Long Time Lurker - Introduction and advice FX4-LV2
Long time visitor to the board, finally signing up to introduce myself. Wasn't really sure how best to post, so I thought I would fill it up on this page and keep it simple. I know there are magicians/technicians on here/out there. (Thank you all in advance)
Bought it used and owned my 2002 for 7 yrs now. 30th BDay present to myself. It is an FX4Level II manual/manual and I added a matching Leer canopy and custom aluminum racks. (no rattling!) I installed a K&N cold air intake, and add-a-leaf spring kit in the rear. Also added ProComp shocks, but they are getting rusty now after 5 yrs of Canadian winters! Same stock 15x7 alcoa's with 31x10 BFG's
My ranger has been all over Canada (Van.Island - PEI). Used hard, cared for and now I have a house and want to spend the summer 'exploring' her. Sorry, couldn't resist.
She has a 2003 engine. Let me tell you a story of an pesky oil filter O-ring...
Never had a single problem. 200kms on body, 100kms on engine.
My summer will attempt to clean/repair/upgrade whatever is needed or broken, or if I can afford to add some bling...
two weeks ago I seafoamed the intake manifold via the brake booster (used new hose with funnel) and added seafoam to my gastank(same hose funnel). I did not add seafoam to my engine as I want to wait to get closer to my next regular oil change (only 2000km from last oil change). I have pennzoil syn 5w30 ready and waiting...
And I also used prestone rad flush and flushed out my rad/heater core.
Good news- truck seems to run smoother.
Bad news- I got a check engine light. First time ever. (except for pesky o-ring incident) and I took it to my local guy who helped with the '03 engine. He gets back to me and says problem with the EGR. Code says DPFE. That cost me $100. The dang DPFE was another $80
Replaced it myself, re-connected the battery, drove around the block, engine light comes ON again. Bah.
I am attempting to find a leak, possibly a loose wire? Any suggestions?
I figure I will buy an OBD2 for myself. Anybody have one they love? Recommend a brand/model or place to go? I live in Sask, Canada. WHat about online?
Anyway, I finally have a backyard to play in. Canadian winters are brutal and SK is probably like arctic. Rust is ever-present so I want to use my summer to take it apart a bit as far as suspension and exhaust. Anyone ever removed the a/c before? Pretty sure I will need a pully.
Would be happy to hear tips or advice, suggestions, whatever.
Board has been bery bery good to me...
Last edited by 2002FX4inSK; 07-01-2012 at 08:32 PM.