
and that could give real indications.



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gateway GT5628 w/ DG33BU Mobo + Windows 7

Getting Win-7 64 bit to run on this machine was a royal pain.  One good post from thestereolab.com/ where they posted that to get Windows 7 running on the Gateway GT5628.  Problem was this is only a problem with SOME machines ... not mine.  I had already upgraded my machine to all SATA DVD's, a new video card, and a new 1.5 TB C disk (a Western Digital WD15EURS).  I saw where some said you had to re-format the disk, so I tried that and no luck.  I finally decided to switch to a spare 80 GB 10K disk drive (a WD740) and it worked perfectly.  Then, I used Acronis to 'clone' the disk to the 1.5 TB one, and now I'm about 99%.  Can't get my HP 4300 scanner working but that fight continues.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

1998 Ford Explorer O2 Sensor replacement, Bank 2, Number 1

It's right at the input to the converter on the drivers side.  Comes off with a 7/8" wrench, or use the special O2 socket you can buy (I didn't need it).  Two important notes when doing this ...
  1. They say to make sure you put anti ceasing compound on the threads when re-installing, but mine came with the compound ALREADY ON the threads (so I spent a few dollars for no reason).
  2. The connector is behind the engine, up against the fire wall.  You remove the drivers side front wheel plus the curtain behind the wheel.  Then, you can reach in and remove the connector.  This last one took me an hour of attempts and 'googling' to find.
Now, no more check engine light.

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