my time grows short... i think
97 4x4 short cab. Short bed. 4.0L automatic, 104,000 miles. Now that thats out of the way, here is my concern. Over the past year my trucks performance has been slipping. Sluggish acceleration, loss of power, sputtering/almost stalling, difficulty maintaining RPM, and a whining noise. During the summer i ran seafoam because i had a valve knock. Afterwards I took the throttle body off because the gas pedal would get stuck in the UP position. To my dismay, the intake manifold was full of a tacky black substance i assume is oil sludge, which was causing the throttle to stick closed. I cleaned it and no more stick. As far as i know, the intake manifold shouldn't have anything in it. The oil pressure guage has been dropping out lately, which is exactly what my last truck did just before the engine locked up. That was a 3.0L which the previous owner had not changed the oil for a while. My concern is that the same thing is happening to my current truck, and it may not be long for this world. Any suggestions on what to do/check? Been running synthetic oil since i got the truck 10,000 miles ago. Changed oil every 5,000 miles w/new filter.
A custom is a completed show vehicle. A project is what you drive to work every day missing panels, a radio, and gauges with 3 different sized tires whilst waiting for parts that were ordered on ebay.